A song can be an "oldie but goodie," but what about a speaker? That's how I'm tempted to describe the JBL Flip 4, which hit the scene about three years ago but is still a perfectly good product -- a borderline great one, in fact. Price back then: $100. Price right now: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the , a tie for the lowest it's ever been.
Available in black or blue, the Flip 4 is your basic tube-shaped speaker, albeit one that's fully waterproof: It can survive a dunk in the pool or trip to the shower and keep on playing. JBL promises up to 12 hours of listening on a charge.
OK, but how does it sound? For that I'll turn you over to David Carnoy's Wonderboom and the more expensive UE Boom 2. The Wonderboom is shorter and squatter and delivers more bass; it comes off as a bigger speaker than the Flip 4. However, with some tracks the Flip 4 sounded more natural, particularly in the midrange, and I preferred its sound when listening to certain songs.". A key snippet: "I compared this speaker to Ultimate Ears' similarly priced
Meanwhile, the Flip 4 has accumulated some 6,000 (!) user reviews over the years, with an average score of 4.8 stars out of 5. That's about as good as it gets.
There are, of course, countless no-brand speakers priced even less. But when you can save 40% on a top-rated model, that's definitely worth a look.
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I've had some especially good meals from Home Chef, which is why I'm excited to share this offer. For a limited time, you can.
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If you've never tried one, or haven't tried this one, this is a pretty great trial offer.
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