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JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker gets improved sound, full waterproofing

See what's new with one of the top wireless Bluetooth speakers for under $100.

The JBL Flip 4 ships this spring in six different colors.

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JBL's Flip 4 Bluetooth portable speaker looks virtually identical to the Flip 3, but it has some improvements on the inside, including new drivers and full waterproofing.

I got a quick chance to listen to it here at CES 2017 and it's hard to tell how much better it sounds -- JBL says 20 percent better -- but it remains one of the top compact Bluetooth speakers for less than $100 (it lists for $99.95).

I'll have a full review -- and compare it to the Flip 3 -- when it comes out in the US this spring. UK and Australian details weren't announced, but $100 converts to about £80 or AU$140.

JBL Flip 4 features

  • Wireless Bluetooth streaming: Wirelessly connect up to two phones or tablets to the speaker and take turns playing music
  • 12-hours of playtime: Built-in 3,000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery supports up to 12 hours of playtime
  • IPX7 waterproof (can be dunked in water)
  • Connect more than 100 JBL Connect+ enabled speakers together to amplify the listening experience
  • Speakerphone with noise- and echo-cancelling
  • Voice assistant integration: Access Siri or Google Now from your JBL speaker with a button press
  • New fabric covering and rugged rubber housing make the Flip 4 more durable than previous model
  • JBL Bass Radiator: Dual external passive radiators help deliver more bass
  • Available on and select retailers for $100 starting in spring 2017
  • Six color options: black, white, teal, gray, red and blue

The Flip 4 can be stood vertically or laid down horizontally.

David Carnoy/CNET

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