iLive Bluetooth Tailgate Party speaker (model ISB380B): Cheap, light, and fun
Macworld|September 2021
With USB and SD card playback, as well as a microphone input, this Bluetooth speaker is a versatile party animal. It’s also surprisingly light. Just don’t expect audiophile sound.
JON L. JACOBI

The iLive Tailgate Party speaker (model number ISB380B) looks heavy but is startlingly light. In fact, it looks so much heavier than it is that I almost launched it the first time I picked it up. Knowing that heavy magnets generally mean better sound, it was a bit of an uh-oh moment. Learning it goes for a street price of just 50 bucks didn’t do much to dispel that notion.

But you know what? While the sound is strictly mediocre (it’s no Mackie Freeplay Live [fave.co/3fqUrbB]), it’s workable for casual occasions and because of the look, it’s fun. Okay, camp might be a better word, but it’s also decent low-cost, low-volume, super-portable party speaker and PA.

DESIGN AND SPECS

Basically, the model ISB380B (iLive has a whole series of Tailgate speakers [fave. co/3Cel1hS]) is the guts of a normal Bluetooth speaker transplanted into a largish body made of lightweight plastic. Its enclosure measures a little less than 10 inches at its widest point, around 9 inches at its deepest, and just under 17 inches at its tallest.

The ISB380B looks like a bling-laden (active RGB lighting), eighties-style boombox crossed with carry-on luggage. The latter effect is due to the retractable handle and wheels that allow you to pull the speaker around. It’s so over the top that it makes me smile.

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