Updated 1 Mar 2018

Sony

SRS-XB2

Snapshot: The Sony SRS-XB2 has a battery with below-average runtime. It weighs less than 500g and can be used as a hands-free device for your phone.

SRS-XB2
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$149

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Test results

Overall score
62
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Sound signal
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent ease of use.
  • OK sound signal.
  • Good battery.
  • Has a 3.5mm line input.
  • Is battery powered.

But

  • Poor sound.
  • Doesn't have a remote control.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Sound (45%): Scored by our panel of expert listeners judging a variety of music, spoken word, and sounds on each device and scoring them out of 10. These scores are collated to get our overall sound score.

Ease of use (45%): Considers the clarity and accuracy of the manuals supplied and the ease of setting up the speaker, as well as connecting it to a device and sending music to the speaker.

Signal (10%): Tested by looking at several factors, including having the audio source in different positions, using various audio sources, interference, obstruction and degradation.

Price is based on a January 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$149

Audio adjustments

Bass on device
Treble on device
×
Tone presets on device
×
Bass on app
Treble on app
Tone presets on app

Specifications

Weight (g)
469
Mainspowered
Apple Airplay
×
Lightning cable port
×
Bluetooth
Handsfree phone over Bluetooth
Micro USB port
×
Line in (3.5mm)
Built-in FM radio
×
Battery powered
Battery low indicator
Light turns orange.
Claimed battery life (hours)
5
Battery runtime (mins)
915
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
62x189x61

Features

Controls

On/Off/Bluetooth Pair/Volume Up/Volume Down/Answer/End Call/Extra Bass

Microphone
×
Travel case
×
WiFi capable
Ethernet capable
×
Headphone jack
Charge external devices via USB
×
Remote control
×
Audio cable included
×
Streaming services supported
n/a
Audio formats supported
n/a
Multi-room capable
No
Can be paired for stereo
n/a