Sony’s consumer audio lineup can seem like a bit of a complicated space, especially when it comes to try headphonesbut the line bluetooth speakers it has never been the flagship of the range. Today, Sony is announcing three new X Series speakers that round out the existing X Series models with even more options for more people.
The SRS-XG300 sits just below Sony’s existing SRS-XG500 as a boombox-style cylindrical powerhouse destined to fill your backyard parties with tons of sound. This speaker is noticeably smaller than the XG500, and would be ideal for those who want something that’s loud and versatile, but doesn’t take up as much space in a backpack.
Sony has also thrown in some new bells and whistles, including ClearAudio+ audio processing that aims to deliver an ideal mix for clarity and punch, plus Live Sound mode that supposedly pushes the volume a bit and equalizes the sound. to deliver a more concert-like stereo spread. There’s 25 hours of battery life on tap – impressive when you consider the larger XG500 comes with 30 hours – and there’s even an adaptive LED light ring on each end that can be programmed to match the beat. and the character of his music.
The XG300 can also double as a speakerphone thanks to its built-in echo cancellation microphone, plus you can charge your other devices using its included USB-A port. A 3.5mm aux-in port lets you connect your non-Bluetooth audio sources, and with an IP67 rating, it can survive just about any combination of water and dust/sand you want to throw at it.
The SRS-XE300 and SRS-XE200 are two additional offerings, which seem to focus squarely on the water-bottle-sized speaker market. These sporty little Bluetooth speakers come in a five-sided prism shape with mesh speaker grilles making up the corners to create a casual and playful look, which is further emphasized by the turquoise and orange colors that are available.
Of course, you can also go for a more traditional black or white design. These speakers put an emphasis on convenience and versatility with 24 hours of battery life on the XE300 and 16 hours on the XE200. You’ll have to trade off, as these smaller speakers won’t be as loud as something like the XG300, but they’ll certainly fit better in a beach bag. Like its big brother, these speakers double as speakers (with a dedicated mute button) and are fully waterproof and dustproof with an IP67 rating. But unlike the XG300, the XE 200 and 300 are also shockproof, providing even more protection for your rides.
All of the X-series speakers are centered around Sony’s proprietary “X-Balanced Speaker Unit,” which are essentially square cones that Sony promises will deliver more sound pressure for louder, less distorted audio. This isn’t the first time that Sony or other audio manufacturers have opted for non-standard driver forms for these non-standard speaker cabinets, but if the XG-500 is any indication, the speakers get a lot louder than their size could traditionally accommodate.
Finally, if you want to maximize your sound, all three models can be interconnected via Sony’s PartyConnect feature, which wirelessly syncs up as many of these speakers as you like, whether they’re similar speakers of the same model or different models across the range.