The Flip 6 is one of the new Bluetooth speakers and headphones from JBL

The Flip 6 is one of the new Bluetooth speakers and headphones from JBL

Tech Highlights:

  • The Flip 6 arrives with a full dustproof and waterproof IP67 rating unlike the Flip 5 which only has an IPX7 waterproof rating. JBL has also included Bluetooth 5.1 for stronger and more stable connections. The battery life remains unchanged at 12 hours but you get a dedicated tweeter now. These upgrades have also resulted in a price increase to $130 when it becomes available for purchase in December.

  • JBL took the wraps off of several new speakers today. The lineup includes a new Flip Bluetooth speaker, the Partybox 110 and Partybox 710, a $99 gaming headset, four new wireless earbuds, and a pair of headphones designed for kids.

JBL’s PartyBox line of bigger Bluetooth speakers also got two news models. The PartyBox 110 and PartyBox 710 have LEDs, USB and TRS input support, and an IPX4 rating. The 110 has a speaker output power of 160W while the 710, which has wheels to make moving it around easier, pushes it to 800W. The former is already available today for $399.95 while the 710 will be available in October in Europe for €749 and in December in the U.S. for $800.

The Endurance RACE is for those who enjoy running. The pair of earbuds has a TwistLock mechanism that helps to keep the earbuds secure when you are running. You also get 10 hours of battery life on a single charge and an IP67 rating. It is priced at $80.

If you want earbuds with active noise cancellation, then the Tune 130NC and Tune 230NC have got you covered. Both are priced at $100/€99 and share similar features such as Bluetooth 5.2, support for Google Fast pair, and of course ANC. The difference is in the design and the drivers. The Tune 230NC has a stem design and 5.8mm drivers while the Tune 130NC has 10mm drivers and a stem-less design.

The Reflect Flow PRO boasts the top features of the Tune 130NC and the Endurance RACE such as ANC, battery life of up to 10 hours, and an even higher IP68 rating. It also supports wireless charging and its case has a pretty neat LED bar instead of a dot like most earbuds have. Of course, it is also more expensive at $180.

JBL is going against headphones from Xbox, Sony, and Razer with its $99 Quantum 350 wireless headphones. The over-the-ears headphones have 40mm drivers and connect via a 2.4GHz wireless dongle for lower latency. The battery life is 22 hours and a 5-minute charge via its USB-C port will give you 1 hour of playback time.

JBL’s JR 460NC is designed for kids and it has noise cancellation so your kids are protected from loud noises. It has a battery life of 20 hours and when flat, your child can also switch to a wired connection using a removable aux cable. The JR 460NC is priced at $80 and will be available this month.

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