Updated 1 Mar 2018

Sony

SRS-XB40

Snapshot: The Sony SRS-XB40 has a battery with above-average runtime. It is heavy, and can't connect to WiFi.

SRS-XB40
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$364

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Test results

Overall score
79
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Sound signal
?/10

Good points

  • OK sound.
  • Excellent ease of use.
  • Excellent sound signal.
  • Good battery.
  • Has a 3.5mm line input.
  • Is battery powered.
  • Can be paired for stereo-quality sound.

But

  • 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
$364

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)
1439
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 on top of device flashes red.
Claimed battery life (hours)
20
Battery runtime (mins)
1417
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
100x282x206

Features

Controls

Power, Volume +/-_, Add Speaker, Play, Pause, Answer, End Call, Extra Bass, Bluetooth Pairing

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
Yes