PowerBass XL-1000 Bluetooth ATV / UTV Sound Bar Review
If you are thinking of adding music to your off-road vehicle, we would suggest you go for a custom-designed ATV soundbar. There are quite a few brands making ATV speakers and PowerBass is one of the leading players. It makes durable and long-lasting audio gear for adventure sports.
In this segment we are going to talk about the XL-1000, a massive 10-speaker amplified marine soundbar by PowerBass. It has a top power of 800 watts and RMS power 400 watts. It has Bluetooth and AUX for sound input. It also has outputs for adding extra speakers and amps.
Let us study the features and functions of the XL-1000 in a little more detail.
PowerBass XL-1000 Bluetooth ATV / UTV Sound Bar Complete Review :
Technology And Design :
The PowerBass XL-1000 is an all-weather and all-terrain UTV soundbar. It has a heavy-duty body made from extruded aluminum. It has IPX6 water-resistance which means it is protected against high-pressure water jets from any direction. The enclosure is water-tight and keeps out dust and debris. It can withstand jerking and handling abuse.
The XL-1000 is part of the XL Series of soundbars for powersports by PowerBass. It is specially designed to survive harsh weather conditions. It is therefore ideal for ATVs, UTVs, boats, trucks, buggies and jeeps. It is suitable for safaris, dune bashing, off-road and water adventures.
The soundbar has two ways of accepting sound input: Bluetooth and AUX. Bluetooth offers a clutter-free means of playing music from a variety of gadgets like smart phones, iPods, iPads, tablets, etc. You can listen to your favorite tracks on apps like Pandora, Spotify and SoundCloud sans wires. Bluetooth protocol of the device is v4.0 and it has a wireless range of 32 feet. Thanks to wireless technology, you can keep your media player in a safe place like the in-dash storage. This prevents the device from falling and getting damaged while the vehicle is in motion.
For wired input, the speaker bar has a 3.5mm AUX input port. It is compatible with the AUX output ports of most non-Bluetooth and Bluetooth devices. AUX is a reliable and uninterrupted way of listening to music.
The UTV soundbar has a 2 volt output jack for upgrading the system to a multi-device set-up. You can use the port to add another soundbar, speaker, an amplifier or even a subwoofer. It is totally your call. The XL-1000 gives you the bandwidth to choose and build your own sound system which is a huge advantage.
The biggest advantage of the XL-1000 is that it is a comprehensive speaker with in-unit amplification. This means you don’t need a separate amp to power the bar. It reduces clutter and keeps your dash area neat.
The speaker bar has universal mounting. It comes with L-brackets for flexible installation on boats and vehicles. You can also purchase top or bottom mount clam-style brackets if you wish to try different mounting options.
The speaker has a protective grille in front running the width of the bar. A circular LED back-lit control panel is located at the center of the grille. It lets you manage the power, music, volume and other important functions. An optional secondary dash-mounted wired remote controller is also available for sale separately. You can go for it if you want to be able to control the soundbar from the wheel.
The PowerBass XL-1000 has LED visual notifications and audible power on/off notifications. It has an integrated precision-tuned DSP processor for a wider frequency response. The processor has a Distortion Limiter which is instrumental in keeping distortions to a minimum.
The speaker bar has waterproof wire loom connectors. It has automatic turn on/off which saves battery when the device is not in use. The cabinet is 33.75 inches wide, 4.25 inches high and 4.17 inches deep. It weighs 16.35 lbs.
Sound Performance :
The PowerBass XL-1000 is a beefy 10-speaker 2-channel ATV soundbar. It is fitted with eight 3-inch marine-grade full-range poly cone speakers and two 1.25-inch SD Mylar tweeters. The speakers are powered by a built-in amp with a peak power of 800 watts and RMS power 400 watts (200 watts x 2 @ 2ohm). The speakers crank out ground-shaking music. The vocals are crystal clear and the instruments as realistic as can be. Overall, we can say the amp adds plenty of power to the tracks, and makes them more natural and articulate.
Frequency response of the XL-1000 is 50 Hz to 22 kHz, signal-to-noise ratio is >85 dB and input sensitivity is 0.25 V – 3.0 V.
Key Features :
- 10-speaker 2-channel UTV speaker with IPX6 water-resistant enclosure.
- Built-in amp with 400 watts RMS and 800 watts peak power output.
- Bluetooth, AUX, 2 volt outputs, universal L-bracket mounting system, auto turn on/off.
- Extruded aluminum housing, precision-tuned DSP processor, optional wired remote.
- Four pairs of 3-inch marine-grade full-range poly cone speakers, two pairs of 1.25-inch SD Mylar tweeters.