Get insider access
Preferred speaker store
Your browser is not supported or outdated so some features of the site might not be available.

JBL PartyBox 710 Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 13, 2022 at 10:16 am
JBL PartyBox 710 Picture
7.7
Music
6.8
Videos/Movies
6.4
Podcasts
3.1
Voice Assistant
5.6
Outdoors
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Speakerphone
No
Voice Assistant
No
Battery Powered
No

The JBL PartyBox 710 is a large party speaker with a similar design to other speakers in JBL's PartyBox lineup. This mighty speaker comes with customizable RGB lights, mic and guitar inputs, and can get incredibly loud, making it suitable to use at large crowded parties. When placed vertically, and with its 'Bass Boost' feature set to its first level, its boomy sound profile can produce a thumpy and rumbling low-bass that can please fans of bass-heavy music like hip-hop or EDM. While it has a built-in handle and wheels to help transport it, it's still quite large and heavy and needs to remain connected to a power outlet to work, so it isn't very easy to transport.

Our Verdict

7.7 Music

The JBL PartyBox 710 is good for music. When placed vertically and with 'Bass Boost' set to '1', it has a boomy sound profile overall with quite an extended low-bass, so you can feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop, though this may overwhelm some users. Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though they can also sound a bit dark at times. It can also get incredibly loud, making it suitable to use at large crowded paries. Unfortunately, it lacks sound customization features like a graphic EQ, so you can't adjust its sound to your liking.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Can produce quite an extended low-bass.
Cons
  • Lacks graphic EQ.
6.8 Videos/Movies

The JBL PartyBox 710 is alright for watching videos and movies, though it isn't necessarily designed for this use. When placed vertically and with 'Bass Boost' set to '1', it can produce quite an extended low-bass, meaning you can feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed movies and videos. That said, while its latency performance is decent with iOS devices, it has higher latency with Android devices, which can cause syncing issues between your audio and visuals. However, some apps compensate for latency differently, and your experience may differ.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • Lacks graphic EQ.
6.4 Podcasts

The JBL PartyBox 710 is unremarkable for podcasts. While you can use it to listen to podcasts, this large speaker is mainly designed for parties. Still, it has a fairly balanced mid-range that ensures voices and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though higher-pitched voices and instruments can sound a bit dull and dark at times. That said, it's large, heavy, and isn't battery-powered, so you can't easily transport it from room to room, despite its built-in wheels. Its soundstage may also be perceived as a bit narrow and directional.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Multi-device pairing.
Cons
  • Lacks graphic EQ.
  • Not very portable.
3.1 Voice Assistant

The JBL PartyBox 710 doesn't support voice assistants.

5.6 Outdoors

While you can use the JBL PartyBox 710 outdoors, it isn't designed for use when you're on-the-go, due to its large and heavy design. Also, since it isn't battery-powered, it needs to remain wired to a power source for it to work. That said, it can still be a great option for outdoor parties. It has an IPX4 rating for water resistance that certifies it to be able to withstand small splashes of water, so you don't have to worry about it getting a bit wet at your next pool party. It can produce a deep, thumpy, and rumbling low-bass that may please fans of bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop and can also get incredibly loud.

  • 7.7 Music
  • 6.8 Videos/Movies
  • 6.4 Podcasts
  • 3.1 Voice Assistant
  • 5.6 Outdoors
  1. Updated Jan 13, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jan 07, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights Yes

The JBL PartyBox 710 is a large party speaker with customizable RGB lights surrounding its drivers. Its design looks similar to other JBL speakers in the PartyBox lineup. Like the JBL PartyBox 310, the PartyBox 710 comes with a groove on its top to rest a phone or tablet on it. It also has built-in wheels and can be placed vertically or horizontally. That said, while it has a built-in handle to help roll it around, it isn't telescopic like the 310's, so you can't adjust its height.

1.0
Design
Portability
Volume
9,774 inยณ (160,160 cmยณ)
Weight
61.9 lbs (28.1 kg)
Power Source
AC Only
One-Hand Carry
Yes

The JBL PartyBox 710 isn't very portable and isn't designed to be brought along with you on the go. It isn't battery-powered, so it needs to remain wired to a power source to work, making it difficult to use outdoors. There's a built-in handle and wheels to help transport it. However, the speaker's quite heavy and bulky, and its handle is fixed, so you can't adjust its height like the JBL PartyBox 310's telescopic one. This can make it awkward and uncomfortable to wheel around, especially for taller users. You can see the speaker's dimensions in its entirety here.

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 PartyBox 710's build quality is decent. Like other speakers in this lineup, it feels pretty solid. It's mostly made of plastic, and there's a large metal grille protecting its drivers. When the speaker is placed vertically and its rubber flaps are tightly sealed, it's rated IPX4 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to be protected from small splashes of water. There's a built-in rubberized slip-proof handle and wheels to help transport it. There are rubber feet on its bottom and its side to place the speaker either horizontally or vertically. That said, due to its heavy weight, the rubber pads on the bottom corners of the speaker came off as we repositioned it.

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 (Physical)
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

The JBL PartyBox 710 has a wide selection of controls that are straightforward to use. Atop the speaker, there's a power button, Bluetooth button, and a 'Bass Boost' button to add extra bass to the mix. You can set 'Bass Boost' to Level 1, Level 2, or turn it off. There's no way to know which 'Bass Boost' level you're on without listening to your audio since the speaker doesn't indicate your selected 'Bass Boost' level.

There are dials you can use to adjust the PartyBox 710's volume and RGB lights, with buttons on top of them to play/pause your audio and turn the lights on/off. The RGB lights indicate your volume level as well as the percentage of any firmware update it processes. You can double press the play button to skip tracks and triple press it to backtrack. There are also mic and mic/guitar inputs, each with volume and gain knobs, and are Bass, Treble, and Echo dials to customize the audio from your connected microphone with three buttons underneath for special effects. You can also use the TWS button to connect the speaker to another compatible one to create a stereo pair.

Design
In The Box

  • JBL PartyBox 710 speaker
  • AC cord
  • Quick Start Guide

Sound
8.0
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
-1.09
Std. Err.
3.55 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
26.7 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
14.1 kHz

The JBL PartyBox 710 has a great frequency response accuracy. Its sound profile is boomy and can produce quite an extended low-bass, meaning you can feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM. Its mid-range is fairly balanced, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. However, the underemphasis in the treble range can cause higher-pitched voices and lead instruments to sound a bit dark and dull at times. Unfortunately, aside from its 'Bass Boost' settings, there aren't any sound customization features like a graphic EQ or presets you can use to customize its sound to your liking.

Note: Our sound tests were performed with the JBL PartyBox 710 placed vertically since it doesn't adjust the left and right stereo channels when placed horizontally, causing the channel separation to be heard as coming from the top and bottom instead of from the left and right. Its 'Bass Boost' feature was also set to level '1' by default.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
7.5
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
4.70 dB
Stereo
Yes

The JBL PartyBox 710's soundstage is good. Its directivity is alright, though it can cause the soundstage to sound a bit narrow and directional. Also, like the JBL PartyBox 110, you can tell the stereo speaker's left and right channels apart when it's placed vertically. That said, when it's placed horizontally, it doesn't adjust the left and right stereo channels, meaning the channel separation is heard as coming from the top and bottom instead of from the left and right.

8.3
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
104.4 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
3.26 dB

The JBL PartyBox 710 has an impressive dynamics performance. This large party speaker can get incredibly loud, making it ideal to use at large parties. That said, there's quite a bit of compression present at max volume, which may affect the quality of your audio when the speaker is pushed to its louder volume levels.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving
No
Charging Port
No Battery

The JBL PartyBox 710 isn't battery-powered and needs to remain plugged into a power outlet for it to work. That said, if left inactive for around 20 minutes, the speaker will turn off.

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 PartyBox 710 is compatible with the PartyBox app, which you can use to access and control the speaker's RGB lights, DJ effects, and bass and treble karaoke settings. You can also use the TWS button to connect the PartyBox 710 to another compatible speaker when you want to create a stereo pair. Unfortunately, there aren't any sound customization features like a graphic EQ or presets you can use to adjust the speaker's sound profile to your liking.

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

The JBL PartyBox 710 comes with a USB port, though we don't consider it to support USB Audio since you can't use this port to wire devices like a laptop to the speaker. However, you can still use it to play your favorite tunes from a USB stick or to charge devices like your phone from the speaker. There's an AUX input you can use to wire older devices to the speaker, as well as an AUX output. There are mic and mic/guitar inputs, each with volume and gain knobs. Also, there are In and Out ports you can use to daisy chain speakers together.

8.1
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.1
Bluetooth iOS Latency
117 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
199 ms
Bluetooth Range
282.2 ft (86.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices

The JBL PartyBox 710 has great Bluetooth connectivity. You can pair it to up to two devices at once, which is handy when you want to quickly switch between audio sources. It also has an outstanding range, so you don't have to worry about your paired devices being too far away from the speaker. However, while its latency performance with iOS devices is decent, it has somewhat higher latency with Android devices, so it isn't ideal for watching videos and movies. That said, some apps 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 710 only comes in 'Black', you can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across any other variants of this speaker, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The JBL PartyBox 710 is a large party speaker from JBL's PartyBox lineup. Like the JBL PartyBox 310, this speaker comes with a built-in handle and wheels, though the handle isn't telescopic, so you can't adjust its height. It can get incredibly loud and can produce the thump and rumble in low-bass that fans of bass-heavy music tend to enjoy. Like other party speakers we've tested, the PartyBox 710 also comes with customizable RGB lights, as well as mic and guitar inputs that may please musicians and karaoke fans. Unfortunately, its large, heavy, and wired design doesn't make it very easy to transport.

Check out our recommendations for the loudest Bluetooth speakers, the best speakers for parties, and the best Bluetooth speakers for bass.

JBL PartyBox 310

Depending on your preferences, you may prefer either the JBL Partybox 710 or the JBL PartyBox 310. The 710 is a larger speaker that can produce a more extended low-bass than the 310. It has better directivity, resulting in a wider-sounding soundstage. That said, the 310 is battery-powered and comes with a 12 DC In port you can use to charge it from your car's lighter port. It's smaller, lighter, and has a telescopic handle and wheels built-in, making it more portable. Also, it has less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio during louder listening sessions.

JBL PartyBox 100

The JBL PartyBox 710 and the JBL PartyBox 100 have different strengths. The 710 can produce a much more extended low-bass, meaning you can feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. It's also compatible with the JBL PartyBox app, which you can use to access extra party features of the speaker. However, the 100 is much smaller and is battery-powered, making it more portable. It also has less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volume levels.

Sony XP700

The JBL PartyBox 710 and the Sony XP700 have different strengths. The JBL can get louder and can produce a more extended low bass, meaning you can feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music. That said, you can customize the Sony's sound to your liking thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its companion app. It's also smaller, lighter, and battery-powered, making it more portable than the JBL.

JBL PartyBox 300

The JBL PartyBox 710 is a better speaker than the JBL PartyBox 300. The 710 can produce a deep, thumpy, and rumbling low-bass and offers a wider-sounding soundstage. It's compatible with the JBL PartyBox app, which you can use to access DJ effects and Karaoke settings for the speaker. That said, the 300 has significantly less compression present at max volume, so your audio sounds cleaner during louder listening sessions. It's also battery-powered, so you can take it outside with you without worrying about needing to plug it into an outlet for it to work.

JBL Flip 5

The JBL PartyBox 710 is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5, though they're designed for different uses. The PartyBox is a much larger speaker designed for use at parties. It comes with RGB lights, mic, and guitar inputs, and can get much louder than the Flip 5. It can also produce the deep thump and rumble in low-bass that fans of bass-heavy music tend to enjoy. That said, the Flip 5 is designed to be taken along with you on the go. It's smaller and is battery-powered, making it more portable. You can also connect it to multiple other PartyBoost-compatible speakers to amplify your audio across larger areas.

Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the JBL PartyBox 710, or the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. The JBL is a much larger speaker designed for use at parties. It comes with customizable RGB lights, mic and guitar inputs, and the JBL PartyBox app, which features DJ effects and karaoke settings. It can also produce a much more extended low-bass, meaning you can feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music. That said, the Ultimate Ears is much smaller and is battery-powered, making it more portable. It also comes with a graphic EQ and presets to tweak its sound to your liking. While it doesn't get as loud as the JBL, it has less compression present at max volume.

JBL PartyBox 110

The JBL PartyBox 710 is a better speaker than the JBL PartyBox 110. The 710 is a larger speaker that can get louder than the 110. It can produce a more extended low-bass, meaning you can feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM. The 110 is much more portable thanks to its smaller size and lighter weight.

SOUNDBOKS (Gen. 3)

The JBL PartyBox 710 is a better speaker than the SOUNDBOKS (Gen. 3), though they have different strengths. The JBL offers a wider and more immersive soundstage. It has less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner-sounding audio at louder volume levels. It also has a more balanced sound profile that can produce a slightly more extended low-bass. That said, the SOUNDBOKS can get louder and comes with a graphic EQ and presets to tweak its sound to your liking. It's more portable than the JBL, and you can also connect a DJ mixer to this speaker, thanks to its two XLR ports.

+ Show more

Discussions