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Everyone knows that everything is better with music. Music acts as an amplifier for emotions or can even completely change your state of mind. You want to share beautiful moments with your friends or family? Or maybe just enjoy your favourite music more? With a Sony Bluetooth speaker, you can do just that, easily and wherever you are.

With our comprehensive Sony Bluetooth speaker test 2021 we want to help you find the best Sony Bluetooth speaker for you. In the following article, you will learn about the individual differences between the types of Sony Bluetooth speakers and what their advantages and disadvantages are. At the end of the article, you will know which Sony Bluetooth speaker is right for you.




Summary

  • Sony Bluetooth speakers allow you to listen to your favourite music or melodies many times louder than you would with the built-in speakers of your device.
  • A basic distinction is made between small, medium and large Sony Bluetooth speakers.
  • You can take Sony Bluetooth speakers with you practically anywhere and use them easily. The only thing you need is a mobile phone, tablet or laptop and the speaker.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Sony Bluetooth speaker

What is a Sony Bluetooth speaker?

A Sony Bluetooth speaker is a small box that you can pair with a Bluetooth-enabled device. Your mobile phone, laptop or TV acts as a transmitter and sends information to the Sony Bluetooth speaker.

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Nowadays, almost every household with people under 30 has at least one Bluetooth speaker in the home. With this device, you can play your favourite music in comfort and relaxation.
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The speaker in turn provides the audio output. This gives you the opportunity to listen to music, videos, films, etc. much louder. The Sony Bluetooth speakers have different sizes and power ratings.

The performance of a speaker is made up of battery life and sound quality.

Because it usually has an integrated battery, you can take the Sony Bluetooth speaker with you wherever you go.

Who is a Sony Bluetooth speaker for?

Bluetooth speakers from Sony are basically suitable for everyone.

Sony Bluetooth speakers can be used in any everyday situation.

With this type of speaker, you have the great advantage that you don't have to connect your mobile phone, tablet or laptop directly to the Sony box, but can place it flexibly within a certain radius and use it.

Furthermore, Bluetooth speakers are designed to be used flexibly in everyday situations. That means you can easily take Sony Bluetooth speakers with you to the next barbecue, the next visit to the park, or the next trip to the lake.

What types of speakers are there?

There are three types of speakers:

  • Mono: With mono, the sound only comes out of one speaker, but you can have more than one speaker playing the mono sound, but they will all play the same sound. Mono speakers lack spatial sound.
  • Stereo: With stereo, there are two speakers or two channels from which different sound frequencies come, which ensures that a spatial sound is created on the side that is aligned.
  • 360 degrees: With 360 degree speakers, a spatial sound is emitted to each side. This type of speaker is best placed in the centre of the action so that the full potential of this Sony Bluetooth speaker is utilised.

How much does a Sony Bluetooth speaker cost?

The prices for Sony Bluetooth speakers vary greatly. You can get the simplest version with the corresponding performance for as little as 20 euros, whereas the most expensive model costs around 500 euros.

However, you have to differentiate whether you need a Sony Bluetooth speaker for everyday use and also take the speaker with you to sports, to the lake or other everyday situations or whether you want to use the Sony Bluetooth speaker exclusively at home or for parties and place particular value on high-quality sounds there.

The following table gives you an overview of the price ranges of Sony Bluetooth speakers.

Type Price
Sony Bluetooth speakers for everyday use 20- 240 euros
Sony special Bluetooth speakers for home or parties 260- 540 euros

The table serves as an overview. Of course, you can also use Sony Bluetooth speakers for everyday use at home and for parties. Conversely, you can also use the expensive Sony speakers for everyday use.

What are the alternatives to Sony Bluetooth speakers?

You have four alternatives to a Sony Bluetooth speaker. In the following table, we will give you an overview of the alternatives and briefly introduce them to you.

Alternative Description
Bluetooth speakers from other manufacturers On the Bluetooth speaker market, there are now almost countless suppliers offering their speakers. Often, you can also get objects cheaper than is the case with Sony. The fact is, however, that most speakers do not come close to the performance of Sony Bluetooth speakers.
WLAN speakers Due to the data transfer from the output device to the speaker via WLAN, these speakers have a better sound than Bluetooth speakers. With Bluetooth transmission, the audio file has to be compressed. For this reason, you always need a WLAN connection for this type of speaker, otherwise the speakers cannot be used.
AirPlay-compatible speakers these types of speakers are only interesting for Apple users. Here you also have the option of connecting your mobile phone, tablet or MacBook wirelessly to the speaker.
Speakers with USB connection There are speakers where the speaker is connected to the medium via a USB cable. The advantage is that the music quality is slightly better than with Bluetooth speakers, but the media must remain permanently connected to the speaker.

Decision: What types of Sony Bluetooth speakers are there and which one is right for you?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Sony's small Bluetooth speakers?

Small Sony Bluetooth speakers include the following models: SRS-XB01, SRS-XB12, BSP10,

Small Sony Bluetooth speakers can't be beaten when it comes to practicality. They are easy to store and transport. The small Sony speakers have an extra bass mode just like the large ones.

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Small Sony Bluetooth speakers are super easy to transport. They also come in almost every colour imaginable.
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Thus, a relatively powerful sound is also given with the small Bluetooth speakers from Sony. However, due to their small size, these types of speakers do not have the full sound spectrum as the large Sony Bluetooth speakers do.

Here we list all the advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages
  • Extremely practical
  • Very robust
  • Inexpensive
  • Extra bass mode
Disadvantages
  • Low battery life
  • Poorer sound quality than large speakers

What are the advantages and disadvantages of medium-sized Sony Bluetooth speakers?

Sony mid-sized Bluetooth speakers include the following models: SRS-XB22, SRS-XB21, SRS-XB32, SRS-XB31, SRS-XB41, SRS-XB40, SRS-XB2, SRS-XB501 and the SRS-ZR7.

These models feature a combination of the benefits of small and large Sony Bluetooth speakers.

On the one hand, they are still extremely practical with their size, and on the other hand, they have a powerful sound at the same time.

In the table you can see all the advantages and disadvantages of these models.

Advantages
  • Good sound
  • Practical size
  • Strong battery life
  • Visually appealing
Disadvantages
  • More expensive than small speakers
  • Not as loud as large speakers

What distinguishes large Sony Bluetooth speakers and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

The large Sony Bluetooth speakers are the sound champions among Bluetooth speakers. Due to their size, Sony Bluetooth speakers can produce voluminous sounds.

The whole thing is then amplified by the extra bass function. The large Sony Bluetooth speakers include the models: GTK-XB90B, KTK-XB72, MHC-V11, MHC-V02, GTK-XB5, MHC-V42D and MHC-V82D.

The following comparison shows the advantages and disadvantages of the large Bluetooth speakers.

Advantages
  • Extremely powerful sound
  • Perfect for parties
  • Visual eye-catcher, Many additional functions
Disadvantages
  • Difficult to transport
  • Expensive
  • Large

Buying criteria: Use these features to compare Bluetooth speakers from Sony

Size

There are big differences in size between Sony Bluetooth speakers. While the smallest Sony Bluetooth speaker, the SRS-XB01, fits in one hand, the largest model, the Sony GTK-XB72, is 65 cm tall and 38 cm wide and must be carried with two hands.

To find the right size for you, you should consider what you want to use the Sony Bluetooth speaker for and how much effort you are willing to put into carrying it.

Battery life

The individual Sony models also differ considerably in terms of battery life. The SRS-XB01, for example, only has a battery life of 6 hours, while the SRS-XB30 and SRS-XB40 are among the most enduring models with 24 hours of battery life.

Here we can see that the price correlates with the battery life. The most expensive models do not have an integrated battery, but must be connected to a power supply unit.

Sound quality

Some Bluetooth speaker models from Sony have the special function: Extra Bass. With this function, however, three different car modes are available. The respective audio mode can be recognised by a luminous dot on the speaker.

Audio mode Colour Power indicator Function
Standard Green Energy saving
Extra Bass White Strong bass
Live Sound* White Realistic sound

Volume

You can basically go by the rule of thumb that the larger Sony Bluetooth speakers have a higher maximum music volume and are therefore louder.

You should make sure that the Sony speaker is always charged, because the volume automatically decreases when the battery is low.

Waterproof

Almost all models are rated IPX-5.

IPX-5 is a rating that guarantees water resistance against jets of water from any angle. In addition, units with the IPX-5 rating are dustproof.

Most Sony Bluetooth speakers are waterproof and dustproof. However, you should pay attention to this when buying and make sure that your chosen model also has the rating, if this is an issue for you.

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Most Sony Bluetooth speakers are extremely robust, waterproof and dustproof. That's why you can take your Sony speaker just about anywhere.
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Light effects

If you want to have light effects on your Sony Bluetooth speaker in addition to the music, Sony has a few speakers for you.

Almost all SRS-XB models have either a built-in light bar, strobe or speaker lights. Especially in the dark, these speakers create a party atmosphere.

Trivia: Facts worth knowing about Bluetooth speakers from Sony

How do I connect the Sony Bluetooth speaker to my phone?

To play music through your Sony Bluetooth speaker, you need to pair your phone, tablet, laptop or computer with the speaker.

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on your device
  2. Turn on the Sony Bluetooth speaker
  3. Press and hold the on/off button until you see the Bluetooth sign on the speaker flashing white
  4. Scan the surroundings for Bluetooth devices with your mobile phone etc
  5. When the name of your Sony Bluetooth speaker appears, click on it and enter "0000" when prompted for a password
  6. If the connection is successful, the white Bluetooth lamp lights up continuously

What is the Sony Bluetooth speaker app and how do I set it up?

You can download the app "Music Center" from the Google Play and Apple Store. This is an app developed by Sony that you can use to control your Sony Bluetooth speaker.

The app allows you to activate the "Live Sound" mode on your Sony speaker. You can also use the app to search for and play music.

To create a profile, you need an email address in advance. Once you register, you will be shown all the functions and features in the app.

Is the playback quality of Sony Bluetooth speakers limited?

It has to be said that the quality of audio files is worse than with speakers that use other technologies to transfer music from the mobile phone etc. to the speaker (e.g. WLAN speakers).

Because the data is transmitted via Bluetooth, the data must be compressed. As a result, not 100% of the original file reaches the Sony Bluetooth speaker.

However, if you are not a music fanatic who hears every sound individually, you will hardly hear or notice the difference.

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