The Soundcore Motion Boom Plus is a powerful, portable outdoor speaker that you might want to snag before summer is over. The boombox-style Bluetooth speaker packs the brawn — 80 watts of power — along with a bit more weight than some rivals.
When you consider the excellent sound quality, some sporty features, and relatively low price of $179.99, it’s a worthy choice for outdoor use. Some people might even use it indoors, but many would never do it because of its black plastic design. It might look right at home in a college dorm, but probably not in most living rooms.
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Soundcore Motion Boom Plus review
So at the top, I’ll say the Soundcore Motion Boom Plus is a good deal whether you can find it at list price or a little cheaper. Especially if you want the music to be heard over outdoor noises like surf, wind and tipsy voices.
On the plus side, it pumps out 80 watts of quality sound and a long battery life of up to 20 hours. It comes with a handy strap. It can power other devices. And it’s 100% waterproof, so you can drop it in the pool. Also, it floats.
On the negative side there isn’t much. It’s larger and heavier than many portable speakers, but it can also be more powerful. It carries a purposeful outdoor design, so it might not look as stylish as some Bluetooth speakers.
Basically it’s a modern boombox. And it’s not like it makes the yacht look (very) bad. Plus, you can throw it overboard and it’ll be fine. And they will hear you coming from your next port of call.
Big and muscular, but made to be carried
Figuratively speaking, the Motion Boom Plus says “for outdoor use”. It has a rugged design, IP67 water and dust resistance (solid) and can swim.
It’s marketed as lightweight, but it’s not featherweight. Measuring 15.27 inches x 5.51 inches x 7.68 inches and weighing 5.3 pounds, it’s quite a big kid among portable speakers, although it’s a bit smaller than the standard Motion Boom.
Compare its size and weight to something like Ultimate Ears’ popular, cylinder-shaped Boom 3 Bluetooth speaker at about 2.9 inches by 7.2 inches and 1.3 pounds. But the Boom 3 can’t quite match the Motion Boom’s performance in terms of sound output or power delivery.
The Soundcore device has a built-in 13,400mAh battery that charges in less than six hours, as well as a USB-A port for charging devices. (This welcome addition shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, given that Anker – Soundcore’s parent brand – keeps rolling out GaN chargers like they’re going out of style.)
So the Motion Boom Plus gives you 20 hours of music playback, but in reality you don’t need that much for most outings. That leaves plenty of juice to fill up on smartphones and the like.
And despite the speaker’s size and weight, Soundcore made the Motion Boom as portable as possible. It comes with a thick handle and a detachable nylon shoulder strap.
Loud and clear sound
The Motion Bloom Plus is loud. Very loud. But it is not only noisy. It maintains clarity even at maximum volume instead of distorting.
The only warped thing was the worried look on my sister-in-law’s face as she surveyed the neighbors at a recent summer cook-off when I decided to crank a Rolling Stones tune all the way up (just for a few seconds).
The volume comes as no shock considering the speaker array beneath the speaker’s hard shell. It contains two 30W woofers, two 10W tweeters and two passive radiators. Together they produce 80 W of sound.
Clarity benefits from dual titanium and silk drivers that enhance highs and Soundcore’s proprietary BassUp technology that enhances the low end without washing out mid and high frequencies.
And note that the high-volume capacity is part of the value proposition here, too. You can find louder portable speakers like the UE Hyperboom. But this device costs about twice as much as the Soundcore Motion Boom Plus.
Plus, an app for EQ
Soundcore also gives you some control over the music tones. Pair the box with the Soundcore app and you’ll find four custom presents to choose from – Signature, Voice, Treble Boost and Balanced – or you can try your hearing to set the equalizer yourself.
I’ve heard major differences between custom presets in other products, but that’s not much of a nitpick.
By the way, while I was working indoors, I listened to the radio news and classical music quietly and had no complaints.
Soundcore Motion Boom Plus controls and connectors
Several controls are located under the speaker’s massive handle. They allow you to customize playback without having to connect a smartphone or tablet through the Soundcore app.
On the back there are connection options behind a typical rubber stopper. There’s the USB-C port, which is used to charge the speaker itself. Then there’s a USB-A port for charging other devices. A 3.5mm headphone jack allows playback through the speaker from older devices that don’t support Bluetooth.
However, this speaker is pretty much all about Bluetooth. And not just any old Bluetooth from a year or more ago, but Bluetooth 5.3.
It enables stable wireless playback and supports Soundcore’s PartyCast 2.0 technology. This lets you sync different Soundcore speakers for true stereo playback – even 100+ of them if you want to go crazy at your next party.
The speaker also has a built-in microphone that you can use to answer calls.
Bottom line, the slightly hefty but great-sounding and feature-rich Soundcore Motion Boom Plus portable wireless speaker costs an affordable $179.99 (but you might see it for less). That’s a good value.
Where to buy: Soundcore or Amazon
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