- The LG XBoom Go PK7 ($226.99) is a rugged speaker that might be a little bulky for some.
- Thanks to that bulk, however, the speaker is able to deliver a powerful sound with plenty of bass.
- The speaker isn’t too pricey, and it’s a great option for use at a party or other get-together.
Portable Bluetooth speakers are becoming increasingly common, but they’re not all created equal. The unfortunate truth is that smaller portable speakers are more portable but unable to deliver audio that is as powerful. For that reason, you might want something a little bulkier, like the LG XBoom Go PK7.
But the simple truth is that bulk isn’t always bad, and in fact, often it can be a good thing. Not only does it help make a device a little stronger, but larger speakers can also deliver much more powerful audio. That’s good news for those who want something that can get loud and sounds a lot more full-bodied.
We’ve been using the LG XBoom Go PK7 for a while now to find out just how solid its audio quality is to justify the added size.
The design of the LG XBoom Go PK7 is perhaps what most differentiates it from other portable speakers. It’s rugged, bulky, and probably not something you’ll want to carry around with you on the day-to-day. The speaker itself measures around 12.6 inches by 6.6 inches by 6 inches, and it has thick metallic handles that come in handy considering the fact that the speaker is a little heavier than some other portable speakers, coming in at 6.3 pounds. The size is similar to a shoebox, though a little less tall, so it’s definitely something you can carry around.
The speaker is all black and features a number of controls on the top of it, making it easy to switch volume and control playback. There are even some basic EQ controls, which some might find useful to enhance their listening experience. Other controls include volume, play/pause, and buttons for “Clear Vocal” and “Enhanced Bass.” There’s also a microphone button to trigger Google Assistant or Siri through the connected smartphone.
On the back, behind a covering, is where you’ll get a few connections, which can come in handy. Notably, the speaker offers a charging port, a 3.5 mm AUX connector, and a reset button.
Once you turn the speaker on, the design shifts a little, too. That’s thanks to the LED lights that spring into action across the front of the speaker. They look pretty cool, and they shift with the music that you’re playing, which is a nice touch. You can tweak the light settings through an accompanying Android app, but there doesn’t seem to be an iOS equivalent.
- 12.6 inches by 6.6 inches by 6 inches
- 6.3 pounds
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Qualcomm AptX HD
- AUX input
- IPX5 water-resistance
- 22-hour battery life
Setting up the LG XBoom Go PK7 is just as easy as setting up any other Bluetooth device. Turn the speaker on and it will automatically enter pairing mode. Then open the Bluetooth settings on your device and the speaker should show up. Tap on it, and it’ll connect – after which you’ll be able to listen to audio from your phone or laptop.
How it is to use and what makes it stand out
Using the device is pretty easy too. Once you’ve set up the speaker, you can easily tweak the audio and play or pause music without having to pick up your device.
The LG XBoom Go PK7 may be pretty bulky, but if you don’t mind the bulk, the end result is something that can pump out some impressive audio. That’s perhaps the best thing about the speaker. LG has partnered with Meridian Audio for the tuning of this speaker, and it shows. The speaker generally has a balanced audio performance that can be tweaked to your preference using the buttons on the top.
The result of the Meridian tuning couple with the LG speaker is a solid sound. You’ll get plenty of bass along with relatively well-tuned mids and a decent amount of clarity in the high-end. It’s important to note that this is still a consumer speaker, so audiophiles will still need to pay extra cash for other options, like the Sonos One or Sonos Move. That said, the speaker also supports AptX, which makes for high-quality Bluetooth streaming, so you’ll get some of the best wireless sound available in this price range.
As mentioned, the speaker also offers a few basic EQ controls, and while they make the sound a little less natural, they can come in handy. For example, the “Clear Vocal” button is aimed at accentuating the frequencies often found in human voices and can particularly come in handy if listening to podcasts. It also helps accent vocals in music. The “Enhanced Bass” button does the same thing for the low end. By default, the buttons are in the “on” position, and it’s likely that most will keep them that way.
The battery life on the speaker is pretty good too. Twenty-two hours is likely more than enough for most parties and get-togethers, and the only reason you’ll run out of battery life is if you forgot to charge it or you’re taking it on something like a camping trip.
The LG XBoom Go PK7 is powerful, but to achieve that power, it’s also pretty big. Now, that’s kind of the point of this speaker – if you’re looking for something ultra-portable, there are other options out there, like the UE Boom 2.
The only other downside is that the aforementioned app to control lighting is only available on Android. Most won’t need or want that control, especially in exchange for having an extra app on their device, but for those who do, you’ll need an Android device.
The bottom line
- Best Buy
The LG XBoom Go PK7 has a lot going for it. It may be bulky and heavy, but in many situations, that’s a good thing. In this case, bulky means rugged, and heavy means feature-packed. More important than design, the speaker is ultra-powerful, offering a relatively balanced frequency response and the ability to get super loud. That makes it perfect for parties or other get-togethers.
There are, of course, some alternatives, especially if you want something truly portable. When it comes to great portable speakers, the UE Boom 2 is an excellent option that’s also a little cheaper than the LG offering. It won’t pump out audio quite as powerful or natural as the LG speaker, but it will still deliver a solid sound and a smaller build.
That said, if you want a great-sounding, rugged speaker with a solid battery life, the LG XBoom Go PK7 is the way to go.
Pros: Balanced sound, rugged design, good battery life
Cons: A bit bulky for some