JBL Flip 4 vs Flip 5


JBL Flip 4 vs Flip 5, which one is the best? While the differences are not night and day, they are still notable. Choose the JBL Flip 4 if you seek aux input, phone call and voice assistant support features. The JBL Flip 5 is better in terms of sound, bass, and battery life. JBL Flip 4 is suitable for you in terms of features compared to the JBL Flip 5. The Flip 5 produces energetic and lively sound.


Our Verdict:

Comparing JBL Flip 4 vs Flip 5, the Flip 4 shows average sound performance but shines in terms of additional features. JBL Flip 5 has good sonic accuracy and dynamics. Between these two, the Flip 5 can float on water so if it accidentally falls into the pool or during your boat ride, it is alright. These speakers can play movies along with music. With movies, they deliver good dialogue clarity along with average bass response.

Pros
  • Stereo sound
  • Aux input
  • Clear and detailed sound
  • Good for music
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • No EQ settings
Pros
  • Decent loud;
  • Durable;
  • Reasonable cost;
  • Adequate bass;
  • Eye-catching looks;
Cons
  • No speakerphone

Advance Comparison

Model

JBL Flip 4

JBL Flip 5

Brand Name

JBL

JBL

Rating
Mixed Usage
6.4
5.4
Music:
6.3
6
Movies:
6
5.6
Outdoors:
7
6.8
Podcasts
7.3
7.5
Voice Assistant:
5.3
1
GENERAL
Recommended Usage
Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers[ Waterproof]
Home Bluetooth Speaker
Release Year
2017
2019
Power Source
Battery & USB
Battery & USB
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
Yes
BUILD QUALITY
Material Quality
Great
Great
Water Resistance:
Submersible (IPx7)
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Unspecified
Unspecified
Floats In Water:
Unspecified
Yes
STYLE
RGB Light:
N/A
N/A
Color Variation
Black, Blue, Camouflage, Gray, Ocean Blue, Red, Teal and White.
Black, Red, White, Teal, Blue, Gray, Green, Yellow, Pink, Sand, Yellow, Camo and Black Camo.
Sizes And Variants
N/A
N/A
PORTABILITY:
Power Source:
Battery & USB
Battery & USB
Hand Carry
Yes
Yes
Weight
1.1 lbs (0.5 kg)
1.2 lbs (0.5 kg)
Volume:
50 in³ (816 cm³)
47 in³ (771 cm³)
Connectivity:
Bluetooth and Wired
Bluetooth Only
BATTERY:
Battery Powered:
Yes
Yes
Battery Life
9.3 hrs
8.2 hrs
Charging Time:
3.5 hrs
2.6 hrs
Power Saving:
Yes
Yes
Charging Port:
Micro-USB
USB-C
Bluetooth Specification:
Bluetooth:
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth Version:
4.2
4.2
Bluetooth Range:
180.4 ft (55.0 m)
219.8 ft (67.0 m)
Bluetooth iOS Latency:
36 ms
154 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency:
50 ms
96 ms
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
Yes
Wi-Fi Specification:
Wi-Fi:
N/A
N/A
Wi-Fi Version:
N/A
N/A
Wi-Fi Frequency Band:
N/A
N/A
Apple AirPlay:
N/A
N/A
AirPlay Latency:
N/A
N/A
Google Chromecast:
N/A
N/A
Chromecast Latency:
N/A
N/A
Wired Connectivity:
Aux Input:
Yes
N/A
USB Audio:
N/A
N/A
Other Ports:
N/A
N/A
CONTROLS (physical buttons):
Ease Of Use:
Great
Great
Music Play/Pause [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Call Answer/End [Button/Touch]:
Yes
N/A
Volume Up/Down [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Track Next/Previous [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Microphone On/Off:
N/A
N/A
Additional Controls:
Yes
Yes
VOICE CONTROL:
Voice Assistant:
Yes
N/A
Voice Activation:
N/A
N/A
Speakerphone:
Yes
N/A
Alexa:
No
No
Siri:
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
No
Google Assistant:
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
No
Microphone Mute:
No
No Microphone
Far-Field Performance:
Excellent
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
Great
No Microphone
App:
App Name:
JBL Portable
JBL Portable
iOS:
Yes
Yes
Android:
Yes
Yes
EQ:
No
No
Stereo Pair Mode:
Yes
Yes
Party Mode:
Yes
Yes
Multi-Room:
N/A
N/A
AUDIO QUALITY [TESTED RESULT]:
Frequency Response Accuracy:
Passable
Alright
Soundstage:
Decent
Mediocre
Dynamics:
Decent
Mediocre
IN THE BOX
Accessories:
JBL Flip 4 speaker, Quick Start Guide, Micro-USB to USB-A charging cable.
JBL Flip 5 speaker, USB-C to USB-A charging cable.
User manual:
N/A
Yes

Comparatives Review


Design and build:

JBL Flip 4 and 5 are small sized cylindrical speaker. They are about the same size and weight. Both these speakers come with a strap that makes them easy to carry. They both have IPX7 rating which means the speakers are only waterproof. You should take extra care if you use them in beach or dust prone areas. Overall, the build quality is quite good.

They are quite sturdy and can easily be used outdoors. A tight fabric-like grille covers the speaker and protects the drivers. If you like to choose from several colors, then the Flip 5 gives you more options. It has 11 color variations compared to the 4 of Flip 4.

Performance:

 

These speakers have their differences that are discussed below.

Similarities:

You can place these speakers horizontally or vertically. They have decent soundstage and wide frequency response.

Differences:

Comparing JBL Flip 4 vs Flip 5, the sound performance differs along with driver size and output power. JBL Flip 4 has two 1.56” drivers and 1.5” passive radiators. The Flip 5 has 2 1.75x3.125” racetrack drivers and 2 1.75” passive radiators. Flip 4 from JBL produces stereo sound that is detailed and clear. Although the speaker can play stereo sound, the Flip 5 is a bit more detailed and livelier.

At such a compact size, the sound quality and loudness from the Flip 4 is enjoyable. Bass shows its presence even if it is not room shaking. The Flip 5 is more powerful in this case. It delivers deep bass making bass heavy contents enjoyable. It has crisp highs and decent mids. You can listen to it no matter where you are in the room.

Features:

 

JBL Flip 4 and 5 are different in terms of additional features like ports and built-in microphone. Connectivity:

There are differences between the JBL Flip 4 and Flip 5 in terms of connectivity. While the Flip 4 supports both wired and wireless connection, the Flip 5 only supports wireless. The Flip 4 has an aux port and has low latency over Bluetooth. Flip 5 shows decent Bluetooth performance and both of them can connect to two devices at once.

Multi-device pairing:

Comparing JBL Flip 4 vs Flip 5, the Flip 4 uses Connect+ feature and will support only Connect+ compatible JBL speakers. The Flip 5 is more versatile and will connect to wide range of speakers that support PartyBoost. If you want to cover a wide area, you can easily connect multiple speakers for powerful sound.

Microphone:

Comparing JBL Flip 5 vs 4, the Flip 4 has a built-in microphone. With this, the speaker adds more features than the Flip 5. It supports hands-free communication where you can take phone calls or voice calls over internet. It uses noise-cancellation technologies to improve the sound. The Flip 4 also supports voice assistants through your smartphone. It will work with Siri and Google Now.

Use case:

 JBL Flip 4 and Flip 5 are suitable for compact spaces. They are great to use beside pool, beach, or any outdoor place like backyard, picnics, etc. Since they are lightweight, you can take them during jogging, hiking, climbing, etc.

Ease of use:

 

Since they are portable speakers, the speakers are quite easy to use and control.  

Battery life:

While both the speakers are said to have a battery life of 12 hours, in real life it varies. This might be due to a number of reasons. Like, using additional features on the Flip 4 (phone call), or playing at loud volumes on Flip 5. The Flip 4 can play around 5 to 6 hours whereas the Flip 5 can play around 7 to 8 hours. In terms of battery life, the Flip 5 is slightly better.

Control options:

Physical control buttons are same in both speakers with slight changes. They have play/pause, volume up, down, and Bluetooth button. For Flip 4, it has a Connect+ button and you need to press the play/pause button for phone calls. JBL Flip 5 has Partyboost button and for both these speakers, it will go to forward track if you press the play button twice.

Portability:

Being lightweight and compact in size, both these speakers are highly portable.

Cost:

While both these portable wireless Bluetooth speakers are affordable, the Flip 4 is costlier than the Flip 5. The Flip 4 is available under $150 whereas the Flip 5 is under $100. If budget is a big concern for you, then the Flip 5 is the best option. Since they are cheaper, you can buy two of them.

FAQ:

Can I use JBL Flip 5 speakers in large rooms?

Some users claimed, JBL Flip 5 speakers sound clear and powerful even in large rooms. That said, we suggest pairing another one if you want to cover spacious areas without compromising the sound quality.

What is the best alternative to JBL Flip 4 and Flip 5?

If you are looking for the best alternative to JBL Flip 5, then have a look at the Anker Soundcore Motion+ speakers. They can get quite loud and has powerful soundstage. Unlike the JBL Flip 5, the Soundcore Motion can play in stereo mode making the audio more immersive. It also comes with EQ options so you can tweak the sound and change it as per your preference. It has longer battery and also supports voice assistants.

 

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