Picture of the right front of the Sony SRS XP500 karaoke speaker while running.

How to Reset Sony SRS XP500 Party Speaker

Demos how to reset the Sony SRS XP500 return this Bluetooth speaker back to its default factory settings. E.g. Resetting restores sound mode and light settings to their fresh-out-of-the-box values.  Plus, it erases any earlier linked Bluetooth devices from memory. This stops this speaker from auto pairing to any nearby devices. Furthermore, 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 Reset the Sony SRS XP500 Speaker, Step by Step

1. Turn the Unit ON

Press and release the Power button for a half-second or so. E.g. Find the Power button as shown 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 solid green.
The -Power- lamp glowing solid green.

The XP 500 plays a rising electronic sound as it boots.  Plus you may also hear a ding-dong tone sound and announce, “Bluetooth connected,” should it pair to a nearby device.  But whether or not it connects though, this 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.
The Play-Pause and Mega Bass-Stamina buttons.


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 completes.

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 Reset Did Indeed Work

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

Note that after reset, the 500 comes up in pairing 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 Reset Sony SRS XP500 !

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

Remember that after reset, the XP500 no longer automatically connects with any prior linked BT device. Thus, to set up auto pairing again, you first manually connect this speaker with a device. Then following that, any time that both speaker and device have Bluetooth switched on, 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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