Sony has put out reliable and good speakers frequently for a long time now. Today we are taking a look at XB series models, comparing the two decently apart in fact.
Namely, these are Sony XB7 vs Sony XB60. We will be looking at their advantages, disadvantages, similarities and choosing the optimal choice between the two.
Their standby power consumption is the same at 0.5 W, active one isn’t much more of a hassle.
Both possess Bluetooth technology connections. This feature offers you the ability to stream your digital music library by connecting to the loudspeakers. There are great features that enhance it explored further down below.
You get a year’s worth of warranty in case your loudspeakers run into a technical stub. Not all too long of a warranty but considering quality associated with
Lights add to the mood of the music. Be it a party, street, or home you can enhance the atmosphere.
These LED lights have club-like LED illumination. Speakers feature multicolor patterns from exclusively white to rainbow-colored ones. The power and speed of the light display are adjustable as well on both of our entrants.
The more things we can connect the more versatility our speakers possess. Things such as microphone input and wireless functionality give an edge to entrants.
You are able to connect smartphones and tablets to these loudspeakers via a USB port for charging and playing songs. There’s also the ability to connect audio equipment with audio input and output, be it a TV or extra speaker versatility is very present. The remote control is another option, further enhanced by features we’ll explain further down.
All the previously mentioned connections are applicable here but with some additions. Upping the number of plausible connections is a mic input, allowing vocal performances as long as you have hardware for it. A more noticeable and important feature is wireless functionality with 14 hours of battery life, although it goes down to 3 hours if you use the speaker’s lights. You can pump this up to 4.5 with lights on if you turn on the stamina mode.
The Winner: Sony XB60
Special Connectivity Features
Interesting additions to the roster of features start with Party Chain, which allows you to expand your speaker system. After connecting them with the audio cable you can select one to be the host device, which all members of the system will be synchronized to
Improving Party Chain features is Wireless Party Chain. It allows you to connect up to ten other wireless speakers using Bluetooth technology, maintaining the synchronization offered by the other entrant with added range. Added to the app support is Fiestable which has a similar use as Music Center, also supported on XB60, but with added motion controls.
The Winner: Winner XB60
Boosting the quality of your compressed music is DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), restoring the high-frequency sound to the tracks. ClearAudio+ is another sound improving option. It is able to optimize audio to deliver a consistently clear, high-quality sound, whether you’re gaming or enjoying music and movies. Extra Bass is a worthwhile addition too. It works by enhancing bass lines to bring over deep, strong bass, and it only requires a button press. Music Center smartphone app that offers wireless control of settings. There’s also LADC but that comes more into play with XBL60.
Speaking of Sony XB60, it possesses the same enhancing options although you’ll get more bang for your buck with the fact you can not only stream through Bluetooth but regularly play music without a wired connection. This will make sure that cord or cordless you get the maximum quality, thanks to LDAC enhancing wireless audio.
Despite XB60 getting better use out of one of the features, it is still a tie as both possess the same traits.
The Winner: Tie
The dimensions of XB7 are 12.8 x 25.6 x 13.4 inches and weighs 27 lbs. At this size, it poses slight issues when it comes to transportation but its one-box design mitigates this somewhat with convenient transportation.
The second model on our reviewing table today measures up at 10.4 x 21.7 x 10.7 inches, smaller in comparison to XB7. Its more compatible nature is further proven with 17.6 lbs weight. Sharing the one-box design with the other entrant but being comparatively light and small it inches out a victory.
The Winner: Sony XB60
Pros and Cons