JBL flip series is quite popular when it comes to wireless Bluetooth speakers. Just like any other audio gadget from JBL people loves to hear the sound coming from these speakers. Whats interesting now?. You can get these speakers in amazon JBL flip 2, flip 3 and flip 4 within a price difference as low as 1k. This will surely make you confused as which one to buy since they are very closely priced. So we will take a look at and review each JBL Flip 2 vs Flip 3 vs Flip 4 to find out the differences, merits and demerits of buying them.

Let us take a peek at major specifications of each wireless speakers: JBL Flip 2 vs Flip 3 vs Flip 4 

JBL Flip 2

  • Bluetooth & AUX connectivity
  • Weight: 640 grams
  • Audio Power Output: 6 W
  • Year released: 2013
  • Built-in microphone
  • Speakerphone
  • 5 hour battery backup
  • Price: Rs. 6765

JBL Flip 3

  • Bluetooth & AUX connectivity
  • Weight: 449 grams
  • Audio Power Output: 8 W
  • Year released: 2015
  • Built-in microphone
  • Speakerphone
  • 10 hour battery backup, 3000 mAh battery.
  • Water-resistant
  • JBL Connect
  • Price Rs. 6799

JBL Flip 4

  • Bluetooth & AUX connectivity
  • Weight: 517 grams
  • Audio Power Output: 8 W
  • Year released: 2017
  • Built-in microphone
  • Speakerphone
  • 12 hour play time, 3000 mAh battery.
  • IPX7 Waterproof
  • JBL Connect
  • Price: Rs. 7885

If you look at the above data, anyone with a little knowledge about audio specs and usual gadget stuff will get a fair idea. Yes, JBL Flip 3 and Flip 4 are a huge improvement over Flip 2. This is in terms of portability, audio output power, and other features like JBL connect and Water resistance.

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What is JBL connect?

If you wondering what is JBL connect, it allows you to connect multiple JBL speakers together and play songs simultaneously from a single audio source. This means you can simply amplify the sound output. This helps you to boost sound and party hard.

For JBL connect to work you need to download the JBL connect app from the respective app store for your smartphone.

Now, its time for us to compare all the three and choose the best for you.

Design & durability

The JBL Flip series is constructed sturdy and tough. That makes them perfect to use at any conditions even in outdoors.

Flip 2 is available in different colors like black, white, yellow, blue etc. You’ll get a carrying case that too with the same color as the speaker. On comparison, the flip 2 is the heaviest among the three. Due to its cyclindrical shape it can be oriented either horizontally or vertically.

Flip 3 has 2 big advantage over Flip 2. It is water resistant and lightweight. The exterior is splash proff, you can even wash them under tap water, but you cant submerge it in water as it is not completely water proof. Buttons are on the smaller side yet they are very tactile and easy to touch.

Flip 4 is slightly bigger and heavier but still very portable and durable for most peoples needs. The nylon fabric covered over the speaker gives a very rugged experience and the best part is it is now not just splash proof but an IPX7 certified waterproof. This means it is now fully submersible on water.

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Sound quality

For the small speakers category, Flip 3 gets very loud for its size will surely fill up a small room which is just enough for personal enjoyment. Due to its small size, the base is not heavy hitting, but compared to other speakers on the same price range, this one has better base. Also, the vocals are very distinct and mid ranges emphasize as required. It tends to loose some of its clean clarity when put to test under max volumes sometimes , not every time but depending on the sound that you plays.

Flip 4 sound quality and volume levels are actually more than enough to fill up small bedrooms and dorm rooms and at full volume it can fill in a medium sized rooms easily. The sound is full base oriented but that is not distorted or you will never feel it is overpowered by base at any point of time. If you turn the volume up further, the base range stay the same but the mid and upper ranges emphasize.

On the other hand Flip 2 is least powered among all. Flip 3 & Flip 4 are defiantly ahead of Flip 2 in terms of sound. The other two speakers are louder and produces better quality sound than Flip 2.

It is quite noticeable that small speakers always loss resolution and details, but still it is great choice for personal listening.

Verdict: Which is better?

It is clear from the above points that there is no reason to buy JBl flip 2 now in 2018. It is already 5 year old and has got nothing better compared to others. So we have now left with Flip 3 and flip 4. Now the choice is simple, if you are ready to pay Rs. 1000 extra for waterproof and a 2 year ahead technology than flip 3, Go with flip 4 else stay with flip 3 which might save you some money since both speakers has almost identical sound quality.

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