• Driver size: 48mm
  • Frequency range: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
  • Dimensions: 231 x 87 x 81mm
  • Weight: 890g
  • Pros:
  • Good volume
  • Ease of use
  • Great sound
  • Cons:
  • None

Life Of A Party

Sony continues their line of portable Bluetooth speakers with the new XB31 EXTRA BASS, ready to be the life of the party. Although the speaker looks small it packs a punch, and sounds great while still outputting those loud volumes. With built-in lights, the XB31 is sure to add some pizazz into your lonely one-man parties, but it works with bigger parties too.

It fits comfortably into just about anywhere in your room. Small it may be, the XB31 can still easily fill a living room with sound, but in our opinion it is best used in a bedroom. Its size allows you to put it just about anywhere and its aesthetics means it’ll look great even on your bedside or on your office table, ready to blast tunes during working hours. With up to 24 hours of playtime, you won’t need to have to place it next to a wall plug other than for the purpose of charging.

You can connect to the speaker through three easy ways, the first being Bluetooth, second is through NFC and finally through an AUX cable. Pairing through these three methods is extremely simple and straightforward, so you should be up and running in a minute or less. You can also connect multiple supported speakers using Wireless Party Chain, which is said to be able to connect up to 100 wireless speakers through Bluetooth technology.

To keep all these fun features safe, the XB31 is rustproof, waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof. With an IP67 rating for both waterproofing and dustproofing you can place the speaker under running water to clean them off after dropping into some dirt. After rolling our speaker around in some grit and dirt, we proceeded to bath the speaker till it was clean of any speck of dirt. After drying it off it was basically as good as new and works perfectly. It was probably a better idea to test the sound before abusing the speaker, but since it still worked all’s good. The speaker plays just about anything well, ranging from pop to rock and electronic.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Sony has done a fine job with their new line of wireless speakers, hitting the right features and quality needed by the consumers.

(previously published in issue September 2018)