If you are looking to buy a  premium Bluetooth speaker on a budget range, there are not many options for you to choose from. The available wireless speaker options for you around 7ooo-8000 INR (~$100 – $130) include JBL Flip 4, Sony SRS-XB20 and SRS-XB30. These portable wireless bluetooth speakers came up in the beginning of this year, and there are lot of similarities. Let us have a quick overview of the specifications and then we will checkout the individual review of each speaker.

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Let us compare JBL Flip 4 Vs Sony SRS-XB20 Vs XB30 in terms of their specifications and price:

Model Weight
Battery
Waterproof
Price
Discount Link to buy
JBL Flip 4 517 grams 12 hours of playback Yes (IPX7) 7,749.00
Sony SRS-XB20 699 grams Up to 12 hours playtime Yes(IPX5) 6,291.00
Sony SRS-XB30 1.4 KG Up to 24 hours play back Yes(IPX5) 6,749.00

Now you have the basic idea of what each of this portable speakers are. All of them are IPX level waterproof bluetooth wireless speakers capable of playing music continuously at least a day time.

The comparison requests are always between the JBL Flip 4 and the SRS-XB20 portable speakers from Sony. So let us have a quick comparison between these two speakers first

JBL Flip 4 Vs Sony SRS-XB20 comparison

Taking a look at the design, these two speakers are pretty much similar in size even though they are look differently. The XB20 is an inch wider (7.8 inches) versus 6.9 inches of the JBL. From the table we see that Sony XB20 is a bit heavier than the JBL flip 4. So in terms of portability, JBL flip 4 wins.

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Both feel well made and has a premium feel when they are in your hand. Both are available at a bunch of different colors.

The XB20 has two front facing driver speakers and a passive radiator on the front and one on the rear whereas the Flip 4 has two front facing speakers and two passive radiator on each of its sides.

The XB 20 has two rubber feet on their bottom to keep it stable on any surface you place them. The JBL Flip 4, due to its cylindrical shape rests on a bulging edge. The Flip 4 design also gives you the option to place it on its sides like a sound bar.

Sony SRS-XB20 has a single colored LED flasher on it sides of the speaker grill, looks stunning in the dark. Its a cool feature but will shorten the battery life. Fortunately, Sony has given a switch to turn them off if you dont need it.

Waterproof or Water resistant ?

The JBL Flip 4 is fully waterproof with IPX7 rating, but the XB20 is water resistant not completely waterproof as we see in the specs. This means that the XB20 can survive splashes of water but it could be damaged if submerged in water. On the other hand, Flip 4 is made to use in the water. So if you are looking for a portable wireless bluetooth speaker to use in the beach or pool, go with the Flip 4. You can also wash the dirt off in the sink if it gets dirty.

Connecting additional speakers

Both speakers give you the ability to connect additional speakers to give you stereo playback. This means you can connect to another speaker and have each speaker function as a left and right channel. It also allows to connect multiple speakers for simultaneous playback.

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The XB20 can connect to up to 10 speakers and the JBL Flip 4 will allow you to connect up to 100 speakers. You can pair both to multiple devices and take turns playing music. The JBL Flip 4 will connect to two devices at the same time while XB20 will connect up to 3 devices simultaneously.

NFC for quick pairing

Sony SRS-XB20 is NFC enabled. If you have an NFC enabled device, you can just tap it to connect to the speaker very quickly. This feature is some thing that Flip 4 lacks.

Bluetooth connectivity works well on both devices, connectivity loses only if you walk past 40-50 feets from the source.

Both have a built-in microphone to attend the calls, though Sony has a slight advantage of having a better noise cancellation than Flip 4.

Battery life on practical usage

Both devices has 12 hours of music play back time on paper. But in practicality Flip 4 wins. In the tests, JBL Flip 4 was able to get 13 hours of play back time on 75% volume, while the XB20 battery drained out playing for 10 hours at 75% volume level with the fancy lights off.  The battery life reduces further if you turn the flashing LED on.

Sound quality comparison

When it comes to the sound of these speakers, it is almost neck-and-neck. Both of these speakers sound fantastic and has a very similar sound signature. Both speakers provides a tight and responsive base and both speakers has dual passive radiators even the Sony has an extra bass feature which adds richness to the sound.

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Both speakers can get very loud for a speaker of this size, they are almost equal on how loud they can play but the XB20 is slightly better at full blast.

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Buy Sony SRS-XB20 From Amazon

Sony SRS-XB30 Wireless Speaker

The only major change between XB20 and XB30 is in the battery capacity which leads makes it significantly heaver than the JBL Flip 4 and XB20. The XB30 has 24 hours of play back time which is just double that of the both above speakers. If you really require that much of battery backup and okay with the added weight of almost 800 grams which makes it 1.4 KG, Go with XB30.

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