Sony SRS-XE300 portable speaker review: much more capable than its little sister

Sony SRS-XE300 portable speaker review: much more capable than its little sister

Released in early summer 2022, the SRS-XE300 is a portable speaker that is largely based on the relatively small SRS-XE200, released at the same time. The resemblance is such that we advise you to read the proof of the small model upstream to correctly understand the proof below.

The SRS-XE300 differs primarily from its SRS-XE200 sibling in its much larger size. Here, the enclosure is still shaped like a pentagonal prism, but with a template of 10.5 x 23.8 x 1.9 cm for a weight of 1.3 kg. A beautiful baby that will be difficult to carry by hand, especially in the absence of a wrist strap.

Both connectors and connectivity are identical to the SRS-XE200 model (USB-C for charging, Bluetooth 5.2, multipoint, LDAC codec). The SRS-XE300 also has the same buttons on one of its slices and the same companion app (Sony Music Center). Getting started is therefore childish and particularly successful. The large model, however, goes one step further by being compatible with the Fiestable app (iOS, Android), which allows you to play with different effects (reverb, filters, echo, etc.) that are usually found on DJ turntables.

Comparison with the SRS-XE200 on the left.

Comparison with the SRS-XE200 on the left.

Due to its larger size, the SRS-XE300 has a longer battery life than the SRS-XE200. The large model could thus last about twenty hours with the volume set to 50% of its maximum value, that is, a comfortable volume to sound a medium-sized room or a terrace. To liven up a drunken evening (or not), it will probably be necessary to push it a little more to the limit: at 80% of maximum volume, autonomy drops to about 8 hours.

Our tests on the built-in microphone and Bluetooth communication latency gave us the same results as with the SRS-XE200.

Our tests on the built-in microphone and Bluetooth communication latency gave us the same results as with the SRS-XE200.

The SRS-XE300 proved to be much more capable than its little brother in terms of sound performance. Its larger size allows it, among other things, to offer much better extension at low frequencies than the SRS-XE200. The rendering is therefore warmer and therefore more appreciable. The SRS-XE300 also handles volume rise much better than its counterpart: tonal balance is maintained up to the 90% maximum volume bar, the limit beyond which bass collapses, dynamics crash and distortion is left untouched. wear. .

Sony SRS-XE300 portable speaker: much more capable than its little brother

The observations we made on the reproduction of mediums (aspect rumbling, timbres respected…) and treble (smoothness, good extension…) in the SRS-XE200 test still hold true here, as does the perfectible accuracy of the reproduction of the entire spectrum. However, this SRS-XE300 manages treble leakage towards the ends of the case much better than the small model, even if the phenomenon is still detectable by ear.

This model also delivers a little better on the promises made in terms of sound diffusion, but not enough to jump through the roof. In an upright position, playback is in fact relatively smooth up to a listening angle of about 45° to the speaker axis. This is not the case at all in a horizontal position, for which the listening experience is only pleasant when positioned in front of the speakers.



Strengths

  • Warm and pleasant sound reproduction, even at high volume.

  • Easy to use, numerous controls present on the enclosure.

  • Comfortable autonomy.

  • Built-in powerful microphone.

Weak points

  • Narrow sound stage in horizontal position.

  • Perfectible precision from bass to treble.

  • Connection possibilities limited to Bluetooth.

  • High latency in Bluetooth communication.

conclusion

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Editor rating: 4 out of 5

How does the rating work?

More imposing, but much more capable than its little brother SRS-XE200, the SRS-XE300 retains everything that was good about the small model (robustness, resistance, handling), while fixing certain musical flaws that the SRS-XE300 manages. XE200. Although it is still a good step behind the excellent SRS-XB43, this SRS-XE300 is a highly recommended portable speaker for anyone who wants to add sound to a room in their home or an outdoor terrace.

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