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  • Sony SRS-XB23 Extra Bass Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Manufacturer Refurbished) $59.99
  • Sony SRS-XB33 Extra Bass Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Manufacturer Refurbished) $78
  • Sony SRSXB43 Extra Bass Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Manufacturer Refurbished) $128
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These are 2020 version of Sony Extra Bass speaker with USB-C charging port. Improved sound too. Released in May 2020.

SRS-XB23 $59.99
Black https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-SRS...Sw9VxfW4i6
Blue https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-SRS...Sw6rFfW4i~
Gray https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-SRS...SwZR1fW4jA

SRS-XB33 $78
Blue https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-SRS...SwokBfMV9l
Black https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-SRS...SwS3FfEbJB

SRS-XB43 $128
Black https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-SRS...SwM~9fBy-M
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I received my xb43 order this morning and have been listening to it for a few hours. Note that it comes in a plain brown box with an AC->USB C power adapter and nothing else. No retail packaging or any way to store, nbd for refurb but FYI. I will be looking for a carrying/storage case for it shortly.

First you will want to download the Sony Music Center app(same one for Sony BT headphones), which will update the firmware for you to version 3700 if the speaker needs it. I spent about an hour listening to it before I did this, and while using the "live" setting accessible with the button on top of the speaker made it sound fun, it wasn't my favorite but YMMV (it was "3d" but kind of hollow and unnatural, preference also depended on the kind of music, on some it sounded great and other music not so much). After connecting to the Sony Music Center and updating firmware its default sound signature improved dramatically, and now there was access to a new music setting (ClearAudio+) which is now my default setting, much better for most genres I listen to (everything except Tejano and most country, although I suspect it would sound fine with these too). There is a 3 band equalizer (low, mid, hi) which I played with for a bit and it did improve sound slightly with unique settings on a song per song basis, it disabled the ClearAudio setting. I found just leaving ClearAudio on was the best across most of my music without having to screw with anything.

It gets plenty loud IMHO (and being exNavy, a competition shooter, and having many loud concerts without hearing protection in my past, my hearing is probably not the best Big Grin).

The app also gives access to other features of the speaker including different lighting themes and a bunch of weird shit I will never use... like a thing where you can use your phone to play the speaker like a drum pad with different preloaded sound samples and other nonsense like that. I am thinking that Sony has some bored app developers or something...

I am not sure that it is the best you can do for $140 (after tax) given the plethora of BT speakers out there (several of which I have tried, but there must be thousands Big Grin), but I am happy with it so far. I have several of the Amazon/Chinese specials from SD over the years topping out at maybe $60 and I don't think any of them sound quite as good, get quite as loud, and none of them definitely have all of the features. The main issue with those has also been longevity, batteries that don't last long before not holding a charge, and issues with distortion as songs change since my library isn't volume normalized. This speaker seems to handle all music well at a high volume without distorting, who knows how long the battery will last, and I haven't checked but hope that I will be able to replace the battery in the future even if it takes some eBay replacement battery shopping and a bit of soldering.

I can post what I find for a carrying case if anyone here cares...
Thank you for your tips, I followed every bit of it and also find my self having Clear Audio as my pref......pls. update me if you find a case, most I see on Amazon are in the $30 range.
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Thank you for your tips, I followed every bit of it and also find my self having Clear Audio as my pref......pls. update me if you find a case, most I see on Amazon are in the $30 range.
Right on, glad it was helpful! Looks like people either got a crappy one (a return but not "refurbished") or a new looking one, hopefully the customer support experience is good, I am considering gambling on another while they are still available at this price!

I have also not found anything cheaper than $30, but I assume like most other carrying cases I have ended up getting for things like this, once I can find the case with the right dimensions, etc. that there should be some that will work fine more in the $10 range. I won't spend $30+ on a case for a device that I got on clearance lol. Once I find something I will post, but it might be a week or two, searching through the piles of sponsored garbage on Amazon is an exercise in frustration and exhaustion, their search is total crap now since they started selling placement in their results Frown.

Finally one thing I forgot to mention, it looks like Sony is using the same BT chipset they used in the new 1000XM4 NC headphones, because the speaker supports LDAC connection (which surprised me, first BT speaker that I have seen that does that), but it does NOT support APTx at all, neither LL (good for movies to reduce sync problems) or HD (for higher bitrate streaming). I haven't played with watching videos with this yet to know if there are syncing problems, given this is easy to fix in software not to worried about that.
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Received my XB43 today. It looks flawless. Did the update and played around with the lights and sound settings. The lights are probably the coolest part about it. The sound quality is decent, but not that loud. Going to use it at a small Halloween party and figure out if it's worth keeping.
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Received my XB43 today. It looks flawless. Did the update and played around with the lights and sound settings. The lights are probably the coolest part about it. The sound quality is decent, but not that loud. Going to use it at a small Halloween party and figure out if it's worth keeping.
just used it on my daughter's simple bday party last night and it is well worth it for the price......had it in full blast for many hours and still got some juice left......worth keeping it at this price, imho....Smilie
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My xb43 arrived yesterday in Los Angeles, CA, & looks brand new. Shipping box arrived damaged & the bubble wrap did not protect one large side of the speaker. I was worried, but after updating the firmware, fully charged & blasting 100%, no distorting heavy bass, no sound issues, no issues at all. I consider the Clear Audio setting the best.

Party speaker in a small package. I'm so glad I passed on the Prime Day JBL Boombox & often discounted JBL Extreme2 (which is now on sale on amazon for $200 right now, nib).

Party lights, bluetooth5, usb-c, like new condition, $140 delivered = Sony for the win! Perfect timing for the holidays!

now waiting for travel cases to drop below $20...
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Price is reduced by $100 everywhere brand new xb43 is $149 at bestbuy, bhphoto etc
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New one on BH for $148.00 with Payboo it's no tax.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...table.html
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Price is reduced by $100 everywhere brand new xb43 is $149 at bestbuy, bhphoto etc
I don't even want to look at this,LOL....even the JBL Xtreme 2 is at $199....smhSmilie
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I don't even want to look at this,LOL....even the JBL Xtreme 2 is at $199....smhSmilie

Well, you saved $20 if everything came in great shape. just a bit less of warranty time. Might still be worth it.
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Well, you saved $20 if everything came in great shape. just a bit less of warranty time. Might still be worth it.
exactly that was my only consolation, LOL
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Saved $10 after tax... FUUUUUUUUU... Frown. Ah well. Checking out all the options available on sale including the JBL...
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Good find - I'm ordering the 33!

Amazon has the 23 in black new for $58.00 (https://www.amazon.com/Sony-SRS-X...86DBR6T7).

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Good find - I'm ordering the 33!

Amazon has the 23 in black new for $58.00 (https://www.amazon.com/Sony-SRS-X...86DBR6T7). [amazon.com]
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I did not buy this when it went live, but I left this in my cart on eBay (when checking out this deal). Seller offered me $47.99 price today (for the 23). Just a heads up, in case anyone wants to try the same thing.
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I bought the XB43. Bass response is strong down to 45hz. LDAC is a must! And prioritize sound quality over connection. Not bad at all.
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