Review: JBL Flip 4

Bass heavy party speakers

Perhaps Flip means that this bass heavy party speaker is giving the competitors the finger?

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JBL Flip 4
We think
Can be stereo connected or operated in party modes. Sturdy and durable. Unusually powerful bass.
No possibilities of fine tuning the sound. The sound lacks finesse for more finely tuned music.
Specifications

Connections: 3.5 mm, BT 4.2

Battery: 3000 mAh, 12 hours

Features: party mode, voice assistant

Classification: IPX7 (waterproof)

Dimensions/weight: 17.5 x 7 x 6.8 cm / 515 grams

Website: jbl.com

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When we previously tested JBL’s travel speakers, we confined ourselves to the Charge models, for example, the excellent JBL Charge 3. Flip lacks the large battery and the ability to recharge mobile phones, but on the other hand it is more affordable. The heavy-duty rubber housing reveals that it is a waterproof speaker, and it also protects against impact. The speaker is placed on the side and lays naturally so that the speaker driver points diagonally upwards to target the listener. A carrying strap makes it easy to carry and hang up.

Using the app, you can connect up to 100 (!) speakers in party mode.

 

The app allows you to either pair the speaker with another Flip, or set it in party mode where you can connect up to 100 (!) JBL Connect-compatible speakers. In the app, you can also choose whether the Play button should control the music or activate the voice assistant. The buttons are somewhat hidden, and there isn’t an option for jumping between tracks. Unfortunately, the app can’t be used for fine-tuning the sound.

This is clearly a party speaker in pocket-size. The two passive subwoofers in the ends work hard to squeeze out the pounding sound you never thought was possible in this size class. It is almost as if you feel the bass in Silent Shout with The Knife. The level of volume is also clearly above the norm. This is obviously not a speaker for everyone. Details of the music disappear easily, and it lacks clarity and separation when there are many instruments that play simultaneously.

 

(Photo: Manufacturer)

 

Conclusion

If you want to have a party at the pool without breaking your budget, JBL Flip is an excellent option. It has a versatile format with a well thought out design that can withstand impact and go swimming. If the entire camp site has compatible speakers you can set it on party mode with up to 100 synchronised speakers. For its small size, it has a surprising amount of volume and bass rendition. However, it is less suitable if you want to lie on a deck chair and listen to Mozart.

 

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Philips BT7900

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Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom

A musical hand grenade

Wonderboom takes care of the party at the beach, in the shower and at the pool party.

Can be paired for greater sound. Long range. Good volume and sound quality.
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Powerful and it floats

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Good volume. Engaging sound. Can charge mobile phones. Sturdy and floats in the water.
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Very easy to use and bring along to the beach, but you have to compromise on sound.

Sturdy with a handy rubber strap. Microphone and voice assistants. Party mode and stereo pair.
No aux input, only wireless. Mediocre sound quality. Short battery life.

Braven Stryde

Long lasting armoured speaker

Stryde is a sturdy speaker packed with features, but the sound isn’t great.

Very long battery life. Can recharge mobile phones. Good mobile app. Sturdy and practical.
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Denon Envaya Mini DSB-150BT

Updated and well-sounding

A former best buy has corrected all the errors and is now best in its class.

Nice looking for a waterproof speaker. Can be connected in a stereo pair. Excellent sound quality.
No app for audio settings. The buttons are tricky to use.

Geneva Sound Touring XS

Sober, but afraid of water

Touring XS is better suited indoors than by the pool, especially as it is also a bit low-key.

Very sober leather design in pretty colours. Excellent battery life. Easy handling.
No dust or water protection. No features whatsoever. Problematic bass.

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