We explain how to turn on the Sony SRS XB41 desktop Bluetooth speaker here. Now most wireless speakers such as this one, they have a Power button that Sony places conspicuously on the unit so that it’s easy to find. Indeed, this speaker is no exception, as we find its Power button on the top of the SRS XB41, as we see next.
There’s also a Power lamp that glows white anytime the speaker is running.
There’s also the Bluetooth status lamp, on the front bottom edge, that begins flashing or glowing white when the speaker powers up, as we point out below.
All lamps with the possible exception of the CHARGE light are dark when the SRS XB41 is OFF.
How to Turn On Sony SRS XB41
To power up the SRS XB41, press the Power button. Then release after a quarter second or so. Also, you needn’t hold it in for too long for the unit to see your press and then turn itself on.
When the speaker comes on, the Bluetooth status light starts blinking or glowing, and the unit may or may not make a beep sound. It will sound a ding-dong pattern if it pairs to a nearby Bluetooth device. But if it links with nothing, then it makes no sound.
But if pressing the Power button does not turn on the SRS XB41, or if the CHARGE light on the back blinks orange, it could be that you need to charge your speaker.
So if the unit won’t come on, try connecting the included charger, or a USB power supply to it. Yes, you can indeed play the speaker as it recharges.
Now with a charger supplying power, this speaker should always power on when you click the Power button. If not, then the unit may not be getting any juice from the adapter. So check that the receptacle for the power supply is live, that the adapter works, that the cable between it and the SRS XB41 is not damaged, and that the charger plug is fully seated in the speaker’s micro USB port.
But if after all these checks the speaker still does not turn on, then the unit itself may be on the fritz. So in that case, get a new one.
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- 2022-08-21: First published.