LG Electronics has launched new large-sized, illuminated party speakers in the form of the Xboom XL7 and XL5. The XL7 big-daddy (as in eXtra Large) pumps 250 watts through an 8-inch woofer and two 2.5-inch tweeters. The smaller XL5 features a 200-watt amplifier, 6.5-inch woofer and the same 2.5-inch tweeters.
The XBoom XL7 measures 27.5 x 12.2 x 12.4 inches (HxWxD) and weighs a hefty 32 pounds. The smaller XBoom XL5 measures 22.4 x 11.1 x 11 inches and weighs about 26 pounds.
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Inputs include microphone, 1/4-inch guitar, Bluetooth 5.1, and USB. You can connect up to 10 XBooms in stereo pairs or as repeaters using LG’s Wireless Party Link. LG’s Karaoke Creator drowns out the vocals in songs, allowing you to burble with your most noticeable vocals.
The larger and taller XBoom XL7 sports a telescoping handle, while the handle of the XBoom XL5 is integrated into its body. Both portable speakers have an IPX4 weatherproof rating, which means they should survive a short time under a garden sprinkler, but won’t withstand high-pressure jets of water or drenching. In other words, you don’t need to treat them with kid gloves, but don’t take them for a bath.
The XBoom X7’s LED lighting features animations, EQ visual effects, and a billboard mode for text (for example, “Happy Birthday!”). Both speakers feature colored LEDs surrounding the woofers that will display visual effects synchronized with the beat of the song being played. You can customize the entire offer using the XBoom app on your smartphone or other mobile device.
LG claims the XL7’s battery should run for 20 hours, while the XL7 is good for 12 hours; both speakers require 3.5 hours to fully charge. We have yet to be notified of pricing for both models, but the current crop is $250 to $300.