The Consumer Electronics Show is one of the biggest events of the year for the bluetooth speaker industry. As expected it's where many companies choose to introduce their latest speakers to the world and this year is no exception. In Las Vegas this past week Sony introduced not one but FOUR new speakers to its Extra Bass line including several models which include light effects.
Starting at the bottom of the price ladder we have the XBS-10 which is a small, super portable mono speaker that features one driver plus a passive radiator in a design that is similar to the Anker Soundcore Mini. It offers some cool extra features though such as the ability to connect up with another XB-10 to create a stereo pair as well water resistance and 16 hours of playback. Moving up the line we have the XB-20, XB-30 and XB-40 which all feature two drivers plus passive radiators.
What makes each different from each other are the size of the drivers, the wattage and the complexity of the new lighting effects each produces. The XB20 has lights around the edge, the XB30 has additional strobes while the XB40 adds LED on the speaker cone itself. Sony claims the top two models produce 'club-like' lighting effects with multicolor patterns ranging from pure white to rainbow that can pulsate with the music. More details are expected to be released closer to their release in the spring of 2017 and we'll have them for you when they do. We're super eager to hear the sound quality of these new speakers and how they compare to the competition.