I’ve reviewed a lot of wireless speakers over the last decade-plus of writing gadget reviews on GeekDad. While they’ve certainly improved over the years, there’s always been one overriding factor that made such speakers just not as good as “real” wired speakers: the compromises that have to be made to balance portability, power, and depth of sound. A portable speaker must be small and light enough to be, well, portable. But batteries aren’t light, so manufacturers tend to try and balance battery life and power against weight and portability, ultimately leading to speakers whose sound isn’t as full as we’d really like.
Well, the folks behind Soundboks basically took the whole portability piece of the equation, and almost, but not entirely, set it aside in favor of delivering a speaker that actually sounds like you want a speaker to sound, which is why I jumped to give one a try when they offered.
The Soundboks is massive. It’s 25.6 × 17 × 13 inches, and weighs in at 34 pounds! This isn’t a speaker you toss in your backpack for some mild background music at the beach. This is a full-sized, pro-grade party/event speaker that drives amazingly full and loud sound. It has two 10” 96dB woofers and one 1” 104dB compression driver tweeter, all powered by three 72W class D amplifiers. It’s also completely ruggedized, built out of poplar wood, with a water resistant (IP65) exterior, silicone corner bumpers to protect the pointy parts, an aluminum frame, and steel grill. You can take this places, and it will survive.
I’ll admit that the Soundboks may be overkill for a lot of people. You may not need to be able to play your music at above 90dB. You may not need 40 hours of playtime, or the ability to connect external mics or other instruments. And you may not want to lug around a 34 pound box just for some tunes by the pool.
But, on the other hand, if you DO want these things; if you really want your parties, events, and social gatherings to rumble with sound, then Soundboks is an amazing solution. Ultimately, with Soundboks, you will be the life of the party.
This post was last modified on August 20, 2019 7:46 pm