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4.4 based on 174 customer reviews

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Sound Quality

Good

Features

Good

Design

Good

Ease of Use

Excellent

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Most Helpful Positive
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Changes my misconception that small equals poor.

SRS-XB12 11 May 2019 by DazmoG (United Kingdom)

Firstly I have to declare that I'm a big speaker audiophile, and thought I had no use for a prortable speaker, but this changed very quickly when I came across this speaker. The speaker is small, but the size to weight ratio on picking up the box was encouraging. Weighing in around 250 grams for a cylindrical unit 75mm in diameter and standing 85mm tall (Approx) it suggested that quality componentry had been used, but the unit remaining light enough to be truly portable. The speaker is well boxed as you would expect from Sony, with instruction books and setup instructions greeting the new owner on opening. Inside the box was the speaker and the now fairly industry standard USB charging lead. I have multiple USB mains adaptors so finding a charging source was no issue, however this may not be the case for all purchasors. The unit has inbuilt re-chargable batteries which were fully charged in circa 180mins, giving 16hrs of use according to Sony. The unit is also claimed to be IP67 resistant to dust and water such that the unit can be safely dropped in water and survive. Certainly the exterior tactile rubber reinforces this capability and offers an easily held surface whilst protecting from minor impacts. Closer inspection revealed in my opinion a high quality of manufacture with no weak areas. Buttons for: on/off, Volume up/down, multi function button for play/pause/rewind etc, and Add, form depressable buttons in the control area of the outer rubber. Those familiar with the multi purpose button on headphones will immediately know what the various prods on the multi button will do. The add button allows for a second speaker to be added to form a stereo pair. The buttons are marked according to function by bold symbols moulded into the rubber casing, they repond with a positive click but the black symbols on the black rubber background are not easily identified by eye, in low light. That said with only four buttons to remember the purpose of, this isnt likely to be a problem. The unit paired via bluetooth quickly and promptly with my telephone, there is also a socket for audio in via a 3.5mm audio jack behind a rubber sealed panel alongside the charging port. The fist thing to note is the range at which it will work. Indoors most items struggle with indoor walls but this speaker had no trouble where other equipment gave up the ghost. Operation of the onboard buttons were quick and snappy with the phone reacting quickly. The sound from such a small unit was jaw dropping, not music concert pressure bass but sufficient to wonder how it was producing it. Experimentation on different surfaces were all good, but on a firm bit of wood or a table the speaker was capable of passing low frequencies through the base of the unit to use the resonance of the surface. This seems to be assisted by the rubber ring on the units base which secures the unit on the surface, this also protects the surface from scratches. With the speaker at ear level on a good surface it was easily bookshelf speaker quality with tight punchy bass and crisp highs. This speaker has re-educated my old beleifs that a small unit equals poor sound. Certainly the unit is far superior than the telephones hands free mode. The most impressive feature to me however was that the unit has an inbuilt microphone. Voice commands to the telephones virtual assistant were faultless. The microphone also lends itself to conference calls, with the unit in the middle of a table of four people, the dialogue with the the users dialled up was vastly better than the telephones hands free, with nobody asking for the conversation to be repeated. This suggests that the unit can capture and transmit sound clearly to all sat at the table and through the cell network. With so many uses and portability this is now a tech must have in my wish list. Simply Awesome.

Sound Quality

Good

Features

Excellent

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Excellent

This reviewer received the product free of charge, or was a product loan programme participant

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Most Helpful Critical
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Low sound.

SRS-XB12 03 July 2020 by mlboul (USA)

Bought this last month to blue tooth music for my garage workouts. Volume is to low. My cell is all the way up and It's still not loud enough to hear. Very disappointing.

Sound Quality

Poor

Features

Poor

Design

Good

Ease of Use

Good

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175 Customer Reviews

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Excellent

SRS-XB12 26 February 2021 by Chesvin Chacko (United Kingdom) Verified Purchaser Verified

I bought this product two weeks ago and it has good features..

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Excellent

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Excellent

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Powerful sound from a small speaker

SRS-XB12 13 February 2021 by Fred100 (United Kingdom)

I bought two of these, they connect wirelessly to play stereo or just to play in two different rooms. Great to take outdoors.

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Excellent

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Excellent

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What a sound from coffe cup!!

SRS-XB12 13 February 2021 by remah (United Kingdom)

Outstanding sound from a speaker no bigger than a coffee cup - it is truly remarkable

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Good

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Excellent

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Laster 13 months

SRS-XB12 03 February 2021 by Bobo65 (USA)

This was a Christmas present for 2020 and in January 2021 it quit working! Charge light comes on to show it's charging but it doesn't come on. one month after the 1 year warranty was up!

Sound Quality

Average

Features

Average

Design

Poor

Ease of Use

Average

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Good quality sound, great clarity, last up to days

SRS-XB12/LC E 30 January 2021 by MG Clementi (Singapore) Verified Purchaser Verified

Bought it for myself and found out about this quality product that came with an affordable price ! Bought for my friend and they loved it! Vibrant colors with amazing sound quality!

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Excellent

Design

Good

Ease of Use

Excellent

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Great product

SRS-XB12 14 January 2021 by DLzO (United Kingdom) Verified Purchaser Verified

It is the best speaker I have ever had I wish it can connect to my PS4 wirelessly but That’s not a problem cause I can use aux cable from my speaker to tv and the quality is way better

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Excellent

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Excellent

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Great speaker

SRS-XB12 12 January 2021 by Maceymo (United Kingdom)

Just purchased this amazing little speaker to play music on both my Samsung S20 & Ipad mini. It was unbelievably easy & quick to set up. I can play my amazon & apple music.The sound is good too. May even buy a second one

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Excellent

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Excellent

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Simple Tool for my RodecasterPro

SRSXB12/B 09 January 2021 by Underdog_JoeCool (USA) Verified Purchaser Verified

I needed this simple tool to help me analyze my audio. Awesome device and it is very small.

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Excellent

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Excellent

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Great Christmas gift

SRSXB12/L 28 December 2020 by XGrease (USA) Verified Purchaser Verified

My mom bought me this for Christmas. It so far seems to have a solid sound but I haven't used it much so can't really say. It's Sony tho so I know it's good.

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Fair

Design

Average

Ease of Use

Excellent

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Love It !

SRS-XB12 23 December 2020 by Cru333 (USA)

Perfect Bluetooth speaker especially if your looking for a small affordable one with great sound !

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Excellent

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Excellent

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All great

SRS-XB12/BC E 22 December 2020 by WilliamKyaw (Singapore) Verified Purchaser Verified

I dont want to upload photo or video but all are great.

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Excellent

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Excellent

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GREAT BASS

SRSXB12/B 16 December 2020 by Annette97867 (USA) Verified Purchaser Verified

I bought this product last week and I love the bass. excellent quality and very portable

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Excellent

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Excellent

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Good quality sound, great clarity, last up to days

SRS-XB12/BC E 13 December 2020 by MG Clementi (Singapore) Verified Purchaser Verified

Easy to use, bluetooth feature works really well too, sound is loud enough and clear

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Excellent

Design

Average

Ease of Use

Excellent

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