As early as 2019, the Danish Soundboks sent us a pair of insanely powerful Bluetooth speakers to try out, which, while certainly portable, turned out to be too much for one person over long distances. A smaller and lighter – but almost as powerful – version is now launched.

At a glance

  • Portable audio system at a first class price
  • Robust design designed to withstand the blows of life
  • Mobile application for custom EQ setup

Although not yet a common name in the same sense as Bose or Denon, the Danish portable audio company caused a bit of a sensation among those who like to live it out loud – after sending more than 150,000 speakers to people in 40+ countries. , and boasts an active online / offline community of 30,000 members.

The history of Soundboks began with the creation of Jesper Theil Thomson speakers as a summer hobby with two friends, before starting the 2014 startup with Christopher Naivold and building less than a thousand first-generation speakers in a garage by next year.

This Generation Zero design was a road-ready PA cabinet, could produce 119 dB, received only a cable entry, and had a 20-hour battery life.

Soundboks hit Kickstarter in 2016 with a 119-dB battery-powered Bluetooth speaker

Soundboxing

The company has refined the overall design, extended battery life and made the battery replaceable, offered a bass boost feature and added Bluetooth connectivity before the launch of Kickstarter in 2016.

This successful campaign was followed by the direct launch of the customer for the second generation speaker in 2017, where the volume and battery life were increased again and a new black powder coating was introduced.

The new Soundboks – or Gen 3 – increased the output to a crazy 126 dB with the kind assistance of three 72-W amplifiers powered by two speakers and a speaker, added a pulse reflex port, updated Bluetooth technology, included XLR / TRS ports and introduced interchangeable speakers.

Every time I hear the name Soundboks, I remember a time when my friend and I were fighting up a steep hill, pulling one of these “portable” third-generation speakers back to base after a beach sound test. Yes, it was very, very noisy in the open. And yes, it was very heavy.

Designed for music on the go

The Soundboks Go is approximately half the size of its big brother, give or take, and comes with just over 6kg (13.2 lb) lighter – meaning this model can be carried in one hand on the field party, basketball court, fireplace on the beach or forest camp.

However, it is quite a heavy beast if you have ways to travel and there is an extra carrying strap available for those who prefer to carry the weight.

Weighing 9.2 kg, the Soundboks Go can be carried in one hand, although an extra strap is available for longer journeys
Weighing 9.2 kg, the Soundboks Go can be carried in one hand, although an extra strap is available for longer journeys

Soundboxing

Within its 459 x 316 x 266 mm (18 x 12 x 10 inches) reinforced ABS / poly uniform there are two 72-W Merus Audio Class D amplifiers that drive a 10-inch speaker and a 1-inch tweeter for efficient frequency range from 40 Hz to 20 kHz. The electronics are IP65-protected to make the whole sheban splash-proof, although the three bass gates in the case mean it can’t be immersed in the drink.

A battery with a capacity of 99.84 Wh LiFePO4 is considered good for up to 10 hours of battery life on a full charge or 40 hours on a medium volume. This 150 x 65 x 65 mm (6 x 2.55 x 2.55 inches) Batterybox 2 device can be charged while Go is pumping tunes, or it can slide out and pop another while the original is drained. other place.

However, the Soundboks Go comes with only one battery, but if you already have a Gen 3 Soundboks, the battery from it can be used for both models. Otherwise, a second battery can be taken for an additional $ 149. Charging time is between three and four hours, more if the device is turned on and plays music during charging.

The sound of Soundboks

We found that the low end is quite a force to be reckoned with the Gen 3 speaker, which we reviewed in 2019, at which time a mobile application was being developed. This app is now available, and although the basic functionality of Bluetooth 5.0 speakers can be used without it – including the ability to wirelessly connect up to five Go or Gen 3 speakers together via built-in SKAA wireless technology – this mobile toolkit is recommended for the best of the Go experience.

Soundboks Go is a seriously powerful portable Bluetooth speaker with application management and the potential for wireless chain connectivity
Soundboks Go is a seriously powerful portable Bluetooth speaker with application management and the potential for wireless chain connectivity

Paul Reedan / New Atlas

Again, the Go turned out to be a bit heavy for the bass for our default tastes, but the sound profile of the box was much more balanced than before with clear improvements in clarity for mids and treble.

However, if thunder is your thing, there are even lower levels available through the app – while increasing the decibels to 121, with the cost of battery life and some clarity in the higher range. For reference, it is reported that the maximum output of the flagship sound box Gen 3 is 126 dB, so Go is a powerful portable package.

It also has a preset sound profile for indoor use (for 112 dB and up to 14 hours at maximum volume), as well as another power mode (119 dB and 10 hours) and a very useful EQ mode for personal tuning and saving. custom sound profiles for easy calling.

Users can also set a password for the app’s Bluetooth connection and controls to avoid party hijacking, and the system is somewhat reliable, as upcoming performance and sound upgrades can be implemented through the app.

Exceptional dance club on the go

Soundboks users are also invited to a party through something called Direkt streaming, although it will initially only be available to iOS users. Essentially, wherever you and your Go are on a Friday or Saturday night, you’ll be able to join a virtual club night.

Soundboks is busy collaborating with labels, clubs and artists around the world and will broadcast sets over the weekend live from club decks and studios in places such as Copenhagen, Barcelona, ​​London and Los Angeles through the Direkt platform. This streaming service will be exclusive to owners of flagship Gen 3 Soundboks or the new Go, and listeners who tune in can expect an “eclectic combination of genres, tempos, decades, origins and sounds”.

Bottom row

Although certainly much more portable than any other Soundbok before it, the Go still weighs 9.2kg (20lbs), so it’s a bit heavy to carry with one hand over a few hundred meters, but much lighter for towing when used with the additional shoulder strap. It is very designed for outdoor living, with a reinforced body and rubber bumpers, and the quality of workmanship is excellent, although its appearance will not be for everyone.

Soundboks Go is designed for rough handling outdoors
Soundboks Go is designed for rough handling outdoors

Paul Reedan / New Atlas

Given our experience with its older brother, the relatively well-balanced default sound via Bluetooth or the included 3.5mm aux input came as a pleasant surprise. And the speaker has enough presence to provide tunes for small outdoor gatherings or to cut off the noise of indoor parties. Even better if several are connected wirelessly together (there is also a reinforced cylinder on the underside to lift the Go high above the speaker stand dance floor).

Sound presets are available through the mobile companion app, and users can create and save custom EQ profiles to suit their personal tastes. The user interface is simple at the front with more sophisticated screen or two distance features.

This boombox, which you can go anywhere, can’t be compared to the great craftsmanship of its bigger counterpart, but it has a hell of a lot of volume and would prove to be more than a capable streaming companion for beach parties or camp cooking. Soundboks Go is now available at a suggested retail price of US $ 699.

Product page: Soundboxes Go



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