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LG PL5 XBOOM Go Wireless Speaker (2020)

MSRP 100 USDExt score 56%

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Product Overview

LG XBOOM Go PL5 is an affordable Bluetooth speaker in LG's PL-series wireless speakers unveiled in 2020. Like its bigger brother, the PL7, the PL5 has a simple setup with two full-range drivers paired to two side-firing passive radiators.
Like the PL7, the XBOOM Go PL5 also has RGB lighting feature on its passive radiators. IPX5 water resistance is carried over, too. However, PL5's battery life is reduced to 18 hours as a tradeoff for a lower-wattage internal battery. The drivers are also quite small, leaving questions on its ability to reproduce low-frequency sounds with good fidelity.
Per usual, up to 100 LG wireless speakers can form a Wireless Party Link for large parties, while two PL5s can be paired into a stereo system.
For those who want a pocket-sized wireless speaker, the PL2 rounds up the series.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Water-resistant build
  • Color-changing LED lighting
Cons
  • Sound signature can distort through the passive radiators

What external reviewers found***

Ext 56% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Solid build quality
  • Powerful audio performance with low-frequency and high-frequency boosting
  • USB-C and 3.5mm aux inputs
Cons
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Lacks user-adjustable EQ
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

WhiteBlack

Connectivity

PortsAUX + USB-C
Wireless ConnectivityBluetooth

Construction

Battery | Capacity3.85V, 3900mAh
ColorsBlack, White
Drivers2x 1.75" drivers + 2x passive radiators

Dimensions

Size | Diameter3.1"
Size | Length7.9"
Weight1.4 lbs

Function

Bluetooth CodecsSBC, AAC
Channels2.0-channels
RGB LightingOn passive radiators
Weather ResistanceIPX5

Performance

Battery Life18 h
Charging Time4 h
Power Output20 W

Production

Debut2020-06
Made InChina
Model NamePL5WPL5

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 56%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Xboom Go PL5 has dual 1.75-inch drivers, aided by dual passive radiators positioned at either end of the speaker. It's compatible with Bluetooth 5.0, and supports AAC and SBC Bluetooth codecs, but not AptX. LG estimates battery life to be roughly 18 hours, but your results will vary with your volume levels.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful audio performance with low-frequency and high-frequency boosting
  • Solid build quality
  • USB-C and 3.5mm aux inputs
Cons
  • Lacks user-adjustable EQ
  • Mediocre battery life

User Reviews

References

1. ^ LG Xboom Go PL5 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/lg-xboom-go-pl5. 2020-08-07. Retrieved 2021-10-13.

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