Updated 1 Mar 2018

Sony

SRS-XB3

Snapshot: The Sony SRS-XB3 has a battery with above-average runtime. It is light, and can connect to WiFi.

SRS-XB3
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$300

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Test results

Overall score
74
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Sound signal
?/10

Good points

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

But

  • Just OK 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 other 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 an October 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$300

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)
791
Mains powered
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)
24
Battery runtime (mins)
1935
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
62x202x60

Features

Controls

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

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

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