THE Xboom Go PL7 is the new Bluetooth speaker from LG to compete directly with JBL Charge 4. The top-of-the-line speaker has the mission of replacing the Xboom Go PK7 and, in relation to its predecessor, the PL7 brings significant news: new design, more battery and connection with up to 100 speakers from same model.
Voted the best portable speaker by the European Association of Image and Sound (EISA) in 2020-2021, is the PL7 all that? Is it worth paying R $ 1,299? I spent the last few days evaluating it and I tell you all the details in this review.
Review of LG Xboom Go PL7 on video
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Design and connectivity
Escaping the trend, LG opted for a rubberized finish instead of the traditional fabric. On the sides we can see the passive radiators with multicolored lights, a differential in relation to the Charge 4. The controls with buttons on / off, Bluetooth, volume and Sound Boost are at the top.
Behind it, there is a compartment that hides and protects a common USB port, a USB-C to power the box and an auxiliary port.
There are also three buttons there: the first is responsible for turning the speaker lights on and off; the second button is the dual button, which makes it possible to pair the PL7 in another PL7 box; and there is the multi, this more interesting, since it makes the PL7 connect in up to 100 Xboom speakers to play music simultaneously.
Ah, I said “protect” earlier because the box is IPX5 certified for water resistance. In practice, this means that the product can withstand splashes and low-intensity water jets. No diving in the pool.
In connectivity, the Bluetooth connection is efficient and has never had any bottlenecks. The LG Xboom application, available for Android and iPhone (iOS), does not have a friendly interface there, but it does have some very cool features that make it possible to make activations and settings remotely.
For example, multicolored lights can be controlled through the application; there are four modes: “party”, “water”, “forest” and “my style” that allows you to configure and choose colors and intensities. Through the app, it is still possible to turn off the PL7, activate or deactivate Sound Boost and set the operation via Bluetooth or auxiliary connection.
I missed audio control functions as we found in the “Boom & Megaboom” app, from Ultimate Ears, which delivers, for example, equalizer. So, point to the competition.
The Xboom Go PL7 does not have an integrated virtual assistant, but you can activate it from another connected device by pressing the play button for five seconds. This is a nice feature that works with Google Assistant, Siri and Cortana.
Sound and battery quality
In the main topic of evaluation, going straight to the point, the Xboom Go PL7 delivers loud sound with bass present. It is worth remembering that this box, as well as the PL2 and PL5, has Meridian technology – usually found in Jaguar and Land Rover cars – and, here, it is feasible to realize this quality. Even at high volume, it delivers clear sound with balanced mids and highs.
The PL7 has 30 watts of power and is a speaker for those who really appreciate beats. It is my case. As stated earlier, there are dual passive radiators that work with a focus on the bass. In Underdog, Alicia Keys’ treble sounds without distortion with the volume at 70%; clarity when identifying each instrument also caught my attention.
Sound Boost is the mode responsible for making the sound more immersive and immersive. I like it a lot, but the feature may not be so nice in some situations. For example: when listening to the acoustic version of Attention, by Charlie Puth, I could see an increase in volume. Already I Miss You, from blink-182, it is impossible to hear with the volume close to the maximum, a completely different situation than when I deactivated this mode.
Sound Boost perfectly matches electronic music, ensuring a very engaging experience.
Despite some occasional imbalances, I always leave it on, because the enhancement of audio with Sound Boost is very interesting. Perhaps LG could even leave it as default, without the need to activate.
As in PL2, again I missed a 360 degree sound here in PL7, because even with a powerful sound, it is possible to observe a certain absence of audio when you change the direction of the box. This can be resolved by increasing the volume, yet the elevation did not please me 100%.
If the absence of the 360 sound discouraged you, you might want to bet on the Megaboom 3 box, from Ultimate Ears, which has immersive sound and is not behind the PL7 in the specifications.
Regarding the battery, I could see a considerable advance compared to the lower models of the PL line. In fact, if you compare PL5 and PL7, you will notice that the main difference between them is in autonomy. This powerful version has a 3,900 mAh battery and, with a USB-A port on the back, I was able to use the Bluetooth speaker as a power bank.
LG promises battery life of up to 24 hours, but during my tests, the speaker lasted for three days with multicolored lights on (all day).
The LG Xboom Go PL7 is a great Bluetooth speaker with beautiful design, powerful sound, lots of battery and even delivers multicolored lights. The PL7 is a portable product, but I believe it is more interesting in offices, in the setup or to leave in your home room for a party.
At least in this version, which has a high price, LG should deliver more. Not allowing sound adjustments in the application is the main mistake and there was also a lack of greater protection against water.
The portable speaker came to our market for R $ 1,299, but I managed to find it in online retail with a discount of up to R $ 200. But, let’s face it, not everyone is willing to pay more than R $ 1,000 in a speaker, right? Fortunately, finding more affordable quality options is not difficult: be sure to rate the Xboom Go PL5 and JBL Flip 5.
Now, if you are in doubt between the Xboom Go PL7 and the JBL Charge 4, I can already tell you that the choice is not easy, as both deliver impeccable sound quality, with excellent connectivity and long battery life. Considering all of this, I can only say that the choice is yours. Oh, and Megaboom 3 is not out of the game.