JBL Flip 5 review

The JBL Flip 5 speaker offers a strong Bluetooth audio experience in an outdoor-friendly design that you can customize to your liking.

The Flip 5 replaces the Flip 4, which received an outstanding rating of four out of five stars in our review. Although we complimented the speaker’s tough, water-resistant build and strong bass, the audio, alas, fell short of earning a perfect five. JBL just unveiled the Flip 6, which features a new audio configuration that is intended to produce detailed sounds from the bass to higher frequencies, along with a revamped logo design and color palette. We put the Flip 5 to the test because it is still available for less money on JBL’s website than its replacement.

You’ll notice that the JBL Flip 5 looks quite similar to the Flip 4, while being a little bit larger than its predecessor, as we did at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Because of the Flip 5’s larger size, JBL’s engineers were able to give it a bigger battery and more power so that it could produce slightly louder sound. Additionally, USB-C charging is now available for faster battery charging. The JBL Flip 5 is entirely waterproof, features a built-in microphone for speakerphone calls, and is available in a variety of colors like its predecessor. It will cost $100 to ship this spring, and over the course of the year, the price should gradually decrease.

Design

The Flip 5’s design makes it possible to display your skills practically anyplace. The small but sturdy Flip 5 weighs about half a kg and is about the size of a small thermal flask. It may be simply carried in the hand, tucked into a backpack, or, with the help of the shoelace strap, hung from, for example, a door handle in a bedroom or a tree in a park. Have you already imagined your summer picnic being accompanied by your new portable speaker. Be aware that this speaker does not require consideration of the weather because it has an IPX7 waterproof classification, which allows it to be submerged in water up to one meter deep for a maximum of 30 minutes.

Although we’d be wary about stuffing it hastily into a backpack carrying sharp or pointy objects, the passive bass radiators at either end are recessed sufficiently into the tubular casing to avoid readily injuring them. Though we doubt JBL gets many returns for damaged speakers covered by the warranty. The Flip 5 is well-made, flawlessly finished, and easy to use thanks to its basic button layout and helpful battery indicator, like so many of its siblings in JBL’s lineup.

Features

With Bluetooth 4.2, connecting a device to the Flip 5 is quick and simple. Simply press the speaker’s side-mounted Bluetooth button, and it should appear on your phone or computer’s list of compatible devices. The Flip is compatible with the JBL Connect app, which can be used to connect speakers in PartyBoost mode, monitor the speaker’s battery life, and update its firmware.

You may upgrade the firmware and manage PartyBoost, which enables you to connect another JBL speaker and either mirror the sound or utilize each speaker in a left/right stereo pair, using the JBL speakers. There is no built-in voice assistant in the speaker; instead, you can switch the play/pause button to enable Siri.

Audio

The JBL Flip 5’s audio is well-balanced, with the mids and highs reaching respectable volumes and the bass being adequate. There is no doubt that the JBL Flip 5 is capable of playing any form of music. Despite its small, this speaker has a fantastic soundstage.

The JBL Flip 5 does have a little less high end than the JBL Flip 6, but it’s difficult to hear the difference. This only serves to demonstrate that despite the JBL Flip 5 being close to two years old, it can still compete with the JBL Flip 6.

Performance

That verbal commitment is fulfilled in reality as well. The Flip 5 demands to be heard, much like a mutt with small-dog syndrome, but you’ll actually want to hear it. Whether we subject the small speaker to Explosions in the Sky’s post-rock instrumentalism or Mac Miller’s languid-yet-sharp rapping, the JBL delivers it with stunning clarity, lashings of detail, and more than a hint of dynamics.

We would have been surprised by how clean and melodious this inconspicuous small speaker sounded if we weren’t so familiar with JBL’s passion for audio perfection. Fortunately, we are instead delightfully reminded of it. It is nearly impossible to find fault with the speaker’s low-end performance when Charli XCX’s Gone and Christine and the Queens are played back because both the hollow baseline and the sharper percussion come through thick, rapid, and defined.

Connectivity

Although the JBL Flip 5 uses Bluetooth 4.2, which is fairly standard in 2022, it still boasts strong connectivity and range. While watching videos or movies, this speaker should have very few to no delays. However, unlike its forerunners, the JBL Flip 5 lacks a 3.5 mm audio connection. There are those out there that like to have a 3.5 mm audio jack on their speaker for a wired connection,

Even though it may not be a major concern for some. Two devices can connect to the JBL Flip 5 simultaneously, allowing you and a friend to alternate playing music. The JBL Flip 5 exclusively uses SBC for audio codec, which is the norm for other JBL speakers.

Battery Life and Charging

On a full charge, the JBL Flip 6 easily lasts more than 10 hours. However, it will take you around 1.5 to 2 hours to charge the speaker completely. Although the Bluetooth 5.1 on the speaker is a little antiquated, it still works well with smartphones, computers, and tablets. Additionally, the Bluetooth range is fairly good. The nicest feature is that you can simultaneously connect two devices, which makes life a little easier if you’re traveling and allows more people to listen to music.

Final Words

Anyone searching for an affordable speaker they can carry with them everywhere they go, rain or shine, without having to worry about the battery dying before the party is done, should consider the JBL Flip 5. For those trying to make calls with the speaker or converse with Siri or Google Assistant, the absence of a microphone will be a disadvantage.

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Anyone looking for an inexpensive speaker to take with them anywhere, rain or shine, without having to worry about the battery running out before the party is over, should consider the JBL Flip 5.JBL Flip 5 review