Best Bluetooth Speaker Under 10000- JBL Flip 5
JBL Flip 5
JBL’s flip 5 is a simple soul with Bluetooth-only playback and modest features, but if you desire a rugged , great sounding portable speaker and can sacrifice voice control or hands –free call functionality, you won’t be disappointed.
The cylindrical flip 5 measures 7.1 by 2.7 inches(HW) and weighs in at 1.2 pounds. It’s available in 14 different colour schemes, as well as a camouflage-themed design. As mentioned, you can customize the grille on the speaker to display uploaded art, or work with graphics JBL has on its site. We think ours turned out great, but one word of caution:very small lettering can get obscured by the grille’s woven surface. The printing of the graphics for our custom model looks crisp and clean in person,and the design even gets printed on the controls, which is cool.
- Waterproof – IPX7
- Battery – 12 Hours
- AUX Input – No
- Bluetooth – V4.2
Whichever finish takes your fancy, you get the same straight up, no –frills portable speaker. There’s Bluetooth playback of course(simply press the dedicated button to initiate pairing); jbl’s party boost function that pairs flip 5 or pulse 4 speakers either for stereo pairing or simultaneous playback in the companion jbl connect app; and a USB_C slot for charging-and that really is your lot.
Jbl has decided not to equip the flip 5 with an aux socket for hardwiring a smartphone or alternative audio device, nor is there a built –in microphone to facilitate hands-free calls and siri and google assistant activation.
What JBL has improved with the flip 5 is the speed of charging . A full charge offers 12 hours of playback, takes an hour less-2.5 rather than 3.5 hours.
A step up in sound quality seems promising thanks to a greater (20 watt) power output and newly engineered, racetrack-shaped 44mm driver with an increased cone area for greater sonic amplification.
That on-paper promise materializes in practice, too. Like a mutt suffering from small dog syndrome, the flip 5 demands to be heard (the difference is, you’ll actually want to hear it).
Whether we subject the mini speaker to mac miller’s languid –yet-sharp rapping or Explosions in the sky’s post-rock intrumentalism , the jbl delivers it with stark clarity, lashings of detail and more than a hint of dynamics.
The jbl flip 5 is a simple soul-perhaps too simple for some in this world –but that minimalist approach has allowed jbl to focus on performance and create one of the best-sounding budget portable speakers around.
Thanks to its neat design and IPX7 rating it’s suitable for use outside as well as in, making it an ideal outdoor speaker .
And so, JBL’s track record with excellent Bluetooth speakers persists. On behalf of everyone who loves good-quality music on the move , long may it continue.