When it comes to advancements in technology and some of the latest products that are now available in the market, we have to saw that Bluetooth speakers are among our favorite innovations.
We cannot forget about the time when we used to cry our hearts out because of low audio volume when all we had were our iPods or Smartphones to play our songs at. Of course, there is a whole lot more to the expensive audio systems but having a compact device in your pocket that you can use to pump your mood, anywhere, anytime you want just gives satisfaction on a whole new level.
The JBL Flip 4 and UE Boom 2 are two of compact and wireless speakers that fall under the umbrella of our requirements and can be held on a comparison war to see which one is better than the other. While some of the wireless speakers go way above the moderate price point, these two Bluetooth speakers perform extremely well and come under the $100 radar which makes them worth buying.
What makes them thoroughly ideal is their fantastic construction quality. With this much durability, you can easily take either of these speakers for longer journeys and have the most fun on the road. The best part is both these speakers offer 360-degree surround sound so without further ado, let’s sees what more both of them have to offer and which one beats the other!
Differences Between JBL Flip 4 and UE Boom 2
- The frequency response rate of JBL 4 is 70Hz while the UE Boom 2 has it at 90Hz.
- The weight of JBL 4 is lesser than that of UE Boom 2.
- The battery life of JBL 4 lasts up to two hours whereas UE Boom 2 offers it better at 3.5 hours.
- The price of the JBL 4 is pretty inexpensive around $100 whereas UE Boom 2 is available for somewhere between $150-200.
As you must have read, the differences between both these speakers aren’t something major but they are differences after all. Let’s take a look at both these models in more details so you can choose the one that fits your requirements best.
JBL Flip 4
Right out of the box, the JBL Flip 4 comes off as a no strings attached model that is designed in lightweight construction. This is a very sleek speaker that looks stylish and offers spectacular sound quality.
Given the price point it comes at, the speakers doesn’t have any add-ons so you only get what you pay for.
Even though the model is pretty straightforward, the JBL Flip 4 still comes with a number of features that are going to drive you crazy about it. It is a waterproof, not just water resistant but in fact water proof speaker and features JBL Connect+ that will prove to be a worthy choice for people who love to party and are looking for a wireless speaker that will fulfill all their user-oriented needs.
The very first thing that took our breath away is the in-built IPX7 waterproofing screen that will allow you to have fun with it in heavy rain. It is more than just a simple speaker. It comes with a speakerphone integrated within its front that will allow you to make or receive phone calls without having to disconnect it from your phone.
But none of these features come as close as having JBL Connect+ in your hands. With this feature, you will be able to wirelessly connect more than 100 speakers with your device and make them stream the same content that you’re primarily streaming. This feature will alone allow you to have a complete wireless speaker system in your party to pump it up.
However, connecting 100 speakers is a big deal and you will have to face some latency issue but we would suggest for a smaller number of speaker connectivity, JBL Flip 4 is up for it.
As far as the design of JBL Flip 4 is concerned, there is nothing major about it and you get a cylinder shaped model in your hands. It has a very compact size and is lightweight enough so you can easily take it wherever you want.
Unlike UE Boom, this one comes in a limited color pellet and because of that, the price point is pretty low. While we loved the different schemes on Boom 2, the monochrome color of Flip 4 also goes very well with its design and won’t disappoint you.
JBL has manufactured this bad boy out of high quality materials so it can take a beating. We know how thing always get pretty rough and tough when you’re traveling and that is when JBL Flip 4 will prove its worth to you.
The housing of the speaker is made out of rubber and will resist shock if it happens to slip for your hands. The JBL Flip 4 is a solid choice in terms of design and construction quality.
As much as we were thrilled with its design and construction quality, the sound didn’t give us the same chills we were hoping it will. The sound quality is moderate but doesn’t really prove to be exceptional that we thought it might be.
It features two passive bass radiators on either side of the speakers. This is where the main sound comes from and it takes off pressure of low-frequency bass from rest of the drivers. The high-end is also quite defined. It is not gonna cause your ears to shrill but at maximum volume, you will feel some distortion.
All in all, the JBL Flip 4 is a solid choice for someone who wants to throw a party and pump it up by connecting wireless speakers with one another.
It is a great choice for tight budgets and provides value to your money. While the sound quality isn’t exceptional, it is pretty okay so you will have most fun with it. The cylinder shaped speaker is very easy to carry, offers 2-hours of battery life, is solidly built and will surely pump up your journeys.
UE Boom 2
THE UE Boom 2 provides you a considerable number of options. In terms of color pellet and frequency range, the speaker easily tops of JBL 4 and which is why we thought for them to be choices for a face off. You have read all about JBL 4 up till now so now let’s talk about our next candidate.
In terms of feature, the UE Boom 2 is highly competitive to that of JBL Flip 4. Just like the other product, Boom 2 is also capable of pairing up with a huge number of speakers, you get waterproofing along with inbuilt application.
First things first, the pairing blows up the comparison of both these devices completely. Where JBL 4 offered you to pair up to 100 devices altogether, Boom 2 allows you to pair more than 140 devices together and stream on all mediums simultaneously. These devices include Megaboom speaker, Original Boom speaker and the Boom 2.
One thing that tops off these features is the application that UE Boom 2 comes integrated with. With the help of this application, you will be able to locate all your speakers through a layout and control them remotely.
This application is a chartbuster when it comes in comparison with Flip 4. Through this application, you won’t only play and pause what you’re streaming but you can also have complete control over each and every speaker individually. You can also customize their equalizers and change their settings.
The UE Boom 2 features the same IPX7 waterproofing surface that the other model features. With this integration, you will be able to use your speaker under water and in heavy rain without having to worry about damaging your product.
The only thing that this bad boy doesn’t come with is a speakerphone. That is something it majorly lacked. You will have to disconnect the speaker from your phone in case someone is calling you which could be a hassle for a lot of people. But other than that, it has all the features or more as compared to flip 4.
Where Flip 4 chose a monochromic approach to their aesthetics, the Boom 2 is almost available in any color you can possibly want only if you’re ready to pay. Apart from the color pellet, a few additional features make it much more usable than Flip 4.
What thrilled us the most regarding its design were the color combinations! This is the widest color range that we have ever seen in any portable, wireless speaker. The design of the speaker is pretty simple but with the cross accent, it looks extremely stylish. You can also buy beautiful and smooth gradients to wrap around the speaker and enhance its aesthetic appeal.
However, in terms of design, the Boom 2 offers much more functionality as compared to what Flip 4 ever did. It comes with a mounting gear at the bottom and a D ring so you can either plug it up or mount it conveniently on a tripod. These might look like small features but they are extremely important given it will allow you to chain and hang the speakers up once they have been synced. This will be great for people who love throwing bigger parties.
It also has been integrated with a plug for you to insert your USB port. While the speaker is waterproof, one thing you need to keep in mind is that this plug isn’t so don’t forget to clean it up at once if the speaker gets wet.
Overall, the UE Boom 2 looks really beautiful and makes a solid impact in terms of style.
Last but definitely not the least, the thing that makes it one of the best wireless speakers on the market is its sound quality. Even though it comes with the same technologies that were used in the Flip 4 however, it does offer a more pronounced mid-range and better pronounced highs.
The technique is the same; it features two bass radiators on either side of the speaker. The drivers produce low end frequency while the radiators focus on producing high-end range.
But what makes it better is that the highs in this speaker are pronounced without a shrill and they don’t hurt the ears of the listener. You will not hear any kind of treble when on high frequency which ensures you can enjoy your bass more now.
Now, because of that, mid-range is also very clear and comes clean. Although, the mid range response still isn’t good as some of the high-end speakers on the market but it’s still something.
The sound quality of Boom 2 is much better than that of Flip 4.
Given everything, the UE Boom 2 is a solid speaker that provides you with a huge range of features, great sound quality and better aesthetics. It does have an expensive price point but if you want a speaker that will last long, go for it.
So, as you must have read through both of these reviews, you can see how UE Boom 2 comes with much more improved features, aesthetics and sound quality. It also has a longer battery life as compared to the JBL Flip 4.
To top it off, we would say that if you’re on a tight budget then JBL Flip 4 will work for you but if you have money to spare that you want to invest on a solid choice then go with UE Boom 2.