Sony, which has a sizeable presence in the Indian audio market has introduced Sony SRS-XB41 Bluetooth speaker for in the country.
The device, essentially a successor to last year’s XB40, has brought slight changes to its form factor.
At a first glance, the wireless speakers looked like it is built to perform and last. Here is our review of SRS-XB41. The Rs 16,990 device sports a slightly bigger form factor that its predecessor XB40 and for good.
At over 1.5 kgs, it is tad bit heavier and measures 291-mm x 104-mm x 105-mm in size.
The basic controls lie at the top of the device which lets you connect it to a smartphone (via Bluetooth), as well as increase or decrease the volume.
A panel at the rear side of the device remains hidden under a flap, which lets you access the advanced controls.
Underneath the flap, you will find a DC input for charging the device, a Micro-USB input and a USB output to charge other devices as well.
The “WPC” button lets you connect more than one speaker together via Bluetooth.
When it comes to the design language, the Sony XB41 features a soft fabric lining on top of the speaker grilles. It covers almost all of the front fillet of the device.
With IP67 rating, Sony has now made the XB41 completely water resistant which makes it a perfect companion for a pool party (its predecessor was splash resistant only).
Another high point is “party lights” that came to life as soon as the device is switched on.
Similar to the previous iteration, the lighting pattern on the SRS-XB41 consists of an outer ring around the speaker grille with flashing LEDs on either ends of the speaker.