LG XBOOM Go PL5 Stereo Review
We’ve been looking at the LG XBOOM Go PL5 for the past few weeks. Two other speakers, one larger and one smaller, form LG’s first line of portable speakers. Today we will clarify whether LG can keep up with the competition directly with the first generation or is even better. With a total output of 20 watts, it can be said that it is a speaker in the small category, comparable to the JBL Flip.
- Colored LEDs
- Protected against splashing water
- Compact size
- No music via USB stick
Technical details and information
- Remote control app: Yes (for Android and iOS)
- Supports voice control from mobile devices: Yes (Google Assistant and Apple Siri)
- Supports multipoint (connection of several source devices via Bluetooth): Yes (maximum two devices)
- Supports wireless Party Link (connects multiple LG Bluetooth speakers): Yes, in dual mode and multi-mode (up to 100 additional LG BT speakers)
- Supports BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) for automatic music playback: Yes
- Can be used as a hands-free device: Yes
- LED-Anzeigen: Bluetooth an, Power an, Akkustand, EQ-Modus, Dual/Multi-Mode (Wireless Party Link)
- Firmware updates possible: Yes (FOTA / Firmware Over The Air)
- Compatible with security lock: Yes
Energy consumption and power supply
- Power supply via USB Type-C Battery type Lithium-ion battery (3.8 volts / 3,900 mAh)
- Battery charging time 4 hours
- Battery life 18+ hours
- Can be used as a power bank (via USB): No
- Energy consumption (when charging the battery) 10 watts
- Power consumption (standby) 0.5 watts
Dimensions and weights
- Bluetooth speaker dimensions (WxHxD) 20.1 x 7.9 x 7.9 cm
- Dimensions in packaging (WxHxD) 26.2 x 15.4 x 13.5 cm
- Bluetooth speaker weight 0.62 kg
- Weight in packaging 0.89 kg
- Scope of delivery: quick start guide, USB cable type C, warranty card, and of course, the speaker
Processing and design
LG is going its own way; while pretty much all the competition is sticking with fabric-covered speakers, the LG XBOOM Go PL5 is fully rubberized like the rest of the range. As a result, there are no sharp edges, and the gap dimensions are really good in our test model. In addition, the material seems very robust; after three weeks of use, we could not find any signs of wear on the speaker.
The bass membranes on the side are slightly slanted, which unfortunately causes them to be bumped now and then since, unfortunately, they are not sunk into the housing either. JBL does that much better. The positive thing, however, is that they were not damaged. Furthermore, the speaker is splash-proof according to IPX5, and the speaker also passed this test well with us. Finally, the design itself is simple and timeless.
Battery life and features
The battery life of the speaker is really good. However, it does not come close to the specified 18 hours plus in our test. The LG speaker lasted around 15 hours at moderate volume. At full volume, it was over after less than 8 hours. Even if the manufacturer’s information is incorrect, we are convinced of the runtime.
Nevertheless, the competition is doing better here in some cases. Functionally, it is possible to connect the LG speaker to other speakers from the LG Go series. In addition, there is an app for the loudspeaker, in which you have your own media player and the possibility to touch the light of the loudspeaker.
Buttons and controls
The controls for the light and two buttons for connecting multiple speakers are located behind a flap and the USB Type-C and jack ports. In addition, there is a power button on the top of the speaker, a button for Bluetooth, two buttons for volume up/down, one for pause and play, and a sound boost button. The Sound Boost button turns on a pre-made equalizer. A sound adjustment is, unfortunately, otherwise not possible.
Sound of LG XBOOM Go PL5
We were moderately impressed by the sound of the LG XBOOM Go PL5. Now, don’t get us wrong, overall, the speaker from LG performs well. But let’s start from the beginning. We could not produce oversteer. Highs and mids sound quite balanced, which ensures a good sound in most music genres.
The speaker’s bass is sufficient in the lower range and comes into its own at low frequencies. But unfortunately, the LG speaker also has the same problem that most speakers of this size have; as soon as you get over 70% of the volume, the bass almost completely disappears.
So, should you buy the speaker or rather leave it alone? The question is difficult; for a good comparison, we included the JBL Flip 5, as it also has 20 W. In comparison, the two speakers sound quite similar, but the XBOOM Go PL5 is a bit louder and loses the right depth a little earlier. So, in the end, it’s a matter of taste which design you like better and maybe which speaker is currently cheaper.