Pathfinder Speaker – Review of the ION Pathfinder 280
The ION Pathfinder 280 Bluetooth speaker provides up to 100 hours of playtime regardless of weather conditions. It is IPX5 water-resistant and features app-enabled control over audio and lighting effects.
This travel companion is equipped with an integrated bottle opener and handle/wheels for hassle-free transport. Plus, its 280deg premium wide sound coverage reaches from the front, left, and right of the speaker.
ION Pathfinder 280
The ION Pathfinder 280 Bluetooth speaker is perfect for parties and outdoor use. It’s lightweight with an impressive battery life, making it one of the best party speakers you can buy. While not the loudest option available, its power and ease of control through an app make it a top pick among partygoers.
Due to its battery, the speaker is quite large and heavy. However, there are handles on either side that make it easier to maneuver around. Plus, there’s a telescopic handle and wheels at the back for transportation purposes.
On hikes or by the beach, this waterproof compartment keeps your phone, keys and wallet dry. It features a fast-charging USB port for rapid charging while Qi wireless compatibility enables charging without plugging it into an outlet.
Control of ION Sound XP can also be done via the ION Sound XP app for iOS and Android, providing convenient access to audio controls and lighting effects right on your mobile device.
ION Audio Pathfinder 280 is an IPX5 water-resistant and 100-hour rechargeable Bluetooth speaker that streams music from any Bluetooth-enabled device. Boasting a powerful 120 watt dynamic speaker system featuring an 8″ woofer and three 3-inch tweeters as well as 280deg Wide-Range Sound technology for premium quality sound to the front, left, and right of the speaker – you won’t be disappointed.
This speaker comes equipped with a full graphic EQ and presets in its companion app for customizing its sound, as well as radio capabilities. Out of the box, its sound profile is generally balanced; however, some unevenness in mid and treble ranges may cause vocals to sound honky at times.
There’s a link button that allows you to link another Pathfinder speaker together for stereo sound. It is user friendly with audio prompts indicating successful connection; alternatively, you can operate it remotely using either your remote control or the ION Sound XP app.
With ‘Bass Boost’ set to ‘1’, this amp produces an enhanced low-bass sound. You can further customize the sound with the EQ and volume controls for even greater control over volume levels.
The ION Pathfinder 280 comes equipped with an integrated microphone, enabling you to converse with friends and family over music or other audio files. It has a telescopic handle and wheels for portability – making it suitable as both indoor and outdoor party speaker for various indoor/outdoor events.
The ION Pathfinder 280 boasts a host of useful features, such as an app to control audio and lighting effects, Qi wireless charging pad, water-resistant compartment – plus it can be linked with another Pathfinder to create stereo pair – an incredible feat for such a small and portable speaker!
The ION Pathfinder 280 is one of the most powerful and versatile portable speakers we’ve tested, boasting plenty of useful features to enjoy music in various contexts. At its price point, it makes an ideal starter choice for Bluetooth speaker enthusiasts looking to enter this market.