Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz XL wireless Bluetooth speaker

The Good The Oontz XL offers better sound than similarly priced mini Bluetooth speakers. It's attractively styled and includes speakerphone capabilities and USB charging for smartphones. Battery life is also good (over 10 hours at more moderate volumes).

The Bad Doesn't play incredibly loud; AC adapter is required to power/charge the unit (rather than a 5V Micro-USB charger).

The Bottom Line While it doesn't sound as good as its more expensive rivals, the Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz XL is the best big Bluetooth speaker you can get for under $100.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Sound 7.0
  • Value 8.0
7.8 Overall

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Review

The poor man's Jawbone Big Jambox

Editor's note: Since we posted this review Cambridge SoundWorks has raised the price of the Oontz XL to $119. As a result, we have lowered our rating to 3.5 stars (it was 4 stars).

Cambridge SoundWorks has been making some inroads into the ultracompetitive wireless Bluetooth speaker market with its value-priced, weirdly named Oontz line, which has now grown to three products with the addition of the larger Oontz XL.

For a lack of a better description, the 1.85-pound Oontz XL is essentially a poor man's Jawbone Big Jambox. It's around the same size as the Big Jambox and includes an integrated microphone for speakerphone capabilities and offers decent battery life (it's rated for 10 hours, but you can do better than that).

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