Sony updates its portable Bluetooth speakers almost every year, but for 2021 we’re getting some exciting changes. Most notable is the fast charge, which promises between 80 minutes and over 3 hours of music playback after a 1
This week, Sony confirmed that it will refresh its most popular portable Bluetooth speakers. From the ultra-small SRS-XB13 speaker to the large Sony SRS-XP500 / XP700 series. A total of four new speakers are on the way, all with a cool design, improved sound and fast charging technology.
Sony SRS-XB13 Loudspeaker
The first is the tiny Sony SRS-XB13, which is about the size of a soda can. It’s similar to the XB12 from a few years ago, but slightly smaller and has a robust new design. The XB13 has a Sound Diffusion Processor that Sony says will deliver “rich dynamic sound” even in this small speaker.
It still offers a surprising 16 hours of music playback, fast charging and IP67 rated dust and water resistance for the format. In addition, Sony has added an extra UV coating to prevent scratches and handle the elements outside.
You’ll also enjoy a microphone port to use the XB13 as a speakerphone, a built-in handle, fast Google pairing support, and you can link two together for stereo sound. This little guy will arrive in June for $ 59.99.
Sony SRS-XP500 and XP700
Sony’s popular SRS-XP line is also getting an overhaul. These aren’t what I would consider ‘portable’, but they are still Bluetooth speakers with a built-in battery that you can technically take anywhere, even if they’re huge. That said, you do get tons of noise from these towers.
The biggest change in this setup is the new design and fast charging. Sony uses the same square X-Balanced speakers as its popular high-end Bravia TVs, which claim to reduce distortion and boost mid-range frequencies. In addition, a square design provides a little more space than a round speaker.
On the back there are two microphone inputs for karaoke use. Alternatively, you can use one of the inputs for a guitar with adjustable gain. There are also two USB ports for charging other devices, which is nice. And like smaller Sony speakers, you can link two together for stereo sound. In fact, you can link up to 100 together to play all the same.
More importantly, the XP500 offers 20 hours of playtime and the XP700 up to 25 hours. Thanks to fast charging, you can play anywhere from 80 minutes to 3 hours in just 10 minutes of charging.
Both models will arrive in June. The Sony XP500 costs $ 349.99, while the Sony XP700 costs $ 449.99.
Last but not least is the Sony Sony SRS-XG500. This has a more traditional boombox design, a boombox handle, built-in LED lights for good vibes, while at the same time you get an improved sound and the same fast charging technology.
This model also uses the new X-balanced drivers, which should make it sound even better. You still get USB and a single mic / guitar input on the back, not to mention an IP66 rating for water resistance. It may not be super rugged, but Sony has added a new water-resistant mesh around the entire speaker to help with splashes and keep those LED lights safe.
You get an even better 30-hour battery life here, and again, Sony says that just 10 minutes on the charger gives you nearly 3 hours of playtime, so the party never has to stop. Buy one in June for $ 449.