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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review: JBL Flip 3 - the UE Boom killer



According to JBL the Flip together with the Flip 2 are their most popular portable speakers. To tell the truth, neither of them really managed to impress me. They were rather tinny sounding, the first version had also quite harsh treble response with some honky upper bass boost, although the second version was smoothened out a bit, it still sounded far from impressive and the battery life was pretty underwhelming as well. Now JBL came up with a completely new design more similar to the new JBL Xtreme or JBL Charge 2. Let's have a look if the JBL Flip 3 (buy from amazon) is really an improvement over the predecessors.


The catchy title of my review was chosen on purpose. There are still lots of people who really think the UE Boom to sound good. Some even claim it to be the best portable speaker available. With so many great alternatives on the market right now, I cannot quite follow their attitute, but if you really like the sound of the UE Boom, the Flip 3 is a much better sounding speaker, besides being cheaper as well. Although the JBL Flip 3 still has some design elements of the previous Flip models, it is pretty obvious that it rather aims at directly competing with the UE Boom.

 
The main features of the JBL Flip 3 compared to the predecessors are a much better battery. While the old models were claimed to last up to 5 hours, the Flip 3 should last 10 hours, but according to my own tests it will last even much longer if you keep the volume at reasonable levels. The Flip 3 has a tough textile finish similar to the UE Boom and it is water water resistant, although it shouldn't be completely submerged under water, you can still wash it under running water.


It supports multipoint pairing to 3 devices at once, and last but not least it can be paired with another one for wireless stereo or to double the sound, besides it can also be paired with a JBL Xtreme. These two speakers are the first JBL speakers to actually have JBL Connect integrated. The most important change though is probably the acoustic design. While the former Flips were ported bass-reflex designs, the JBL Flip3 uses dual passive radiators to enhance bass response. The amplifier delivers 16W which would be even more powerful than the JBL Charge 2, and my hope was that the JBL Flip 3 would be a kind of shrinked JBL Charge 2, smaller, cuter with slightly less bass. But before talking about the sound quality, let's first have a look at some details.


The Flip 3 is available in many funky colors. For my taste they all look pretty good, but initially I decided to go with black, as it would match my black JBL Xtreme best. In the meantime I returned the black and have a yellow unit now, more on this "exchange" later. As you can pair 2 of them and use them as a stereo system, the choice of different colours for both can definitely become tough. Yellow/blue, red/teal, black/grey, it would be interesting if JBL could once publish a list with the most popular colors. 
The Flip 3 comes within a stylish compact box. With exception of the speaker and a micro-USB cable you will not find much inside, just the common quick-guides, warranty cards etc. This means there is no charging adaptor included. But thanks to a micro-USB port for charging the Flip3 can be charged from any USB source. The Flip 3 has also an own cord mounted which acts as a carrying loop. I really love this loop as it makes the usage of the speaker much more versatile. I can attach the speaker to anything, or let it hang from other objects. When I go hiking with my son, I often tether the Flip 3 to our rucksack, or let it hang from my trouser-belt. Thanks to the loop there are endless possibilities how to utilize it, which is how a portable speaker is meant to be used.


There are so many "portable" speakers with glossy surfaces, or delicate brushed metal finishes which scratch immediately if put on stone or sand or even when carried inside a bag. I think the choice of materials for the JBL Flip 3 is really sensible. The textile finish is equal to the one used for the Xtreme. It really seems to be insensitive to any kind of wear.



The other parts of the speaker seem to be made out of some kind of soft plastic or maybe hard rubber, not this rough rubber you'll find at the UE Boom or Megaboom, which also tends to absorb scratches very quickly. The rubber material of the JBL Flip 3 looks much mure durable, it is also slightly transparent, which looks really cool when put against some light source.


As usual my son fell in love with the speaker immediately and of course after some time he managed to drop it on flagstone not only once. Although I was shocked in the first moment, after examining the speaker closer I couldn't find any sign of damage or dent, I wasn't even able to say where exactly it hit the ground. I wouldn't recommend dropping the Flip 3 repeatedly, but it seems to be built to taking some pounding. Doing so with the Bose Soundlink Mini managed to create a big dent into one of the edges, although it only fell on grass and not stone.
There are still the exposed passive radiators at the sides, but I think the fear of damaging them is exaggerated by many. Just be careful not to perforate the rubber suspension with some sharp objects. The radiators will even work well with a dent, besides they are covered by an additional rubber coating, so that they won't scratch that easily. Of course you must be careful how to place the speaker when in use. If there are nearby objects touching the radiators you will hear a rattling sound.


One of the main design elements of the Flip 3 is that it's completely round, but this design also comes with one of the biggest problems as the speaker has no stable base to be placed horizontally, it rather rolls away. There seems to be a slight centroid difference at the bottom part of the speaker, so that if you place it down as it should, it usually remains stable. You can also help by using the loop as additional support, just place it behind the speaker and it should prevent it from rolling around. If placed "correctly" the JBL logo should aim directly towards you. This way you will also have the drivers in best position, which will of course result in better sound, with better treble, although the Flip 3 is not a very directional speaker to begin with. You can even try placing it with the logo aiming exactly upwards. This way, you might lose some slight treble definition, but you can hear the speaker from any angle like that. It becomes a kind of 360° speaker and I would even say with better results than the UE Boom, because the UE Boom's 2 drivers facing the opposite sides of the speaker are extremely directional, resulting in big areas at the front and back of the speaker with a more muffled sound. There is no way to really get acceptable sound from all angles with the UE Boom, thus I really prefer the JBL Flip 3 placed like that, as it will give you a much better 360° experience although the Flip 3 was not designed to be 360° speaker at all. Of course when used like this it should be placed below the listener for the best dispersion. If you are sitting around with friends outdoors in a lawn somewhere, just put it on the ground in the center with the logo aiming up and everyone should get good sound. Placing it directly at the ground will additionally enhance bass response a little bit. Think of the JBL Flip 3 as a non 360° speaker with hidden 360° ability.
A more stable form of placement is to set it up vertically, thus the name "Flip", although I would have rather called it "Roll" maybe, but then JBL might get into problems with Ultimate Ears and their "UE Roll"..., but funnily the UE Roll does not roll around at all...
Of course when placed vertically you will lose any stereo separation, but I prefer this way of positioning when used together with another paired speaker for stereo. It simply stands and won't roll away thanks to some wind etc.


The overall design and user interface is well-thought-out. You have a distinct band at the back of the speaker which blends into the side fame and divides the textile covering. The band contains the power button and the JBL Connect button as well as the ports hidden behind some additional flap. All the other elements are located within the textile part beside or above the band (depending on how you look at it), these buttons are elevated and can be easily recognized as such without the need of looking. Here you will find the Bluetooth button, both volume buttons, and a combined call/playback button. This is the usual button for accepting or starting calls, or for starting music and skipping to the next track with a double press. Skipping backwards with a tripple press doesn't work by the way just like it didn't with the JBL Xtreme which is a pity. The band at the back also contains the battery indicator with 5 distinct dots showing the current battery state, diminishing one after the other until the last one starts blinking red or lighting up when the speaker is being charged. Similar to the JBL Xtreme the battery indicator is only a very rough guide and usually it takes quite long until you lose the first dot, but then it can become very quickly to go down from three to a red blinking one.


According to the specs the built in battery has 3000mAh, which doesn't sound much, but despite a half as strong amp and a similar battery capacity the Denon Envaya Mini delivers a much shorter run-time. I hardly managed to squeeze out more than 2:30 hours out of the Denon at maximum volume while the JBL Flip 3 played for 3:30 being much louder at the same time. At normal levels 10 hours and more are indeed easily doable, unlike the Denon where you will hardly reach 9 hours at levels close to half. Many even complain to only get 5-6 hours. The JBL Flip 3 has really a solid battery, I used it during our long hikes at higher levels and had to recharge it after some days only.


After powering on you will notice the same new welcome tones we already heard from the JBL Xtreme. They are simply much too loud. No idea who went for this brillant idea to include such striking tones, but forget to use the Flip 3 in quiet areas. Every time you turn it on or off, it will attract all attention: first you get this guitar slap when turned on, then you want to pair your device and it will play this repeated guitar note signalazing the pairing procedure and finally another guitar arpeggio is played when your device is finally connected. Too many tones and much too loud tones for me and I hope JBL will once decide to give the user an option for disabling them, but from what I heard Harman tries to serve all different markets and many asian areas are simply seem to be crazy about this kind of bling-bling stuff.
The entire bluetooth functionality is completely equal to that of the JBL Xtreme. Fhe Flip 3 can connect to three devices at once. Devices that were already paired can simply select the Flip 3 as destination and it will automatically connect, even when another connection is already active. Each connected device can "steal" the playback from another one, this means that when one device is currently playing music while another connected device receives an SMS and plays back a tone, the playback will interrupt because the Flip 3 will rather play the SMS-tone from the other device.
As with all JBL devices so far, automatic reconnection doesn't quite work. It always tries to connect to the latest connected device only, but ignores all other ones, even when the last connected device is not present. You always have to force a manual connection from the other devices in such a case. Other speakers have no problems finding all other paired devices, let's hope that JBL will update this strage as well with some future firmware. The Flip 3 seems to be user upgradeable either through USB or through the own JBL Connect app available for iOS and Android. Therefore upgrading the speaker shouldn't be such a hassle as it was with the JBL Charge 2. Apart from that Bluetooth connection remained pretty stable with a reasonably far reach, I had no issues with hickups or connection drops etc.
Volume is mirrored between speaker and streaming device, at least with iOS devices, but also Sony players like the A15 or Sony Xperia mobile phones have mirrored volume control. It is just all other Android devices that still have a separate volume control. Usually mirrored volume control is very useful as you have the entire volume-range available from both player and speaker. This way dynamic sound adjustments can also be fine tuned better by the manufacturer, as they can tune the sound for each single step to get out most of the speaker. Many speakers simply sound different when set to maximum volume, while the volume of the player is rather set low, which would rather result in bass-loss, other speakers do the exact opposite (the Damson Vulcan or TDK Trek Flex come to my mind here) which will only play full bass when turned up completely. Unfortuantely in case of the Flip 3 the mirrored volume control failed a little bit. The Flip 3 has only 16 volume steps unlike the Xtreme which has 32. But the bigger problem is that the very 1st volume step is already pretty loud, it is comparable to volume step 30 of the Denon Envaya Mini, which has 100 steps.

 
With the mentioned streaming devices you simply have no way to turn the speaker even lower, a big oversight by Harman. This is strange because already the JBL Flip 2 was a disaster in this regard. The Flip 2 also had mirrored volume control, but it already reached half volume half way, the last 8 steps didn't increase volume really much. Now they seem to repeat the same error again, but with another result. I really hope JBL will provide some update for this as well. This problem becomes even more obvious if you intend to use 2 Flip 3 connected together for wireless stereo or for "party mode". Two will be even louder than a single speaker thus at the lowest volume setting they can be too loud for simple background listening.
As already described in detail for the JBL Xtreme review, the JBL Flip 3 also has the ability to be paired to another speakers that supports "JBL Connect". So far only the Xtreme and the Flip 3 have this option, but upcoming JBL products will certainly have this option as well. If you want to know more about JBL Connect, have a look at my JBL Xtreme review, or watch this video, where I try demonstrating the functionality:

Now let's have a listen how it sounds. If you expect a droning bass like from a Bose Soundlink Mini, you will be probably disappointed, but if you liked the UE Boom only missing some refinement, some more bass definition, better treble with a comparable overall loudness, the Flip 3 is definitely an upgrade and makes the UE Boom sound honky and cheap.
Obviously this is not a direct JBL Charge 2 contender. First I thought the Flip 3 would be a scaled down Charge 2, with slighty less bass etc, but it sounds much more different. It rather sounds like a Flip 2, but better, smoother, with less harsh treble and and more bass extension. I think that as the Flip series is the most popular speaker from JBL (at least this is what they claim in their videos) they didn't want to change too much, but simply improve on the existing sound. If they made the Flip 3suddenly sound like a Charge 2, they would probably scare off existing owners who might be interested in upgrading their older devices, but don't like bassheavy sound etc. But what JBL did is really make it sound like a Flip 2, just better and more mature, with better features and water resistance and also much better looking in my opinion.
The Flip 3 is still not a bass heavy speaker, it sounds just right, but doesn't reach that deep with bass like some others including the Bose Soundlink Mini, The Sony SRS-X33, The Charge 2 etc. The JBL Flip 2 is rather similar to the Soundlink Colour, although not as boosted and more natural sounding. Yet you get some real response down to 80Hz with everything below being rather negligible. The strongest peak is between 90-100Hz, still pretty impressive as most other speakers (including the UE Boom) have hardly any response at 100Hz anymore, albeit a stronger boost above, which makes them simply sound boomy without providing any real bass at all. I would rather compare the JBL Flip 3 with the Denon Envaya Mini, the Denon has still a deeper reaching bass and slightly more punch, but this is only noticeable at low levels. Besides some funky psychoacoustic tricks from Maxxaudio which enhances bass response even further, Denon also applies some loudness compensation and adds boost to lower frequencies at low levels, the JBL Flip 3 doesn't do this, therefore it may appear thinner sounding than the Denon at low levels, but it is still far from anemic sounding, it just doesn't have that strong "wow"-factor of the Denon, which together with the very spatial stereo enhancing algorithms really manages to create a huge sound. At levels close to half and above they are more or less on par in bass response, as the Denon starts reducing bass pretty soon. The Denon may have a smoother sound, the JBL boosts upper mids slightly but remains also clearer when listened off-axis. That's the reason why it will still sound acceptable when just placed on the ground with the drivers facing upwards. This way you can "misuse" it as a 360° speaker, the Denon becomes rather dull if not listened exactly from front. When listened outdoors the slight bass advantage of the Denon Envaya Mini is not noticeable at all anymore, I even prefer the Flip 3 as it manages to sound more punchy. Bassdrums have a more defined impact and it will play considerably louder, still with hardly any distortion or obvious processing. Of course it won't have much bass left at maximum volume either, but it will still sound better than the UE Boom reaching about the same loudness but with less distortion and less obvious dynamic processing. The UE Boom may be slightly louder on some tracks, but the Flip 3 sounds more restrained, the UE Boom produces obvious artefacts and distortion at maximum volume.
The Flip 3 keeps the same frequency response up to about its 10th volume step, as already mentioned there is no additional bass boost at low levels. From the 10th step upwards bass level is kept the same with everything above becoming louder, therefore the Flip 3 won't sound that full-bodied anymore when cranked, but it will still sound convincing. Take two Flip 3 and connect them for stereo, and the sound will become be even better.
Put against a JBL Charge 2, this will of course sound more impressive at first. Bass is boosted more and reaches deeper, but the Flip 3 has more natural sounding treble without this metallic character. Also mids sound more natural on the Flip 3, it is just the strong bass of the Charge 2 that is missing. I personally would have preferred the deeper response of the Charge 2, but without that obvious boost, this would really make the Flip 3 stand out. It stands out already now as it sounds considerably more serious than most other speakers in this class. It rather reminds me of a Fugoo, just cheaper, lighter and louder.
Before having a look at the frequency response measurement of the Flip 3, I would like to mention that I had tested 2 different units that I bought separately: a black one and now a yellow one. I ordered the yellow about a week after the black one, because my black one started to behave strange when put into the sun. After some minutes standing in the heat it started to distort and the passive radiators were pushed out, probably because of the higher air pressure inside when hot. You can see both my videos showing with this problem, my first video where I was still not sure if this was a general issue and an updated second video where I already had the chance to compare both units extensively.
The yellow unit doesn't have these problems even when put into the sun for some hours. Surprisingly I was contacted by Harman because of this and they assured that after having tested several samples especially in regard to this problem the issue was not repeateable, so meanwhile I think that the black unit I got might have simply been defective. Nevertheless I preferred the sound of the black unit, as long as it didn't become hot. The bass had a slightly stronger emphasis and at the same time the treble was smoother. The yellow unit has less bass-punch, while at the same sounding a bit more distorted than the black unit, as I could test both units side by side, these differences were easily noticeable, without this direct comparison you probably wouldn't have noticed any sound difference at all.
So let's first have a look at the frequency responses of both units at exactly half volume:

You can see a rather balanced and flat response with only some stronger treble boost at the upper end for the yellow unit. This treble boost was not existent on the black unit, but this treble peak is also responsible for some slight intermodulation at high levels with bass heavy tracks, something I didn't encounter with the black unit.
Looking at the entire available volume-range (black unit) it is also clearly visible from the measurement that the Flip 3 cannot keep the bass amount at higher levels, blue being half volume and red maximum volume. It starts to reduce bass from around 60% or above volume step 10:

Here a side by side comparison of both frequency responses for the Flip 2 (pink) and the Flip 3:

And of course the obligatory comparison against the UE Boom, which proves that the audio produced by the UE Boom is simply questionable, not even taking the price into account. You can see two measurments for the UE Boom, one with the speaker turned around to the side and only the left driver facing the microphone (blue), and another measurement with both drivers facing the sides (red) which results in an overly dull sound:

 
As usual I prepared some videos for you with binaural audio to be heard through headphones. First a comparison against the old Flip 2. Although they still sound similar, I think the improvement over the old model is more than obvious:

Another test against the UE Boom. The UE Boom sounds so strange and honky, probably also due to the fact that both drivers face opposite sites, but regardless how I turn it around, it never sounds really convincing. The Flip 3 easily outperforms it, although the UE Boom plays slightly louder with the demotrack used here:

Very interesting the comparison against the Denon Envaya Mini. While I would definitely give the edge to the Denon indoors and at low levels, at high levels the JBL Flip 3 sounds more impressive with more punch and more loudness:

The JBL Charge 2 sounds of course much more full-bodied, but starts to struggle at higher levels. You notice some stronger dynamic processing swallowing all peaks while trying to retain as much bass as possible. Nothing that you will notice with the JBL Flip 3 which in addition will play much louder at the same time:


For me the Flip 3 defines some kind of "standard" for a small portable speaker around 100€ (a German store had already offered it for 88€). I have yet to hear a better one in this class, sure the JBL Charge 2 will play more bass heavy, another one might play even louder, although the loudness of the JBL Flip 3 is already pretty impressive without falling apart at its maximum volume, but the Flip3 is tuned really well and as common for JBL tasteful to sound natrual while still offering a bit of liveliness and quite a bit of punch in the bass, which is often so much missing from speakers that small. You won't mistake the Flip 3 for a bigger speaker, it definitely doesn't try to play beyond its size or limits, but the sound is still fullbodied enough with a nice bass amount to really make listening to music satisfying, unlike many other competing models inlcuding the highly rated UE Boom, which simply cannot compete in regard to overall sound quality.
The Flip 3 is compact enough to be carried around all the time, fits in a bigger trouser pocket or thanks to the included loop can be attached to a belt, a rucksack or just hang somewhere. I really love the design and the choice for many different colors should meet everyones taste. I would regard the Flip 3 as a kind of "Volkswagen" among portable speakers. A speaker that is affordable, but delivers solid performance without obvious flaws.
JBL really packed this speaker full with features. The battery life is great, although it won't come close to that of the JBL Charge 2, which has twice the capacity. But you should never worry about running out of juice, as it was mostly the case with the Denon Envaya Mini.
A very neat feature is JBL Connect, to use 2 Flip 3 as a stereo system, or to use a Flip 3 together with a JBL Xtreme to enhance its sound even more, or to act as a back-speaker to provide more of a 360° sound experience.
The JBL Flip 3 gets my strong recommendation for anyone looking for a perfect all-around portable speaker that can be used outdoors or even become wet without damage. The sound is solid although doesn't set any new benchmarks. It simply sounds good and can play pretty loud without distortion.


+ great rugged and water resistant design
+ handy loop for attaching the speaker to be taken around
+ balanced sound with punchy bass and sparkling treble
+ louder than most competition
+ very little distortion up to maximum volume with no noticeable dynamics processing
+ treble response with low directivity
+ solid battery life
+ affordable
+ multipoint connections with up to 3 devices simultaneously
+ JBL Connect for wireless pairing with another speaker
+ volume mirrored between speaker and iOS devices

- status tones much too loud, cannot be disabled
- first volume step too loud on iOS devices (only 16 volume steps)
- too much bass reduction at higher levels
- some noticeable hiss at low levels
- No NFC, no AptX support
- JBL Connect not always 100% stable    
- tends to roll around when placed horizontally

106 comments:

  1. Thank you sir, I wish the flip 3 comes to Canada shortly, it's already available on July USA today

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    1. It has. Saw in Best Buy yesterday. I am seriously considering picking one up.

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  2. I bought Charge 2 and I still can not decide whether to sell it and buy a Flip 3. In Charge 2 I sometimes would like more volume.

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    1. if you need more sound stick with charge 2

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    2. Wow, what a great and thorough review. Thank you.

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    3. Thanks so much for this review and all your other work. I can't tell you how helpful it has been in making a speaker decision.

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  3. Great analysis. I'll have to see if I can pick this one up somewhere

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  4. Where did you get it for 88-100€ in Germany? I can only find it for 120 or upwards.

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    1. Some local Saturn shops offered it for 98 or even lower, another German dealer had it for 88.

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  5. Hi Oluv. Thanks for the great review it helped in choosing to buy this speaker. Great design and features. Excellent sound quality and performed just as reviewed. Hopefully JBL would release a firmware update to address the minor feature issues stated in the review. Planning to buy another one to try connect features. Overall great product!!

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  6. Hi, this doesn't concern the Flip 3, but have you had a look at the brand-new Canton Musicbox XS yet? It is supposed to be the direct rival of the Bose Soundlink Mini II. It is already present in two local Medimax stores in Germany, but I haven't been able to test it yet.

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  7. Thank you for you fantastic reviews. For listening outside and a budget of $300, would you recommend 2 paired Flip 3s or 1 JBL Xtreme?

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    1. Although the JBL Flip 3 sounds pretty decent for what it is, even 2 of them are not even close to the sound and power of the JBL Xtreme. The only thing you will gain with a second speaker is better stereo imaging and some dB more loudness, the sound itself won't change.
      I haven't recorded 2 Flip 3 connected, but here you can hear 1 Flip 3 compared to 1 JBL Xtreme:
      http://switcher.oluvsgadgets.net/?vidone=n0DuUw372C8&vidtwo=e6BjxM0vF_Q

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  8. @Scott: Personally, I'd go for 1 Xtreme if outside listening is your main concern. Also keep in mind JBL Connect requires the speakers to be somewhat close (approx 5 meters) before signal starts dropping out. Outside, the Xtreme will deliver plenty of bass and volume for extended listening times. On the other hand... 2 Flip 3 are more portable than 1 Xtreme.

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  9. I am completely torn between the Envaya Mini and the Flip 3.
    I just love the ruggedness and battery life of the Flip 3, but what I fear I will really miss is the aptX. Surely this must make a difference? It doesn't seem to be a big issue in most of your reviews however, why is that?

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    1. I too would like to know whether aptX really makes a difference and whether it is a must have feature.

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    2. Here's my 2 cents. I'm not an expert though. First, no Apple device can send by aptX codec so it's out for me, Oluv and millions of others. Second, you can't ever tell if your device is receiving or decoding in aptX, the absolute biggest failure of the technology in my mind. There's no way to know what codex your speaker and transmitter are using. Last, I don't know that sub $500 speakers can really benefit by the difference in the codec over the latest implementation of A2DP. I can definitely hear difference between bluetooth and corded with my headphones and I think I do with my speakers but not usually enough to go corded. I own the Bose MiniLink, the Jabra Soulmate, some Ankers, a Bose SRS-BTX500, some AudioFreaq, etc.

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  10. Anyone have an option on this vs the Sony SRS-X3 which I just picked up for $59.99 at Best Buy. Would the Flip 3 be a better option?

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  11. In these sort of recordings, it's difficult to appreciate the UE Boom and compare them directly. At maximum volume the JBL sounds very thin and harsh with lots of boosted midrange - whereas the UE will go louder and sound more balanced with more low end. It will "fill a space with sound" better which is what it's designed to do. The new boom 2 is louder again, impressively so - but still only last 1hr 30 minutes at maximum volume.... and costs almost twice as much as the JBL.

    I wouldn't use the JBL much at high volume because it sounds so bad - the "spring breakers" will enjoy their party more with the UE. However, at lower volumes the bass of the JBL is good and makes the UE sound a little thin. Fidelity is similar...the UE would probably win it, but the opposing drivers creates a strange effect which lets it down.

    I wouldn't call it a "boom killer" - they're both good for different things. However, if you generally listen to much at low-medium volume you're better off saving your money and going with the JBL.

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    1. you mean this all serious? or did you come to troll here?
      the JBL Flip 3 sounds definitely thinner at maximum volume than at lower levels, but it has still more punch than the UE Boom even at maximum. the UE Boom has just a more boosted upper bass at 200Hz, but you cannot quite regard this as "fullness", and reading fidelity and UE in one sentence, makes me laugh. Have you ever heard a flat sounding speaker. The Flip 3 is much closer to that, than any of the UE stuff.
      also both boom and flip 3 are more or less comparable in overall loudness, also depending a lot on the song. If you check both out from my database, you will notice that the UE Boom struggles a lot with the House/Dance song and adds lots of compression, the Flip 3 plays this without any distortion with more punch at equally loud.
      So no, I don't quite get your arguments that favor the UE over the Flip 3, The UE Boom sounds worse than many speakers costing 50$ or less.

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    2. Hi Oluv. I didn't meant to offend you. I agree with most of your conclusions. The flip 3 is a good all round speaker. It has the typical JBL bass bump and in these A-B tests the speaker with the most bass generally instantly wins - it's the easiest difference to hear. The UE boom produces no bass below 120Hz and as such, sounds a like a kitchen radio - which is why you hate it. However, my point was that if you ignore the difference in bass and focus on the rest of the audio - the UE actually is quite pleasant and has a nice smooth hf - which is possible why its sill gets fairly good reviews. It's actually also quite flat (above 120Hz) which is difficult to measure using a mic in a room due to those opposing drivers.

      Be clear though, I never said the UE sounded better. It's very thin at low volumes and I'd chose the JBL definitely for casual listening simply because of the bass

      Turn things up and the UE hold the same response - we've measured it at full whack outdoors and it remains balanced. Yes a bit honky, but the low mid keeps vocals full and the sound is overall quite powerful. Compare this to the JBL and you see a drastic 20db reduction of all the low mid and bass which begins at volume step 9 of 16. To me this sounds awful. Vocals become very thin and the sound is quite harsh. The UE is the more powerful speaker -probably why it lasts half as long.

      So to repeat my point... if I was one of the attractive spring breakers on the UE adverts, I would definitely impress my friends more by bringing the UE boom to the party. However, I had better remember to pack the charger otherwise the party will be over pretty quick.

      For everone else who's life isn't one long crazy pool party, you'd probably prefer the JBL.

      This is what I hear and see... maybe we can agree to disagree but I wanted to give my opinion. I don't really like either speaker that much to be honest.

      keep up the good work. If you really feel strongly... do an outdoor video test between the two.

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    3. You just sound likr you work for the UE lol. After you went "to repeat my point..." it was just ridiculous. Go work hard to make your product better instead of this shit.

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    4. No you are offending with saying that the UE blom is better in any way but it isnt.the ue boom had much worse bass aswell as awfully harsh sound compared to the jbl flip 3 wich has hi fi clarity.just to be clear i am answering anonymus that wrote the 30 september.

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  12. Sadly The JBL 3 has crap craftsmanship while the UE is built with quality. I prefer the JBL Flip 3 sound wise but there is a loud hissing noise that makes it impossible to enjoy at the volume level that the speakers were meant to be played at. The UE Boom has slightly less fullness but the fact that it is crystal clear makes it superior to the Flip 3. You can probably catch it for the same price too, last week it was on sale for $109 so if you wait for it I'm sure you can find a deal.

    For me there is no point in having great sound quality if it gets ruined by outdated hardware issues. Its 2015, JBL needs to step up their game or go home. Nobody else in their price range is offering faulty products.

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  13. Wow! When I heard this on the computer didn't quite catch the difference that much. Then I put my hi-fi headphones and understood what you meant. The JBL flip 3 destroys the UE from all angles. The difference is impressive. Nice little speakers. I believe you can buy 2 of them for the price of 1 Bose minilink and they would be a much, much better option don't you think? What is the farthest apart you can connect them? Thanks. Your reviews are top notch.

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  14. Stacked the new UE Boom 2 up against the Flip 3 recently, and it's much the same as the UE Boom. JBL has a solid sound signature (solid lows, mids and highs) up to about 70% volume, then it thins out. UE Boom 2 was still very mid range focused...and yes, although louder by 2-3db overall...just didn't sound good. Yes, the UE Boom 2 is an outdoor speaker, "360 degree" sound and all...but even outdoors, the JBL Flip 3 still had a fullness of sound that the Boom2 couldn't touch. Loud is not always better.

    Also paired 2 Flip 3 together thru JBL Connect...very nice! Although the app needs some work, as does the JBL Connect protocol between speakers. Signal was a little choppy and did break up on initial connect...but once established, the Stereo / Party modes were quite nice. You'd be FAR ahead getting (2) Flip 3's for the price of the UE Boom 2.

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  15. From all this it seems to me that JBL Charge3 will be the real winner. Wonder when that is coming out....

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  16. Hi, I am torn between the Flip 3 and Charge 2. I love the open sound of the 3 but love the deep bass of the 2 and I pretty much listen (except country music) to everything. But which would you say is better for outdoors and listening to Rock, Metal and old school hip hop?
    Thanks

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  17. £69.99 at Currys..

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  18. Hi "clavinet",

    I just read the first time this review. So far I had only seen and listened at your super YouTube.
    I want to say.
    You're really amazing! You have a descriptive and expressive ability very very... impressive, uncommon.
    Now I ask you, could it be that the black unit has had problems under the sun just because of the color, because, as well known in physics, the black absorbs and retains more the heat than any others, more then the light colors and the white?
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    Have found 2 typo to correct:

    • a tough textile finish similar to the UE Boom and it is water water resistant, [up in the page, under the third picture]

    • to sound natrual while still offering a bit of liveliness [down]

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    1. Hi Claudio, thanks for your kind words. Yes I will try to join my site and Youtube more together. I have 2 different Google-accounts and I missed to merge them, I still hope Google can help me with this. Instead of Clavinetjunkie I would rather want my channel to be Oluvsgadgets as well.
      Also keeping the site up to date is not easy. It is very time consuming and I have very little revenue from that, people prefer watching videos than reading obviously.
      I think my black unit was really defective, as JBL tested several samples and none showed these problems, may have been some production error, and I am always the "lucky" one who receives such units.
      Currently trying to prepare my Fugoo XL review, but it will definitely take some time to finish everything including photos etc.

      As soon as I don't need your Fugoo anymore, I will send it to you.

      Bye, Olaf

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    2. Okay, but I repeat, take your time, no hurry to receive it ... although happy to have it and listen it before Christmas.
      Fai con comodo ciò che ti serve.

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    3. sicuramente lo ricevi prima di natale, se lo mando arrivera dopo 3-4 giorni da te. penso di poter mandarlo gia la prossima settimana. oggi e arrivata anche la RIVA S allora mi devo concentrare su questo un po haha...

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  19. oluv does JBL have an app to control equalization etc for Flip(3) or Charge 2(+)

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  20. Hey OLUV...how can we update Firmeare of Flip 3

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    1. Use JBL Connect app in android or JBL SRX Connect app in IOS. Connect speaker to device and open app. It will show a notification/exclamation mark on the speaker icon. Tap it and wait for download and flashing.

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  21. How do you take it apart because that thermal issue has left speaker not radiator distorting and trying to compete with the radiator. Please someone help me

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  22. Very nice in depth look at a product... thank you sir, for your time and effort.

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  23. Can I charge jbl flip3 through mobile adopter or mobile charger having

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  24. Can I charge jbl flip3 through mobile adopter or mobile charger having

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  25. You are free to charge the Flip3 with any device that have the appropriate micro USB connector that give 5 V dc supply, so very probably also those devices that you have tryed to describe here ...

    If, for example, you have a battery charger to use in car with cigarette lighter plug which reduces the voltage to 5V and has a micro USB plug to charge a smartphone, then you probably can charge also your JBL speacker.
    However, the micro USB plugs/sockets are not all equal, unfortunately there are some variants that have different shapes, which of course are incompatible each with the other.

    http://eu.jbl.com/jbl_product_detail_eu/jbl-flip3-black.html

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  26. I can't figure out how to turn it off!

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    1. With the power on/off button which is that one having the simbol "I" inside the circle.
      Try a long press if a single short one do not turn it off.
      I can not say more, don't have the Flip 3.
      Don't you have the manual instruction?

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  27. Does the flip 3 shut off automatically after awhile when its not receiving a bluetooth signal??

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  28. Currys has them on 50% off at £50 at the moment in the UK.

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  29. Thanks for the thorough review. Did you manage to figure out whether the heat problem is confined to your particular speaker or whether there is an issue with all the black models? Were you able to reproduce this issue with another black model? Thanks.

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  30. Ok Oluv your review and videos were the reason i finally chose the jbl flip 3 (i was between that and the denon). The sound is really superb and i'm buying one more tomorrow to pair. Also, jbl released an update recently and if my ears dont fool me, i think they managed to give a more wide accoustic experience. Now flip 3 has nothing to be jealous about in denon's envaya.

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    1. How do you update practically the flip?

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  31. @oluv hast du schon das Firmware update drauf gemacht? Wäre super wenn du danach noch ein Review machen könntest.

    Bezüglich der hohen Lautstärke in niedrigen Bereichen: Dafür habe ich den Neutron Music Player, mit ihm lässt sich noch leiser regeln.

    Habe es noch nicht getestet, aber der Flip schaltet doch bei 30min. Ohne Bluetooth Signal automatisch aus?

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    1. Habe ihn übrigens für 65€ direkt bei jbl bekommen.

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  32. Hi Oluv, hi @all
    nachdem es letztens ja 40% Rabatt bei JBL/Harmon Kardon gab habe ich mir einen zweiten Flip3 für 65€ gegönnt.
    Noch bevor das Paket geliefert worden ist habe ich gesehen das es ein Firmware Upgrade gibt, welches ich direkt auf meinen ersten Flip3 gemacht habe. Als dann der zweite vor 3 Tagen geliefert worden ist habe ich dort auch direkt das Firmware Upgrade gemacht.

    Danach habe ich dann beide Lautsprecher per JBL Connect verbunden und dabei ist mir aufgefallen, das einer der Lautsprecher am Anfang immer so knistert. Nach ca. 10-15 Sekunden laufen dann beide Lautspecher. Wenn ich dann am Smartphone die Lautstärke ändere habe geht das ganze wieder von vorne los.

    Liegt das eventuell am Firmware Upgrade, oder ist das immer so. Ist schon ein bissle nervig das ganze.

    Danke + Gruß

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  33. Bougt one yesterday.
    Didn't realise it moves when a lot of bass.
    What happened is it dropped 1.5 onto the floor.
    I can't see any damage at all, what is the risk that the internals got damaged in some way that has altered the sound in a bad way?

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  34. Does your JBL Flip 3 move around when you turn up the sound and there is heavy sound?
    Should I exchange it for a new one?

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    1. I tested mine with wait - Ying yang twins bass boosted (search on yt) and with max volume. It didn't move a milimeter or inch wether vertically nor horizontally.

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    2. It didn't move around its own axis either? Like a little forth and back?

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    3. No it remained quite steady on tile floor. forgot to mention: I placed it on an even ground. Was that the difference?

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    4. I have it on a flat surface.
      This seems really strange. What can I do? What do I say when I go back to the store?

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    5. MuRRe, it's so easy.

      Report the true, say that, when you raise the volume level, your Flip 3 with heavy sound seem a little bit too excited, is too nervous, restless, that it does not stand still in its place and say you want another one, more polite, able to stay firmly in his place without having to tie it!
      I am sure that the store will be happy to find another one suited to your needs.

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    6. not sure where you're from but in Germany you don't have to say a single word and you can get your money back within 14 days I think.

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    7. Right, is true, and the same is in Österreich/Austria, just bring and show to the store also the receipt of the payment, don't forget it.
      Not all countries are so exemplary, I know something ... italian living in Italy!

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    8. Thanks for all the replies.
      No problem returning, I even had 14 days to return it anyways.
      No problems so far with the new one :).

      Anyways, is with a smartphone possible to blow the speaker?

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  35. Mal ne andere Frage: hat euer Flip auch ein gewisses Eigenrauschen? Ich kann sogar ein Piepsen bei jeder Stufe der Lautstärkeerhöhung wahrnehmen,wenn die Musik aus ist.

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    1. Habe das gleiche Problem mit meinem Flip 3. War darüber sehr verwundert, da sich bisher keiner in irgendeinem Test dazu geäußert hat und ich habe viele Tests gelesen.
      Oluvs ausführliches Review war sogar der Grund, warum ich mich für den Flip 3 und gegen den Denon Envaya Mini entschieden habe.

      Zum Problem:
      Selbst bei 50-70 cm Entfernung zum Gerät ist bei niedriger Lautstärke ein deutliches Rauschen (eine Art Whitenoise, wie bei schlechtem Radioempfang) zu hören. Auf niedrigster Lautstärkestufe ist der Sound, meiner Meinung nach, daher ungenießbar. Wenn man sich das Gerät direkt ans Ohr hält und kurz die Musik unterbricht ist manchmal sogar ein seltsames Piepen zu hören, ähnlich wie bei Morsezeichen. Erst ab der dritten Lautstärkestufe ist das Rauschen kaum noch zu hören und wird von der Lautstärke der Musik übertönt.

      Zunächst dachte ich, dass das Bluetooth-Signal vom WLAN gestört wird, da viele WLAN auf gleicher Funkfrequenz (2,4 Ghz) funken. Allerdings trat das Rauschen auch bei Anschluss über ein Aux-Kabel an verschiedene Quellen (iPhone 5, iPhone 4, Laptop von mir & meines Kumpels) auf. Daran konnte es also nicht liegen.

      Bin daraufhin direkt zum Elektronikhändler vor Ort gefahren, um ein anderes Exemplar zu testen, aber auch hier das gleiche Problem. Beim JBL Charge 2+ hingegen konnte ich kein auffälliges Grundrauschen feststellen.

      Weil ich es immer noch nicht glauben konnte, habe ich mir ein weiteres Exemplar über das Internet bestellt, um beide Geräte direkt miteinander zu vergleichen. Beim bestellten Gerät trat das Problem allerdings schon wieder auf. Vielmehr empfand ich das Rauschen im Vergleich zu meinem jetzigen Gerät sogar als noch auffälliger und störender.

      Offensichtlich handelt es sich hierbei um einen Produktionsfehler, da es doch sehr unwahrscheinlich ist, dass alle drei Exemplare das gleiche Problem aufweisen.

      Finde es immernoch verwunderlich, dass sich noch nicht viele dazu geäußert haben, denn ich würde mich jetzt nicht als besonders empfindlichen Musikhörer beschreiben.
      Was mich total irritiert ist, dass in einem anderen Test (http://www.lautsprecher.org/jbl-flip-3/) sogar das geringe Grundrauschen des Flip 3 gelobt wird. Hier ein kleiner Auszug: "Das Grundrauschen beschränkt sich beim Flip 3 auf ein Minimum. Im Gegensatz zum JBL Charge 2+ muss man sich den Speaker schon direkt ans Ohr halten, um ein Grundrauschen zu erkennen."

      Werde nun als letzte Option den Support von JBL kontaktieren, wobei ich mir daraus nicht viel erhoffe.
      Eigentlich sehr schade, weil ich ansonsten wirklich vom Flip 3 überzeugt bin.

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  36. does ue boom really have a 360 sound? how is that really possible with only two drivers? when i placed my ear close to it, on one side i could hear the highs/midrange and the other opposite side - the bass. the fugoo has six drivers (3 on each side) and can claim equal sound on both sides. but on the boom, i am not convinced.

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  37. I don't know, but it seems like the battery indicator light couldn't work out correctly and another problem is the hussing noise at low levels. Except for them, jbl flip 3 is quite a superb device at nice price. Wondering whether these two defects could be solved after software upgrading or not.

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  38. How do you practically update the flip?

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  39. Anonymous (der für 65€ gekauft hat)January 19, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Also Also habe jetzt mal mein Gerät umtauschen lassen und noch kein update gemacht. Das Rauschen ist subjektiv noch lauter als zuvor. Ich werde wohl lernen müssen damit zu leben, für gewöhnlich hört man Musik ja auch lauter wenn man an die Boxen anschließt.

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  40. When's the right time to recharge the JBL Flip 3? Should I let it run out of battery before charging it again?

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    1. There is a Li-ion battery inside, but not only in this one, probably all the Bluetooth speackers have this type of batteries, so you can recharge it when you want, after 1 minute, 1 hour, when is low.
      No memory effect, no reduced power if recharged after a partial discharge.

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  41. Paging Oluv ... would you buy a Riva S or 2 (two) JBL Flip 3s to play in stereo mode? Don't say 2 x Riva S because I don't have the cash for that :)

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    1. I would wait for the Charge 3, as I think it may be considerably stronger than the Flip 3.
      Otherwise the Flip 3 is pretty decent, but in overall quality it cannot quite compete with the RIVA S, but the Flip 3 is also louder.

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    2. Based on the little info that's out there about the Charge 3, it may be a Pulse 2 without the disco lights. I tried a Pulse 2 in a store and it sounded pretty good, slightly better than the Charge 2+, but I don't think the Pulse 2 is worth its asking price.
      Charge 3 at $150 should be decent value if they don't mess up the sound.

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  43. Hi Oluv many thanks for your awesome review videos that help us to purchase the speaker we want! Just got a question about the Flip 3 which I bought recently. When I have it paired at the same time to two iPhone 6s phones, when music is being played by one phone and if the other phone gets locked or unlocked the music pauses suddenly as if the speaker is changing the device to the unlocked speaker. When this happens you have to hit play again on the other phone to resume playback. Have just done the software update as well and still no different. Have you seen or experienced this problem?

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    1. every tone that is played from the other iphone takes over playback. so if you get an SMS or even unlocking produces a tone, this will automatically make the Flip 3 switch over to the other device. If you want to avoid this, just disable all alert tones on the other device.

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    2. Thanks for the advise I tried what you said by just disabling the 'lock sounds' only on both phones and they are now working nicely! No interruptions when the other phone is being locked and unlocked. Seems to work very neatly as well and love the fresh sound from this speaker too :)

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  45. Hi oluv, 1st thank you for what you are doing here. As I have a love for music and speakers and enjoy your reviews. But I am a little torn in what direction I want to go from here? Are you possibly able to help?

    How does the flip 3 compare to the anker a3143 or any other in the similar size or slightly larger or more expensive speaker you might suggest?

    I like bass, but also good quality sound. I listen to the speaker mostly at low to medium volumes so bass boost at low levels would be nice. I am considering going right up to the riva s. How much bass is there compared to the flip 3? I have heard the flip 3 a lot so to know how big of difference bass wise would be nice before spending that much money.

    What do you think? Thanks for any kind of help!!

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  46. I have a questions. Does it hook to three devices or does it connect three speakers together?

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  47. Sir have you listened to the UE roll? If so would you rate that over the flip 3? Also looking forward to the charge 3.

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  48. I got 2 Flip 3s and hooked them up in stereo mode (using the JBL Connect app for Android -- you have to make sure you select stereo mode and not party mode which just duplicates the sound on the 2 speakers instead of giving you L and R separation). They sound decent for the size in stereo mode but each one on its own sounds weak, with a bit of artificial highs and just minimal bass.
    The problem with JBL Connect is that after a power off, the speakers don't remember they were connected to each other, so you have to re-connect them each time you power them on. This is very annoying if you want to use them as desktop speakers in an office.
    JBL should be doing a much better job, they should remember connected speakers (or add an option in the app to go either way) and also powering off one speaker should power off the other one too if they are connected -- I've seen other stereo mode speakers that do this. Now, for power on it would also be nice if you could power one on and the other one comes on too (and it's connected) but I realize that's harder to implement without some battery drain.
    Another solution would be for the 2 speakers to be wired to each other using the AUX inputs. I realize these are portable speakers and you probably don't want wires, but they would make much better computer speakers to sit on a desk and be able to use bluetooth to them.
    And of course, like any bluetooth speaker/headphone they are only good for music/audio. If you watch a movie the audio and video are out of sync (audio is slightly delayed) which gets annoying quickly, you have to use a player such as VLC to add a video delay to match the audio.

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  49. Hi Oluv,

    a few days ago my intention was to buy a jbl flip 3 because it fits to my budget which is around 100€. Then I received a discount coupon which I can use to buy jbl flip 3 at 40€ or a bose soundlink mini 2 at 115€ (which is still in the budget). I don't have the chance to listen to bose soundlink mini 2, so my question is: should I go with the jbl flip 3 and save around 60€ (and spend them in something else) or buy the bose soundlink mini 2 at the planned budget because the sound of soundlink really worths the difference of price?

    Thanks for your opinion.

    Maurizio

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    1. Go with the Flip 3, JBL makes quality products.

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  50. Should I go for flip 3 or sound link mini 2... Please advise....

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  51. Should I go for flip 3 or sound link mini 2... Please advise....

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  52. Hi, I bought a flip3 and I have no trouble to connect it by bluetooth to my cellphone MotoX and to a first notebook. But it is not recognized by a second notebook with Intel I3, windows 7 updated to win10. This notebook recognized by bluetooth a tablet HP Slate 7 without any trouble. Can someone help me with this problem. Please answer to dar.wtz@gmail.com. With thanks in advance.

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  53. Hello! I read this review few times and still do'nt know which speaker is better: Denon Envaya Mini or JBL Flip 3... Denon battery is that bad? IMO Denon sounds better than JBL, deeper. Price is the same. Please help.

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  54. Hi Oluv! Here Victor from Barcelona. First of all congrats for your reviews, they are aweome! I have pretty much the same question as the last person who published here...
    On this JBL Flip 3 Review, you compare the Flip 3 with the Denon Envaya, as if they were playing in the same league, and I don't get that.
    But on your JBL Charge 2+ review, you compare it too with the Denon Envaya, so I don't get which one is better as the JBL Flip 3 it is not a straight competitor of the JBL Charge 2+.
    I am between the Denon Envaya and the JBL Flip 3 and would like to use mainly indoors, which one would you choose?

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  55. My Flip 3 has this weird behavior that when charging, the last LED never stops blinking as long as the speaker is on. If it's off, they all just turn off at some point (supposedly when fully charged). Also it goes from the first LED to the fourth in 10-15 minutes, then takes much longer to finish charging from there. It's similar on the way back: remains on 5 LEDs for hours. Then goes to 4, 3, 2 and 1 in maybe an hour.
    I've exchanged it once and the second one is no different (at least for the fifth LED never ceasing to blink - didn't test the rest with the first one). Not sure if I should return it.

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    1. I had the same problem, so return first speaker and buy another one. New speaker is OK (without problems). In "old" speaker I made soft upgrade, in "new" I don't do it. Maybe here is the problem, problem with new soft version?

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    2. Hi there, I have similar experience. When charging the last dot just blinks and so I didn't know it was full. I just kept it connected to wall charger for 6 hours. I contacted support, they have awesome live chat by the way and they said it is normal. It will never stop blinking which is weird.

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    3. Actually I upgraded the firmware and it stopped blinking. So I guess it's not normal after all.

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  56. Can anyone tell me if i can play song through the usb port of my flip 3 using a laptop/computer instead of using the bluetooth? or the usb port is meant for charging purpose only?

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  57. Thank you so much for this review. Very helpful.

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  58. I want to buy a bt speaker and came to below list
    1. Jbl clip+ (30$)
    2. Jbl flip3 (60$)
    3. Jbl charge+ (90$)

    Which one do you suggest? I mostly use it on travel

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  59. How does the Flip3 compare to the original Charge? (about the same price)

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  60. Hi,

    I bought jbl flip 3 in January,2016 and this was my best speaker ever till it started behaving very strange. Since a week it is not getting charged properly even though i am using the orignal cable provided by jbl. The full charge is only providing half or one hour of full battery backup. Also after switching it "on" i am not able to turn it "off". This is very disappointing as i have invested a large amount on this product.
    Does anyone faced the same issue and can suggest something?

    Sincerely
    Arpit Arora

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  61. Hello, I am wondering that are they going Stereo sound when two Flip 3 connected or they are sharing same sounds ?

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  62. I bough the Flip 3 last week. After watching your review just now I plan to get a second one for stereo. Can you please tell me the name of that relaxing music you played?

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  63. I am Confused between Sony SRS XB2 and JBL Flip 3. Which 1 Should I buy? Please Suggest me.

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  64. Can you please tell me what to buy. Charge 2+ or the flip 3? Is the extra money worth it for the flip 3? I have seen a store with a charge 2+ for 79 euros....

    Thank you

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