JBL PartyBox 310 Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 09, 2021 at 07:52 am
JBL PartyBox 310 Picture
7.5
Music
6.7
Videos/Movies
7.2
Podcasts
2.9
Voice Assistant
7.4
Outdoors
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Speakerphone
No
Voice Assistant
No
Battery Powered
Yes

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a large battery-powered speaker with circular RGB lights. It has a slightly boomy sound profile suitable for a variety of music, and it has a Bass Boost feature to add even more thump and punch. It's suitable for musicians as it has a mic and guitar input alongside bass, treble, and echo controls for the mic. It can also get very loud, although there's a bit of compression at max volume. That said, it's a bit bulky and it doesn't have a more robust EQ to help tweak its sound. Still, if you're looking for a powerful speaker for your next gig, it's a suitable choice.

Our Verdict

7.5 Music

The JBL PartyBox 310 is good for music. It has a slightly boomy sound profile that you can add even more bass to using its Bass Boost feature. It can also play stereo content, and it can get really loud, although there are slight compression artifacts at max volume. Unfortunately, it lacks more robust sound enhancement features like a graphic EQ.

Pros
  • Can get very loud.
  • Bass Boost feature.
Cons
  • Lacks a more comprehensive EQ.
6.7 Videos/Movies

The JBL PartyBox 310 is alright for videos and movies. It has a boomy sound profile that can help bring out the intensity of sound effects in action-packed movies, it can play stereo content, and it can get very loud. While its latency on iOS should be okay for streaming video, you may notice more audio lag using an Android device. That said, some apps compensate for latency, so your experience may vary.

Pros
  • Can get very loud.
Cons
  • Lacks a more comprehensive EQ.
7.2 Podcasts

The JBL PartyBox 310 is decent for podcasts. It has a balanced mid-range, so vocals are clear and detailed. It can get very loud, although there are some compression artifacts at max volume. Unfortunately, it isn't very portable and its directivity isn't very wide, so your podcasts may not sound clear from all angles.

Pros
  • Can get very loud.
Cons
  • Disappointing directivity.
2.9 Voice Assistant

The JBL PartyBox 310 doesn't have any voice assistant capabilities.

7.4 Outdoors

The JBL PartyBox 310 is decent for outdoor use. Although it's not very portable, it has wheels and a carrying handle to make it easier to take it with you on-the-go. It lasts over 17 hours on a single charge, and it can get very loud. It has an IPX4 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. However, it lacks more robust sound customization features like an EQ.

Pros
  • IPX4 rating for water resistance.
  • Can get very loud.
Cons
  • Lacks a more comprehensive EQ.
  • Not very portable.
  • 7.5 Music
  • 6.7 Videos/Movies
  • 7.2 Podcasts
  • 2.9 Voice Assistant
  • 7.4 Outdoors
  1. Updated Aug 19, 2021: Updated the text to provide more information regarding its performance while connected to a power source.
  2. Updated Mar 09, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Mar 05, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights Yes

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a large speaker that's mostly made from plastic. It has two circular RGB lights that can be set to different colors via the companion app or by using the light button on the speaker, and a black metal grille to protect its drivers. It also has a handle and wheels to make it easier to transport. You can place this speaker vertically or horizontally.

5.3
Design
Portability
Volume
4,643 in³ (76,092 cm³)
Weight
37.7 lbs (17.1 kg)
Power Source
AC & Battery
One-Hand Carry
Yes

The JBL PartyBox 310 isn't very portable. It's very tall and heavy, which can make it difficult to move it to different places. Luckily, it has a handle and wheels, so you don't necessarily need to pick it up. Since it's battery-powered, you don't need to keep it connected to a power outlet to use it. Check out the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go if you want a similar speaker that's smaller and easier to take with you on-the-go.

7.0
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Good
Water Resistance
Water-resistant (IPx4)
Dust Resistance
Unspecified
Impact Resistance
Unspecified
Floats In Water
Unspecified

The JBL Party Box 310 has a decent build quality. It has the same solid and sturdy build as the JBL PartyBox 300 and JBL PartyBox 100, with a metal grille to protect its drivers and a plastic body. There's a groove on its top side so to support a smartphone or tablet, and a telescopic handle. There are also rubber feet on two sides, as well as on its bottom side, and two built-in wheels. It has an IPX4 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this.

7.0
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Great
Feedback
Great
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Physical)
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Physical)
Track Next/Previous
Yes
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

The JBL PartyBox 310 has satisfactory controls. They're easy to press and intuitive to use. You can adjust the volume and play or pause audio. The play button can be pressed twice to skip to the next track, or pressed three times to skip to the previous track. Pressing both volume buttons mutes the speaker. Also, there are dedicated buttons for Bluetooth pairing, Bass Boost, Sound Effect (which can be customized in the app), Input, and Karaoke Setting, which allows you to adjust voice and mic controls using the Bass, Treble, and Echo buttons. On the rear side, there are also volume knobs and gain adjustments for the mic and guitar inputs.

Some of the controls have feedback. When you're in Bluetooth pairing mode, there's a chime, and a blue indicator light comes on. There's also a battery life indicator, a chime when you've reached max volume, and an indicator light for the input you're currently using.

Design
In The Box

  • JBL PartyBox 310 speaker
  • Power cable
  • User Manual

Sound
7.8
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
-0.49
Std. Err.
3.74 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
32.2 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.1 kHz

Update 08/19/2021: Thanks to user feedback, we retested this speaker's performance while connected to a power source. While there were no changes to our test results, we updated the text to provide more information regarding this.

The JBL Party Box 310 has very good frequency response accuracy. When placed horizontally and with its Bass Boost set to '1', it has a boomy sound profile suitable for a variety of audio content. The Bass Boost button can help add more bass to your audio. Also, while connected to a power outlet, this speaker gets a slight performance boost. Though this doesn't affect its overall sound profile, it does make audio playback slightly louder. You can find the graph for this test here.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
6.8
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
5.96 dB
Stereo
Yes

The JBL PartyBox 310 has an alright soundstage. Although it can play stereo content, it has a narrow and directional soundstage, so your audio may not sound clear from all angles. For a party speaker with better directivity, check out the Sony XB90.

8.7
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
104.4 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
2.54 dB

Update 08/19/2021: Thanks to user feedback, we retested this speaker's performance while connected to a power outlet. We found that the JBL PartyBox 310 gets slightly louder when it's connected to a power source, reaching a maximum volume level of 106.6 dB. That said, there were no changes to our test results since we expect most users to use this speaker wirelessly.

This speaker has an impressive dynamics performance. It can get very loud, which is ideal for parties. However, there are some compression artifacts at max volume. If you're looking for a party speaker that can get even louder, check out the SOUNDBOKS (Gen. 3).

Active Features
8.9
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
17.1 hrs
Charge Time
2.9 hrs
Power Saving
Yes
Charging Port
AC

The JBL PartyBox 310 has an amazing battery performance. It has over 17 hours of continuous playback time and it charges in just under three hours. It also enters standby mode after 20 minutes without any operations. That said, battery performance can vary according to usage, so your real-life experience may be different. If you want a speaker with an even longer-lasting battery life, check out the Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR.

0
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Siri
No
Voice Activation
No
Microphone Mute
No Microphone
Far-Field Performance
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
No Microphone
6.6
Active Features
App
App Name
JBL Partybox
iOS
Yes
Android
Yes
EQ
No
Stereo Pair Mode
Yes
Party Mode
Yes
Multi-Room
No

The JBL Party Box 310 is compatible with the JBL PartyBox app. This app allows you to customize the RGB lighting, pair it with another unit to create a stereo pair, and link multiple units together to cover a large space. There are also DJ effects that you can use to enhance your audio experience. The bass, treble, and echo features are specifically to customize its voice and mic performance when using the Karaoke setting. If you're looking for a more customizable party speaker, check out the Sony XB72 that comes with a 7-band graphic EQ and EQ presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
Yes
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
Yes

This speaker has several wired input options. There's a 12V DC In port so that you can connect it to your car's lighter port, an AUX In, a Mic input with its own volume knob and gain adjustment, and a 'Mic or Guitar' input. While there's a USB port, it only supports .mp3, .wma, and .wav files, which is quite limiting. This speaker has In and Out ports too, so you can daisy chain speakers together.

8.2
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.1
Bluetooth iOS Latency
110 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
165 ms
Bluetooth Range
334.6 ft (102.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices

The JBL PartyBox 310 has great Bluetooth connectivity. You can connect this speaker with up to two devices at a time, which is great if two people want to take turns playing audio from their own smartphones. While it has high latency on Android devices, it's lower on iOS, which is suitable if you like to stream video. That said, some apps seem to compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary.

0
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
No Wi-Fi
Apple AirPlay
No
AirPlay Latency
N/A
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The JBL PartyBox 310 comes in one color variant: 'Black'. You can see the label of our model here. If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a large party speaker. Just like the JBL PartyBox 300 and JBL PartyBox 100, it has two circular RGB lights and dedicated inputs for guitar and microphone. It also a Bass Boost mode to help improve its sound to your liking, can get very loud, and has karaoke-related features, which is great for parties. Unlike other speakers in this lineup, it's even rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this, so you can bring it to shows outdoors without too much of a problem. Check out our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best Bluetooth speakers for bass, and the best JBL speakers.

JBL Boombox 2

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better speaker for music than the JBL Boombox 2. The PartyBox 310 can reproduce more bass, it can get much louder, and it offers inputs for mic and guitars. However, the Boombox 2 is good if you're looking for something more portable and it's rated IPX7 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this.

Sony XB90

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better speaker than the Sony XB90. The JBL has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a deeper low-bass than the Sony. It can also get louder with fewer compression artifacts at max volume and is better-built with an IPX4 rating for water resistance, though we don't test for this. The Sony is more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured on its Sony Music Center and Fiestable apps. It also offers a wider-sounding soundstage than that of the JBL.

JBL PartyBox 100

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a slightly better speaker for music than the JBL PartyBox 100. The 310 has better controls, can reproduce more low-bass, and has longer-lasting battery life. It's also compatible with the JBL PartyBox app. However, some users may prefer the smaller-sized 100. It has a larger soundstage and a better dynamics performance.

JBL PartyBox 300

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better speaker for music than the JBL PartyBox 300. The 310 has an IPX4 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it, and it has more sound enhancement features for mic audio. Its sound profile is better-balanced and boomy too, and it's compatible with the JBL PartyBox app, which is nice if you like to customize features like its RGB lighting. It also has wheels to make it easier to move around. However, the 300 has fewer compression artifacts at max volume.

Sony XB72

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better speaker than the Sony XB72 overall. The JBL can get louder and can produce deeper, thumpier bass than the Sony. It's also battery-powered and is more portable thanks to its built-in telescopic handle and wheels. Additionally, it's rated IPX4 for water resistance, though we don't test for this. The Sony is more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ and presets available in its companion app. It also has better directivity, resulting in a wider and more open-sounding soundstage.

Sony XP700

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better speaker than the Sony XP700 overall. The JBL has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce deeper bass than that of the Sony. It can also get louder with less compression at max volume, resulting in a cleaner sound during loud listening sessions. It also has built-in wheels and a telescopic handle to help with transporting it. That said, the Sony's sound is more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured on its companion app, meaning you can tweak its sound to your liking.

Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is a slightly better speaker than the JBL PartyBox 310, though they have different strengths. The Ultimate Ears has fewer compression artifacts at max volume and better soundstage performance. It's also more portable than the JBL, and its companion app comes with a graphic EQ you can use to customize its sound to your liking. That said, the JBL can produce a much deeper low-bass and can get louder than the Ultimate Ears. It also has inputs you can use to connect it to a mic or guitar.

JBL PartyBox On-The-Go

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better speaker than the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go. The PartyBox 310 has a better-balanced sound profile and can produce a more extended bass. Also, it gets louder without as much compression present at max volume. Its battery also lasts around seventeen hours, while the On-The-Go only lasts 4.5 hours on a single charge. However, the On-The-Go is much smaller and more portable, which some users may prefer.

JBL Charge 5

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5 overall, though they have different strengths. The PartyBox 310 can produce a much more extended low-bass, so you can feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM. It can get significantly louder with less compression at max volume, so your audio sounds cleaner at louder volume levels. It even features a 'Mic', and a 'Mic or Guitar' input. That said, the Charge 5's smaller size makes it much more portable. It's also better built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't test for this.

Bose S1 Pro System

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better speaker for music than the Bose S1 Pro System. The JBL can reproduce more low-bass, it can play stereo content, and it can get louder. It also has longer-lasting battery life and is rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. However, the Bose is more portable.

SOUNDBOKS (Gen. 3)

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better speaker than the SOUNDBOKS (Gen. 3) overall. The JBL is more portable, has a better-balanced sound profile, and can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. It also has fewer compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio sounds cleaner at louder volume settings. The SOUNDBOKS can produce deeper bass, can get louder, and is more customizable than the JBL.

Sony XG500

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better speaker than the Sony XG500, though this can depend on your listening habits. The JBL has a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box that can produce a deeper low-bass than that of the Sony. It can also get louder, with less compression at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volumes. However, the Sony is smaller and more portable than the JBL. It's better built with an IP66 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't test for this. It's also more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured on its companion app.

JBL Xtreme 3

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better speaker than the JBL Xtreme 3 overall, though they have different strengths. The PartyBox 310 is a large party speaker that offers a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass than that of the Xtreme 3. It can also get much louder with fewer compression artifacts at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio during louder listening sessions. However, the  Xtreme 3 is much smaller, and much more portable than the PartyBox 310. It's also better-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this.

Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better overall speaker than the Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR. The JBL has a more neutral, balanced sound profile, and it can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. It has lots of inputs for guitars and microphones, and it can get a lot louder. That said, some listeners may prefer the Alpine Corporation's outdoor-friendly, rock-like design with a built-in solar panel. It also has a longer battery life than the JBL.

Sony SRS-RA5000

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better speaker than the Sony SRS-RA5000 overall. The JBL is more portable than the Sony, and can produce a deeper bass. It can also get louder with slightly fewer compression artifacts at max volume. That said, you can customize the Sony's sound to your liking thanks to the Graphic EQ and presets available on its companion app. It also has much better directivity, resulting in a more open-sounding soundstage.

Anker Soundcore 3

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better overall speaker than the Anker Soundcore 3. The JBL has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce deeper bass. It can also get much louder than the Anker, with fewer compression artifacts at max volume. However, the Anker is much smaller and more portable than the JBL. It also supports voice assistants through your smartphone and features a graphic EQ you can use to adjust its sound to your liking.

Sony SRS-RA3000

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better speaker than the Sony SRS-RA3000. The JBL can get louder than the Sony and can produce more low-bass. It’s battery-powered and has a built-in handle and wheels that make it more portable than the Sony. It also has multiple inputs you can use to connect a microphone or a guitar to it. That said, the Sony has fantastic directivity, resulting in a wide and spacious-sounding soundstage. It also comes with a graphic EQ and presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking.

Limitless Innovations TikiTunes

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better overall speaker than the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes. This large speaker gets a lot louder, and it even comes with customizable RGB lights as well as extra features for musicians, such as guitar and microphone inputs. Its sound profile is better-balanced, it reproduces more low-bass, and it can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. That said, some users may prefer the TikiTunes' smaller, more portable design and its unique torch light style.

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