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JBL Flip 5 vs Sony SRS-ZR7

7.13 in
2.91 in
JBL Flip 5 Wireless Speaker
JBL Flip 5
11.81 in
3.66 in
Sony SRS-ZR7 Wireless Speaker
Sony SRS-ZR7
Available colors
Editiorial reviews
4
4 editorial reviews
JBL has hit the spot with the JBL Flip 5. Portable speakers get a little samey in this space, and updates are incremental. The Flip 5 isn't an exception to the rule, but it hasRead more
Finding a reasonable balance between sound quality/volume and portability/ruggedness, the JBL Flip 5 is the quintessential jack of all trades, master of...Read more
JBL and HARMAN know how to pack some serious sound into a portable Bluetooth speaker. For the last week I’ve been trying out the latest in the Flip series, the $149.95 Flip 5.  These speakers of course are designed for the outdoors mostly, be it by the pool, on the back deck or by the […]Read more
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3
3 editorial reviews
Sony says that you can build true 5.1 surround for your TV wirelessly with its new audio platform. We take a closer look at the NT5 soundbar and 2 sets of rear speakers (ZR5 and ZR7)Read more
This versatile speaker/soundbar is let down by average sound qualityRead more
The Sony SRS-ZR7 speaker delivers a crisp, rich wireless audio experience—but its real strength lies in its versatility and connectivity.Read more
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User rating
104
3.6 out of 5
104 user ratings
5 stars
37 %
4 stars
16 %
3 stars
20 %
2 stars
17 %
1 stars
8 %
28
4.3 out of 5
28 user ratings
5 stars
50 %
4 stars
35 %
3 stars
10 %
2 stars
3 %
1 stars
0 %

Full Comparison

Sound

JBL Flip 5JBL Flip 5
Sony SRS-ZR7Sony SRS-ZR7
Channels2.02.0
Low frequency
N/A
20.0 Hz
High frequency
N/A
20.0 kHz
Supported formats
N/A
  • .m4a
  • .m4b
  • m4p
  • .m4v
  • .m4r
  • .3gp
  • .mp4
  • .aac
  • AIFF
  • Apple Lossless
  • FLAC
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA

Design

JBL Flip 5JBL Flip 5
Sony SRS-ZR7Sony SRS-ZR7
Colour of product
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Camouflage
  • Green
  • Grey
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Sand
  • White
  • Yellow
  • Black
  • silver

Dimensions

JBL Flip 5JBL Flip 5
Sony SRS-ZR7Sony SRS-ZR7
Height2.91 in3.66 in
Width7.13 in11.81 in
Depth2.72 in3.39 in
Weight19.05 oz47.97 oz

Connectivity

JBL Flip 5JBL Flip 5
Sony SRS-ZR7Sony SRS-ZR7
Bluetoothyesyes
Bluetooth profile
  • A2DP
  • AVRCP
  • A2DP
  • AVRCP
  • SPP
Bluetooth version4.24.2
Wireless network (Wi-Fi)noyes
USB
N/A
yes
USB version
N/A
2.0
Other connectors
N/A
Ethernet
Type of USB connector
N/A
USB
Source of connection
N/A
  • iOS App
  • Android App
  • Windows Phone App
  • Mac App
  • PC App
  • Integrated in Speaker
Aptx Support
N/A
no
Bluetooth codec
N/A
  • AAC
  • aptX
  • LDAC
  • SBC
Wired inputs
N/A
  • 3.5mm
  • Ethernet
  • HDMI
Bluetooth wireless range
N/A
32.81 ft
Analogue 3.5mm input (Aux)
N/A
1
DLNA
N/A
yes
NFC
N/A
yes

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • JBL Flip 5 sounds quite good
  • both sound decent and handle the elements
  • Good sound quality; waterproof; long battery life
  • size; durability; and sound quality
  • Songs sound reasonably well balanced and relatively full
  • was rich; full and far better balanced in wide open spaces ie
  • Functionality and fun in spades
  • easy to setup The battery is impressive
  • good quality; affordable equipment that is really reliable and produces good sound
  • excels in crisp and crystal clear dialog and high notes
  • a very simple and easy way to pair your phone with
  • added placement flexibility that looks better in a modern living room
  • clear and the subwoofer is adequately tight and quick
  • sound is pleasant and dialog is very crisp and clear
  • the bass sounds much better and delivers a more balanced sound stage
  • speaker also has a nice handling on the treble and midrange
  • it does a good job of keeping songs organised
Cons
  • All Audio Hi-Fi Audio Home
  • Auto Cool Gadgets Home Electronics Home Security Tinkering
  • Garden Home Appliances Furniture
  • it could have had Wi-Fi included to allow casting
  • not a cheap option
  • not an audio engineer
  • the flat mid range and almost overpowering bass
  • lack of Siri integration
  • slow apps and picture/sound synchronization
  • the user interface is a boring mix of grey color tones
  • unwanted distortion as a result
  • it does not cover the TV picture
  • it only works with Sony speakers at the moment
  • is limited to how far the cable can stretch from your mains socket
  • Sony only conveys the upper range of the bass

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