Sony SRS-XB23 vs JBL Flip 5: Side by Side Comparison


Comparing JBL Flip 5 vs Sony SRS-XB23, the first difference to notice is the cost. While both are ideal to fill up mid-sized rooms, JBL Flip 5 can get louder with less distortions. While both has almost same battery life, the Flip 5 doesn’t have any voice support.

Our Verdict:

Between the two, Sony XB23 wins in terms of features and versatility. JBL is attractive, fun, and easy to use. It is also affordable but costlier than Sony.

Pros
  • Easy to use;
  • Speakerphone;
  • IP67 rating;
  • Broad soundfield;
  • Tighter bass;
Cons
  • No NFC
Pros
  • Decent loud;
  • Durable;
  • Reasonable cost;
  • Adequate bass;
  • Eye-catching looks;
Cons
  • No speakerphone

Advance Comparison

Model

Sony SRS-XB23

JBL Flip 5

Brand Name

Sony

JBL

Rating
Mixed Usage
6.1
5.4
Music:
6.3
6
Movies:
5.8
5.6
Outdoors:
7.5
6.8
Podcasts
7.3
7.5
Voice Assistant:
3.8
1
GENERAL
Recommended Usage
Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers[ Waterproof]
Home Bluetooth Speaker
Release Year
2020
2019
Power Source
Battery & USB
Battery & USB
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
Yes
BUILD QUALITY
Material Quality
Decent
Great
Water Resistance:
Submersible (IPx7)
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Unspecified
Floats In Water:
Unspecified
Yes
STYLE
RGB Light:
N/A
N/A
Color Variation
Black, Olive Green, Orange, Coral Red, Sky Blue and Taupe.
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:
71 in³ (1,167 cm³)
47 in³ (771 cm³)
Connectivity:
Bluetooth Only
Bluetooth Only
BATTERY:
Battery Powered:
Yes
Yes
Battery Life
9.2 hrs
8.2 hrs
Charging Time:
2.8 hrs
2.6 hrs
Power Saving:
Yes
Yes
Charging Port:
USB-C
USB-C
Bluetooth Specification:
Bluetooth:
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth Version:
5.0
4.2
Bluetooth Range:
311.7 ft (95.0 m)
219.8 ft (67.0 m)
Bluetooth iOS Latency:
52 ms
154 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency:
90 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:
N/A
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:
Bad
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
Bad
No Microphone
App:
App Name:
Sony Music Center
JBL Portable
iOS:
Yes
Yes
Android:
Yes
Yes
EQ:
Graphic
No
Stereo Pair Mode:
Yes
Yes
Party Mode:
Yes
Yes
Multi-Room:
N/A
N/A
AUDIO QUALITY [TESTED RESULT]:
Frequency Response Accuracy:
Mediocre
Alright
Soundstage:
Very Good
Mediocre
Dynamics:
Poor
Mediocre
IN THE BOX
Accessories:
Sony SRS-XB23 speaker, USB-C charging cable.
JBL Flip 5 speaker, USB-C to USB-A charging cable.
User manual:
Yes
Yes

Comparatives Review


Looks and Durability:

Both JBL and Sony speakers are very lightweight and portable. They both have a cylindrical shaped design, but JBL offers more exciting colors than Sony. You can consider Sony XB23 as the best speaker for beaches because it is resistant to salt water. It has an IP67 rating and has sturdy build quality. You can wash the speaker and it is protective against any fall, drop, bumps or dents.

Comparing JBL Flip 5 vs Sony SRS-XB23, the Flip 5 has an IPX7 rating, so you need to be careful as you party beside beach, pool or mere rainwater. That said, the build quality is very good and durable. It has a plastic body wrapped by fabric type grille.

Performance:

The Sony SRS-XB23 portable Bluetooth speaker has full range drivers and two passive radiators. The X-Balanced Unit ensure the sound reach a broader front area with lowered distortion. DSP helps in this case. Sony claims this driver design allows better clarity and broader soundstage. We found this to be true and not just advertising gimmick.

The 360-degree design produce sound in all direction making a larger soundfield. Sony XB23 Extra Bass speaker is quite bass heavy. It has a balanced audio profile with an EQ to change the sound. You can choose to play content in mono or stereo from the app. Overall, it sounds rich, full, and tonally balanced.

The Flip 5 works with a single driver compared to dual drivers in Sony. Comparing Sony SRS-XB23 vs JBL Flip 5, the Flip 5 can play only in mono. Sound field is broader, and it can get quite loud. as long as you don’t have very large room and push it to 100%, the speaker will give satisfying performance.

Overall, the bass is adequate, sound is detailed and loud. It has clear vocals so you can enjoy TV shows, podcasts, or audiobooks.

Remote or App:

None of these portable Bluetooth speakers have remote. Sony has mobile app with which you can pair more speakers, tweak EQ etc.

 The Flip 5 works with JBL Portable app but there is no option for EQ which is disappointing. You can select mode to pair speakers.

Connections and Controls:

On one side of Sony XB23, there are physical controls: power, Bluetooth, play/pause (for calling as well), volume, battery, etc. LED indicators are useful.

Comparing JBL Flip 5 vs Sony SRS-XB23 Bluetooth speakers, the XB23 has Bluetooth 5.0. Flip 5 supports version 4.2. JBL has basic controls: volume up/down, play/pause, Bluetooth, etc.

Additional Features:

One common feature in both JBL and Sony models is, multiconnection. Sony has Party mode and Stereo mode to pair multiple or two of the speakers. It has a battery life of 10 to 12 hours. It works with Google Assistant and Siri but with smartphone.

JBL Flip 5 works with PartyBoost feature and will only allow PartyBoost compatible speakers. It has 12 hours or battery life.

Parting Words:

JBL Flip 5 vs Sony SRS-XB23, which is the best? Sony XB23 is the best Bluetooth speaker based on overall analysis. However, JBL Flip 5 has got more colors and is best if you don’t want to take it to the beach or pool. Compared to other speakers like Bose, JBL is cheaper.

Sony SRS-XB23 has very good sound quality. Along with performance, it is packed with features. Both the speakers have good battery life.

FAQ:

Which is better JBL Flip 5 or JBL Flip 6?

JBL Flip 6 is the newer version so overall, the speaker will be an upgraded version. The Flip 6 has extended bass and is more durable. It has an IP rating of IP67.

Is Sony a reliable brand?

Sony makes some of the best portable Bluetooth speaker.  You can trust their speakers in terms of quality and performance. It tries to pack several functions in the speaker without increasing the price.

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