Sometimes Sony’s entry-level mini Bluetooth audio system have began at $50. However the SRS-XB01 lists for $35 (£30, AU$50) and generally will get discounted to $25. That is fairly cheap.

Whereas it is light-weight at 5.four ounces (154 grams), it manages to keep away from feeling low-cost. The speaker feels stable sufficient, with a textured end and a set of rubberized buttons on high that permit you to play and pause your music, or reply and finish calls, and regulate quantity. A gasket hides the USB charging port and audio enter.

The Sony SRS-XB01 in white.

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I like its clear, easy design — it is obtainable in blue, crimson, black and white – and the truth that it is water-proof with an IPX5 ranking. Battery life is rated at 6 hours, which is pretty customary for this sort of Bluetooth speaker. 

The speaker comprises a single driver — sure, this can be a mono speaker — with a slit for a bass port within the again. Whereas I am unable to say it sounds a lot better than loads of tiny Bluetooth audio system, it does sound respectable for its measurement. It performs simply loud sufficient and has simply sufficient bass to fill a small room, akin to an workplace or dorm. Sony restricted its quantity to forestall it from distorting: That is an excellent factor.

Connect the strap to no matter you need.

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A part of Sony’s Further Bass speaker line, the XB01 additionally has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling and features a strap for attaching it to backpacks or hanging it from a tree department, or the rest you select to connect it to.

You are going to get extra bass and larger sound from a speaker like Bose’s SoundLink Micro, which prices extra. Tribit’s XSound Go additionally delivers fuller sound with extra quantity for round $30 and the Oontz Angle three Plus additionally sounds higher. However each these audio system are about twice the scale of the Sony.

If you happen to’re in search of higher sound, I counsel you to lean to the Tribit or Oontz, however the Sony is a likable little speaker that appears effectively designed and sounds respectable for the cash.

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