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JBL Flip 6 improves on the Award-winning Flip 5 both inside and out

JBL Flip 6 improves on the Award-winning Flip 5 both inside and out
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The JBL Flip 5 is our current pick of the best Bluetooth speakers, picking up a 2020 Award for its trouble. And now it has a successor – say hello to the JBL Flip 6.

On first glance it looks very familiar, with the same tubular design as its predecessor. But it's all change, with a new logo, new colourways, and – crucially –  a new audio configuration which should make it sound even better.

It retains the same racetrack-shaped subwoofer as the Flip 5, but now has a separate tweeter and dual passive radiators. These should give tunes added depth and more power.

It's had a minor upgrade in terms of durability, now being rated IP67 (the Flip 5 was IPX7). That means it has the same waterproof rating as the Flip 5 (surviving full submersion in up to a metre of water for 30 minutes), while also being completely dust-tight.

The Bluetooth has also been upgraded, from version 4.2 on the Flip 5 to 5.1. And it has the same PartyBoost feature (which lets you wirelessly pair it with other JBL speakers for a louder sound) and same 12-hour battery life.

Finally, the colourways are also new. The Flip 6 comes in Dusty Pink, Grey Stone, River Teal, Fiesta Red, Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Steel White, Forest Green and Squad.

It goes on sale in November for £129.99 / $129.95 (about AU$200). We'll bring you a full review as soon as possible, but we expect this to be a strong contender for the Christmas wish list.

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Joe Svetlik

Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.

  • JBL_Flip_5 Review
    Over the course of 3 years, 4 Flips from the latest 2 generations were "road tested" in the water bottle cage of my bicycles. None of these new devices played for more than an hour and a half at my preferred volume. Even when conservative with volume these devices never reached anything nearing 3 hours of play. "12 hours" is some unchecked corporate P.R./B.S. Two of the devices died just past the one year warranty, one prior. The company deemed that average cosmetic wear, such as superficial marks made by the bicycle bottle holders this device was so obviously designed for, overrides their offer of protection and instead offered a coupon which could only be spent at JBL/Harman Kardon's website. That one died in months.

    Using the current bluetooth standard and dust-proofing? These so called improvements address none of the problems we face as consumers. Try owning one and attempting to have it repaired. You'll discover no repair centers, not even parts. Your needs will be deflected. Their answer is waste more while JBL / Harman continues the planned obsolescence of your plastic electronic devices. All things considered, rather pricey.
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  • JBL_Flip_5 Review
    The waterproofing is still questionable generations later as it seems the weakest point is the port. These devices have chronic charging issues. Once hooked on the sound (for the money*) Samsung will sell you more of the same garbage for slightly less and only if you buy direct. It too will break at about a year. Spending twice, or in my case 4 times as much money would have served me better. Other than a class action suit ;) *save money by spending more on something that will actually sound better and hopefully live longer.
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