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SOLIDLY BUILT AND BETTER - LG PK7

Price £99 / lg.com

Solidly built and better-looking than the Sony or Kitsound options, the LG PK7 is party- ready thanks to an 'X' frame that protects it from bumps, an IPXS rating for surviving splashes of sloshed sangria, and a 22-hour battery life that'll keep it going longer than you can. And the impressive design avoids looking garish, despite the built -in pyrotechnics.

Yes, built -in lighting is an acquired taste for sure, but the PK7’s coloured LEOs are undeniably fun and bop along happily to the beat. Mind, they're better -suited to a bedroom or patio party than a hall, and even then the space will need to be pretty dark before the lights hold your attention for more than a fleeting second.

Yes, built -in lighting is an acquired taste for sure, but the PK7’s coloured LEOs are undeniably fun and bop along happily to the beat. Mind, they're better -suited to a bedroom or patio party than a hall, and even then the space will need to be pretty dark before the lights hold your attention for more than a fleeting second.

What's really good, especially given the compact size and low cost of this speaker, is how the bass manages to cut through a room. "It's a great option for a party or busy space," said Mike - especially true if.nuance isn't needed- "and while the sound is unrefined, the bass jumps out at you, no matter what I play through it." Top end is a bit, well, toppy, but your ears won't mind as they'll will be too distracted by the crack of the kick drum.

There are also plenty of extras thrown in, including Siri and Google Assistant, plus apt X HD for 24-bit hi-res streaming -although this isn't the speaker to buy if you're looking for dynamic detail.