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JBL Partybox On-The-Go Review

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Editors were very pleased with the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go, and they approved it for parties, music, and the outdoors. They love its balanced sound profile, IPX4-rated splashproof construction, and stereo music. However, they disliked its lack of EQ and voice assistant features.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The JBL PartyBox On-The-Go is a 2020-model mid-range portable Bluetooth party speaker that has synced lighting and advanced settings for partygoers. Like select top speakers, this device has an IPX4 splashproof design that is suitable for outdoor use. Using Bluetooth 4.2 technology to connect, this device boasts an outstanding 334.6-foot range. Weighing 16.8 lbs and featuring hooks for a strap, this unit is fairly portable. Explore the whole JBL PartyBox On-The-Go review and see how this device compares to the highest-rated Bluetooth speakers today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Top critics liked the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go, recommending it for parties, music, and the outdoors. Editors at RTINGS adored its dual-device Bluetooth pairing technology, although the 267 ms iOS Bluetooth latency and 187 ms Android latency are high. Popular Mechanics reviewers hailed its guitar and mic inputs. They recorded a 49.7Hz to 18.2Hz frequency response range with a decent 3.76 dB standard error, showing a balanced sound profile. Check out our JBL Pulse 4 review for a more portable speaker. Experts recommended its heavy high-bass range to hip-hop and movie lovers. However, it doesn’t have an app, EQ, or speakerphone feature. Reaching a 94.1 dB SPL, the speaker is loud, although the 3.92 dB DRC indicates audio compression at the highest volume. See our JBL PartyBox 710 review for a louder speaker. This stereo speaker has a high 7.24 dB directivity index, showcasing a narrow soundstage. It doesn’t support voice assistants and has poor 4.5-hour battery life. Explore the JBL Xtreme 2 review for voice assistants.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Balanced sound profile
  • Gets really loud
  • IPX4 splash-proof design
  • Dual-device Bluetooth pairing
  • Guitar and mic inputs

Reason to Avoid

  • Lacks voice assistant or speakerphone features
  • Narrow soundstage
  • Poor battery life
  • Lacks EQ

JBL Partybox On-The-Go Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life6 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Charge TimeCharge Time23 hrs
SizeSize9.6" (h) x 19.3" (w) x 8.8" (d)
Smart AppSmart AppYes
Speaker PairingSpeaker Pairingn/a
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage100W
Wireless RangeWireless Range10 m

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)4.5
Volume Output (dB)94.1
Low End Roll Off (Hz)62.586
High End Roll Off (Hz)5,046.596

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JBL Partybox On-The-Go Review

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Market Context

The JBL PartyBox On-The-Go is a 2020-model mid-range portable Bluetooth party speaker that has synced lighting and advanced settings for partygoers. Like select top speakers,…

The JBL PartyBox On-The-Go is a 2020-model mid-range portable Bluetooth party speaker that has synced lighting and advanced settings for partygoers. Like select top speakers, this device has an IPX4 splashproof design that is suitable for outdoor use. Using Bluetooth 4.2 technology to connect, this device boasts an outstanding 334.6-foot range. Weighing 16.8 lbs and featuring hooks for a strap, this unit is fairly portable. Explore the whole JBL PartyBox On-The-Go review and see how this device compares to the highest-rated Bluetooth speakers today.

Featuring a lower 2.95 frequency response standard error, the JBL PartyBox 100 delivers a more balanced sound profile than the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go, which has…

Featuring a lower 2.95 frequency response standard error, the JBL PartyBox 100 delivers a more balanced sound profile than the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go, which has a 3.76 dB standard error. Its 10-hour battery life is also better than the 4.5-hour runtime of the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go. However, the 16.8-lb JBL PartyBox On-The-Go is more portable than the 21.6-lb PartyBox 100.

The JBL Boombox 2 has a more outdoor-friendly IP67-rated submersible waterproof and dustproof design than the IPX4-rated splashproof JBL PartyBox On-The-Go. The Boombox speaker also…

The JBL Boombox 2 has a more outdoor-friendly IP67-rated submersible waterproof and dustproof design than the IPX4-rated splashproof JBL PartyBox On-The-Go. The Boombox speaker also has a much better 24-hour battery life than the 4.5-hour battery life of the On-The-Go. However, the On-The-Go boasts guitar and mic inputs, unlike the Boombox speaker.

With 36-hour battery life, the SOUNDBOKS Go runs for much longer than the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go, which has a 4.5-hour battery life. The SOUNDBOKS also…

With 36-hour battery life, the SOUNDBOKS Go runs for much longer than the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go, which has a 4.5-hour battery life. The SOUNDBOKS also features an EQ, unlike the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go. However, the On-The-Go produces better bass and supports stereo, unlike the mono-limited SOUNDBOKS speaker.

Battery Life

6 hrs

12 hrs

24 hrs

40 hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

No

Yes

No

Charge Time

23 hrs

6.5 hrs

6.5 hrs

3.5 hrs

Size

9.6" (h) x 19.3" (w) x 8.8" (d)

19.1" (w) x 7.9" (h) x 10.1" (d)

Smart App

Yes

JBL PartyBox, Yes

Yes

SOUNDBOKS App

Speaker Pairing

n/a

Yes

Yes

Yes

Water Resistant

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Wattage

100W

160W

4 x 40W

72W

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Score Card

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Expert Score

81

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93

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True Score

83

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

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    The JBL PartyBox On-The-Go is okay for music. It has a warm sound profile when… read more

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