Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker – Good sound at the price point.

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

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.

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).

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

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

Reviews from purchasers :

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

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.

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.

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.

The only negative comment is that the sound is too much towards the low range (the bass), but i get it that the main target is the audience that likes hip hop, dance, etc. Still very cool to listen to rolling stones or chuck berry on it.

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.

This little speaker packs a punch and has a great sound. Base is really good along with clear vocals. I use it at work and alot of my work colleagues have commented on its great sound . Definitely buy if you want a great sounding speaker.

I personally find the party booster a bit pointless and buying the speaker i thought that would be like an extra bass effect but instead you can tap the speaker for different sound effects which reminds me a bit of a kids music set. But you dont have to use this function donit doesnt affect the quality of the experience.

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.

Really nice sound and has quite a good bass response from such a small speaker, also has a beat light which impressed my daughter.

Listening to music and actually is loud enough to play backing tracks or karaoke tracks to sing along too.

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

Purchased this for my son in law. He thinks it’s excellent, good room filling sound and easy to link with phone and computer.

Easy to assemble and use, good quality of sound for that size. Using on my mobile and desktop.

Love the sounddislike the symbol and drumming sounds however the fun portability more than makes up for it.

Certainly has extra bass ,nice sound.

Very easy to use good quality sound for the price.

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Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass - White
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5.0 of 5 stars, based on 134 reviews

One thought on “Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker – Good sound at the price point.

  1. 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.
    • 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.
  2. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass – White

    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.
      • Easy to transport , easy to use , good sound quality for the size.
  3. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass – White

    Easy to transport , easy to use , good sound quality for the size.
  4. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass – White

    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.
  5. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass – White

    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.
  6. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass – White

    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.
  7. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass – White

    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.
    • Brilliant for in and out doors, very good value for money.
  8. 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.
  9. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass – White

    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.
  10. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass – White

    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 .
  11. This review is from : Sony SRS-XB21 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker with Extra Bass – White

    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 .

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