We at Gizmoxo always look for Compact Bluetooth Speaker with Powerful Sound as it’s easy to travel with it, So today we’ll talk about the Bluetooth speaker from the market leader – JBL Flip 5, which seriously surprises with the sound quality and volume. Here we go!
- Output power: 20 W RMS, mono.
- Frequency range: 65 Hz – 20 kHz.
- Connection: Bluetooth 4.2 (A2DP V1.3, AVRCP V1.6).
- Waterproof: IPX7 (splash-proof).
- Battery capacity: 4800 mAh.
- Operating time: up to 12 hours
- Time to full charge: 2.5 hours.
- PartyBoost support: yes.
- JBL Connect app support: yes.
- Microphone: no.
- Voice Assistant: None.
- AUX (mini-jack 3,5 mm): no.
- Dimensions: 18.1 x 6.9 x 7.4 cm.
- Weight: 540 g.
The delivery set for JBL Flip 5 is relatively modest, however, everything you need is here:
- USB-C cable for charging;
- drawstring for fastening;
Appearance and materials of the case
In the best traditions of JBL, the column is available in a large number of colors. There are 11 of them: these are 10 plain and camouflage versions.
JBL continues to follow its style, and in Flip 5, even if you do not see the logo, from afar the brand features of the brand are still recognized. The column is relatively compact but weighty for its size – 540 g. Most of the case is covered with a fabric braid – I like this design because this is how the gadget looks nicer and more expensive than fully plastic counterparts.
At the ends there are two membranes that actively pulsate during music playback. As well as a burning fire or flowing water, you can look at them endlessly, most importantly, “volume to pound”, so that the amplitude is stronger.
At the edges and behind – rubberized plastic, looking at which we can assume that the column is well protected from water. So it is: the manufacturer declares protection under the IPX7 protocol, that is, the column can be immersed in water at a meter depth for 30 minutes, and nothing should happen to it. However, doing this anyway is not worth it, but taking a column with you to the bathroom or to the pool can be done without problems.
Management and interfaces
JBL Flip 5 has two blocks with keys and other elements. The first block is located directly on the fabric braid above the JBL logo, there are volume keys, play/pause and a separate button for combining several speakers into one bundle (PartyBoost technology). The key travel is tight, but it does not cause discomfort, besides there are no false positives. There are no complaints to the management at all.
On the back of the column are the power and pairing keys recessed into the rubberized plastic, as well as a charge indicator made in the form of a translucent strip with 4 divisions, and the current USB-C connector for charging. A trifle, but nice.
There is no 3.5 mm jack for connecting a wired connection of sound sources, as well as a microphone for answering a call from a speaker. The first one in 2020 is not really needed, but a microphone in some situations would be useful, for example, in a kitchen or repair, when your hands are often dirty. There is also no separate button for calling the voice assistant and track switching keys, the latter are especially lacking.
Functionality and mobile application
JBL Flip 5 can simply play music via Bluetooth and that’s all – no additional features or chips are provided here, provided that you have only one such speaker.
If there are 2 or more speakers, you can activate the PartyBoost branded feature, which allows you to combine several speakers into a single system via Bluetooth. In PartyBoost mode, different speakers can work and there can be many, but the sound will be monaural. In the case of two identical speakers, you can make stereo sound, that is, output the left channel to one speaker, and the right to the second.
JBL Connect’s proprietary mobile application serves just as a function for combining several speakers. Also in it you can see the current charge, rename the column or update the firmware in it. In general, if you have one column, then you can not install it.
JBL continues to amaze how in such a compact case it manages to fit so much volume and “bass”. The speaker can play very loudly – up to 80-90 dB. And it is very loud. At the same time, up to about half of her volume, she manages to give out deep and surround bass. According to other spectra, everything is not bad either – the sound is clean and high-quality as much as portable acoustics of this kind can play.
Sound Flip 5 is enough for listening to music in an average room with an area of 15-25 m2. And if portable acoustics is usually the most often tool for listening to tracks at low volume in the background, then dancing with JBL Flip 5 is not a shame.
The speaker is great for modern music, as the sound is “bass”, powerful, clear and fairly accurate. For pop, hip-hop and electronic music, the Flip 5 “shakes” perfectly, but the genres with live instruments are not contraindicated in the column – even if they sound somewhat “plastic”, it’s still very good.
The only thing that someone might not like is the mono sound coming from the only (apart from the subwoofer) broadband radiator. However, in my experience, the difference between stereo and mono in such acoustics is almost not felt, because the speakers are physically impossible to separate at the right distance.
I had a couple of compact stereo speakers on the test, so this stereo was noticeable only when the speaker was in front of the face. And in 99% of cases you will not keep it like that.
The claimed battery life is 12 hours, and it is close to real. Autonomy is provided by a 4800 mAh battery. You cannot use a column as a power bank. Full charge time is about 2.5 hours, no fast charging technologies are announced here.
JBL Flip 5 in official retail can be found for Rs. 8999, and for this money and in these dimensions, it is one of the best options. As I already noted, Flip 5 is suitable not only for background listening to music but also for home or country disco. There is more than enough volume, the bass is also enough.
Of course, this is not a Hi-Fi device, but a very, very worthy option from the brand, which, as they say, “ate the dog” on portable audio. And the positive additions to the sound are water resistance, good autonomy, and a USB-C port. You can only find fault with the lack of stereo, but, as I already noted, it is not really needed by such a device.