JBL Flip 6 vs Ultimate Ears Boom 3


Comparing JBL Flip 6 vs UE Boom 3, the Boom 3 is costlier but shows better overall performance. The size, price and sound make users choose Ultimate Ears Boom 3 over JBL or Bose. On the other hand, at an affordable price JBL shows reliable performance with decent bass. UE Boom 3 has a higher battery life than JBL Flip 6. While both displays a rugged built, the UE Boom 3 floats on water and is drop proof, JBL Flip 6 doesn’t float. These speakers are lightweight, portable and supports only Bluetooth.

Our Verdict:

Flip 6 has PartyBoost feature through which you can connect other PartyBoost enabled speakers like Flip 5. It has equalizer in the JBL Portable app that consists of sound adjustment options. You can place it horizontally or vertically.

UE Boom has Spatial 360 sound for delivering sound in all directions. It passed 25 tough durability tests, and the result is a solid performing speaker. You can purchase Power Up charging dock to charge it wirelessly. Party Up option on the app allows you to connect up to 150 speakers.

Pros
  • Multiple attractive colors
  • Sturdy build
  • Good bass
  • Affordable
  • EQ options
Cons
  • No aux port
Pros
  • Durable design
  • IP67 rating
  • Impressive performance
  • Lightweight
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Average bass

Advance Comparison

Model

JBL Flip 6

Ultimate Ears BOOM 3

Brand Name

JBL

Ultimate Ears

Rating
Mixed Usage
5.6
5.7
Music:
6.4
6.4
Movies:
5.6
6.1
Outdoors:
7.2
7.7
Podcasts
7.7
7.2
Voice Assistant:
1
1
GENERAL
Recommended Usage
Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers[ Waterproof]
Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers[ Waterproof]
Release Year
2021
2018
Power Source
Battery & USB
Battery & USB
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
N/A
BUILD QUALITY
Material Quality
Great
Great
Water Resistance:
Submersible (IPx7)
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Floats In Water:
Unspecified
Yes
STYLE
RGB Light:
N/A
N/A
Color Variation
Black, Blue, Camo, Green, Gray, Pink, White, Teal and red.
Night Black, Dusk, Lagoon Blue, Jungle Grey, Sunset Red, Ultraviolet Purple, Peach, Green and Unicorn.
Sizes And Variants
N/A
N/A
PORTABILITY:
Power Source:
Battery & USB
Battery & USB
Hand Carry
Yes
Yes
Weight
1.1 lbs (0.5 kg)
1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
Volume:
46 in³ (760 cm³)
59 in³ (966 cm³)
Connectivity:
Bluetooth Only
Bluetooth Only
BATTERY:
Battery Powered:
Yes
Yes
Battery Life
5.9 hrs
13.7 hrs
Charging Time:
2.2 hrs
2.6 hrs
Power Saving:
Yes
Yes
Charging Port:
USB-C
Micro-USB
Bluetooth Specification:
Bluetooth:
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth Version:
5.1
Unspecified
Bluetooth Range:
210.0 ft (64.0 m)
259.2 ft (79.0 m)
Bluetooth iOS Latency:
165 ms
7 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency:
168 ms
34 ms
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
N/A
Wi-Fi Specification:
Wi-Fi:
N/A
N/A
Wi-Fi Version:
N/A
N/A
Wi-Fi Frequency Band:
N/A
N/A
Apple AirPlay:
N/A
N/A
AirPlay Latency:
N/A
N/A
Google Chromecast:
N/A
N/A
Chromecast Latency:
N/A
N/A
Wired Connectivity:
Aux Input:
N/A
N/A
USB Audio:
N/A
N/A
Other Ports:
N/A
N/A
CONTROLS (physical buttons):
Ease Of Use:
Great
Good
Music Play/Pause [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Call Answer/End [Button/Touch]:
N/A
N/A
Volume Up/Down [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Track Next/Previous [Button/Touch]:
Yes
N/A
Microphone On/Off:
N/A
N/A
Additional Controls:
Yes
Yes
VOICE CONTROL:
Voice Assistant:
N/A
N/A
Voice Activation:
N/A
N/A
Speakerphone:
N/A
N/A
Alexa:
No
No
Siri:
No
No
Google Assistant:
No
No
Microphone Mute:
No Microphone
No Microphone
Far-Field Performance:
No Microphone
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
No Microphone
No Microphone
App:
App Name:
JBL Portable
Ultimate Ears
iOS:
Yes
Yes
Android:
Yes
Yes
EQ:
Graphic
Graphic + Presets
Stereo Pair Mode:
Yes
Yes
Party Mode:
Yes
Yes
Multi-Room:
N/A
N/A
AUDIO QUALITY [TESTED RESULT]:
Frequency Response Accuracy:
Alright
Poor
Soundstage:
Alright
Decent
Dynamics:
Fair
Fair
IN THE BOX
Accessories:
JBL Flip 6, USB-C to USB-A charging cable, Removable carrying strap, Quick Start Guide
Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 speaker, Micro-USB charging cable.
User manual:
N/A
Yes

Comparatives Review


JBL Flip 6 vs UE Boom 3: Step by Step Comparison

This section focuses on similarities and dissimilarities of JBL Flip 6 and UE Boom 3.

Build:

Along with good music, looks matter and JBL takes this seriously. Flip 6 is available in several color options that are unique and eye-catching. It sits on rubber feet and remains stable. The passive radiators are protected by rubber. It is wrapped in a tight cloth that seems durable.

UE Boom encourages you to rough use the speaker. It is highly durable and have rugged built. The speaker is wrapped with high-quality fabric which is similar to those built for extreme use. Both sides are protected with rubber and build quality is very good. Both these speakers have IP67 rating which means they are protective against dust and water.

Portability:

Unlike JBL Flip 5, the Flip 6 is more portable and travel friendly. Compared to UE Boom 3, the Flip 6 comes with removable carrying strap. Both are highly portable and lightweight. Flip 6 is slightly smaller and have lighter weight.

Performance:

JBL Flip 6 is a 2-way speaker that has tweeter, woofer, and passive radiators. It produces music with impressive clarity and depth. It has neutral mid-range and overall, the sound signature is balanced. You can use it for different types of content. Low ends are deep and have adequate punch for its size. While in some specific songs there might be distortion, for most contents’ instruments are well represented.

The Flip 6 delivers detailed sound across all frequencies. Take it on the go on beaches, hiking, climbing and it will produce loud sound. However, for large spaces, you might want to add more JBL speakers to create louder and immersive sound. Overall, it is one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers under $100.

Ultimate Ears Boom 3 has two 2" full-range drivers and dual 2" x 4" passive radiators. It focuses on producing the right amount of bass instead of overemphasized or poor bass. It can get as loud as the Flip 6 but at louder volumes, the performance is clean and pure. Unlike the Flip 6, the UE Boom 3 is backward compatible and will pair to previous models.

It has impressive soundstage with directivity. The speaker can play content in stereo mode, the soundstage is broad and powerful. Decent mids and lows make it a good choice for music but bass heads might be disappointed.

Wireless connection:

JBL Flip 6 has solid Bluetooth wireless connection with any smartphone or tab. UE Boom 3 also supports only Bluetooth and there are no other connection options. Both these Bluetooth speakers can connect two devices at a time and play alternatively.

Battery:

With a 2.5 hours of charging time, the JBL Flip 6 will give out 12 hours of playtime. Comparing JBL Flip 6 vs UE Boom 3, the Boom 3 has 15 hours of playback time from a single charge. However, in real life they lasted 9 to 10 hours which is more than enough for listening to music throughout the day.

Other features:

Features available in other JBL portable speakers aren’t found in the Flip 6. It doesn’t have aux port, nor can you take phone calls with it. It has easy-to-press control buttons. It has PartyBoost option, Bluetooth, and volume controls. The mobile app equalizer settings have bass, treble and mid adjustments.

Unlike JBL Flip 6, the physical controls in Boom 3 speaker are in different place. Volume up/down buttons are large and on its body. On one side of the speaker, there is a magic button for multiple use along with Bluetooth and pairing options. UE Boom 3 works with UE Boom and MegaBoom app. You can use the app for Remote on/off, customizable EQ, Party up, Block up, etc. You can also use it as alarm clock.

Parting words:

JBL Flip 6 and UE Boom 3 are some of the best portable Bluetooth speakers that are easy to carry. They both have great built and design. JBL Flip 6 vs UE Boom 3, which one should you choose? The JBL Flip 6 is a good choice for users who seek a Bluetooth speaker for both indoor and outdoor use. Loudness is average but bass is good.

UE Boom 3 has average bass and overall, the sound quality is good. Specially, the soundstage and it’s 360 Spatial sound field features will make you feel surrounded by music. It can also get loud without showing ‘major’ compressions.

In case you want more bass, have a look at UE Megaboom 3 speaker. It has impressive soundstage and sounds good for most contents.

FAQ:

Can I use the JBL Flip 6 while charging?

Yes, Flip 6 can be as you charge the speaker.

Are Bluetooth speakers enough for parties?

Portable Bluetooth speakers are powerful and pack a punch compared to their size. They can be loud and room-filling for indoor and outdoor use.

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