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Guide to Using EXTRA BASS Portable Bluetooth Speakers(SRS-XB41,SRS-XB31,SRS-XB21)

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SRS series

Use speakers to liven up the party, by playing the same music from multiple speakers!
SRS-XB41, SRS-XB31, and SRS-XB21 all feature sound effects that are output by tapping the speakers.

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How to pair a Bluetooth speaker with a source device.

Connecting to an NFC-compatible device using One-touch (NFC)

Using "Party Booster" to liven up the party with sound effects.

Using Wireless Party Chain to liven up the party by connecting multiple speakers.

How to care for the speaker


How to pair a Bluetooth speaker with a source device.

  1. Set the speaker to Pairing mode.
    Press and hold the  (power)/  PAIRING button until the  (Bluetooth) indicator starts flashing rapidly.
    If there are no other devices paired to the speaker, it will automatically go in Pairing mode when it powers on.
  2. Turn on the Bluetooth function of the device you want to connect.
  3. Complete the connection by touching the model name of the speaker displayed on the device that you want to connect.
    When the BLUETOOTH connection is established, the  (BLUETOOTH) indicator switches from a flashing to a steady state.

You can confirm the above operations by watching this video.
SRS-XB41 Pairing and connecting with BLUETOOTH devices


Connecting to an NFC-compatible device using One-touch (NFC)

You can easily pair, (dis)connect and switch connections by touching NFC-compatible devices to the speaker.

  1. Turn on the speaker.
  2. Set the NFC function of your smartphone or Walkman to ON.
  3. Touch your NFC-compatible smartphone, Walkman, or other devices to the speaker.
  4. Follow along with the connection screen to complete the connection.
    When the BLUETOOTH connection is established, the  (BLUETOOTH) indicator will change from a flashing to a steady state.

You can confirm the above operations with this video.
SRS-XB41 Connecting with an NFC-compatible device by One-touch (NFC)


Using "Party Booster" to liven up the party with sound effects.

The Party Booster function plays up to 15 different sound effects when you tap the speaker.
Featuring a built-in grip that makes it easier to hold, you can tap your speaker in different places to make different sounds - like a scratch, snare, kick drum and cowbell.
Control the volume with your energy: tap gently for a soft sound or give it a good smack for a loud output.
Party Booster

How to use Party Booster

  1. Turn on the speaker.
  2. Turn on the Party Booster function.
    Press and hold the (volume) button and the + (volume) button of the speaker at the same time for more than 3 seconds.
    When the Party Booster function turns on, the  (power) indicator flashes 3 times.
    When the built-in battery level is low and the  (power) indicator is flashing, the number of flashes may be different.
    SRS volume buttons

    NOTE: You can also turn on the Party Booster function using the following methods.

    • Tap the speaker’s body
    • Use the "Sony | Music Center" application
  3. Tap on the top, front, both sides, or bottom of the speaker.
    The speaker will output sound-effects and the speaker’s light will be activated. 
    The surfaces where sound effects are output when you tap are the top, front, both sides, and the bottom of the speaker.
    The type and volume of the sound effect change depending on which surface you tap and how strongly you tap it.
    Party booster active surfaces

How to set the sound effects

You can easily choose from several different sound effect settings using the Sony | Music Center app.

  1. Open the "Sony | Music Center" app on your smartphone.
  2. Tap SRS-XB**.
  3. Tap Settings – Party Booster – Tap Settings – OFF, and then select a mode of the Party Booster function.
    Select Custom mode to set sound effects for the top, front, left, right, and bottom panels of the speaker.
    Settings display Sony Music Center

Refer to the video below for how to use "Party Booster".

 


Using Wireless Party Chain to liven up the party by connecting multiple speakers.

Wireless Party Chain

Connect multiple speakers that support the Wireless Party Chain function to play the same music from all of the speakers and liven up the party.

Check the list of devices that support the Wireless Party Chain function here:
Speakers which are compatible with the Wireless Party Chain function

How to operate

  1. Set all speakers that you want to connect within 1 m of each other.
  2. Set up the first speaker
    1. Connect the speaker to your Bluetooth device.
      Bluetooth set up
    2. Press the WPC (Wireless Party Chain) button inside the cap on the rear side of the speaker.
      The  (BLUETOOTH) and WPC (Wireless Party Chain) indicators flash.
      After about 6 seconds, a beep is heard, then the WPC (Wireless Party Chain) indicator lights up.
      The  (BLUETOOTH) indicator keeps flashing.
       
  3. Connect a second speaker or more.
    NOTE: Connect the second speaker within 1 minute. After 1 minute or more, the connection window will be cancelled.
    1. Turn on the second speaker.
      The  (BLUETOOTH) indicator of the speaker you turned on flashes in blue.
    2. Press the WPC (Wireless Party Chain) button of the second speaker
      A beep is heard, the  (BLUETOOTH) indicator flashes and the WPC (Wireless Party Chain) indicator lights up, then the  (BLUETOOTH) indicator turns off. The WPC (Wireless Party Chain) indicator continues to stay lit.
      Wireless party chain example
    3. To connect additional speakers, repeat steps 3-1 to 3-2.
      When connecting a third speaker, or more, connect each one within 30 seconds of connecting the previous speaker. After 30 seconds or more, the connection window closes.
      If you want to add another speaker after connecting (30 seconds or more), operate step 2-2, then operate steps 3–1 to 3-2.
  4. Start playback on the connected BLUETOOTH device.
    The same music is played by all speakers.

You can confirm the above operations with this video.
SRS-XB21/XB31/XB41 Using Wireless Party Chain function


How to care for your speaker

Although the fabric part of the speaker has received water repellent treatment, you can use the speaker more comfortably and for a longer period of time by following the proper maintenance rules.
When using the speaker at the beach or pool, it may come into contact with salt, sand, or other foreign substances (sunscreen, suntan lotion, etc.).
If the surface is stained through such contact, follow the maintenance procedure below.

SRS Maintenance

Before maintenance, confirm that the cap ① on the back of the speaker is completely closed. 

  1. Wash the speaker in fresh water (tap water, etc.) to remove foreign substances.
    The speaker is not resistant to water pressure. Do not perform this step using high water pressure, such as in a shower.
    Cleaning your SRS speaker, step 1
  2. Wipe any remaining water off of the surface using a soft dry cloth.
    Cleaning SRS, step 2
  3. Put the speaker on a dry soft cloth with the SONY logo facing down to drain the collected water inside the speaker.
    The sound quality may change when water enters the speaker section of the system. It is not a malfunction. 
  4. Place the speaker in a well-ventilated location until it dries completely.
    SRS dry in a ventilated location

    NOTES:

    • If you do not clean foreign substances off of the speaker, the fabric part may become discoloured or deteriorate, leading to speaker malfunction.
      When the surface is stained, clean it as soon as possible.
    • Do not use detergents, thinner, benzene, alcohol, or other chemicals on the speaker. It may negatively affect the water-repellent treatment of the fabric part of the speaker.
    • Do not use a vacuum cleaner to remove sand or other foreign substances that have entered the fabric part of the speaker.
      It may damage the speaker unit.
    • In cold regions, etc., leaving moisture on its surface may cause the speaker to freeze and malfunction.
      Be sure to wipe off the moisture of the speaker using a dry, soft cloth, etc.