Great value for price/performance!
I had been researching bluetooth speakers for a little bit. Then one day I went down to JB HIFI and a few other stores to have a listen to the speakers they had on display. I was initially leaning towards the JBL Charge 3 as that was receiving great reviews. The JB HIFI stores had the best displays for demos because all the speakers were lined up next to each other.
So I listened to the Charge 3 and JBL FLip4, then the UE WonderBoom, Boom, Megaboom, Blast, and Megablast speakers. Finally, I said, "what the heck" and tried the Sony XB31 and th...en the XB41. To me there was a significant difference in that the XB31 and WonderBoom sounded so much more lively, less distorted, and oozed personality from the music they were playing; the JBL's sounded flat to me; the other UE devices, while sounding great too, were too much for less pizzazz. (I also don't like the designs of them) The XB31 was on sale for 1/2 price and only a few dollars more than the WonderBoom. The lighting features are a nice touch, not over the top. Unfortunately, they don't always play in sync with the music depending on the music and the lighting style you have selected (there are several different modes).
What an awesome speaker for its size.
What an awesome speaker for its size. Looks great, sounds amazing and the LED light effects are a great bonus. All these type of speakers are"waterproof" to some degree so a short time in the water (not too much) and it keeps on pumping. I haven't tested this to the limit though. The bluetooth is a simple one button pairing and was easy to change connections. The sound is surprisingly good (and loud) for such a small unit. I paid about half the RRP which is easy to find and completed the bargain this is. I have had it for only a couple of weeks so far so longevity is not known yet.
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