A Xboom 360 is the new premium speaker from LG. With an exotic design, the speaker has the proposal to adapt to your home decor while ensuring portability, allowing you to transport it anywhere. Still thinking about customization, LG made a point of adding lighting to the product, which can be controlled via the app.
But for the most part, the Xboom 360 has a 360-degree omnidirectional sound system. It is equipped with titanium tweeters and a fiberglass woofer. In Brazil, this toy costs R$ 2,499. Is it a good investment? I tested the speaker to answer this and other questions in today’s review.
LG Xboom 360 video review
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Starting from the design, the Xboom 360 is very different from anything we’ve seen before. It’s not a big surprise, because we know how much LG likes to develop products with a curious design and proposal. Samsung is also like that, but its countryman here tends to be more daring.
The Xboom 360 is available in three colors, all inspired by wine: muscat, verdejo and malbec. It has a shape that resembles a cone, and although the company claims that the box is perfect for any environment, I don’t totally agree with that statement. We’re talking about a product with a more premium feel, which looks better in large, clean and modern rooms, but that’s just a detail.
Its body is all covered in fabric, while some parts have a rubberized finish that makes the look even more sophisticated. At the top there is a sturdy metal handle for easy transport. Taking the box anywhere can be a challenge, as it weighs almost 6 kg. In addition, it lacked protection against water, as the box was designed for open environments, too.
In connectivity, a cover on the back protects USB-A connections, for connecting a flash drive, for example; there is a P2 (AUX), a reset button and another shortcut called twin, which makes it possible to pair the Xboom 360 to another box for the user to have a more powerful stereo sound experience. The power port is on the bottom edge of the product.
There at the top are all the buttons you need to control the product. There is one for turning the box on and off, volume, play/pause, and connection, which groups Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary pairing configuration. There’s also another large button for turning on, off and configuring the recessed lighting.
The LG Xboom 360 is not quite a smart speaker, but it is possible to get a taste of a smart product thanks to the LG Xboom app. The first communication between the app and the cashier was very fast and I didn’t even need to do any previous configuration. After pairing, I can turn off the box through it, in addition to regulating the volume and using the equalizer to make the sound to my liking.
And, speaking of equalizer, the application has a function called DJ mode, in which the user can play with some sound effects to make the party more fun.
One of the most interesting features is the lighting mode. In the design of the Xboom 360, LG added an “inverted cone” equipped with lights that change color according to the music being played. It is also possible to leave it static, and in the app I could control the entire system. There is party, environment and nature mode; and you can change it as you like.
Sound quality and battery
LG did not succeed in the smartphone segment, but in audio the company will hardly go wrong. That’s right, my expectations with the Xboom 360 were high. And the product has an omnidirectional sound, very powerful, immersive and balanced. All this thanks to the titanium tweeter that works in the high frequencies and the 5.25-inch woofer, which is made of fiberglass. This last component is in the opening where the LED is. Even this inverted cone helps in the passage of sound.
During testing, I preferred to leave the box in standard (or default) mode. In this configuration, the harmony caught my attention. There’s plenty of room for the mids to bounce off, while the bass beats stay crisp and steady. It is an excellent box for outdoor parties or even for closed environments that are spacious.
In the app there is a menu called Outdoor EQ. This function improves sound quality and, according to LG, it works to extend the audio, making it more alive in larger spaces. I noticed the mids more present and the volume raised. It is a good solution for those who want to use the Xboom 360 in celebrations at home or in the ballroom, for example.
Regarding autonomy, you can take advantage of the box through the battery that has a capacity of 3,900 mAh or you can leave the speaker plugged into the outlet directly. There are pros and cons to these two solutions. First: LG says the cell can last up to 10 hours; second: the battery takes about 5 hours to charge, so be patient.
LG Xboom 360: is it worth it?
The price and even the look of the LG Xboom 360 soon show that this gadget is not for everyone. This is a niche product that, in my opinion, will best serve you who are thinking of having a powerful speaker for large and, especially, open environments. If you want to have a portable and more useful device to use at home or while traveling, an LG Xboom Go PL7, a Huawei Sound Joy or the JBL Flip 6 end up being the best options for these purposes.
We can say that the Xboom 360 is the “iPhone of portable speakers”, so its audience tends to be more demanding and may be willing to shell out the R$ 2,499 to have an out-of-the-curve experience. That’s what LG promises. That’s what she delivers.
It is a very complete device in terms of sound and connectivity. You will hardly find negative points in these two pillars. However, for a product that bets on portability and flexibility in being transported to open environments, failing to offer protection against water is a big mistake.
Review LG Xboom 360
- Sound is very powerful and quality
- LG Xboom app works great
- Materials used are of good quality
- Lack of water resistance
- It’s not that portable
- Too expensive