What’s up JimsReviewRoom family. It’s been a busy time of year and I know I can’t be fully aware of every product being released. But thanks to you guys and so many suggestions coming in, I’m reviewing an item that the fans have suggested. Today, I’m reviewing the massive Fugoo XL that I personally paid for, priced at $299 retail. And what I’ll do is place a link above for you guys to click, and that way you can see the most updated prices for today. And last before I begin, you will see the JBL Xtreme from time to time since many were asking me to do a comparison.
Going over the physical features first. For a Bluetooth speaker, this is quite large. It’s technically still portable, but more holding it with your arm rather than using a bookbag or such. When you put this side by side, The Fugoo is a bit more narrow versus the more rounded design on the JBL. The Fugoo weighs slightly less at 4.2 pounds, while the Xtreme weighs in at 4.72 inches tall, 12.04” inches long and 4.21” deep. And regarding weight, the Fugoo comes in at 4 pounds and 2 ounces (1.90kg) while the Xtreme weighs in at 4.6 pounds (2.112kg).
Going over the layout, the top has all of your physical buttons that glow in the dark, which is a nice feature. On the left has your play button with skipping and going back on tracks on either side, volume down, an action button for answering phones calls and disconnecting, and last to the right is volume up. All very clicky and responsive. Rotating to the sides, one area has your power on/and off with a 3.5mm auxiliary port for connecting your device physically, next is the Bluetooth pairing button and last, which I personally did not find convenient, is the LED information. To view how much battery you have left, you tap on the power button and you have to count how many blinks you see – one green blink being low, with six blinks being full. Offering an array of LED lights like most other Bluetooth speakers would have helped, but the Fugoo does disclose audibly the estimated amount remaining.
And since we’re on this subject. The Fugoo XL is charged with a supplied wall adapter, you don’t charge this via a USB cable like the JBL Xtreme and most other large size Bluetooth speakers. Battery life is claimed to be a crazy 35 hours of use. With my test at 50% volume to get a median result, leaving this on overnight and partially into the next day, I was able to achieve a still-very-impressive 27 hours and 23 minutes straight use until the unit died.
But going back to the connections, the other side features a tight seal for water-proofing purposes, but behind here, you’ll find a Micro-USB port that is only used for updating the speaker’s firmware. The DC port to charge your Fugoo XL with, again the supplied wall adapter, and last, a “Charge Out” port for charging your phone and other random devices via USB.
Overall the Fugoo comes really rock solid and one of the biggest selling features is the design. Not the aesthetics, but the build quality. The design features a shell, though rotating to the bottom, there are two thumbscrews that released the core and slides out. Physical features that do make the Fugoo a considerable choice include being reinforced with a fiber-resin, making this shock resistant to drops, up to 3 feet from the ground. It’s also dust and sand proof, with last, being waterproof up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. And despite being one of the heavier speakers, my tests did prove the Fugoo does float, so the three feet maximum shouldn’t be an issue if you dropped this into the lake.
And very last and very notable, this is one of the few speakers that can output 360-degree sound. There are speakers on the front, and rotating the Fugoo, there are speakers on the rear and very well, drivers on the side. At the time of this review, the only other speaker in this class that can output 360-degree sound is the UE Megaboom.
So far, this is confirmed to be built like a tank. Everything so far sounds amazing, but this leads me to sound quality. Bass on this thing is deep and strong, most likely more than any other large-size Bluetooth speaker I’ve tested, and that includes the now recalled Beats Pill XL. There are times, however, where there is a slight spillover of bass but I’m certain bass heads wouldn’t mind at all.
For the average consumer, most would still appreciate the sound as the bass isn’t droning or muddled, and if there is any spill over to the mid-range, this is minimal at times and happens only once in awhile on certain bass heavy songs.
As for the mid-range, this does well in offering a more neutral soundstage. Voices still come across clear enough and can be appreciated by most. When comparing to the Xtreme, I do personally prefer the JBL’s brighter sound signature, as vocals are much more distinct, pushed forward and interpreted as clearer. With the Fugoo XL, if and only when you do put these side by side and perform a test like I did, you can hear the Fugoo sound a bit more recessed. However, if you were to test and play this without comparison, most average consumers would very much appreciate the overall sound. The difference is there, but it’s not a deal breaker by any means.
And regarding the high notes, the Fugoo keeps this within reason without overreaching and becoming ear ringing or ear tinging. Overall, the definition and clarity perform similar to most other Bluetooth speakers, including the JBL Xtreme, meaning this isn’t up to the Bose Soundlink 3 standard, which I’ll admit is not easy to beat for a Bluetooth Speaker. When comparing overall loudness. Both the Fugoo and the JBL can offer sound for large rooms and they sound almost equivalent at moderate distances. When standing close to the speaker, it does seem the JBL is louder most likely due to the more forward mid-range.
And last regarding Bluetooth signal, I was able to walk to the other side of the house and downstairs with no issues, having the signal go through several walls and the first-floor ceiling. Overall, this is a great speaker if you do value it’s protective casing and waterproofing features and where the Fugoo XL shines is how loud and how bassy this can get while not distorting or becoming raspy or droning. Aside from the lack of an easier to read battery indicator, the lack of including in the package a carrying strap like the JBL Xtreme, this speaker comes highly recommended. Let me know what do you think down below. Fugoo or JBL.
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