JBL Flip 5 Vs. Bose SoundLink Flex: Which One Should You Buy?

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Man, this will be an amazing article. I mean, just the fact that I’ll write about two different products from two different companies that are giants at what they do, excites me. They both offer the best quality at everything, so it will be hard to write a proper comparison between JBL Flip 5 and Bose SoundLink Flex, but I promise to do my best.

Bose SoundLink Flex has an astonishing sound, wherever life takes you. It has a rich sound that elevates your passions and makes you dance even if you are not quite a dancer. This speaker survives spills, dips, and more, so this speaker is a waterproof one, and you don’t need to worry about dust, either, take it to the beach and have fun with your friends as much as you can, without thinking twice.

Bose SoundLink Flex is built in such a way that it can handle some bruising, and that’s due to its tough exterior. It can withstand almost any mishap, like a fall to the floor for example. You can tilt it, hang it, flip it, it will always give an incredible sound. This speaker will keep up with you all day, so you will never be alone. Thanks to its ability to be paired with another SoundLink Flex, you can enable Party Mode and enjoy what you’re hearing in more rooms.

JBL Flip 5 sounds better than ever. With this speaker, you can feel your music to the fullest. JBL Flip 5 consists of a racetrack-shaped driver that delivers high output and amazing audio quality. With this speaker, you can enjoy booming bass in a compact package. With this speaker, you can have up to 12 hours of playtime. If you are having a pool time and you want to bring this speaker with you, you are more than free to do that, and you can do that thanks to its IPX7 waterproof design that allows you to make a splash. Besides, when it comes to Flip 5, JBL offers you a rainbow of colors. This speaker is everything but boring, with 11 distinct color options.

That was just a short summary of the two speakers that I’ll be comparing in this article, so you can find an easier way to choose between them and purchase one of them if that’s why you are reading this article. So now, let’s get into comparing these two speakers.

JBL Flip 5 Vs. Bose SoundLink Flex: Which one is better?

Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth Portable Speaker, Wireless Waterproof Speaker for Outdoor Travel - Black
Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth Portable Speaker, Wireless Waterproof Speaker for Outdoor Travel - Black

Sound Quality, Dynamics, and Soundstage

With Flip 5 if you want a stereo sound, you will have to use the option PartyBoost, pairing it with another speaker from the JBL lineup. However, on its own, Flip 5 has to downmix stereo content into mono to play it, so we can say that Flip 5 has a mediocre soundstage.

On the other hand, with Bose SoundLink Flex, in order to play stereo audio, you will need two units, its soundstage it’s narrow and directional, but as a final thought we can say that Bose SoundLink soundstage performance is middling, and its performance depends on the position the speaker is placed.

The frequency response is an important detail as well when it comes to sound quality. JBL Flip 5 struggles to reproduce low-bass when placed horizontally, but it has a balanced mid-range. On the other hand, Bose SoundLink Flex offers a neutral sound profile with a touch of extra boom and warmth in the high-bass range, so this speaker is perfect when it comes to listening to a wide variety of audio content.

When it comes to dynamics, both of these speakers do not get very loud, which means that they can’t fill up a huge party at your house or somewhere else, and there is some compression present at max volume, which can easily affect the audio quality of both speakers, so the audio won’t sound as clean during louder listening sessions.

Design and Build Quality

Both of these speakers have a good, even an excellent built quality. Flip 5 is made of plastic, but don’t let that discourage you from purchasing you, because the same plastic offers this speaker durability and it makes it seem solid. It is built out of this tight fabric wrapped around the edges and it doesn’t seem like it could rip easily. Flip 5 has an IPX7 rating which makes it possible to be submersible in water at a depth of one meter for up to thirty minutes. With a removable strap, you can place it horizontally or vertically.

Whereas, due to its design, I call Bose SoundLink Flex, the sexiest speaker out there. A small and sleek-looking speaker that you can place horizontally or lay on its back. Just like Flip 5, this one has excellent built quality. It is mostly covered by silicone rubber. Not only the speaker itself has this amazing design, but also its drivers which are covered by a black, powder-coated steel grille on its front and designed to withstand rust, so the paint stays untouchable. Comes with a small, thick strap on its side which you can use to attach to a bag. This speaker is dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you can take it with you to a beach party, without no hesitation. 

Battery Life and Performance

Flip 5 has a satisfactory battery performance that can last up to 12 hours, but you have to know that battery life can vary depending on the consumer’s usage habits. Flip 5 has this power saver feature that enables it to shut off itself after twenty minutes of activity. A feature that comes in handy if you will be partying so hard on the beach that you will fall asleep with the music on, you wake up in the morning and you still want to listen to music but you say to yourself, damn I forgot the speaker on last night, but then you try to turn it on and its battery life is still enough to go for another round of partying. 

Connectivity and Voice Assistant

You can’t use either of the speakers in a wired way. Flip 5 has a USB-C to USB-A cable for charging up, whereas, Bose SoundLink Flex has only a USB-C port to charge it. Both speakers have great Bluetooth connectivity and you can pair them with two devices at once.

When it comes to Voice Assistant, Flip 5 falls in full shadow compared to Bose SoundLink Flex. Flip 5 has no Alexa, no Google Assistant, no Siri, and no voice activation. Whereas, Bose SoundLink Flex doesn’t have any built-in voice assistants, it can use those available on your smartphone. 

Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth Portable Speaker, Wireless Waterproof Speaker for Outdoor Travel - Black
Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth Portable Speaker, Wireless Waterproof Speaker for Outdoor Travel - Black

Final Words and Conclusion

At this point, after a very detailed comparison between these two speakers, if I have to come to a verdict, I can say that Bose SoundLink Flex wins this round. It gives a better-balanced sound profile, and it can produce a more extended low-bass than the Flip 5. It is slightly better built than Flip 5 and supports voice assistants through your paired smartphone and is excellent at understanding your commands from far and in noisy settings. By my estimation, the only disadvantage of Bose SounLink Flex is its size, Flip 5 is smaller and cuter, but if the size is not a problem for you, then go ahead with Bose SoundLink Flex. 

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