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Sony SRS-XB43

"The Sony SRS-XB43 is a bass-forward Bluetooth speaker with an outdoor-friendly design, built-in LED lighting, and lots of power for the price."
As posted by pcmag.com

Pros

  • Powerful audio performance with strong bass depth and sculpted highs
  • Built-in LED lighting
  • Supports multi-device pairing
  • IP67 dust- and weather-sealed

Cons

  • Not for listeners seeking accuracy
  • Compression artifacts at max volume

Product Details

Date First Available:
May 11, 2020

Overall Rating

93.7%
The overall rating was calculated based on 10168 customer and expert reviews from 17 review sites and 6 stores.
We analyzed the sentiments related to these top topics for Bluetooth Speakers:
  • 96.4%
    Sound Quality
  • 95.6%
    Durability / Build Quality
  • 92.4%
    Design
  • 99.4%
    Portability
  • 94.1%
    Battery Life
  • 95.6%
    Features
  • 93.8%
    Outdoor use
  • 93.7%
    Connectivity
  • 93.7%
    Controls

Expert Reviews Rating

Excellent
13
Good
4
Fair
0
Poor
0
Bad
0

Customer reviews by store

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Expert Reviews

The Sony SRS-XB43 is a bass-forward Bluetooth speaker with an outdoor-friendly design, built-in LED lighting, and lots of power for the price.

Read more on pcmag.com

Pros

  • Powerful audio performance with strong bass depth and sculpted highs
  • Built-in LED lighting
  • Dust and waterproof build
  • In-app EQ

Cons

  • Not for listeners seeking accuracy
  • Bulky

The Sony XB43 is fair for music. It has a balanced mid-range that's suitable for dialogue-centric content, but its underemphasized treble can make higher frequencies sound dull or veiled. Also, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, even with its EXTRA BASS setting turned on. Fortunately, you do have some ability to customize its sound to your liking using the graphic EQ in the Sony Music Center app. While it gets loud, its soundstage is quite narrow, and there's some compression present when you play it at max volume.

Read more on rtings.com

Pros

  • Supports multi-device pairing.
  • Graphic EQ.

Cons

  • Compression artifacts at max volume.
  • Narrow soundstage.

This unashamedly party speaker - complete with built-in lights - busts out the audio with real intent, ensuring it delivers on that Extra Bass title promise through and through. It's fully portable and fully weather-resistant, too, so if you want a bold sound with lots of features then it does a decent job. The wall of sound style isn't as delicate as some though.Read full verdict

Read more on pocket-lint.com

Pros

  • Bold and party-focused sound with solid bass
  • Fairly portable package with decent battery life
  • IP67 dust- and weather-sealed
  • Those lights can be turned off if you want

Cons

  • Built-in disco lights are rather 'out there'
  • Sound isn't always perfectly cohesive and tweeters sometimes sharp
  • Fairly directional sound

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