The best budget Bluetooth speaker

This speaker will add oomph to your Halloween party (Getty Images)

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With pulsating LED lights and 20W amplification, LG’s PN5 XBoom Go is a small bluetooth speaker that makes a big noise, and it’s currently available from Currys for £ 79.99 (was £ 129), this which represents a saving of £ 49.

The XBoom models are the party goers in LG’s line of wireless speakers. They’re designed to be the center of attention (hence the lighted speakers) and sturdy enough to carry around the park or to a barbecue – the soft-touch matte finish carrying handle doubles as a stand for practical enclosure. The PN5 is the most versatile of the lot.

On the one hand, it does not lack endurance. It’ll run for 18 hours on a full battery, which should get you through more than a few Halloween playlists, with the lighting effect syncing to the beat of the music.

The XBoom is also IPX5 certified, which means it will survive the occasional splash around the pool, or more likely the unexpected fall showers.

But there’s more to this XBoom than it looks. It’s part of an ongoing collaboration between LG and Meridian Audio, one of the UK’s most beloved premium audio companies. A thoroughbred Meridian speaker, designed for audiophiles, will set you back thousands of dollars.

LG's PN5 XBoom Go is a small bluetooth speaker that makes a lot of noise.  (Curry)

LG’s PN5 XBoom Go is a small bluetooth speaker that makes a lot of noise. (Curry)

This transportable is obviously not in the same vein, but it is definitely reassuring to know that some of the UK’s golden eared hi-fi boffins had a say in its performance. Meridian is renowned for its excellent DSP (Digital Sound Processing) sound and knows a thing or two about component selection.

One of the reasons the PN5 sounds bigger than it looks is the integration of two passive radiators (at each end of the speaker), which help move air, along with the proprietary technology Bass Boost. There is also DTS Stereo processing, which widens the audio sound. If you need to fill a room, this XBoom is aptly named.

There is also Multi-Bluetooth support, so you can share playlists. The loudspeaker will automatically switch to Speaker Phone mode with all incoming calls.

Oddly enough, you can also pair the PN5 with an LG 2020/2021 TV, for bigger sound.

And just for fun, this PN5 will connect to other PN5 XBoom Party Link speakers – up to 100. Now that would be a party!

What the critics say

Currys buyers rate the speakerphone 9.4 out of 10, with many praising its audio performance and design …

  • “Excellent balanced sound quality. It suits my musical taste perfectly and any style of music I have tried so far. “

  • The sound is brilliant. It has excellent bass for such a small speaker. I’m really happy with it.

  • The design of it is great, the handle holder makes it easy to carry and use.

  • “The battery life is amazing, I love the carry handle, the lights add a nice touch.”

  • “Strong for something so compact, with fantastic battery life. “

Buy it: LG PN5 XBOOM Go portable bluetooth speaker | £ 79.99 of Currys (was £ 129)

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