In the event you like thump, you’re certain to love Sony’s Further Bass sequence of audio system and headphones. The title tells you precisely what the corporate is aiming for with the sound, and the SRS-XB32 fulfills the mission properly—there may be certainly, fairly a little bit of bass response. Whether or not it’s additional or not is a matter of style.
And right here’s the kicker: The SRS-XB32 is waterproof. Its IP67 ranking means it’s not solely mud tight, however that it may well safely face up to being immersed in as much as three toes of water. That’s one thing I utterly forgot whereas listening to it, because of the total high quality of its audio efficiency. Belief me, that’s by no means occurred to me earlier than.
Design and options
The model of the SRS-XB32 I examined was black and measured roughly 9.Three inches large, 3.Three inches deep and excessive, and weighs nearly two kilos. As I discussed, it carries an IP67 ranking, which implies you possibly can take it within the pool in the event you don’t drag it greater than three toes down. Usually, there’s all the time one buddy who’ll dive to the underside anyway. Don’t invite them.
There’s a captive rubber plug on the again of the SRS-XB32, that when eliminated, reveals a Sort A USB port for charging different units, a micro-USB port for charging the SRS-XB32 itself, and a 3.5mm analog audio enter. There’s additionally a recessed reset button and three buttons for battery-level reporting, enabling WPC (Wi-fi Celebration Chain—as much as 100 Sony Bluetooth audio system all enjoying the identical factor), and Add respectively. The Save characteristic will stereo pair the SRS-XB32 with one other Sony Bluetooth speaker. The battery degree suggestions is offered by way of a pleasing feminine voice.
The speaker’s foremost controls are on prime, together with the Bluetooth pairing button, quantity up and down, play/pause, and Stay. Urgent that final button invokes psychoacoustic processing that provides audio materials extra of a way of house.
My solely criticism in regards to the controls, which additionally deal with telephone calls, is that there’s no devoted button for the Further Bass impact. As a substitute, to show it on and off, you press and maintain each the play/decrease quantity buttons for 3 seconds. You’re doubtless shopping for the SRS-XB32 for additional bass and gained’t be toggling it on and off, however nonetheless.
The unit additionally helps NFC for Bluetooth pairing.
The XB32 brings the bling within the type a hoop of coloured LEDs lining the edges and entrance of the unit, in addition to two flashing lights behind the grill. In actual fact, the corporate lists “Flashy lights” as one of many speaker’s options. Advertising of us with a humorousness. Who knew? You possibly can configure the lighting utilizing the Sony Fiestable app in addition to management them in actual time with the app.
Sony additionally gives a Celebration Booster mode, invoked by urgent and holding the up/down quantity buttons for 3 seconds. Tapping the unit makes a percussion sound, but it surely takes a forceful rap to get a sound out of it. It’s even velocity delicate; i.e., the more durable you hit it, the louder the sound. It’s type of enjoyable, but it surely’s most likely additionally why Sony talks within the reviewer’s information in regards to the unit being shockproof.
The run time for the 2700mAh battery is a few full day except you utilize the Stay mode and Further Bass. It drops to about 16 hours with these enabled. That’s nonetheless sufficient for all however essentially the most die-hard party-goers.
Sitting in entrance of me as I sort this assessment, listening to Toto’s “Africa” at a modest degree, I discover it onerous to think about a extra pleasant-sounding transportable speaker. Loud and from a distance, I wasn’t as fairly as enamored, because the low mid-range didn’t fairly maintain up, however the backside line is—that is the most effective darn waterproof speaker of its dimension that I’ve ever heard.
The XB32’s “Stay” button is roughly the equal of a encompass impact, and it labored much better than I anticipated—under no circumstances synthetic. It provides some much-needed separation to audio materials, which each single-box stereo setup wants. Props to Sony for the implementation.
Of the three Further Bass merchandise I’ve heard—which incorporates the bigger SRS-XB41 speaker and the MDR-XB950 headphones—the SRS-XB32 comes the closest to my superb—with thump that’s obvious, however overwhelming. That’s lower than many may like, so bear that in thoughts.
Tastes range, and mid-range aficionados may favor a JBL, however I’m sticking with this Sony. It’s no imply feat getting sound of this high quality out of a water-resistant speaker.
There’s not much more so as to add to in regards to the SRS-XB32. I’ve but to listen to one other price- and size-comparable speaker that matches it for audio high quality at affordable volumes and it has all of the enjoyable options the get together requires. Good things from Sony.