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LG’s XG8T and XG2T XBOOM GO Series Speakers Are Ideal For the Beach this Summer

LG has introduced its most powerful portable Bluetooth speaker along with a small go-anywhere speaker. Which one is right for you?

LG XBOOM Go XG2T and XG8T portable Bluetooth Speakers

Summer 2024 is rapidly approaching and outdoor party time with family, friends, or colleagues is a great idea. Consumers have a lot of options with regards to portable outdoor loudspeakers and LG might be offering just what you need. 

LG’s XBOOM GO speakers are designed for party and on-the-go entertainment. For 2024, LG is adding to its XBOOM GO Speaker product line with the XG2T and XG8T models. Let’s check out what they have to offer. 

The XG2T and XG8T are both portable Bluetooth speakers. LG claims that both products have passed the military standard test to withstand high temperatures, rain, sand, and more.

XG2T

LG XBOOM GO XG2T Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The XG2T is a compact carry-around speaker weighing less than a pound. It features an adjustable cord that users can attach to a backpack, bike hands, tent poles, and more.

LG XBOOM GO XG2T Portable Bluetooth Speaker Uses

The XG2T includes a Sound Boost EQ mode to tailor audio quality for any environment. With up to 10 hours of music playtime, you can go almost all day listening to great music. 

The IP67 dust and water resistance rating makes the XG2T usable in most outdoor settings.

XG8T

LG XBOOM GO XG8T Portable Bluetooth Speaker Front

The XG8T is a larger, boom box-looking, portable speaker that includes multi-color LED lights to set the party mood that can be controlled by XBOOM App. 

The XG8T provides up to 15 hours of playback on a full battery charge. 

The larger XG8T comes equipped with an adjustable hybrid strap made of soft but durable fabric for carrying comfort. It can be used as a shoulder strap for longer journeys to the beach or as a shorter handheld strap for easy transport.

LG XBOOM GO XG8T Speaker Drivers

The XG8T features a track woofer and two cone tweeters that work to balance different frequencies.

With up to 120W of output power, the XG8T supports punchy bass with enhancement algorithms.

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The Sound Boost EQ mode amplifies sound performance, filling the room – or outdoor space – with enhanced bass at the touch of a button.

XBOOM App

LG XBOOM GO XG8T - XBOOM App Lighting Control

Both speakers work with the XBOOM App (iOS/Android). When used with the  XG8T the app allows users to select from a wide range of colors that enhance each song and mood for an enriched audio experience.

For both the XG2T and XG8T, the XBOOM App also lets users control audio settings, playlists, equalizers, and more.

Comparison

LG XBOOM Go XG8T and XG2T portable Bluetooth Speakers
XG8TXG2T
MSRP$379.99$79.99
Channel Configuration1-ch (2-way)1-ch (1-way)
Total Output Power
(on AC Power)
60W (Woofer) +
60W (Tweeter) 
5W
Total Output Power
(on Battery  Power)
50W (Woofer) +
50W (Tweeter)
5W
TweeterYes
Woofer 8-inches1.5-inches
Passive RadiatorYesYes
BluetoothYesYes
AACYesYes
SBCYesYes
MultipointYesYes
Bluetooth App (Android/iOS) YesYes
User EQYesYes
Sound BoostYesYes
StandardYesYes
Display TypeLED IndicatorLED Indicator
LED LightingYes
SpeakerphoneYesYes
Voice Command via Smartphone
(Google Assistant, Siri)
YesYes
Carry StrapYesYes
Power-on mode (Charging status)50 W5 W
Battery Capacity14.8V, 2985mAh3.7V, 1200mAh
Battery Charging Time3 hr4 hr
Battery LifeUp to 15hrs of PlaybackUp to 10hrs of Playback
Battery TypeLithium-IonLithium-Ion
USB chargingUSB-AUSB-C
Battery IndicatorYesYes
AC Adapter YesYes
Dust/Water ResistantIP67IP67
Net Weight6.7 lbs0.7 lbs
Size (WxHxD)14.6″ x 5.9″ x 5.8″3.7″ x 3.9″ x 1.8″
LG XBOOM Go and XG8T portable Bluetooth Speaker is IP67 waterproof

Initial Thoughts

These latest LG XBOOM GO speakers don’t offer anything revolutionary but just some fine-tuning of the product line. However, the X2GT is extremely small and it is hard to believe that it can produce good quality sound from its own speakers as LG claims. I also wonder how much their “Military Stanard Grade Testing” procedures contribute to product quality or if they are more of a marketing tool to get more consumer attention in a crowded portable speaker market. 

Note: The LG XG8T uses the larger USB Type A charging port, so if you’ve been trying to standardize device charging with USB-C, you’ll need to remember to carry an extra USB-A cable with you.

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