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JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Portable Stereo Bluetooth Speaker (Black)
|Sound clarity||20 KHz|
|Speakers Maximum Output Power||16 Watts|
About this item
- The durable fabric material and rugged rubber housing allows your speaker to outlast all of your adventures
- Wireless Bluetooth Streaming Wirelessly connect up to 3 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns playing surprisingly powerful, room-filling stereo sound.
- 3000mAH Rechargeable Battery: Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery supports up to 10 hours of playtime; Build your own ecosystem by connecting multiple JBL Connect enabled speakers together to amplify the listening experience
- Take crystal clear calls from your speaker with the touch of a button thanks to the noise and echo cancelling speakerphone
- Splashproof means no more worrying about rain or spills; you can even clean it with running tap water, Just don’t submerge it; Hear the bass, feel the bass, see the bass. Dual external passive radiators demonstrate just how powerful your speakers are
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JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
All-purpose, all-weather companion jbl flip 3 is the next generation wireless speaker in the award-winning flip series. It is a comprehensive portable Bluetooth speaker that delivers surprisingly powerful, room-filling stereo sound everywhere. This ultra-compact speaker is powered by a 3000mah rechargeable li-ion battery that offers up to 10 hours of continuous playtime. Sporting a durable, splash proof fabric and available in 8 vibrant colors, flip 3 is the all-purpose, all-weather companion that integrates music into every aspect of your life - from tabletop to poolside, from sunny mornings to rainy nights. Flip 3 also features a built-in noise and echo cancelling speakerphone for crystal clear conference calls, and jbl connect technology that can wirelessly link multiple jbl connect-enabled speakers together to amplify the listening experience.
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JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Black
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After about a year of casual usage, battery life started to diminish. Around the same time, I started hearing some distortion at high volumes. Slightly annoying but not the end of the world.
After about a year and a half, it has become nearly unusable. I get obnoxious chirps at higher volumes, and despite a full charge, the speaker turns off on its own after about 30 minutes. I can't rely on this for a short ride across town let alone a day-long ride or weekend getaway. I take good care of my electronics and get years out of them, but I didn't even get 2 out of the Flip 3. I expected more for $95.
If you want the shortest possible answer: We're keeping the Flip 3 and giving the SoundCore XL as a gift. But it was almost a coin toss about which was going to stay.
I wanted this speaker to have enough volume for modest outdoor gatherings (both meet that criteria, though the Flip 3 is probably a touch louder) and sound good enough that I wouldn't mind having it playing in the house. I'm also biased against today's tendency for consumer speakers to emphasize bass response over every other frequency range. If you like your music boom-y, I'm not going to like the same speakers that you will.
My wife and I listened to each of them across a wide range of music from classical to folk to hip-hop to pop to hard rock, trying to get a sense of which we liked better. The answer, as it turned out, was "it depends." The Flip 3 is definitely not as "flat" audibly as the SoundCore. Within the limits of what you can do with a small speaker, the Flip seems to emphasize the bass and treble ends of the spectrum more. High treble even sounded unnaturally "sizzly" for a couple songs. In others, the vocalist almost seemed a bit buried under the rest of the mix--though never disturbingly so. (We're talking nuance here, and your ears may have a different experience.)
The SoundCore is definitely more flat sounding. It doesn't produce as much bass as the Flip, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, and it never had the sizzling issue in the treble. It just sounds...even. People used to the punchy sound emphasized by consumer speaker and headphone manufacturers, however, may find that the music lacks a bit of life.
Which did we prefer? Ultimately it depended on what we were playing. Folk, country and music from the 70s and 80s that clearly was mixed with the intent of playing over the radio we often preferred on the SoundCore. More current pop, rock, and hip-hop sounded better to us on the JBL. In the final count, the JBL came out on top, but not by much. I've been listening to both for a few days now, switching back and forth every so often, and I find that I'm inclined toward the JBL, but I certainly don't mind the SoundCore.
Size and Build:
The SoundCore Sport XL is about 7 x 3 x 1.75 inches and wrapped in what feels like very sturdy, slightly rubbery plastic. It's definitely heavy in your hand and makes you feel confident that it can hold up to some rigorous outdoor use. The biggest issue with the design is that I found myself constantly grabbing into the bass port on the back, which includes a metal cover over a stretchy membrane for a passive woofer. I have no idea if pushing on the cover would damage the passive woofer, but it was disconcerting.
The Flip 3 is 6.5 x 2.5 inches and covered in a dense fabric with hard plastic ends. It's slightly lighter in the hand, and the cylindrical shape makes it more comfortable to pick up and carry around. It feels solidly built if not quite as tank-like as the SoundCore. The Flip3's dual bass ports are on the ends, out of the way unless you have a very odd approach to picking up cylinders.
The reason for the one-star deduction is that is is a round device that tends to roll on its own, so keeping it on a sloped surface is difficult. Another thing that i would like to see is that all controls are on the same plain where currently, the power button is on one side and volume and other controls on another.
Overall, the sound, volume, ease of pairing, it is an excellent speaker.
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See from the photos, the JBL stickers on both ends of the speakers, the card reader (a feature that does not exist on the authentic speaker), no brand info on the speaker, shotty fake logo on the front and the clearly fake box. The original box is of much higher quality cardboard, and has a magnetic enclosure as well as foam inside the box. FAKE FAKE FAKE
Imballo perfetto. Confezione ok. Perfetta.
La cassa rifinita molto bene, curata nei minimi dettagli. Accoppiamento immediato bluetooth... senza problemi.
Vari indicatori tra cui quello della batteria....
Suono eccezionale! Cristallino... ottimi bassi... molto potente!
Rumori in sottofondo pari a zero!
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