ION Audio Block Rocker Plus Review

The Low-Down!

The ION Audio Block Rocker Plus is a multi-functional tailgate speaker that leaves nothing on the table! A high-powered, wireless, rechargeable speaker system, a karaoke machine, and AM/FM radio in one. The ION Audio Block Rocker Plus does offer more than the Tailgater in more ways than sound quality. At just under $150, you get twice the power, in an even more user-friendly package.

Block Rocker Plus Specs

Battery
35 Hours


Bluetooth
Yes


AUX Input
3.5mm


AM/FM Radio
15 Presets


With a rechargeable battery for non-stop fun, an ultra-portable centerpiece, and a life-like super clear sound – the ION Audio Block Rocker Plus makes for an excellent upgrade from the ION Tailgater, with an extra 50W peak power and Bass Boost. If you enjoyed the Tailgater Plus and you were intrigued by its uncomplicated and user-friendly features – check out this ION Audio Block Rocker Plus review of the new addition to the ION family.

Design and features 

Similar to the Tailgater Plus, the ION Block Rocker Plus comes as a black, sleek-looking sound-box. The Block Rocker Plus is also rectangular in shape but slightly larger in size. It measures 17.32 inches in height and 14.47 inches in width, but with its telescoping handle and built-in wheels – the Block Rocker Plus makes for an even more portable tailgate speaker than its counterpart.

Its rugged enclosure has not changed, but the Block Rocker Plus is a definite upgrade from the Tailgater with its convenient telescoping handle, wheels, and two side carrying handles. This makes it an even more portable system which you can take with you anywhere as easy as you would with a carry-on suitcase.

The Block Rocker Plus makes music streaming easy with its wireless Bluetooth function as well as its Easy Pair function which links your NFC-enabled smartphone to the soundbox with just one tap.

With a battery time of up to 35 hours, the Block Rocker Plus makes the cut as a perfect candidate for even the longest and most memorable parties where you need great sound reinforcement but lack AC power. Though the battery length may be shorter than its counterpart, it is easily rechargeable making for quick turnaround time for its next use.

 Block Rocker Plus

Audio Connections 

The ION Audio Block Rocker Plus supports wired connections as well as wireless. This means that it really does not matter what smartphone model or tablet you wish to input audio from.

It has wireless connectivity for your Bluetooth devices, and an NFC link option as well as a 1⁄8 inch (3.5 mm) aux input for the non-Bluetooth devices. Controlling playback is simple with the dedicated playback buttons on its front. Simply put, The Block Rocker Plus caters to all your devices.

What about sound quality? 

Its built-in 2-way speaker and 100W dynamic integrated amplifier deliver a lifelike and vibrant sound. The wide dispersion 3-inch tweeter and robust 8-inch woofer make this box a great choice for when you wish to have clear, clean, and present audio. Say goodbye to distorted sound and feedback.

If you want to boost the low-end bass frequencies for an even punchier sound – look no further! The Bass Boost function is no joke and will deliver deep defined bass.

ION Tailgater vs Block Rocker Plus

Now, what about the differences between the ION Tailgater and the ION Audio Block Rocker Plus? Below is a simple breakdown of the differences between the two.

ION Tailgater vs Block Rocker Plus - Audiostance

Applications 

Technically, the ION Tailgater and the Block Rocker Plus are similar in most ways. There are two significant differences that set them apart. The wheels and telescoping handle on the back of the Block Rocker Plus are a total game-changer. Simply press the button and a telescoping handle pulls right out making it easy to transport without any need to carry. If you wish to carry it, there are also two side carrying handles.

A dynamic microphone and microphone cable are included with both the Block Rocker Plus and the Tailgater. This makes it a great machine for karaoke or presentations at work. There is also a built-in USB 2.0 port should you need to charge your phone or your other USB devices. The Block Rocker Plus also has 15 AM/FM radio presets, easily accessible through the buttons on the front of the box. The Tailgater on the other hand has 10 AM and 10 FM presets which you can access on its bright display.

This box is great for bringing your own sound to the party, or for your on-the-go presentations, and with a 100-watt peak power amplifier, you will be able to pump the volume up more than the Tailgater would.

ION Audio Block Rocker Plus

Sound Quality 

What most of us want to know is – is there a difference in sound quality? Yes, for those of you who want a more powerful speaker system, the ION Audio Block Rocker Plus gives you just that with its 100W power amplifier making it 50W louder than the Tailgaters 50W power amp.

Audio Connections 

If you prefer using an AUX cable, or Bluetooth connectivity, both the Block Rocker Plus and the Tailgater will cater for your needs. They both include the 1⁄8 inch aux input and cable for non-Bluetooth devices. Both also include the NFC tap feature for smartphones.

Battery Life 

There is a slight difference in battery length between the Tailgater and the Block Rocker Plus. The Tailgater will stay alive for up to 50 hours before needing a recharge. The Block Rocker Plus, on the other hand, will need to be charged after 35 hours. Given how long both these boxes can be used without charging, I think the difference is quite insignificant.

ION TailgatervsBlock Rocker Plus
50 hoursBattery Life35 hours
50WAmp Power100W
20Radio Presets15
☑️Bass Boost☑️
☑️Bluetooth☑️
☑️3.5mm AUX Input☑️
☑️Microphone☑️
☑️USB Charge Port☑️

What’s in the Box?

  • ION Audio Block Rocker Plus
  • 1/8″ (3.5mm) Stereo Aux
  • Charging Cable
  • Microphone with Cable
  • Safety & Warranty Manual
  • Quickstart Guide

Conclusion 

If you are looking for an excellent tailgate speaker or an affordable and easy alternative to a PA system (and don’t want to compromise on sound quality!), the ION Audio Block Rocker Plus is the best option. The Block Rocker Plus does offer more than the Tailgater in more ways than sound quality. It has increased power and an easy carry-on function and is therefore way more easily manageable for only one person.

The Tailgater is a great option for a small event, there is no doubt about it. But
increase your budget with only a little less than 30 dollars and get literally
twice the power, in an even more user-friendly package.

Written by
Rebecka Lundqvist

Rebecka is an Audio Engineering graduate, Swedish born and raised. When she’s not writing for Audiostance, you’ll find her behind the decks at various events and clubs under the DJ name Miss Bex. Rebecka also has a keen interest in sound design and production.

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