Review On The Elegant & Powerful Speaker “JBL Flip 6”

Review On The Elegant & Powerful Speaker “JBL Flip 6”

Written by Kenneth Sawyer, In Speaker, Published On
March 2, 2024
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In Shorts:

  • The JBL Flip 6 portable Bluetooth speaker improves on its predecessor with Bluetooth 5.1, robustness, and sound quality.
  • A bigger JBL motif is integrated into the woven speaker grille of the Flip 6, replacing the smaller logo badge from prior models.
  • Otherwise, things appear the same, and I recommend checking out the Flip 5, one of the finest waterproof speakers, on the JBL website and Amazon, where it’s reduced to $99.

We don’t mind JBL’s typical portable Bluetooth speaker upgrades because of their great quality. JBL Flip 6 ($129.95) sounds like its predecessor, the Flip 5, and performs well in this price range. Few speakers can produce as much bass. This outdoor speaker’s biggest upgrades include a certified dustproof certification and a companion app with customizable EQ. It falls between our Editors’ Choice winners, the $99.99 Sony SRS-XB23 and the $179.95 JBL Charge 5, and while it doesn’t stand out, it’s a good choice depending on your budget.

The JBL Flip 6 is still the finest mid-range Bluetooth speaker for our money due to a minor price decrease since launch and decent sales event discounts. Like a respected outdoor speaker, it’s powerful and portable, and its sturdy construction doesn’t require careful handling. JBL’s newest Flip speaker still gets our approval. The remainder of this review is unchanged.

JBL Flip 6 Specifications

JBL Flip 6

TypeHome Audio
FeaturePortable
ConnectionWireless
Released On2nd September 2021
Price9,998
Memory Card SlotNO
Battery12 Hours
Bluetooth version5.1

Overall Review

The JBL Flip 6, a robust, easy-to-use speaker that sounds excellent, can fill a room with your favourite music or soundtrack for outdoor parties or poolside get-togethers. The Flip 6 can be taken to the beach thanks to its IP67 dust and water protection, and its two passive radiators offer tremendous bass when there are no walls to bounce soundwaves off.  After the JBL Flip 5, the Flip 6 is a little upgrade on an already great Bluetooth speaker. It’s more durable and better for outdoor usage, utilizes the latest Bluetooth version, and has higher sound quality, but otherwise, both speakers are fairly comparable.

If you want to save money, seek Flip 5 discounts. The JBL Flip 6 is worth buying. Instead, its easy controls, excellent connectivity, and simple software make it a great Bluetooth speaker for beginners. The JBL Flip 6 is simple, with no built-in microphones for voice assistants and phone calls, no charging connector, no AUX-in for wired listening, and no Wi-Fi. Simply put, this speaker plays your music well.

Exploring the JBL Flip 6 Price and Performance Equation

The JBL Flip 6 was introduced in December 2021 and sells for $129.95 / £129.99, or roughly AU$175, while the Australian price is unknown.  But it’s not much more costly than the JBL Flip 5, which will be released in August 2019 for $119.95 / £119.99 /AU$149.95.  JBL’s latest speaker, the Flip 6, is cheaper than our favourite Bluetooth speaker, the Sonos Roam, but it lacks Wi-Fi connectivity.  Try the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 or 1More Portable BT Speaker for affordable Bluetooth speakers.

 Design Brilliance of the JBL Flip 6 Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Flip 6

With its cylinder design, wraparound grille, and bass radiators on each side that pulse when you play music, the JBL Flip 6 looks like the Flip 5. Our model was startling red but also came in black, blue, and gray. The Flip 5 comes in several colors, including camo, but JBL may add additional colors to the Flip 6.  The Flip 6 weighs 550g and has a stylish wrist strap. It can be carried in one hand.

A rubber foot at the bottom of the speaker prevents it from rolling off a surface, and the metallic grille is bordered by rubberized end covers that protect the bass radiators on either side.  The grille has the JBL logo in strong lettering in the middle with PartyBoost, volume down, volume up, and play buttons above it. These controls are elevated and tactile, making them simple to detect in low light or feel if you don’t want to look.  A USB-C charging connector and power and Bluetooth pairing controls light up on the speaker’s bottom.

In contrast to the JBL Charge 4, there is no phone charging connector therefore, you must charge your smartphone before leaving home. The Flip 6 is as durable as the Flip 5, but JBL added dust resistance for an IP67 designation. That means you can take the Flip 6 to the beach without worrying about damaging sand or seawater.

Impressive Sound that Redefines Portable Audio Excellence

The Flip 6 offers deep sub bass on tunes like The Knife’s “Silent Shout.” The bass doesn’t distort at high volumes, but DSP thins the lows. The speaker still produces lots of loudness and bass at lower volumes. This speaker doesn’t generate subwoofer-like bass for its size and price, but it does deliver lows and low mids. The Flip 6’s sound is best captured on Bill Callahan’s “Drover,” which has less deep bass. This tune has a powerful percussion beat with low-end boosting, and Callahan’s baritone vocals have a deep low-mid sound that compliments the clear high-mid clarity. Acoustic strums and higher-register percussion sound clear. Mono portable speakers often have sculpted mixes.

Comparing With Other Great JBL Speaker

JBL’s Flip 6 has a dustproof construction and a revised companion app for EQ adjustment. It joins the Bose SoundLink Flex ($149.95) and Sony SRS-XB33 ($149.99) as our favorite $150 portable Bluetooth speakers. Despite its tiny size, the $180 JBL Charge 5 has greater punch and bass. Sony’s SRS-XB23 offers high-quality portable audio for about $100.

 Exemplary Audio Performance of the JBL Flip 6

The JBL Flip 6 is a terrific Bluetooth speaker that can fill a room or soundtrack a picnic.  A racetrack-shaped woofer gives deep bass and rich mids, while a tweeter clarifies treble. The passive radiators on each end of the speaker add low-end depth for gratifying, chest-thumping bass lines that never sound muddy. Little Simz’ Woman has the radiators pulsing as vampy bass rhythms ricochet across the mix. With the jazzy piano chords, Simz’ casual rhyme sounds clear, while Cleo Soul’s lacelike singing glides over the music.

The JBL Flip 6 handles complicated rhythms and time signatures well and can achieve strong levels without distortion despite its compact size.  The pounding rhythm section with trebly drums, throbbing synthesizers, and hammering bass lines sounds tight and true on Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Soft Shock, while Karen O’s airy vocals sounds genuine. At high levels, this track produced harsh treble, but otherwise it sounds warm, well-balanced, and clear. PartyBoost lets you combine two compatible JBL speakers in stereo or up to 100 in mono for a sound wall. Unfortunately, you can only stereo pair it with other Flip 6 speakers, so your Flip 5 will only couple in mono. However, that’s a minor issue.

Battery Performance of the JBL Flip 6

JBL Flip 6

In our tests, the Flip 6 played for 12 hours as JBL claims. The battery may be charged in 2.5 hours using a USB-C connector.  Bluetooth 5.1 makes pairing the speaker with our iPhone 13 mini effortless. We saw no connectivity issues with the Flip 6, and you can combine it with two smartphones at once to DJ with friends. The JBL Portable app lets you check for software updates, change the equalization using sliders for bass, mid, and treble frequencies, turn the feedback tone on and off, and read the user handbook. You may enable PartyBoost in this app.

PROSCONS
Strong sound compared to sizeQuite harsh treble when loud
Crisp, uncluttered midrangeBetter battery life might be achieved.
Robust style
Adjustable EQ

Should I Buy It?

The JBL Flip 6’s compact portable speaker operation is outstanding. It doesn’t overdo it by adding features that are rarely utilized in this product. Instead, it concentrates on delivering loud, high-quality music in a durable portable speaker, and it succeeds. = It’s in its sixth generation and evolving inside and out. It boasts an IP67 rating for outdoor protection and a redesigned tweeter for more clarity and detail in its snappy, dynamic performance. Unfortunately, its aggressive high end may sound harsh at high volumes. This speaker can fill most spaces with toe-tapping sound and volume to spare, so it’s easily ignored. It’s a great small speaker that outperforms its size and builds on previous good speakers.

FAQs

Which characteristics make the JBL Flip 6 a top pick in its pricing range?

The JBL Flip 6 shines with its tremendous sound, durability, and mobility. It continues its predecessors’ tradition of strong bass, IP67 dust and water protection, and ease of use. A companion app for configurable EQ personalizes audio.

How does the JBL Flip 6 compare to competing Bluetooth speakers in pricing and performance?

At $129.95, the JBL Flip 6 balances price and performance. Despite lacking Wi-Fi connectivity, it competes effectively with comparable Bluetooth speakers in its price range. The speaker’s design, sound quality, and price make it a good pick, especially with specials and discounts.

Is the JBL Flip 6 a good everyday speaker, and how does its battery hold up?

The JBL Flip 6 is a great daily speaker for superb sound without frills. Its 12-hour battery life is sufficient for daily use. The iPhone 13 mini can be paired with Bluetooth 5.1 and charged in 2.5 hours using USB-C.

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