JBL's new PartyBox Encore Essential speaker launches in New Zealand

JBL's new PartyBox Encore Essential speaker
The compact speaker is safe to use around the pool thanks to IPX4 certification. Photo credit: Supplied / JBL

Kiwis wanting a colourful light show to go with their booming music on the move have a new option with the launch of JBL's PartyBox Encore Essential in Aotearoa.

The compact and portable speaker has 100W of output, which should ensure plenty of volume for any small gathering, with JBL's signature lightshow automatically syncing to the chosen tunes.

"Our PartyBox series has been extremely popular in New Zealand, delivering a true entertainment experience in your home," said Michael Sherman, senior strategy manager at JBL New Zealand.

"With the Encore Essential, you get all the great features you'd expect from a PartyBox – such as the splash-proof design, lightshow feature and big, bold audio – packed into a compact speaker that can fit into almost any space."

The $399 speaker weighs in at just under six kilograms and is IPX4 certified, which means it's safe to use around the backyard pool or in Aotearoa's inclement weather.

JBL says it offers up to six hours of battery life, but that will depend on volume level and content - with a three-and-a-half hour charge time to fully juice it up again.

The lightshow can be controlled via a newly designed on-speaker interface or via JBL's PartyBox app for smartphones.

It also has a wired microphone input if karaoke is on the party agenda and can be paired wirelessly with a second speaker for stereo sound.

Music can be played via Bluetooth, USB stick or via the standard aux input.

The JBL PartyBox Encore Essential joins other popular mobile speakers in New Zealand, like the Bose SoundLink Flex range, Ultimate Ears' (UE) Boom 3 range and Sony's SRS speakers.