Soundboks Go vs Turtlebox Gen2


As far as loud Bluetooth speakers are concerned, the Turtlebox 2nd Generation model and Soundboks Go are two names you can’t leave out of the conversation. Regularly appearing on our best lists for their volume capabilities, ruggedness, and sound quality, these two speakers are undoubtedly some of the best on the portable Bluetooth speaker market. 

While the two speakers are similar in the volumes they can produce, which are practically unreachable by other Bluetooth speakers that are currently available, they are significantly different from one another in several ways, and which one is best for you will depend greatly on how you intend to use it, what kind of connectivity you’re looking for, and the aesthetic of the speaker you’re after.

If you’re simply looking to find out which speaker is louder, the Soundboks Go measured 121dB output, while the Turtlebox Gen 2 can handle up to 120dB. This shootout will be focusing more on the design, portability, sound quality, and additional features of these speakers. 

How They Stack Up

Soundboks GoTurtlebox Gen 2
20 pounds9.88 pounds
Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
Adjustable EQNo Adjustable EQ
40hr Battery24 hr Battery
18 x 12 x 10″11.5 x 6.5 x 8.75″
Soundboks Go ReviewTurtlebox Gen2 Review

Soundboks Go

Soundboks Go

The Soundboks Go is the ultimate portable party speaker. While it’s a little heavy, this speaker is powerful and loud. The companion app allows for tonal tweaks, and the battery is arguably the best in the Bluetooth audio market, capable of running for 40 hours before needing a recharge. The Soundboks Go is also IP65 water resistant.

Turtlebox Gen 2

Turtlebox gen 2

The Turtlebox Gen 2 is the loudest compact Bluetooth speaker available, pushing output levels measuring 120dB in a reasonably small and lightweight enclosure. The Turtlebox is incredibly durable; with an IP67 weather-resistance rating and a sturdy cabinet design, this speaker is built for the outdoors.

Size and Portability

Soundboks Go: 18 x 12 x 10 inches. 20lbs.
Turtlebox Gen 2: 11.5 x 6.5 x 8.75 inches. 9.88 lbs.
soundboks go vs turtlebox size

Relative Size

Right off the bat, the two speakers share a similar design style geared towards outdoor usage, though these Bluetooth speakers still sound great indoors.

As for the size and weight of these speakers, the Turtlebox isn’t small but isn’t awkwardly large, either. However, carrying it over a long distance can become heavy. The Soundboks Go is a few inches larger than the Turtlebox, but it is almost double the weight, severely impacting how portable it can be. 

The Soundboks Go, a portable version of the original Soundboks Bluetooth speaker, comes with an attachable carry strap. However, I found that this doesn’t help much in relieving strain from your back, shoulder, and arm when carrying the speaker but rather transfers the pressure to one specific point. The Turtlebox doesn’t come with a carry strap, but it is almost half the weight of the Soundboks Go, so it is manageable. The integrated carry handles on the speakers are both high-quality, but I feel the Turtlebox’s handle is more comfortable. 

Best Portability: Turtlebox Gen 2

While it doesn’t come with a carry strap like the Soundboks Go, the Turtlebox is slightly smaller with a more comfortable carry handle and is nearly half the weight. 

Turtlebox Gen 2 Bluetooth Speaker


Soundboks Go: IP65
Turtlebox Gen 2: IP67

Both the Soundboks Go, and Turtlebox Bluetooth speakers are protected by a high level of weather resistance, with the Soundboks Go holding an IP65 rating and the Turtlebox an IP67. This means that the Soundboks Go won’t be bothered by contact with liquids from any angle, but the Turtlebox can handle higher-pressure sprays or a short submersion time. Both speakers can effectively resist dust, sand, and other solid materials. As for the actual build quality, both speakers are made from high-quality materials all-round, capable of surviving an unexpected drop, knock, or kick. 

Best Durability: Turtlebox Gen 2

Both speakers are incredibly well-built, but the Turtlebox is slightly stronger when it comes to water resistance; however, in most scenarios, the Soundboks Go is tough enough; it all depends on how and where you’ll be using the speaker. 

Design, feel, and features

When it comes to using these speakers, both are pretty straightforward since they exclude the LED lights effects, karaoke modes, and other party-based features commonly seen in these speakers’ competitors. Instead, the Turtlebox and Soundboks Go are solid, good-sounding, and easy to operate. 

The control panels are found on top of the speaker in both cases, where the speaker’s basic functions can be controlled. Both panels are well-protected from the elements, and the buttons, switches, and ports all feel well-made with high-grade components. 

The Soundboks Go has a companion app on both iOS and Android that lets you initiate wireless pairings, perform firmware upgrades, and more. While it isn’t super interactive, it’s nice to have the option of remote controllability. 

Best Design: Soundboks Go

While the design and feel of these speakers are mostly fairly similar, and which one you pick ultimately depends on personal factors, the companion app that comes with the Soundboks Go makes it a little more advanced than the Turtlebox. 

Sound Quality

So, we already know that the Soundboks Go can hit one unit higher on the Decibel scale, but how do they compare in terms of tonal qualities? 

The Turtlebox is a well-balanced speaker, with loads of meaty low-end, full-bodied midrange, and crisp highs. The Turtlebox can sound a bit muddy at lower volumes, and the bass can be slightly overpowering on some tracks. Still, overall, you’ll enjoy this speaker with practically any music style. When pushed to the limit volume-wise, the Turtlebox doesn’t expose any holes in the sonic balance and doesn’t become overly compressed. 

The Soundboks Go is a little more natural in terms of its sound signature, where elements of the frequency spectrum aren’t as enhanced as they are on the Turtlebox Gen 2. The Soundboks Go allows for custom equalization, though, where you can boost the low-end, for example, to your liking. As someone who listens more critically, the Soundboks Go would be my speaker of choice here. 

Best Sound Quality: Soundboks Go

These are both extremely loud Bluetooth speakers that can easily compete with each other in terms of volume. Still, the Soundboks Go not only gets a touch louder than the Turtlebox, but its tonal signature is more evenly spaced, with the ability to customize the sonic qualities of the speaker. 

Battery Life

Soundboks Go: Around 40 hours, +- 10 hours on full volume
Turtlebox Gen 2: Around 25 hours, +- 6 hours on full volume

I’ll start by saying that both speakers carry impressive, energy-efficient batteries. 

Whether playing music at lower listening levels or pumping the speaker at full volume for a house party, the Soundboks Go’s battery life is stronger either way. The Soundboks Go also supports Soundboks’ Batteryboks removable batteries if the 6-hour playtime isn’t enough or if you’ll be away from AC power for a while. 

Best Battery: Soundboks Go

Capable of running for around 40 hours at lower volumes and 10 hours at max volume, plus the option for switching batteries if the current cell has depleted, the Soundboks Go heavily outranks the Turtlebox’s 25 hours of playtime and 6 hours max volume potential. 

Turtlebox Gen 2 Speaker Full View

So, which speaker is best for me?

The Turtlebox Gen 2 and Soundboks Go outrank each other in different areas, and which speaker is better suited for you greatly depends on how and where you plan to use the Bluetooth speaker. 

Party hosts & entertainers, get the Soundboks Go

The Soundboks Go is a touch louder than the Turtlebox, and its sound signature can be crafted to suit your environment/surroundings and music taste. The battery life of the Soundboks Go is also significantly stronger than the Turtlebox, and the option of switchable battery packs means you can get loads of playtime from the speaker. The Soundboks Go can also be paired with an original Soundboks Bluetooth speaker for a more immersive party experience. 

Outdoor enthusiasts, get the Turtlebox Gen 2

The Turtlebox is better suited for outdoor environments, with an IP67 weather-resistance rating making it suitable for beach-goers, hunters, and campers in the woods, sand, snow, or dust. The rugged design of the Turtlebox also means it can take a bit of a beating, and the hooks on either side of the speaker allow it to be easily strapped down to a truck, snowmobile, four-wheeler, or boat. The Turtlebox is also considerably lighter and smaller than the Soundboks Go.

Music lovers, get the Soundboks Go

While the sound quality of both speakers is nothing short of excellent, the Soundboks Go’s tweakable sound signature adds greater versatility for all music tastes, where you can fine-tune the speaker’s frequency response to suit your listening material or surroundings, both indoor and outside. 

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Author: Matthew Cox

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2 thoughts on “Soundboks Go vs Turtlebox Gen2”

  1. What about the price? Soundboks GO $999 vs the Turtle $399. Add this in and it’s a no brainer. Two for less than 1!

    • Certainly. The price point of the Turtlebox is extremely competitive for what it offers. The battery life and adjustable EQ of the Soundboks Go are two of its strongest selling points, but at a $600 premium – I do feel like most people will settle for the savings.


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