Sony SRS-XB43 vs JBL Charge 5: Side by Side Comparison


Being the latest model in the market with excellent portability and build design JBL Charge 5 is better in most aspects as a multifunctional speaker. JBL Charge 5 is a newly launched speaker that produces loud and boomy audio. JBL has been ruling users' hearts for years and JBL Charge 5 is no different. JBL Charge 5 is perfect for outdoor use because it is lightweight. In the case of Sony SRS-XB43 is bulkier to carry around.

Our Verdict:

The Sony SRS-XB43 can be set up in either a horizontal or vertical position, making it a versatile portable speaker. Sony's inbuilt software includes a visual equalizer for fine-tuning the sound. This adds an extra zing to the music produced by this speaker.


JBL Charge 5 has added extra spice to the JBL Charge Bluetooth speaker line with its massive sound and majestic bass. Unlike its predecessor, JBL Charge 5 comes with many improved and praiseworthy features.

Pros
  • Features multi-device pairing
  • Long battery life
  • In-app EQQ  fine-tuning of sounds
  • Waterproof
Cons
  • Large sizes may be too bulky for some users.
Pros
  • Amazingly good sound quality
  • The highest IP67 rating;
  • Bluetooth multipoint;
  • Can charge your mobile devices;
  • USB-A port for mobile devices to be charged;
  • New ways to keep dust out;
  • Design that is fully waterproof;
Cons
  • There's no microphone;
  • It's much bigger;
  • No listening with a wire;

Advance Comparison

Model

Sony SRS-XB43

JBL Charge 5

Brand Name

Sony

JBL

Rating
Mixed Usage
6.2
5.7
Music:
6.5
6.5
Movies:
5.9
5.8
Outdoors:
7.5
7.6
Podcasts
7
7.4
Voice Assistant:
4.2
1
GENERAL
Recommended Usage
Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers[ Waterproof]
Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers[ Waterproof]
Release Year
2020
2021
Power Source
Battery & USB
Battery & USB
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
Yes
BUILD QUALITY
Material Quality
Good
Great
Water Resistance:
Submersible (IPx7)
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Floats In Water:
Unspecified
Unspecified
STYLE
RGB Light:
Yes
N/A
Color Variation
Black, Taupe and Blue.
Black, Red, Blue, Teal, Grey, White, Pink, Khaki and Squad.
Sizes And Variants
N/A
N/A
PORTABILITY:
Power Source:
Battery & USB
Battery & USB
Hand Carry
Yes
Yes
Weight
6.4 lbs (2.9 kg)
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
Volume:
285 in³ (4,677 cm³)
121 in³ (1,982 cm³)
Connectivity:
Bluetooth and Wired
Bluetooth Only
BATTERY:
Battery Powered:
Yes
Yes
Battery Life
15.0 hrs
14.5 hrs
Charging Time:
4.5 hrs
3.8 hrs
Power Saving:
Yes
Yes
Charging Port:
USB-C
USB-C
Bluetooth Specification:
Bluetooth:
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth Version:
5.0
5.1
Bluetooth Range:
334.6 ft (102.0 m)
328.1 ft (100.0 m)
Bluetooth iOS Latency:
63 ms
125 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency:
116 ms
102 ms
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
Yes
Wi-Fi Specification:
Wi-Fi:
N/A
N/A
Wi-Fi Version:
N/A
N/A
Wi-Fi Frequency Band:
N/A
N/A
Apple AirPlay:
N/A
N/A
AirPlay Latency:
N/A
N/A
Google Chromecast:
N/A
N/A
Chromecast Latency:
N/A
N/A
Wired Connectivity:
Aux Input:
Yes
N/A
USB Audio:
N/A
N/A
Other Ports:
Yes
Yes
CONTROLS (physical buttons):
Ease Of Use:
Great
Great
Music Play/Pause [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Call Answer/End [Button/Touch]:
Yes
N/A
Volume Up/Down [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Track Next/Previous [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Microphone On/Off:
N/A
N/A
Additional Controls:
Yes
Yes
VOICE CONTROL:
Voice Assistant:
Yes
N/A
Voice Activation:
N/A
N/A
Speakerphone:
Yes
N/A
Alexa:
No
No
Siri:
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
No
Google Assistant:
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
No
Microphone Mute:
No
No Microphone
Far-Field Performance:
Bad
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
Poor
No Microphone
App:
App Name:
Sony Music Center
JBL Portable
iOS:
Yes
Yes
Android:
Yes
Yes
EQ:
Graphic + Presets
Graphic
Stereo Pair Mode:
Yes
Yes
Party Mode:
Yes
Yes
Multi-Room:
N/A
N/A
AUDIO QUALITY [TESTED RESULT]:
Frequency Response Accuracy:
Alright
Alright
Soundstage:
Mediocre
Sub-Par
Dynamics:
Alright
Fair
IN THE BOX
Accessories:
Sony SRS-XB43 speaker, AC power adapter with USB-C connection.
JBL Charge 5 speaker, USB-C to USB-A charging cable, Quick Start Guide
User manual:
Yes
N/A

Comparatives Review


Design and Build:

The build quality of JBL Charge 5 is the best.Two bass radiators flank the speaker, adding to the speaker's sturdy construction. JBL has revised the design of Charge 5 by adding the JBL logo in bigger font. JBL Charge 5 is available in array of colors. 

Sony SRS-XB43 comes in few colors but one thing that adds to its design is the RGB light. XB43s robust build is highlighted by the substantial netting that covers the majority of the speaker. The input port is protected by a rubber flap located at the back.

Portability:

JBL Charge 5 is smaller in size than Sony SRS-XB43 Bluetooth speaker. Sony SRS-XB43 is on the bulkier end. 

Performance:

The Charge 5's sound quality is excellent for a speaker of its size, with clear vocals and powerful bass that fills the room. However, the mid notes and high notes are also shaped and turned up, giving the vocals, acoustic guitar, and higher-register percussive impacts more clarity. After the new tweeter's brilliance fades away it leaves behind only the purest, most distinct treble notes.

The Sony SRS-XB43 has a decently precise frequency response. Its balanced mid-range notes ensures voices and leading instruments seem present and clear in the mix. And even with the EXTRA BASS setting engaged, it still lacks low-bass, making it impossible to experience the full thud and rumble of bass-heavy genres like hip-hop and electronic dance music. To aid the deep bass frequencies, two passive radiators are placed behind a ring sheild on the sides. However, they restrict you from operating the Sony SRS-XB43 vertically.

Connectivity:

Both the Bluetooth speakers don’t support any connection with Wi-Fi. Although Bluetooth connection is available for both of them. 

For this purpose, both the Sony SRS-XB43 and the JBL Charge 5 speakers include Bluetooth 5.0 and 5.1, respectively. When it comes to zeroing in on a signal, though, version 5.1 is just a hair more precise. As an added bonus, a 5.1 Bluetooth version is more resilient to temporary disruptions than a 5.0 one.

Battery Life:

Both Sony and JBL have powered battery. Sony SRS-XB43’s battery capacity is 4900 mAh whereas JBL Charge 5’s battery capacity is 7500 mAh. But the battery life of Sony is better than JBL. The difference between the battery life of the two speakers is not huge rather it stands on merely 30-40 mins margine. 

Additional Features:

With Sony SRS-XB43 you will get additional voice controls, RGB lights, and EQ presets. Both the Bluetooth speakers has their own apps. Sony Music Center app runs for SRS-XB43 and JBL Portable runs for JBL Charge 5. 

Conclusion:

JBL manufactures speakers that shakes up the market with their performances. JBL Charge 5 is also featured in many articles as one of the best portable speakers. Sony SRS-XB43 and JBL Charge 5 has a very close competition because both the speakers have same kind of features. 

JBL and Sony Bluetooth speakers are both expensive, but JBL Charge 5 is little less heavy on your pocket than Sony SRS-XB43. JBL Charge 5 is also released as an upgraded version of its predecessor so overall it gets preference in the comparison. 

FAQ:

Is Sony SRS-XB43 and JBL Charge 5 waterproof?

Sony SRS-XB43 and JBL Charge 5 are rated IPX7, i.e. they are waterproof. Additionally, both speakers are also rated IPX6 being dustproof as well. Sony also claims that SRs-XB43 is salt water proof as well. 

Is Sony SRS-XB43 and JBL Charge 5 chargeable?

Both the speakers are chargeable via USB-C port.

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