Sony XP700 Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jul 20, 2021 at 09:13 am
Sony XP700 Picture
7.1
Music
6.4
Videos/Movies
6.9
Podcasts
2.8
Voice Assistant
7.6
Outdoors
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Speakerphone
No
Voice Assistant
No
Battery Powered
Yes

The Sony XP700 is a large party speaker with customizable RGB lights, and it can get pretty loud. With its 'MEGA BASS' feature enabled, it has a boomy sound profile that you can customize using the graphic EQ and presets featured in its companion app. This decently-built speaker is rated IPX4 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. While its material quality is good overall, it isn't rated for dust and impact resistance, and we don't currently test for this. Much like other Sony speakers we've tested, it's also compatible with the Fiestable app, which you can use to control the speaker's extra party features. It also features a mic input and a mic/guitar input which can come in handy when connecting the speaker to external microphones or a guitar. Unfortunately, though the Sony XP700 can get quite loud, there's some compression present at max volume that can affect the clarity of your audio during loud listening sessions.

Our Verdict

7.1 Music

The Sony XP700 is decent for music. While it has a boomy sound profile with its 'MEGA BASS' feature enabled, it struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in low-bass. Its overemphasized mid-range can make some vocals and instruments sound a bit honky and harsh, and its slightly underemphasized treble can make higher-pitched voices and instruments sound somewhat dull. Fortunately, its companion app comes with presets and a graphic EQ, meaning you can customize its sound to your liking. The Sony XP700 can also get pretty loud, though there's some compression at max volume, which may affect the clarity of your audio.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Can get loud.
Cons
  • Compression present at max volume.
  • Lacks some low-bass.
6.4 Videos/Movies

The Sony XP700 isn't bad for videos and movies. It has low latency with iOS and Android devices, making it suitable for watching videos and movies. That said, apps compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary. While it has a boomy sound profile with its 'MEGA BASS' feature enabled, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble often present in action-packed scenes. That said, there's a graphic EQ and presets featured on its companion app that you can use to customize its sound to your liking. It can also get quite loud, though there's some compression at max volume.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Low latency with iOS and Android devices.
  • Can get loud.
Cons
  • Compression present at max volume.
  • Mediocre directivity.
  • Lacks some low-bass.
6.9 Podcasts

The Sony XP700 is alright for podcasts. It can get pretty loud, and vocal-centric audio sounds clear and present in the mix, though it can sound somewhat honky and harsh at times. Fortunately, there's a graphic EQ and presets you can use to tweak its sound. Also, its directivity isn't bad, so you can hear your audio clearly from most angles, though its soundstage can be perceived as narrow and directional. It can also be paired to up to two devices at once, which is helpful when you need to switch between audio sources. Unfortunately, due to its weight and size, it isn't very portable. There are also some compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio doesn't sound as clean at louder volumes.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Can get loud.
Cons
  • Compression present at max volume.
  • Mediocre directivity.
2.8 Voice Assistant

The Sony XP700 doesn't support voice assistants.

7.6 Outdoors

The Sony XP700 is good for outdoor use. This speaker is battery-powered, so you can take it outdoors with you without needing to plug it into a power source for it to work. It's decently well-built with an IPX4 rating for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. While it has a boomy sound profile, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop or EDM. Thankfully, there's a graphic EQ and presets, meaning you can adjust its sound to better suit your preferences. Also, the Sony XP700 can get pretty loud, making it suitable to use at large outdoor parties. That said, there's some compression at max volume that can affect the clarity of your audio during louder listening sessions.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Can get loud.
  • IPX4 rating for water resistance.
Cons
  • Compression present at max volume.
  • 7.1 Music
  • 6.4 Videos/Movies
  • 6.9 Podcasts
  • 2.8 Voice Assistant
  • 7.6 Outdoors

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights Yes

The Sony XP700 is a large party speaker designed for both either horizontal or vertical placement. It has built-in handles on its sides to help with transporting it and has customizable RGB lights underneath each handle that also reflect off the speaker's body.

5.4
Design
Portability
Volume
4,783 in³ (78,383 cm³)
Weight
37.3 lbs (16.9 kg)
Power Source
AC & Battery
One-Hand Carry
Yes

The Sony SRS-XP700 isn't very portable. It's battery-powered, so you can take it outdoors with you without needing to connect it to a power source, and it has two built-in handles to help with carrying it. That said, the Sony XP700 is quite large and bulky, and though you can carry it with one hand, some users may find it too heavy.

7.0
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Good
Water Resistance
Water-resistant (IPx4)
Dust Resistance
No
Impact Resistance
Unspecified
Floats In Water
No

The Sony XP700 has decent build quality, and it's solid plastic with a matte finish. While its material quality is good overall, it isn't rated for dust and impact resistance, and the manufacturer warns against placing the speaker in places that may expose it to a lot of dust. That said, it's rated IPX4 for water resistance, though we don't test for this. The Sony XP700 has metal grilles protecting the drivers on its front and top of the speaker near its rear and two built-in handles on either side of it to help with transporting it. There are RGB lights underneath each handle which you can customize on its companion app. There's also a horizontal groove atop the speaker for placing devices like your mobile phone or tablet and a port cover on its rear protecting its inputs and controls that's easy to open and close. There are rubber feet on two of its sides, so you can place the speaker horizontally or vertically.

7.0
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Great
Feedback
Great
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Physical)
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Physical)
Track Next/Previous
Yes (Physical)
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

The Sony XP700 has a decent selection of controls similar to the Sony XG500. Its buttons are texturized and are easy to use. The power, Bluetooth, play/pause, volume, and 'MEGA BASS' preset buttons are on its top. The speaker emits audible feedback to inform you of when it's in pairing mode and flashes its Bluetooth indicator light quickly. You can double-press the play/pause button to skip to your next track and triple-press it to backtrack. Also, the power button's indicator light flashes as you adjust the speaker's volume and flashes three times once you reach its minimum or maximum volume. You can enable the speaker's 'Stamina' mode by pressing and holding the 'MEGA BASS' button or by enabling it in its companion app. This will cause its indicator light to turn orange.

On the rear of the speaker, there's a Party Connect button you can use to connect the Sony to other compatible speakers. Pressing the 'Battery' button informs you of the speaker's battery level, and you can press the 'Light' button to turn on its RGB lights. There are also two inputs you can use to connect microphones or a guitar to the speaker, each with its own volume knob. If you want to connect a guitar, you can press the 'Guitar' button to enable the speaker's guitar mode.

Design
In The Box

  • Sony XP700 speaker
  • Polarized power cable
  • Reference Guide

Sound
6.8
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
-1.51
Std. Err.
4.12 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
49.7 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
15.3 kHz

The Sony XP700's frequency response accuracy is alright. It has a boomy sound profile that adds some extra bass to the mix, though some users may find this overwhelming. It also struggles to reproduce some low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music. The overemphasis in the mid-range can make some vocals and instruments sound a bit honky and harsh at times, while higher-pitched vocals and instruments may sound slightly dull and veiled. Thankfully, there's a graphic EQ and presets featured in its companion app that you can use to customize its sound to your liking.

Note: Our sound tests were conducted with the speaker placed vertically, and its 'MEGA BASS' preset enabled. Enabling its 'MEGA BASS' preset automatically enables Sony's ClearAudio+ feature, the recommended sound setting for music listening.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
7.2
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
5.25 dB
Stereo
Yes

The Sony SRS-XP700 has a decent soundstage performance. This speaker can play stereo content when positioned vertically or horizontally and has a built-in sensor that automatically senses the speaker's orientation. That said, it has mediocre directivity, resulting in a soundstage that can be perceived as narrow and directional.

7.6
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
99.0 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
3.39 dB

The Sony XP700's dynamics performance is good. It can get pretty loud, making it suitable to use at large parties. However, there's some compression present at max volume that can affect the clarity of your audio during louder listening sessions.

Active Features
9.1
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
16.9 hrs
Charge Time
2.3 hrs
Power Saving
Yes
Charging Port
AC

The Sony XP700 has a fantastic battery performance. While it's advertised to last around 25 hours from a single charge, it lasted just under 17 hours in our tests, which is still great. That said, battery life can depend on your usage habits and chosen settings, and your real-world experience may differ. The manufacturer also advertises that charging the speaker for ten minutes should help it last around three hours, though we didn't test this. There's also a 'Battery Care' mode you can enable in its companion app to protect its battery, though this may also result in shorter playback time, and we don't test for this feature.

There's a power-saving feature which shuts the speaker off following 15 minutes of inactivity, and a 'Stamina' mode you can enable that's advertised to suppress the speaker's power consumption, though we didn't test this. You can enable and disable both of these features in its companion app.

0
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Siri
No
Voice Activation
No
Microphone Mute
No Microphone
Far-Field Performance
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
No Microphone
7.9
Active Features
App
App Name
Sony Music Center
iOS
Yes
Android
Yes
EQ
Graphic + Presets
Stereo Pair Mode
Yes
Party Mode
Yes
Multi-Room
No

The Sony XP700's Sony Music Center app is very good. There are EQ presets and a graphic EQ you can use to adjust the speaker's sound to your liking, and there's also a 'Live Sound' feature you can enable to make your audio sound like it would at a live event, though we didn't test this. You can use the app to pair the Sony XP700 to another compatible speaker to create a stereo pair or multiple other speakers when you want your sound to fill a large room without bumping up the volume. If you have a USB key plugged into the speaker, you can also access and select its audio in the Sony Music Center app via its USB function. Also, the app features shortcuts to other applications like Spotify and the Fiestable app, which you can use to access and control the speaker's extra party features.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
Yes
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
Yes

The Sony SRS-XP700 has multiple inputs. There's an AUX port you can use to wire older devices to the speaker. There's also a mic input and a mic/guitar input you can use when you want to connect it to external microphones or a guitar. There are two USB-A charging ports you can use to charge your devices, and you can also use one of these ports to play your audio from a USB key.

Note: While the Sony XP700 doesn't support USB Audio, it supports USB key playback with compatible mp3, WMA, and WAV audio formats.

9.4
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
Unspecified
Bluetooth iOS Latency
32 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
59 ms
Bluetooth Range
334.6 ft (102.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices

The Sony XP700 has outstanding Bluetooth performance. It can be paired to up to two devices at once, which can come in handy when you need to switch between audio sources. It also has low latency with iOS and Android devices, making it suitable for watching movies and videos. That said, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary.

0
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
No Wi-Fi
Apple AirPlay
No
AirPlay Latency
N/A
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sony XP700 comes in one color variant: Black. You can find the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across other variants of this speaker, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The Sony XP700 is a large, portable party speaker that can get pretty loud. Much like other party speakers we've tested from Sony, it comes with the Sony Music Center companion app that features a graphic EQ and presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking, and you can also use the app to customize its RGB lights. Also, it's compatible with the Fiestable app, which you can use to access and control the speaker's extra party features, and it comes with ClearAudio+, which adjusts the speaker's sound according to your audio when enabled.

See our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best Bluetooth speakers for bass, and the best waterproof speakers.

JBL PartyBox 310

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better speaker than the Sony XP700 overall. The JBL has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce deeper bass than that of the Sony. It can also get louder with less compression at max volume, resulting in a cleaner sound during loud listening sessions. It also has built-in wheels and a telescopic handle to help with transporting it. That said, the Sony's sound is more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured on its companion app, meaning you can tweak its sound to your liking.

JBL PartyBox 100

The JBL PartyBox 100 is a better speaker than the Sony XP700 overall. The JBL offers a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box and can get louder than the Sony with less compression at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volumes. It also has a slightly wider-sounding soundstage. That said, the Sony is more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ and presets available on its companion app. It's also better-built, with an IPX4 rating for water resistance, though we don't test for this.

JBL Boombox 2

The Sony XP700 is a slightly better speaker than the JBL Boombox 2 overall, though you may prefer one over the other depending on your preferences and listening habits. The Sony is a large party speaker with customizable RGB lights and it can get somewhat louder than the JBL. Its sound profile is more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured on its companion app. That said, the JBL is smaller, more portable, and offers a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. This well-built speaker also offers a longer battery life of almost 24 hours from a single charge, though this can depend on your usage.

Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is a better speaker than the Sony XP700 overall. The Ultimate Ears has significantly less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio during louder listening sessions. It's also smaller, more portable, and offers a more open-sounding soundstage than the Sony. Also, it can last up to almost 24 hours from a single charge, though this can depend on your usage, and your experience may differ. The Sony features customizable RGB lights and mic and mic/guitar inputs, making it suitable for parties.

Sony XB90

The Sony XP700 is a somewhat better speaker than the Sony XB90 overall. The XP700 has a better-balanced sound profile and can get slightly louder than the XB90, with slightly less compression at max volume. It's better built, with an IPX4 rating for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. It can also last almost 17 hours from a single charge, though this depends on your usage. That said, the XB90 has better directivity, resulting in a more open-sounding soundstage.

Sony XB72

The Sony XP700 is a slightly better speaker than the Sony XB72. The XP700 is battery-powered and is more portable than the XB72 since you don't have to look for a power outlet to connect it to when it's fully charged. It can produce deeper bass, gets slightly louder, and has lower latency with iOS and Android devices. That said, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary. That said, the XB72 offers a wider-sounding soundstage and supports voice assistants through your smartphone, though its performance isn't very good.

SOUNDBOKS (Gen. 3)

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the SOUNDBOKS (Gen. 3) or the Sony XP700. The SOUNDBOKS can produce much deeper bass than the Sony and can get significantly louder. It can also last over 43 hours from a single charge, though this depends on your usage. That said, the Sony can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono and has better directivity, resulting in a wider-sounding soundstage. It has significantly fewer compression artifacts present at max volume, so your audio sounds cleaner at louder volume settings. It also has RGB light, which you can customize in its companion app.

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