So why buy the JBL flip? Who is this speaker for? Well if you're the adventurous type or you're going on holiday this might be the perfect portable speaker for you and let me tell you why.
THE SOUND QUALITY
The Flip 4 delivers a surprisingly powerful punch. I won't lie the first time I heard one of these I was amazed at its impressive clarity and its overall well balanced sound. Particularly across the mid range frequencies, and low ends. The Flip 4 has been improved from the flip3. It's s quite impressive really for a compact speaker that you can carry around in one hand like a beer can.
The flip 4 s bass is impressive and not too overpowering. I personally think that this a good thing. It delivers smooth quality bass thanks to its passive radiators at either end. Which I might add are pleasantly pleasing to watch. So when you're on the beach or by the pool it's definitely going to turn a few heads.
WHATEVER THE WEATHER
And this thing has a water resistant rating of IPX7 which basically means it can be submerged in up to 1 meter. But if your at sea and your ship goes down you'd better be ready. Because it will sink... but at least you can still enjoy good music until the bitter end. Lile that scene in the titanic. Maybe that's why JBL added this wrist strap.
Anyway as for the Flip 4s design. My first impressions out of the box are... it feels incredibly durable. The Flip 4 is encased in tight weave fabric and rubber. The rubber strip runs across the back edge and this houses the power button, connect plus button and inputs which are tightly sealed under this flap. And the strip also serves another purpose... it actually stops It from rolling around. And this is useful because flip 4 is designed to sit horizontally but can be flipped upright... And maybe that's why it's called the flip.
MULTIROOM AUDIO WITH JBL CONNECT+
The Flip 4 also now has the JBL Connect + feature. Which means you to join forces with other JBL connect + compatible speakers. For example if you have two of these you one play left and the other play the right audio channels... Or you can connect up to a hundred of these that play simultaneously ... And I actually witnessed a new world record being broken. When I heard a thousand of these portable powerhouses all playing from one source... And It was awesome... I have know idea how they did it though
And I really like this... using the JBL connect app you can reconfigure the play button to fire up Google assistant or apples siri. So your flip 4 can kinda work like an amazon Alexa. OK Google.
And you can also answer your telephone. Just so long as don't mind everyone else around you listening to your phone call. The JBL flip 4 has improved battery performance of up to 12 hours... Which is how long this video is going to end up if I keep going on about it. So what do I think. Well highly recommend this one... Sounds good to me, and it's good sound investment.
More from JBL Audio. It's the Everest Elite 700 WhatGear Unboxing...
JBL are awesome and why do I say that I hear you say. Well first off the make awesome audio equipment and second of all. They sent me a bunch stuff to review just for you guys the WhatGear subscribers.
So this is it the top of the range at present. The JBL Everest 700 Elite are taking on the likes of the Sony MDR1000x and Bose quiet comfort. So how they match up? Having heard both I would say... Very very well.
The initial look and feel of these headphones instantly gives you a sense of a premium product. On closer inspection it stays consistent. These headphones are incredibly sturdy. The shape of the JBL Everest 700 in nothing out of the ordinary but I really do love the low key stealthy style. I'm not into the big flashy branding seen on some other well known brands so these are perfect for me.
The hanger on the headphones is nicely padded. It's not the most padding I've ever seen on a headphone but it does the job whilst keeping the band as thin as possible. It also has an interesting locking system so that once you set the size of the band it will not accidentally slip. A good feature I must say.
The ear cushions are very soft and cup your ears comfortably. Although when these are brand new they can feel like they apply a fair bit of pressure... I guess this depends on the size of your head. Although after a bit of wearing in it becomes no longer a problem. Apart from that they are excellent
In comparison to other headphones in the same price bracket I would argue that JBL 700 Elite might be one of the best. The focus for JBL on the Everest 700 seems to be audio clarity. The low levels are good but I have heard deeper bass from other brands. I personally prefer well balanced audio and clarity over heavy bass. I guess it really comes down to what you are looking for. Of course the active noise cancelling can affect your music quality slightly. So if you want to really hear what these are all about listen with the anc off.
So at first you need to figure out the button locations, and once you got that in the bag they are very user friendly. The voice audio cues will let you know what mode you're in & the light indicators will let you know when you running out of juice or in pairing mode. Due to these headphones being wireless of course it has a USB b input and just for backup it has an analogue input. The JBL application has some interesting features such a tweaking the anc levels. There is also a software option that adjusts the sound according to how you wear the headphones. I really have know idea how that feature works exactly but it sounds like a good feature to me. Overall usability is good!
WhatGear Final Thoughts
The style is perfect for me. The stealthy matt finish with just a little aluminium showing on the hanger just looks cool. The JBL Everest 700 Elite headphones are well built. If you were to chuck them in a suitcase or bag you can be confident they won't break. The sound quality is clear and loud. A good sound investment I must say. Follow this link if you'd like to pick up a set CLICK HERE
Check out the WhatGear Review video on the JBL Flip 4
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