Steve May enjoys music and movies and even YouTube in the rain with this wireless speaker. Read our JBL Flip 6 Review.
THE FLIP 6 is the latest iteration of JBL’s wildly popular portable Bluetooth speaker. The brand has sold millions of these things, and after spending time with this new addition it’s easy to see why.
JBL’s Flip 6 is designed to be taken anywhere including to the beach or the pool, with an IP67 water and dust–proof rating that means it can be immersed in water up to 3 feet with no ill effects.
Build quality is excellent, weighing just 1.2 pounds, and it feels sturdy with a carrying handle attached for convenience. It also comes in a choice of four colors and features “PartyBoost” mode, activated via a button, which lets you pair two compatible speakers for stereo, or more than two to achieve multiple mono playback. Internally, there’s an oval shaped driver and a separate tweeter, with 20W and 10W power respectively. At either end, passive bass radiators are used to kick out the lower frequencies to great effect and create a punchy and rich bass that’s much more solid than you might expect from such a compact unit.
JBL has wrung some cosmetic changes this time around, and introduced a new audio configuration.
Dual passive radiators at each end sandwich a racetrack woofer and tweeter. The soundstage is surprisingly fulsome.
The Flip 6 delivers bass without getting heavy-handed, has lovely, crisp highs, and can call on copious volume.
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But this isn’t just for music. Paired with a smartphone, it becomes a compelling outdoor telly option. Screen resting neatly against speaker, Sky Go app connected to my Sky Q box, used the Flip 6 for all manner of casual viewing when I wanted to be outside. Ditto YouTube (in fact I found myself watching a lot more You Tube via the Flip than on my living room system).
If you do want to rock out, two Flip 6s can be paired for stereo music, using the accompanying app. You can also watch Netflix and other streaming services in proper stereo, although this seemed to introduce minor lip sync issues.
The Flip 6 comes in eight different colourways
Usability is great. The rubberised finish s easy to grasp, and there’s a subtle foot which stops the speaker rolling away.
Volume, Play and Partyboost buttons are raised, the latter allowing you to pair the Flip 6 with other compatible JBL speakers in mono playback mode.
The device has an IP67 water and dustproof rating, so you can leave it out, or perch it on the edge of the pool, with confidence. It’ll run for 12 hours on a full charge, or last days with sporadic use.
Physical connectivity is limited to its USB-C charging port. It charges over USB–C and a cable is provided in the box, plus there’s a warning that sounds if you try to charge it when there’s water in the charging port. Charging is a relatively slow 2.5 hours to full, but this does provide a solid 12 hours of playback and there’s a backlit meter on the body to show you its current charge level.
As we have come to expect from modern Bluetooth speakers, the sound is impressive, offering good clarity and soundstage with a range of different types of music, though it’s at its best when playing something with a bit of kick to it. It’s capable of going surprisingly loud, even if clarity and focus start to wane at the very highest volumes. A companion app for iOS and Android provides simple controls including firmware updates and a basic EQ. JBL makes cheaper speakers with a bit less grunt and larger, costlier ones with more features like integrated power banks, but the Flip 6 is an excellent balance of audio fidelity, ruggedness, and portability.
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The sixth generation of JBL’s Flip offers numerous refinements under the hood, making it a brilliant upgrade of one of the most popular Bluetooth loudspeakers ever. Similarly styled to the Flip 5, but with improved build quality including silicone rubber supports, it features two drive units a racetrack bass/mid and new tweeter plus dual passive radiators for deep bass.
Claimed onboard power is a healthy 30W, its rechargeable 4800mAh battery providing up to 12 hours of music replay. The Bluetooth specification has been uprated to v5.1, and water/dust protection meets the IP67 standard.
Add full control of the Flip 6’s sound parameters via JBL’s dedicated app, and what more could you ask for from an affordable, portable Bluetooth speaker?
A near-perfect combination of form and function, the Flip 6 is an absolute triumph. Impressive sound in a go–anywhere package. Features IP67 waterproof and dustproof, 12 hours of playtime, PartyBoost.
- Rich and powerful playback
- Water and dust proof
- Can pair with compatible speakers
- Relatively slow to charge fully
- Needs Bluetooth, USB–C
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|Product Name||JBL Flip 6 Bluetooth Portable Waterproof Speaker, BLACK.|
|Product Type||Speaker - for portable use|
|Enclosure Design||Passive radiator|
|Speaker Type||2-way - active|
|Continuous Power||30 Watt|
|Frequency Response||63 - 20000 Hz|
|Signal-To-Noise Ratio||80 dB|
|Amplifier Output Power||Low (20W) + High (10W)|
|Bluetooth Profiles||Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)|
|Driver Details||Speaker: woofer driver - 1.75" x 3" - racetrack Speaker: tweeter driver - 0.6" Speaker: 2 x passive radiator|
|Connector Type||DC power input (USB Type-C)|
|Included Accessories||USB-C cable|
|Type||Rechargeable - lithium polymer|
|Capacity (Ah)||4800 mAh|
|Capacity (Wh)||17.28 Wh|
|Voltage Provided||3.6 V|
|Run Time (Up To)||12 hour(s)|
|Recharge Time||2.5 hour(s)|
|Shipping Width||8.5 in|
|Shipping Depth||3.9 in|
|Shipping Height||4.2 in|
|Shipping Weight||32.45 oz|
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