JBL Flip 6 Review
Having released earlier this month, I figured it was as good a time as any to do a JBL Flip 6 Review.
JBL is one of my most favorite speaker brands, and they have been making waves all year this year with some of their most innovative speakers. They are known for taking what works, and making it better.
But let’s not let my bias ruin a perfectly good review! I am here to help figure out what the new JBL Flip 6 is all about, and whether it may be your next purchase.
With my JBL Flip 6 Review, I’ll make sure to outline some important specs and design details, as well as how good/bad this speaker sounds in comparison with its late sister, the Flip 5.
I’ll also make sure to outline the cons and other considerations that should be thought of prior to purchasing.
Join me in my JBL Flip 6 Review below!
Overview & Specs
The JBL Flip 6 was released at the beginning of December 2021 in anticipation for the Christmas season. The Flip 5 was a huge success, and was dubbed the “party animal” of the speaker world because of its durability at that time, and intense sound profile despite its compact size.
JBL has aimed to provide this same party animal, but with today’s upgrades. I think they hit the nail on the head.
In regards to size, the two speakers are virtually the same, but you will notice the upgrade to Bluetooth 5.1, allowing for better range and Bluetooth quality.
You can easily grip this speaker in your hands, or strap it to yourself or your belongings. It does not include a clip, but a clip would make this feature even more worth while.
Having been upgraded to IP67, instead of IPX7, the Flip 6 is now completely and utterly water/dust proof. You won’t have to worry about sand or water breaching the mesh grille and getting into the internal workings of the speaker.
It’s sold in several colors, and boasts a wide variety for any occasion or style including:
- dusty pink;
- river teal;
- ocean blue;
- midnight black;
- fiesta red;
- steel white;
- forest green; and
- camouflage style squad.
The battery life, although not the best on the market, can last you a good while. Advertised at 12-hours of battery life, you can get varying amounts depending on how loud you have it and for how long. The lower the volume, the longer it will last. It comes with a USB charging cable to plug in and takes approx 2.5 hours to charge fully.
The JBL portable app, most commonly known as the JBL Connect app, allows you to receive access to firmware updates and user guides. In addition, you can also toggle feedback tones, control party boost, and stereo playback. Obviously, you’ll find a basic EQ, allowing you to adjust highs, mids and lows.
The JBL Flip 6 does not have a built-in mic, and I don’t think anyone is crying over that.
Just as the Flip 5, the Flip 6 is built in a cylinder shape, but more durable with the IP67 rating. The plastic caps on either side save the speaker from incurring any real damage if dropped.
The speaker measures 7 x 2.6 x 2.8 inches and weighs 1.2 pounds; similar to the Bang and Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Gen.
As mentioned above, you can easily grip this speaker in one hand, or strap it to yourself or your backpack.
The design hasn’t changed a whole bunch from the Flip 5. However, some cosmetic changes, such as the front logo being more “built-in” to the product, the button feel, and the fact that the buttons aren’t backlit set it apart from the Flip 5.
Just as with the flip 5, the top of the speaker includes 4 rubber buttons, the same color as the device. These include play/pause, volume up and down, as well as a party boost button.
Along the back side of the device, you’ll find a rubberized spine with the strap attachment, Flip 6 logo, Bluetooth button, power button and USB charging port.
The real design change is the internal workings and sound profiles, which I’ll touch on in the next section.
With the Flip 6 they have added a tweeter not seen in the Flip 5. This adds a lot of dynamic sound to the speaker, bringing sharper focus to the highs, mids and lows.
The Flip 6 was designed with the same race track subwoofer and a two-way speaker system. The tweeter adds crisp and high frequencies missing from the Flip 5.
The optimized duel passive radiators produce the signature deep bass known by JBL, and the frequency response is 63 Hz – 20k Hz.
You can feel comfortable turning this speaker up without much distortion. You’re sure to fill a room or small party with this little speaker.
Believe it or not, the Flip 6 is cheaper than the Flip 5. The Flip 6 has been launched with a $129.99 price tag comparable with the Flip 5 at $139.99.. this is a huge difference considering the upgrades made to the Flip 6.
It carries more sound, better durability, and maintains the same portability of the Flip 5.
I don’t have a lot of bad to say about this speaker, and its a great speaker to use for hiking, traveling, small get together or pool parties.
I find the battery life could be a touch more, but that’s personal, and to be honest I’ve never used a full 12 hour battery life in one go. I just think there’s rom to make this speaker even better in that aspect.
If you’re on a camping trip for days, with no power, you’d want to have more battery life than 12-hours.
My Verdict: The perfect upgrade!
This is hands down worth upgrading to. If you have the Flip 5 and are happy with it, then don’t upgrade.
There are only a few features with the Flip 6 that really set it apart, and if you’re satisfied with your Flip 5 and what it is capable of, then keep it that way.
If you don’t have a portable speaker or are looking for a new one, the Flip 6 is a perfect start! It doesn’t break the bank, it has all the durability and portability of any other speaker out there right now, and the sound you get from it is impressive as with most JBL speakers.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a new speaker, I think it’s well worth it!
Until next time,