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Doss Soundbox Plus Review

True Score

56
54
1

Experts

65
0

Consumers

Expert Rankings

Critics praised the Doss SoundBox Plus’s decent build quality and long battery life. They liked that it was portable, and its capacitative touch controls were easy to use. Still, they complained that its bass was relatively low and that it didn’t have a companion app. Its lack of WiFi connectivity and speakerphone functionality was also not great.

Product Snapshot

Overview

First released in late 2019, the Doss SoundBox Plus is an entry-level Bluetooth speaker that offers up to 20 hours of playback time at moderate volume and with lighting switched off. Its long battery life and RGB lighting make it stand out compared to the top-rated speakers in the industry, and weighing only 1.4 pounds, it is pretty lightweight. The SoundBox Plus can be set up to work with voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Siri, but since this feature is not built-in, this can only work after the phone is paired with the speaker through Bluetooth. Speaking of which, the speaker has adequate Bluetooth connectivity, with a range of 169 ft. This may not compare well to other highly rated Bluetooth speakers, but it is good enough for lag-free playback. It also has an IPX4 rating for water resistance, making it ideal for outdoor use. Suppose you’re looking for a speaker that’s designed for indoor use, our Google Home Max review might be of interest since it is wired and also has speakerphone functionality and WiFi connectivity – aspects missing on the DOSS SoundBox Plus.

Consensus

our Verdict

Expert testers lauded the Boss SoundBox Plus as a well-made speaker with easy-to-use controls at the top, excellent battery life, and clear sound production. Other testers also appreciated its RGB lighting and were also pleased with its build quality. The Bushnell Wingman is worth a look if you can do without RGB lights. Check it out on our Bushnell Wingman review. Reviewers from Rtings also commended it for its good vocal reproduction and portability.

However, testers noted that the speaker struggled to produce a low, thumpy bass after routing audio from music and videos through to it. Therefore, bass lovers may want to check out our Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 6 review. Testers were also not impressed with the lack of a companion app and were, therefore, unable to make sound quality adjustments. In contrast, the Denon Home 350, which we looked at in our Denon Home 350 review, allows users to configure its bass and treble.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Great portability
  • RGB lighting
  • Works with voice assistants
  • Long battery life
  • Well balanced vocals

Reason to Avoid

  • No WiFi connectivity
  • No speakerphone functionality
  • Low bass response

Doss Soundbox Plus Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life20+ hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Charge TimeCharge Time4 hrs
DepthDepth3.1"
HeightHeight3.3"
IPX RatingIPX RatingIPX4
Smart AppSmart AppDOSS SoundBox Plus
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage8W x 2
WidthWidth7.6"
Wireless RangeWireless Range10 m

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)10.3
Volume Output (dB)86.9
Low End Roll Off (Hz)142.544
High End Roll Off (Hz)7,896.12

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Market Context

First released in late 2019, the Doss SoundBox Plus is an entry-level Bluetooth speaker that offers up to 20 hours of playback time at moderate…

First released in late 2019, the Doss SoundBox Plus is an entry-level Bluetooth speaker that offers up to 20 hours of playback time at moderate volume and with lighting switched off. Its long battery life and RGB lighting make it stand out compared to the top-rated speakers in the industry, and weighing only 1.4 pounds, it is pretty lightweight. The SoundBox Plus can be set up to work with voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Siri, but since this feature is not built-in, this can only work after the phone is paired with the speaker through Bluetooth. Speaking of which, the speaker has adequate Bluetooth connectivity, with a range of 169 ft. This may not compare well to other highly rated Bluetooth speakers, but it is good enough for lag-free playback. It also has an IPX4 rating for water resistance, making it ideal for outdoor use. Suppose you’re looking for a speaker that’s designed for indoor use, our Google Home Max review might be of interest since it is wired and also has speakerphone functionality and WiFi connectivity – aspects missing on the DOSS SoundBox Plus.

Buyers trying to decide between the DOSS SoundBox Plus and the Anker Soundcore 2 will have to mainly consider factors such as battery life and…

Buyers trying to decide between the DOSS SoundBox Plus and the Anker Soundcore 2 will have to mainly consider factors such as battery life and build quality since the SoundBox Plus has a 10.3-hour battery life and the Soundcore 2 lasts longer, at about 15 hours. The SoundBox Plus is water resistant, but the Soundcore 2 is better since it is submersible. However, the SoundBox Plus has RGB lighting while the Soundcore 2 does not.

The Doss SoundBox Plus has a larger 3200mAh battery capacity compared to the Doss SoundBox XL’s 2200mAh, and it also supports voice commands while the…

The Doss SoundBox Plus has a larger 3200mAh battery capacity compared to the Doss SoundBox XL’s 2200mAh, and it also supports voice commands while the XL does not. Also, the SoundBox Plus is significantly smaller than the XL, making it more portable.

The Doss SoundBox Plus is smaller in size than the Doss SoundBox Pro Plus and has a bigger 3200mAh battery than the Pro Plus’s 2600mAh…

The Doss SoundBox Plus is smaller in size than the Doss SoundBox Pro Plus and has a bigger 3200mAh battery than the Pro Plus’s 2600mAh battery.

Battery Life

20+ hrs

24 hrs

20+ hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

Yes

Charge Time

4 hrs

3 hrs

4 hrs

Depth

3.1"

3.1"

Height

3.3"

3.3"

IPX Rating

IPX4

IPX4

Smart App

DOSS SoundBox Plus

Yes

DOSS SoundBox Plus

Speaker Pairing

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Score Card

E

Expert Score

54

*.75

We place a 75% weighted value on Expert Test Scores

C

Customer Score

65

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

56

Any product with a True Score above 60 is a Meh

Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    58
    The DOSS SoundBox Plus is middling for music. It lacks low-bass, so you don’t feel… read more

    By:

    John Panoryios

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