Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker : Awesome little speaker

I like this model of speaker. I bought 1 from the airport which is the picture on the left. But when i buy from fat bat, i recieved the speaker without the original box & the colour looks different than the original one. Im trying to check if it is real or fake.

Looks good and sound is very good, but bassy. Downloaded the app, which makes set up easy.

I have an older sony bluetooth speaker which was a similar price a few years ago and it has a better sound (base) but pretty good. Flashing lights are annoying in my opinion but that could be my age.

  • Not great, but not bad!
  • Great little speaker
  • Colour DIFFERENT than Advertised!

Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

The sound is good, the flashing lights are great and its a great size, but you will struggle to play a whole album with the sound up loud unless you have the thing plugged in to the mains – bit disappointing .

Absolutely superb product, i’ve had a few speakers of similar spec but the sound quality on this is exceptional, by far the best bass i’ve ever heard on a bluetooth device, i’d definitely recommend this product.

Excellent sound quality and easy to use. Has some nice features in party mode. Small enough to carry and move around but big enough to give a good bass output and high volume. Really good quality design which feels substantial and that it will last. Really happy with my purchase. Fabulous portable speaker at a really good price.

Initially believe it or not that’s why i bought it because it was water proof, my partner likes to listen to her music on her phone while in the shower, which being the man i am i frowned upon, as her phone isn’t water proof, also listening to the noise of a tiny mono speaker screeching out “dont cry for me argentina” by madonna was just about enough for me on a nightly basis. She loves it, i love it too. It connects easily enough once paired to either her phone or my phone via bluetooth. I have installed an equaliser app on my phone and im happily typing this to the sound of a reasonably bassy “out of space” by the prodigy. Its not loud loud but its good enough to have playing about 4 ft away with the volume set just where the bass sounds right. Its good, i am going to buy the bigger srs-xb31, because i’m a man. She doesn’t know but i have also been taking it to work some mornings to use, as it is very portable, i just stuff it in my rucksack, actually it even sounds ok in my rucksack.

Bought this as a present for my sister who wanted a bluetooth speaker. I have subsequently heard it myself and was very impressed by the sound (and i’m pretty fussy about these things) seems like it has been reliably working with her iphone.

Small but packs a good punch. Dust & waterproof which is great. Some sound issues when connecting to phone. Battery needs regular recharging & lead/flex for same is very short.

First bought one for my son to take to uni. Impressed and then got two as christmas present for wife and other son. You can link speakers together and this provides good sound system for a party, especially if you put it in light mode. No problems with any of these and once set up it’s easy to attach laptops etc.

Bought it for my son and he uses it all the time.

Great speaker and can handle being bumped and sand on the beach.

I bought this from warehouse deals and i’m quite impressed of the power this tiny speaker can deliver. Sound is clear and couldn’t be more happy for the money i payed.

Amazing sound for such a small size. Very good quality and waterproof.

Good sound for a small speaker, bought 2 and the stereo function is good.

We bought this at a discount on amazon and have since seen it at the lower price at bricks and mortar shops so don’t feel we actually saved anything but regardless, this is a fab speaker for its level. The sound is very good, it’s very portable and pairs with all devices instantly on request. It also keeps pace with video – we have had a speaker three times more expensive but with the sound constantly out of sync with the picture on the screen.

That little monster will rock every party you will start. And if it’s for classical music- sound quality is superb.

I purchased this to save space on my desk, and to eliminate the cables of a previous 2:1 speaker system. I just wanted something small and wireless to play background music whilst i’m using my mac. Advantages:a) its small and compactb) easy to setupc) portabled) looks goodhowever it does have some issues that i would like to mention. When using this via bluetooth with my mac the audio is distorted even on a low volume, its much better however when i connect it to my samsung tablet or galaxy smartphone. Even then you can notice the quality decreasing at mid to high volume so it is a bit disappointing, i usually expect better with sony audio equipment. The battery doesn’t last as long as advertised, so i have it hard connected to my mac mini via usb. Due to poor audio over bluetooth with my mac i have it connected to the headphone jack which seems to improve things, but this is not ideal since i wanted to go wireless. So it’s quite difficult to recommend from my point of view, but i will keep it.

Great product but battery life isn’t up to par. Struggles to last past 3 hours on proper use.

Too much bass for it to be used to listen to speaking voices on the the radio (hey it’s advertised as extra bass so what was i expecting) , classical sounds good on it to me though (i’m a bit of a philistine rlwhen it comes down to audio so my review can’t be trusted that much).

This little bluetooth speaker packs a punch when it comes to bass and clarity of sound. It was very easy to link to my alexa dot via bluetooth and i was streaming music within a minute of removing it from the box. It comes with a micro usb but no mains charger.

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Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life - Red
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5.0 of 5 stars, based on 144 reviews

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  1. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    Very disappointed received and not working & does not charge.
  2. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    Very disappointed received and not working & does not charge.
    • Great sound for such a small unit. Bought it to use on camping trips.
  3. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    Great sound for such a small unit. Bought it to use on camping trips.
  4. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    Sound its no bad but no perfectproblem is with charging. I try to reset the speaker,i left for all night on charge and nothing happen. Its only 3 months old and now i can throw that speaker to rubishdont buy.
    • Sound its no bad but no perfectproblem is with charging. I try to reset the speaker,i left for all night on charge and nothing happen. Its only 3 months old and now i can throw that speaker to rubishdont buy.
  5. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    I bought this for christmas, sound level isn’t overly loud but it’s not bad quality, as i saw it would last up to twelve hours on battery life. Now, in april, it runs for roughly 1/2—2 hours before being needed to charge. Won’t be buying products from sony in the future.
    • I bought this for christmas, sound level isn’t overly loud but it’s not bad quality, as i saw it would last up to twelve hours on battery life. Now, in april, it runs for roughly 1/2—2 hours before being needed to charge. Won’t be buying products from sony in the future.
  6. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    This speaker is amazing, used it in a large room for a party, sound was great.
    • This speaker is amazing, used it in a large room for a party, sound was great.
  7. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    The sound is great but the machine is unbalanced and easily rolls over. Battery life isn’t as good as claimed,i doubt if i get four hours.
  8. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    The sound is great but the machine is unbalanced and easily rolls over. Battery life isn’t as good as claimed,i doubt if i get four hours.
  9. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    Sony calls the srs-xb21 a ‘party speaker. ‘ i think it mostly lives up to that reputation as it is impressively loud for its size/price. It also adds a ‘slap the speaker to make drum noises’ feature in the interest of party entertainment (seriously, turn it on and slap it). The actual entertainment value of that feature is…questionable at best. But the srs-xb21 overall is a fairly good and relatively inexpensive speaker for entertaining a small group of people that want to be loud and dance. It does have some downsides, namely a mediocre battery life of just 6 hours. Sound quality is what you would expect for a budget speaker. It is loud, but does slightly distort some songs. My wife can’t hear it, but i can (but then i do a lot of work with music). If you aren’t concerned about the battery life, and you want something that is loud and portable this is it.
  10. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    Sony calls the srs-xb21 a ‘party speaker. ‘ i think it mostly lives up to that reputation as it is impressively loud for its size/price. It also adds a ‘slap the speaker to make drum noises’ feature in the interest of party entertainment (seriously, turn it on and slap it). The actual entertainment value of that feature is…questionable at best. But the srs-xb21 overall is a fairly good and relatively inexpensive speaker for entertaining a small group of people that want to be loud and dance. It does have some downsides, namely a mediocre battery life of just 6 hours. Sound quality is what you would expect for a budget speaker. It is loud, but does slightly distort some songs. My wife can’t hear it, but i can (but then i do a lot of work with music). If you aren’t concerned about the battery life, and you want something that is loud and portable this is it.
    • Good product, good quality for money, almost as good as the jbl flip 4 which is too expensive.
      • Good product, good quality for money, almost as good as the jbl flip 4 which is too expensive.
  11. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    Nice looking unit, sound is good but might be a little too much base for some (i like it) just a shame sony are such rubbish – have you ever tried registering a device on their awful website?. Sadly this will be the last sony item i ever buy as i simply don’t trust them to look after me if i need them.
    • Nice looking unit, sound is good but might be a little too much base for some (i like it) just a shame sony are such rubbish – have you ever tried registering a device on their awful website?. Sadly this will be the last sony item i ever buy as i simply don’t trust them to look after me if i need them.
      • Easy to transport , easy to use , good sound quality for the size.
  12. Easy to transport , easy to use , good sound quality for the size.
    • Love the sounddislike the symbol and drumming sounds however the fun portability more than makes up for it.
  13. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    Love the sounddislike the symbol and drumming sounds however the fun portability more than makes up for it.
    • Didn’t buy this from amazon but it’s such a poorly designed speaker i thought i’d leave a review. Sound quality, only decent when played very loud. Battery life 3 to 4 hours at most, then gives you a warning and the volume decreases dramatically, what’s frustrating is when you plug back into mains the volume remains low until fully charged again. Controls, everything is black so even in daylight it’s easy to accidently turn it off or onto another function as nothing is clearly marked. The most frustrating thing is the utterly pointless flashing lights which just suddenly started flashing after a couple of months use and now i can’t turn them off so have taped over them, stupid feature. Overall for your money you can get better.
      • Didn’t buy this from amazon but it’s such a poorly designed speaker i thought i’d leave a review. Sound quality, only decent when played very loud. Battery life 3 to 4 hours at most, then gives you a warning and the volume decreases dramatically, what’s frustrating is when you plug back into mains the volume remains low until fully charged again. Controls, everything is black so even in daylight it’s easy to accidently turn it off or onto another function as nothing is clearly marked. The most frustrating thing is the utterly pointless flashing lights which just suddenly started flashing after a couple of months use and now i can’t turn them off so have taped over them, stupid feature. Overall for your money you can get better.
  14. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    I am coming from and old srs xb-2 a great bluetooth speaker but started failing after heavy use. I was worried because i tried other sony and none afterwards was that good ’till i found the xb-21. I cannot give it 5 stars because i believe it lacks the same battery as the xb-2 yet be aware there is not better bluetooth speaker for the price. Also make sure you enable bluetooth codec automatic on the sony music centre app. This allows to use aac codec for mac users, something indispensable to get the best out of this speakers, android users you should ensure you can set your devices to the ldac codec or honestly better look for speakers elsewhere with the aptx codec. The quality of this speaker on sbc bluetooth codec is rather bad, though it is not connecting with amazon alexa for a reason unknown to me. With my iphone it was not good until i fixed the codec issue and now i am very happy with it.
  15. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    I am coming from and old srs xb-2 a great bluetooth speaker but started failing after heavy use. I was worried because i tried other sony and none afterwards was that good ’till i found the xb-21. I cannot give it 5 stars because i believe it lacks the same battery as the xb-2 yet be aware there is not better bluetooth speaker for the price. Also make sure you enable bluetooth codec automatic on the sony music centre app. This allows to use aac codec for mac users, something indispensable to get the best out of this speakers, android users you should ensure you can set your devices to the ldac codec or honestly better look for speakers elsewhere with the aptx codec. The quality of this speaker on sbc bluetooth codec is rather bad, though it is not connecting with amazon alexa for a reason unknown to me. With my iphone it was not good until i fixed the codec issue and now i am very happy with it.
  16. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    Brilliant for in and out doors, very good value for money.
    • Brilliant for in and out doors, very good value for money.
  17. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    This was brought as a xmas present, out of the box it sounded really good. And once speakers had settled in , it sounded even better.
    • This was brought as a xmas present, out of the box it sounded really good. And once speakers had settled in , it sounded even better.
  18. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    The battery life is a lot lower than expected. With volume set at 30-50% it plays for 2-3 hours until it says “please charge”.
  19. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    The battery life is a lot lower than expected. With volume set at 30-50% it plays for 2-3 hours until it says “please charge”.
  20. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    As a stand alone this is a great product, but when added to the headphones socket on my regular hi fi separates amp, i can balance the volumes on this sony and my old pioneer separates amp to an amazing great sound, simply put they really compliment each other giving a theatre sound. Classical rock and classical music is enhanced, i’m going to buy another before they it’s replaced by another model, it’s really that good in partnership with my hi fi.
  21. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    As a stand alone this is a great product, but when added to the headphones socket on my regular hi fi separates amp, i can balance the volumes on this sony and my old pioneer separates amp to an amazing great sound, simply put they really compliment each other giving a theatre sound. Classical rock and classical music is enhanced, i’m going to buy another before they it’s replaced by another model, it’s really that good in partnership with my hi fi.
  22. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass and 12-Hour Battery Life – Red

    This speaker was said to have a battery life of 12 hours which is not the case. It has a battery life of about 4hours. I even used it without the light thinking it drained the battery but it still bearly did 4 hours.

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