Looking for a good set of Bluetooth speakers? One that has decent sound quality and a reputable brand? I was in the same situation once about two years ago. As like any other college student, I was in search of a wireless Bluetooth speaker to play some tunes in the dorm. Conveniently, Black Friday was around the corner then and I was able to snag a generic branded Bluetooth speaker at Best Buy. After a couple months of usage, I found myself a bit unsatisfied with the sound quality I was getting from the speaker. More specifically, there was not much noticeable bass in the generic speaker.
Fast forward several months, I came across myself searching for another Bluetooth speaker again. This time, I decided to do some research before purchasing and the JBL Flip speakers were on my list. I came to a decision between the JBL Flip 4 and the UE Wonderboom. Both are good speakers, but I found that the JBL was somewhat cheaper with similar and competitive features.
My experience with the JBL Flip 4 was pretty satisfying. The Flip 4 features a bass radiator, ability to link with other JBL Flip speakers, a microphone for taking phone calls and voice commands such as Siri or Google Assistant, IPX7 rated water resistance, auxiliary port, and about 12 hours of playback time. For those who like to listen to music with bass, or just happen to like to hear that bass thump, the JBL Flip 4 will at least meet your satisfactions. I was pretty stoked about the sound quality, especially with the bass. I’m no audiophile, but I do appreciate good sound quality and the Flip 4 delivered; even at higher volumes, there really isn’t noticeable sound distortion. Bass is pretty punchy as aforementioned, and the microphone has built-in echo cancelling which is able to produce clear communication during a phone call. Range of the Flip 4 is adequate; I have taken my phone about two adjacent rooms over without losing much connection. However, it can start to get a bit distorted or disconnect at times. A downside of the Flip 4 may be its charge time and charging method. It uses a micro-usb port and can take a while to fully charge.
Although the Flip 4 has gained a few years on its back, with the Flip 5 as its successor, the Flip 4 still has some notable features such as a microphone and auxiliary port that the Flip 5 lacks. However, the Flip 5 does supposedly have improved sound quality.
In my opinion, the Flip 4 is a good option if you’re looking for good sound quality with clear bass. The speaker packs a punch and has quite surprising sound quality. With the addition of water resistance, you could take it to the pool, beach, or in the shower without much worry. I think despite the Flip 5 being the latest speaker, the Flip 4 still has a notable part in having a microphone for making/taking phone calls and using voice command/assistant. All in all, I am pretty satisfied of the JBL Flip 4 especially considering a price that can go as low as $60 at times. In addition, there are many fun colors to choose from.
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