ION Audio: Party Rocker Max Review (Best Karaoke Machine For Larger Parties?)
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ION Party Rocker Max Review
Well if it isn’t the infamous brand ION again. This company has gone strength to strength, delivering a consistent range of karaoke “all-in-one” solutions for quite some years now.
With a battery life boasting up to 75-hours (more on this later), 100 watts of crystal-clear sound, phenomenal light show capabilities, seamless Bluetooth connectivity and more — the ION Audio Party Rocker Max is a surefire way to turn a regular karaoke party into an unforgettable experience filled with the smiles of happy friends and family members.
With a battery life boasting up to 75-hours, 100 watts of crystal-clear sound, phenomenal light show capabilities, seamless Bluetooth connectivity and more -- the ION Party Rocker Max is a surefire way to turn a regular karaoke party into an unforgettable experience filled with the smiles of happy friends and family members.
Deep and dynamic sound, driven by a whopping 100 watts of power.
Phenomenal light show that will impress kids and adults alike.
One microphone included, with capacity to add another if needed.
A fantastic solution for those looking for a beefier karaoke setup that won’t sound underwhelming in larger spaces.
What We Loved About The ION Party Rocker Max
Perfect For Larger Karaoke Parties
If you’re planning to take your karaoke party to the next level — i.e. CRANK it — I’m sorry to say hun but your little 30-watt speaker might underwhelm you.
Something like the ION Audio Party Rocker MAX is the perfect solution for those looking to fill larger rooms with sound, with its 100 watts of power.
Something like the ION Audio Party Rocker MAX is the perfect solution, with its 100 watts of power.
Of course, you can use it in the comfort of your own home. Don’t be intimidated by the 100 watts that you’ll blow the roof of your house off — that’s what the volume dial is for. Setting it quite low still produces great audio quality, with the added benefit of more battery life.
Important: there is a cheaper, smaller 50W version known as the Party Rocker Plus. Some people do end up ordering the Plus version instead of the Max by accident, so ensure you’re selecting MAX if you want the big daddy version with 100 Watts of power.
The speaker produces very rich bass tones that sound both isolated from the midrange, but without losing cohesion. The mid-range provides clear details of what needs to be heard in the backing track, and the high-frequencies do what they need to do, without sounding brittle and harsh.
Powerful Bluetooth Connection
Besides the actual Bluetooth pairing and connectivity being a seamless experience, it actually blew us away with how it was able to pick up signal, even when we went inside the house.
We’ve tried quite a few Bluetooth compatible karaoke speakers in the past, and many of them end up cutting out quite quickly. Not this one — even at around 50ft away from the machine, the Bluetooth received signal without a hitch.
Impressive Battery Life
While I’m unsure of exactly how many mAH the battery packs, it sure as hell must be a lot.
Their promise is 75 hours of battery life when not plugged in (and with the light show features switched off).
We tried this one at a friend’s BBQ that hubby and I attended a few months back — and with the lights spinning and the music blaring at about 60%, the rig lasted about 6-7 hours before it gave up. By that point the party was already over, so all-in-all, we were very satisfied with the battery life. You can read into the specs with more detail by clicking here.
Portability & Convenience
The “all-in-one” combination of the lights, the suitcase-style rollers, and great sound quality just makes for a “no-fuss” affair. The one microphone they provide is nothing outstanding, but nor is it of subpar quality either. Bear in mind it is cabled, so if you were hoping for a wireless microphone then you’ll need to purchase a wireless microphone set additionally.
What We Didn’t Like About The Ion Audio Party Max
To our pleasant surprise, very little. While we did find that the lights were pretty dazzling to watch and get lost in, they did often seem to catch you in the eye, which got a bit annoying at times.
A quick fix was to prop up the unit on a desk or surface so that the karaoke machine was elevated. This helped a lot.
It would’ve been a nice touch if they included two microphones instead of just one.
SUPER happy with the ION Audio Party Rocker Max. It does exactly what it says on the tin — it rocks the party LOL.
Dumb jokes aside, the ION Audio Party Rocker really is the perfect solution for anyone looking for a powerful yet portable karaoke speaker system that can last all night long.
P.S. ION Audio also makes a couple of similar machines that might take your fancy. One is called the ION Explorer Outback (also 100 watts but offers water-resistant features), and the ION Audio Raptor (another 100 watt speaker but with FM/AM radio and water-resistant features).