The new look of the Flip 2 speaker is similar in appearance to the original wireless Bluetooth speaker by the company, however, it does have a few different features to it that makes it much better. This JBL Flip 2 review will focus on the important elements weknow you look for in a speaker. Enjoy!
Full Features and Benefits of the JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth Speaker
Performance and Sound Quality
JBL has out done itself in improving the quality of sound that the speakers emit, as well as the speakerphone feature. With noise canceling technology and the SoundClear echo, it goes above and beyond. The speaker is also equipped with a much higher power rating with 2 x 6 watts of power.
Like the original design, it does play loudly for its smaller size. Another feature change is the way the speaker charges. You had to charge the original design with an AC Adapter but this newer model charges with a micro USB which means you can use it in your computer or any plug-in device.
The Flip 2 kicks things up a notch in terms of sound.
The sound that comes out is much cleaner and smoother than the original. It also can play a bit louder although you may notice a harsh sound to the volume when you increase it above 70 percent.
The JBL Flip is does not promise earth shattering bass. However, the bass is pretty decent, especially considering its size. We tested the device with quite a few bass heavy tracks and it held up pretty well, with consistent and defined force, good enough for outdoor play for a small gathering. As a side note, it is able to handle the bass much better when you put it at a higher volume.
The midrange is not overly emphasized with the Flip 2 and it may sound a bit muddled if you are playing tracks with complex instrumentals. However, it is clear with loud vocals in most cases and sounds good for a speaker of its size.
You can really push the volume up with this speaker. Those cool looking linked bass radiators that protrude from both ends aren’t there for no reason. The sound detail is high and you really don’t experience any muffling or harshness until you reach to its highest volume.
If you are going to use the Flip 2 to make calls, you will be happy to know that the quality of outgoing and incoming voice is pretty good with the Flip 2. The device uses SoundClear echo and noise cancellation which immensely improves the voice quality and creates clear, crisp calling experience.
Wireless JBL Flip 2 Capability and Pairing Technology
Another feature that has been changed is the way it pairs to phones and tablets. They added an NFC tap to pair technology that allows you to pair your devices by having Bluetooth enabled in the settings. This will allow for an automatic pairing feature.
What You Get In The Box
When your new JBL Flip 2 arrives, opening the box, you will be greeted by two cool looking cylinders, one is the Flip 2 speaker and the other is the carrying case. You’ll also receive the regulars, a USB power adapter and quick start guide, all packed neatly and ready to blast music!
Build and Design
If you aren’t really familiar with this speaker, it’s named the Flip because it’s able to stand up or lay down. There is no play or pause button on the speaker which some people aren’t too fond of, but its’ a small feature that doesn’t make a difference in sound. It however has volume buttons and a call answer/end button for speakerphone functionality.
You also get a carrying case with your speaker or you can check out this super sharp case Previously a small neoprene case was included, this time, a hard case to offer much better protection is included as well as a USB adapter and Micro- USB cable.
Oh, and don’t worry, the carrying case is the same color as the speaker it is shipped with.
Portability and Size
So, at less than 1 lb and the unique design (its smooth cylindrical shape and resulting lack of edges) of the JBL Flip 2 this is a speaker that you can literally carry around in your pocket…as long as you’re not wearing your skinny jeans(it measures 7 x 7.5 x 3 in). So, put that weight and size in a backpack, purse, piece of luggage, etc…and it’s not even a noticeable addition.
The Flip 2 is quite interesting in its design the versatility of its design. You can orient the Flip 2 in a horizontal or vertical way. That makes the speaker easier to fit anywhere and even hide a little bit if you want it out of the way. Standing vertically, the Flip 2 may have been part of the inspiration behind the Amazon Echo. Sit the Flip 2 horizontally and you have a powerful mini-tank of a Bluetooth speaker. And don’t about sound. You wont be giving any quality up whichever way you choose orient and listen the Flip 2.
The Flip2 ships in a variety of colors including White, blue, yellow and red (these are the colors listed on the JBL website).
JBL claims the Flip 2 has a range of about 30 feet. In our tests, we have found tis to be true. In fact, we found that outdoors, the JBL Flip 2 surpasses 30 feet and almost reaches 40 feet before stuttering became an issue. Of course, this was outdoors with no obstruction.
Indoor range was closer to 30 feet and lowers as more obstructions (walls, furniture, etc.) were introduced.
Well, this wouldnt be a proper JBL Flip 2 review if we didnt state its weaknesses. The Flip 2 does lose a few points for its battery life. But hey, even good devices have their downfalls, right? The battery of JBL Flip 2 will last you just over 5 hours which is below average, especially for speakers of its size. Moreover, if you play it at maximum volume, you should expect between 4.5 and 5 hours playtime.
This JBL Flip 2 review focussed on the important things, the things you look for in a Bluetooth speaker; and when it comes to the Flip 2, it is a great speaker for the price. It has decent battery power and offers a nice quality of sound. If you are looking for a small, portable Bluetooth compatible speaker that allows you to take it along easily, this is the one for you. With a plug and play charger, you have the ability to charge your speaker virtually anywhere.
The new paring technology allows you to easily and automatically pair any devices to your speaker as long as the Bluetooth is enabled on them. This makes for easy installation. If you can live with the 5 hour battery life then you can have a great speaker that is otherwise, in our opinion, near perfect.
JBL’s original Flip was lauded for how crisp it sounded, and it still it surprised us. The Flip 2, we heard similarly great things from other reviews around the net…and the quality surprised us. JBL now has a Flip 3 version out and we are deep in to testing it as well.