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Portable Speakers from Sony Arrive in Time for Summer

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Sony is excited to update its line of portable wireless speakers every spring, and this year will be no different. The company has already introduced four new models ranging from ultra-compact and easy to pack to more robust karaoke party devices. Depending on the requirements, the company may make a device available to play music outdoors – or perhaps indoors – this summer.

First on the list is the SRS-XB13. This tiny speaker is compact in every way, with an overall design you’ve seen in Sony products. It’s about three inches tall, less than a 350-ml soda can, and about three inches wide. This small drum of sound is equipped with Extra Bass to provide “very clear and powerful bass”.

The XB13 also has a sound diffusion processor that the company provides “rich and dynamic sound” even in a tiny speaker like this. The device is IP67 rated against dust and waterproof with a UV coating for extra protection outdoors. This XB13 can be used for calls hands-free and pair two of them at the same time to get a pair of stereo sound. Lastly, its battery lasts for 16 hours of life, and will be available on the market in June for $59.99 US.

Portable Speakers from Sony Arrive in Time for Summer

Sony also has three new models within the X-series speaker range that offer more power, lights and instrument inputs for more entertainment options. For those looking for a true party machine, the SRS-XP500 and SRS-XP700 offer a variety of features for such purposes. Both have customizable LED lighting, are IPX4 water resistant and have a handy mobile/Tablet stand for the DJ’s device.

Both models also include Sony’s X-Balance square speaker unit for “powerful bass” and “less distortion”, with the ability to activate a Mega Bass setting should the festivities demand it. Both the XP500 and Xp700 feature two 1/4-inch microphone or instrument inputs with independent volume controls and support Sony’s Party Mode to sync multiple devices in one setup. Dual USB ports let you charge devices or play stored music over a wired connection.

There are some relevant differences between the SRS-XP500 and the SRS-XP700. Both can be positioned upright or sideways, but on the XP700, the speakers automatically reconfigure according to the placement of the unit. The XP700 has a rear-firing tweeter to help spread the sound in larger rooms. Another main difference is battery life.

Sony says the XP500 can last up to 20 hours on charge, while the XP700 can keep sound for up to 25 hours. There’s a quick charge feature on both that allows you to give them 80 minutes (XP500) and 3 hours (XP700) of use after plugging in for ten minutes. The last point where the two speakers differ is the price: while the XP500 costs $349.99 US, the XP700 costs $449.99 US. Both models should go on sale next month.

If you’re more inclined towards a boombox shape unit, the SRS-Xg500 might be for you. X-Balanced speaker units and “high efficiency” tweeters are included once again, as is the Mega Bass setup. The XG500 has subtler ring lighting around the edges and is easy to carry by hand. This model is IP66 waterproof rated and covered in a water repellent mesh. Sony says the fabric exterior is also easy to clean. There’s a 1/4-inch input for a microphone or guitar, as well as a single USB port for charging the device to play music.

The XG500 offers 30 hours of battery life with a quick 10-minute charge, giving you three hours of use in the blink of an eye. Like the other options, this speaker is set to be put on the market for sale in June, at a price of $449.99 US.

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The XP500, XP700 and XG500 work with Sony’s Music Center app. This software allows you to adjust the EQ to suit your musical style or event. Sony says that all three speakers also have their updated Remastered DSP (digital signal processing) which has been re-tuned to an audio profile.genre free“. This explains why the change should lead to fuller vocals and overall a more “natural” sound. The company’s Fiestable app offers the ability to host karaoke parties as well as adjust the colors of the built-in LED lighting.

Source: Engadget

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