Soundcore Extreme Outdoor Sound And Lights – The Anker Soundcore Motion Boom is a 30W portable speaker perfect for outdoor use with up to 24 hours of battery life and IPX7 waterproof rating.
It costs around $90 or £90 – a third of the price of the JBL Xtreme 3 I’ll be comparing it to in the sound test and many other speakers.
Soundcore Extreme Outdoor Sound And Lights
In the box you’ll get the speaker itself, an Anker-branded USB-C cable, and a quick start guide.
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Carrying the speaker by the large carrying handle, I expected it to be heavier than it is. Weighing in at 1546g, just 500g heavier than its Motion+ sibling, it’s smaller and lighter than the JBL Xtreme 3 and the budget W-King D8.
It’s about the same size as the JBL and W-King, albeit with a mold that makes it taller. Measures 300mm x 115mm and 170mm high.
The case quality is good, but it doesn’t feel sturdy, despite the IPX7 waterproof rating. The hood is made of a hard black molded plastic with a steel grille covering the middle drivers.
On the back is a strip of plastic that reveals a USB-C port and a standard USB-A port to charge your devices. There is no 3.5mm port, so you can only use the microphone and wireless. These are all the speakers I’m comparing it to, so it’s bullshit.
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The top of the speaker has a rubber carry handle and rubberized knobs to control the speaker. There is no NFC sensor on the W-King. The bottom of the speaker has two rubber feet.
The limited 10,000mAh battery takes up to 4 hours to charge at up to 2.1A via its USB-C port and supports both single and dual USB-C charging cables. The power button glows red when charging and turns white when fully charged. The button is red when the battery is low.
The USB-A port only has an output of 1A or 5W which I powered through a USB cable. It’s not enough to pay for the tablet – I’d like to see at least the 2A output that even the W-King has.
The speaker must be turned on for this to work, but it will work even if the speaker is connected at the same time. The charging port only works when the battery has more than 20% charge.
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Press and hold the power button for 2 seconds to turn on the speaker and begin Bluetooth pairing. The Bluetooth button lights up. Tap Soundcore Motion Boom in the Bluetooth settings. The Bluetooth light is on. You can disable all sound prompts from the Soundcore app.
Unlike Motion+, you can only seamlessly connect to one device at a time. To switch to another device, press the Bluetooth button. The icon will turn on again and you can click on the speaker again in Bluetooth settings. Hopefully they can improve this feature with a firmware update.
To reset the speaker and erase any paired devices, while it’s talking, press and hold the Bluetooth and Volume Up buttons for about five seconds until all buttons light up. Then restart it.
If you have two Motion Boom speakers, you can set them up as a stereo pair. Press the TWS button on both speakers and wait until both buttons stop flashing. Press the TWS button for 2 seconds to exit this mode. I only have one speaker so I can’t test this, but I’d love to see a session mode feature to connect multiple speakers to a Soundcore array like the Motion+. JBL, LG and many other manufacturers support this feature in many of their speakers.
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The Soundcore button has a lot of features to dislike. A single tap will play or pause music or answer or end a phone call. A double click will play the next song, a triple click the previous song and a second double click will activate the voice assistant. There’s plenty of room for different buttons for at least some of these functions, especially since there are TWS buttons that most people won’t use. At least there’s a separate Bluetooth pairing button.
Two 15W 2.5″ full-range woofers with titanium diaphragms and passive radiators produced a pleasant sound for most of the music I listened to. The Motion Boom lacks the smaller Motion+ tweeters, but still has good range and surround sound. Despite its name, it’s not a huge improvement even with BassUp on, which gives a noticeable and smooth boost to the low frequencies. I usually leave this default setting when playing music as it doesn’t overpower the mids and highs, which keeps them clear.
And there’s a bit of confusion even at high volumes – I preferred its sound to the Motion+ at high volumes, when a small speaker can sound too loud.
Using a sound level meter one meter from the speaker grille, I measured the Motion Boom at maximum at 75% volume. You can see how it compares to other speakers in the test – everyone tested at their loudest. W-King started the outdoor scene, the Soundcore speakers are smaller than the BassUp.
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It doesn’t sound as loud as the W-King D8, but it will fill a medium-sized room and, as advertised, is a good outdoor speaker. Indoors, it’s very noisy if you’re two meters away from it.
Using the Soundcore software, which improves with each update, you can adjust the EQ settings that are stored in the unit. The interface is much clearer in Motion Boom compared to Motion +. There aren’t many EQ settings, but you can hear the difference between them and see how they affect the frequency range on or off the bass, or you can create your own custom settings to your liking.
The app also allows you to disable audio pause, change the auto-power to the default 30 minutes, and update the app.
In the following video, you can hear for yourself what the speaker sounds like with BassUP on and off, and compare it to the JBL Xtreme 3, W-King D8, Minirig 3, Soundcore Motion + and LG PL7. I also have a full review of some of the speakers playing various songs on my YouTube channel, so please check it out if you’re interested.
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I recorded the sound test with binaural speakers that capture stereo sound, to try and give the closest representation of what I hear. Please listen with headphones for the best experience. Use the video chapters in the timeline or the icons below to continue if you wish.
All speakers sound great and. The Progress Motion sounds better to my ears than the much more expensive JBL Xtreme 3, not just on this track, but on many tracks I’ve listened to. But the JBL has a brighter JBL sound and is slightly smaller than the Soundcore.
The Minirig 3 speaker deserves a mention. With a single driver, it doesn’t have the sound quality of the other speakers, but it’s impressive how good it is for such a small speaker. And just like it sounds. I hope to have a full review of this speaker soon.
There was never any lag when watching YouTube on iOS – which is a huge improvement over Motion+. [April 19, 2021 – latest firmware update seems to have introduced some lag].
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The built-in microphone is great for phone calls and gets better the closer you get to the speaker.
The Progress Motion uses Bluetooth 5.0 and the connection is reliable and the range is good reaching the far end of another room in my house more than 10 meters away.
But there is no support for any advanced Bluetooth codecs like aptX supported by Motion+ or even AAC. With no 3.5mm output, there is no option for a wired connection for better sound quality. But most mobile speakers we’ve tested in this price range, it’s hard to hear any difference between these advanced codecs and SBC anyway.
Battery life is estimated at an impressive 24 hours – but there are no details on how long this is when the BassUp is on. But I play between 60-80% volume on BassUp and I’ve had at least a full day.
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The Anker Soundcore Motion Boom sounds great for the price, and the compatible Soundcore app makes it easy to adjust the EQ to your liking. It’s also very loud and has a decent battery life.
But it’s a very large speaker, and while the carrying case is useful for one-handed portability, it’s not that important given its relatively light weight. But although the quality of the knife is good, it is not very good
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