Altec Lansing Xpedition 8 (ALP-XP800) Review - Audiostance

Altec Lansing Xpedition 8 (ALP-XP800) Review

The Altec Lansing Xpedition 8 is one of the most exciting Bluetooth speakers released in 2018. Actually, it’s the most exciting Bluetooth speaker to EVER be released. The Xpedition 8 is a beast, which is fitting as the speaker has a BEAST mode, which we’ll get to in a bit.

At a Glance

Power Output:
420W
Speaker Drivers:
Dual 8”
Battery Life:
24 Hours
Bluetooth:
Yes with NFC
Waterproof Rating:
27.9” x 15.3” x 12.7”
Weight:
25.1 lbs

This speaker is also featured on The 10 Best Party Speakers.

Altec Lansing Xpedition 8 Review

The first thing you’ll notice is Xpedition 8 is not your standard portable Bluetooth speaker. At 28” long and 25.1 lbs, the Xpedition 8 isn’t the type of Bluetooth speaker you just throw in a backpack. This thing is big and requires two hands to pick it up.

The Xpedition 8 features dual 8” low-frequency drivers with 3 x 1” tweeters producing a massive 420W peak power output! This is just an insane amount of power and sound for a Bluetooth speaker. The Xpedition 8 also has two large bass radiators out the rear for an improved low-frequency response.

As mentioned, the Xpedition 8 features a BEAST mode which when engaged, delivers a significant bass boost. The speaker cones pulse and vibrate like they’re about to pop out of the speaker grille while the earth below you shakes. It’s truly one of the biggest bass boost features on any Bluetooth speaker.

Even without BEAST mode engaged, the Xpedition 8 produces a nice punchy bass response. Mids and highs are clear and present with no complaints there. Obviously, the Xpedition 8 is designed acoustically to be an exciting speaker to listen to so don’t expect perfect audiophile quality. Having said that, even audiophiles will appreciate listening to the incredible sound the Xpedition 8 is capable of producing.

Altec Lansing Xpedition 8 (ALP-XP800)

IP67 Waterproof Rating

In all their marketing, Altec Lansing state the Xpedition 8 is “everything proof” which basically means the speaker is both waterproof and durable. The Xpedition 8 carries an IP67 waterproof rating which means the speaker is protected to a depth of 1m for up to 30 minutes. In addition, the Xpedition 8 floats upright in the water while still playing music. This is especially impressive given that the speaker weighs 25 lbs! With the bass radiators in the rear, the Xpedition 8 doesn’t sound as good in the pool as it does on dry land, however, this is still awesome for a pool party.

The Xpedition 8 is also protected against salt water. Altec Lansing state the Xpedition 8 is safe to take to the beach and even have a dip in the sea. While this might be true, I’d definitely not want to test this too often as salt water finds a way to eat through anything, no matter how much you protect it. If you do use the Xpedition 8 at the beach, always give it a sold fresh water rinsing after to get rid of any salt which could damage the speaker.

The Xpedition 8 is housed in a durable, watertight plastic enclosure which is built to take a few bumps and knocks without incurring damage.

LED and Strobe Lighting

As if anything I haven’t already mentioned wasn’t enough to get the party started, the Xpedition 8 comes with a strobe and LED lighting. On either end of the speaker grille are two white LED strobes. These are either on or off and don’t, unfortunately, pulse in time to the music. The color LEDs around the grille however do. The grille LEDs pulse and change in time to the music switching between 12 different colors. During the day this is cool but at night, the Xpedition 8 looks really badass! In addition, there is a red LED around the volume knob which changes as you turn the volume up or down. There are buttons on the front of the Xpedition 8 for both the strobe and LED lights making it easy to switch this feature on and off.

Altec Lansing Xpedition 8 (ALP-XP800)

Pairing

Pairing the Xpedition 8 is quick and easy. If you have an NFC device, pairing is as easy as tapping your phone to the sensor to pair the Xpedition 8 to your mobile device in less than a couple of seconds. The Xpedition 8 also takes a ⅛-inch AUX input. This is located behind a watertight seal on the rear of the speaker between the two bass radiators. With the ⅛-inch AUX input is an AC power input for charging from the socket or DC power input for charging via your car charger. Both of which are supplied with the Xpedition 8. There is also a USB output beside the power inputs for charging your mobile devices from the Xpedition 8 built-in battery.

The Xpedition 8 has a built-in battery with a 24-hour battery life. This is rated at 50% volume without the lights. At full volume with BEAST mode and lights, you’re looking at around 12 hours which is more than enough for a full day of partying. The Xpedition 8 can operate when connected to a socket so you could essentially party all weekend if you have access to power.

Altec Lansing has included a link feature in the Xpedition 8 which allows you to link two Xpedition 8 speakers together for 840W of sound. You have the option of making the link mono or stereo depending on your preference. If you’re looking to annoy your neighbors, 840W of sound is a good way to start.

Altec Lansing Xpedition 8 (ALP-XP800)

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Altec Lansing Xpedition 8:

  • 1 x Xpedition 8 (ALP-XP800) Bluetooth speaker
  • 1 x AC power adapter
  • 1 x Car charger

Conclusion

If you’re looking for the ultimate Bluetooth party speaker, then the Altec Lansing Xpedition 8 is, in my opinion, the best Bluetooth party speaker. There is nothing like the Altec Lansing BEAST mode which makes the Xpedition 8 that much more exciting to listen to. The lights add to the aesthetic making the speaker visually exciting too. At $400, the Xpedition 8 isn’t cheap but what you’re getting is essentially a PA system. The  Xpedition 8 is great for all sorts of parties including pool and beach parties, tailgating and just making a noise for fun.

Written by
Matt

Matt is a sound engineer and self-confessed vinyl-junkie! His work as a sound engineer includes both live production and venue installations. While traveling the world, Matt shares his knowledge and expertise with us!

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