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Altec Lansing ALP-XP800BLK Xpedition Altec Lansing Xpedition 8 Everything Proof 420W Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Black
- 420W of peak power for incredible room-filling sound. Dual 8" Woofers and three 1" Tweeters powered by a 420 watt amplifier blasts music to reach every person at your party with clarity.
- Designed to Float with Woofers and Tweeters Out of the Water PLUS IP67 rated Waterproof the Xpedition 8 can withstand one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
- BUILT-IN DANCE PARTY: LED light show featuring 12 color combinations from the woofers plus two strobe lights will dance with your favorite songs.
- With Bluetooth and NFC connection capabilities, syncing devices is easy. Plug in your other devices directly via the AUX input.
- UP TO 24 HOURS of battery. Never lose connection; charge your phone or other portable devices right from the speaker. Additionally keep the speaker charged with the DC power source.
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Designed to Float – Perfect for the Beach or Pool
Designed to float in a position where the woofers and tweeters do not hit the water so the sound is just as good in the water as it is on land. In addition to floating the Xpedition 8 can withstand submersion in one meter of water for 30 minutes. The perfect companion in the Pool this summer, don’t leave your Bluetooth speaker sitting on the edge.
- Everything proof means solid durability and waterproof
- Integrated handles make taking the speaker everywhere
- DC power charging makes it great for all tailgating events
- Loud and drops serious sound. Put it in Beast mode for even more bass, or link a second Xpedition to create a pair
- Built-in Bluetooth and NFC to easily stream from your favorite mobile device
- 12 multi-colored LED and strobe lights move to the music
Light it Up!
The Xpedition is equipped with a multi-colored LED light show, including strobe lights; the lights are actually effected by the music and have multiple modes, including locking in to one specific color as well as turning them off completely. Ideal for your next house party or street party! Double the sound by linking a second Xpedition to create a stereo pair.
Get up to 24 hours of clear sound before needing a charge and can be comfortable knowing its built-in Bluetooth will give them the best product performance with low power consumption. Never lose connection; charge your phone or other portable devices right from the speaker with USB. Keep your Xpedition 8 charged with the DC power source, ideal for camping and tailgating events.
Take your Xpedition to the job site or when working in the yard, eans confidence and trust in its ability to defend against dust, dirt, water and just about anything else that can be thrown at it.
The biggest, loudest, and best sounding portable speaker. 420 Watts of peak power for incredible room-filling sound, fitted with Dual 8″ woofers with passive radiators for massive bass and three 1” Tweeters.
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And its not that heavy surprisingly
But being in another counrty........ watch out your warranty does not work.
I took the risk and hoped that it was going to be good but i lost out.
When i got it, it was and still is awesome.
It works but it wont charge. So i cant take it anywhere unless its hooked up to power
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Short answer - don’t waste your time or money on any of the Sony speakers. They sound muddy and drastically lack treble. The lights are cool, especially with multiple units sync’d up together, but the sound quality flat out sucks.
This AL Xpedition 8 was a pleasant surprise - it was louder, sounded better, was not as heavy to lug around, and it’s waterproof. Winner. Hands down.
Buy this speaker and I promise you’ll be satisfied with what it has to offer. Sam’s Club was the cheapest I found at $250.
Now, for anyone looking for more detail on all these speakers and how they compare - keep reading.
Let me start by saying I have one of the little Makita bluetooth speakers, and have greatly enjoyed it, but sometimes it’s just not enough... I decided it’s time to find a new toy for the coming summer, and started hunting for something big and loud.
I bought a Starqueen battery powered 15” PA speaker for about 160, and the high’s were great, but it had almost no bass. I wasn’t looking for a flashy, disco, light show, party-in-a-box type karaoke speaker, but that seemed to be the direction a lot of these units were headed. Yes, it was an offbrand, but it had good reviews and looked like a good option for a PA style battery powered speaker. I was also looking at a Pyle unit, but that brand has let me down too many times in the past. This one wasn’t bad though. It was loud, and it was kinda cool that it came with a wireless mic, but I needed something with better response on the low end. I even tried ordering a better 15” subwoofer to change it out, but the amp board wasn’t setup to handle low frequencies like that, and the plastic enclosure wasn’t designed to properly vent a huge sub in that way. It was built to push a mid-range woofer, not a sub. Wasn’t worth upgrading anything when the design was wrong to begin with. So I started looking at other options offering a little more bass to support more genres of music. Whether it’s country, rock, rap, oldies, reggae - I wanted the speaker to welcome anything we wanted to listen to, and bring life to the party. Not ruin the classics with lacking sound quality and distortion.
The Sony GTK-XB90 caught my attention quickly, and although I wasn’t really looking for a light show speaker with built-in DJ effects, this thing looked pretty neat; as long as the sound quality was up to par. YouTube videos never do speakers justice, so I finally ordered one to check it out. Then I noticed the whole wireless speaker chain feature, and curiosity got the best of me, so I ordered a couple of the smaller GTK-XB60’s to tag along. Everything came in, and after accidentally receiving an XB7 (and re-ordering another XB90), the fun began.
I consider myself somewhat of an audiophile - music never sounds exactly right for me unless there’s an equalizer tweaked appropriately. I appreciate strong, deep bass, but don’t care for it to completely drown out everything else. And the high’s have to be clear and crisp to really clean everything up. Mids aren’t much of a priority, as long as voices come through clearly.
...In my opinion at least...
Well, as much as I wanted to like the Sony’s, the sound just wasn’t right. No matter what I tried with an equalizer, it didn’t help. Sony just doesn’t seem to know how to make a speaker sound right. I know, I was surprised and disappointed too. It started to piss me off enough to look into building my own. But I really wasn’t in the mood for a project, I just wanted something that sounded good and felt worth the hefty price tag.
Some quick points on the Sony’s:
- The XB90 has good bass and sounded “fuller” than the XB60’s. It’s not ‘subwoofers under your back seat’ bass, more punchy and stiff but it evened things out nicely. The high’s were very lacking though. The tweeters were fully capable, but the system as a whole seemed like it was geared more toward a younger audience; to simulate a club experience for minors or something. Too bad most of them probably can’t afford such an expensive speaker... poor planning Sony.
- Similar situation with the XB60’s. They had even less bass, but were decently loud. I was real close to keeping the pair of XB60’s if it was between that or one of the XB90’s. (Budget/wife wouldn’t allow for the price of two XB90’s)
- Since I had the XB7, albeit by mistake, I put it through the ringer as well. I have to say the XB7 sounded better than the XB90. The bass was definitely capable of hitting lower tones and it just sounded like there was more engineering around the port and box design - in a sense of acoustics more-so than appearance. The XB7 sounded the best out of the Sony’s, but it wasn’t portable and that put it in a completely different category with LOTS of better/cheaper options.
- Weight. I wasn’t too concerned about weight at first. I know well built enclosures are never very light, good drivers have big magnets, and juicing a loudspeaker would call for a descent sized built-in battery... so I expected to deal with some weight. But let me tell you... I went out to my brother’s house on the lake and carried all these Sony speakers down to the dock. Whew! The 60’s weren’t bad, but that big ol XB90 is not something you want to be carrying up hills or long distances. Trust me. I’m a big guy and it’s not fun to lug this thing around. It takes the fun out of the fact that it’s portable. 30 pounds is probably a good weight limit for this type of speaker and that XB90 was pushin it.
- The Sony App(s). ...suck. I was constantly annoyed by the fact that I had to use a phone app, which had to refresh and reconnect to the speaker every time I’d close it or switch back to Spotify. The app was laid out poorly, and it makes no sense to me why they had to split everything into two separate apps instead of one. Stupid. I was not a fan of the app. Some of the settings were nice, but they should have worked more buttons onto the speaker itself instead of requiring you to pull out your phone each time you want to change the lighting or adjust the eq. It was an unnecessary annoyance.
- Speaker Chain. This wireless speaker expansion function was pretty awesome. I hadn’t seen this before, but I am definitely a fan! It was very convenient and everything synchronized perfectly. I did have issues a few times where one or two speakers would have a connection studder and come back with a delayed echo. I had to turn everything off and re-pair each speaker to fix it, which was a pain and ruined any music playing, but the functionality of it was awesome!
- Wireless Stereo Mode. The fact that the 60’s or 90’s could be set on Stereo mode and moved around separately to cater any environment was really accommodating. Plus the synchronized lights were pretty damn cool. I have to admit - Sony did really good with the lights intuitively dancing to the beat without any delay in response. The XB90 lights were better than the 60’s, but again, I wanted sound more than lights.
I also drooled over the Soundboks 2 for a while. Almost talked myself into ordering one (for $900!!! Wtf!) but couldn’t bring myself to spending a grand on a speaker. Hell, I could buy a badass living room surround system with a thousand bucks. Orrr lots of other stuff. But daaamn that Soundboks seemed to beat anything and everything on volume, AND battery life. If you can afford a Soundboks - stop reading this and go buy one right now, you rich, lucky fool!
I started to look into the specs on it and said for 3 or 400 bucks, I bet I could build something similar! But nah... those Kickstarter kids really know their stuff. The quality in hardware and attention to detail in the sound processing was beyond me. And the LiFePO4 battery setup was impressive. So, back to shopping around...
I found myself a little stuck in the middle - I wanted the bass from the Sony’s (or more than the Sony’s if possible) and the crisp high’s like a PA/horn tweeter.
After all of this, I felt like I knew exactly what I wanted, but I just couldn’t find it.
Until today... I said screw it, Altec Lansing is old school and used to put out quality speakers, but they were always a little nerdy/geeky to me. If that makes sense. They sounded good and would last a long time if you took care of them, but they were never one of the “cool brands” like Bose, JL or Pioneer. Nobody ever rapped about their bumpin’ Altec Lansing subs. But the Sony speakers sucked and I always thought they were pretty good, so I decided to go for it.
Got home. Pulled it out of the box. It was heavy, but not too heavy. Maybe a little lighter than the XB90, but the handles made it much more comfortable to hold/carry.
Ok, I turned it on, queued up a song and WHEW! That’s exactly what I said, too. But more like WHOOO! With a big grin on my face.
This thing shocked the hell out of me. It was loud. Not PA speaker in your face loud, but close enough. Definitely as loud or louder than the 15” PA I bought. And low and behold - this thing actually had better bass than any of the Sony’s. Even the XB7. I was worried that being waterproof, and using passive radiators rather than a port would kill the bass, but no sir! It sounded real good.
It’s not something to throw in your backseat and rattle the mirrors. But for a portable speaker, they got it where it needed to be. And hallelujah the high’s were back in full force. These tweeters will make you cringe. After listening to the Sony’s the past few days, it was almost too much treble. I actually had to turn the treble down a little bit. But as for volume - this one will impress you. It got louder than I expected it to, and my expectations had yet to be met. The sound from this speaker was very refreshing, especially after all the others were so lacking in one way or another.
As for the lights - I really grew to enjoy the lighting effects from the Sony’s. Even though it’s limited to dark or night time events, it would definitely draw attention and impress. The Xpedition 8 lighting is much brighter, but doesn’t seem to really synchronize to the beat very well. It basically just flashes and blinks a lot. I probably won’t ever use the strobe lights, but whatever.
I’m curious to see how long the battery lasts, as some other reviews have stated about 5 hours at moderate volume. But I like that there is a DC charging port in the back. If the battery life becomes an issue, I’ll just rig up a backup 12v battery box to bring along, or maybe try using a solar charger. Not too worried about it. If I have to, I’ll take it apart and install a better, higher AH battery.
A few minor complaints -
1. Being that it’s waterproof, I wish they had incorporated a sealed compartment somewhere to store a phone or music device. This would be really handy if you take it to float the river or chill at the lake. You wouldn’t have to worry about distance constraints with whatever device is connected. It’d be nice to keep the charging cable packed right into the speaker, too.
2. I wish there were more options with the lighting, and that they synchronized to the music better. The lighting on the Altec Lansing Lightning PA speakers look awesome - I wish they had used the same setup on this speaker as well.
3. A removable battery would have been really cool. Soundboks got it right when they recognized that a dead battery would kill a party real quick. So why not offer extra batteries that will keep the party alive for as long as you need? Seems simple enough.
I’m planning on trying one of those little 12v lithium car battery jumper packs connected to the DC charge port to see if that will work.
All in all, this Altec Lansing Xpedition 8 speaker met all of my needs, and then some. I can’t wait to see my friend’s reactions to how loud this speaker gets, and then throw it in the water as they realize it’s waterproof and the bar has been raised for portable speakers. We’re going to have a blast cranking the music on this speaker this summer!
Sorry this got so lengthy, but hopefully it was helpful for someone out there.
Cheers! And rock on amigos!
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I bought a second unit to try linking them, and wow! Two of these Xpedition 8’s linked together in Stereo mode can get REAL loud. I noticed you can’t separate them too far apart or connection issues start to get annoying - maybe 20 or 30 feet max. Standard Bluetooth range.
One more quick thing - I used a 3.5mm splitter off of a Chromecast Audio to use the Line In function and I’m not sure if it’s the fact that it’s using Line In or if it’s the Chromecast, but this setup gets significantly louder than using bluetooth. You could definitely blow the speakers if you get too crazy, but it was really cool to be able to push the speakers to their limits and blast every bit of potential out of these things. I haven’t played with a Soundboks, but I can’t imagine it being any louder than two of these Xpedition 8’s setup correctly. Which is pretty cool when you can compare two $250 speakers as an alternative to one $900 speaker. Granted, running Stereo mode will always sound better, but from a perspective of comparing loudness to price point, two of these cost about half as much.
Also - the lights are cool on the 4th setting (no flash), but I have yet to see the lights actually go with the beat on any of the other settings (2 & 3 are supposed to go with the beat). Setting 1 is just random colors. The 1-3 settings all flash way too much, and too fast. Not sure if there’s any way to improve this, but maybe you’ll enjoy them more.
And I hoped using two of them linked together would make them both light up with the same colors (synchronized) but unfortunately they don’t.
I’m still very pleased and impressed with these speakers. I’ll follow up again if I start to experience any issues.