The top brand of speakers, JBL, has a rich lineup of Bluetooth speakers, with colorful designs, high sound quality, high waterproof and dustproof ratings, and long-term playback via the built-in battery. They’re designed for listening to music at home, BGM in small stores, and outdoors, so you can easily enjoy the JBL sound. This time, I would like to actually touch, listen to and review the 5 popular models.
JBL is fashionable starting from the package!!
Here are the speakers!!
First of all, I was surprised that it is palm-sized. When you actually hold it in your hand, you can see that it has a moderate thickness and weight, and that it is well made. Operation was easy and this can be used without having to look at the manual. Press and hold the power button on the side to start the unit, and press and hold the Bluetooth button below it to start pairing. Just select it on your smartphone side and you're done. To be honest, I doubted the sound quality, but I was betrayed in a good way. The volume is more than enough, the sound is very clear, and the low range is so strong that you wouldn't expect it from this body. The staff sitting in front said, "That sound came out of that!? That's amazing!!" By the way, when the JBL is placed vertically with the JBL facing the front, there’s also a rubber strip on the base for protection. It is a reliable Bluetooth speaker that is just the right for size and sound for when you go out for a while.
The previous CLIP3 model had a round appearance, but the CLIP4 has a slightly elliptical design that fits better in the hand. The clip part is also strong, so there is a sense of security. After pairing, the only operations are "+" and "-" to raise and lower the volume and "▷" for play and stop. So, anyone can use it without hesitation. The sound quality is JBL. Despite the small size, you can enjoy a more powerful sound than you would expect. It has a strong waterproof and dustproof rating of IP67, so it's good for the outdoors without having to worry about wet locations such as the beach, rivers, and lakes. Feel free to attach it to your belt loop of your pants or on your backpack for a fashionable appearance and sound.
The FLIP5 is equipped with passive radiators on both sides, which the GO3 and CLIP4 did not have, making it a model that allows you to enjoy a more powerful bass. Because it is cylindrical, I thought that it would easily roll around, but it has a well thought out design, and it can be installed exactly where the JBL logo comes to the front. Of course, it is recommended for the outdoors, but I personally think that it is also perfect for the living room or bedroom. The design is simple, stylish and fashionable. It fits naturally into the room as piece of decor. The sound quality is JBL and the volume is amazing, so it will meet your expectations whether you want to listen to it in a moist area or dance to it at a loud volume. This model has a function called JBL Party Boost, which allows you to connect two FLILP5s together for stereo playback, or to play the same music on multiple units. The manual states that "more than 100 units can be connected", and it is difficult to prepare such a large number of Flip5s, but I feel a little urge to try it (laughs).
The Charge 4 is one size larger than the Flip 5, and the volume and power of the low range are also one size larger than Flip 5. As the name suggests, the recommended point of this model is that it can also be used as a mobile battery to charge other USB-compatible devices as well. There is also an external input terminal for the stereo mini, so you can't miss the fact that it supports connections other than Bluetooth. As with other JBL Bluetooth speakers, it's great that it's super easy to operate. Once paired, the connection will be completed automatically just by turning on the power of the speaker. You can enjoy music with high sound quality immediately after pressing the play button. If you use the JBL Connect Plus function, you can divide the two Charge 4s into a left channel and a right channel for wireless stereo playback, so it is also recommended as a speaker for BGM playback in stores.
The JBL Pulse 4 Bluetooth speaker is designed to set it apart from the other GO3, CLIP4, FLIP5, and Charge4. After all, a colorfully illuminated light is built into it. People who want to enjoy music not only with their ears but also with their eyes will think that this is a great option for a speaker. If you bring it to a gathering, such as a party or camping, you will definitely get a lot of attention. There are four types of light patterns, and the one I like the most is the graphic equalizer. Seeing the bars that go up and down in time with the beat will make you feel better. The quality as a speaker for playing music is perfect, and I think it is the best class for fashionable interior decor as well. As they say, "you can enjoy music from all directions with the 360-degree speaker arrangement", you can hear the JBL sound even if you turn it around. Of course, because it is waterproof, it can be used in areas such as pool sides or at the sea, and it is also recommended for stereo playback with two units using the JBL party boost function and for BGM playback in stores.
I compared a variety of things! !!
[Playback time] Time
GO3 5 hours
[Volume] Number of watts
[Low frequency thickness] Transducer size
GO3 43 x 47mm, CLIP4 40 mm
As you can see from the output wattage, the volume and the thickness of the low range increase as the main unit size increases. In particular, the three models after the FLIP5 are equipped with a passive radiator, so I could feel that the power increased at once.
As you turn up the volume, it vibrates and almost screams!!!
JIntroducing recommended functions unique to JBL Bluetooth speakers. JBL Party Boost (FLIP5, PULSE4) and JBL Connect Plus (CHARGE4) that allow you to prepare multiple speakers and play the same sound, or swing two channels to L and R for stereo playback. In party mode, you can connect more than 100 units apparently (laughs) It's a convenient function when there is a space where the sound can't reach if there is only one at a slightly larger party or outdoor event.
I think the stereo mode is good when playing BGM at home or in a store. It is perfect for people who want to play some music easily because it eliminates the hassle of preparing a mixer, power amplifier, and speakers, connecting them with cables, and wiring them together.
The other is the illumination of the PULSE4. This looks simple!!! Whether it's an event space or your own room, you'll be able to monopolize your line of sight. (Lol) You can change the illumination pattern with the buttons on the main unit, but you can also change it according to your mood from the JBL Connect app. Personally, I used the "equalizer" the most ♪ When using multiple PULSE4s, it is also interesting that there is a sync function that can turn on the same color by shaking the speaker.
I've compared a variety of things and introduced the recommended functions and reviews, but with so many types, you may be wondering which one to get. In such a case, I think you should choose according to the place you will use it.
Lightweight & compact → GO3, CLIP4
Bass → FLIP5, CHARGE4, PULSE4
Stereo playback → FLIP5, CHARGE4, PULSE4
Charging function → CHARGE4
Illuminations → PULSE4
JBL Bluetooth speakers will surely play an active role if you have one or more. Please choose the one that suits your preferences from a wide choices of types and color variations ♬