Enjoying wireless playback using multiple speakers (Party Connect function)

By connecting multiple devices (up to 100 devices) compatible with the Party Connect function, you can liven up parties with loud volume.

Products compatible with the Wireless Party Chain function are not applicable for connection.

Devices compatible with the Party Connect function:

SRS-XB43, SRS-XB33, SRS-XB23


Before operating the speaker, make sure that all speakers to be connected within 1 m (3.2 ft) of the device.

  1. Set up the first speaker.

    The following operation is an example of setting SRS-XB43 as the first speaker. Refer to the operating instructions supplied with the device you are using to set up other devices compatible with the Party Connect function.

    1. Press the(power) button on the speaker.

      The(BLUETOOTH) indicator flashes in blue.

    2. Connect the BLUETOOTH device to the speaker via BLUETOOTH connection.

      Depending on the type of BLUETOOTH device to be connected, see the following topics.

      Pairing and connecting with BLUETOOTH® devices

      Connecting with a computer via a BLUETOOTH connection (Windows)

      Connecting with a computer via a BLUETOOTH connection (Mac)

      When the BLUETOOTH connection is established, you hear voice guidance (BLUETOOTH connected) from the speaker and the activity of the (BLUETOOTH) indicator changes from flashing to lit.

    3. Press the PARTY (Party Connect) button behind the cap located on the rear side of the speaker.

      You hear a beep and the(BLUETOOTH) indicator and the PARTY (Party Connect) indicator flash. In about 6 seconds, the PARTY (Party Connect) will stop flashing and stay lit with a beep. The activity of the (BLUETOOTH) indicator changes from lit to flashing for a time.

  2. Connect a second or more speakers.

    The following operation is an example of connecting SRS-XB43 as the second speaker. Refer to the operating instructions supplied with the device you are using to connect other devices compatible with the Party Connect function.

    1. Press the(power) button on the speaker to be connected.

      The(BLUETOOTH) indicator of the speaker you turned on flashes in blue.

    2. Press the PARTY (Party Connect) button.

      A beep is heard, the(BLUETOOTH) indicator flashes and the PARTY (Party Connect) indicator lights up, then the(BLUETOOTH) indicator turns off. The PARTY (Party Connect) indicator continues to stay lit.

      Hint

      • Connect the second speaker within 1 minute. After 1 minute or more, the speaker setting is canceled.

    3. To connect additional speakers, repeat stepsnumber 2– 1 to 2.

      Hint

      • When connecting a third or more speakers, connect each one within 30 seconds of connecting the previous speaker. After 30 seconds or more, the speaker cannot be connected.

      • If you want to add another speaker after connecting (30 seconds or more), operate stepnumber 1– 3, then operate stepsnumber 2– 1 to 2.

    When a connection with the Party Connect function is established, the PARTY (Party Connect) indicators on all the speakers stay lit. Then, the activity of the (BLUETOOTH) indicator on the first speaker changes from flashing to lit.

  3. Start playback on the connected BLUETOOTH device and adjust the volume level.

    The same music is played from all speakers.

    When adjusting the volume on the BLUETOOTH device or the speaker connected with the device (the speaker set up as the first one), the volumes of all speakers are automatically adjusted. For other speakers (the second or later speaker set), you can also adjust the volume on each other.

Hint

  • By using “Sony | Music Center,” you can establish a connection with the Party Connect function or terminate the Party Connect function. This, however, requires that you update the version of the speaker’s software to Ver. 3700 or later on all of the speakers. With the speakers whose software version is earlier than Ver. 3700, “Sony | Music Center” fails to establish a connection with the Party Connect function or terminate the Party Connect function.

  • The lighting mode of the speaker varies depending on the type of the speaker that is set up as the first speaker.

  • When using the Party Connect function, the codec automatically switches to SBC.

  • If the speaker is already connected with a BLUETOOTH device, touching another NFC-compatible device onto the speaker will disconnect the BLUETOOTH connection with the previous device and establish a BLUETOOTH connection with the new device.

Note

  • When watching movies using the Party Connect function, there may be a gap between video and audio.

  • When the speaker is in the AUDIO IN mode, you cannot use the Party Connect function.

    Connecting a portable audio device or an equivalent to the AUDIO IN jack on the speaker automatically places the speaker in AUDIO IN mode and terminates the Party Connect function.

  • Be sure to close the cap completely after using the PARTY (Party Connect) button.

    The cap plays a very important role in maintenance of the waterproof and dust proof performance.