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Compare JBL Flip 6 vs Flip 5 Differences

Recently JBL announced that JBL Flip 6 will have several upgrades over Flip 5 that improves its durability and sound quality.

The new JBL Flip 6 is expected to be released at the end of this year during the holiday seasons, and in the meantime we get a glimpse of some new specifications. If you have been planning to buy a JBL Flip soon, you may want to wait and check out the JBL Flip 6. This is especially so, if your plan is to use the speaker outdoor in sandy or dusty conditions.

IP Rating Changes

  • The IP rating of the Flip 6 will be IP67, which will be better than Flip 5 IPX7. However, the only difference is that Flip 6 has added Dust-Tight design. There is no change in the water proofing specification which is remains at 1m depth for 30mins.
IP67 Dust-tight. Complete protection against dust ingress. A vacuum must be applied. Test duration of up to 8 hours based on airflow. (New!) Protected from water for 30mins.
Depending on size of test sample, the highest point must be >150mm below water surface, or the lowest point must be >1m.
(Same as Flip 5!)

Even if the change in IP rating is mainly against “solids”, the benefit is quite substantial. The new “dust-tight” answers an important question from existing Flip 5 users if the speaker can withstand sand and dust, especially when used at the seaside.

This new rating should provide confidence to that question, however, they do not address “salt water” (sodium chloride etc) or chlorine which may cause reactions or erosion. IP ratings only address level of seal and protection against solid and liquid ingress into the equipment, and do not check for chemical or corrosion resistance to the contacted area. The effects of chemical or corrosion may not be immediate, but will happen over time.

Therefore, it is recommended to rinse the speakers after exposing to sea or swimming pool water (chlorine). It is the same as we always wash our gear such as goggles, pedals, and swimwear after a swim.

Audio Driver Upgrades

JBL mentioned quite a number of upgrades concerning the audio driver.

  • Race-track shaped woofer (driver): This is already present in Flip 5.
  • Separate Tweeter: This is new in Flip 6, not available in Flip 5.
  • Dual passive radiators for deep bass: This is new in Flip 6, not available in Flip 5.

In general, we are expecting an upgrade in the Flip 6 audio driver, which JBL wrote will deliver music with every stunning detail from bass, to mids, to highs. 

Bluetooth 4.2 to 5.1

The key differences between bluetooth 4.2 and 5.1 are covered in several blogs and websites but it is not clear how it would affect the Flip 6. For example:

  • Bluetooth 5.1 transmit at 2Mbps, double that of Bluetooth 4.2.
  • Bluetooth 5.1 has almost four times the range of Bluetooth 4.2.

The Flip 6 will have the same battery life of 12h, and the news did not mention anything about improved ranges. As such, it remains to be seen if there are end-user benefits that we can see. If not, those complicated bluetooth technical specs would not matter much to consumers.

Summary of Technical Specifications

Tech Specs JBL Flip 5 JBL Flip 6
Release Date 1st August 2019 Expect December 2021
Form Factor
Size 180x74x69mm
7.12 x 2.91 x 2.71in
Weight 540g (1.2lbs) TBC
Earbuds IP Rating IPX7 IP67
Audio (Speaker)
Driver 44mm
Race-track shaped driver
-Race-track shaped woofer
-Separate Tweeter
-Dual passive radiators for deep bass
Frequency Response  65Hz – 20kHz TBC
Bluetooth Version 4.2 5.1
Power and Battery
Output Power 20W RMS TBC
Maximum Playing Time 12h 12h
Charging Port USB-C USB-C
Special Features Party Boost Party Boost
New logo design

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