The ION Pathfinder 320 is a large party speaker with built-in RGB lights. With a loud sound and a thumping bass, it's ideal for bringing up the energy at your next big event. Plus, it's rated IPX5 for water resistance, so you can take it outside with you if you want. Through its companion app, you get access to lots of sound customization features, as well as radio capabilities, meaning you can save your favorite presets onto the speaker.
The ION Pathfinder 320 is alright for music. This party-oriented speaker has a boomy sound out of the box, so bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop are somewhat lacking in clarity. That said, bass lovers can add more to the mix using the Boom button. Also, if you want a different sound, the graphic EQ in the companion app makes it easy to customize.
The ION Audio Pathfinder 320 isn't meant for watching movies. However, if you want to check out a video on your paired smartphone, it can get the job done. Its boomy sound brings lots of rumble, especially in action-packed scenes. That said, latency is relatively high with iOS and Android devices, so you may notice some lip-synching issues.
The ION Audio Pathfinder 320 is decent for podcasts. While it has a boomy sound out of the box, voices are still relatively clear in the mix, so you can follow along with your favorite shows. Plus, if you want a different sound, the graphic EQ in its companion app gives you the ability to customize its output. Its impressive Bluetooth range keeps to connected to your paired phone even from far away, too, and it's more than loud enough to fill your space with sound.
The ION Pathfinder 320 doesn't support voice assistants.
The ION Pathfinder 320 is acceptable for outdoor use. Overall, this speaker has a sturdy and robust design, with an IPX5 rating for water resistance to help protect it against the elements. It gets loud enough to fill large and open spaces with sound, so it's great for a backyard party. However, it's on the larger and heavier side, and its built-in wheels aren't ideal for traversing muddy or sandy areas.
The ION Pathfinder 320 is available in Black/Red. You can see the label for the model we tested here.
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The ION Pathfinder 320 is a relatively budget-friendly party speaker with customizable RGB lights and a built-in bottle opener. With its built-in handles, it's easy to bring the party on the go, too. For the price, it comes with lots of customization features, like a graphic EQ. However, unlike other party speakers, there aren't microphone or guitar inputs on hand for musicians.
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The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better party speaker than the ION Pathfinder 320. The JBL is larger, but since both speakers come with built-in handles, they're pretty easy to transport. Still, the JBL stands out because it can reproduce a more extended low-bass, and it gets louder, too. It also comes with microphone and guitar inputs, unlike the ION. That said, its battery doesn't last quite as long as the ION.
The ION Pathfinder 320 and the ION Pathfinder 280 are both pretty similar party speakers with access to graphic EQs and other customization features through the ION Sound XP app. The 320 can reproduce a more extended low-bass, making it more suitable for genres with lots of bass mixed in, such as EDM and hip-hop. It also has a longer battery life. However, it doesn't get quite as loud as the 280.
Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the JBL PartyBox 100 or the ION Pathfinder 320. They're both relatively budget-friendly party speakers, but they offer different features. The JBL gets louder, and it has guitar and microphone inputs for karaoke. However, only the ION has a graphic EQ and presets to help you customize its sound across the range, and its battery life lasts much longer.
The Monster Rockin' Roller 270X and the ION Pathfinder 320 are both party speakers with similar overall performances. The ION's battery lasts longer and comes with a full graphic EQ for sound customization, compared to the Monster's bass and treble adjustments. However, only the Monster has microphone and guitar inputs for karaoke fans.
Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the ION Pathfinder 320 or the JBL PartyBox Encore Essential. They're both party-oriented speakers, and you can find graphic EQ in their respective companion apps to customize their sound. However, the JBL comes with microphone and guitar inputs for karaoke, unlike the ION. It's also able to reproduce a more extended low-bass. However, the ION's battery life lasts much longer.
The ION Pathfinder 320 is a large party speaker. It has a square shape with a handlebar located on top to help you transport it, as well as a telescopic wand that lets you move the speaker like carry-on luggage. Plus, there's a bottle opener on the side for your next party, and there are RGB lights on the sides of the speaker and around the control panel. You can adjust the color of the lights or turn them off entirely through the app.
Since it's battery-powered, you can bring this speaker with you on the go. It's on the larger and heavier side, though. Fortunately, it has a lot of different design features to make it easier to transport, like the built-in handle on top. There's even an additional telescopic handle on the back to pull the speaker along using the wheels underneath.
Overall, this speaker has a decent build quality. It's mostly made of thick plastic, which feels quite solid and robust, and there are metal grilles to protect the drivers inside. The wheels seem solid, too. While the speaker isn't rated for impact resistance, the IPX5 rating for water resistance means that it's protected against low-pressure water streams.
The control panel on the front of the speaker has a series of rubberized buttons that are really easy to use. It has more traditional controls to play/pause your audio and adjust the volume, as well as some tools to control the speaker's sound. You can press the EQ button and turn the control knob to increase or decrease the selected frequency. The Light Mode lets you adjust the RGB lights, and the Link button lets you stereo pair with a compatible speaker. Plus, you can set radio presets and pair and disconnect to devices over Bluetooth.
There's also some audible feedback to help you keep track of the settings as you adjust them. The display above the controls shows the volume level as you adjust it, for example, as well as the battery level. The speaker lets you know when it's powered on as well as when you've successfully connected or disconnected to a paired device. When you press the BOOM button to enhance the speaker's bass, it makes a distinct sound, too.
This speaker has fair frequency response accuracy. Out of the box, it has a boomy sound overall, with lots of extra emphasis in the bass range to bring genres like EDM and hip-hop to life. However, the dip in the mids means that voices and lead instruments are lacking detail. Notably, it brings more low-bass than the ION Pathfinder 280, so you notice a little more thump and rumble in the bass. If you want to add more bass to the mix, there's a Boom feature available, as well as a full graphic EQ in the app to switch up its performance across the range.
This speaker's soundstage performance is acceptable. It has to downmix stereo content into mono to play it, so you have to pair it with a second unit to get stereo sound. Its directivity is good, though, so its soundstage is perceived as wider and more open.
This speaker lasts well over the advertised 100 hours of play time off of a single charge, so you can enjoy multiple listening sessions without having to worry about a recharge. It takes a while to recharge; however, there seems to be a quick-charge feature on hand—in our tests, the battery was about 3/4ths full after only 45 minutes of charging. Unfortunately, there's no power-saving feature, so you have to remember to power it off manually to save battery life.
The ION Sound XP app lets you control the speaker from your phone or mobile device. You can check the battery level, adjust the volume, and switch up the colors on the RGB lights. Plus, you can switch up the speaker's sound using the EQ as well as the Boom feature. If you own a compatible ION speaker, you can connect it with the speaker to form a stereo pair. A full video of the app is available here.
On top of the speaker, you can slide back the plastic to reveal a charging compartment. Inside, you find an AUX port to wire your devices to the speaker, as well as a USB-A charging port.
This speaker's Bluetooth range is impressive, so your device remains connected to the speaker even if it's far away. If you want to watch videos, the latency is a bit high, so you may notice some delays between the audio you hear and the video you see. That said, different apps can compensate for latency in their own ways, so your real-world experience may vary.