JBL Flip 6 vs Bose Soundlink Flex: 2024 Buyer’s Guide

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘JBL Flip 6 vs Bose Soundlink Flex: Which to Buy in 2024?’ by Smart Home Sounds

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The JBL Flip 6 and Bose Soundlink Flex speakers are compared based on their price, battery life, waterproof rating, Bluetooth version, design, sound quality, frequency response, features, and durability, with the final recommendation depending on personal preference and brand loyalty.

Key Insights

  • Comparison between the JBL Flip 6 and the Bose Soundlink Flex portable speakers
  • Both speakers have recently been released and are highly requested for a comparison
  • JBL Flip 6 retails for £129.99, available in a wide range of colors; Bose Soundlink Flex retails for £149.95, available in three colors
  • Both speakers have a battery life of 12 hours on full charge, but JBL Flip 6 has a shorter charging time of 2.5 hours compared to 4 hours on the Bose
  • Both speakers have a weatherproof rating of IP67, meaning they can be submerged in water up to one meter for 30 minutes
  • JBL Flip 6 supports Bluetooth 5.1, while Bose Soundlink Flex has Bluetooth 4.2
  • Both speakers can be stereo paired
  • Design-wise, JBL Flip 6 has a cylindrical shape with fabric and rubber end caps, while Bose Soundlink Flex has a flatter tablet shape with a steel grill and silicon exterior
  • JBL Flip 6 has touch controls and a fabric strap, while Bose Soundlink Flex has a fabric hook called a utility loop
  • Sound quality: JBL Flip 6 has a racetrack-shaped subwoofer, dome tweeter, and dual passive radiators; Bose Soundlink Flex has a transducer and dual passive radiators
  • Frequency response: JBL Flip 6 is 63Hz to 20kHz, while Bose Soundlink Flex is approximately 60.8Hz to 15.6kHz (according to third party)
  • JBL Flip 6 allows EQ adjustments for bass, mids, and treble, while Bose Soundlink Flex does not have EQ controls
  • Bose Soundlink Flex has a microphone for calls, while JBL Flip 6 does not
  • Bluetooth standard: JBL Flip 6 has Bluetooth 5.1 with a range of 400 meters, while Bose Soundlink Flex has Bluetooth 4.2 with a range of 10 meters
  • Durability: Both speakers have an IP67 rating and were tested for water submersion and drop resistance; Bose held up surprisingly well, while JBL had some damage to rubber end caps
  • JBL Flip 6 has PartyBoost feature for linking up to 100 compatible speakers, while Bose Soundlink Flex can create a stereo pair or be linked with other Bose speakers on the Bose Connect app
  • Personal preference leans towards Bose Soundlink Flex for better bass and overall sound quality, but JBL Flip 6 is still impressive
  • Final recommendation depends on individual preferences and brand loyalty

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Transcript

[00:00:00] So then guys, what makes a better portable speaker, the JBL Flip 6 or the Bose Soundlink Flex? Arguably one of the closest comparisons I’ve ever made, so let’s find out which one gets my vote.

[00:00:13] Now both of these speakers have only very recently been released and we’ve had lots of you guys ask for a comparison and for very good reasons, so let’s kick things off with some key facts then about both of these speakers.

[00:00:26] Now the JBL Flip 6 retails for a price of £1,299 and is available in a colour choice of Dusty Pink, Grey Stone, River Teal, Fiesta Red, Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Steel White, Forest Green or Squad. So a huge range of colours so there’s something for everyone.

[00:00:42] Now on the other hand, we’ve got the Bose Soundlink Flex. Now this retails at a slightly higher price of £149.95 so about £20 difference there and is available in a more conservative choice of three colours being White Smoke, Black and Stone Blue.

[00:00:58] Now in terms of battery life, they’re both exactly the same at 12 hours on full charge but charging time is a little bit better on the JBL as it takes two and a half hours to recharge compared with four hours on the Bose.

[00:01:12] Now they both have the same weatherproof rating of IP67, meaning that they’re both submersible in water up to one meter of depth for up to 30 minutes. Now they also both support slightly different versions of Bluetooth, with the JBL coming with 5.1, whereas interestingly the Bose Soundlink comes in at Bluetooth 4.2 and I’ll talk more about that a little bit later on. But both speakers can also be stereo paired as well, so pretty similar speakers as you can tell already.

[00:01:44] So let’s take a closer look at the design of these two speakers then. So as you can see, the JBL Flip 6 here takes on the classical cylindrical portable speaker design, whereas the Bose is more of a flatter tablet shape. So in terms of materials on the JBL, you get this tough fabric around pretty much the entire speaker and then these rubber end caps for minimizing damage from being dropped, and on the Bose, it’s a powder-coated steel grill with silicon exterior.

[00:02:11] Now on first impressions, you think the JBL is going to be more durable, but in our durability test which is coming up a little bit later on, we were actually surprised about how well the Bose held up. Now the weight of these actually feels exactly the same and I think they’re actually the same on spec, 0.6 kilograms. Now they’re both light enough to fit in a rucksack and carry around with you or take with you on holiday.

[00:02:37] You’ve also got your classic touch controls on both speakers, including play pause, volume controls, power on and off, and Bluetooth pairing, and both speakers come with USB-C charging. Now something that differentiates the Bose is the addition of this fabric hook on the Bose which they call a utility loop, and it’s really handy especially for someone like myself who likes to get out and about a lot, and I can just clip this on to a rucksack using a carabiner. Now the JBL on the other hand has a lightweight option with this fabric strap, which you can use to tie to a bag, but it isn’t quite as sturdy as the carabiner option.

[00:03:17] Right then guys, on to the juicy stuff, the sound quality. Under the hood in the JBL, you get the famous racetrack-shaped subwoofer, coming in at 45mm by 80mm, separate 60mm dome tweeter, and dual passive radiators to enhance the bass. It’s a very similar story in the Bose as well, with a 60mm transducer and dual passive radiators. Now in terms of frequency response, the JBL Flip 6 is 63Hz by 20Hz, and while Bose don’t state their frequency response on their site, a third party has noted a frequency response of 60.8Hz by 15.6kHz. So on paper, we presume the Flip 6 will offer better mid and high range, and the Bose should offer deeper bass than the Flip 6. So that’s what we’re working with, but how well do they actually sound? Well, we’re going to be giving you a proper sound test in just a moment using our binaural microphone, but before I do that, there are a few things I need to mention regarding sound quality on both of these speakers.

[00:04:15] So first of all, these are both mono speakers, but there are no EQ adjustments with the Bose, so you can’t adjust the bass or the treble which you can do on the JBL. You can actually adjust the bass, mids, and treble on the Flip 6, and the significance of this cannot be understated. Now everyone is different and likes to listen to their music in different ways, so to be able to make these adjustments is a really big advantage. Now to be fair to Bose though, it does come with something called position IQ, which will automatically adjust the EQ based on the orientation it’s in, whether it’s hanging up, laying down flat, or standing upright. Now something that JBL definitely does not do. However, I’m always skeptical about products that say they automatically optimize themselves without being able to turn it on and off to actually hear the difference.

[00:05:07] Right, let’s get this binaural microphone on for you guys then. So I’m going to play some different tracks, different genres, to really give you a good idea of how these speakers actually sound. Now the same disclaimer as always here, take this with a pinch of salt because it’s not going to translate across as well as actually being here in the room.

[00:05:30] Alright then guys, so we’re now going to do the sound test. Obviously, as you can see right here, we’ve got the binaural mic set up, we’ve got the JBL Flip 6, as well as the Bose sounding. So we’re going to

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘JBL Flip 6 vs Bose Soundlink Flex: Which to Buy in 2024?’ by Smart Home Sounds