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Review Of Altec Rockbox XL, Sound Bucket XL & Rockbox XL At Best Buy

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Altec Rockbox XL, Sound Bucket XL and Rockbox XL At Best Buy

Bluetooth speakers have been around for many years now. They come in all shapes and sizes and definitely all price points. You no doubt have at least one if not more of these devices around your home. In the past I have reviewed several of the more expensive ones with big full sound that may or may not be worth the price depending on your needs. I have also heard several of the “portable” bluetooth speakers. They were all tiny speakers with tinny sound and never got very loud even on max. I’m not sure how much they cost, but you could bet it wasn’t very much, at least you hope it wasn’t. So when I got the oppurtunity to review a small bluetooth speaker I wasn’t holding out much hope for its performance.

Altec Lansing is a company that I am not too familiar with, but a quick google search yielded some surprising results. The company was formed in 1927 and primarily produced loudspeakers for auditoriums and such. Later on they moved into the home with personal and computer speakers. Keeping up with the times they have also developed a line of bluetooth speakers of which the Baby Boom XL is a part.

Altec Rockbox XL, Sound Bucket XL and Rockbox XL At Best Buy

Altec Lansing Baby Boom XL Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The Altec Lansing Baby Boom XL is a small, highly portable bluetooth speaker that is perfect for the active person on the go. The Baby Boom XL fits in the palm of your hand and comes equipped with a carabiner clip if you need to jam out whilst climbing a mountain. But who would take a bluetooth speaker up a cliff, wouldn’t it get damaged? The short answer is, not likely. The Baby Boom XL is rugged! Certified IP67 the Baby Boom is snow proof, dust proof, and water proof! It is shock resistant to handle tumbles across the rocks and even floats in water in case that float trip gets a little tipsy!

Boasting up to 6 hours of battery life on a single charge should be enough to get you through the day unless you have it on full blast. Speaking of full blast, holy cow! The Baby Boom XL has an impressive amount of volume for such a small speaker. It obviously doesn’t compare to a much larger speaker, but for what it is designed for it does an amazing job! Still if you are looking for bigger, fuller sound with the tough capabilities of the Baby Boom XL, you can purchase a second unit and pair them to your device or smartphone with true wireless pairing. Each Baby Boom XL only has one speaker, so pairing two is the only way to get stereo sound.

The Baby Boom XL also features an Active Bass Radiator to produce more bass which is always lacking in small speaker systems. Upon listen you can hear it, but you can’t feel it unless you are holding the speaker. You can definitely feel it vibrating with bass and doing it’s best, and audiophiles might want more than it can give, but there are physical limitations for such small devices that can not be overcome.

It is what it is, and what it is exactly is a great portable, rugged bluetooth speaker capable of giving you everything you can dish out. The best part is that you can find the Altec Lansing Baby Boom XL for $30 or less, I have even seen it on sale or $10 at times. So if you are in the market for travel speaker while biking about, kayaking a river, mudding in your Jeep, or scaling K-2, the Altec Lansing Baby Boom XL has got your back!

Other Altec Lansing Products

SoundBucket XL Waterproof Bluetooth Portable Speaker

  • 20 hours of battery life
  • 60 Watt – 360 degree music listening 
  • Down firing Subwoofer for bass booming sound  
  • Qi Wireless Charging + USB Smartphone Charging 
  • 5 LED Illuminating Light Modes
  • IP67 Waterproof 
  • House Party Pairing – Pair up to 50 compatible speakers together
  • Handle for easy carry anywhere 

Altec Lansing BoomJacket Jolt Portable Bluetooth Speaker

  • 30 hours of battery life 
  • Qi Wireless + USB smartphone charging
  • 5 LED Lighting modes – beat to music, slow pulse, slow fade, constant, and off
  • IP67 Everything Proof rating – and floats! 
  • House Party pairing – pair up to 50 compatible speakers together
  • Impressive, Bass filling Altec Lansing sound
  • Bass Booming sound

Altec Lansing RockBox XL Waterproof Bluetooth Portable Speaker

  • Up to 20 hours battery life
  • 50 Watt of bass booming sound
  • Built-in USB Smartphone Charger
  • 5 LED Illuminating Light Modes
  • Floats upright in water
  • IP67 Waterproof
  • House Party Pairing – Pair up to 50 compatible speakers together
  • Handle design for easy carry anywhere 
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