JBL PartyBox 100 review
Whenever you are in the mood of hearing music, you search for Bluetooth speakers, and in the case of Bluetooth speakers, it is all about JBL. Whether the speaker is portable or not, smaller or bigger, JBL is the best among all.
Over the years, JBL has produced many Bluetooth speaker series. The PartyBox series is one of them. JBL PartyBox 100 is maybe the largest Bluetooth speaker or PartyBox series.
You can understand by the name that PartyBox 100 is a party speaker. It is a karaoke box with a built–in LED light show. PartyBox 100 has a killer bass. The bass can get double as a guitar amplifier if needed so.
Lot more to know about JBL PartyBox 100. Let’s have a quick look at the review to learn more about the speaker.
- Brand: JBL
- Model name: JBLPARTYBOX100AM
- Dimensions : 26.4 × 13.86 × 14.02 inches
- Weight: 24.9 pounds
- Frequency Response: 45 Hz – 18 kHz
- Bluetooth version: BT v4.2
- Charging time: 6.5 hours
- Battery Life: Approximately 12 hours
- Waterproof rating: Not waterproof
- jbl party box Price: $349.95
Design & Build:
With a weight of 25 pounds, JBL PartyBox 100 is a heavy but portable speaker. It has rubber feet and built–inbuilt–handles on the bottom panel and the two side panels so that you can turn it vertically and horizontally. As the controls are on the top panel, you probably want it vertically, though.
You will find the input channel with connections for a 3.5 mm aux, input devices, and RCA on the back of the speaker. It also has a dedicated mic and guitar inputs, as I mentioned.
You may need an adapter in some cases, as the inputs are just a quarter–inch. For example, if you have an XLR mic, then an adapter is a must need.
There are a left/right channel button and an RCA output, with which you can pair your JBL PartyBox 100 with another speaker for even more power.
You will find controls for play/pause, volume, power, Bluetooth, the bass boost, and the on/off for the LED light show at the top panel of the device.
The circular RGB lights are something that will impress you. You can choose the color from three different patterns. Another amazing thing is, you can even turn the lights off. There are two stroboscope lights; you can turn them off if it’s not necessary.
Overall, the build quality and design of the device are worth mentioning.
Due to its size, JBL PartyBox 100 easily fills a room with music. The speaker has a typical JBL sound that comes with impressive dynamics and plenty of power.
But surprisingly, it is detailed and delicate at lower volumes too. With an impressive 160W RMS, the speaker also provides loud volumes without any distortion.
The device’s stereo image is limited because of being a single unit speaker and can’t be a match for a dedicated two-channel hi-fi system. The cabinet’s overall size helps create a bigger soundscape that can easily beat any smaller-sized Bluetooth speakers.
A stereo image can be improved slightly by placing it horizontally rather than vertically. You can also add a second PartyBox 100 and use the True Wireless Stereo Mode to connect them as a stereo pair using Bluetooth.
Frequency Response of JBL PartyBox 100 ranges from 45 Hz to 18 kHz. It helps the sound remain detailed and conveys the emotion of a song. The bass is very quick and powerful, with a nice attack in the upper section that gives most music a nice sense of pace and rhythm.
JBL PartyBox 100 not only provides high-energy types of music genres but also handles more delicate music well. Like Chamber Quartets or Jazz, acoustic music gets an advantage from the dynamic capabilities and expressive mid-range of the speaker.
Portability & Durability:
JBL PartyBox 100 is decently portable. The device is quite heavy and tall. Hence it is not easy to carry the device with you. There are two handles on the upside for helping you carry the speaker to solve this issue. Even you don’t have to give it a wired connection to make it work.
The speaker has an acceptable build quality. Like the JBL PartyBox 300, PartyBox 100 is mostly made of plastics. There is a metal grille on the front and two rubber feet on two sides and at the speaker’s bottom. Also, the handles have a rubberized slip–proof coating.
Overall, the speaker is really solid and durable. One of the speaker’s biggest drawbacks is that it doesn’t have an IP rating for water-resisting or dust proofing. So, be very careful if you are using it outdoors, especially somewhere near a swimming pool or water tank.
The JBL PartyBox 100 has a BT v4.2 Bluetooth connectivity. According to the claim, the speaker has a range of 301.8 feet or 92 meters. You can pair the JBL PartyBox 100 with up to two devices. It is suitable for listeners who frequently switch their audio sources.
There are a bit latency issues with android devices, but it performs far better with iOS devices. Again, some apps may balance latency issues. So your experience is actually what matters here.
However, it is only basic Bluetooth, as there is no BT v5.0 connectivity.
Battery & Battery Life:
JBL PartyBox 100 comes with a built–in 2500 mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery. According to the claim, the battery offers 12 hours of continuous playtime. And the device needs six and a half hours to be charged fully.
The battery life depends on how you use it. If you stream music using Bluetooth and play songs at full volume, the battery life will be significantly less with the lights on.
Even though it will be far more than the majority of Bluetooth speakers, and if you play it at moderate volumes, you may get more than 12 hours of playtime.
As I said previously, the JBL PartyBox 100 comes with wireless Bluetooth connectivity, that you can pair up to two tablets or smartphones simultaneously.
Apart from Bluetooth connectivity, there are options for wired linking built-in too. You can use the 3.5 mm aux input to connect your phone if you want to make a wired connection.
There are also options to plug your guitar or microphone into the JBL PartyBox 100 and use it as a temporary amplifier if you feel like doing so. We will talk about it later.
The PartyBox 100 can also help you if you have got a huge collection of music on a USB drive. Though there is only a single USB port, you can use that port to plug in your collection & let it play.
Such a wonderful connectivity system, Isn’t it?
As A Guitar Amplifier
If you are using the device as a guitar amplifier, the speaker will come through. I don’t recommend it for stage performances. But you can rely on it to keep the party rocking and your guitar streaming.
As A Karaoke Speaker
The JBL PartyBox 100 also works well for a karaoke speaker. And the sound will depend more on the microphone rather than the PartyBox in this case. Maybe you will like to have someone who can adjust the gain settings for different singers.
Product & Warranty Information
As I said before, the speaker takes one lithium polymer battery included with your purchase. It also comes with a warranty from manufacturers. But you will have to contact JBL via their website to get the details and learn about the warranty.
You can return the product without any cost within 30 days. And by contacting JBL, you can get a two-year warranty.
App & Other Features
There is no companion app, no equalizer, no Stereo Pair Mode, no Party Mode, no Multi-room functions. But you can use the TWS Mode to connect up to two devices and get a louder sound.
JBL is trying to reach every country. Till then, we have to depend on online markets. You can buy the JBL PartyBox 100 from the following stores :
Just visit any of these websites and purchase your required Bluetooth speaker.
JBL PartyBox 100 has a satisfactory, neutral, and well-balanced sound profile, with extra bass, which makes it suitable for listening to different music genres. Undoubtedly, it is one of the loudest party speakers. If you are a die-hard JBL fan, you can surely give it a try.