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Design Review of JBL PartyBox 110 with PartyBox 310 and On-The-Go

The Good and Bad of PartyBox 110

This is a design review of the JBL PartyBox 110 and a comparison with PartyBox On-The-Go and PartyBox 310, which are its two nearest siblings in terms of size and power.

Good Bad
  • 160W RMS is good for small apartments
  • The battery life of 12 hours is long enough to torture your neighbors from dinner until the breakfast next day.
  • Bluetooth 5.1.
  • IPX4 Rating.
  • Connects 2 speakers by True Wireless Stereo (TWS).
  • Can be pole mounted. (not pole dancing!)
  • The speaker weighs 10.84kg and can only be carried by hand. There is no shoulder strap or wheels.
  • There is no wireless microphone included like the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go.
  • It cannot be powered by the standard 12V cigarette charger in the car.

JBL PartyBox is a range of portable, high-powered loudspeakers with good bass, sound effects for both indoor and outdoor parties, functions, and karaoke sessions. Currently, the latest model in the series comprises the following in ascending order of size:

  • JBL PartyBox On-The-Go
  • JBL PartyBox 110
  • JBL PartyBox 310
  • JBL PartyBox 710
  • JBL PartyBox 1000

The next model to be released will be JBL PartyBox 710 in October 2021. This date is around the same time as the release of PartyBox On-The-Go and PartyBox 310 last year.

Form Factor

Tech Specs JBL PartyBox
On-The-Go
JBL PartyBox 110 JBL PartyBox 310
Release Date Oct 2020 29 July 2021 Oct 2020
Form Factor
Size 49 x 24.5 x 22.8 cm
19.3 x 9.6 x 9.0 in
56.8 x 30 x 29.5 cm
22.4 x 11.8 x 11.6 in
68.8 x 36.8 x 32.6 cm
27 x 14.5 x 12.8 in
Volume (est.) 0.027m3 0.05m3 0.082m3
Weight 7.5kg (16.5lbs) 10.84kg (23lbs) 17.42kg (38.4lbs)
IP Rating IPX4, Splashproof IPX4, Splashproof IPX4, Splashproof

JBL PartyBox 110 is about the “middle size” between the other two, which is about 85% bigger than JBL PartyBox On-The-Go, and 39% smaller than JBL PartyBox 310.

The JBL PartyBox 110 weighs 10.84kg, which is still quite portable to carry by hand for short distances. It has the same IPX4 splashproof rating as all PartyBox loudspeakers, except for the JBL PartyBox 1000 which does not have any IP rating.

Currently, only black color is available at JBL’s US online store.

Audio

Tech Specs JBL PartyBox
On-The-Go
JBL PartyBox 110 JBL PartyBox 310
Audio (Speaker)
Output Power 100W RMS (AC)
50W RMS (Battery)
160W RMS 240W RMS
Room Size (guide)
Under 500 Sq.ft.
or 45sqm
Under 500 Sq.ft.
or 45sqm
500-1000 Sq.ft.
45-90sqm
Driver 1 x 5.25″ (133 mm) woofers
2 x 1.75″ (44 mm) tweeters
1 x 6.1″ (154 mm) woofers
2 x 2.25″ (55 mm) tweeters
2 x 6.5″ (176mm)
woofers
2 x 2.5″ (65mm)
tweeters
Frequency Response 50Hz – 20kHz  45Hz – 20kHz
(-6 dB)
 45Hz – 20kHz
(-6 dB)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio > 80dBA > 80dBA > 80dBA
Bass Boost Yes, 2 levels Yes, 2 levels Yes, 2 levels
Echo Adjust Yes Yes Yes
Treble Adjust Yes Yes Yes

Other than the physical size of the loudspeaker, next is to decide the output power based on the party room or function area. A single studio bedroom apartment could use the JBL PartyBox 110 and it still has the power to spare.

JBL PartyBox 310 will be good for larger rooms up to 90 sqm, depending on how noisy your neighbors can tolerate before they decide to call the police.

A noteworthy form factor design worth mentioning is the angled-back design for better sound projection.

JBL Partybox 110 Side View
JBL Partybox 110 Side View (Angled Projection)

Hardware

Tech Specs JBL PartyBox
On-The-Go
JBL PartyBox 110 JBL PartyBox 310
Hardware
RCA Line IN (L/R) No No No
RCA Line Out (L/R) No No No
Microphone/Guitar Jack 1 microphone jack.
1 guitar jack.
Connects 2 wireless mics simultaneously.
1 microphone jack.
1 guitar jack.
1 microphone jack.
1 microphone/guitar jack.
Mic/Guitar Gain
Control
Yes Yes Yes
Aux Out (Ear Jack) No Yes, 3.5mm Jack Yes, 3.5mm Jack
Aux In Yes, 3.5mm Jack Yes, 3.5mm Jack Yes, 3.5mm Jack
USB Port Yes, 1 x USB-A to play music in alphabetical sequence, and also used to charge external device. Yes, 1 x USB-A to play music in alphabetical sequence, and also used to charge external device. Yes, 1 x USB-A to play music in alphabetical sequence, and also used to charge external device.
USB File Format Plays mp3, wma, wav.
Require FAT16, FAT32 file system.
Plays mp3, wma, wav.
Require FAT16, FAT32 file system.
Plays mp3, wma, wav.
Require FAT16, FAT32 file system.
Shoulder Straps Yes No No
Wheels  No No 2 wheels
Handlebar No Fixed handlebar Telescopic handlebar
Other hardware or accessory features Wireless Microphone with  AA battery (10 hours), range >10m.
Support 2 microphones at the same time.
Nil Nil

JBL PartyBox 110 does not have any RCA line ports (those red and white classic ports) and uses mainly the 3.5mm audio connector. Even though this is a new model, JBL did not include the wireless microphone functionality found so far only on the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go, which allows 2 users to sing a duet.

JBL PartyBox 110 has a fixed handlebar built into the chassis like the JBL PartyBox 1000, but it has neither wheels nor shoulder straps, which means it must be hand-carried.

JBL Partybox 110 Front
JBL Partybox 110 Front View
JBL Partybox 110 Front Panel
JBL Partybox 110 Front Panel

Wireless Connectivity

Tech Specs JBL PartyBox
On-The-Go
JBL PartyBox 110 JBL PartyBox 310
Connectivity (Wireless)
Wireless Microphone Yes No No
Bluetooth Version (BT) 4.2 5.1 5.1 (BLE)
Bluetooth Range 10m (33 ft) 10m (33 ft) 10m (33 ft)
Bluetooth Profile A2DP 1.3, AVRPC 1.6 A2DP 1.3, AVRPC 1.6 A2DP 1.3, AVRPC 1.6
Bluetooth Frequency 2.4 – 2.48 GHz 2.4 – 2.48 GHz 2.4 – 2.48 GHz
Bluetooth Transmitted
Power
15 dBm 15 dBm 15 dBm
Bluetooth Transmitter
Modulation
GFSK, p/4, DQPSK
8DPSK
GFSK, p/4, DQPSK
8DPSK
GFSK, p/4, DQPSK
8DPSK
Multiple Speaker
Connection
Connects 2 speakers by True Wireless Stereo (TWS) Connects 2 speakers by True Wireless Stereo (TWS) Connects 2 speakers by True Wireless Stereo (TWS)

The wireless connectivity design specifications of JBL PartyBox 110 are similar to the other siblings in our detailed review, except that it does not have a wireless microphone like the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go.

JBL Partybox 110 Top Panel
JBL Partybox 110 Top Panel

Battery and Power

Tech Specs JBL PartyBox
On-The-Go
JBL PartyBox 110 JBL PartyBox 310
Battery and Power
Power Supply 100-240V 50/60Hz 100-240V 50/60Hz 100-240V 50/60Hz
Powered by Car 12V
Cigarette Lighter
No No Yes, 12V DC
Battery Type Lithium-Ion 18 Wh
7.2V @ 2500mAh
Lithium-Ion 36 Wh Lithium-Ion 72 Wh
Maximum Playing Time > 6h 12h < 18h
Battery Charging Time < 3.5h 3.5h < 3h
Standby Power
Consumption
<2W with BT
<0.5W without BT
TBC <2W with BT
<0.5W without BT
Charge External Device 1 x USB-A Port
5V/2.1A (10W)
1 x USB-A Port
5V/2.1A (10W)
1 x USB-A Port
5V/2.1A (10W)

The battery life of 12 hours is long enough to torture your neighbors, starting from dinner until the breakfast next day. Bring along a generator and you can torture them for 24 hours!

The only bad thing here is that it cannot be charged by the 12V cigarette lighter port in the car.

Other Special Features

Tech Specs JBL PartyBox
On-The-Go
JBL PartyBox 110 JBL PartyBox 310
Phone App Party Box App Party Box App Party Box App
Multiple Speaker
Connection
Connects 2 speakers by wireless mode (TWS). 1) Connect speakers by Aux In/Out jack using 3.5mm audio connectors.
2) Connects 2 speakers by wireless mode (TWS).
1) Connect speakers by daisy chain ports using 3.5mm audio connectors.
2) Connects 2 speakers by wireless mode (TWS).
Pole Mounted No Yes, the hole below accepts a <36mm diameter pole. Yes, the hole below accepts a <36mm diameter pole.
Karaoke Function Yes Yes Yes
Lightshow 3 lighting effects, rock, neon, and club. Pulsing white strobe light and colorful figure of 8 RGB animations combine and sync to the music beat. (4 effects) 5 lighting effects
Sound Effect No TBC Horn, Clapping, Scratch

In terms of multi-speaker connection, JBL PartyBox 110 is the only model that uses regular Aux In and Out ports to connect several JBL PartyBox 110 using 3.5mm audio connectors.

JBL PartyBox 110 uses a special “Daisy Chain” port, which also uses 3.5mm audio wire connectors, while JBL PartyBox 1000 uses red and white RCA cables normally used for Hi-Fi and TV sets.

JBL PartyBox 110 Bottom View
JBL PartyBox 110 Bottom View

Conclusion

The JBL PartyBox 110 is a good choice for users with small apartments, that are not afraid of getting complaints from neighbors after blasting non-stop music for 12 hours.

JBL PartyBox 120 should consider the following improvements:

  • Improve the portability of the design, such as using wheels with telescopic handles or include shoulder straps.
  • Provide wireless microphone functionality like the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go.
  • Able to be powered by a 12V cigarette charger in the car.
Download User Manual:

JBL PartyBox 110 Quickstart Manual

Known Issues in JBL PartyBox 100 from forums or reviews
  • Some users feedback that the sound quality is not good and missing the highs, but the music is loud, the bass is strong and good for outdoor uses.
  • At least 2 users reported that the speakers do not charge after some time, and one user reported BlueTooth failed after 4 months.

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