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JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Black
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- 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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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.
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.
I have previously owned UE boom, Denon Envaya mini and JBL charge plus 2. These are the Flip 3's closest competitors. Here is my summary of the competition.
UE boom: the reason I believe the UE boom is so popular is the form factor is just right and its loud for it's size. What I don't like about the UE Boom is it's $200 price tag and almost no bass whatsoever.
Denon Envaya Mini: so close, I just wish it was louder and the battery would only last a few hours a moderate volumes.
JBL Charge 2+: overall really good speaker, my two issues are, the sound profile is too bloated. Yes it has good bass for it's side but it tends to drown out the higher frequencies and has quite a bit of dynamic compression at high volumes. Also I just wish it was a little smaller to fit in camping chair cup holders and more portable.
And now for the JBL flip 3: it's as loud as the UE boom, does not have the battery life issues of the Denon and does not have bloated bass like the charge 2+. The sound profile is well balanced, the upper frequencies are slightly upfront with decent bass for it's size. My prediction, this will be the best selling Bluetooth speaker in it's class!
Update: Disappointed, found the chink in this things armor. The usb charging port Pins on the unit bend and become misaligned
and prevent charging. .Looks like the same mini usb that's on my phone and that never had a problem after 2 years. Unit under warranty JBL tells me I have to pay shipping to them instead of sending me a shipping label. Cost $20.00 to ship. Will update after warranty service.