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JBL PartyBox On-The-Go Speaker Review

JBL PartyBox On-The-Go

It's always a great idea to bring music during outdoor activities or parties and the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go offers more than just a portable speaker with 100 watts of powerful JBL Pro Sound.

Summer is just around the corner and that means is time to hit the beach, but since we are still at Pandemic, parties will be limited. Still, this did not stop JBL from re-launching its JBL PartyBox On-The-Go. We got a chance to test this boom box and here's our review.

It comes in a heavy box at 10.15 kg with nice product features at the front of the box and detailed specs at the back.

Box contents:
JBL PartyBox On-The-Go speaker
2 JBL Wireless Microphone
Batteries for the microphone
Microphone pouch
Quick-start guide
Safety sheet
Warranty sheet
3 types of the power cable
Shoulder strap

Design and Built
The JBL PartyBox On-The-Go looks like a boombox that is if you know what that means. It has a nice smooth plastic body with a metal grille at the front where you can see the speakers, at the back, it has a padded fabric which is a nice touch and it helps in carrying this PartyBox On-The-Go. There is also the AC power port, USB port, and the 3.5 mm AUX port protected by a rubber cover against water splashes.

JBL PartyBox On-The-Go

Controls and connection port is placed at the top, for easy access. It also has a mobile device dock where you can place your smartphones or tablets while playing music. The strap hooks are made of metal to securely hook the shoulder straps for easy transportation.

Both sides have the JBL logo, at the bottom, there is the anti-slip mini-stand with a nice orange accent. The speaker is easy to carry using the shoulder strap even though it weighs 7.5kg.

JBL PartyBox On-The-Go

The JBL PartyBox On-The-Go has a nice premium look and easy-to-access controls and ports. It works with any Bluetooth-enabled device and you can easily play your favorite music and online streaming services.

JBL PartyBox On-The-Go Specs:

Portable Stereo Speaker
5.25 in (133mm) woofers + 2x 1.75 in (44 mm) tweeters
100W RMS - output power
50 Hz - 20 kHz (-6 dB) - frequency response
Wireless microphone receiver
Bluetooth 4.2
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
USB port
3.5 mm port
Guitar input
True Wireless Stereo (TWS) system
Built-in strap hooks
IPX4 Splashproof Protection
2500mAh lithium-ion battery
7.5 kg / 16.5 lbs

Features and Connections
The JBL PartyBox On-The-Go is a portable party speaker that features a powerful JBL Pro Sound up to 100 watts with Bass Boost, it's designed for outdoor use and comes with a microphone that can be used to sing-along with your friends.

In terms of connectivity, this speaker offers plenty of wireless and wired connections. It has Bluetooth 4.2, USB, AUX, and TWS (True Wireless Stereo) connectivity. There is also the guitar input and mic input.

It supports a USB storage device, simply plug a USB storage device that contains playable audio contents into the USB port of the speaker and it will start to play automatically, it supports WAVE, MP3, and WMA audio formats. This USB port can also be used to charge your other gadgets.

The shoulder strap also has a convenient bottle opener attached, now that's a cool and useful feature. It's also IPX4 rated, which means it's splashproof so you can use it beside the pool or near the beach.

Connecting via Bluetooth is easy just like any device, just press the Bluetooth button on the speaker to enter Bluetooth pairing mode, and your smartphone look for the "JBL PartyBox On-The-Go" and pair, once successfully connected, you can stream your playlist from your device to this speaker and it supports a maximum of 8 paired devices.

It can also daisy-chain up to 2 JBL PartyBox On-The-Go via Bluetooth thus making it a TWS (True Wireless Stereo) speaker.

For the included wireless microphones, no need to pair them since it's already pre-paired with the speaker so all you need to do is install the included battery, and it's ready to use. You can also connect a wired microphone to the MIC input.

Sound Quality and Performance
This speaker packs 5.25-inch woofers and dual 1.75-inch tweeters. When it's on battery power it's rated at 50 watts RMS (root mean square). But when it plugged is it's capable of 100 watts of RMS output power. So that's a noticeable performance improvement if it's used while plugged into the power outlet.

This speaker is great for party music, indoor or outdoor, it delivers amazing boom sound, the highs are solid and the mids are great and the bass is amazing, and when the Bass Boost is activated it gives an extra pump bass on the music that will keep your party going. There is a control knob to adjust the bass level, treble level, and echo level, the orientation of the controls is kinda bit weird it's facing the back of the speaker.

For volume, it has a decent volume level for its size, it is loud enough to use outdoors like the pool or small outdoor party while using it indoors it gets louder. So it's better to use this speaker when it's plugged in for better performance and more bass.

It's also a great speaker for your TV, you can use the 3.5mm input or Bluetooth connection if your TV support it. Watching Netflix is more engaging, especially action scenes, it's almost the same experience as watching in cinemas, it's definitely level-up watching movies at home. Also, it comes with two wireless microphones, and what better way to use it is Karaoke sing-along with our family and friends.

The light feature at the front of the speaker is a nice touch, just press the light effect button to switch between different light patterns: rock, neon, club, or off.

This speaker is packed with a 2500mAh lithium-ion battery, the company claimed it is good for up to 6 hours of use. Charging time is a bit slow considering it uses the standard power charging via a wall outlet, they should have considered using a type-C port for faster charging.
Actual use on battery power with 80% volume, bass turned on, and with a light feature on, it only got around 3 hours of playback time. But if you are going to use this with microphones, and a guitar plug-in it's best to plug this into the power outlet.

Nice modern design
Solid Audio performance
JBL Pro Sound
Wireless and Wired options
Mic and Instrument Inputs
IPX4 Splashproof Protection
Synched Light Show
JBL Wireless Microphone

Heavy to carry
No Type-C port
Slow Charging
Short battery life

Overall the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go is a great portable party speaker that you can bring along when going to a party indoors or outdoors. It packs a lot of cool features, like wireless music streaming via Bluetooth, guitar input, splashproof, and the bottle opener on the strap. Also, we all know that everyone loves to sing during the party so the included wireless microphone is great for everyone to enjoy Karaoke time. not only that the light feature at the front of the speaker is a great add-on to keep the party going and it's also IPX4 splash-proof.

The JBL PartyBox On-The-Go is priced at ₱ 20,999 and it's now available at JBL's official store on Lazada and Shoppe, you can also get it at JLB online store and at Abenson stores nationwide.
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