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JBL Flip 5 Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated Jan 20, 2022 at 02:40 pm
JBL Flip 5 Picture
6.0
Music
5.6
Videos/Movies
7.5
Podcasts
2.9
Voice Assistant
6.8
Outdoors
This speaker was replaced by the JBL Flip 6
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Speakerphone
No
Voice Assistant
No
Battery Powered
Yes

The JBL Flip 5 is a cylindrical Bluetooth speaker. It's well-built, has a carrying strap so you can take it with you on the go, and it comes in several different colors to better suit your style. However, like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass and doesn't get very loud. It also doesn't come with any sound enhancement features and doesn't support voice assistants. That said, its over eight hours of playback time should be enough for long days outdoors.

Our Verdict

6.0 Music

The JBL Flip 5 is mediocre for music. Out-of-the-box, it has a slightly boomy sound profile due to its recessed treble range. It also struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the low-bass. That said, its balanced mid-range helps reproduce vocals and lead instruments pretty clearly and accurately. Unfortunately, there aren't any sound customization features available.

Pros
  • Portable design.
  • Wide soundstage.
Cons
  • No sound customization features.
  • Doesn't get very loud.
5.6 Videos/Movies

The JBL Flip 5 is middling for watching videos and movies. While it has low latency with Android devices, unfortunately, you might notice some delay between the audio you hear and the video you see when you're watching over iOS devices. Some apps compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience can vary. This speaker also doesn't get very loud, and it struggles to reproduce the thump and rumble in the low-bass found in action-packed scenes.

Pros
  • Low latency with Android devices.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud.
  • High latency with iOS.
7.5 Podcasts

The JBL Flip 5 is satisfactory for podcasts. Voices are reproduced pretty clearly, but they can also seem a bit dull and veiled due to the recessed treble. Thanks to its portable design, it's easy to bring this speaker with you from room to room. However, unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud.

Pros
  • Portable design.
  • Wide soundstage.
Cons
  • No sound customization features.
  • Doesn't get very loud.
2.9 Voice Assistant

The JBL Flip 5 doesn't support voice assistants.

6.8 Outdoors

The JBL Flip 5 is fair for outdoor use. Its portable, lightweight design is easy to bring with you on the go, and its IPX7 rating means it's certified to be submersible for up to thirty minutes in water at a depth of one meter. It can last over eight hours off of a single charge, which should be enough to get you through a day on the go, though battery life can vary based on usage. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and there's some compression if you push it to max volume.

Pros
  • Portable design.
  • IPX7 rating.
Cons
  • No sound customization features.
  • Doesn't get very loud.
  • 6.0 Music
  • 5.6 Videos/Movies
  • 7.5 Podcasts
  • 2.9 Voice Assistant
  • 6.8 Outdoors
  1. Updated Mar 23, 2021: Thanks to user feedback, we corrected an error in our weight measurement.
  2. Updated Feb 02, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Jan 28, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The JBL Flip 5 is a cylindrical speaker with a tight-knit fabric wrapped around the speakers. You can place it horizontally or vertically, and it has a removable strap. It comes in many color variations, so you can find a style that looks best for you. You can also personalize your speaker's design via JBL's website. Check out the TREBLAB HD77 for a similar speaker with RGB lights.

9.3
Design
Portability
Volume
47 inยณ (771 cmยณ)
Weight
1.2 lbs (0.5 kg)
Power Source
Battery & USB
One-Hand Carry
Yes

This speaker is incredibly portable. It has a strap so you can easily carry it around. It also uses a battery, so you don't need to plug it into a power outlet when you're outside.

7.5
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Great
Water Resistance
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Unspecified
Impact Resistance
No
Floats In Water
Unspecified

The JBL Flip 5 has a good build quality. It's made of plastic, which feels quite solid and durable. The fabric wrapped around the edges is tight and doesn't seem like it could rip easily. While there's no cover for the USB-C port, the speaker still has an IPX7 rating, so it's certified to be submersible in water at a depth of one meter for up to thirty minutes.

5.9
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Great
Feedback
Good
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Physical)
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Physical)
Track Next/Previous
No
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

The JBL Flip 5 has several controls. You can turn the speaker on and off, pair a Bluetooth device, and adjust the volume. The 'PartyBoost' button lets you link the speaker with other PartyBoost speakers. While you can skip the track forward by pressing the play button twice, you can't go to a previous track.

Feedback is good. There's a chime to let you know when you've reached max volume, and there are lights on top of the power and Bluetooth buttons to let you know when it's on and connected to a source. There's also a light indicator to let you know that the speaker is charging. If you're looking for a speaker with a wider selection of controls, check out theย Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II.

Design
In The Box

  • JBL Flip 5 speaker
  • USB-C to USB-A charging cable
  • User manual

Sound
6.3
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
-0.31
Std. Err.
3.76 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
68.3 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
13.7 kHz

The JBL Flip 5's frequency response accuracy is passable. When placed horizontally, it struggles to reproduce low-bass. It's still a little boomy, though, as the treble range is mostly recessed, resulting in dull sibilants. That said, it has a balanced mid-range, which is good for ensuring that vocals and lead instruments sound present and accurate in your mix. If you're looking for a speaker that lets you customize its sound profile, check out the JBL Flip 6 and Sonos Roam.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
6.3
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
3.29 dB
Stereo
No (mono)

The JBL Flip 5 has a mediocre soundstage. Its directivity is good, resulting in a wide soundstage. However, on its own, it has to downmix stereo content into mono to play it. If you want stereo sound, you'll need to pair this speaker with another PartyBoost compatible speaker from the JBL lineup.

5.8
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
85.5 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
3.74 dB

The JBL Flip 5 has a middling dynamics performance. It doesn't get very loud, so it can't fill up a large room or a crowded party. There's also some compression when you play it at max volume, unfortunately, which can affect audio quality.

Active Features
7.4
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
8.2 hrs
Charge Time
2.6 hrs
Power Saving
Yes
Charging Port
USB-C

The JBL Flip 5 has a satisfactory battery performance. The manufacturer says it can last up to 12 hours off a single charge, but in our tests, it lasted a little over eight hours. Battery life can vary depending on your usage habits, though. Also, this speaker has a power-saving feature that shuts it off after twenty minutes of inactivity, which is handy.

0
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Siri
No
Voice Activation
No
Microphone Mute
No Microphone
Far-Field Performance
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
No Microphone
6.6
Active Features
App
App Name
JBL Portable
iOS
Yes
Android
Yes
EQ
No
Stereo Pair Mode
Yes
Party Mode
Yes
Multi-Room
No

Update 01/20/2022: The JBL Connect app was renamed as the JBL Portable app. We've updated the text accordingly, but there aren't any changes to the features available through the platform.

The JBL Portable app is okay. It's compatible with Android and iOS. If you have another PartyBoost speaker, you can pair two units to create a stereo pair or link several units to play the same audio across a larger space. However, unlike the JBL Flip 6 and Ultimate Ears BOOM 3, it lacks an EQ for this speaker, so you can't tweak its sound profile.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
No
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
No

You can't use this speaker wired. It comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable for charging up the speaker.

8.4
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.2
Bluetooth iOS Latency
154 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
96 ms
Bluetooth Range
219.8 ft (67.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices

The JBL Flip 5 has great Bluetooth connectivity. Unlike the OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA, you can pair it with up to two speakers at a time, and it has low audio latency on Android devices, which is good if you like to stream video. While latency on iOS is a bit higher, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary. For a speaker with lower latency over Bluetooth with iOS and Android devices, consider the Beats Pill+.

0
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
No Wi-Fi
Apple AirPlay
No
AirPlay Latency
N/A
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The JBL Flip 5 comes in several color variants: 'Black', 'Red', 'White', 'Teal', 'Blue', 'Gray', 'Green', 'Yellow', 'Pink', 'Sand', 'Yellow', and 'Camo' (also known as 'Squad'), and 'Black Camo'. We tested the Black Camo variant, and you can see its label here. You can also customize the look of this speaker with your own design through the manufacturer's website. We expect these color variants to perform similarly to our model. However, JBL also makes an 'Eco Edition' of this speaker, which is advertised as being made from recycled plastic. This variant comes in two colors: 'Forest Green' and 'Ocean Blue'. Due to their unique build, we don't know if these two variants perform similarly to our model.

If you come across another variant, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The JBL Flip 5 is a Bluetooth speaker that comes in a variety of color schemes to better suit your style. It's pretty similar to the JBL Flip 4, but each speaker has different strengths. The Flip 4 is a stereo speaker that supports voice assistants through your paired smartphone, but the Flip 5 can reproduce a more extended low-bass.

You can also link it with other PartyBoost speakers for stereo sound. Check out our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best JBL speakers, and the best cheap speakers.

JBL Flip 6

The JBL Flip 5 and the JBL Flip 6 are similar speakers. The Flip 5 can produce a slightly more extended low-bass than the Flip 6 out-of-the-box. Its battery life also lasted around two hours longer during testing. That said, the Flip 6 comes with a graphic EQ you can use to customize its sound profile to your liking. It's also better-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's fully dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes.

JBL Charge 5

The JBL Charge 5 is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5. The Charge 5 has a more neutral sound profile, and longer battery life, though the latter can vary depending on your usage habits. It's also better built and is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance. However, while the Charge 5 can get louder with slightly fewer compression artifacts at max volume, the Flip 5 has a somewhat wider-sounding soundstage.

JBL Flip 4

The JBL Flip 4 is a more versatile speaker than the JBL Flip 5 overall, though they're very similar and have different strengths. The Flip 4 can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono and supports voice assistants through your smartphone. You can also only connect it to JBL speakers that are compatible with JBL Connect+. That said, the Flip 5 can produce a more extended low-bass than the Flip 4 and can only connect to PartyBoost-compatible JBL speakers.

JBL Charge 4

The JBL Flip 5 is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 4. The FLIP has better directivity, resulting in a wider soundstage. It also has a more balanced sound profile. However, the Charge has longer battery life.

Sonos Roam

The Sonos Roam is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5. The Sonos has built-in voice assistant support over Wi-Fi, and it offers an incredible voice assistant performance. It also comes with a room correction feature as well as bass and treble adjustments. However, the JBL has a longer battery life, though battery life can vary slightly depending on usage.

Bose SoundLink Flex

The Bose SoundLink Flex is better than the JBL Flip 5 overall. The Bose offers a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass than the JBL. It's better built and can get a bit louder with less compression at max volume. It also supports voice assistants through your paired smartphone and is excellent at understanding your commands from far and in noisy settings. That said, the JBL is just a little bit smaller, and it has better directivity, so its soundstage is perceived as a bit wider than that of the Bose.

Ultimate Ears BOOM 3

The Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 is a better speaker for most uses than the JBL Flip 5. The Ultimate Ears is better-built, gets louder with less compression, and has longer battery life. Also, it has a better soundstage performance, and it can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. While the JBL has a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, only the Ultimate Ears offers a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization.

JBL Clip 4

The JBL Flip 5 is a better speaker than the JBL Clip 4, though they have different strengths. The Flip 5 can get louder and has a better-balanced sound profile that can reproduce a deeper bass than the Clip 4. It also has a longer battery life, lasting over eight hours from a single charge, though this can vary depending on your usage. However, the Clip 4 is smaller and more portable with a built-in carabiner hook. It also has a wider-sounding soundstage than the Flip 5 and is better built.

Sony SRS-XB23

The Sony SRS-XB23 is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5. The Sony is better-built, can play stereo content, and has longer-lasting continuous battery life. It also has a companion app with a graphic EQ so that you can tweak its sound to your liking. However, the JBL can get a bit louder with fewer compression artifacts.

Bose SoundLink Micro

The JBL Flip 5 is a slightly better speaker for most uses than the Bose SoundLink Micro. The JBL has a better-balanced sound profile, and it can get louder, although with more compression artifacts at max volume. The JBL also has longer battery life. However, the Bose supports your smartphone's voice assistant.

Beats Pill+

The JBL Flip 5 is a better speaker than the Beats Pill+. The JBL is a better-built speaker with an IPX7 rating for water resistance. It also has a more balanced sound profile. However, the Beats can play stereo content, and its latency over Bluetooth with iOS devices is lower, making it more suitable for watching videos. That being said, some apps compensate differently for latency.

JBL Xtreme 3

The JBL Xtreme 3 is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5 overall. The Xtreme 3 can get louder and can produce a more extended low-bass than the Flip 5. It can also play stereo content without downmixing it to mono and has a longer-lasting battery life, though the latter can depend on your usage, and your real-world experience may differ. That said, the Flip 5 is smaller and more portable than the Xtreme 3. It also has a wider-sounding soundstage.

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5. The Ultimate Ears is better-built, can play stereo content, and has a wider soundstage. It can also get louder, and its continuous battery life lasts longer.

Marshall Emberton

The Marshall Emberton is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5 overall. The Marshall has a wider-sounding soundstage and can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, which is more immersive. It also has a better-balanced sound profile, and longer-lasting battery life, though battery performance can depend on your usage, and your experience may vary. That said, the JBL can be paired to another compatible unit to create a stereo pair or to multiple other units when you want your audio to fill a large space without increasing its volume.

JBL Pulse 4

The JBL Flip 5 and the JBL Pulse 4 are similarly performing speakers with slightly different features. The Pulse has fewer compression artifacts present at max volume, and it comes with customizable RGB lights. Its soundstage is also perceived as more open, and its battery lasts longer. However, the FLIP has a better build quality and is more portable, thanks to its removable carrying strap that lets you easily bring it with you on-the-go.

Sony SRS-XB33

The Sony SRS-XB33 is a better speaker for most uses than the JBL Flip 5. The Sony is better built and can get louder with fewer compression artifacts. It also has a longer-lasting battery life, supports voice assistants from your smartphone, and its companion app has a graphic EQ so that you can tweak its sound profile. However, the JBL sounds better balanced out-of-the-box.

Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3

The Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5. The Ultimate Ears is a better-built speaker and its soundstage is perceived as more open and spacious. Also, it can get louder and has much longer battery life. Although its sound profile is a bit less neutral than the JBL's, there's a graphic EQ and presets in the Ultimate Ears app that lets you customize its sound to your liking. However, some users may prefer the JBL's smaller, more portable design.

Anker Soundcore Flare 2

The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5. The Anker has a better soundstage performance, and its graphic EQ and presets give you more ability to customize its sound. Also, the Anker supports voice assistants from your smartphone, though it doesn't offer the most impressive performance.

JBL Xtreme 2

The JBL Xtreme 2 is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5. The Xtreme has a more neutral sound profile with a lower bass extension. Its battery lasts longer, and it has voice assistant compatibility. However, the FLIP is a smaller speaker, which can be useful for carrying it with you on-the-go.

Anker Soundcore 3

The JBL Flip 5 and the Anker Soundcore 3 are similar speakers with different strengths. The JBL is better built and has a slightly better-balanced sound profile than the Anker. It also has a PartyBoost feature you can use to pair it to multiple other PartyBoost-compatible speakers, handy when you want your audio to fill a large room. The Anker features a Graphic EQ you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. It can also support voice assistants through your smartphone and has a longer battery life, though this can vary depending on usage, so your experience may differ.

Anker Soundcore 2

The JBL Flip 5 is a better speaker than the Anker Soundcore 2. The JBL has a more neutral, balanced sound profile, and it also comes with a companion app that makes it easy to pair it with another speaker. However, the Anker supports voice assistants, and it has longer battery life.

Anker Soundcore Motion Boom

The Anker Soundcore Motion Boom is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5. With BassUp on, the Anker can produce a more extended low-bass than the JBL and can also get louder with less compression present at max volume. You can also customize its sound profile to your liking thanks to the graphic EQ and presets in its Soundcore app, and it has an incredible battery life of almost 40 hours, though this can vary depending on your usage. However, the JBL is smaller and more portable than the Anker. It offers a wider-sounding soundstage and can pair with multiple PartyBoost-compatible JBL speakers at once.

Sony SRS-XB43

The Sony SRS-XB43 is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5 overall. The Sony can get louder than the JBL and is more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ featured on its companion app. It also has a longer battery life, lasting about 15 hours from a single charge, though this can vary depending on your usage. Additionally, it can support voice assistants through your smartphone, though its performance isn't very good. That said, the JBL is smaller and more portable than the Sony.

JBL GO 3

The JBL Flip 5 is a better speaker than the JBL GO 3. The Flip 5 can produce a more extended low-bass than the GO 3 and can get louder. It also has a longer-lasting battery life, lasting a little over 8 hours in our tests, though this can vary depending on your usage habits, and your experience may differ. That said, the GO 3 is smaller and more portable. It's also better-built and has less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volume levels.

JBL Boombox 2

The JBL Boombox 2 is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5. The Boombox has a more balanced sound profile, reproducing a more extended low-bass. It can get louder than the FLIP, and its battery lasts much longer. That being said, the FLIP has better directivity thanks to its 360-design. 

Sonos Move

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5 overall. The Sonos offers a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass than the JBL. It also comes with bass and treble adjustments to tweak its sound to your liking. It offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and is Wi-Fi compatible. That said, the JBL is smaller, making it more portable and easier to bring along with you when you're out and about.

Apple HomePod mini

The JBL Flip 5 and the Apple HomePod mini are designed for different uses. The JBL is a portable, battery-powered Bluetooth speaker with an IPX7 rating for water resistance that certifies it to be immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It's designed to be taken along with you on the go and can get a bit louder than the Apple. The Apple is a Wi-Fi speaker with Siri built-in and is designed for use at home. It needs to remain plugged into an outlet to work. It has less compression present at max volume and offers a wider-sounding soundstage. Its Apple Home companion app is also only available with iOS devices.

Sony SRS-XB12

The Sony SRS-XB12 and the JBL Flip 5 are similar speakers. The Sony has better directivity, resulting in a wider-sounding soundstage. It has little compression present at max volume, so your audio sounds clean at louder volumes. It also supports voice assistants through your smartphone and has a longer-lasting battery life, though the latter can vary depending on your usage. The JBL can produce a more extended low-bass and can get louder than the Sony. You can connect it to other PartyBoost-compatible to play the same audio across a larger space or create a stereo pair.

OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA

The JBL Flip 5 and the OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA have different strengths and depending on your needs, you may prefer one over the other. The JBL is better-built, has a more neutral sound profile, and supports multi-device pairing. However, the OontZ is a stereo speaker and it can get louder with fewer compression artifacts. It also has a significantly longer-lasting battery life and supports your smartphone's Google Assistant or Siri voice assistant. It also has bass and treble sliders.

TREBLAB HD77

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the TREBLAB HD77 or the JBL Flip 5. The TREBLAB can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono and has better directivity, resulting in a wider and more immersive-sounding soundstage. There's an AUX input to wire your devices to the speaker. Its battery also lasted around three hours longer during our tests, though this varies depending on your usage. That said, the JBL offers a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. It's compatible with the JBL Portable app and can connect to other PartyBoost-compatible JBL speakers. It can also pair to two devices at once which is handy when you need to quickly switch between audio sources.

Anker Soundcore Motion+

The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5. Unlike the Anker, the JBL has to downmix stereo content to mono, which doesn't sound as immersive. The Anker also has a longer battery life, and its sound profile can be adjusted using the graphic EQ in its companion app. It also supports voice assistants, although it may have some trouble understanding you.

Sony SRS-XB13

The Sony SRS-XB13 is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5. The Sony is smaller and is better built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, so it's fully dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It can get louder than the JBL with less compression present at max volume and has a wider and more open-sounding soundstage. It also has a longer-lasting battery life that lasts over 11 hours, though this can vary depending on your usage. That said, the JBL can produce a more extended low-bass and can pair with other PartyBoost-compatible JBL speakers.

Bose SoundLink Color II

The JBL Flip 5 is a better speaker than the Bose SoundLink Color II for most uses. The JBL has a more balanced sound profile and its soundstage has better directivity. It also has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, while the Bose has an IPX4 rating. That said, only the Bose has voice assistant support, and it can play stereo content without downmixing it into mono.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2

The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5. The Bang & Olufsen has a more solid build, and its directivity is better, so audio is more even from all angles. Also, it has a 'Beosonic' sound customization feature, EQ presets in its companion app, and comes with Alexa built-in, while the JBL doesn't support voice assistants. However, the JBL's battery lasts slightly longer.

Bose SoundLink Revolve II

The Bose SoundLink Revolve II is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5 overall. The Bose is better built with an IP55 rating for dust and water resistance. It also supports voice assistants through your smartphone and does a really good job of hearing you when you're far from the speaker or in noisier environments. That said, the JBL is smaller and lighter than the Bose. It’s incredibly portable and comes with a carrying strap that makes it easy to take with you when you’re on the go.

Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II

The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is a better overall speaker than the JBL Flip 5. It has a slightly more balanced sound profile, is better-built, and can support voice assistants. It also has better directivity that makes it easy to hear your audio clearly from most angles. That said, the JBL is slightly more portable than the Bose and comes with a strap you can use to carry it around with you. It also comes in over ten other color variants, which some users may prefer.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore

The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5 overall. The Bang & Olufsen is better built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. It also has a wider-sounding soundstage and can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. Also, it's more customizable thanks to its EQ presets and 'Beosonic' feature, which you can use to adjust the speaker's sound to your liking. However, The JBL has a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box and has a 'PartyBoost' feature you can use to pair it to other 'PartyBoost' compatible speakers when you want your audio to fill a large space.

Alpine Corporation Solar Bluetooth Rock Speaker

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the JBL Flip 5 or the Alpine Corporation Solar Bluetooth Rock Speaker. The JBL is smaller, more portable, and offers a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass. It also has better directivity, resulting in a more natural-sounding soundstage than that of the Alpine. That said, the Alpine Corporation can get louder, and has an outdoor-friendly, rock-like design with a built-in solar panel. It also has a longer-lasting battery life, though this can depend on your usage.

Sony SRS-RA3000

The Sony SRS-RA3000 is a slightly better speaker than the JBL Flip 5. The Sony has a better-balanced sound profile that you can customize thanks to the graphic EQ and presets available on its companion app. It also has an exceptional soundstage performance. However, the JBL is better built and is rated IPX7 for water resistance. It’s also battery-powered and more portable than the Sony.

Theater Solutions B83GR

The JBL Flip 5 is a better speaker than the Theater Solutions B83GR overall. It has a much more balanced sound profile and can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It also has much better directivity, which allows your audio to sound clear from all angles, is more portable, and has a longer battery life. That being said, the Theater Solutions can get a bit louder than the JBL with fewer compression artifacts at max volume. It can also be paired with up to 99 B83GR speakers and has a unique rock-like design which some users with a large outdoor space might prefer in an outdoor speaker.

JBL PartyBox 710

The JBL PartyBox 710 is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5, though they're designed for different uses. The PartyBox is a much larger speaker designed for use at parties. It comes with RGB lights, mic, and guitar inputs, and can get much louder than the Flip 5. It can also produce the deep thump and rumble in low-bass that fans of bass-heavy music tend to enjoy. That said, the Flip 5 is designed to be taken along with you on the go. It's smaller and is battery-powered, making it more portable. You can also connect it to multiple other PartyBoost-compatible speakers to amplify your audio across larger areas.

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