You can change how loud the bass is on the Sony SRS XE200, by turning on and off its bass boost mode. When switched on, this mode makes the passive bass radiators on the sides vibrate much more, and adds a low rumble quality to the playing program, that travels pretty far from the speaker. So, for you boom lovers, this post shows how to bass boost this speaker, to get that extra umph.
You can control bass boost on the XE 200 in a few ways as follows.
- Use the LIVE button on the speaker itself.
- Work the bass switch in the Sony Music Center App.
- Make fine bass adjustments in the EQ section of the Music Center app.
We’ll cover all of these options below.
Working Bass Boost on the Sony SRS XE200 Speaker Itself
By default, this speaker has bass boost mode turned ON when fresh out of the box or after a reset. So any time you run this speaker, and you haven’t switched OFF this bass boost, then the STAMINA light is dark, as we see in the next picture.
When the 200 is running, and this lamp is OFF, then that means that bass boost mode is in effect.
Now when active, bass boost also adds a bit of treble in addition to lots of extra bass to the audio output as compared to when this mode is OFF.
How to Turn Off Bass Boost with Speaker Buttons on the Sony SRS XE200
You can turn bass boost mode OFF by pressing and holding in the BATT button as pointed out by the green arrow in the last picture. This deactivates bass boost and switches the speaker into STAMINA mode. The STAMINA lamp lights up white accordingly, as we see next.
How to Turn ON Bass Boost with Speaker Buttons
Note that if the STAMINA lamp is lit, then bass boost is not active. So to enable bass boost in that case, press and hold the BATT button until the STAMINA lamp goes dark. Bass boost resumes at that time.
How to Bass Boost the Sony SRS XE200 In The Music Center App
In addition to by way of the BATT button on the speaker itself, you can also control bass boosting in Sony’s Music Center app too.
1. Install the Music Center App
So first, download and install this app on your source Bluetooth device (phone, tablet, computer, or media player). We did this on a test iPad Air.
2. Pair your Sony XE200 with This Same Device
We did this as we show next.
3. Run the Music Center App
Upon startup, Music Center looks for any compatible Sony products. And since the XE200 indeed works with this app, the app does indeed find the speaker. Then it displays the Home page for it as we see next.
4. Bring Up the Settings Page
Then, scroll the screen down to the Settings item at the bottom of the options list.
Next, tap Settings, and you’ll get the Settings screen, as we see next.
5. Visit the Sound Page
Tap the Sound option, pointed out in the last screenshot. You then get the Sound page, as we see next.
7. Bring Up the EQ (equalizer) Page
Tap the BASS / MID / TRE option on the Sound page. We highlight it in the last picture.
Touching this option brings up a three band graphic equalizer page. Now by default, this EQ is set to FLAT for all frequency bands, as we see next.
But you can get maximum bass boost by moving these slider controls as follows. For example, lower the other two frequency bands to minimum, but raise the BASS one to maximum, as we show next.
When set this way, you get the highest amount of bass that the XE200 speaker is capable of producing. But be careful !
The drivers really thump when bass boost is active. So use caution in how loudly you play the 200 with the bass boosted, to avoid damage to the speaker drivers. If the bass is crackling, tapping, or otherwise distorting, turn it down or readjust the EQ !
So we have now shown how to get the most boosted bass from your Sony SRS XE200 stereo column speaker. Thus, please enjoy !
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- 2022-09-29: First published.