Nakamichi Thrill vs JBL Flip 6

Nakamichi Thrill vs JBL Flip 6: The Nakamichi Thrill has a similar look to the JBL Flip 6 portable speaker and is almost the same size and slightly lighter. However, the specifications are lower and closer to the older JBL Flip 5.

Compare Nakamichi Thrill vs JBL Flip 6

Tech SpecsJBL Flip 5JBL Flip 6Nakamichi
Size180 x 74 x 69mm
7.12 x 2.91 x 2.71in
178 x 68 x 72mm
7.0 x 2.6 x 2.8in
169.6 x 73.6 x 71mm
Volume919 cm2871.5 cm2886 cm2
Weight540g (1.2lbs)550g (1.21 lbs)500g
Durability/IP RatingIPX7IP67IPX7
Audio (Speaker)
Driver/Transducer– 44x80mm race-track shaped woofer
-Dual passive radiators for deep bass
– 45x80mm race-track shaped woofer
– Dual passive radiators for deep bass
– 16mm tweeter
Bluetooth Version4.25.15.0
Power and Battery
Output Power20W RMS20W RMS(Woofer)
10W RMS(Tweeter)
2 x 10W
Maximum Playing Time12h12h<6h
Battery Type4800mAh (3.6V)
4800mAh (3.6V)
Charging Port USB-CUSB-CUSB-C
Charging Time2.5h2.5h3-5h
3.5mm ConnectorNoNoYes
Price and Warranty
Warranty (years)111

The advantage of the Nakamichi Thrill is the lower price tag which is 40% cheaper than the JBL Flip 6, and it has the 3.5mm ear jack, which is normally omitted on most devices nowadays.

The Nakamichi Thrill has several drawbacks when compared to the JBL Flip 6:

  • The IPX7 rating for water resistance is the same as Flip 5 but now loses out to the new Flip 6, which has an IP67 rating. The fundamental difference between IPX7 and IP67 is the dust-tight design certification for the latter.
  • Nakamichi Thrill has a much shorter, 6 hours battery life compared to 12 hours for the JBL Flip 5 and 6. This is not surprising, as it has a smaller battery capacity of 3000 mAh. We would expect the Thrill to be significantly lighter with a smaller battery capacity but the overall weight is still 500 grams, with only 50 grams savings from the JBL Flip 6 which has a much larger, 4800 mAh battery.
  • Besides shorter battery life, the Nakamichi Thrill has a longer charging time of between 3 to 5 hours.

The Nakamichi Thrill is still a worthy alternative to the JBL Flip 6, as we believe the significantly lower price and 3.5mm ear jack would appeal to some users. The IPX7 is durable under sweat, rain and even submerging in water, but we believe the Thrill should float in water like the JBL Flip 6 because of the air-tight design.

Currently, it is not available on Amazon or other websites, but you can purchase them directly from Nakamichi website.

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