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    JBL Flip 6 Wireless & Bluetooth Speaker
    Flip 6

    The JBL Flip 6 is a highly portable Bluetooth speaker that packs a lot of value into a small package. The classic cylindrical design takes up relatively little space in a beach bag or on a picnic table. And the Flip 6 comes in several fun colors—you know, to coordinate with your favorite sunglasses. Compared with the best-sounding speakers we’ve tested, the Flip 6 has some sonic shortcomings, but that’s not the point of a speaker like this. It sounds perfectly fine when used to crank upbeat tunes outdoors. The company claims a battery life of up to 12 hours, and says the Flip 6 can survive a dunking. Put that all together, and it’s a great companion for a party by the pool, or a day spent grilling burgers down by the lake.

    Description

    The JBL Flip 6 is a highly portable Bluetooth speaker that packs a lot of value into a small package. The classic cylindrical design takes up relatively little space in a beach bag or on a picnic table. And the Flip 6 comes in several fun colors—you know, to coordinate with your favorite sunglasses. Compared with the best-sounding speakers we’ve tested, the Flip 6 has some sonic shortcomings, but that’s not the point of a speaker like this. It sounds perfectly fine when used to crank upbeat tunes outdoors. The company claims a battery life of up to 12 hours, and says the Flip 6 can survive a dunking. Put that all together, and it’s a great companion for a party by the pool, or a day spent grilling burgers down by the lake.

    Ratings Scorecard

    Test Results

    Sound quality

    Sound quality

    Sound quality represents the speaker systems tonal accuracy and ability to reproduce fine sonic detail. Sound quality judgments are made with the system optimized using its own tone controls and/or pre-set tone settings (if any) adjusted for the most balanced sound.

     /  5
    Ease of use

    Ease of use

    Ease of use indicates how easy it is to set up the system and use controls on the speaker and/or it's remote control.

     /  5
    Versatility

    Versatility

    Versatility score is based on the presence or absence of useful features.

     /  5

    About

    The JBL Flip 6 is part of the Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers models like the Flip 6 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

    Sound quality Sound quality represents the speaker systems tonal accuracy and ability to reproduce fine sonic detail. Sound quality judgments are made with the system optimized using its own tone controls and/or pre-set tone settings (if any) adjusted for the most balanced sound.

    Ease of use Ease of use indicates how easy it is to set up the system and use controls on the speaker and/or it's remote control.

    Versatility Versatility score is based on the presence or absence of useful features.

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