The Altec Rockbox XL has been the latest sensation in the world of music. With its upgraded Bluetooth, modern design, and poly-carbonate magnet body, it offers a price to performance ratio never seen before. But how do the extravagant-looking specs convert into real performance? Moreover, is it any better than previously released speakers specifically the most successful JBL Boombox? Although they fall in different price ranges, the JBL Boombox now being more than a generation-old speaker is often seen paired in the same category as Rockbox Xl. So which speaker performs technically better. Or more important, which speaker is better for you. Stick around with us for few more minutes and we will find answers to all these questions in no time.
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JBL Boombox – Overview
Altec Rockbox XL – Overview
At first, comparing the prices of both the speakers would not seem like fair competition. The JBL Boombox is nearly priced around at $250-$300 in all the major outlines whereas the Altec Rockbox XL is fixed at $150, no matter online or offline stores. But the Boombox is often on sale, now being a generation-old model, and can be grabbed at as low as $200 on certain festivities. The launch of Boombox 3 is also rumored to be around the corner which may further push the price of the original Boombox lower. So yeah, no doubt the Atlec Rockbox XL is a preferred speaker on a tight budget, but if you could wait and get Boombox at a discount price, it would be a much better deal.
Both the JBL Boombox and Altec Rockbox XL are very differently built from each other but are well-designed speakers on their own. The Rockbox XL focuses more on look and compatibility whereas the JBL Boombox has been designed keeping road trips and beach-side barbeques in mind. Both the speakers a slight handle at the top to carry the speaker around. The handle in the Boombox 2 has a better design with a more firm grip whereas you may need to carry the Altec Rockbox XL on your shoulders after a while as your hands may start hurting. The speakers are almost equally weighted and the same in dimension and you should not have any trouble carrying them with you.
Other than that, the body and the material seem almost the same. The polycarbonate guarding works pretty well and the speakers are able to handle occasional falls every now and then. Both of them have IPX7 standards which make them safe to use near pools, beaches, and roadside. The 5-LED lightning system in the Altec gives it a unique look and kids and teenagers may love it more than the dull look of Boombox.
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So stating finally, Boombox is the ideal speaker you should consider if you are on regular visits, whereas the Atlec Lansing Rockbox XL is also not bad if you are partying at home or your backyard and your kids and friends may love the multi-LED set-up more.
On spec-sheet, both JBL Boombox and Altec Lansing Rockbox XL are equipped with a 20,000 mAh standard Li-ion battery, but on actual usage, the results differ vastly. While the JBL Boombox was able to last an entire day of playback on power-saver mode, the Atlec Rockox XL ended its tenure about 4 hours before that. On maximum, load their battery may further get halved to 12 hours and 10 hours respectively. Hence, the Boombox has much better battery management compared to Altec Rockbox XL.
The LED set-up on the Rockbox also hits the battery hard and with everything turned on to the maximum, the speaker lasts anywhere from 4-6 hours which is not very impressive for any latest released speaker. Likewise, you would need to charge the boombox for around six and a half hours to fill the package from zero. The same can be achieved in the Atlec Rockbox XL in a time frame of around 4 hours.
Hence, for long trips, JBL Boombox is without any doubt your must to have a speaker. The LEDs on the Altec Rockbox XL look fancy but they take a heavy toll on the speaker’s overall battery life. But make sure to charge your Boombox overlight before any long trip as filling the power takes a while.
Moving on to the most important feature of any speaker that matters, let’s compare the sound quality of both the speaker in detail. The speaker system of the Altec Lansing Rockbox XL has been completely modified from its predecessors in the last generation. The Rockbox XL is powered by a dual woofer and tweeter set on the back, whereas two passive radiators set up on the side, emits from the front. This enables the Altec Rickbx XL to produce crystal clear, finely-tuned music suitably enough for singing, competitions, and high parties. On the loudness side, the Atlec Rockbox XL does disappoint a bit. You can fill a complete room at maximum volume but the loudness still seems low for the size of the speaker. Nonetheless, as long as you are only partying at the home, that should no be much of a concern to you.
On the opposite side, the JBL Boombox has 4×20 watt speakers blasting from the front whereas the tweeters and the radiators are on the sides emitting from the back. The speaker is monstrously loud and capable of filling an entire college hall or auditorium. The sound quality likewise at maximum value deteriorates a bit. but who cares, when you are shaking from the music all around.
The Boombox hence therefore a much better sound system without any doubt, justifying its higher price unless you are looking to fine-tune your voice for some competition or preparing to deliver speeches.
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There is two major difference between the connectivity options available in both speakers, one wired and one wireless. The Alec Rockbox XL are among the first speakers to have new-generation smart TVs support thanks to its wifi connectivity. The connection is strong and much more wider and stable than any Bluetooth option before. Second, the Boombox has a USB-A port in addition to charging that you can use to directly connect any pen-drive or micro-SD card for playback.
Besides that, the Rockbox is equipped with Bluetooth 5.2 compared to the 4.1 version of the Boombox. But you are unlikely to notice any major difference. So, both the speakers have their advantage and disadvantage in the connectivity arena likewise.
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Also, both speakers support multi-connection playback that is you can connect multiple speakers of the same generation to play in sync as one large studio. For your convenience, the link to both the apps, Connect+ for JBL and Just Listen for Altec are given below:
With this, we have come to the end of our comparison of JBL Boombox and Altec Rockbox XL. The Boombox is without any doubt the better speaker out of the lot. It is much louder, easier to carry, and has better battery life. Moreover, the USB-A port makes your life much easier by eliminating the requirement for any other device for playback. If you could grab the Boombox during festivities, it would be a steal deal.
The Rockbox XL, on the other hand, has its perks, it’s cheaper, loaded with the latest technology, attractive multi-LED system, wifi connectivity, and more crystal clear sound quality. If you are low on budget and looking for a home speaker for your TV or family-sized parties, you could go no wrong with the Altec Rockbox XL.