To the unfamiliar, the SoundBoks is an obnoxiously loud Bluetooth speaker that’s built for outdoor use. No, it isn’t portable the way your mobile speakers are, far from it, but if you’re looking for a super loud speaker that you can bring to tailgates, beach parties, and similar festive spaces, it should definitely figure among your list of options. The new SoundBoks 2 updates that speaker into an even louder boombox. Boasting 40 percent louder volume than its predecessor, the device should make for an even more obnoxious sound machine, whether you’re playing hip-hop, EDM, or Celine Dion songs over and over. It’s big, it’s loud, and it totally looks the part, ensuring it will fit in at any party you want to fill with booming sounds.
How loud does the SoundBoks 2 sound? Loud enough that the outfit feels comfortable declaring it as the “loudest battery-powered speaker in the world.” In exact terms, that translates to 122 decibels of loud music – a volume that’s comparable to the sound you hear when you’re sitting in the front row of a rock concert. We know, that’s ridiculously loud, but that’s exactly the kind of speaker that you need if you’re going to crank the music at a crowded outdoor gathering.
Of course, being loud is only one part of the equation. Driven by two 10-inch professional woofers, the speaker can boost frequencies down to 40Hz for a truly booming bass sound, while the neodymium silk dome tweeter can reach crystal clear highs up to 20kHz, so it sounds just as capable all the way to the other end of the sound spectrum. It pairs all that with sophisticated digital filters for outdoor and indoor modes, ensuring dynamic sound imaging, regardless of where the party is happening.
The SoundBoks 2 comes with a military-grade battery that’s rated for up to 40 hours of playback when turned up to 113 decibels. That’s right, you can keep the party going for over a day without having to recharge. It can even stretch that battery to 100-plus hours in a single charge, if you’re going to play your music at lower volumes. And when the battery finally runs out, you can recharge the darn thing in just 3.5 hours, leaving it ready to go again from sun up to sun down and more.
Construction is powder-coated aluminum for the frame and Baltic birch plywood for the cabinet, with an all-weather nano coating ensuring it can take all the spills of a crazy party without getting damaged. Unlike most speakers designed for outdoors use, this thing isn’t compact. In fact, it’s huge at 12.6 x 26 x 16.9 inches and 33 pounds. That means, it’s not the kind of thing you’ll want to bring when you’re going on foot, so you’ll want to treat it, pretty much, the same way as you would an ice box holding all your drinks. They do offer a backpack attachment that allows you to carry the speaker on your back, which should help make moving it around just a little easier.