A few months ago, LG India expanded their wireless portable audio portfolio with the launch of Xboom PK series. The three speakers which were launched under this new series were Xboom PK3, PK5, and PK7 priced at Rs 10,990, Rs 14,990, and Rs 22,990, respectively (though, you can get them on Amazon for significantly lower). Recently LG India shared these speakers with for review and since then we have used them one by one as default music listening device. Here are our findings:
LG XBoom Go PK PK3, PK5, and PK7 Review: Design and Built
In the world full of speakers that come in adventurous shape and sizes, LG has kept things fairly simple with its XBoom Go PK series. The smallest of the three PK 3 comes in almost a cube-like design while the X-Boom GO PK 5 and X-Boom Go PK 7 additionally feature handles on either side. Top ones ensure a firm grip, the bottom ones add stability while resting on the table, which is a very pragmatic add on to have when blasting sound at full volumes.
All three of them have a metallic grill on the front but while the PK3 conceals everything behind it, the PK5 and PK7 reveal the underlying twin speakers. LG has added LED lights that dynamically change with the music you play. Using LG’s Music Flow Bluetooth app, users can customize light colors according to their own taste. This beat lighting, however, is always on and keeps blinking even without music playback.
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Another design element that’s common across the entire family is dual passive radiators on both left and right. All of them have controls at the top that includes power, Bluetooth, volume up and down, pause and play, voice assistant key and ‘Enhanced Bass’. The PK5 and PK7 also get an additional button in tagged as ‘Clear Vocals’. In terms of built quality, all three of them feels solid, the kind that can handle rugged outdoor usage. What further compliments their sturdy built is water resistance. The PK3 is IPX7 rated whereas the PK5 and PK7 are IPX5 water resistant certified.
LG XBoom Go PK3, PK5, and PK7 Review: Sound Quality
English giant Meridian Audio is one of the best in the audio business and that seems a valid enough reason for LG to get it onboard for tuning its XBoom PK series. All three XBoom Go models – PK3, PK5, and PK7 – flaunt ‘with Meridian technology’ label with pride.
Another thing common to the all three is Qualcomm’s AptX HD wireless support. What this means is that they support 24-bit music playback over Bluetooth from your mobile or laptop without any latency.
The audio performance of the trio seems well-balanced as vocals are not highjacked amidst audio from different instruments. Out of the three, the PK7 pumps out the loudest audio and offer a vast dynamic range. Presence of additional tweeters on the PK7 ensures highs are crisps and clear.
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The PK5 and PK3 too passed with distinction in our audio performance tests. We played songs from numerous genres and the audio output remained balanced through out. At 100 percent volume, I played my playlist which includes Punjabi, Bollywood and international chartbusters on both the PK3 and PK5. Starting with the PK3, the highs were decently pronounced, mids and lows were well balanced. There was no distortion of at full volume. The PK3 quality of the audio seems good enough.
The PK5 speaker is louder than PK3 and offers comparatively more depth and richness in audi0. With the additional push to vocals with ‘Clear Vocals’ feature that lyrics are audible even when you turn down the volume. Just like the PK7, the PK5 also has multi-connect which lets you connect two of these speakers and play in sync.
We didn’t face any connectivity issues or on the three variants.
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LG XBoom Go PK3, PK5, and PK7 review: Battery Performance
The battery life is excellent on all three models. The PK7 houses biggest battery, and in accordance with its size, the PK3 gets the smallest one. In terms of real-life performance, it took us about 17 hours to drain out the PK7 battery completely. The PK5, on the other hand, managed to clock 14 hours with led lights turned off. Last but not least, the PK3 continues to pump out audio for 8-9 hours during our test which is certainly better than what we’d expected.
Should You Buy One? Yes
If your pocket permits, definitely. The XBOOM Go PK may feel a bit overpriced but, in our opinion, they are worth their price. If you have an AptX HD supported phone you can enjoy fabulous audio quality. On Amazon India, the PK7, PK5, and PK3 are available for Rs. 15,960, Rs. 9,999, and Rs. 7,400, respectively – which is significantly lower than the official launch price.