New LG Bluetooth XBOOM 360 RP4B speaker and FP range of TONE Free earbuds

New LG Bluetooth XBOOM 360 RP4B

LG has released its Bluetooth LG Bluetooth XBOOM 360 RP4B and new FP range of TONE Free earbuds. These are high-end audio developed in conjunction with UK audio experts, Meridian.

LG Bluetooth XBOOM 360 RP4B

It is a Bluetooth (BT), 360°, mono, portable battery-operated, lantern-shaped speaker with mood lighting meaning Omni-directional sound when placed in the middle of things – don’t put it near a wall.

We have not seen or heard it yet, but the $500+ price tag suggests it is pretty special. Here is what we know:

  • 120W on mains power and 80w on battery
  • 2.5cm Titanium compressed horn tweeter and 13.34cm fibreglass woofer
  • BT 5.0 with SBC and AAC codecs
  • AUX-in (suitable for guitar and or mic) and at least one USB input (MP3 and WMA)
  • Mains power or battery 7.4V/3.9A/28.68W for up to 10 hours life (depends on volume and mood lights). Five-hour charge
  • 51.3cm high by 24.9m (at the base) tapering to the top carry handle x 5.8kg
  • IPX4 for light water spray
  • Companion Android and iOS app with a range of pre-sets, EQ, DJ Effects
  • Mood lighting effects include Ambient/Nature/Party Light Modes
  • Can be stereo paired or use LG Sound Sync for multi-room music
  • 1-year warranty
  • Charcoal Black at major retailers and online from November 2021.
  • LG US website

It looks good and will compete with other multi-room brands.

LG TONE FP series

LG says the FP series is a considerable step up from the FN series, including a new Chonca design (somewhat like a Conch shell) that reduces the external profile and the ‘pod size’.

In a terribly oversupplied world of me-too buds, LG has a few features that make these stand out (not all features are in the three models – see table)

  • Headphone Spatial Processing from Meridian Audio and 3D Sound Stage
  • Larger silicon edge drivers for better mid-bass
  • Three microphones per bud – one each for voice, external noise and internal noise for noise cancelling
  • Whisper mode – remove one bud and whisper into without loss of volume
  • UV-C LED UVnano charging case reduces speaker mesh bacteria by 99.9% in five minutes when charging wired or wirelessly. Medical-grade hypoallergenic ear gels minimise the risk of skin irritations in the ear canal.
  • Up to 10-hours playback (depends on volume, noise-cancelling and content) and 14 hours in the charging case
  • FP9 has Plug & Wireless. The charging case doubles as a BT wireless dongle. By plugging the case into a 3.5mm jack on a smartphone, gaming console, or other compatible devices via USB-C to AUX cable, users can low-latency sound

FP series specs

Active Noise CancellingYesSameSame
UVnanoWired chargingW wired & wireless chargingX
Medical-grade Ear GelsYesSameSame
Sound SolutionMeridianSameSame
3D Sound StageYesSameSame
Plug & WirelessYesXX
Microphones3 micsSameSame
Ambient Mode / Chat ModeYesSameSame
Multi PairingYesSameSame
Swift ParingYesSameSame
Wireless ChargingXYesX
Battery Life (ANC off)Up to 10 hours plus
Up to 14hrs case
5 minutes = 1hr
SameUp to 8hrs plus
Up to 14hrs case
IP RatingIPX4SameSame
App CompatibilityAndroid/iOSSameSame
ColoursCharcoal BlackSameSame

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