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LG XBOOM Go PL7 Bluetooth speaker review: As good as it gets

LG is one of the premium audio and video products producer around the world. They have some great devices and recently they brought there new XBOOM portable range to India. We got our hands on the LG XBOOM Go PL7 Bluetooth speaker to know what is so great about it. We spent quite some time with it and understood it in and out. Check out our review of the LG XBOOM Go PL7 Bluetooth speaker, if it is worth the buy?

Design

Out of the box, the LG XBOOM Go PL7 Bluetooth speaker screams for attention. Dressed in the darkest shade of blue, the speaker is in the form of a large capsule with curved sides. Which also have the LED covers in the form of a curved disc. Somewhat similar to Captain America’s shield. These vibrate with the sound and add to the show. The speaker is made of rubberised material (that runs all over the exterior) which protects it from dust and water splashes. Yes, this speaker is water-resistant and has an IPX5 rating.

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The top of the speaker has Power, play/pause, Bluetooth, sound boost and volume keys. At the back users will find a pop-able enclosure, which has the Type-C charging port, Aux-in, USB playback port and also buttons to dim the LED light and also a multi-connect button to pair it with other LG PL7 devices. The LG XBOOM logo can be seen carved at the back with the Meridian logo on the front under the buttons. A mesh runs across the face of the LG XBOOM Go PL7 Bluetooth speaker which adds to the show. Under the speaker, you will find special rubber feet, which keep the speaker stable on any surface.

The device is heavy compared to the competition, but since it has a much larger battery and larger audio drivers, we did not mind the weight. Nevertheless, the LG XBOOM Go PL7 Bluetooth speaker is still very portable and can be lugged around with ease.

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LG XBOOM Go PL7 Bluetooth speaker Performance

Coming to the part which we loved the most about the LG XBOOM Go PL7 Bluetooth speaker, its audio quality. We loved every beat this nifty speaker threw at us. The sound is exceptional thanks to engineering by Meridian, but more importantly because of the 2 audio drivers and with 2 sub-woofers inside by LG. The bass is exceptional and with sound boost on it become remarkable. We were amazed at how good it sounds.

The total sound output is 30W RMS, which is great for large rooms and outdoors. We did multiple tests with it. We used the AUX-in and connected it with our TV, the sound was superb and much better than the 20W RMS speakers out TV has. We never knew the daily TV soaps also have a great sound to showcase. Same was the case when we connected via Bluetooth to our smartphone and then the laptop. The movie and gaming experience was superb. Netflix, Prime Video and Amazon music all sounded much better with these speakers. We were trying to find a hole in the armour, but frankly, the LG XBOOM Go PL7 Bluetooth speaker does not have one.

The battery lasts for very long too, a massive 3,900 mAh battery comes in the LG XBOOM Go PL7 Bluetooth speaker and it lasted over 23 hours for us. The charge time is a bit high at 5 hours plus with a 15W USB Type C charger, we used from a Samsung smartphone (since there is no charger in the box of this speaker). In most cases, we had the charger connected so it was not much of a problem for us. In case you will use it outside or without the charger, a full day battery playback is very good, by far the longest we have come across when it comes to BT speakers. You can also use the speaker as a speakerphone for your smartphone. Remember it does not have a MIC, so you need to keep the smartphone close to you for the voice to be audible.

Also, you can download the LG XBOOM app to unlock additional features of the device like lighting effect and equaliser. We generally did not need it as the default mode is great for any type of listening. The highs are great, so are the mids and lows. The sound did not crack at full volume and at 30W RMS, the LG XBOOM Go PL7 Bluetooth speaker are pretty darn loud. Overall, we loved the sound!

Verdict

At Rs 12,999 the LG XBOOM Go PL7 Bluetooth speaker is going up against JBL and Sony. Can it give the competition a run for its money? Hell yes! These are great party speakers to own. These can double up as a soundbar for your television too. Moreover, they are portable and water-resistant so people can use them on the fly. All in all, Meridian engineering and LG audio driver is a very good combo to own.

Pros:

Exceptional sound

Long battery life

Looks great

Cons

Weight could have been less

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