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How to Hard Reset Sony SRS XP500 Speaker

Shows how to hard reset the Sony SRS XP500 karaoke speaker, to return this party box back to its default settings. E.g. Hard resetting returns sound mode and light settings to their fresh-out-of-the-box values.  Plus, hard resetting erases any earlier synced Bluetooth devices from memory. This stops this speaker from auto pairing to any nearby devices. Moreover, you might do this to get this unit ready for sale or re-gifting, or just to stop it from pairing with devices you no longer wish it to connect with.

How to Hard Reset the Sony SRS XP500, Step by Step Details

1. Turn the Speaker ON

Press and release the Power button for a half-second or so. E.g. Find the Power button as we point out in the next picture. It’s on the top buttons panel, first button on the left.

Picture of the -Power- button on the Sony SRS XP500 speaker.
The -Power- button on the Sony SRS XP500 speaker.

Then, the status light comes on, as we see next.

Picture of the -Power- light glowing green.
The -Power- lamp glowing green.

The XP 500 plays a rising electronic sound as it boots.  Plus it may follow that with a ding-dong tone sound and announce, “Bluetooth connected,” should it pair to a nearby device.  But whether or not it does pair though, this hard reset routine works the same way, as follows.





2. Press and Hold the Play-Pause and Mega Bass Buttons Together

Find these buttons as we see in the next picture.  Both of them are in the top button panel; the third and sixth buttons from the left as you face the front of the speaker.

Picture of the Play-Pause and Mega Bass-Stamina buttons on the Sony SRS XP500 speaker.
The Play-Pause and Mega Bass-Stamina buttons on the Sony SRS XP500 speaker.

Hold these in until the speaker shuts down, and all lights go dark.

After nearly 6 seconds, the XP500 powers down. Note that on this speaker, there is no shutdown sound as the reset finishes up.

Picture of the dark status and Bluetooth lamps on the Sony SRS XP500 speaker, which is now powered OFF.
The dark status and Bluetooth lamps on the Sony SRS XP500 speaker, which is now powered OFF.

3. Check that the Hard Reset Did In Fact Work

Next, power on the speaker again, as detailed in step 1 above.

Note that after hard reset, the 500 comes up in discovery mode. The Bluetooth Status lamp blinks blue in a pulse-pulse-pause-pulse-pulse-pause sequence, to let you know this. E.g. See this in the next picture.

Picture of the Bluetooth pairing status lamp pulsing blue.
The Bluetooth pairing status light pulsing blue.

This is a signal that you may then look for this speaker on a nearby BT device, and pair to it if you so desire.





4. Done with How to Hard Reset the Sony SRS XP500 !

The hard reset is now complete. Thus you may now safely sell or gift this speaker. Or, pair it again with your Bluetooth devices.

Keep in mind that after a hard reset, the XP500 no longer automatically links with any prior linked BT device. Thus, to set up auto pairing again, you first manually pair this speaker with a device. Then following that, any time that both speaker and device have Bluetooth enabled, and they’re near each other, pairing will automatically take place once more.

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References for Sony SRS XP500 Hard Reset

    1. Sony SRS XP500 Speaker Product Page at Sony.com

Revision History

    • 2022-12-10: First published.
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