The first time you pick up the Sony SRS – XB20 you’ll notice how comfortable it is to hold in the hand. It has a rubber texture at the top and back that gives you tons of grip.
It’s well made and very durable. It’s bigger than its competition the UE WonderBoom and the JBL Flip4. It’s perfect to carry around in the hand or in a bag.
The XB20 is only splash resistant so it can’t be submerged underwater.
Design & Features
At the top you have your typical buttons for volume, power, pairing, taking phone calls and extra bass along with NFC for easy pairing.
Unique features include Google Assistant and Siri activation with one quick press of the speakerphone button. Phone calls sound very good with no echoes but the loudness of your voice will slightly dissipate from a distance.
You can pair another compatible Sony speaker and have a left and right audio separation for a true stereo sound or you can sync up to 10 compatible speakers and enable what Sony calls The Party Chain. This lets all your speakers play at the same time.
The UE and the JBL allow you to sync 100 speakers or more but I don’t see anyone pairing 100 speakers let alone 10.
At the back, you have an additional speaker for additional bass when the speaker is near a wall. There’s a water-resistant flap on the left side that houses the input for your micro SD charging port and a 3.5mm jack for your analog connection.
Sony claims a battery life of 12 hours but you will get closer to 10 hours with the volume at 50%. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 and has a range of 60 feet before the signal starts to cut out.
The most unique feature of the LED lights. The lights will flash to the beat of the music in various styles. With the Sony Songpal app, you can switch the LED lights to strobe, chill or rave to have different lighting experience. There are no lighting color options though so whatever color your XB20 you choose to buys that’s the color your LED will be.
You will really enjoy the audio experience from the XB20. It’s very loud in a small or medium room, but for open areas or outdoors I would recommend a larger speaker for entertaining. The mids are where the XB20 excels, with bright mids, forward vocals are clear and articulates detail of instruments. The bass is very punchy very impressive for its size and that better than the UE WonderBoom, but basically the same as the JBL Flip 4. If you’re looking for a speaker that more bassy you have to spend a bit more on a more powerful speaker. View Our Sony XB 22 Review
The Sony SRS – XB20 is a really good Bluetooth speaker that looks and sounds great, it’s one of the better performing small speakers currently on the market. What makes it different from the competition is the LED lights. The only cons are that it’s not fully waterproof and the LED lights can’t change color or variety. If you can look past those small issues it’s a great splash-proof Bluetooth speaker with LED lights I highly recommend the Sony SRS – XB20. Read Now: Best Sony Bluetooth Speakers
The Sony SRS – XB20 is given an Overall Rating Based on Design, Features, Sound Quality & Value, out of 10..
My Overall RATING: 8.5 out of 10