• JBL Flip
  • JBL Flip
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  • JBL Flip
  • JBL Flip
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Specs / Features


Bluetooth streaming wirelessly streams high-quality stereo music from any Bluetooth-equipped device | Built-in bass port generates impressive bass for its size and bass that's superior to comparable portable products | Built-in microphone and call-answer button allows you to answer phone calls from the speaker | Built-in Li-ion rechargeable battery that provides up to five hours of playback time and can easily be recharged using the included adapter | Versatile, portable design plays from either a vertical or horizontal position, so you can place it in a variety of locations and can easily tak... More

Bluetooth streaming wirelessly streams high-quality stereo music from any Bluetooth-equipped device | Built-in bass port generates impressive bass for its size and bass that's superior to comparable portable products | Built-in microphone and call-answer button allows you to answer phone calls from the speaker | Built-in Li-ion rechargeable battery that provides up to five hours of playback time and can easily be recharged using the included adapter | Versatile, portable design plays from either a vertical or horizontal position, so you can place it in a variety of locations and can easily take it from one place to the next

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Specification

Brand JBL
Model Flip Black
Size 7 x 17 cm (2.8 x 6.7 in)

Reviews summary

8.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 12 reviews

What's good  

  • Excellent sound clarity
  • Very loud even at 50 percent volume
  • Lightweight and portable

What's bad  

  • Light on the bass
  • Cylindrical design leads to tipping and rolling
  • Not USB rechargeable

JBL has been making a name for itself in the portable speaker department as a company that offers budget-friendly products. The JBL Flip - so named because it can be set up horizontally or vertically - is yet another entry into the cheap Bluetooth speaker market. Don't let the price fool you though. The Flip might be low in price but it isn't low quality.

Instead of the traditional rectangular shape, JBL has opted for a cylindrical shape for the Flip. It measures a mere 2.8 x 6.7 inches, about the size of a standard soda can making it extremely portable. While reviewers didn't notice a change in the sound quality in vertical or horizontal orientation they add that it has a smaller footprint in vertical mode and the physical buttons are easier to reach as they are all located on the top of the speaker. With that said Wired noticed that in either orientation the speaker had a tendency to roll forward or tip due to vibrations, especially when vertical.

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While portability and affordability are great selling point, the most important is sound quality. Luckily, the Flip delivers. Experts were very impressed with the loudness of the speaker. Not only did it fill their rooms with sound it also delivered excellent outdoor performance as well. When compared to the popular Jambox, critics were able to get louder and clearer volume on the Flip at 50 percent volume than Jambox did at top. As a smaller speaker experts weren't surprised that the bass was a bit light and the sound signature skewed to the high end, but Crutchfield adds, "…it does so with clarity and openness that similarly priced speakers can't replicate." The Flip also comes with speakerphone capabilities which experts describe as "not stellar" as voices often sounded distant.

Perhaps the biggest flaw of the Flip for many reviewers is the fact it isn't USB rechargeable. Instead it requires a clunky AC adapter. And since critics were only able to get 5 hours of battery life on average, leaving the adapter behind isn't an option.

Like other Bluetooth speakers, the Flip has a rated range of 30 feet though experts were able to get more than that in an open environment. It is compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets as well as other Bluetooth enabled devices. It does not come with a remote as these listed devices act as one.

While there are some slight flaws, overall reviewers have no problem recommending the Flip especially at its price tag. CNET states, "…while the Flip doesn't necessarily stand head and shoulders above the rest of its competitors, it does stand tall…enough to make it easily recommendable." iLounge adds, "Flip is the new reference point for small wireless speakers, and worthy of your very rare flat A high recommendation."

Reviews (8.8/10 Avg. rating)


Crutchfield

This compact speaker offers more than just portability

from Crutchfield
All in all, it was a pretty good Saturday made even better with The JBL Flip at my side. This impressive speaker isn’t going to be confused for a giant-killer offering the last word in wireless sound quality. But at this price, it just might be the perfect entry point. It packs a lot of value into its compact size, with sound quality and quantity that was eye-opening. Best of all, it’s easy to grab and take just about anywhere – without any wires slowing you down... Full review
Android Police

This may be the best portable BT speaker on the market

from Android Police
The JBL Flip is, almost unquestionably, the king of the hill for small portable Bluetooth speakers right now. While its battery life and proprietary charger do make it a bit less portable than some of its rivals, it easily makes up for such shortcomings with its performance and design. And, more than anything, its price. A hundred bucks for a speaker like this is A.) an incredible value, and B.) yet another great way to tell a lot of products in this segment are sold for far more than they're actually worth... Full review
MyMac

Gives you a taste of what large sound systems offer at an affordable price

from MyMac
The JBL Flip is a convenient accessory that will stay equipped with power for almost five hours to a charge. I love using this speaker for easy connectivity and portability when I want to hear a song without having to use my low grade built in speaker in my MacBook Pro. The JBL Flip is set at a price to where almost anyone can afford quality sound when listening to music without having to spend hundreds of dollars on a huge non-portable sound system. I feel that the JBL Flip gives you a taste of what large sound systems offer at a affordable price... Full review
What Hi-Fi

A sensational blend of portability and performance

from What Hi-Fi
Listen to the JBL Flip and there’s a good chance you’ll fall head over heels for it – you’re looking at one of the best Bluetooth speakers we've seen here, and one that’s worth every penny... Full review
Cnet

Decent performance and attractive design make it a worthy Bluetooth speaker contender

from Cnet

I liked the JBL Flip. Aside from the ungainly AC adapter, I thought it was well designed, and I appreciated that JBL included a neoprene carrying case, which offers decent protection. Few of these types of speakers sound fantastic -- and the Flip doesn't either -- but it sounds as good as anything at this price point, and in some cases, slightly better. Logitech's UE Mini Boombox is more compact and has a rugged finish, but the JBL sounds a little bit better and has slightly stronger bass performance.

In the end, while the Flip doesn't necessarily stand head and shoulders above the... Full review

AppleVis

Portable Bluetooth speaker with outstanding sound for it's size

from AppleVis

The reason why I purchased this speaker was for the sound quality. I mean, I have heard a lot about the Jambox, and it's features, but that unit is out of my budget. I haven't heard a Jambox in real life, other than those demos at the stores, but the overall sound of the speaker is tinni and lacks great clarity. Because the jambox is so small, the sound gets muffled when turned up too loud. I also didn't want my speaker moving around too much when I listen to bass-heavy music.
I also heard about the BeatBox BT speaker, but was already hooked on the Flip because of it's speakerphone fea... Full review

Digital Trends

Distinct, clear sound

from Digital Trends

The Flip’s Achilles heel is its battery life, coming in at a paltry 5 hours. But, when you double the volume, you chop the battery life in half – that’s just how it goes. As such, the Flip was the only speaker we tested that didn’t last at least 10 hours. It’s also a bit light on extras compared to the competition, offering only an aux input, a mediocre microphone for hands free calling, and a neoprene carrying case. However, its clear dominance in sound and $100 price tag make it a serious contender for king-of-the-hill in our round-up. Depending on how far yo... Full review

Top Speakers

Solid build and neat, portable design allows amazing versatility

from Top Speakers
Offering stereo performance, the JBL Wireless Bluetooth speaker review model has a ‘sweet spot’ almost a metre away where the full stereo separation can be enjoyed. The JBL Flip review speaker has plenty of room-filling volume for such a small unit and sounds lively right across the acoustic spectrum with its on-board bass port shaping the low-end frequencies... Full review
Gadgetmac

It's the only one that can deliver amazing natural clarity and actually perform so loud

from Gadgetmac

The Flip is jaw droppingly powerful and ridiculously loud. It also sounds terrific for its portable size and when put up against multiple types of portable speakers, it comes out on top with its proud clarity. JBL notes that there is a built-in bass port that helps it produce better bass and channels the airflow so that the bass can shine thru. No kidding, this little thing pumps out air produced from the bass like a small fan. So much so that it can probably keep you a few degrees cooler in the summer.

There's no annoying lag between audio and video when streaming a movie using the... Full review

iLounge

A truly excellent little speaker system

from iLounge

Overall, Flip is a truly excellent little speaker system: sonically far superior to the Jambox, within a comparably compact and nice-looking enclosure, at half the price. While JBL has been making impressive and affordable speakers for years, Flip demonstrates just how compelling the company’s products can be when it aligns its design, audio, and engineering teams to produce something groundbreaking at an aggressive price. Flip is the new reference point for small wireless speakers, and worthy of our very rare flat A high recommendation. It’s very special, and the first speaker... Full review

Amazon.com Reviews Summary

1,706 from Amazon.com

1,706 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the JBL Flip. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.3 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

8.6/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

38 from Amazon.ca

38 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the JBL Flip. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.6 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

9.2/10

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