Technology: LG XBOOM 360 Bluetooth speaker disguises itself as a bulky lantern

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Since the launch of the Amazon Echo, conical or cylindrical wireless speakers have been in fashion, especially in smart speaker markets. There have been many design quirks and gimmicks that have helped to make their products stand out from the rest. Some designs are not appealing to everyone, and others look out of place in every setting. The new LG XBOOM 360 omnidirectional speaker might be one of those that will make you wonder if it makes sense to carry around a fabric-covered lantern that happens to plays music.

Of course, the LG XBOOM 360 is a speaker first and foremost, and its “highly-durable” fabric cover is testament to that, considering it has pretty much become the de facto standard material for smart speakers. The conical shape of the XBOOM is not just for show. LG says the rare reflector structure of the tweeter and woofer was specifically chosen to produce distortion-free 360-degree audio.

This tweeter uses a titanium diaphragm, which LG claims produces high-frequency audio. The glass fiber woofers provide the mid-range and bass sounds, which are balanced by the titanium diaphragm. The speaker’s 120W output (when connected to a power source) is advertised to be powerful enough even for outdoor use.

Of course, speakers don’t need to have lighting, but LG wanted to turn the XBOOM 360 into a “multisensory experience” as well. The lamp offers not only 360-degree preset mood lighting but also customizable lighting controls courtesy of a companion app. The companion app also allows you to create DJ effects such as mixing multiple samples and injecting scratching sounds.

The LG XBOOM 360’s fabric covers come in Beige, Burgundy, Charcoal Black, and Peacock Green color options. Available later this month, LG’s new omnidirectional speaker is already available for pre-order on B&H Photo & Video for $369. 99.

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