Sony XP500 Splashproof Bluetooth Portable Party Speaker - Black

Model Number: SRS-XP500
Web Code: 15480770

Sony XP500 Splashproof Bluetooth Portable Party Speaker - Black

Overview

Though it's small, the Sony XP500 splashproof portable Bluetooth speaker delivers rich, full sound thanks to its pair of stereo cones. At the same time, the Bluetooth connectivity makes it simple to sync up a smartphone or other compatible mobile devices and play your tunes wherever you'd like, while the splashproof design is perfect for relaxing by the pool with your songs.
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Overview

Though it's small, the Sony XP500 splashproof portable Bluetooth speaker delivers rich, full sound thanks to its pair of stereo cones. At the same time, the Bluetooth connectivity makes it simple to sync up a smartphone or other compatible mobile devices and play your tunes wherever you'd like, while the splashproof design is perfect for relaxing by the pool with your songs.

Perfect Size and Sound

  • 13.3cm (5.24") wide speaker is super-portable and can blend in with almost any environment
  • Stereo pair speakers deliver rich, full sound

Quick and Easy Connectivity

  • Bluetooth compatibility makes it easy to sync up a smartphone, tablet, or other device to play your tunes
  • Electric outlet and battery powered for up to 20 hours, so you can keep the party going all night
  • Splashproof design is tough and long-lasting

Optional accessories (sold separately)

  • 3.5mm male-to-male stereo audio cable (if you want to connect to a non-Bluetooth device)
Type
Party Speaker
Colour
Black
Wireless Multi-Room Capability
No
Stereo Pair
Yes

Connectivity & Media

Primary Wireless Connection
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Connectivity
Yes
NFC Ready
No
Network Capable
No
Satellite Radio
No
Radio Tuner
None
Works with Apple AirPlay
No
Chromecast built-in
No
Spotify
No
TuneIn Radio
No
AllPlay
No
DTS Play-Fi
No
Voice Control
No
Works with Google Assistant
No
Works with Amazon Alexa
No
Works with Apple HomeKit
No
Other Compatible Apps
Sony Music Center App

Inputs/Outputs

3.5 mm Auxiliary Input
Yes
USB Input
Yes
Headphone Jack
Yes

Speaker Features

Shielded Speakers
Yes

Power

Approximate Battery Life
20 hours
Remote Control
No

Physical Features

Dust Proof
No
Splashproof
Yes
Party Speaker
Yes
Width
13.3 cm
Height
61.5 cm
Depth
34.3 cm
Width (Inches)
5.24 in
Height (Inches)
24.21 in
Depth (Inches)
13.5 in
Weight
12.83 kg
  • Power Cord
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Rating Breakdown

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8

Reviewer Recommendation

85%

Of the 183 reviewers who responded, 155 would recommend this product.

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  • Live your life loud with this speaker
    Reviewed by JKinSYR - June 15, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This is a multi use speaker with loud volume capability and excellent sound clarity. The Sony SRS XP500 offers a really modern and upscale look with modern style. Durable usage and portability for indoor and outdoor use. A portable Bluetooth speaker with some Mega Bass that Sony uniquely offers. IPX4 water resistant is perfect to have outdoors for picnics or pool parties. This speaker can withstand some gentle splashing or minor rain or sprinkles. Easy to grasp dual handles for picking this speaker up and taking it on the go and moving it from place to place. Weighs approximately 25 pounds so it's got some weight to it, but isn't impossible to lug around in the back of the SUV or for tailgating. This speaker is versatile as it will allow you to stand it vertically or lay it down horizontally for your appropriate space. You can use the input jacks on the back of this unit to plug in your microphone and also a guitar as well. The best part of this speaker for me is that it's cordless so you can achieve true wire free usability. With a full charge you can take this speaker on the go. Also use the 2 USB ports on the back to charge your device or you can also play music directly from your smartphone via USB. Most will use the Bluetooth 5.0 to utilize their music streaming on this for smooth and solid wireless connection. To bump up the party effect you can utilize the LED lighting for illumination and choose the mood you prefer. A must have to maximize your usage of this speaker is the Sony Music Center app available in the App Store for my iPhone XR. This speaker has fantastic sound and great looks. Sony has offered a very versatile Bluetooth speaker and battery pack in one.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Boom! Powerful !
    Reviewed by bradrobster - June 22, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] As others have said, this is not your normal Bluetooth speaker. While it is great for many of the normal uses and even traveling with it, its BIG. At over 23lbs and over 24 ½ inches tall, it is a force to be reckoned with. Powerful as most of the reviews say doesn’t do it justice. This is one of those great speakers that is perfect to put out on the patio or by the pool for that “full backyard” of sound! Sound quality is amazing. You can control it via the Sony Music Center App. This allows you to control the sound effects, including the Mega Bass, Live Sound or in the custom settings you can select the ClearAudio+ which automatically selects Mega Bass as part of the Sony recommended one setting option for best settings. Power options are also in the settings of the Music Center App. It clearly shows how many hours remain on the current charge, Options for extending battery life as well as a Battery Care Option which only allows up to 90% charge to extend the life of the battery. Lighting on this thing is crazy, they have 10 different options ( including a lights off) to allow you to customize the lighting mode. Really cool options! Also with the lighting and other options is the Sony Fiestable App. It has options like DJ Control, Illumination , Karaoke ( which is a cool option with the Mic). Motion control and a really cool option called Party Playlist which allows your guests on the same wifi to have access to a playlist that they can help add songs too if they have the Fiestable App also installed. I did not try the mic or guitar option yet, I am waiting for a friend that is going to visit soon who is going to help me try those options out. As I said at the beginning, this thing is perfect for the patio or deck of even a large home. You get full sound across the space. We even had it in our cul-de-sac for a neighbor party over the weekend. It was more than enough sound and could have done more! Everyone complemented on it. We also used the onboard USB Charging to charge two phones while we were out there! You can stand it up or even put it on its side, it is IPX4 certified so it will handle small splashes and spills so again, great for the pool or hot tub area. Just ensure you pay attention to the dimensions and weight, it’s not something your going to toss in a backpack and carry with you. It is made to be a party machine!

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Great Large BT Party Speaker
    Reviewed by Posted1 - June 20, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Great speaker. Very large, but well worth it. The sound quality is fantastic and the volume is impressive. One of Sony's longest lasting and best selling and performing options is Sony's MEGA BASS. I have several Sony products that offer this option and it never disappoints. It really does offer a a deep and even punch that is certainly "bassy" but not at all overbearing. Great job Sony in tuning that sound. Sony uses what they call "X-Balanced" speaker tuning for delivering this rich, crisp, clean and balanced mid's, highs and lows. A great audio option. As for volume levels, we have a 35'x15' indoor pool. With 8 teenagers swimming in there, 4 different conversations going on and the splashing and water play that accompanied it, when I had this at full volume, it was loud (and clear) enough that they asked me to turn it down. I turned it down to about 50% and it was perfect. Another nice feature is the IPX4 water resistance rating. I had absolutely no problems placing this right by the pool knowing it would certainly catch some "water shrapnel" from the teenage shenanigans that are sure to go on. Indeed, it survived several days in the pool house, absolutely none-the-worse for wear. One great feature is the battery. They claim it's 20 hours worth of life, but I am skeptical considering the many variables (what volume level, what part of the LED lights, operating temperature etcetera) can certainly play major rules in battery life. That said, it does have USB port 1 that can both charge and play music, and USB 2 that won't play music, but will charge. So if your phone is low, you can plug it into either of these ports and charge your devices. Additionally, USB quick charging will offer up to 80 minutes of playback on 10 minutes charge time. I did not test this feature but found it worth mentioning from the manufacturers white sheet. The back panel offer in addition to the previously mentioned USB ports also offers inputs for microphone and another for guitar. Each input has adjustable levels to offer your camp fire friends a great sing-along buy the fire. Very cool. There is also a standard 1.5 mm input jack. Well thought out. Above the enclosed panel that offers these input options, there are 3 buttons that allow you even more options to use and enjoy this speaker. There are buttons for "Party Connect" that allows for chaining of multiple speakers, a "Battery Care" button that allows you to maintain and manage the battery as well as a "Light" button to manage the LED lighting system. The speaker was cleverly designed... You can stand it up vertically or lay it down horizontally depending on your current environmental needs and the sound is equally as impressive in either orientation. Very well thought out. Sony recommends 2 apps to assist in speaker use. The "Sony Music Center" app is intuitive and offers multiple control options for operating the music portion of the speaker. The other app is named "Fiestable" and is designed to control the lighting. This one, I don't know... I loaded it, deleted it, cleared cache multiple times and it just never worked. Is this a deal breaker? Well, no, not for me. The lighting control (to me) seems kind of hokey and not really something I would use. But I thought it worth mentioning. End of the day, this is a very good speaker if you have the need. For us, having teenagers and the indoor pool at home, this is a no brainer. We also use it while camping both for playing music, as well as plug-in a guitar and mic to entertain the troops, I would energetically recommend to a friend, but I would note the "Fiestable" app not seeming to work. Good choice if you need it. **PLEASE NOTE** This was provided to me at reduced or no charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. And this review is exactly that, honest and unbiased.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • STRONG, balanced pleasing sound
    Reviewed by MrGadget - June 11, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Sony SRS-XP500 Portable Wireless Speaker Delivers BIG, POWERFUL, Pleasing Backyard-filling Sound. Available now at Best Buy for $450, this 25-pound behemoth really delivers the goods whether standing up on its rubberized feet or on its side on a quad of bumpers! With up to 20 hours of battery life per charge, it is well-balanced with just the right amount of strong bass, without overpowering the listener with too much boom, boom, boom. It can also operate while plugged in to wall power. Sony developed its mid-range speaker to provide clear vocals and a front tweeter for the highs. Add to this an X-Balanced speaker for the sweet sound of “MEGA BASS”. Tested with music that included classical, classic rock, jazz, acid rock and hip-hop, each of my listeners commented on the clean, crisp and altogether pleasing sound. They were also pleased with the power behind the sound. That’s high praise for such an imposing portable speaker. We all expected less! The speaker design and technology provide an effective surround sound sensation. At first look, we expected the indirect LED illumination and light shows available through the downloadable and Fiestable app to be gimmicky. We were pleasantly surprised. Choose from static colors or go DJ-style and manipulate the “record,” spinning through an endless color variety. This is fun! The Sony Music Center app allows numerous music sources to be controlled through the app. We tested Spotify and Apple Music. Launching Music Center and choosing Apple Music linked the library on my iPhone. Selection was as if within the Music app. The benefit is that there is no need to have both apps open. With the app’s Party Connect, up to 100 compatible speakers can join together. Now, that’s a party! Digging into Music Center I found another nice feature. The SRS-XP500 can be turned off through the app, so when it’s time to call it a day, or night, simply touch and it’s powered off. No worries about splashes or spills because this speaker carries an IPX4 rating. It will do just fine by the pool or next to your drinks. A top and bottom built-in handle makes moving it about as easy as picking up a 25-pound box with handles. Controls on the top of the speaker are the power button with a charge indicator, a Bluetooth button, standard Play/Pause button, “-“ with “+” button for volume control as well as a MEGA BASS button that toggles between high bass and a more subdued bass response. Ports under a protective rubber rear panel cover include a plug for the power cord, a pair of USB ports, both of which may be used for playing music files from a flash drive/stick. Alternatively, one port is designated as also acting as a charge port for, as an example, a mobile phone. In addition, there are two ¼-inch jacks. Plug in a mic or two, or one mic and a guitar, using the SRS-XP500 as the amp. Each control has its own volume control, and there is a master on/off button for these two jacks. Finally, there is a 3.5mm jack for direct connection to a computer or phone that still has one of these. Then, the speaker can use this alternate music source without the need for Bluetooth. A master Light power button, Party Connect button and Battery Care button can be found on the rear of the speaker above the rubber cover. The Battery Care button stops charging just shy of the battery reaching 100%. This is the same feature most computers and mobile phones offer in order to extend the life of the battery. I was not able to determine if the battery is user-replaceable or even replaceable at all, though the battery technology suggests at least a five year life span with regular use, and more with infrequent use. There was no information found as to whether the Bluetooth technology is 4 or 5, nor is the power rating in Watts shown anywhere I could find. I was also not able to find the battery capacity, though it is specified to power the speaker for up to 20 hours. The USB Charge port can also put a quick charge yielding up to 80 minutes of playback after only 10 minutes of charge time when using a USB-C fast charger or a USB-C power bank. **WHAT’S IN THE BOX** • Sony SRS-XP500 • Power cord • Quick setup guide and warranty **THE SETUP** As instructions indicate, first to charge the speaker, and next to connect with a phone via standard Bluetooth protocols. Then, start enjoying this powerful portable speaker. **PUT TO THE TEST** It works superbly! It is so good that users may easily consider using it while powered by a wall plug inside the home for everyday use. It would be a shame to relegate it to only occasional use when friends and family visit while partying or picnicking outdoors. There is nothing more to add. **CONCLUSION** If you are looking for a premium, feature-rich portable speaker with Bluetooth and hard-wired connectivity, with bonus guitar and microphone inputs and cool LED illumination, you can do no wrong choosing this Sony XRS-XP500. **WARRANTY** SRS-XP500 comes with Sony’s standard one year warranty.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Great
    Reviewed by zmonia - July 16, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I Use the Sony l Music Center app to control music, This speaker is absolutely amazing! Looks so good, sound brilliant (mega bass), Bluetooth connection and water resistant. Not to mention that you can pair other speakers with that one too. Lighting is just fun it compare to the music you play at the time. Is powerful, and after charging is playing 20 hours! So I recommend this speaker 100%. You not gonna be disappointed.

    Review originally posted on sony.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.


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Condition
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