Front right view of the Sony SRS XB22 speaker.

Sony XB22 Pairing Two Speakers

The key to pairing two Sony XB22 speakers together is the ADD button. It lets you join two XB22s for Stereo or Double modes.  It’s the button closest to the bottom in the three button row inside the back port compartment. It’s directly across from the micro USB power input port.

Picture of the ADD button on the Sony XB22.
The Sony XB22 ADD button.

Sony XB22 Pairing Two Speakers, Explained

The Stereo Pairing function lets you join two XB22s such that one plays the left channel of the stereo program, while the other plays the right channel.  Now to create a stereo pair, you need two SRS XB22s. Pairing the 22 with speakers other than an identical model did not work in our tests, and the Sony documentation states that you must have two of the same model in Bluetooth range of each other for connecting the two as a stereo pair to work.

Picture of the glowing ADD light.
The ADD lamp glowing.

Now to form a stereo pairing of two XB22 speakers, do as follows.

Preparing the First Speaker

    1. Power up the first speaker.  We’ll call this XB22  Speaker One.
    2. Press the ADD button on Speaker One for three seconds. The ADD lamp on Speaker One then starts blinking white. E.g. See this light in the last picture above. After a few seconds, it stops flashing, and begins glowing solid white.

Preparing the Second Speaker

    1. Next, turn on the second XB22.  I.e. Speaker Two.
    2. As you did on Speaker One, press and hold the ADD button on Speaker Two  for three seconds.  Again, the ADD light will begin flashing on that speaker just as it did on the first one.  And again, it assumes a steady white glow after several seconds.

Create the Stereo Pairing Between the Sony XB22s

As far as your source device knows, this two speaker pairing acts just like a single Bluetooth speaker.  So you pair your device to it just like you would a single wireless speaker.

Screenshot of the iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- Page, Showing the Sony XB22 as Discovered but not Connected,
The iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- Page, Showing the Sony XB22 as Discovered but not Connected,
    1. Put this stereo pair into Bluetooth pairing mode if it is not already, by pressing and holding in the Power / Pairing button on Speaker One.  Then after a second or two, the Bluetooth lamp on that speaker should fast flash, and the speaker announces, “Bluetooth pairing.”
    2. Now go to your Bluetooth source device, and connect it to the speaker pair, called “SRS-XB22”.  If you do not see this device, the move your phone / tablet closer to the speakers.
    3. Press the ADD button to take the speakers out of Double Mode and put them in Stereo mode. Hold it in until you hear the speaker announce Stereo Mode.
    4. Finally, you can start playing music on your source device. Then it will stream to that speaker pair, and you’ll hear the program in STEREO!
Screenshot of the The iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the Sony XB22 as Connected.
The iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the Sony XB22 as Connected.

Reversing Stereo Channels

When in Stereo Pair mode, each speaker is assigned one of the two stereo channels (either L or R).   Now sticking with our example above, let’s say that Speaker One is playing the left channel, and Speaker Two is playing the right.  In that case, press the ADD button once, and Speaker One will then play the right channel while Speaker Two plays the left channel. To change channel assignments again, simply press and release the ADD button.  You can do this repeatedly on either speaker until the channel configuration you wish takes effect on each speaker.

Ending the Stereo Pairing Between the Two Sony XB22s

When you’re ready to break the stereo pairing, briefly press and release the ADD button on one of the speakers for three seconds.  A long tone then sounds and ADD lamp goes out, indicating that this two speaker pairing is now over.

Pairing Two Sony XB22 Speakers in Double Mode

When two XB22 speaker operate in Double Mode, both speakers play a monaural version of the music. I.e. They both play the sum (L + R) of the left and right stereo channels.

Lastly, Double Mode is the mode that the speakers initially pair in when you connect them together as we did above.  But if you have since you did that switched to stereo mode, and want to get back to Double Mode, you briefly press and release the ADD button on one of the speakers.  Furthermore, you hold it in until the speaker you’re working with announces Double Mode. Thus when that happens, your speakers are now operating in Double Mode.

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Revision History

    • 2023-03-18: First published.