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JBL Boombox vs. Boombox 2 vs. PartyBox On-The-Go

JBL has three large portable Bluetooth speakers currently available. So, what are the main differences between the Boombox, Boombox 2 and PartyBox On-The-Go?

You can find out in this comparison guide for the three speakers.

Quick Summary

When compared to the JBL Boombox and JBL Boombox 2, the JBL PartyBox On-The-Go comes with many extra features such as a wireless microphone, lighting effects, USB music playback in addition to a shoulder strap with a bottle opener attached.

On the other hand, the Boombox and Boombox 2 have a battery life that is four time longer than the battery life of the PartyBox On-The-Go.

The two boomboxes are also better protected against water damage.

Unlike the PartyBox On-The-Go, you can also use the 1st and 2nd Gen Boombox speakers as power banks to recharge other devices.

When you compare the first and second generation JBL Boombox, the newer release provides more speaker power output and comes with an updated Bluetooth connection.

If you are interested, you can purchase any of the three aforementioned portable speakers on Amazon with the following links:

Boombox vs. Boombox 2 vs. PartyBox On-The-Go Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the three JBL portable speakers below.

 JBL Boombox Portable Bluetooth SpeakerJBL Boombox 2 Portable Bluetooth SpeakerJBL PartyBox On-The-Go Portable Party Speaker
What’s in the Box1x JBL Boombox Speaker

1x Power adaptor

1x Cable
1x JBL Boombox 2 Speaker

1x JBL branded power adaptor

1x Quick start guide

1x Safety sheet

1x Warranty card
1x JBL PartyBox On-The-Go Speaker

1x wireless microphone

1x Quick-start guide

1x Safety sheet

1x Warranty sheet

1x Power cable
Weight5.25 kg (or 11.57 lbs.)5.90 kg (or 13.00 lbs.)7.5 kg (or 16.50 lbs.)
Dimensions458.5 mm x 254.5 mm x 195.5 mm (19.5” x 10.0” x 7.7”)484.0 mm x 256.0 mm x 201.0 mm (19.1" x 10.1” x 7.9")489.0 mm x 244.5 mm x 224.0 mm (19.3” x 9.6” x 8.8")
Transducers2x 106mm (4") woofers

2x 20mm (0.75") tweeters
2x 106mm (4") woofers

2x 20mm (0.75") tweeters
1x 133mm (5.25") woofer

2x 44mm (1.75") tweeters
Output Power2x 30W (AC mode)

2x 20W (Battery mode)
2x 40 W RMS-woofer + 2x 40 W RMS-tweeter (AC mode)

2x 30 W RMS-woofer + 2x 30 W RMS-tweeter (Battery mode)
100W RMS
Frequency Response50 Hz to 20 kHz50 Hz to 20 kHz50 Hz to 20 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio80 dBLess than 80 dBLess than 80 dB
Power Supply20V/4A24V/4.2A100 – 240V – 50/60Hz
Battery TypeLi-ion polymer 72.6WhLithium-ion Polymer (74Wh)Lithium-ion 18Wh (7.2V @ 2500mAh)
Music Playing TimeUp to 24 hoursUp to 24 hoursUp to 6 hours
Battery Charge TimeUp to 6.5 hoursUp to 6.5 hoursUp to 3.5 hours
Bluetooth VersionBluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 5.1Bluetooth 4.2
WaterproofIPX7IPX7IPX4
Connection with Other SpeakersJBL Connect+JBL PartyBoostTrue Wireless Stereo (TWS) Bluetooth
Power BankSupportedSupportedNot Supported
Synched Light ShowNot SupportedNot SupportedSupported
Mic and Instrument InputsNot SupportedNot SupportedSupported
USB Music PlaybackNot SupportedNot SupportedSupported
Shoulder StrapNot IncludedNot IncludedIncluded
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What’s in the Box

You can take a look at the content included in each box for all three products below:

JBL Boombox:

  • 1x JBL Boombox Speaker
  • 1x Power adaptor
  • 1x Cable

JBL Boombox 2:

  • 1x JBL Boombox 2 Speaker
  • 1x JBL branded power adaptor
  • 1x Quick start guide
  • 1x Safety sheet
  • 1x Warranty card

JBL PartyBox On-The-Go:

  • 1x JBL PartyBox On-The-Go Speaker
  • 1x wireless microphone
  • 1x Quick-start guide
  • 1x Safety sheet
  • 1x Warranty sheet
  • 1x Power cable

Weight

The PartyBox On-The-Go is easiest the heaviest out of this group, followed by the Boombox 2. The original Boombox is the lightest.

You can check out the weight specifications below:

  • Boombox: 5.25 kg (or 11.57 lbs.)
  • Boombox 2: 5.90 kg (or 13.00 lbs.)
  • PartyBox On-The-Go: 7.5 kg (or 16.50 lbs.)

Dimensions

All three JBL portable speakers are pretty similar in terms of physical size.

You can take a look at the full measurements below:

  • Boombox: 458.5 mm x 254.5 mm x 195.5 mm (19.5” x 10.0” x 7.7”)
  • Boombox 2: 484.0 mm x 256.0 mm x 201.0 mm (19.1″ x 10.1” x 7.9″)
  • PartyBox On-The-Go: 489.0 mm x 244.5 mm x 224.0 mm (19.3” x 9.6” x 8.8″)

Transducers

When it comes to transducers, the Boombox and Boombox 2 are equipped with two woofers and two tweeters of the same size.

The PartyBox On-The-Go speaker is equipped with a singular woofer, as well as two tweeters, that are bigger than the Boomboxes.

You can take a look at the transducers for each product below:

Boombox:

  • 2x 106mm (4″) woofers
  • 2x 20mm (0.75″) tweeters

Boombox 2:

  • 2x 106mm (4″) woofers
  • 2x 20mm (0.75″) tweeters

PartyBox On-The-Go:

  • 1x 133mm (5.25″) woofer
  • 2x 44mm (1.75″) tweeters

Output Power

You can take a look at the output power of the three Bluetooth speakers in this versus showdown below:

Boombox:

  • 2x 30W (AC mode)
  • 2x 20W (Battery mode)

Boombox 2:

  • 2x 40 W RMS-woofer + 2x 40 W RMS-tweeter (AC mode)
  • 2x 30 W RMS-woofer + 2x 30 W RMS-tweeter (Battery mode)

PartyBox On-The-Go:

  • 100W RMS

Frequency Response

The Boombox 1, Boombox 2 and PartyBox On-The-Go offer the same frequency response range, which is from 50 Hz to 20 kHz.

Signal-to-Noise Ratio

For the signal-to-noise ratio, the original Boombox has an 80 dB rating.

The second generation Boombox, as well as the PartyBox On-The-Go, has a SNR of less than 80 dB.

Power Supply

You can take a look at the power supply used for each of the speaker in this comparison below:

  • Boombox: 20V/4A
  • Boombox 2: 24V/4.2A
  • PartyBox On-The-Go: 100 – 240V – 50/60Hz

Battery Type

You can also find the internal battery type for the three products below:

  • Boombox: Li-ion polymer 72.6Wh
  • Boombox 2: Lithium-ion Polymer (74Wh)
  • PartyBox On-The-Go: Lithium-ion 18Wh (7.2V @ 2500mAh)

Music Playing Time

The Boombox and Boombox 2 have a major advantage over the PartyBox On-The-Go when it comes to battery life.

The two boombox speakers have a maximum music play time that is four times longer than the PartyBox On-The-Go.

The actual length will depend on volume level, the content being played, internal battery wear and tear as well as other factors.

You can check out the battery life lengths below:

  • Boombox: Up to 24 hours
  • Boombox 2: Up to 24 hours
  • PartyBox On-The-Go: Up to 6 hours

Battery Charge Time

The PartyBox On-The-Go does have a shorter battery recharge time when compared to the JBL Boombox and Boombox 2.

You can find the charge time lengths below:

  • Boombox: Up to 6.5 hours
  • Boombox 2: Up to 6.5 hours
  • PartyBox On-The-Go: Up to 3.5 hours

Bluetooth Version

When it comes to Bluetooth support, the Boombox 2 supports Bluetooth 5.1 while the Boombox 1 and PartyBox On-The-Go support Bluetooth 4.2.

Waterproof

When it comes to waterproofing, both the JBL Boombox Portable Bluetooth Speaker and JBL Boombox 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker have been rated IPX7. This means that the devices can be submerged underwater for a maximum of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.

The PartyBox On-The-Go is less resistant to water as it got an IPX4 rating, which means that it can withstand being splashed with water from any direction.

Connection with Other Speakers

When it comes to being able to connect with other speakers, the JBL Boombox uses JBL Connect+ while the JBL Boombox 2 uses PartyBoost.

The JBL PartyBox On-The-Go uses True Wireless Stereo (TWS) Bluetooth to wirelessly connect to a compatible speaker.

Power Bank

Unlike the PartyBox On-The-Go, the first and second generation JBL Boomboxes can also be used as a power bank to recharge other electronics, including your smartphone.

Synched Light Show

The PartyBox On-The-Go is the only speaker in this comparison guide to feature light show support as you will be able to sync lighting effects to the rhythm of the music.

Mic and Instrument Inputs

The JBL PartyBox On-The-Go is also the only one of the three to feature microphone and instrument inputs.

USB Music Playback

Furthermore, the PartyBox On-The-Go is the only one that can playback music from a USB storage device. The speaker supports the FAT16 and FAT32 formats. It can also play music files from the mp3, wav and wma formats.

Shoulder Strap

Last but not least, the PartyBox On-The-Go comes with a shoulder strap that conveniently has a bottle opener attached.

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