It is a common thing: you have a great set of playlists in your Spotify account and want to share this during a party or when meeting friends... But your smartphone is not a speaker and the sound doesn't make justice to the brilliance of your selection.
Enter the Sony Wireless Deep Bass SRSXB3: a portable Bluetooth-enabled speaker with deep sound that can bring life to any party.
With up to 24 hours battery life on a full charge, the Sony SRSXB3 is a power player: it has two 48mm speakers and a button labelled "Extra Bass" that really does what it says.
Measuring at 211 x 80 x 83 mm and weighing at 930g, the Sony SRSXB3 is comparable to other mobile speakers in the market, with its main competitior being the Logitech UE MegaBoom devices. The main difference is that while the UE is completely water proof, the Sony is water resistant. This means you can get the Sony SRSXB3 wet during a downpour of rain or the odd hose play in the garden party, but you shouldn't let it go under water.
You can connect the Sony SRSXB3 via a stereo mini-jack input or via Bluetooth. It even supports one tap Bluetooth pairing thanks to a built-in NFC tag on top of the device. Even if your smartphone doesn't have NFC you just need to follow the standard Bluetooth search/pairing steps to get this going.
During tests I had it working with Huawei and HTC smartphones and a Windows 10 laptop, all without a fault. At first when I tried with my Amazon Fire TV I found it disconnecting every few minutes. Reading the manual online I found out that the Sony SRSXB3 supports two Priority Modes: Priority on Sound Quality (in priority order: AAC, LDAC, SBC) or Priority on Stable Connection. By changing the Priority Mode the problem with the Amazon Fire TV went away. (For the record here is how to change modes: plug the power adapter and without turning the device on push the Volume Up and Power buttons together. The Bluetooth indicator flashes three times in white when it switches to Priority on Stable Connection and if you repeat the procedure it flashes twice in white to indicate changing to Priority on Sound Quality).
The buttons - seven of them - are slick. There's a power button, the already mentioned Extra Bass button, a phone button - allowing you to use it as a speakerphone, volumes up and down plus a button to add a second Sony SRSXB3 device to your setup, creating a full stereo experience.
Besides the incredible sound, the feature I liked most though is the DC OUT USB port, which allows you to charge your smartphone while it being the life of the party. The DC OUT port is only powered if the speaker is plugged in to mains through its 15v AC adapter.
The one device I received for review is red, almost orange in colour but other options include yellow, green, blue, brown and black.
Sony is really pushing the deep bass and even started a campaign called Defy, which follows Macy Baez, a 15 year old who was born profoundly deaf. The collaboration with the young dancer features a hip-hop/electro track specifically designed for her, so she can literally feel the music. The microsite also shows other videos of the whole experience.