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JBL Flip 5 vs JBL Flip 4 - Buxrs.com
Published: 4 months ago By: Max Dalton

By: Max DaltonPublished: 4 months ago

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In this video I compare the JBL Flip 4 to the JBL Flip 5 to help you determine which JBL Bluetooth speaker is the best fit for you. While there are a lot of similarities between the two devices, there are some key differences that may cause you to lean toward a specific version of the popular portable speaker.

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Build and Form Factor: 0:21
Button Access: 1:31
JBL Flip 4 vs JBL Flip 5 Sound Test: 3:11
Power and Ports: 4:33
Connecting Multiple JBL Speakers: 5:59

More speaker comparisons and reviews:
JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker Review: https://youtu.be/OrVnhYnMjjc
JBL Flip 4 vs Wonderboom 2: https://youtu.be/RsNKjMATMfQ
JBL Charge 4 vs JBL Flip 4: https://youtu.be/b4xoQx6SGpI

Video Transcript:
First, let's look at the build and form factor of each device.

The JBL Flip 5 is slightly larger than the JBL Flip 4, in that it's just over 7 inches long, just under 3 inches tall and 3 inches deep, and weighs 1.19 pounds. The added weight is barely noticeable, and shouldn't play a big part in your decision.

Both the Flip 4 and the Flip 5 are wrapped in the same wire mesh combination that not only gives JBL devices an attractive look, but also contributes to the tough exterior that protects the internal components from the elements. Additionally, the rubber end caps that sit over the exterior passive radiators are the same on each device. The exterior passive radiators themselves have a more rounded appearance and a rubbery feel on the JBL Flip 5, similar to the JBL Charge 4 and the Xtreme 2, while the exterior passive radiators on the JBL Flip 4 are flat and feel like flat plastic.

Finally, both the JBL Flip 5 and the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speakers are IPX7 rated, which means they are waterproof for up to three feet, and also dustproof.

Now let's take a look at the button access on each device.

Both the Flip 4 and the Flip 5 have four buttons built into the wire mesh toward the back of the device, and two buttons built into the plastic bar that runs along the back of the device. The buttons for the JBL Flip 5 are positioned slightly closer to the top so you don't have to go all the way behind the speaker to get to them, which is nice. However, what buttons are located where on each device is slightly different. A Play button and the volume up and down buttons are located in the wire mesh on each device, but the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker has the Bluetooth button in the last spot, while the JBL Flip 5 has the PartyBoost button in that location. The PartyBoost button can be used to connect more than a hundred JBL speakers together that also have the PartyBoost feature. Additionally, the Play button performs different functions on the two speakers. The Play button on the JBL Flip 4 can be used to access either Google Assistant or Apple's Siri, and also accept phone calls. The only function of the Play button on the Flip 5 is to start and stop music. The Power button for each device is built into the plastic bar, but the Flip 4 also has the JBL Connect+ button in that location (which is the older functionality that can be used to connect multiple JBL speakers with JBL Connect+ together), while the Flip 5 has the Bluetooth button in that spot. One thing that is worth noting is that the buttons on the JBL Flip 5 are more easily clickable. While the buttons on the JBL Flip 4 aren't bad, sometimes it feels like you have to drive your finger through the speaker to get a response.

The JBL Flip 5 hands down sounds better at all levels -- low, high, and mid range, and pumps out insanely great sounding bass for its size, driven by the improved one-inch passive radiators. The overall audio quality is similar to what you'd get out of the JBL Charge 4, but without the higher power output afforded by the Charge 4 that can help it get louder. Additionally, the audio from the JBL Flip 5 carries well outdoors, and will crank out clean and clear audio that will reach everybody's ears at a backyard party or pool.

Next let's discuss power and ports.

One of the biggest changes from the JBL Flip 4 to the JBL Flip 5 is the switch from the micro-USB port that powers the Flip 4 to a USB-C port that powers the Flip 5, allowing for faster charging. Both devices offer up to 12 hours of music playback on a full charge, but the Flip 5 only takes 2 and a half hours to fully charge, while the Flip 4 takes 3 and a half hours.

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