JBL’s Flip collection of Bluetooth audio system have held a spot in our information to one of the best transportable speaker for a very long time, and the corporate’s newest mannequin continues in that custom.
The JBL Flip 6 is an easy-to-use, rugged, and well-connected speaker that sounds nice and is definitely able to filling a room along with your favourite music – or soundtracking out of doors events or poolside get-togethers.
An IP67 mud and water resistance score means you’ll be able to fortunately take the Flip 6 to the seaside, whereas its twin passive radiators be certain that the speaker has sufficient low-end oomph to ship highly effective bass if you’re outdoors and there are not any partitions for the soundwaves to bounce from.
In comparison with its predecessor, the JBL Flip 5, the Flip 6 is a delicate enchancment upon an already wonderful Bluetooth speaker. It’s extra sturdy and higher suited to the outside, it makes use of the newest Bluetooth model, and there’s a stable step up in sound high quality; in any other case, these audio system are very comparable, and we’d advocate searching for nice offers on the Flip 5 if you wish to avoid wasting cash.
That’s to not say that we don’t assume the JBL Flip 6 is value shopping for. Fairly the opposite; it’s a great Bluetooth speaker for first-time customers due to its easy controls, impeccable connectivity, and easy accompanying app. Simplicity is the secret with the JBL Flip 6, and as such you received’t discover any built-in mics for voice assistants and cellphone calls, no charging port on your cellphone, no AUX-in for wired listening, and no Wi-Fi connectivity. This speaker merely performs your music, and it performs it effectively.
JBL Flip 6 value and launch date
- Launched in December 2021
- $129.95 / £129.99 (about AU$175)
The JBL Flip 6 was launched in December 2021 and is available for purchase now for $129.95 / £129.99 – that works out at round AU$175, although Australian pricing is but to be confirmed.
That’s barely costlier than its predecessors, the JBL Flip 5, which price $119.95 / £119.99 /AU$149.95 when it launched in August 2019 – however not by a lot.
JBL’s newest speaker is rather a lot cheaper than our favourite Bluetooth speaker, the Sonos Roam – although the Flip 6 doesn’t include additional options like Wi-Fi connectivity that may have bumped up the worth of the Roam.
There are cheaper Bluetooth audio system in the marketplace; for those who’re on a strict funds, try fashions just like the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 or the 1More Moveable BT Speaker.
- Rubberized finish caps
- IP67 mud and water resistance score
At first look, the JBL Flip 6 appears virtually similar to the Flip 5, with a cylindrical construct, wraparound grille, and bass radiators on all sides that pulse as you play your music. Our mannequin got here in a placing crimson shade, nevertheless it’s additionally obtainable in black, blue, and grey. The Flip 5 is available in fairly a couple of extra coloration choices – together with a camo sample – however we wouldn’t be stunned if JBL launched extra shades for the Flip 6 down the road.
Sufficiently small to hold in a single hand and weighing 550g, the Flip 6 is definitely transportable, and comes with a sporty strap that you just slip over your wrist.
The metallic-looking grille is flanked by rubberized finish caps that give the bass radiators on all sides of the speaker a little bit of safety from bumps and scrapes, whereas a rubber foot on the backside of the speaker stops it from rolling off no matter floor you place it on.
In the course of the grille is the JBL emblem in huge, daring letters – simply above this you’ll discover all of your controls; PartyBoost, quantity down, quantity up, and play. We like the truth that these controls are raised and tactile – it’s straightforward to search out them in low lighting or simply really feel for them for those who can’t be bothered to look.
On the underside of the speaker is the place you’ll discover the facility and Bluetooth pairing buttons, which gentle up if you press them, together with a USB-C charging port. In contrast to the JBL Cost 4, there’s no port to cost your cellphone from, so that you’ll want to verify your gadget is topped up earlier than you permit dwelling.
The Flip 6 feels simply as rugged because the Flip 5, however this time JBL has launched mud resistance alongside water resistance, for an IP67 score. Which means you’ll be able to fortunately take the Flip 6 to the seaside without having to fret about a little bit sand or a splash of seawater breaking it.
- Racetrack-shaped woofer and separate tweeter
- Highly effective bass
- Could be harsh at excessive volumes
For those who’re in search of a great-sounding Bluetooth speaker that may fill a room simply in addition to it could possibly soundtrack an outside picnic, the JBL Flip 6 is a superb alternative.
A racetrack-shaped woofer delivers highly effective bass and wealthy mid frequencies, whereas a separate tweeter gives excessive ranges of readability from treble tones. These passive radiators on every finish of the speaker prolong the low finish even additional for satisfying, chest-thumping bass strains that by no means sound bloated or muddy.
Listening to Little Simz’ Lady, and the radiators pulse pleasingly because the vampy bass strains bounce across the combine. Simz’ relaxed rap supply sounds clear amid the jazzy piano chords, whereas Cleo Soul’s lacelike vocal boasts a wealthy, lush high quality because it floats above the remainder of instrumentation.
Despite its small dimension, the JBL Flip 6 simply reaches loud volumes, and sound doesn’t distort as you crank it up, with a great deal with of complicated rhythms and time signatures.
Shifting on to Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Tender Shock, and the driving rhythm part with trebly drums, pulsating synths, and hammering bass strains sounds tight and correct, whereas Karen O’s floaty voice has a convincingly pure presence. Bumping this monitor as much as the best volumes did result in some harsh treble sounds, however usually the audio efficiency is heat and well-balanced with a superb sense of readability.
If you wish to enhance the sound even additional, you should use the PartyBoost characteristic to pair two suitable JBL audio system in stereo, or a number of audio system (as much as 100, actually) in mono for a wall of sound. It’s a disgrace you’ll be able to solely stereo pair it with different Flip 6 audio system (so the Flip 5 you will have at dwelling will solely pair in mono), however that’s a small downside within the grand scheme of issues.
Battery life and connectivity
- 12-hour battery life
- Bluetooth 5.1
- Accompanying app
JBL says the Flip 6 ought to final for 12 hours of playback, which we discovered to be correct in our assessments. You’ll be able to prime up the battery inside two-and-a-half hours with a USB-C cable.
Connectivity comes courtesy of Bluetooth 5.1, and pairing the speaker with our iPhone 13 mini was tremendous fast and straightforward. We didn’t expertise any annoying connectivity dropouts whereas we have been utilizing the Flip 6, and it’s attainable to pair it with two gadgets directly, so you’ll be able to take turns DJing with your folks.
The speaker is supported by the JBL Moveable app, which lets you verify for software program updates, regulate the equalizer settings with sliders for bass, mid, and treble frequencies, flip the suggestions tone on and off, and browse the person information. It’s also possible to allow the PartyBoost characteristic by way of this app.