Sony SRS-XB10: Cheap Thrill for a Soundtrip
Having audio devices like headphones and speakers is always one of the best things in reviewing as it gives me a chance to channel my inner DJ and play tunes (Philippine music is my jam, bruuuh!) for an hour or so.
Small or even capsule-sized speakers may have been the cheapest (or consumer-friendly) alternatives for every person who likes to hear something. However, it’s also undeniable that at low price points, most of these devices come with limited features that can hardly make their users feel satisfied for real. Sometimes, their loudness can’t really seem a worthy one to buck for the value.
Sony, a brand which has been known for providing remarkable audio equipment for many years, is bringing to the market its latest lineup of wireless speakers under the EXTRA BASS Series. With these devices, one can actually enjoy the superior-calibrated highs, lows, and kicks (with bass, of course) for just fairly affordable price points. Some of the models in the series provide multiple venues for connectivity and even flaunt entertaining feats like lighting effects. It doubles as a speakerphone as well.
One of the line’s new audio devices, the SRS-XB10 may look like another piece of those capsule-sized speakers that bare equally average sound, but this one though lives to its promise of providing extra bass.
The SRS-XB10 covers multiple devices at once, just expect some few beeps along the way in the process. It may cause you inconvenience in case you forget to turn on your Bluetooth-connected devices such as a smartphone, tablet, notebook, or even a desktop computer.
The rubberized design makes the speaker water-resistant. It has a string that allows one to either hang around atop and feel the listening experience in a somewhat intimately-closed setup or use it as a surrogate sound source like a typical speaker. Innovative, but not perfectly a fit.
The SRS-XB10 has a transmission range of up to ten meters, depending on the location and interferences. Tried doing so along my space and wound up having a lag between my device and the speaker itself.
The speaker’s battery can run for a maximum of 16 hours. However, it lasted only over 12 hours with 75% volume level. It didn’t live up to its promise, but at a relatively high volume, the stamina isn’t bad.
The SRS-XB10 may be just a primer of what Sony’s EXTRA BASS Series could offer. If you are up for a capsule-like speaker, then the SRS-XB10 may be a good choice for you for the relatively affordable price of PhP 2,990.