The XB10’s surprisingly powerful bass propelled it to a comparatively high overall score inside our testing. We used multiple tests put into four different metrics to be able to calculate those overall scores. Below you will find out the way the XB10 did in every of those tests.
Despite its small size the XB10 can belt a significant tune, earning it an above average score of 6 out of 10 inside our sound quality testing.
The main element to the XB10’s sound is its bass, which is incredibly powerful given its tiny stature. This bass was on par with much bigger models just like the Tribit XSound Go and evidently outperformed other small speakers just like the UE Roll 2. This lends a much fuller sound to the music than most speakers of the size can produce.
However, the XB10’s treble kept it from earning an increased score in this metric. The TReble sounds decent, but lacks a lttle bit of clarity and may be a lttle bit thin sometimes. Still, this speaker offers a phenomenal listening experience given both its size and its own price.
The XB10 is pretty compact.
The XB10 earned a near perfect score of 9 out of 10 inside our portability testing, bested only by the UE Roll 2.
The XB10 checks practically every box on the portability checklist. Tipping the scales at 8.8 ounces it’s the lightest speaker we tested, besting even the UE Roll 2 by over 2 ounces. In addition, it includes a tiny profile and a little lanyard with a loop that enables you to hang it on things (this loop doubles as a are a symbol of the speaker aswell). The only reason it didn’t grab a perfect 10 may be the fact that’s merely water resistant rather than completely waterproof. Here is the one area where in fact the UE Roll 2 is superior.
The XB10’s thumb loop doubles as a cradle for putting the speaker on its side.
That is another area where in fact the XB10’s performance appears impossible given its size. It earned a good 7 out of 10 score in this metric.
Inside our testing the XB10 produced enough volume to fill the average sized bedroom. In addition, it had lots of capacity to entertain a few friends relaxing on the beach. It could get drowned out in a crowded apartment party, but also for most uses it has a lot of power. If you need a thing that is small but loud the UE Wonderboom is approximately the same size but noticeably louder.
The XB10 is IPX5 water-resistant.
although XB10 didn’t surpass its manufacturer claim of a 16 hour battery life, it still lasted a good 13.5 hours. That is plenty of for a trip to the beach or a lazy day chilling in the park. If battery life is your primary concern, you really should sacrifice somewhat of sound quality and get the exceptionally resilient Anker SoundCore 2.
The Sony XB10 offers an excellent value. For $60 you get good sound quality, impressive bass, and water resistance in a tiny and lightweight package. If you want full waterproofness the UE Roll 2 is merely a slight intensify in price, if you do sacrifice some bass quality. If you are looking for something super cheap, the Tribit XSound Go is a good option.
The Sony XB10 can be an awesome little speaker whose bark is a lot bigger than its bite. If you need a thing that is relatively cheap, portable, and will produce decent sound, this can be the speaker for you.