Is the JBL Flip 6 Bluetooth Speaker Still a Top Choice in 2023? Find Out in Our Review.
"Great sound, durable, great battery life and not too large - a quality item and the one to beat."
Hello, tech enthusiasts. Jacob Rose here, your go-to veteran when it comes to testing and reviewing the latest gadgets on the block. I've spent 15 solid years testing everything from travel tech and camping gear to climbing equipment. Prior to this world of blogging, I honed my analytical skills in the labs of Hewlett Packard, scrutinizing new products with an eagle's eye.
Today, we step into the realm of sonics and sounds, introducing the JBL Flip 6 Portable Bluetooth Speaker. We all know how important it is to have a reliable portable speaker, whether it's for those camping nights under the stars, weekend beach trips, or simply enjoying your favorite tunes at home. JBL's line of Flip speakers have consistently done well. They don't merely boss the bass, they live in the heart of it. But the question is, does the latest addition to this line, the Flip 6, continue their symphony of success? So, unplug, sit back and let's rattle into the world of sound.
The JBL Flip 6 Portable Bluetooth Speaker consists of a 2-way speaker system designed for producing loud and powerful sound with low frequencies. Simultaneously, a separate tweeter ensures the production of high frequencies. The speaker has 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. Further, thank to its IP67 design, resistant to water and dust, it can be used in diverse environments such as parks, beaches or pools. The versatile design allows for both vertical and horizontal placement and the JBL Original Pro Sound is aimed at providing an immersive auditory experience. Contents of package include one JBL Flip 6 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, one USB-C charging cable and one quick start guide and safety sheet, in black color.
Weight 0.55 kgs Warranty 12 months Battery Life (estimated) 12 hours Waterproof IP67 waterproof and dustproof Dimensions 17.8 x 7.2 x 6.8 cm Sound Output 30 watts
As a Digital Nomad who spends most of my day either designing, coding, or meeting with clients online, sound quality is highly important to me. Knowing this, it was not compromised when I recently purchased the JBL Flip 6 Portable Bluetooth Speaker. Packed with a 2-way speaker system producing both powerful low and high frequencies, I was truly impressed. The audio clarity of my Zoom calls and music has vastly improved compared to other brands I've tried. What stood out most to me is the incredible sound it delivers for its convenient size. Its small footprint allows me to easily move it around my workspace or throw it in my bag when I decide to work elsewhere.
You might think that a speaker producing such quality sound would have a short battery life, but the JBL Flip 6 exceeded my expectations with up to 12 hours of playtime. This incredible battery life is a lifesaver in my line of work, allowing for undisturbed workflow throughout the entire day. As someone reluctant to continuously charge my gadgets, rest assured that this speaker holds its charge quite well. I also like that the speaker is waterproof - while not always necessary for a digital nomad like me, it's a nice-to-have feature that adds to the speaker’s overall durability.
Last but not least, the JBL Flip 6 offers incredible value at its price point. High-quality sound, robust design, impressive battery life, and in a portable package that easily fits my nomadic lifestyle. The added ease of tuning the speaker to my liking through the provided app is a handy bonus, while the bold, versatile design seamlessly fits in with my varying workspaces. This speaker is a worthwhile investment for Digital Nomads like me who demand both quality and functionality in their equipment.
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While the JBL Flip 6 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is indeed a powerful device, it's worth noting that its sound quality, while impressive, is comparable to other speakers in its price range. Some users have mentioned that it sounds as good as the Sonos 1, which is a bit disappointing considering the hype around the JBL brand. For the price, one might expect a more superior sound quality that sets it apart from its competitors.
Another point to consider is the volume level. While the speaker is capable of producing rich sound, it seems that it doesn't need to be cranked up to the max to achieve this. This might be a downside for those who enjoy blasting their music at full volume.
Should You Buy?
In conclusion, the JBL Flip 6 Portable Bluetooth Speaker packs a punch in terms of sound quality, portability, durability, and a remarkable battery life that is seemingly built for the digital nomad lifestyle I lead. Its sound clarity on online calls and music playback is simply commendable for its size. Plus, its portability is suited for various workstation configuration due to the reduced footprint, and its ability to withstand water-related accidents is a plus.
However, it's important to note that its sound quality, laudable as it is, falls in line with other speakers within its price range; it doesn't tower above in that aspect, contrary to the JBL brand expectations. The volume factor is another caveat - the speaker isn't designed to be cranked up to the maximum, reducing its appeal to an audience who likes boisterous music.
Despite these drawbacks, my overarching perception of the JBL Flip 6 speaker is positive. It is a good choice for those prioritizing sound, durability, and great battery life in a portable package. Furthermore, for the price point, one could argue its versatile design and ease of use make it worth it.
All said, I would recommend the JBL Flip 6 to campers, campervan owners or anyone needing a high-quality, portable speaker with impressive battery life.
(Price When Reviewed: £98.95)