There are two versions of this new speaker from XBOOM which are identical in every respect except that this one, the dearer of the two, has a pico type speaker which should give better sound quality. Frankly either of them, this is at an Amazon price of £12.99 and the other two pounds less makes a very compelling purchase.
Inside the attractive windowed display box was the speaker itself, a non standard USB to microUSB/mini-jack cable, an audio cable, a carabiner hook, a soft carry bag and a User Guide. The don’t really need much of a User Guide for a speaker but the supplied guide is well printed and easy to read if rather small. I enclose a copy on the end of my unboxing video, switch to fullscreen and pause when needed to read it.
Build quality is excellent. The speaker body is smaller than a hockey puck and seems almost as tough when collapsed and just as well made. On the speaker body can be found a simple On/Off toggle switch, micro USB charging port, audio in/out port, and volume thumbwheel. On the underside is a hard wired audio cable which is concealed flush in a recess. The body can be expanded bellows style to allow for enhanced sound by revealing a delicate ‘resonator’ and then which can be locked shut after use. The speaker will work almost as well with the resonator shut.
Why are there two audio cables, the dual use Y cable and the built in one? The Y cable saves space and desk clutter by allowing the same cable to both charge the device and/or connect to an external audio source. The built in cable can be used when charging is not needed or – and this is a selling point of the speaker – to allow multiple speakers to be daisy chained together from the same sound source.
Sound quality from this speaker is good but more bass would have been good, but given the size and form factor is not to be wondered at. That said, the audio quality is perfectly adequate for normal use and in fact better than I was expecting for the nature of the device.
The sound quality is excellent for the device price. The build quality is good and the speaker looks much more upmarket and sophisticated than I was expecting. This one does have the edge on it’s cheaper brother but not by a great margin. Battery life with my limited testing seems fine and seems good for the twelve hours claimed between charges.
The unusual design, excellent build quality, and decent sound make this an appealing buy and the remarkable price makes it a five star one.
Speakers can be daisy chained together
Great Build quality
Good sound quality
Good User Guide
Better audio than standard version
No TF card
No FM radio
Less robust when expanded