Best Bluetooth Speakers in India (August 2019)

by | Aug 14, 2019

Wireless Bluetooth speakers serve two main purpose – indoor listening as well as outdoor usage.

With the speaker technology gaining rapid improvement in terms of the quality of sound output and a simultaneous decrease in prices, the market is facing a boom right now.

To cope with the stressful decision of making an apt Bluetooth speaker purchase, we’re delivering a curated list of 6 best Bluetooth speakers available in India with a budget cap of Rs.20,000 in mind.

The legendary Marshall Kilburn tops this list with its exemplary design and build quality accompanied by its stellar sound output.

The Harman Kardon Go+ Play is our second best model that redefines the boombox nostalgia on to a whole new level.

Without wasting your precious time anymore, let’s see the products that we felt will be a great buy in terms of overall sound quality.

Best Bluetooth Speakers in India

1. Bose Soundlink Revolve PlusOverall Best Pick
2. Marshall KilburnRunner-Up Pick
3. Harman Kardon Go+ PlayBest Build Quality
4. Ultimate Ears Mega BoomBest Value for Money
5. LG XBoom GO PK7 Best Battery Life
6. Sony SRS-XB41Best Bass Pick
7. JBL Xtreme 2Best Outdoor Speaker
8. Bose Sound Link Micro Best Budget Branded Speaker
9. Amazon Echo DotBest Bluetooth Smart Speaker for IoT
10. Saregama CarvaanBest Bluetooth Speaker for Elders
11. Mivi Octave BS16OTBest Budget Bluetooth Speakr
12. boAt Stone 1000Rugged Bluetooth Speaker
13.JBL Flip 3Honourable Mention

When it comes to the audio-related equipments such as headphones and speakers, Bose is the most sought after brand in the premium category.

The SoundLink Revolve Plus is 360 degrees sounding Bluetooth speaker priced just under Rs.25,000 which delivers an immersive music listening experience over the air.

Design and build quality

The Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus has a cylindrical design which is tapering towards the top section.

Made of a single block of aluminium, this luxury Bluetooth speaker looks and feels very premium.

The mesh grill around the speaker at the bottom part is integrated seamlessly to the rest of the chassis.

There is a fabric handle which makes this device to be carried easily with a single hand.

Speaker and sound quality

The rounded cylindrical design and the positioning of the speaker at the bottom enable this device to deliver sound in all the directions evenly.

This 360 degrees sound propagation allows everyone around the speaker to enjoy music the same way.

The sound output is very loud and clear with the typical Bose clarity. The bass levels are very natural and sound very nice with the well-balanced mids and highs.

There is an inbuilt mic on this device to attend hands-free calls from your smartphone. The speakerphone sounds very crisp even at a range of about 10 m.

Connectivity options

The Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus feature Bluetooth v4.1 that supports low energy mode signal pairing.

This speaker, even though priced exorbitantly, does not have provision for an SD card or a USB drive to plug in to.

Miscellaneous

This speaker supports voice prompts.

You can pair two devices just by saying the same to this device.

Easy, isn’t it?

It also supports Google Assistant and Siri voice commands right out of the box.

There is a threaded mount at the bottom of this device, which helps you attach this speaker on any existing tripod.

Battery life

Being a comparatively larger Bluetooth speaker, this device has a large capacity battery that will power it for 12 hours of continuous music playback at moderate volume levels.

This device takes about 3-4 hours to completely juice up from empty.

Verdict

The Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus is a great Bluetooth speaker that delivers stunning quality sound output with rich bass and crisp treble.

If you don’t mind the steep price, owning this solidly built aluminium finished marvel will be definitely a delightful experience.

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Solid aluminium build
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Clean sound output
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Brand value
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No SD card slot/FM tuner

Specifications

Frequency Response20Hz – 20,000Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life Up to 12 Hours
Driver Size40 mm

2. Marshall Kilburn

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Suitable for all genres of music listening
  • Vintage design that feels nostalgic
  • Impressive battery life

Marshall is one of a kind UK based audio equipment manufacturer in the world.

Their products with a retro look that delivers exceptional sound quality is a dream come true for audiophiles around the globe.

The Kilburn from Marshall is a boxy shaped wireless Bluetooth speaker that features a fully replaceable battery inside.

Design and Build Quality

At the first glance of the Marshall Kilburn wireless Bluetooth speaker, you’ll definitely feel at home with the design.

The same design that adored our old style radio which had a prominent grille upfront.

We can’t emphasise how cute and retro does it look in person rather than in the photos. This speaker is sure to be a priceless item on your home decor for sure.

The leather fabric coated interior chassis looks plush and premium. The detachable leather handle too adds charm to the overall build of this product.

What we liked about this design is the rotating knobs for volume and bass/treble controls. The ON/OFF button is a toggle switch that works flawlessly.

Even the supplied Aux-in cable has gold plated connectors and is coiled.

The company has polished the finer details which normally most of the companies prefer to leave untouched if not broken.

Speaker and Sound Quality

Behind the huge grill upfront grilled 3-speaker set up constituting a large 80mm driver subwoofer coupled with two 20mm driver tweeters.

The woofer lets out a deep bass that is punchy and natural at the same time.

The tweeters produce clean and crisp highs and pronounced vocals that don’t fade with the onset of bass.

This wireless speaker unit gets sufficiently loud. It can be used for parties or during an outdoor camping.

Beware that this product isn’t water-resistant, take utmost care not to let water get inside.

The really rich bass and crisp treble make this device suitable for listening to any type of music.

Battery Life

Yes, it is. Marshall Kilburn can last up to 20 hours on a single charge. In our tests, we found that the device lasted for about 18 hours with 60% volume from the beginning.

The one peculiar thing about this wireless Bluetooth speaker is that it uses a full-size AC charger to juice up the battery and not the traditional micro USB.

What it means is that, while you’re outdoors, you can’t charge this beast with your power bank.

However, the battery life is so impressive that this lack of micro USB charging isn’t a dealbreaker.

Verdict

If you are inclined to have the best possible sound output from a portable Bluetooth speaker priced under Rs.20,000, Marshall Kilburn is the way to go.

With its deep, punchy bass and crystal clear vocals with tingling highs, this wireless speaker is suitable for listening to almost all genres of music in its full glory.

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Excellent sound output
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Retro design
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Exceptional Build quality
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Feels a bit heavy and bulky

Specifications

Frequency Response62Hz – 20,000Hz
Bluetoothv4.0
Battery Life 18-20 Hours
Driver Size1 x 80 mm, 2 x 20 mm

3. Harman Kardon Go+ Play

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Best Build Quality
  • Suited for use in large parties
  • Excellent punchy bass
  • Separate amplifier for speakers

Harman Kardon is a world-renowned speaker and acoustic related equipment manufacturer which is a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Ltd.

The Go+ Play from Harman is a Bluetooth speaker with a rather unique design which stands out from the rest of the speakers available in the market.

Design and Build Quality

The Harman Kardon Go+ Play has a cylindrical dome-shaped design with a metallic handle up top.

The whole front and back of this wireless Bluetooth speaker are covered with a strong fabric material which looks and feels nice.

When viewed from certain angles, this product has its share of resemblance with the old age boombox.

The build quality to speak about is top-notch. Being a premium luxury Bluetooth speaker, the components used in the construction is of high quality.

The front grill of this Bluetooth speaker is removable. With the grill removed, the raw look of this speaker gives it a more masculine look.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The Harman Kardon Go Play+ comes with a 90mm woofer driver and two 20mm tweeters in the same configuration that we saw earlier on Marshall Kilburn.

The clean mids and crisp highs compensate the punch rich bass in a perfect ratio that provides a soothing yet thumping audio output out of this speaker.

This wireless Bluetooth speaker gets so loud that you might never want to listen to the songs with this if you live in an apartment unless you want your neighbours to knock at your door.

At high volumes, there are no distortions for the sounds from either the woofer or the tweeters.

Harman has provided a 25W amplifier for each of the speakers to squeeze even the last bit of acoustic richness.

Miscellaneous

Harman has put so much effort in designing this product into perfection.

Even the welcome tones that the speakers let out during the startup and the pairing tones seems a right step towards the enhanced user experience.

The metallic handle that arches above the speaker chassis, although feels a bit slippery, add to the flair of a luxury wireless Bluetooth speaker.

If you want even more sound (no way!), Harman allows you to pair two of its speakers together for better spatial sound separation and immersive listening experience.

What we did not like about this Bluetooth speaker was its weight. The Harman Kardon Go + weighs about 3.43Kg.

While it’s still perfectly portable, some users may not have the liking towards carrying a heavy speaker around.

Battery Life

Nothing in this world is perfect. So does the battery life of Harman Kardon Go+ Play.

This wireless Bluetooth speaker lasted for a good eight hours of continuous music playback on our tests.

Although eight hours for the quality of sound this beast produced is adequate, we feel that the battery life is just average as all the competitor products in this list exhibit double-digit battery life.

Verdict

What defines the Harman Kardon Go+ Play wireless Bluetooth speaker can be summarized in three words – precise, punchy and distortion-free sound.

If you don’t mind the heft, this device is one of the best Bluetooth speaker in the market right now which delivers excellent sound quality without compromising on either the build quality or battery life.

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Loud sound output
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Premium build quality
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1-year warranty
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Heavy and bulky
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Average battery life

Specifications

Frequency Response50Hz – 20,000Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life Up to 8 Hours
Driver Size1 x 90 mm, 2 x 20 mm

4. Ultimate Ears Mega Boom

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Best Value for Money
  • Suited for pool/beach parties
  • IPX7 certified speaker
  • Lightweight and portable

Ultimate Ears is a subsidiary brand of popular computer peripherals manufacturer Logitech.

The UE Bluetooth speakers have its presence in budget segment priced under Rs.3000 and are really popular as well.

The UE Megaboom is a premium grade Bluetooth speaker that comes with a coveted IPX7 certification which makes it one of the best outdoor wireless speakers on this list.

Design and Build Quality

The UE Megaboom Bluetooth speaker has a rounder cylindrical design. Yes – the same form factor we have seen on the JBL Flip 4 wireless speaker priced under Rs.10,000.

The UE Megaboom has a height of about 22 cm which is still very portable considering the cylindrical shape which can be easily tucked into the bags.

The entire chassis of this wireless speaker is covered with braided-nylon fabric which feels very much tough at the same time easy to hold on to.

There no flex whatsoever on the body. The control buttons are located on the sides and are tactile and responsive.

Speaker and Sound Quality

It’s not a typo – this Bluetooth speaker from Ultimate Ears does feature four distinct speakers, two 90mm driver size woofers and two 20mm driver size tweeters.

People would expect something great from this setup and to be honest, UE has successfully delivered the same.

The loud, clear sound output with distinct notes from instruments without being overshadowed by the rich bass is a speciality of this speaker.

The bass response hits deeper when listening to certain genres such as EDM and hip-hop which bass heads are going to like a lot.

Water Resistance

This wireless speaker from UE comes with IPX7 certification. This means that you can use this device outdoors no matter what the climate is.

The UE Megaboom also can be submerged underwater up to 1m without any issues in playback.

Remember that after a few minutes of floating on the surface, the Megaboom does sink. So take care of your speaker if you want to retain it in its full glory.

Miscellenous

The UE Megaboom comes with speakerphone feature which lets you attend the calls handsfree from the speaker itself.

The voice call clarity is good but when used from a distance less than 5m, echoing happens intermittently.

When the volume rocker buttons in the front are pressed simultaneously for a few seconds, the speaker gives voice prompt about the exact battery level which is a very useful addition.

Battery Life

The UE Megaboom despite having to power the four speakers, has one of the best battery life in this list.

UE claims that the Lithium-ion battery inside lasts for about 20 hours on a single charge.

Expecting this as a market gimmick, we tested the claims and was pleasantly surprised to get about 18 hours of continuous music playback on a single charge.

Verdict

If you’re a fan of punchy bass with clear vocals, the UE Megaboom won’t disappoint you.

Adding to the excellent sound output quality, this Bluetooth speaker is IPX7 certified, can be used indoors as well as outdoors during pool/beach parties with no fear of damage.

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Build quality
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Quad speakers
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Stellar battery life
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Low quality rubber flap on the charging port

Specifications

Frequency Response65Hz – 20,000Hz
Bluetooth v4.0
Battery Life Up to 20 Hours
Driver Size2 x 90 mm, 2 x 20 mm

5. LG XBoom GO PK7

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Best Battery Life

  • 22 hours of music playback
  • IPX7 water and dust resistance
  • AptX support

LG is one of the major players which has been absent from the Bluetooth speaker market in the country, but not anymore.

The LG XBoom Go PK7 is a premium Bluetooth speaker offering high fidelity music playback to make your parties sound livelier than ever before.

Design and build quality

The LG Xboom Go PK7 is built like a tank to ensure extreme durability.

The chassis is made from very hard plastic material with a slightly textured finish on top.

Even if this Bluetooth speaker trips and falls from your hand accidentally, it can take some beating without any damage.

The front side of the speaker features a meshed metallic grill and the top of rear sides covered with a faux mesh texture for the aesthetic appeal of the gadget.

There is a specialized rail covering all over the chassis of the portable Bluetooth speaker to make it stand upright and save it from a few dings if you ever come across accidentally dropping this device on the ground.

It also acts as a holder for moving the speaker comfortably in one hand.

The control buttons are located on the top portion of the speaker and come with a LED status indicator for each control.

The battery charge status indicating LED is placed beside the buttons.

Speaker and sound quality

The LG XBoom Go PK7 comes equipped with dual 45mm speakers with bass radiators on each side.

The 40W total sound output is ideal for poolside parties and group listening while hanging out with your friends outdoors.

The dual tweeters very well supplement the speakers to deliver a rich bass sound profile with clean vocals and treble notes.LG has partnered with Meridian technology, a pioneer in the audio field for tuning the speakers to deliver the best possible sound experience on this wireless speaker.

Since the speakers are oriented towards the listener, a complete 360-degree uniform sound throw isn’t yet possible, but the loudness of the speaker makes up for it.

Connectivity

This portable Bluetooth speaker has Bluetooth v4.2 protocol for low energy (LE) wireless connectivity.

It also comes with AptX support for high fidelity wireless music playback.

If you already own a smartphone with AptX support, the LG XBoom Go PK7 will be an excellent addon accessory.

Miscellaneous

The XBoom Go PK7 can be used outdoors in all weather conditions without any fear, thanks to the IPX7 certification.

Even if the device is submerged under 1 ft of water for 30 minutes, it will still work the same as before.

This device comes with a one-touch smart assistant feature which when pressed activates the phone’s inbuilt voice assistant.

The vibrant LED lighting effects around the speakers add to the rich party flair of this Bluetooth speaker.

Battery life

The LG XBoom Go PK7 is powered by a large 3000mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to give you about 22 hours of music playback on a single charge.

Verdict

LG XBoom PK7 with its excellent quality sound output including the AptX support, this is one of the best Bluetooth speakers under the budget of Rs.20,000.

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Excellent build quality

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One touch voice assistant button

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Bass-rich sound output

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No handle to grab and hold the speaker

Specifications

Frequency Response20Hz – 20,000Hz
Bluetooth v4.2
Battery Life Up to 22 Hours
Driver Size2 x 45 mm

6. Sony SRS-XB41

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Best Bass Pick
  • Suited best for EDMs and hip hop
  • Detailed bass with crisp vocals
  • Brand reliability

Sony is popular for its consumer electronics products all over the world.

The Xtra Bass lineup of audio equipment from Sony is spread across earphones, headphones and Bluetooth speakers.

With the SRS XB41, Sony has a premium Bluetooth speaker in the market that offer some of the best in class features which we think might satisfy a lot of audiophiles out there.

Design and Build Quality

The rounded box design is a breath of fresh air into a space dominated by boxy and cylindrical design Bluetooth speakers.

The rubberised texture on the chassis blends well with the metallic grill in the front.

Around the grill is a thin strip of multi-coloured LED illumination that flashes and strobes according to the beats in the music played.

The pattern of this illumination can be adjusted using Sony’s application.

This lighting effect does add to the overall immersive experience of music listening while in a party.

For those who prefer a less flashy wireless speaker, there is the option to turn this off completely.

Speakers and Sound Quality

Sony’s XB lineup is famed for providing that extra punch to the already rich in bass music playback.

The SRS XB41 comes with a dedicated Xtra Bass button that can be turned on according to your preference.

The bass output from this Bluetooth speaker feels punchy and non-distorted. If you’re a bass head and love listening to bass-heavy tunes, this speaker won’t disappoint you.

The mids and lows sound accurate and the vocals are loud as well. The overall quality of sound output from this wireless speaker is definitely on the positive side.

Miscellaneous

For those who wish to take this Sony Bluetooth speaker outside in their trips – yes this an IP67 certified product.

It is a splash as well as spill-resistant and can work effortlessly in light drizzles.

The control buttons up top are tactile and offer good responsiveness. The call button can be used to activate Google Assistant on an Android phone or Siri on iOS devices.

One other thing to praise about this wireless speaker is the handsfree call quality. It sounds crystal clear and picks up our voice neatly.

The Add feature from Sony lets you add another Sony Bluetooth speaker to this device to give a more immersive stereo listening experience.

Battery Life

Certainly not. However, the battery life isn’t bad either. The Sony SRS XB41 lasted around 12 hours at 65% volume on our tests.

If you’re listening to music inside a small area, this is sufficient enough to fill up the room with sound beats

Verdict

The Sony SRS XB41 is a wireless party speaker that delivers rich bass and immersive vocals. The fancy LED illumination effects adds to the party flair as well. A portable Bluetooth speaker that checks most of the right boxes? Definitely, Yes!

 

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Voice call quality
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LED illumination
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Rich bass
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No distinct spatial left and right separation

Specifications

Frequency Response20Hz – 20,000Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
 Battery Life Up to 16Hours
Driver Size2 x 40 mm

7. JBL Xtreme 2

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Best Outdoor Speaker
  • Weatherproof
  • Excellent bass-rich sound output
  • Up to 15 hours of battery life

The JBL Xtreme 2 is an excellent, rugged build outdoor speaker made to be your best buddy in outdoor and poolside parties.

This Bluetooth speaker is designed to be carried along with you in tough condition and the company has done excellent weatherproofing to keep this thing working no matter where you go.

Design and build quality

The JBL Xtreme 2 looks similar to a miniature tabla, coincidentally is another device that makes a rich sound.

The cylindrical enclosure covered with tough fabric material all around screams quality and feels like it’s built to last forever.

There is a strong fabric belt supplied by the company in the box for hanging the speaker in your shoulder or some steady place.
On the chassis, there are two tiny stands which will keep the rounded speakers perfectly in place on an even surface.

The buttons are on the fabric surface and work very well. There are the illuminating status indicators that glow when pressed to indicate the current operation state.

The JBL Xtreme 2 floats on water despite its bulkiness and comes with IPX7 water and dust resistance.

Speakers and sound quality

The JBL Xtreme 2 has two 40mm driver speakers that are extremely loud at maximum volume levels. There is minimal to no distortions from these speakers while playing music.

Even though the entire fabric casing might look like it gives a 360 degree sound, unfortunately, that is not the case. Only the front end is open and the sound flows in the forward direction.

There are two passive radiators on the sides of this Bluetooth speaker, which doesn’t let any sound output but enhances the bass reflex.

These radiators help the JBL Xtreme 2 to deliver a pleasing bass-rich sound output across all music genres.

Connectivity

The JBL Xtreme 2 is powered by the latest Bluetooth v4.2 with support for a lot of efficient audio codecs. The signal reception is good and the speaker works as advertised.

The inclusion of a USB port is a great addition to this speaker. You can play the content directly off the drive without pairing up with a host.

There is a microphone on this speaker for you to attend voice calls and also access the voice assistant feature on your Android or Apple smartphone.

There is a slight echo on the other end of the calls and the quality is decent to say the best.

Battery life

This portable Bluetooth speaker comes loaded with a massive 10,000 mAh Li-ion battery pack.

The speaker lasts for about 15 hours on a single charge, which considering the size and the internal hardware is perfectly alright.

It takes about 3 hours to completely charge the Xtreme 2 from empty and has a proprietary charger for the same, that comes with the box.

You can also charge the device via the micro USB port on the back, but it will be painfully slow.

The major gripe with this device is that there is no battery level indicator on this speaker, not even an LED indicator.

When you long press the volume buttons, a tone plays back according to which you should guess the battery left.

Wait, what?

Verdict

The JBL Xtreme 2 is a great outdoor Bluetooth speaker to jazz up your parties.

The excellent sound quality along with the tough build makes it an indestructible piece of hardware worth spending your hard earned money in confidence.

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Solid build quality

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USB port availability

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Illuminated status buttons

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No robust battery life indication

Specifications

Frequency Response20Hz – 20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life Up to 15 Hours
Driver Size2 x 40 mm

Bose audio products range from home theatres to headphones that are one of the sought after products in the market.

There is a loyal audiophile fan following for the company’s products around the globe.

Design and Build Quality

The Bose Soundlink Micro has a rounded square which feels different from the truckloads of rectangular blocks in the market.

The chassis is made of soft-touch silicone which feels durable and extremely comfortable in the hands.

A detachable strap comes with this device which lets you hand this speaker anywhere you want without falling down.

The battery percentage indicator and the status LED light is located on the top side.

The buttons are placed on the chassis itself providing a seamless design to the speaker.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The Bose Soundlink Micro has a single 40mm speaker driver that delivers mono sound output.

The clarity of the sound from the speaker is excellent and doesn’t have any sort of distortion even at the maximum volume level.

The bass is natural and blends well with the mids and highs, thereby providing you with a blissful music listening experience.

Connectivity Options

The Soundlink Micro comes with Bluetooth v4.1 for wireless connections with other devices such as smartphones and TVs.

Additionally, this Bluetooth speaker has NFC for one-tap pairing with other NFC supported gadgets.

Battery Life

The battery inside this device lasts for about 6 hours on a single charge.
It takes about 2-3 hours to completely charge this battery from zero to full.

Verdict

If you had ever wished to own a Bose product but the budget made you not to, this is a golden chance to own one for just under Rs.10,000.

The well-balanced sound output and the waterproof design makes this one of the best Bluetooth speakers priced under Rs.10,000 in the Indian market at present.

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Brand value

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Balanced sound

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Build quality

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No 3.5mm AUX input

Specifications

Frequency Response20Hz – 20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life Up to 6 Hours
Driver Size40 mm

 

9. Amazon Echo Dot

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Best Bluetooth Smart Speaker for IoT
  • Supports a plethora of IoT devices
  • 3.5mm aux-in port
  • Battery-free operation (DC)

The Echo Dot is Amazon’s answer to the Google Home Mini.

Amazon had released its smart speaker way before Google did and this has given it an advantage of robust hardware control ecosystem based on IoT.

The Echo Dot is the third generation iteration of the same and has various features that will make your life easy and delightful at the same time.

Design and Build Quality

The Amazon Echo Dot has a short cylindrical design with fabric material cover up on the sides and control buttons on the top.

The soft touch buttons are very responsive and tactile. There is an LED ring light that glows around the Dot while in operation and it looks cool at night.

On the sides, there are two ports, one for connecting the device to the mains, which isn’t a micro USB or a USB C port.

The next one is a 3.5mm aux-in port which can be used to connect the Echo dot to other speakers or to your smartphone itself.

The quality of construction is very good and the device feels well crafted and made to last.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The third generation Amazon Echo Dot has a 41mm driver speaker that sounds exceptionally well compared to the one on the Google Home Mini.

The quality of sound is much better with enjoyable bass and rich vocals, offering an immersive audio experience.

Since the speaker is upward firing and the device is having a cylindrical design, the circular sound propagation helps in equal audibility around the device.

If you ever feel the sound isn’t enough, you can hook up another speaker with the Echo dot with the help of 3.5mm aux-in cable.

Smart Features

The Amazon Echo Dot comes powered by Amazon’s homebrewed Alexa voice assistant.

It manages to answer your queries quite well but Google has it better when it comes to answering general questions.

What makes Echo Dot stand out is its deep integration with the IoT ecosystem. The Echo Dot supports much more devices than what Google Home Mini supports now.

This means that even the cheap Chinese made IoT devices such as smart bulb and the smart thermostat will work flawlessly with this device.

The Echo Dot comes with support for many native apps like Saavn and Uber and can be used to stream music handsfree or book a ride. It can even order food for you via certain apps on the market.

Connectivity

Similar to Google Home Mini, the Amazon Echo Dot has Bluetooth v4.1 and Wi-Fi connectivity on board.

As we have discussed earlier, you can also use the 3.5mm for wiring up the Dot with other devices.

Verdict

The Amazon Echo Dot is your best bet if you’re in search of a smart assistant Bluetooth speaker for controlling your home automation.

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Solid build quality

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Elegant design with ring lighting

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Decent speakers

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Need Amazon prime subscription for full utilization

Specifications

Frequency Response20Hz – 20000Hz
Bluetooth –
Battery Life 
Driver Size40 mm

 

10. Saregama Carvaan

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Best Feature-Rich Bluetooth Speaker
  • 5000 songs preloaded
  • Suited for elders
  • FM radio tuner

Saregama Carvaan is a new take on Bluetooth speakers with a unique feature that makes this device stand out from the rest.

Preloaded with 5000 old Hindi film songs, this is one of its kind of portable Bluetooth speaker available in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Saregama Carvaan looks like a 70’s radio. The design brings back a lot of nostalgic memories, especially for elder people.

The chassis is made of high-quality ABS plastic and feels solid.

The chrome finished buttons and the volume adjusting jog dial offers an excellent touch of finesse on the device,

The two-tone colour chassis has a chrome handle which makes it easy to hold while moving around.

The LCD display on the front shows battery percentage and the information about the song playing currently.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Saregama Carvaan features two 40mm driver speakers for stereo sound output.

The left and right channels have surprising channel differentiation and provide an immersive music listening experience.

Loudness levels are sufficient and the vocals are delivered crisp and clear even at maximum volume levels.

The frequency response range is a bit narrow, which results in the slightly less accurate bass output.

Connectivity Options

Apart from the Bluetooth v4.1, the Saregama Carvaan comes with a USB port. This will let you play your favourite songs directly from a USB drive.

The built-in FM radio ensures you have alternative listening choices when tired with the built-in 5000 Hindi songs ( which you won’t).

Battery Life

This portable Bluetooth speaker is powered by a 2200mAh Li-ion battery.

On continuous usage, the Saregama Carvaan will last for up to 5 hours on a single charge.

What’s outrageous is that this device takes about four hours to get completely charged up.

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Nostalgic design

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Stereo speakerses

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USB port

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Less punchy bass

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Slow charging

Specifications

Frequency Response20Hz – 10000Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life Up to 5 Hours
Driver Size2 X 40 mm

 

11. Mivi Octave BS16OT

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Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker
  • 360 degrees audio propagation
  • IPX5 water and dust resistance
  • Excellent battery backup

Mivi is a local Indian brand specialized in marketing wireless earphones and other smartphone accessories.

The Octave from Mivi is a compact Bluetooth speaker in a cylindrical form factor for 360 degrees sound propagation.

Design and Build Quality

The Mivi Octave has a rounded cylindrical design with a circular fabric material covering almost all the front end.

This material feels strong and durable and at the same time acts as an air vent to the speakers inside.

At the top and bottom, there are rubber inserts which make the device look elegant.

The rubber padding at the extreme bottom helps to hold the speaker in place while playing bass-heavy tracks.

The control buttons are located on the fabric covering and is raised from the surface for easy accessibility.

The charging port and aux input port is securely covered by a flap, aiding in the IPX5 water and dust resistance.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Mivi Octave has a 40mm driver speaker accompanied by a bass driver on top. The speakers are very loud and are rich in bass.

The quality of mids and highs are on point and the speaker has no problem playing bass-heavy and vocal rich music.

The bass radiator at the top enhances the lows and offers a pleasant bass rather than letting out artificial bass for the sake of it.

With the 360 degrees orientation, the sound is evenly distributed towards all sides. You can even pair two of these Mivi Octave speakers for true wireless stereo audio output.

Overall the sound from this speaker feels natural and pleasing to the ears.

Connectivity

The Mivi Octave is powered by the latest Bluetooth v4.2 with EDR and low energy technology.

EDR or Enhanced Data Rate allows for faster and efficient data transfer between the devices wirelessly, significantly improving the audio quality, especially on Bluetooth speakers.

In case you don’t want to use Bluetooth on your smartphone or if you want to use this speaker with a legacy device without Bluetooth, there is the aux input for wired connectivity.

Battery Life

The Mivi Octave Bluetooth speaker comes with a 2600mAh Li-ion battery inside.

At moderate volume levels about 60%, the battery is rated to last for about 10 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Mivi Octave excels in its build quality and sound output that is loud as well as clear.

The 360-degree audio reproduction with the bass radiator makes it the best companion for enjoying your favourite songs in its full glory – be it EDMs or vocals.

R

Build quality

R

Responsive buttons

R

Wireless stereo playback option

Q

High-frequency notes become too flat at times

Specifications

Frequency Response20Hz – 20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life Up to 10 Hours
Driver Size40 mm

12. boAt Stone 1000

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Rugged Bluetooth Speaker
  • Best companion for outdoor trips
  • Shockproof build
  • Loud sound output

boAt is a brand famous for its sound related accessories such as headphones and earphones.

The boAt Stone 1000 is an improved version of the company’s previous Stone series Bluetooth speaker, the Stone 700.

Design and Build Quality

Built quality is one of the key aspects of this portable Bluetooth speaker. It has a very rugged design language that almost resembles the tagline “built like a tank”.

The outer layer of the device is made of toughened fibre which feels almost impenetrable to any damage.

The speakers inside are protected by a metal grill that feels very solid and indestructible.

Although the design looks chunky, this Bluetooth speaker is worth the chunkiness when its durability is considered.

Speaker and Sound Quality

Powered by two speakers having a driver size of 45mm, they have an impressive frequency response that ranges between 20 – 20,000 Hz.

The boAt Stone 1000 provides excellent bass with clean lows and mids. The speaker gets loud enough to be used even in noisy environments.

The dual speakers have a combined RMS output of 14W. This is more than sufficient for indoor as well as outdoor usage.

The clarity of the sound output from this Bluetooth speaker remains undistorted even at the maximum volume levels.

Miscellaneous

Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity ensures that the power consumption for wireless connectivity with other devices consumes less power.

This device is IPX5 certified meaning it is shockproof as well as protected from powerful water jets.

The ports on the device are sealed by tough plastic flaps to block the water from getting in.

Battery Life

The battery on this speaker lasts for about 10 hours on a single charge – nothing too impressive but not bad either considering the device has two speakers at once.

With moderate usage and infrequent hands-free calls, this number bumps up to 20 hours.

Verdict

Ruggedness is the main USP of this device and it dutifully sticks to this with the build and design.

If you are looking for a heavy duty Bluetooth speaker to carry with you anywhere you go and have a loud and clear sound output, the boAt Stone 1000 excels in the same.

R

Great bass

R

Rugged design

R

IPX5 certified

Q

Bulky and heavy

Specifications

Frequency Response20Hz – 20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life Up to 10 Hours
Driver Size40 mm

 

13. JBL Flip 3

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Honourable Mention
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Decent stereo separation
  • Splash-proof design

JBL is a brand name synonymous with excellent audio quality. The JBL Flip 3 is the worthy successor to the JBL Flip II that was in the market for a while now.

The JBL Flip 3 comes with innovative features enclosed in a stylish package that is well worth owning for a budget around Rs.5,000.

Design and Build Quality

Flip 3 follows the same design trend from the original Flip. The rounded cylindrical design is retained with minor cosmetic changes. This cylindrical design has a significant benefit when it comes to sound propagation.

When this speaker is kept horizontally on a flat surface, more will be the area covered by the sound from this speaker. When placed vertically you will get a 360 degree sound which is ideal when enjoying music with your friends.

The tough fabric mesh around the speakers imparts a classy feel to the speaker. The control buttons are located on the sides of the speaker and don’t protrude a bit from the body.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The JBL Flip 3 has two 40mm driver speakers with 8W output each when compared with the 2 x 6W configuration from the Flip 2 model.

The dual passive bass radiators on either side of this budget Bluetooth speakers provide one of the most bass-rich sound output in its category.

These passive bass radiators produce very deep lows, as a bass fanatic will satisfy you to the core.

The speakers get loud enough to be used at the beachside party or even at the beach while taking a bath.

Don’t get too excited and take the speaker as this product is not certified to be water-resistant.

There is no sort of distortion when the sound is raised to the max.

Miscellaneous

The JBL Flip 3 features Bluetooth v4.1 with support for EDR and almost all codecs for high clarity wireless audio streaming.

This device is certified splashproof unlike its predecessor and can be used outdoors without being afraid of any damage.

And as a downgrade, JBL has removed the NFC capability on this Bluetooth speaker.

There is an inbuilt microphone on this Bluetooth speaker that supports the patented Soundclear echo and noise cancellation technology from JBL.

Battery Life

The JBL Flip II is powered by 3000mAh Li-ion battery. This battery will last for about 8 hours on moderate volume levels.

Charging is done via a micro USB port, so it can be easily charged from a power bank or a normal AC outlet.

Verdict

The JBL Flip 3 is an all-around performer in the Bluetooth speakers priced under Rs.5,000 category.

Delivering rich sound with punchy baseline and high-quality vocals, the JBL Flip 3 is a sure bet for party lovers.

R

Solid build quality

R

Deep bass

R

Dual bass radiators

Q

No NFC

Specifications

Frequency Response85 – 20000 Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life Up to 8 Hours
Driver Size2 x 40 mm

This marks the conclusion of our articles on best Bluetooth speakers in India series.

We have added almost 25-30 products under different price segments that might grab your attention to become the right prospect.

If you have any suggestions or queries about these products or if you wish to see a product to get reviewed, do let us know in the comment section below.

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