JBL is one of the go-to brands when it comes to wireless speakers and they offer several models that are suitable for different settings. In this post, we’ll be looking at two similarly priced, but very different speakers from them—the JBL Boombox 2 and the JBL PartyBox 300. Both of these speakers offer very good sound and they are portable as well. However, depending on where and how you will use them, one will definitely be the better choice than the other. So which one is right for you? We compare the two to find out.
Since it is smaller and lighter, the JBL Boombox 2 is easier to carry than the taller and heavier JBL PartyBox 300.
The JBL Boombox 2 has a more compact and lightweight build, thus, it is easier to carry around with one hand. Measuring 19.1 x 7.9 x 10.1 and weighing 13 lbs., it is the more portable speaker. The top handle that’s built into the speaker also contributes to its portability.
The JBL PartyBox 300, on the other hand, is large and heavy. It measures 12.2 x 12.5 x 27.1 inches and it weighs 34.9 lbs., so it is more than double the weight of the JBL Boombox 2. While it is big and heavy, it is still portable. It has a telescopic handle that allows you to move it around. The JBL PartyBox 310, another large party speaker from JBL, has an improved design with wheels that is easier to move around.
When it comes to build quality, both are excellent. These two speakers are made with mostly plastic but they still feel durable. The JBL Boombox 2 has a tight fabric that covers the entire speaker and it has an excellent build quality to it. Meanwhile, the JBL PartyBox 300 has a metal grille that protects the speakers on the front side. One advantage of the JBL Boombox 2 is that it has an IPX7 rating, which means that it is waterproof. It is more suitable for pool parties or gatherings at the beach since it can withstand splashes and it can even be submerged in water.
Features and Controls
The RGB light show of the JBL PartyBox 300 is a nice visual treat during your party.
The JBL PartyBox 300 is a nice speaker to have during parties. In addition to its loud music, it also comes with an RGB lighting feature that will surely add to the atmosphere of your party or gathering. In addition to its RGB light show, the JBL PartyBox 300 also has a built-in karaoke mode and it also has an input for a guitar. You can use it as a karaoke speaker and a guitar amp.
The JBL Boombox 2, in contrast, does not have any kind of RGB lighting effect and it is quite limited with its inputs (more on that later). The main features of the JBL Boombox 2 are its water resistance and its support for JBL PartyBoost. PartyBoost allows you to pair it with other JBL speakers that also have this feature.
Their controls are simple and the buttons are responsive and easy to press. The JBL Boombox 2 has dedicated buttons for power, Bluetooth pairing, volume up/down, play/pause/skip and PartyBoost. Meanwhile, the JBL PartyBox 300 has buttons for power, Bluetooth, RGB, volume up/down, play/pause and Bass Boost.
The JBL PartyBox 300 sounds better than the JBL Boombox 2.
Capable of outputting more power, the JBL PartyBox 300 can get very loud. What’s impressive about it is that at a higher volume, there is very little audio quality degradation. However, at max volume, you will start to notice some. When it comes to loudness, the JBL PartyBox 300 is definitely ahead of the JBL Boombox 2.
As for their sound profiles, the JBL Boombox 2 has a balanced sound that is suitable for all kinds of music. However, its low frequency can be lacking. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have an EQ so you can’t really adjust its sound. The mids and the highs sound clear.
The JBL PartyBox 300 has a fuller and richer sound and its low frequency is also more present. The mids and the highs are slightly recessed, but not to the point that they are lacking. With its Bass Boost feature, you can adjust its bass output, and this can be helpful if you’re listening to music that are bass-heavy, such as hip-hop, dance music and more.
Connectivity and Battery Life
The JBL Boombox 2 has a longer battery life but you get more inputs on the JBL PartyBox 300.
Both speakers offer wired and wireless connections to your phone or digital audio players. The JBL Boombox 2 can be connected to your phone or DAP via Bluetooth and/or its 3.5mm analog input. It also has a micro USB port for charging, as well as a USB-A port for charging out.
The JBL PartyBox 300, similar to the Boombox 2, can also be connected wirelessly via Bluetooth or its 3.5mm analog input. In addition to those, it also has inputs for guitar and mic since it can function as both an amp and a karaoke speaker. It also has two stereo RCA input and output, as well as a USB-A for charging out.
As for their playback time, the JBL Boombox 2 can last up to 24 hours, so you’ll get plenty of music listening time with this speaker. Meanwhile, the JBL PartyBox 300 has a battery life that can last up to 18 hours. It has a shorter battery life than the Boombox 2 but it is still pretty good. The JBL Boombox 2 needs 6.5 hours to get fully charged while the PartyBox 300 needs 5 hours.
The JBL PartyBox 300 is the overall better speaker but the JBL Boombox 2 offers better portability.
Both speakers are excellent, but if we had to choose the better overall speaker, we’ll go with the JBL PartyBox 300. It sounds better, it can get louder without sacrificing audio quality and it has more connection options than the JBL Boombox 2. That said, the JBL Boombox 2 is the better option if you’re looking for a more portable Bluetooth speaker. It is lighter and smaller, so it is easier to carry around.
📌 Is the JBL PartyBox 300 louder than the Boombox 2?
Yes, the JBL PartyBox 300 is louder than the Boombox 2.
📌 Is the JBL PartyBox 300 waterproof?
No, it does not have any water resistance. If you want a JBL PartyBox speaker that has water resistance, the JBL PartyBox 310 is a nice option.
📌 Can I connect two JBL Boombox 2 speakers?
Yes, you can connect two JBL Boombox 2 speakers via their PartyBoost feature. You can also connect it to other JBL speakers that have this pairing protocol, such as the JBL Flip 5 and Pulse 4.
📌 Can I connect two JBL PartyBox 300 speakers?
Yes, and there are a couple of ways to do so. One is via JBL’s TWS (True Wireless Stereo), which connects then wirelessly. Another is through their stereo input and output RCA ports.
Last update on 2022-05-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API