Doss Soundbox Plus
Doss is a brand you don’t hear a lot about, but has actually been in the industry for over 20 years. The Doss Soundbox Plus is an upgrade from the original Soundbox launched in March 2016, and is one of 4 on the Soundbox line-up.
Known for their budget friendly speaker, Doss has outstanding reviews on Amazon, and doesn’t display a speaker with less than 4.5 stars out of 5. There’s something to be said about a speaker under $50 dollars with outstanding reviews.
As we all know, you get what you buy. Are the Doss speakers really all they are reviewed to be? Could the Doss Soundbox Plus be the perfect speaker to dip your toes into the portable speaker realm with?
Join me in my Doss Soundbox Plus review to see if this speaker lives up to the name!
Overview & Specs
The Doss Soundbox Plus launched in June 2019 and is priced at the reasonable cost of $50.00. This speaker is part of a line-up of affordable and high performing speakers, 4 of which are part of the Soundbox category.
This device comes in 5 different colors, black, navy blue, pink, Tiffany blue (baby blue), or white. It is most distinguishable between the other Soundbox speakers by the LED lights that encompass the front duel drivers (speakers).
From the company’s stand-point, this speaker should be able to maintain a 20 hour battery life without the LED’s, and at 50% volume. Unfortunately, this has been tested to relate closer to a 10 hour battery life without the LED’s and 50% volume.
As with most speakers these days, you can pair two Soundbox speakers together to achieve stereo sound. Standing alone you’ll receive only mono sound.
There is no companion app with the Doss Soundbox Plus, so lights are controlled with the buttons along the one side of the speaker, and the sound you get is the sound you get. There are no EQ options with this speaker.
It does include a built-in mic, and so hands-free calling and smart assistant capabilities are available. Featuring Bluetooth 4.2, you can easily access Google Assistant, or Siri.
A downfall with the Doss Soundbox Plus is the lack of environmental protection. It is only an IPX4, and does not include a water resistance. You’ll want to be careful where you place and bring your speaker.
This device charges in approx 3-4 hours.
Measuring 7.6 x 3.3 x 3.1 inches, this small rectangular speaker is easily snatched up with one hand, and fits into your palm. It doesn’t feature any straps or handles, so the size is convenient. It also only weighs 1.4 pounds!
The speaker grille is made of aluminum, and encompasses 90% of the speaker minus the top, bottom, and one strip along the side. This gives the speaker a 360 degree sound stage and is enjoyed from whichever angle it may be facing.
Along the top of the speaker, you’ll find touch sensitive controls, such as skip track forward and back, play/pause, volume dial that rotates specifically to turn volume up or down, and a mode button which activates your smart assistant.
Along one side, you’ll find a plastic strip that breaks up the speaker grille. Within that you’ll find the power button, the LED button, and a small rubber flap protecting the USB charging port and a 3.5 mm AUX port.
There are 5 lighting patterns for your enjoyment.
Remembering that this is a $50 dollar speaker, you will be pleasantly surprised by the sound you get.
Featuring duel 8w drivers along the front, and passive radiators along the back, this speaker portrays enhanced bass sound, with clear mids and highs.
At higher volumes, the speaker does become slightly tinny, and the bass becomes a touch overwhelming when you play heavier EDM, or bassy tracks.
For a budget friendly speaker, the Doss Soundbox Plus shines a lot brighter than one would assume. It also features 360 degree sound, something you won’t find with other budget friendly speakers.
Cons and Other Considerations
What I Love!
The price of this speaker is perfect for anyone looking to dip their toes into their very first portable speaker. As your music palette and budget become more forgiving, you won’t cry over the $50 bucks spent when you chose to upgrade. Although I love this speaker, there will come a time to upgrade.
What Could Be Better…..
When you think portable speaker, you usually assume they are virtually indestructible. Unfortunately, this speaker only has an IPX4 rating and won’t be protected from water, and any hard falls it may take. This creates a concern for the user as you take it on adventures, and to the pool or beach.
If you’re looking for a really portable speaker that you don’t have to worry about, I wouldn’t suggest purchasing the Doss Soundbox Plus.
The battery life also leaves much to be desired. However, for $50 bucks there isn’t a lot to complain about when it comes to this Doss device.
My Verdict: Perfect beginner speaker!
The Doss Soundbox Plus is the perfect speaker for that young music lover who’s probably going to trash it and toss it around.
It’s also great for the individual who doesn’t have any portable speakers, and has been searching for a budget friendly speaker to take around the home with them and experience the portable speaker world.
This Soundbox speaker is a great beginner speaker, and although not as sturdy, nor battery life pro-longing as one would hope, really gives you that portable speaker experience.
Take a look at a few of my other reviews at a higher price point to see if it’s perhaps worth investing more to get exactly what you want!