Needed an extra bass external Bluetooth speaker for gifting to a music lover friend. After few days of research locked on to two – Sony XB12 for mono audio & JBL Flip 5 with stereo audio.
JBL 3 and 4 sound quality sounded a bit inferior to the Sony XB 12 , so JBL 5 being bit costly was out of contention . I went with excellent sounding Sony XB12 and here are my observations for it.
✍ ABOUT THE PRODUCT :
Coming straight to the point without bells & whistles, The key features of the product could be summed up under following heads :
🔷️ PACKAGING & INSIDE: ( 3.8 / 5 )
♻️ In the package you receive –
🔶️ A Speaker.
🔶️ A micro USB charging cord 2 ft
🔶️ A carabiner cord to hang on the speaker anywhere.
🔶️ A quick start guide with technical & usage details.
🔶️ The overall packing of the product was just minimalistic with no fancy boxes or styro foam cut outs.
🔷️ BUILD QUALITY & LOOKS: ( 4.7 / 5)
🔶️ The speaker is an almost “cylindrical” with a height of almost 10 by 8 cms so handy.
Has a detachable strap attached to it in case you want to hang it anywhere.
🔶️ The overall construction & build of the speaker is quite solid and robust. Uses a mesh grill over the speakers with premium sturdy plastic on top & bottom.
The overall feel of the plastic is with rubber matte finish which feels excellent to touch with optimum grip. Has an elegant logo of sony over at the sidewalls and details printed at the bottom. Not at all fragile by the look and feel of it.
🔶️ Comes with an IP 67 rating which means it is protected from all dust and water from almost all sides and angles so falling in water should not be a problem.
🔶️ Since the speaker is basically designed for Portability & mobility so it is very light in weight at around 270 grams.
🔶️ The speaker can be connected through wireless blue tooth version 4.2 but nothing for wired connection via an auxiliary in/out cable is included in the package.
🔶️ Being with a wireless mic, the speaker can also be used for hands free calling or Google voice assistant connected to mobile. You can further connect dual such speakers to a same audio device for stereo output.
🔶️ All the control buttons are conveniently located at the side of the speaker itself with charging and aux. slot concealed beneath heavy rubber shell at the bottom.
This shell is also responsible for its water tight property so don’t you put it in water with the rubber shell open.
🔶️ The overall black look of the speaker looks decent and elegant however with more flashy logos & bright colors, a bit of fancy charm could have been added.
🔷️ TECHNICAL SPECS & AUDIO ( 4.7 / 5)
This model from sony basically aims to reach out the people with an inclination to an extra bass audio capability.
Let’s just have a quick roundup of the technical specs related to audio quality, then we will discuss upon the audio performance overall.
🔶️ The Speaker are rated at 10 watt which is not very loud for a larger room but for a 15 feet x 15 feet room , its pretty good.
🔶️ The speaker drivers are sized at 46 mm & Comes with 4 ohms impedance .
🔶️ SNR or Signal to noise ratio, the greater the figure the clearer is the signal value against noises at extreme volumes, here it is not mentioned.
🔶️ Frequency response – Human ears can hear from around 20 Hz to 20000 Hz , lower value is for bass effect & higher for high pitched sounds.
Here in this, the frequency response is from 20 Hz to 20KHz so the bass response is excellent and very prominent.
Comes with an inbuilt passive radiator for enhancing the low-end bass, giving bass a boost despite the compact size.
🔶️ The Audio response is extremely good with a great bass and it surely doesn’t find a competitor till JBL 5 in my view.
Each every note is crystal clear and the thumps of bass are excellent. The bass does not supress the trebles or high frequencies & volume does not distort even at full volume.
🔷️ WIRELESS PERFORMANCE : (5 / 5)
Connects easily via BT version 4.2 & works up to 10 meters easily as maximum tested by me , so no issues there.
🔷️ BATTERY PERFORMANCE : (5 / 5)
Gives a playback time of more than 10 to 12 hours easily depending upon the volume used , claimed battery life is 16 hours.
🔷️ PRICE AND WARRANTY : (4.0 / 5)
The speaker came for a price tag of 3499 bucks which is okay, considering the brands mega reputation & high quality.
The warranty offered is 1 year for any manufacturing defect which is adequate in my opinion.
🔷️ OVERALL VALUE & VERDICT : ( 5.0 / 5)
Designed for Premium Sound quality with enhanced Bass , extreme Portability & comfort of Mobility with Wireless connectivity & hands free calling , this speaker model is an excellent choice for bass lovers and wont even disappoint audiophiles as well.
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