JBL Flip 4 vs Flip 5: The Ultimate Comparison

In this article we will be doing a Review or Ultimate Comparison of JBL Flip 4 Portable Wireless Speaker with Powerful Bass & Mic vs JBL Flip 5 20 W IPX7 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker with PartyBoost Without Mic.

So that you can know which can be a better option to buy. Not only this it will also help you in finding out which one has the best fit for you. No doubt both have some similarities, and yet on the other hand, there are some major difference as well.

To find out What Really Are The Similarities & Differences?

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JBL Flip 4

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JBL Flip 5

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JBL Flip 4 vs Flip 5 Specs:

JBL FLIP 5 SPECIFICATIONSJBL FLIP 4 SPECIFICATIONS
Music Playing Time:
12 Hours
Music Playing Time:
12 Hours
Output power (W):
20W RMS
Output Power (W):
2 x 8
Dimensions (cm):
18.1 x 6.9 x 7.4
Dimensions (cm):
6.8 x 17.5 x 7.0
Weight (kgs):
0.54
Weight (kgs):
0.51
Bluetooth Version:
4.2
Bluetooth Version:
4.2
Battery capacity (mAh):
4,800
Battery capacity (mAh):
3,000
Charging time:
2.5 Hours
Charging Time:
3.5 Hours
3.5 mm audio cable Input:
No
3.5 mm audio cable Input:
Yes
Auto-power off:
Yes
Auto-power off:
Yes
Bluetooth:
Yes
Bluetooth:
Yes
Speakerphone:
No
Speakerphone:
Yes
Voice Assistant integration:
No
Voice Assistant integration:
Yes
Waterproof:
Yes
Waterproof:
Yes
Charging cable:
Yes
Charging cable:
Yes
Party BoostJBL Connect+
jbl flip 4 vs flip 5

Design & Build Quality:

Firstly, let have a look at the design and built quality of both the speakers. Along with this we will find out the differences between them.

Every time JBL launches a new speaker as compare to the older version the new version has any type of increase in size or in terms of heigh.

By looking at the size of both JBL Flip 4 has a smaller when compare to JBL Flip 5 and it is bigger by 7 inches long, 3 inches tall and 3 inches deep and it is weight about 0.54 G. Yet a little bit of weight is added but it is not noticeable.

Both are having a mesh materials and wrapping around to each other. It does gives not only give an attractive looks but also protect the inside components from the outside portion.

Concerning the passive radiators both are attach with a rubber caps. The end rubber caps are also useful while keeping in a stand position. The JBL Flip 5 has a round shape rubber at the exterior passive radiator. While the JBL Flip 4 has a flat shape exterior passive radiator.

Waterproof:

Both the speakers got you cover. Because of its IPX7 waterproof or dustproof technology you do need to worry taking to the Pool Party or wether submerging into the water. However, it can submerge only upto 3 feet deep. But both the speaker lack the feature of floating in the water. Plus when they sink into the water even if you play music they will stop as soon you pick out it will start playing.

Control Button:

Well the JBL Flip 4 and JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker are well built into the wire mesh of the body and place at the back of the device. However the location of the devices button are not same.

Regarding the button, the Flip 5 has an easy to acces button while compare to JBL Flip 4. The reason is that while accessing the button you need to drive in.

The Control Button available at JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker are Play/Pause, Volume Up/Down, Power On/Off, Bluetooth Mode, JBL Connect+. On the other hand, on JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker you will get, Volume Up/Down, Power On/Off, Play/Pause, Bluetooth Mode, Party Boost.

Regarding the placement of both the button are at the back of wire mesh. Additionally, power button of both the devices are in built with the plastic bar.

Yet the Play/Pause button on the speaker perform differently. In JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker it can use to access to Google Assistant, Siri or to accept Phone calls. On the other hand in JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker all this functionality are not available and it can be use for only Play or Pause the song.

In terms of easy acces no doubt the winner is JBL Flip 5. But when it come to control function the Flip 4 has more functionality.

Connectivity & Ports:

Lets begin with the Bluetooth technology both the speaker have a version of 4.2. Along with this Flip 4 has an input of 3.5 mm Audio Jack capability. On the other hand this is absence on Flip 5. The absence of Auxiliary Port can’t be a deal breaker right. Because today most of the device’s has support of Bluetooth.

But there is twist on this the JBL Flip 4 is lack of fast charging facility. It does support only a Micro-USB. In JBL Flip 5 it support fast charging, this can play a major role while charging the device.

SpeakerPhone

Yes, with new version Flip5 there is no longer speakerphone, which means there is no chance of attending call through the speaker. On the other hand, this feature is available in Flip4.

JBL Flip 5 vs Flip 4Battery Performance:

In the paper both has the Playback time upto 12 Hours. With concern to the mAh capacity the JBL Flip 5 has 4,800mAh while JBL Flip 4 has only 3000mAh. There is really a huge difference regarding the mAh capacity as well as the price.

But this may not be the case in reality. The Battery life really depend upon the usage or as well as the volume percentage.

However, by setting the volume at 50 to 60 percentage it can give you upto 11 Hours or more. But at full maximum volume it can last upto 4 or 5 Hours. The charging time of both the speaker defer from each.

The JBL 5 is has a support of fast charge and can fill the speaker juice with 2.5 Hours. On the other hand JBL Flip has a support of only Micro-USB and it take more time to fill the juice, yet it takes about 3.5 Hours.

Jbl flip 4 vs jbl flip 5

JBL Flip 4 vs Flip 5 Sound Quality:

Yes, the sound quality is really important and we should focus on this before buying any Gadgets. No doubt, in this segment JBL has done a tremendous job, because of providing high quality Audio sound.

Lets divide this Sound quality segment into three parts viz:- Bass, Mids and Highs. So that you can understand more a bit.

The Bass:

Well both the speakers has an passive bass radiator because of that the response in both are cool. But sound quality wise you will get a better performance in JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker. Along with this Flip 5 has punchy bass but not that much in JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker. Regarding the distortion both are well controlled with minimal.

The Mids:

Concerning the Mids both the speakers equally produce the same quality. However there is a little muddiness but the mid-range are clear and well defined.

The Highs:

The highs produce by the Flip 4 is raspy than the Flip 5. But the Highs of Flip 5 are docile and less overemphasize and this leads into compliment less color retaliation.

Verdict In Terms of Sound Quality:

The quality of sound of JBL Flip 5 is a little better than the JBL Flip 4. Plus better Bass performance, not big but noticeable. In terms of loudness the Flip 5 stand out.

And Yes, the signature sound of JBL are same in both the speakers. One thing you know is that the Flip 4 produce the sound in a wider stage. While the Flip 5 produce the sound in a straight way.

The reason is that Flip 4 is Stereo speaker, While the Flip 5 is a mono speaker.

Credit: Speaker Fanatic

Pros & Cons:

JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker:

Pros:

  • 3.5 mm Audio Jack Input.
  • Speakerphone +Noise Cancelling.
  • In terms of weigh & price lighter and cheaper than Flip 5.
  • IPX7 Waterproof & Dustproof.

Cons:

  • Comparing to Flip 5 the quality of sound is not much good.
  • Lack of fast charging ability.

JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker:

Pros:

  • Support Fast Charging.
  • The sound is louder than all of its small Brother’s.
  • IPX7 Waterproof & Dustproof.
  • Good Bass & Sound Quality.

Cons:

  • No Input Jack for Audio.
  • No Speakerphone.

JBL Flip 4 vs JBL Flip 5: Which One Should You Buy?

Well there is a replacement of features of like Speakerphone, Connect+ etc. But there is an addition of new features too in JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker like Party Boost etc. For some people who already own a JBL Speakers they migh have might some little disappointment on it. But for the others this might be no big case at all.

However, im going to give my verdict into two parts. So that it can help you in choosing the right one.

By looking at the features the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker has more ability than the JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker. But the important features like Battery, and quality of sound does not lack in Flip 5. However, in terms of quality both have the same as well as materials. Keeping aside, both have the selling point.

Firstly, If you wanted to buy an allrounder Bluetooth Speaker you should go for JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker. But you will better sound quality and fast charging.

Secondly, But yes if you are a choice is a better sound quality and performance you should definitely go for JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker. But you will miss Audio Inout Jack, Speakerphone and 70Hz Frequency.

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