The JBL Flip 5 was officially announced at CES 2019 and receives a new driver. The JBL Live headphones also support voice assistants like the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Flip 5 with racetrack driver and USB C
JBL has redesigned the Flip 5 and donated it a racetrack baptized driver. The enlarged cone and a higher deflection to amplify the sound and produce a more intense sound with crisp highs and deep bass.
The IPX7-certified waterproof case protects it from water and temporary immersion. Another innovation of the Bluetooth speaker is the USB C charging port, which emits three amps at five volts. The integrated battery has a capacity of 4,800 mAh and is expected to last for 12 hours, according to the manufacturer. There is also a hands-free function to make phone calls directly over the speaker.
The JBL Flip 5 will be commercially available from June 2019 for a non-binding price recommendation of $148. You can choose from the eleven colour options, Desert Sand, Mustard Yellow, Dusty Pink, Grey Stone, River Teal, Fiesta Red, Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Steel White, Forest Green .
Three new headphones with up to 33 hours of battery life
JBL has also launched a new series of headphones. The live headphones can be operated via touch controls and answer questions via the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. The JBL Live 400BT (On-Ear) and JBL Live 500BT (Over-Ear) feature TalkThru and Ambient Aware technologies. TalkThru lowers the volume of music and enhances voices and sounds in the surrounding area, enabling conversation with friends without having to remove the headphones. Ambient Aware, on the other hand, can dose background noise to maintain contact with the environment.
The JBL Live 650BTNC (over-ear) is also equipped with an active noise canceling system, which can hide annoying ambient noise. Depending on the model, JBL promises terms of 20 to 33 hours. All headphones should be charged via the quick charge function in less than two hours. The headphones will be available in April 2019 in different colors. The Live 400 BT will cost $148, the Live 500 BT $171 and the Live 650BTNC $229.