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JBL Clip 5

It's time for JBL to replace Clip 4 with a thoroughly upgraded version that supports Bluetooth 5.3 and has an even smoother carabiner...

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"Gravity... is working against me. And gravity wants to bring me doooown!"

I scream in the shower. It sounds pretty awful but I try and I'm always helped by my JBL Clip 4, which, via its unique carabiner design, is always dangling in my shower. When I'm not listening to John Mayer's immortal Continuum, my daughter Vega requests to listen to Reggatta de Blanc by The Police while she bathes, on the Clip 4.

JBL Clip 5

The design of the Clip 4 and Clip 5 is unique, for sure. JBL's shower speakers have been super popular for many years now, not least because of their extremely modest price tag, and over the past month I've been pitting the Clip 4 against the Clip 5, trying to work out exactly what's improved, here.

JBL Clip 5
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The Clip 5 uses exactly the same 1.75-inch drivers as its predecessor and the frequency response is the same 95 Hz-20 kHz as before. Still weighing 290 grams, it offers 12 hours of battery life. The biggest difference here is that the Clip 4 supports Bluetooth 5.1 while the 5 now has built-in support for 5.3. The Clip 5 plays with a maximum power of seven watts as well, while its predecessor managed five watts at most.

JBL Clip 5

The design is identical except that the Clip 5 looks slightly narrower at the top. The carabiner and the space between the top edge of the speaker and the curvature of the carabiner are also different as the Clip 5 is taller. On the back, the rubber strips that allow it to rest firmly on a wet floor, table or car roof have also been improved. There are now three of them instead of eight and they fit better. The ones on the back of my Clip 4 have started to come off, which I fear will not happen with the Clip 5. The new model can also be connected in series as you get two (and then play stereo), something that was not possible with previous models.

JBL Clip 5
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What about the sound? The new model plays stronger than its predecessor and there is a little more bottom in Clip 5 which I absolutely appreciate. At 50% volume, the sound is clearly stronger from the Clip 5 than previous models and this without being excessively flat or one-dimensional in terms of dynamics, either. There is a different fullness in the Clip 5 and together with the waterproofness, shock resistance, battery life, carabiner function and the fantastic price, this is another hit for JBL.

09 Gamereactor UK
9 / 10
+
Robust, can take a lot of punishment, waterproof, handy carabiner, can be connected in series, has Bluetooth 5.3, sounds very good (considering the size), cheap
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