Sony SRS-XB40 Review: Heavy BASS, Premium Sound Quality

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Sony SRS-XB40 Review: Heavy BASS, Premium Sound Quality

Sony SRS-XB40 Review

Sony SRS-XB40

Bluetooth Speaker

  • This pre-owned product has been professionally inspected, tested and cleaned by Amazon-qualified suppliers.
  • There will be no visible cosmetic imperfections when held at an arm’s length.
  • Connect and add more speakers with Wireless Party Chain
  • 24 hours of battery life

Hey everyone this is David once again I’m here with another brand new article. After experiencing how great the audio was on the Sony xb-40 I decided to review the entire lineup that Sony is offering this includes the XV 30 which you’ll see soon on the site.

And the Sony XB20 that I have here today is actually from Amazon for $120 however I personally bought this for $70 Because I purchase at the offer price instead of at the down this article they’re still on sale but as always I’ll leave my affiliate links at the end of the article click on those links and they’ll give you the most updated prices in real-time you never know when these things might go on sale so sit back relax and hope my articles can help you make that purchase decision.

So welcome everyone to another interesting article, the first time you pick up the XP 20 you’ll notice how comfortable it is to hold there’s this rubberized texture up top and on the back as well that gives you tons of grip.

The firm provides a strong metal grill for durability and if you’re looking for portability this is, of course, bigger than the you-wonder broom and just ever.

So slightly bigger than the JBL foot for reference nonetheless the XP 20 still falls in the small speaker category and is perfect if you want to throw this in your bag to carry just like the xB 40 and the xB 30.

This metal is also water-resistant against splashes and spills and of course, you can’t submerge this underwater with my testing at the office, I drenched the crap out of this thing and it’s still functioning perfectly fine.

Now on tap, you have your typical buttons as outlined on your screen with NFC for easy pairing but unique features include a Google assistance in Syria activation with one quick press and a speakerphone button assisted phone calls with this as well and it sounded very.

Sony SRS-XB40 Bluetooth Speaker

good with no echo standing within 5 feet of the range was great anything beyond 5 feet thankfully still no echoes but the loudness of my voice does somewhat dissipate with the added feature.

You can pair another compatible Sony speaker and have left and right audio separation for true stereo sound or you can sync up to 10 compatible speakers to enable what Sony calls a party chain and have all the speakers play at the same time.

Now you eat and JBL the other hand allows you to sync a hundred speakers or more if you like by giving Sony credit I don’t think most people would care more than a hundred speakers let alone ten there roads in the speaker to its rear you have some additional base being pushed when the speaker’s near a wall behind the water-resistant flap on left nears your inputs for the standard three half-millimeter jack for an analog connection and a micro USB port for charging the device.

Unfortunately, we’re still not using USB type-c touching based on better life Sony claims up to 12 hours of listening life in my testing leaving this on at 50% by overnight say, and timing it here I was able to achieve 9 hours and 8 minutes a bit lower than what I was hoping.

For now regarding Bluetooth signal strength if using Bluetooth 4.2 instead of Bluetooth 5.0 but with my testing inside my office at forty linear feet with no obstructions the XP 20 works perfectly fine with a wall and indoors the way I was able to achieve about sixty-liter feet before these signals start to cutoff.

Now right before I give you the audio test here is one of the biggest reasons why you would consider by me Sony over others it’s the LED lights the lights will flash to the beat of the music and various styles and with these Sony’s song apple app you can switch it from strobe where it might give you some epilepsy.

Here the other is chill where the lights fade in and out very smoothly and less is rave where it gives you a basically a mix now the light to do add to the experience but I do admit though I wasn’t disappointed that there were no other color choices as you can see with my black XV 20 it’s only displaying white.

Now if you buy the blue model it shows blue-green shows green etc but only if the Bluetooth speaker was able to display a variety of colors like these Sony xb-40 that would have been great nonetheless it’s one of the very few speakers on the market that offers flashing lights at.

Now to the partner you’ve been waiting for, I’ll play several samples for you and then I’ll give you my verdict afterward one thing I do need from you though please comment down below and tell me what other speakers you want me to compare this to in my head I have the JBL flip for that comes to mind here or the use wonder boom.

Sony XB40 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Keep in mind the speaker falls in the small speaker category and is also around that $100 price range now for a small speaker very much enjoyed the audio experience it’s definitely loud for a small bedroom dorm room and such for midsize rooms.

It’s very capable at 80% inviting for large open areas I of course would go with a bigger speaker for entertaining and room-filling audio for the XP 20 was still perfectly fine for personal and private listening in those large spaces no bass was very good again for its size there’s definitely more on the XP 20 over the UE one room and face is very close if anything identical to the JBL flip for punchy it doesn’t become distorted or drones into the mid-range.

It’s the only better performing mainstream small Bluetooth speaker on the market currently now on the other hand if you aren’t looking for something more basic you will most likely have to look or spend a little bit more maybe even get the Sony xp3 the mid-range is where the speaker shines though I love the bright mid-Ford vocals clear and articulate details of instruments.

All this plus bass helps create a bumping and immersive experience that gets me really into my music, especially for pop hip-hop and EDM the ties do complement the rest of the audio signature without being raspy or singing it’s not as sharp and detailed at the top but playing it safe without having it go overboard is technically my preference the last audio separation in sound is always hard to pull off on Bluetooth speakers with the SONY XB20 you do have very little separation but it performs like most others out there in the end for $99 the speaker is a great alternative to the other ones out there I do wish the lights would have changed colors or more of a variety and having it fully waterproof would have been nice.

But if you can forego those features and if you do vary audio at the $100 price range I highly recommend this as I stated earlier I bought this for $70 and if you can get it for that price there’s tons of value with the XP 20.


  • Comes with very beautiful lights
  • Very easy to carry
  • Very good quality buttery life
  • Very good sound quality


  • Till now we didn’t found any problems


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Sony SRS-XB40

Bluetooth Speaker

  • This pre-owned product has been professionally inspected, tested, and cleaned by Amazon-qualified suppliers.
  • There will be no visible cosmetic imperfections when held at an arm’s length.
  • Connect and add more speakers with Wireless Party Chain
  • 24 hours of battery life

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