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Altec Lansing Baby Boom XL Speaker Best Buy Review
Altec Lansing Baby Boom XL Speaker Best Buy Review

Small Bluetooth wireless speakers have come a long way in the last few years. I’ve enjoyed trying out a handful of them while lounging around the pool, hiking on desert trails, and exploring the gold country of Northern California. Altec Lansing’s newest Baby Boom XL is rugged and waterproof. It can float if you want to lounge in the pool too.

The moment I turned on the Baby Boom XL from Altec Lansing, it went directly into pairing mode to connect with my iPhone XS MAX. For $29.99 each, get two and link them together via its True Wireless mode. Want great tunes while camping, these are inexpensive and IP67 certified to be there when you need them.

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Some photo(s) are courtesy of the brand and/or Best Buy.

Altec Lansing Baby Boom XL Unboxing by Chris Rauschnot @24k

Inside of the box, you get a small carabineer and a micro USB charging cable. The box is too small to include a wall charger, but it can use almost any smartphone charger with a USB A port. If you happen to loose its cable, any micro USB cable should work to recharge its battery.

Its battery lasts for about six hours and can charge up in about two hours and 10 minutes. Because the speaker can float and it is waterproof, the charging port is behind a tightly connected rubber stopper.

During use, I found that the buttons for volume up and down change the volume of the device it is connected to. To turn off the speaker, simply hold the power button down for a few seconds.

Altec Lansing Baby Boom XL Speaker

While it has a 30ft wireless range, it is recommended to keep your device within about 15ft for the best connection. If you are close enough, you can use the speaker for interacting with your voice assistant of choice.

After turning up the volume past 50%, I found that the audio started to distort when the sound went past 75%. A commenter on my YouTube video for this speaker mentioned that speakers in this price range mostly all distort when the volume is pushed past 75%.

The Baby Boom XL drives bass out of the right speaker and mids and highs out of the left speaker. Sound also radiates out of the back too.

A good use for this small speaker would be for when you need to do small presentations with a laptop or tablet. The sound should be loud enough for medium sized boardrooms.

This speaker is available now from Best Buy at a nice value of $29.99.

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