Sony’s Latest Trio of EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers Debuts
Sony has announced its new EXTRA BASS wireless speaker lineup, with the addition of the SRS-XB43, SRS-XB33 and SRS-XB23, featuring the company’s newly developed X-Balanced Speaker technology that delivers up to 24 hours of battery life, says the company.
The layout of the speakers’ side passive radiators is optimized to reproduce clear bass, while a rigid and lightweight Mica Reinforced Cellular (MRC) cone and dust cap contribute to the sound quality, Sony says.
The X-Balanced Speaker Unit features a non-circular shape that maximizes the speaker diaphragm area, increasing sound pressure for punchier bass, according to Sony; it also reduces driver excursion while maintaining the same sound pressure, resulting in less distortion. For example, XB33's level of sound pressure has been increased by around 30 percent and its distortion rate has decreased by around 25 percent, when compared to its predecessor, the XB32, Sony says.
The X-Balanced Speaker unit, unlike the circular diaphragm in a conventional speaker unit, features an almost rectangular diaphragm. Its 2-way speaker system combines a woofer for low-to-mid frequencies with a dedicated tweeter for higher range frequencies, resulting in punchy bass and vocal clarity, says Sony.
Additionally, the X-Balanced speaker unit in the XB33 and XB23 features a newly developed non-circular diaphragm and off-center design, which maximizes the speaker diaphragm to create more sound pressure in a compact size.
Other features include:
LIVE SOUND Mode (XB43/XB33): The LIVE SOUND mode lets users hear music with a 3D sound experience, as if they were at a live music venue.
Water-resistant, dustproof and rustproof: The speakers feature an IP67 rating, making them suitable for use at the beach, in the forest or the desert, or in listeners’ backyards. These speakers are dustproof, water-resistant and rustproof2, so the fun can continue regardless of the environment.
Durability and shockproof design (XB33/XB23): The speakers have undergone extensive shock testing and their design can withstand knocks, bumps and scrapes.
Light up a party, with Fiestable and Sony | Music Center apps (XB43/XB33): Liven up any atmosphere, whether it be the living room or an outdoor barbecue, with the speakers' multi-color line light, tweeter and speaker lighting. Using the Fiestable and Sony | Music Center apps, customers can sync the lights with the beat, change color or simply turn the lighting off to suit any mood.
Party Connect: With Party Connect, users can connect up to 100 compatible wireless speakers with Bluetooth technology to sync the music and lights so everyone can dance to the same beat.
New design and form factor: The lineup offers a wide array of new colors including taupe, light green, blue and red. Further, the XB23, compact, lightweight and easy to carry, fits into a backpack pocket or folding chair cup holder, and features a strap to hang it from a tent or tree during a weekend camping trip.
Extended battery and seamless connectivity with USB Type-C: Battery life of up to 24 hours; when power gets low, speakers may be charged via newly adopted USB Type-C connectivity. Customers can also connect their smartphone to the speakers via USB Type-A for battery charging. Additionally, by simply connecting a phone to the speakers using Bluetooth technology and NFC, they can continue to listen to favorite tracks wherever they go.
All three models are available for pre-order. The XB43 is $249.99; XB33 is $149.99; and the XB23 is $99.99.