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JBL PartyBox 300 vs 310 (2021): What’s The Difference?

The best way to liven up any type of gathering, whether indoor or outdoor, is to play some loud music. With the JBL PartyBox line of speakers, you can do just that. These speakers are designed specifically to play loud music, entertain you with matching light effects and to create a party atmosphere that everyone will enjoy. In this article, we’ll be comparing two mid-range models in this speaker line—the JBL PartyBox 300 and the JBL PartyBox 310. We’ll find out how they differ so that you can choose which one is better suited for your needs. To start things off, here’s a comparison chart that shows their similarities and differences.

JBL PartyBox 300 vs 310 Comparison Chart

ModelJBL PartyBox 300 JBL PartyBox 310
 JBL PartyBox 300 - High Power Portable Wireless Bluetooth Party Speaker
PriceCheck Price
Dimensions27.1 x 12.2 x 12.5 inches31.18 x 16.93 x 15.28 inches
Weight34.9 lbs38.4 lbs
IP RatingN/AIPX4
Frequency Response45 – 20 KHz45 – 20 KHz
Power240watts240watts
ConnectivityBluetooth
Wired
Bluetooth
Wired
Input and Output ports1 x 3.5mm
1 x USB-A
2 x 1/4″ TS jacks (guitar and karaoke)
1 x stereo RCA input
1 x stereo RCA output
1 x 3.5mm
1 x USB-A
2 x 1/4″ TS jacks (guitar and karaoke)
1 x 3.5mm input (daisy chain)
1 x 3.5mm output (daisy chain)
Sound EnhancementsBass BoostBass Boost
EQ
BatteryUp to 18 hours
5 hours charging time
Up to 18 hours
3.5 hours charging time
Companion AppN/AJBL PartyBox

Design

The JBL PartyBox 310 is easier to transport than the PartyBox 300 since it has two wheels at the back.

Front and back view of the JBL PartyBox 300 (left) and PartyBox 310 (right).

When you look at these two speakers from the front, they are similar. However, that’s where their similarities end, at least when it comes to their design. Both have telescopic handles for easier transport. However, the two wheels at the back of the JBL PartyBox 310 allow you to have an easier time transporting it than the PartyBox 300.

Measuring 31.18 x 16.93 x 15.28 inches and weighing 38.4 lbs, the JBL PartyBox 310 is bulkier and heavier than the JBL PartyBox 300, which measures and weighs 27.1 x 12.2 x 12.5 inches and 34.9 lbs, respectively. They both have excellent build qualities and even though they are made from mostly plastic, their drivers are protected with black metal grilles.

While they have similar builds, the JBL PartyBox 310 does come with an IPX4 rating, which means that it is splash proof, so you can use it near water. You don’t have to worry about damaging it during pool parties or gatherings at the beach. The same could not be said about the JBL PartyBox 300 since it doesn’t have any kind of resistance against water.

Both speakers have two 6.5-inch woofers and two 2.5-inch tweeters and they have the same power output of 240 watts. You can place them horizontally or vertically since they have the same driver setup.

Features and Sound

The JBL PartyBox 310 sounds slightly better than the PartyBox 300.

Both speakers have light effects and they output the same 240w of power.

When it comes to their controls, the JBL PartyBox 300 has a simpler, but limited layout. It has buttons for power, Bluetooth, RGB lights, playback, volume and Bass Boost. It also has LED lights to indicate the remaining battery life. In contrast, the JBL PartyBox 310 has more control options. It has buttons for power, Bluetooth, RGB, playback/skip/previous, volume and Bass Boost. In addition to those, it also has dedicated buttons for sound effects, karaoke mode, input selection, bass, treble and echo.

Aside from having better controls, the JBL PartyBox 310 also has a companion app—the JBL PartyBox app. With this app, you can tweak different settings such as sound effects, EQ, RGB lighting patterns and more. The JBL PartyBox 300, in comparison, does not have any companion app.

Both speakers can get very loud, and they do so without sacrificing sound quality. However, due to the EQ setting tweaks that you can do with the JBL PartyBox 310, it has a bit of an advantage as to how it will sound. Out of the box, both speakers have boomy bass and slightly recessed mids and highs. They are suitable for different genres of music and with their Bass Boost feature, you can enjoy bass-heavy music as well. When it comes to sound quality, they are quite similar.

Connectivity

The JBL PartyBox 300 and PartyBox 310 have the same connectivity.

Input and output ports of the JBL PartyBox 300 (left) and PartyBox 310 (right).

Both speakers have Bluetooth connectivity and they can pair to up to two devices so that you can change sources seamlessly. In addition to their Bluetooth connectivity, they also have several wired inputs and outputs.

The JBL PartyBox 300 and PartyBox 310 have the same inputs and outputs. They have a 3.5mm input, a USB-A port for charging and two 1/4″ TS jacks for their voice and guitar amp functions. The two also have stereo inputs and outputs for daisy chaining speakers of the same model. The only difference is that the JBL PartyBox 300 has stereo RCA input and output while the JBL PartyBox 310 has mini stereo input and output. While they have different physical ports, they function the same.

In addition to daisy chaining speakers using a wired connection, you can also connect two PartyBox speakers (same model) using JBL’s TWS or True Wireless Stereo via Bluetooth.

Click here for our comparison of the JBL PartyBox 100 vs JBL PartyBox 300

Battery and Cooling

The JBL PartyBox 300 and 310 have the same battery life, but it takes longer to recharge the former.

Top view of the JBL PartyBox 300 (left) and PartyBox 310 (right). The JBL PartyBox 310 has some EQ settings.

Both speakers have excellent battery life. They can last up to 18 hours of non-stop use so your party can go on for a long time. And if your speaker runs out of juice, you can plug them to a power outlet so that your party can go on. These two can also charge out using their USB-A ports. You can charge your smartphone and other compatible devices with it.

While they have the same battery life, charging time for both is different. The JBL PartyBox 300 needs at least 5 hours to get fully charged if it is fully drained. Meanwhile, the JBL PartyBox 310 only needs 3.5 hours.

Verdict

At almost the same price, JBL PartyBox 310 is the better buy.

The JBL PartyBox 310 is an improvement over the PartyBox 300 in almost every way. It is easier to transport, is splash proof, has better controls and it has a slightly better sound quality. If you are choosing between the two, you should go with the JBL PartyBox 310. The JBL PartyBox 300 is a nice speaker as well, but at its current price, which is the same as the PartyBox 310, it’s not a good deal. We can only recommend it if you can get it at a much lower price.

FAQs

๐Ÿ“Œ What’s the difference between the JBL PartyBox 300 and 310?

The JBL PartyBox 310 is an improvement over the PartyBox 300 in many ways. It is now splash proof, it has wheels for easier transport, it has an improved sound and more.

๐Ÿ“Œ Is the JBL PartyBox 310 worth it?

Yes, if you often throw parties or if you go on trips often, the JBL PartyBox 310 is a nice speaker to have. It can output loud music without sounding distorted and with its improved design, it is easier to transport even though it is big and heavy.

๐Ÿ“Œ Does the JBL PartyBox 310 have voice controls?

No, it does not have voice control support.

๐Ÿ“Œ Is the JBL PartyBox 300 waterproof?

No, it is not waterproof.

Last update on 2022-05-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Carlo Salvador

Senior Editor at Compare Before Buying. Writer and researcher passionate about fitness, gaming and music.