In this JBL FLIP 5 review, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of this new range of birdwatching speakers. They’re not all that new, of course, but they do look really good and are also extremely well manufactured. For many years the JBL name has been synonymous with quality. Their speakers have an edge over other manufacturers that simply make a great sound. With a frequency range that covers most of the audible spectrum, they can even be used outdoors.
First up, let’s look at the JBL Flip 5. The JBL FLIP 5 makes use of some new technology in its base and mid-frequency circuitry, namely what is known as the Bounce Zone. What this does is to dampen the frequencies so that you don’t notice them happening, which is useful for those who want to listen in peace without the interference. As far as the sound quality goes, the speakers are on the same level as most other similar brands. In fact, they’re very comparable to the best portable Bluetooth speakers out there, and in some cases they are superior. In terms of bass reproduction, the JBL FLIP 5 has a mid-frequency that’s five times more powerful than the Flip and has a similar amount of energy when powering it. So, these are power-ful performers from a top-level manufacturer.
Why I like JBL Flip
The big speaker feature that people like about these speakers is the fact that they are IPX 7 waterproof, which means that they are water-resistant to seven degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not as though the speaker can beat out a good waterproof radio or CD player, though. Still, it beats out most of the competition for that feature. When I did a full-on review of the JBL FLIP 5 and the many functions that it has, I gave the nod to its waterproofing and durability as one of its best features.
But, let’s get back to the comparison of these two flip and flip 5 super speakers. The first thing that you need to know when comparing the JBL Flip 5 is that they have almost identical frequency responses. There’s a slight variation between the two, but it’s not enough to make much of a difference. The difference in sound quality, however, comes from the extra features on the Flip.
Super booming bass
In addition to the standard features that most waterproof speakers have, the JBL FLIP 5 has a subwoofer that’s even better than the best Bluetooth speaker. It produces a deep, booming bass that will really make your favorite music come alive. It’s comparable in quality to much bigger speakers, but it’s portable and lightweight, meaning you can bring it anywhere you go. If you’ve only had access to smaller speakers because you live in a dorm room with other students, now’s your chance to sample the big sound.
That brings me to the next feature in the comparison of these two extraordinary speakers. They don’t just have the best bass; the JBL FLIP 5 also happens to be the best Bluetooth speaker on the market. While it doesn’t have the same sound as some of the top-end sets on the market today, it’s definitely a notch above the rest. The JBL Flip has an astounding signal amplifier that allows you to connect wirelessly with your MP3s or other wireless devices without any interference.
Battery life is another key difference between the two speakers. You might find the battery life on some of the bigger surround sound systems a bit thin, but the JBL FLIP 5 features a nine-hour battery life. That’s long enough to give you plenty of time to enjoy your movies or listen to your favorite music without worrying about being stranded on the set or needing to recharge your phone. These are two of the most important features in a speaker so I have had to compare them based on those features. In the end, the JBL Flip 5 comes out on top as the ultimate in-home theater speaker performance.