LG XBOOM XL7S
The kind of bass effect that one gets from a movie theatre or a concert is hard to reproduce at home, or that’s what I thought before using the LG XBOOM XL7S party speaker that offers audio that you can not just hear but actually feel. I have been using the LG XBOOM XL7S party speaker as my go-to speaker for the last three weeks, and here is what I feel about these new-age indoor-outdoor speakers that offer excellent sound and a bit more.
A large party speaker with a rugged design. The LG XBOOM XL7S party speaker feels more like a suitcase that you might want to take to your next trip, and it comes with a retractable handle. Despite being on the bigger side, this will fit into most cars. In fact, you can even carry it easily on scooters like Honda Activa or Suzuki Access 125 without any issue. Thanks to the retractable handle and wheels, you don’t have to lift and carry this speaker, you can just pull it like a suitcase.
The speaker is built like a tank, despite the high-quality plastic body. I quite liked the contrasty look and feel of the device, and the texture of this speaker is similar to that of a digital camera with a matte finish, which also means, it does not attract dust or smudges as much as a speaker with a glossy finish.
At the top, the speaker has big and clicky buttons, which include a large power button with a backlight, volume buttons, a media pause/play button, a button to switch light modes, and a button to toggle between Bluetooth and USB, and all these buttons are designed in such a way that they are easy to access, even in low lighting conditions. On top of that, there is also a dedicated button to boost the bass, which takes the bass to the next level. And you definitely cannot miss the massive XBOOM logo on the right and left side in a red accent.
Big and tactile buttons makes it easy to control music and volume The rear I/O has a power port, which uses a regular 2-prong power cord, and it also has a USB-A port (for connecting storage devices like pen drives) and a guitar/microphone jack (two 6.35 mm jacks) and misses out on USB-C port. Overall, the LG XBOOM XL7S is a well-built party speaker, and it is also IPX4 rated, which makes it splashproof and a pool-party-ready speaker.
LG XBOOM XL7S audio performance
This party speaker blew my mind for the entire period that I was using it. In fact, I mostly tested the speaker with the volume set to 40 to 50 per cent to be mindful of my neighbours, and even at 50 per cent volume, it gets really loud.
The speaker can output up to 250W of audio in 2.1 channel format, which uses up to 65W of power while playing at max volume. The speaker consists of an 8-inch woofer, a 2.5-inch cone-shaped tweeted, and the entire thing weighs 15.5 kg.
LG XBOOM XL7S: I played my usual playlist, and the ‘Badass‘ song from the movie ‘Leo‘ helped me understand the capabilities of the speaker, where, the song starts at a lower volume, and as it progresses, I could hear more things from the song, of course, I personally liked how it sounded, especially the vocals, despite being a bass-heavy speaker. And when I played Eminem’s ‘Mockingbird‘ I could feel the reverb effect, despite sitting in another room. Lastly, while listening to ‘Bhula Dena‘ from Aashiqui 2, I could clearly differentiate between the sharp vocals and instruments.
I also watched movies on my MacBook Air with the LG XBOOM XL7S as my audio device, and this is probably the first time that I have experienced a cinema-theatre-like audio experience at my home.
Xtras on XBOOM
LG’s XBOOM XL7S has several unique features that make it a truly a party speaker, and my favourite amongst the lot is the LED signage called Pixel Art Display, which can display the name of the song you are playing or one can add the text of their choice by downloading the LG XBOOM app from the Play Store or the App Store.
Besides, the main speaker unit also has an RGB LED ring around it, which can also be customised. If you are not into flashy lights, the app also lets you completely turn off all the lights, which will help to enhance the battery backup.
Not just that, the LG XBOOM also offers critical information like battery percentage, and if the speaker is plugged into the power, you can also power on the speaker directly from the smartphone and it can be turned off from the app even if its the charger is not plugged in. The app also lets you play around the equaliser to fine-tune the audio for your liking.
Lastly, if you have friends who also own an XBOOM XL7S, you can pair them together to further amplify the loudness and bass effect. And the Bluetooth range (Bluetooth v5.1) was also excellent, where, I did not notice any reduction in audio quality even when my phone was streaming music from another room.
Verdict: A speaker that makes you dance
The LG XBOOM XL7S is a party speaker that most people will just love the second they start using it. However, it is also one such product, which could cost as much as a big-screen smart TV. If you are looking for a big speaker that’s easy to carry around, and if you are someone who often hosts parties at your place for your friends and family, the LG XBOOM XL7S is definitely the speaker that you can consider.