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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.

ProsCons
  • 160W RMS is good for small apartments
  • The battery life of 12 hours is long enough to torture your neighbours 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 SpecsJBL PartyBox
On-The-Go
JBL PartyBox 110JBL PartyBox 310
Release DateOct 202029 July 2021Oct 2020
Form Factor
Size49 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.)0.027m30.05m30.082m3
Weight7.5kg (16.5lbs)10.84kg (23lbs)17.42kg (38.4lbs)
IP RatingIPX4, SplashproofIPX4, SplashproofIPX4, 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 can also fit into a big gym bag, or stow in the car boot for long-distance travelling. If you do not like the sound of your car audio, you can use it instead of inside the car but it is a shame that it does not support 12V charging using the car cigarette lighter.

It has the same IPX4 splashproof rating as all PartyBox loudspeakers, except for the JBL PartyBox 1000 which does not have any IP rating. What the IP rating means is that the JBL PartyBox 110 will survive the rain and water splashes, but not pressurized water spray, or submerging inside water.

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

Audio

Tech SpecsJBL PartyBox
On-The-Go
JBL PartyBox 110JBL PartyBox 310
Audio (Speaker)
Output Power100W RMS (AC)
50W RMS (Battery)
160W RMS240W RMS
Room Size (guide)
Under 500 Sq.ft.
or 45sqm
Under 500 Sq.ft.
or 45sqm
500-1000 Sq.ft.
45-90sqm
Driver1 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 Response50Hz – 20kHz 45Hz – 20kHz
(-6 dB)
 45Hz – 20kHz
(-6 dB)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio> 80dBA> 80dBA> 80dBA
Bass BoostYes, 2 levelsYes, 2 levelsYes, 2 levels
Echo AdjustYesYesYes
Treble AdjustYesYesYes

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 neighbours 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 SpecsJBL PartyBox
On-The-Go
JBL PartyBox 110JBL PartyBox 310
Hardware
RCA Line IN (L/R)NoNoNo
RCA Line Out (L/R)NoNoNo
Microphone/Guitar Jack1 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
YesYesYes
Aux Out (Ear Jack)NoYes, 3.5mm JackYes, 3.5mm Jack
Aux InYes, 3.5mm JackYes, 3.5mm JackYes, 3.5mm Jack
USB PortYes, 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 FormatPlays 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 StrapsYesNoNo
Wheels NoNo2 wheels
HandlebarNoFixed handlebarTelescopic handlebar
Other hardware or accessory featuresWireless Microphone with  AA battery (10 hours), range >10m.
Support 2 microphones at the same time.
NilNil

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 SpecsJBL PartyBox
On-The-Go
JBL PartyBox 110JBL PartyBox 310
Connectivity (Wireless)
Wireless MicrophoneYesNoNo
Bluetooth Version (BT)4.25.15.1 (BLE)
Bluetooth Range10m (33 ft)10m (33 ft)10m (33 ft)
Bluetooth ProfileA2DP 1.3, AVRPC 1.6A2DP 1.3, AVRPC 1.6A2DP 1.3, AVRPC 1.6
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 – 2.48 GHz2.4 – 2.48 GHz2.4 – 2.48 GHz
Bluetooth Transmitted
Power
15 dBm15 dBm15 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 SpecsJBL PartyBox
On-The-Go
JBL PartyBox 110JBL PartyBox 310
Battery and Power
Power Supply100-240V 50/60Hz100-240V 50/60Hz100-240V 50/60Hz
Powered by Car 12V
Cigarette Lighter
NoNoYes, 12V DC
Battery TypeLithium-Ion 18 Wh
7.2V @ 2500mAh
Lithium-Ion 36 WhLithium-Ion 72 Wh
Maximum Playing Time> 6h12h< 18h
Battery Charging Time< 3.5h3.5h< 3h
Standby Power
Consumption
<2W with BT
<0.5W without BT
TBC<2W with BT
<0.5W without BT
Charge External Device1 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 neighbours, 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 SpecsJBL PartyBox
On-The-Go
JBL PartyBox 110JBL PartyBox 310
Phone AppParty Box AppParty Box AppParty 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 MountedNoYes, the hole below accepts a <36mm diameter pole.Yes, the hole below accepts a <36mm diameter pole.
Karaoke FunctionYesYesYes
Lightshow3 lighting effects, rock, neon, and club.Pulsing white strobe light and colourful figure of 8 RGB animations combine and sync to the music beat. (4 effects)5 lighting effects
Sound EffectNoTBCHorn, 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

Review Summary

Our review concludes that JBL PartyBox 110 is a good choice for users with small apartments, that are not afraid of getting complaints from neighbours after blasting non-stop music for 12 hours. At 10.84kg, it can be easily carried around by hand but not for long-distance travelling.

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.

Currently, the JBL PartyBox 110 is priced at USD 399 with one year warranty.

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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