JBL Boombox vs Boombox 2 - What are the differences?

Written by Lucas B | published on 13.04.2020 | no comments |
Article in another language:            
JBL Boombox vs Boombox 2 - What are the differences? The successor to the JBL Boombox has been a long time coming. Now it's here, the JBL Boombox 2, which naturally leads to the question of the differences and which JBL Boombox is better for you. Let's take a look at the two speakers in comparison.

Comparison table

Model JBL Boombox* JBL Boombox 2*
View offer* Check price » Check price »
Battery life Battery life 24,0 hours Battery life 24,0 hours
Charging time Charging time 6,5 hours Charging time 6,5 hours
Akku Anzeige Akku Anzeige Yes Akku Anzeige Yes
USB Charge Port USB Charge Port Yes USB Charge Port Yes
Output Output 2x30 / 2x20 Watt Output 2x20 / 2x20 Watt
Jack / AUX Jack / AUX Yes Jack / AUX Yes
Waterproof / Swimproof Waterproof / Swimproof Yes Waterproof / Swimproof Yes
IP classification IP classification IPX7 IP classification IPX7
Bluetooth Version Bluetooth Version 4.2 Bluetooth Version 5.1
JBL Connect Plus JBL Connect Plus Yes JBL Connect Plus No
JBL PartyBoost JBL PartyBoost No JBL PartyBoost Yes
Weight Weight 5,3 kg Weight 5,9 kg
Dimension Dimension 45,45 x 19,55 x 25.45 cm Dimension 48,40 x 20,10 x 25.60 cm
Automatic switch-off Automatic switch-off Yes Automatic switch-off Yes
View offer* Check price » Check price »

Differences between JBL Boombox and JBL Boombox 2

Visually, the differences of the new Boombox 2* are in the details. In general, the Boombox has been adapted to the current JBL line (JBL Flip 5*, JBL Charge 4* ... ).

The diaphragms are no longer made of metal, but of a kind of rubber. In addition, the battery display no longer consists of several LEDs, but only one bar.

The handle has also been slightly reworked for the new generation. In the middle there is a bit more grip and a small optical upgrade. The back is completely identical to the first Boombox.

Size and weight

In terms of weight, the new Boombox generation brings a little more with it. The Boombox 2 weighs 5.9 kilograms. The older JBL Boombox weighed 5.25 kilograms.

The 2nd generation Boombox is also slightly larger in size. However, the difference is small:

Battery life, charging and power bank

The battery life has not changed. Both generations of the JBL Boombox can play music for up to 24 hours. A proud achievement. Battery life is of course always dependent on the volume and also the audio content.

Even the new JBL Boombox 2 cannot be charged via USB. The speaker, just like its predecessor, must be charged via the included power supply.

The new JBL Boombox 2 takes up to 6.5 hours to fully charge. Just like its predecessor, the new JBL Boombox 2 needs up to 6.5 hours to be fully charged.

Both Boomboxes can be used as power banks.


A not uninteresting upgrade is in the point Bluetooth. The new JBL Boombox 2 is here with Bluetooth 5.1 on the latest standard. The predecessor still has Bluetooth 4.2 installed. This ensures a better and much more stable connection.

Sound quality

In the nominal power the JBL Boombox 2 offers 2x40 Watt RMS in AC mode instead of 2x30 Watt RMS. In battery mode the nominal power is 2x30 Watt RMS, instead of 2x20 Watt RMS.

This is also reflected in the sound quality. The new Boombox sounds much clearer. At the same time, the highs and lows are more pronounced. Especially the bass is more extreme. The noise, which was a small problem of the first Boombox, is no longer audible.

JBL Connect+ and JBL Partyboost

An interesting difference is the possibility to connect different JBL Boxes. The first generation JBL Boombox is based on JBL Connect+. The new JBL Boombox 2, on the other hand, relies on JBL Partyboost.

These two technologies are not compatible with each other. So you cannot connect a JBL Boombox 2 to an old JBL Boombox. However, other JBL speakers with Partyboost can be connected to JBL Boombox 2.


Both devices are waterproof with IPX7. So we have a difference in this point and the Boombox and Boombox 2 withstand rain and splash water. Even immersion in water is possible. So the Boombox is generally also suitable for use at the pool or lake.

Which JBL Boombox is better?

Technically speaking, the JBL Boombox 2* is definitely the better device. You get a better sound quality and an upgrade in the Bluetooth version.

Even if many facts of the Boombox 2 are not different from the JBL Boombox 1, the decisive factor is better. That is the sound quality. For this reason I recommend the purchase of JBL Boombox 2*. The difference in the Bluetooth version may sound little, but it is not to be sneezed at because the stability is much better.

From the look of it I would say that it hardly matters which Boombox you buy. If you want to save a lot of money, the first generation Boombox* is of course enough. But the sound is worse.

Is it worthwhile to upgrade to JBL Boombox 2?

In my opinion an upgrade to the Boombox 2* is worth it. Even if many technical data are the same. Decisive factors such as the nominal power and sound quality are worth the upgrade.

Also the Bluetooth upgrade from 4.2 to 5.1 is a noteworthy point in the differences between the JBL Boombox and JBL Boombox 2.


Tags: ProduktvergleichVS, JBL, Boombox The article is written by and published on .
Geschrieben von Lucas B
Lucas ist einer der Betreiber und Entwickler von buffcoach. Obwohl er im Bereich der IT tätig ist, nehmen Sport und Ernährung einen sehr großen Anteil seines Lebens ein. Er trainiert im Bereich des Kraftsports nach Grundlagen von Crosstraining. Sein Ziel ist es stark und fit zu sein. Eine gesunde Ernährung ist damit eng verbunden. Sein Wissen teilt er auf buffcoach.net im Magazin und Forum.
Kommentare, Meinungen & Ergänzungen
Anmelden und kommentieren

oder als Gast kommentieren