We reviewed the LG XBOOM Go PL5 recently. This speaker, along with two others, one larger and one smaller, make up LG’s first mobile speaker lineup. We will find out today whether LG can keep up with the competition directly with the first generation, or if it is even better. It can be said that it is a speaker in the small category with a total power of 20 watts, comparable to the JBL Flip 5.
Quality and design
While all the competitors are using fabric-covered speakers, the LG XBOOM Go PL5 is fully rubberized, just like the rest of the range. Thus, there are no sharp edges, and the gaps are also really good in our test model. The material is very robust, and we did not find any marks on the speaker after three weeks of use. The bass membranes on the sides are slightly beveled, and unfortunately this caused them to hit from time to time, as they are unfortunately not recessed in the casing either. This is what JBL does much better. Still, it is positive that the speakers did not suffer any damage. Additionally, the speaker is water-resistant according to IPX5, and it also managed to survive this test well. As always, the design itself is simple and timeless; in the end, it’s a matter of taste.
The speaker’s battery life is really good. But in our test, it does not come close to the claimed 18 hours plus. The LG XBOOM Go PL5 lasts for about 15 hours at moderate volume. At maximum volume, the speaker lasted for less than 8 hours. We are still convinced by the runtime, even though the manufacturer’s specifications are not met. Still, some of the competitors do a better job in the meantime. The LG speaker can be connected to other speakers from LG’s Go lineup. In addition, there is an app for the speaker, in which you have your own media player as well as the option to touch the speaker’s light.
Buttons and operation
There are controls for the light as well as two buttons for connecting multiple speakers behind a flap along with the USB Type-C and jack ports. On top of the speaker, there is a power button, a button for Bluetooth, two buttons for volume up/down, one for pause and play, and a Sound Boost button. The Sound Boost button enables a predefined equalizer. Other than that, sound customization is unfortunately not possible.
Sound of the LG XBOOM Go PL5
The LG XBOOM Go PL5’s sound was not very impressive. Do not get us wrong now: All in all, LG’s speaker has a good performance. Anyway, let’s start from the beginning. We couldn’t create any distortion. Trebles and mids sound quite balanced and in most music genres this makes for a reasonable sound. The bass of the speaker is sufficient in the lower range and also comes across well, especially in low frequencies. But the LG speaker unfortunately also has the problem that most speakers of this size have: Once you get above 70% of the volume, the bass disappears almost completely.
Is it better to buy the speaker or not? This is a difficult question, for a good comparison, we included the JBL Flip 5 as it also has 20W. In comparison, the two speakers sound quite similar, but the LG XBOOM Go PL5 gets a bit louder but also loses the right low end a bit earlier in return. Overall, it’s a matter of taste which design you like better and possibly which speaker is more affordable currently.