The new LG XBoom Go PK7 is the biggest of LG’s new line of portable speakers. Its aimed squarely at the Sony XB41 and the JBL XTREME 2 speakers.
The LG XBoom Go PK7 has its own distinct look that helps it stand out from the competition. This speaker has an all-plastic design that LG calls X-Grip Design and it’s robust and reliable. Speakers like the JBL XTREME 2 and the Sony XB41 and are both fully waterproof so they are completely protected against water but the LG PK7 only has an IPX5 rating which means it is water resistant, so it only can handle light splashes. Despite the LG PK7 not being fully waterproof you can still enjoy this speaker outdoors, just try not to get it drenched with water.
At the top, you’ll find all your buttons for playback plus and audio enhancements. The audio enhancements are by Meridian Technology. Meridian Technology is a company that specializes in high-end audio and they have partnered up with LG to offer some audio tweaks to the LG PK7 speaker.
Similar to the JBL XTREME 2 sides of the LG PK7 has passive radiators that give you some vibration when the bass is bumping.
LED Lighting & LG App
At the front, behind that very durable metal grill, you’ll see those gorgeous LED lights. The LED lights are bright and vibrant. You have the ability to change the light patterns by using the button on the speaker or you can download the LG Music Flow Bluetooth app to control the lights on our smartphone.
Three preset lighting color options are offered plus there’s a 4th option that lets you mix and match with other color presets.
The app also lets you turn on /off the audio enhancements from Meridian Technology. You able to use the app as your media player but there are no dedicated sound profiles.
LG claims up to 22-hours of playtime at 50% volume with the LEDs off. In real-world testing with the LEDs and Meridian Technology on, you can expect a bit over 12-hours of playtime.
Bluetooth connection works perfectly fine, you won’t experience any sort of syncing issues or latency when streaming videos and movies because the LG PK7 has aptX HD technology. aptX HD offers the best audio transmission available so this speaker is perfect for streaming music and videos.
You’re able to get over 60-feet in wireless distance even with a few walls in-between. There’s also a feature called Dual Play which allows you to pair 2 LG Xboom speakers together so they can play in stereo mode or in sync.
The first thing to note is that when the Meridian features are off, the LG PK7 is a bit underpowered throughout its volume range especially when compared to its competitions at similar volume levels. But once the Median features are turned on, you get a livelier audio experience.
The bass is deep and strong but it’s not as strong as the Sony XB41 speaker. The mids are high and bright with plenty of characteristics. The highs are present with a good amount of clarity that won’t be ear piercing even at high volume levels.
The LG Xboom Go PK7 will definitely compete with the Sony XB41 and the JBL XTREME 2 speakers. It has its own distinct style with those gorgeous LEDs that help it stand out from the crowd. The sound quality won’t outclass the JBL XTREME 2 but it definitely outshines the Sony XB41. The LG PK7’s cheaper price along with all its great features make it a great option for those looking for a cheaper alternative to the Xtreme 2 and XB41.