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Soundcore Boom 2

MSRP $130.00

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DT Recommended Product

“The Soundcore Boom 2's compact size might fool you, but it has huge, room-filling bass at the push of a button, a fun LED light show, and it floats. Just add party.”


  • Huge bass in a small package
  • Affordable
  • Rugged construction
  • IPX7 waterproof and it floats!
  • Full-featured app


  • Only supports SBC Bluetooth
  • No AUX port
  • Not super stylish

Two questions I often pose to anyone who asks me which Bluetooth speaker they should buy are (1) what do you want to use it for, and (2) do you like a little bass or a lot? If the answers to those questions are “I want a speaker I can take with me to parties, camping, or to the pool” and “bass, bass, bass,” then I have a $130 recommendation for you.


  • Soundcore Boom 2: design and features
  • Soundcore Boom 2: lights and app
  • Soundcore Boom 2: sound and performance
  • Soundcore Boom 2: bottom line


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As advertised in its name, the Soundcore Boom 2 — a relative of the Anker-owned company’s popular Motion Boom speaker — does indeed boom. And it has a powerful, well-rounded sound signature suitable for all kinds of music.

Summer party people, weekend campers, and road-trippers will like the Boom 2 for its lightweight portability, rugged build, and boombox-style handle, as well as its fun LED light-show features and versatile companion app. It’s also IPX7 water resistant, it floats, and can even charge your phone.

All that fun stuff is cool, but after spending several days with the Soundcore Boom 2, it was all that big, beautiful low-end that left an impression on me (and a ringing in my ears), all from a reasonably compact and affordable speaker. Let’s dig deeper.

Soundcore Boom 2: design and features

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The Soundcore Boom 2’s 11.7 by 7.3 by 4-inch (WxHxD), 3.6-pound boombox-style body might fill up your backpack faster than the more petite Marshall Emberton II ($170) or Klipsch Nashville ($149), but neither of those speakers will have nearly the same impact on your party than the Boom 2.

Driving the Boom 2 is a 4- to 4.5-inch racetrack woofer and a pair of 1-inch tweeters on either side. Soundcore didn’t provide those measurements (that’s according to my ruler), but what it does stipulate is that the 50-watt woofer combines with the two 15-watt tweeters for a total output of 80 watts of stereo sound, with 20 of those watts coming by way of the speaker’s main selling point — its BassUp 2.0 feature.

When activated, the bass boost is substantial and sounds beautiful (more on this later). Additionally, there are two side-firing passive bass radiators that help create an even more immersive soundstage while also providing a fun party atmosphere with their built-in LED lighting effects that are controlled with the accompanying Soundcore app.

The Boom 2’s body is a hard matte plastic in three colors: black, blue, and green. It’s a single solid piece that extends to its rugged, grippy handle, which makes it easy to carry. You could probably hook a carabiner to it for hanging it on a sturdy beach umbrella or tree branch.

The metal front grille is equally sturdy and does a good job of protecting the speakers behind it. And while the back panel doesn’t feature any rear-firing speakers, it’s turtle-shell strong and simple, with nothing to find there save for the USB-C charging port (cable included) and USB-A port used for charging other devices (cable not included). Rubber feet on the bottom are grippy and will prevent the speaker from slipping about, even in wet conditions.

Speaking of wet conditions, the Boom 2 has a rating of IPX7, meaning that it can withstand being submerged in a meter of water for up to half an hour with the rear hatch sealed. But to do this, you’d have to hold it down because, as I mentioned earlier, the Boom 2 floats.

After tossing the Boom 2 in my hot tub, I can confirm its buoyancy. The music kept on playing, although stifled by the water as it bobbed up and down. When I took it out, the music cleared up immediately, compared to other waterproof speakers I’ve tried where remaining water in the speakers can cause distortion until it dries up. Even after rinsing it off in the sink, water doesn’t seem to bother the Boom 2 at all. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the X in IPX7 means that it isn’t rated for dust protection. So, if you’re beach-bound, you might want to keep it off the sand.

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On top of the speaker’s main body are seven physical controls lined up across the top of the speaker. They include: power, Bluetooth, volume up, volume down, a play/pause button, the TWS “PartyCast” pairing button for connecting up to 100 additional speakers for bigger sound, and the all-important BassUp button. And while I’d gotten used to not seeing previous/next track physical buttons on compact Bluetooth speakers, upon reading the Boom 2’s booklet (read the instructions, folks) I was pleased to discover that by double- or triple-clicking the play/pause button, you can skip back or forward, respectively. It’s a little thing, but if you’ve ever left your phone across the room and wanted to change the song, you’ll appreciate this smart design decision.

Lastly, the Soundcore Boom 2 supports only the SBC Bluetooth codec, which is a shame because it sounds so good, and it would have been nice to try it with a better codec, such as AAC. That said, the less battery-hungry SBC codec likely has something to do with the Boom 2’s noteworthy 24-hour playtime.

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Soundcore Boom 2: lights and app

The free Soundcore app serves two main purposes — expand and complement the Boom 2’s audio features (which I will dive into more below) and control the lighting effects on the speaker’s sides. Under “Audio,” the app lets you adjust volume, play/pause, and activate/deactivate the BassUp boost. It’s also the point of control for four decent preset EQ settings and, more impressively, a “custom” section with a more precise 9-band equalizer that lets you set and adjust points between 80Hz and 13kHz and save them as presets.

Selecting the “Light” section opens up the presets for the lighting features, which I couldn’t test fully because I was unable to update the Boom 2’s firmware through the app for some reason. What did work, however, looked bright, was vivid and colorful, and moved with the music in some instances, similar to some of the big party speakers I’ve reviewed ,like the JBL PartyBox Ultimate.

Users can choose from seven presets: Flash, Flame, Energy, Wave, Lightning, Fireworks, and Rainbow. Selecting one adds a color wheel from which you can choose the colors you’d like the preset to display and cycle through. In the Light section you can also control the brightness of each or turn the LEDs off altogether.

Lastly, the Soundcore app can also be used to turn on and off notification sounds from your connected devices, adjust the brightness of the speaker’s physical button lights (excellent if you sleep with music), set the auto power off timer, update firmware (presumably), and more.

Soundcore Boom 2: sound and performance

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To set a baseline for testing the Boom 2’s sound, I started with everything set to a flat EQ in both the Soundcore app and Spotify, the main music service I used for the testing.

Tom Petty’s You Don’t Know How It Feels was the first song I played, and out of the gate, you can tell that this speaker has some excellent tuning. With the volume at around 30% to 35%, the song’s thumping kick drum was, indeed, thumping, supported by a balanced and tight bass guitar. The song’s signature harmonica shines through in the midrange, as did Petty’s bendy, chirpy guitar solo, all without harshness on the ears. I even pushed the speaker to the 75% volume range, which is louder than you’d really even need it to go, and it held things together.

The next track on my playlist was Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams, and again, everything sounded sweet, especially with its smooth, back-and-forth F and G bass line. I thought this would be the perfect time to activate the Boom 2’s BassUp feature, and when I did, things went from big to huge. With impressive clarity, depth, and warmth, the relatively small speaker just sounds gorgeous, even in a side-to-side comparison with the similarly-sized Marshall Middleton, which I love.

I continued my low-end testing with beautifully saturated bass tracks from one of my go-tos, Billie Eilish, as well as Kendrick Lamar and Thundercat’s insane bass-fest Uh Uh. In my smaller office space, the room filled with sound. I could go on, but all you need to know is that this thing pumps, and its portability will step upwhatever indoor or outdoor setting you bring it to.

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The Boom 2 has some EQ presets that I also tried, and I was impressed with most of them. The “Soundcore Signature” was my favorite, as it just tempered some of the highs and mids, and “Balanced” just took the bass and mids down. “Voice” and “Treble” were my least favorites as they seemed to remove some of the depth and dynamics from much of the guitar-based tracks I listened to, and even poppier, electronic stuff like The Weeknd’s Wasted Time sounded a bit thinner. And since adding the BassUp feature, I just didn’t want to listen to anything without it — it’s that good.

Soundcore Boom 2: bottom line

If $130 is in your price sweet spot for a portable summer boombox, and big, beautiful bass tops your list of priorities, just buy the Soundcore Boom 2 already. It sounds that good. Alternatively, you could pay more and get the Marshall Middleton or even the Boom 2’s cousin, the $200 Soundcore Motion X600 that features an up-firing speaker for “spatial sound,” which are also two very good options, to be sure.

But I feel like with its rugged, waterproof body, you’d be less worried about dropping or dunking the Boom 2, and with its excellent sound, infinitely tweakable EQ for dialling in your perfect sound, and fun LED lighting features, it (ahem) outshines much of the competition, at this price range.

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Soundcore Boom 2 review: big fat bass, skinny price, and it floats! | Digital Trends (2024)


Does Anker Soundcore float? ›

Anker Soundcore Boom 2 Specs

It has a similar floating, waterproof build and a big bass sound, to which it adds louder maximum volume and fun LED lighting.

How long does a boom 2 speaker last? ›

The BOOM 2 battery last up to 15 hours. Overall playtime depends on how you use your Ultimate Ears Speaker, with things like the type of music and volume level all affecting the overall playtime. Using the USB cable provided, and a standard USB port (e.g. Laptop) it will take approximately 5 hrs.

How long does the Soundcore 2 last? ›

24-Hour Playtime

Anker's power management technology and a battery combine to power up to 24 hours of non-stop music.

How do I make my Soundcore speaker louder? ›

If your Soundcore's volume is too low, please try these steps:
  1. Confirm that Soundcore is fully charged.
  2. Reset Soundcore by holding the Bluetooth button for 5-8 seconds.
  3. Connect Soundcore with another device.
  4. Try a different app or audio source.
  5. Make sure to turn up the volume of both Soundcore and the paired device.

Does motion boom float? ›

Motion Boom is fully waterproof and will even float back up to the surface if it's dropped in water.

What is the difference between Boom 2 and boom 3? ›

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3. The WONDERBOOM 2 is better-built, and it has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box. It also has an 'Outdoor Boost' EQ that cuts the bass in the audio and amplifies vocals in the mix for when you're outside.

What is the difference between boom and Boom 2? ›

Differences between Boom 2 and the original Boom

UE Boom 2 has extended the Bluetooth range to 100 feet (30 meters). While the original Boom was water resistant, Boom 2 is fully waterproof IPX7 (immersion up to 1m for 30 minutes).

Is boom or JBL louder? ›

Side-by-Side Comparison

The Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 is a better speaker for most uses than the JBL Flip 5. The Ultimate Ears is better built, gets louder with less compression, and has a longer battery life. Also, it has a better soundstage performance and can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono.

Is Soundcore worth it? ›

Overall, they're an excellent value and well worth your attention if you're on a budget. If you want more accurate sound out of the box, Audio-Technica's $79.99 ATH-M20xBT headphones are a fine alternative, though they lack noise cancellation and higher-end codec options.

Why is Soundcore so good? ›

They're the next generation of the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless and have an improved noise isolation performance thanks to their adaptive ANC. They can block out sounds like the rumbles from car engines and coworker chit-chat so you can focus on your audio.

Is Soundcore 2 a good speaker? ›

In conclusion, despite these minor limitations, the Anker SoundCore 2 Bluetooth Speaker stands out as an excellent choice in its price range. Its durable construction, impressive sound quality, long battery life, and outdoor-proof design make it a versatile and reliable companion for music lovers on the go.

How do I make Soundcore 2 louder? ›

What if the Volume of My Soundcore 2 is Too Low?
  1. Confirm that Soundcore 2 is fully charged.
  2. Reset Soundcore 2 by holding the Bluetooth button for 5-8 seconds or holding the Vol+ and Play/Pause buttons at the same time for 5 seconds.
  3. Connect Soundcore 2 with another device.
  4. Try a different app or audio source.

Why is my Soundcore so quiet? ›

It could be because of the speaker's battery, the device connected with the speaker, the audio source, and so on. If your Soundcore 3's volume is too low, please try these steps: Confirm that Soundcore 3 is fully charged. Reset Soundcore 3 by holding the Bluetooth and Vol+ buttons at the same time for 5-10 seconds.

How do you increase bass on Soundcore? ›

The "Controls" section of the soundcore app allows you to set the double-tap NC button to activate the BassUp feature. After setting, you can experience the BassUp effect by double-tapping the NC button. 2. You can also select the Bass Booster EQ in the soundcore app to experience the BassUp effect.

Can you use Anker Soundcore in the shower? ›

The Anker Soundcore 3 is a great way to listen to your favorite tunes in the shower without breaking the bank.

Can you wear soundcore in the shower? ›

Yes, you can shower with waterproof headphones. soundcore provides a variety of waterproof headphones with water resistance rating up to IPX7, meaning they can withstand being submerged in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes.

Is Anker Soundcore 3 waterproof? ›

IPX7 Waterproof

Perfect for listening anywhere where liquids are within reach—the waterproof casing protects the internal components of the speaker.

Are Soundcore frames waterproof? ›

What waterproof rating do Soundcore Frames have? Soundcore Frames are IPX4 water-resistant.

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