Despite flashing lights, the PK7 comes to life as an everyday speaker.
- Plus: Convenient carrying handle. Resists water spray. Cool discolamper. Good sound quality.
- Minus: Special Charges. Relatively weak bass.
LG has been a bit absent when it comes to wireless speakers. Especially when it comes to party speakers, with the exception of last year’s LG FH2 . But at the IFA fair they showed a wide Xboom range, where the Xboom Go PK7 is the largest portable model. The speaker itself is larger than the UE Megaboom , and feels even bigger because of the carrying handles. They needed it to be really heavy too. It is properly built, and obviously made to go with it. At the swimming pool it is doing well since it is spray-proof, but on the beach one had chosen to have dust protection as well. The battery lasts a full day, but takes many hours to charge.
Behind a hatch on the backside, the charger connector conceals an AUX port if you want to connect a wired audio source and a button to connect multiple speakers. Whether in twin or stereo mode – Select from the app. In the app you can also customize the discolamps that deliver the party. The effect to be used can be selected with the buttons on the top. There you can also control playback, select source and turn on or off bass boost and give clearer voices. You can also activate the mobile voice assistant, or use the microphone for phone conversation.
LG has been using the sound experts at Meridian, and this is a step up from what we are used to. The cabinet is stiffer and more dimmed, it supports HD sound and that signal processing impresses. If you play acoustic or lounge music, there is not much to complain about. It sounds clear and balanced, and song tunes are lifted well, especially if you have activated that feature. But this is a party speaker, so we get rid of rock and electronic dance music at high volume. It does not override in any way, but the passive bass elements still do not give as much bass pressure as we wanted. And the treble gets a bit raw.
The LG PK7 is marketed as a party speaker with flashing lights, tough looks and promise of pumping bass. It does not get it all the way, since the volume resources do not reach the full and the bass does not have enough pressure. On the other hand, it is a highly respectable portable wireless speaker for all other applications. It has long battery life and works excellent at the swimming pool as it can withstand water spray. But above all, cooperation with Meridian has made the sound quality far better than expected. If you turn off the disco lights and listen to your favorite favorite music, you’ll get a balanced, clear and appealing sound that you will not get tired of.
- Output: 30-40 watts
- Connections: Aux, Bluetooth aptX HD
- Battery: 20 hours
- Features: parking, lighting effects
- Certification: IPX5 (splash proof)
- Dimensions / Weight: 32 x 17 x 15 cm / 2.9 kg
- Web: lg.com
- Price: $295