Logitech Wireless Boombox Speakers Review
Logitech Wireless Boombox portable speakers rock the house.
Currently I work in housekeeping at a resort. So I'm constantly moving around room to room. I was looking for some great sounding rechargeable portable speakers that were affordable and easy to carry around. After doing a ton of research I decided to buy the Wireless Boombox stereo speakers.
I am amazed at not only how loud these bad boys can get but the awesome sound quality too! With a suggested retail price of $149 these speakers hit the sweet spot of price to performance per dollar spent. You can usually find these speakers on Amazon for about $120! While there surely are better portable speakers on the market, albit in the $300 and up price range, you will surely be very pleased with these speakers I'm quite sure. These speakers are easily the best in the price range and sound 90% as good as speakers costing twice as much. This represents awesome value for the money spent.
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Wireless Boombox Features
Logitech Wireless Boombox features:
- 8 custom tuned speakers - two 1/2" neodymium tweeters, two 3" laser-tuned neodymium mid-range drivers and four 2" passive radiator bass speakers (2 on the front and 2 on the rear)
- Blueetooth wireless concetivity using A2DP profile (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
- Stream music wirelessly up to 33 feet away (10 meters)
- Built-in nickel-metal hydride, NMH, rechargeable battery with up to 6 hours of battery life.
- 3.5 mm (1/8") auxilary connection allows you to connect any device that has a headphone output. (cable included)
- 20 watts of awesome sound when plugged in and 6 watts when running on the battery while on the go.
- 6 foot power cable included to recharge the built in NMH battery and for home usage.
- Power status - The LED battery life indicator changes from green when battery is either fully charged or has between 2 and 6 hours left on it to orange when less than 2 hours of playtime left to red when only 20 minutes of battery are left when using the battery on the go.
- Power status - When plugged into an AC power source a solid color indicates the Boombox is turned on and fully charged. A slow blink lets you know that the battery is charging up. No light indicates the unit is off.
- LED Bluetooth indicator. Solid indicates a Bluetooth device has a connection. Slow blink means the Wireless Boombox is ready to connect. Fast blink indicates the Boombox is in discoverable mode and ready to pair. Off means you are using the 3.5 mm auxilary connection and that Bluetooth is turned off.
Logitech Wireless Boombox compared to the S715i
The Logitech Boombox is available in two variations. There is the wireless version which is what I purchased and I am reviewing here and the model that has a built-in dock for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
The main differences between the two models is that the S715i has the dock for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, comes with a carrying case and a remote control but does not included bluetooth wireless capabilities. The S715i has an 8 hour battery life. The Wireless Boombox has Bluetooth wireless using the A2DP profile but does not come with either a remote control or the carrying case and has 6 hours of battery life. I'm assuming the 2 hours less of battery life is in the case of using Bluetooth which is a bit of a power hog. I seem to get more than the manufacter's quoted 6 hours of battery life when not using Bluetooth. The S715i currently cost $87.99 on Amazon. The Wireless Boombox currently costs $129 on Amazon.
Amazon's product details section doesn't mention at all how many watts of power the S715i pumps out whereas it clearly says the Wireless Boombox outputs 6 watts on battery power and 20 watts when plugged in. Considering the Wireless Boombox costs substantially more I tend to believe that it is also louder than the S715i. But since I don't own both models I have no way of knowing this for sure.
So if you use Apple products buy the S7151. Otherwise grab the Wireless Boombox and use either the Bluetooth or the 3.5 mm auxilary cable to pipe your music to the Boombox.
Personally I dislike Apple products in general so I went with the Wireless Boombox version.
My Wireless Boombox experience.
Since the wireless version doesn't come with a case, a minor disappointment for me, I use a motorcycle helment bag to carry around my speakers.
Wireless Boombox listening environment
I typically plug my LG Optimus Android cell phone into these awesome speakers via the 3.5 mm auxilary cable that comes included. I really love and use PowerAMP MP3 music player to rock out while at work and home. PowerAMP has every feature I could possible want. I especially love the 10 band equalizer which lets me tweak the sound so that my music sounds the best possible on these speakers. PowerAMP is well worth the $4.99 cost and has a free fully functional 5 day trial version so you can give it a spin!
Logitech Wireless Boombox Review
The first Wireless Boombox that I purchased had a loose 3.5 mm auxilary connector. So every time the cable would come loose my music would stop playing and switch automatically to Bluetooth mode which is what the unit is designed to do when you unplug the aux cable. Since I'm constantly moving these portable speakers around as I go room to room in the hotel this was unacceptable for me. Another issue I had with the first speakers Amazon shipped to me was the Bluetooth audio quality was quite frankly horrible.
So I called up Amazon and easily had an RMA issued so that I could return the defective speakers for a replacement. In the meantime Amazon shipped me the replacement speakers without charging me for the replacement speakers. All I had to do was return the defective speakers within 30 days to avoid being charged later for the second set of speakers. They even paid for the return shipping. So while I was a bit disappointed that the speakers they shipped to me were defective, it happens sometimes..., Amazon made exchanging them quite painless. Big props to Amazon for their 30 day return policy.
The replacment speakers I received quickly were free of any defects. Woohooo time to rock out!
I can't say enough how great these speakers sound for what they cost. I can literally place these speakers in the front lobby of the hotel where I work at and walk 3/4 of the way down either wing and easily hear these bad boys. Each wing has 12 rooms, 6 rooms on each side of the hallway. The whole hotel has 48 rooms, 24 rooms on each floor. These are nice sized hotel rooms with 2 queen size beds. Of course I only crank them up all the way while at work when the place has no occupents. (As long as your not counting the ghosts who supposedly haunt the hotel)
These speakers easily will fill up a small to medium size room with crystal clear audio goodness. They even pump out pretty impressive bass for their small size. While they won't rattle the windows or anything they do have pretty substantial bass considering their size and cost producing a nice bass thump.
One negative aspect of these speakers is that they are designed to cut back the bass and overall volume output when running on batteries. Naturally this is to prolong battery life. On batteries they will crank out a pretty damn loud 6 watts of volume. Plugged in you get the full 20 watts. While they sound great running on batteries they sound much better plugged in.
It would have been great if Logitech had of included a switch to disable the battery saving mode. But this is just another minor issue in my opinion.
Another downfall of these portable speakers is they don't have any kind of a handle. But due to the curved shape of the case it is pretty easy to grab a hold of the top of the speakers to move them around.
I really wish this unit featured a volume level indicator. As it is there is no way to visibly see exactly how loud you have it. A numeric readout or some LED's would be great.
The only other negative aspect that I can think of is that my music doesn't sound nearly as good when using the Bluetooth feature to wirelessly stream the music running on battery power as compared to using the auxilary cable. I suspect that the Bluetooth A2DP just doesn't have enough bandwith to fully transmit my MP3's 320 kbps of data. Since my LG Android cell and these speakers are the only Bluetooth devices that I have for music I have nothing else to compare the Bluetooth quality to. I did read other reviewers who said that the Bluetooth quality for these speakers was great. I will say that the sound quality is clear and all, it just lack the full audio fidelity that I'm used to. Like anything in life there is a tradeoff here between plugging your music device directly in via the auxillary cable and using the Bluetooth mode. One sounds much better while the other allows you to move around the room and have control of your music in your hand.
The casing is made of a good high quality plastic that seems to be strong and durable. The front of the speakers have a nice metal grille covering them. Logitech has produced some great looking stylish portable speakers here.
While I haven't actually timed how many hours I get off the batteries I know that I can play these most of my 8 hour work day, about 6 hours, at close to full volume. At moderate volumes I'm sure you would easily get 6 - 8 hours plus of music enjoyment.
What matters the most to me is sound quality and how loud portable speakers can crank up. Here is where these speakers shine. For home, the office or at the park these speakers are plenty loud to fully enjoy your music. As far as sound quality goes the mid range and treble frequency response is flawless to my ears. If you crank them all the way up on certain songs it is possible to coax the woofers into producing some distortion. If your using PowerAMP then it is easy to tweak the EQ until the sound is once again perfect.
Overall these are some great battery powered speakers that sound great, have a nice stylish design and are probably the best speakers, at least in my opinion, that you can buy in the $150 - $300 price range value and quality wise.
All of my coworkers who have heard these speakers always commented on how good the sound quality is and how amazingly loud they are for their size. I have owned several Logitech products over the years and love the quality of their products. When shopping for computer accessories and speakers I always purchase the Logitech brand if it's available.
I have tried here to give you an honest review of the Logitech Wireless Boombox battery powered portable speakers highlighting both the pro's and con's. Like anything in life these speakers are not perfect. For me none of the minor issues that I have found would change my mind about this purchase if I had it to do all over again. Actually I'm quite tempted to buy a second pair and use a Y-jack for twice the loudness! I do like my music really loud, but it must first sound good before anything else. If I hear any distortion it quickly ruins the experience for me.
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If you own or have heard these speakers in person please honestly rate them below via the star ratings module. I gave these speakers a 4 out of 5 star rating. If they came with a carrying case and remote control or the Bluetooth quality could keep up with my high quality MP3's it would have easily received 5 stars from me. In my opinion 5 stars is a pretty much perfect product. 4 stars is for a great product. 3 stars represent just an average product. 2 stars is for a bad or seriously flawed product. 1 stars is for a totally horrible product.
Logitech Wireless Boombox Rating
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