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JBL FLIP: Big sound, small footprint

Jan 31 2013, 09:22 IST
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SummaryThe JBL Flip delivers super sound at a reasonable price.

Don’t let its size fool you. The JBL Flip delivers room-filling audio with serious bass from a compact speaker that’s ready to roll wherever you go. Not only that, it has a microphone and a call answer button so you can answer phone calls from the speaker. Priced at R5,990, the nicely designed JBL Flip with Bluetooth is an ideal audio solution for smartphones and tablets. With two 1-5/8-inch (40 mm) drivers, a built-in bass port and an acoustic volume of 200cc, the speaker delivers clear and loud sound with exceptional bass—all in a portable stereo speaker that travels easily with you.

Recently, I got the chance to try out a JBL Flip portable wireless loudspeaker. I am happy to report it is the perfect solution for compact, but loud sound. Though not as loud as my Bose, but again for its size it is quite impressive.

In the box came one black coloured JBL Flip stereo speaker, one AC adapter and a user manual. The speaker also comes in white colour. The control buttons are on top and the speaker has a rubbery surface. It plays from either a vertical or horizontal position, so you can place it in a variety of locations. Whats more, it fits easily into a backpack, so you can take it from one place to the next.

Set up was a simple affair. Instructions in the user manual easily guide you through how to plug in the power cord, how to plug in a wired apparatus (such as a non-Bluetooth-enabled iPod) to a line-in port, and how to sync your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone or tablet.

Once this speaker is synced up, which takes seconds, it is just a push of one button. I synced the Flip to my better half’s iPhone 4S and streamed some dance music from ABBA, Ace of Base and Boney M. I was immediately pleased with how clear the sound quality is. I turned up the volume and still the sound quality was unaffected. For those who like it loud, you won’t be disappointed!

It is always a treat to listen to your favourite music on a speaker as well balanced as the Flip as it tends to bring forward instruments that have a tendency to get buried. It really can breathe new life into songs you have heard a hundred times. In my test-run, the JBL hardware produced very clear, very accurate sound

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