Summer, sun, beach – and the right music? If you really want to enjoy your holiday on hot days or are planning a boozy pool party, you need a suitable jukebox that combines a certain degree of robustness against external influences with good sound and a compact design. That’s exactly what Anker wants to offer with the Soundcore Motion Boom, which competes with the JBL Charge 3 (test report) or the Sonos Roam SL (test report).
Because the speaker has an IPX7 certification, it is particularly suitable for outdoor use. A battery life of up to 24 hours and the integrated power bank set the Soundcore Motion Boom apart from other models. We took a closer look at the Bluetooth speaker in the test and found out whether the box is worth its best price of 70 euros.
design and processing
When you first get hands-on with the Soundcore Motion Boom, the rather cheap look of the device is noticeable: the housing, like the partially rubberized handle, is made of black plastic, which leaves an impression of little quality. However, the matte surface is easy to clean, as is the metal mesh that covers the actual front speakers. Two rubber feet on the bottom of the speaker ensure good stability, so that the Soundcore Motion Boom does not slip on smooth surfaces, even at higher volumes. Similar to the Xiaomi Mi Portable (test report), the Soundcore Motion Boom does not offer any shock protection, which we would have expected from an outdoor speaker.
A big plus is the control panel, which comes with illuminated buttons, which is typical for Soundcore. Unfortunately, Anker has not equipped the volume and quiet buttons with a backlight, but the other buttons are easy to see in the dark or in low ambient light. The Soundcore Motion Boom is certified according to the IPX7 standard, which means that it should easily withstand immersion in one meter of water for 30 minutes. In addition, the speaker does not sink, but floats on the surface. So if the speaker accidentally falls into the pool, it easily survives the involuntary bathing session. In contrast to the Sony XB33 (test report), the speaker is not saltwater resistant, so caution is required at sea.
service and operation
As usual with most Bluetooth boxes, we also connect the Soundcore Motion Boom to a smartphone or other Bluetooth-enabled playback device via Bluetooth 5.0. All you have to do is press the Bluetooth button on the speaker to connect the box to the device. A short sound confirms the pairing, if the Bluetooth symbol lights up blue, the connection is established. If you want, you can use the TWS button to connect an identical Soundcore Motion Boom to the existing speaker to create stereo sound.
Soundcore Motion Boom Bilder
Soundcore Motion Boom
The operation of the Soundcore Motion Boom is otherwise self-explanatory and without major difficulties. Similar to Xiaomi on the Mi Portable and Sony on the XB33, Anker has assigned a button several times. The Anker Soundcore button doubles as a play/pause button, changing tracks, answering and rejecting phone calls, and activating voice assistant software. However, because the anchor button is not illuminated, it can turn into quite a bit of fiddling to use the individual functions correctly in the heat of the moment. A separate button or at least an illumination would have been helpful here.
Anker’s Soundcore app also supports the Soundcore Motion Boom and offers additional features such as an equalizer. The app is not required to operate the Bluetooth box, but it does contain a number of useful features. We can use the app to update the speaker’s firmware, check the battery charge level and set the box to switch off automatically after various time intervals. The equalizer includes four preset settings with which we can adjust the sound of the box according to our individual needs: a balanced mode, a mode for voices, a mode with a particular emphasis on treble and a balance mode without particularly emphasized treble and bass. The app is easy to use and convinces thanks to its good overview.
The price segment of Bluetooth speakers for outdoor use around 100 euros is highly competitive. Top dog JBL holds its own with the Flip 5 (test report), while Sony with the XB33 (test report) and Sonos with the Roam SL (test report) also want a piece of the sound cake. So how does the Soundcore Motion Boom compare? On paper, the speaker is at least convincing in terms of performance, which is 30 watts and thus ten watts above the performance of JBL’s Flip 5. Unfortunately, Anker does not provide any information on the frequency range – the practical check has to do here.
The fact that the Soundcore Motion Boom is quite a bit larger than the JBL Flip 5 or the Sony XB33 is directly noticeable in the sound. Because it’s surprisingly good. The sound comes out of the speakers very full, the integrated bass boost does exactly what it should and brings a lot of punch to the sound without being distorted, while vocals and high pitches continue to sound clear. We tested the sound with Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, among others, where the drums harmonized very well with the artist’s voice.
We are also impressed by the Soundcore Motion Boom in Steven Wilson’s Hand Cannot Erase and Peggy Lee’s Fever. In both cases, beats as well as vocals and high-pitched instruments come into their own. A high volume can hardly harm the sound, even if the speaker occasionally began to rattle. Incidentally, the speaker also masters speech without difficulty. In our opinion, the overall price-performance ratio is right – for the price of well under 100 euros that Anker calls for the Soundcore Motion Boom, we would not have expected such a clear sound.
battery and extras
Anker specifies the battery life of the Soundcore Motion Boom as up to 24 hours. The battery capacity is 10,000 mAh and thus in the upper range for comparable Bluetooth boxes. In addition, the Motion Boom also acts as a power bank, so we can charge our smartphone while playing music, for example. The running time varies depending on the volume at which the speaker is operated, but in our test the Motion Boom actually lasted the specified 24 hours at 50 percent volume.
The Soundcore Motion Boom hardly offers any extras apart from the power bank function, but it supports voice assistants such as Siri or Google Assistant. It is also possible to accept calls by pressing the anchor button.
Anker offers the Soundcore Motion Boom at an RRP of 110 euros. It currently costs around 100 euros. However, the price history shows that it changed hands for as little as 70 euros. So it can be worth waiting for a good offer. We recommend setting a price alert in our price comparison.
The Anker Soundcore Motion Boom is a real powerhouse – and that’s not only due to the 30 watts of power and the size of the speaker, but also to the strong battery that the manufacturer has installed. You can call this outdoor speaker an all-round carefree package if you are willing to accept the somewhat cheap-looking design and the lack of shock protection.
If you can buy the Soundcore Motion Boom on offer for a good 70 euros, you won’t go wrong with the speaker. But even at the original price, Anker puts together a more than fair overall package that can compete with the more expensive competition from JBL and Co.
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