Best Bluetooth Speakers in India (April 2020)

by | Mar 31, 2020

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.

Best Bluetooth Speakers in India

1. Marshall KilburnRunner-Up Pick
2. Harman Kardon Go+ PlayBest Build Quality
3. Ultimate Ears Boom 2Best Value for Money
4. Bose Sound Link MicroBranded Bluetooth Speaker
5. Saregama CarvaanBest Bluetooth Speaker for Elders
6. JBL Flip 5Best Budget Bluetooth Speakr
7. JBL TunerBest Versatile Bluetooth Speaker
8. Sony SRS XB 41Best Bass Heavy Speaker
9. boAt stone 700Best Rugged Bluetooth Speaker
10.pTron SonorBudget Indoor Bluetooth Speaker
11. Mivi Octave BS16OTHonorable Mention

1. Marshall Kilburn

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Overall Best 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



2. Harman Kardon Go+ Play

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Runner-Up Pick
  • 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

3. Ultimate Ears Boom 2

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Value for Money Speaker
  • Deep bass and strong mids
  • Excellent battery life
  • Trendy design

UE Boom 2 is a tower-shaped Bluetooth wireless speakers that deliver the loudest sound output among the other speakers priced around Rs.10,000.

The UE Boom packs a lot of useful features such as a fast-charging battery that will greatly enhance the usability of this product.

Build quality and design

The UE Boom 2 is designed to impress. The large cylindrical-shaped design with comparatively sharp edges is aesthetically very pleasing to the eyes.

Available in a lot of dark colour shades, this is one of the trendiest speakers out there in the Indian market.

The Silicon rubber inserts around the hard fabric speaker mesh make this device a solid offering.

The rubber makes it easy to absorbs shock if the device is accidentally fallen from your hands to the ground.

The sturdy design comes with IPX7 certification making it a suitable companion no matter where you go, on land or in water.

Speakers and build quality

This is where the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 demolishes the competitors in its price category.

This wireless Bluetooth speaker has 40mm driver speakers assisted by two passive radiators as well.

The speakers are slightly tilted facing upwards, which will provide you with an immersive 360 degrees music listening experience.

The two bass radiators pump out enjoyable deep bass that does not feel artificial. The mids are very strong and the highs remain crisp and clear as well.

The loudness of the dual speakers are very good and this device can be easily used as a party speaker.

Miscellaneous

The UE Boom 2 has its Android app which will let you select custom preset equalizers and even set the equalizer manually for fine-tuning the sound output.

With the IPX7 certification, the UE Boom 2 can be immersed in water up to 1m deep for about 30 minutes without damage.
The detachable D ring will allow you to clip this wireless speaker on to a carabiner on your backpack for easy portability while having adventure activities such as trekking.

Battery life

The UE Boom 2 provides an impressive battery life of about 12 hours on a single charge.

This is much more than the average standard of 8-hour battery life of Bluetooth speakers.

This battery takes about 2-2.5 hours to completely juice up from empty.

Verdict

In reality, the UE Boom is priced around Rs.11,000.

Why we included this wireless speaker on this list is because the price fluctuations make it possible to grab this device under Rs.10,000 at times.

Even if not, if you are willing to spend an extra thousand or odd bucks above the budget, we would blindly suggest the UE Boom 2 over the JBL Flip 4 any time, any day.

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.

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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Loudest sound output

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Build quality

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NFC capability

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Google Assistant/Siri integration is a little finicky

Specifications

Frequency Response108 – 20000 Hz
Bluetooth  v4.1
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.

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 – 10000Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life Up to 6 Hours
Driver Size40 mm

5. Saregama Carvaan

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Best Bluetooth Speaker for Elders
  • 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

 

6. JBL Flip 5

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Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker
  • Powerful, sound loud output
  • 12 hours of battery life
  • Excellent stereo stage separation

JBL Flip 5 is the latest Flip series portable Bluetooth speaker from JBL priced well under Rs.10,000.

The Flip series is known for its build quality and powerful sound output and the Flip 5 doesn’t disappoint on that front.

Design and Build Quality

The JBL Flip 4 was a cylinder. Well to be precise, a loved-by-everyone kind of cylinder. We’re happy that Flip 5 decided to keep the same form factor intact.

The nylon fabric is awesome as always and feels very tough. The control buttons are a bit raised this time, giving awesome tactile feedback when pressed.

We feel that the JBL Flip 5 weighs more than the Flip 5. That’s our thought and even then, this cute Bluetooth speaker is a joy to carry around.

Speaker and Sound Quality

We were impressed by how well the Flip 4 sounded. The Flip 5 sounds even better. The bass is more pronounced this time around. You’ll feel the punch for sure.

The mids and highs are clear and sound pure. We didn’t notice any kind of distortion even at maximum volume levels.

But we did feel a tiny lack of detailing in the sound of certain instruments. Not a deal-breaker though as most of us won’t even notice the difference at all.

Water Resistance

The JBL Flip 5 comes with a standard splash and spill resistance. This time around the company has added an IPX7 certification to the bunch.

Now you can submerge this wireless speaker up to 1m of water for 30 minutes without any damage to this product.

Beware, this speaker doesn’t float. So better drop somewhere you can easily pick it up.

Miscellaneous

The JBL Connect feature has received an upgrade on the Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker. You can now pair up to 100 speakers at once. Yes, a hundred.

The only downside of this feature is that now the Connect + feature isn’t backwards compatible.

In short, sweet words, you can only connect a connect + certified device to the Flip 5 and not the other way around.

The voice call is another area where we faced certain issues. While attending calls within 5 feet distance, we kept on hearing echoes. This is uncomfortable, to say the least.

However, the signal reception is exceptionally good. We were able to pair up the device and roam around the office without any break in the signal.

Battery Life

Fret not, the battery life is pretty good with the JBL Flip 5. Our device lasted for about 15 hours of continuous music playback on a single charge. If you’re listening at full volume, expect this to drop significantly.

Verdict

The overall performance from the JBL Flip 5 is phenomenal making it the best portable Bluetooth speaker priced under Rs.10,000.

The excellent sound quality coupled with the superb battery life and build quality make this product one of the best in this budget.

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Robust build quality

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Illuminated status indicator

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JBL signature sound

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Echoing during voice calls

Specifications

Frequency Response65Hz – 20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life Up to 12 Hours
Driver Size40 mm

7. JBL Tuner

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Best Versatile Bluetooth Speaker
  • Suited for indoor use
  • Tabletop design
  • Decent sound quality

JBL Tuner is a small tabletop Bluetooth speaker that comes with a lot of nifty features under the hood, including a full-fledged FM radio/DAB tuner.

With the compact size and the plethora of useful features, the JBL Tuner is sure to grab your attention.

Design and Build Quality

As we said earlier, the JBL Tuner is a desktop Bluetooth speaker.

The rounded rectangular design is very pleasing to look at, thanks partly to the silver colour.

The speaker mesh grill covers the entire front side with the JBL branding.

There is a small LED display up front that shows important information such as battery remaining, FM station and the song name.

The buttons are very tactile and offer excellent click response. The retractable telescopic antenna can be folded and kept when not in use.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The JBL Tuner comes with a 5W 40mm driver speaker that delivers decent sound output.

The bass from this speaker is a bit on the lower side when compared with other products from JBL, but not too much to be a dealbreaker.

The highs and mids are clean and audible even at higher volumes without distortion.

For an indoor speaker, the JBL Tuner ticks all the right boxes with relative ease.

Connectivity Features

The FM radio function works very well on this budget Bluetooth speaker. The reception quality is excellent so does the sound output.

The LCD offers a lot of information at a simple glance – detailing about the station name, scanned frequency etc.

This is where this product shines. Primary wireless connection is made through the Bluetooth v4.1.

The connection range is about and 10m and works flawlessly at that distance.

There is an SD card slot on this speaker by which you can independently listen to songs without pairing with your smartphone.

The 3.5 aux input lets you connect this device with others such as TVs without Bluetooth capability.

Battery Life

This device is powered by a large 2000mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery.

The JBL Tuner has a rechargeable battery lasts for up to 10 hours on a full charge.

This device takes up 3 hours to charge completely from empty.

The JBL Tuner can be also powered directly from the mains by the supplied 1.5/1A power adaptor.

Verdict

Being from JBL, this device has a solid build quality combined with satisfying audio output for the price at which it retails in the market.

Additional features such as an FM Radio and SD card slot make this a compelling device worth purchasing in the sub Rs.5000 segment.

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Build quality

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FM radio

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Elegant design

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No microphone for handsfree calls

Specifications

Frequency Response85 – 20000 Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life Up to 8 Hours
Driver Size40 mm

8. Sony SRS XB41

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Bass-Heavy Bluetooth Speaker
  • Bass-heavy sound output
  • NFC and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Up to 7 hours of battery life

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 budget Bluetooth speaker in the market that offers 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 white LED illumination which 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 at 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 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

The Sony SRS XB41 lasted around 7 hours at 60% volume in 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 to add to the party flair as well. A portable Bluetooth speaker that checks most of the right boxes? Definitely, Yes!

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Robust build quality

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Strobing LED illumination

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Wireless party chain feature

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Single-sided speaker

Specifications

Frequency Response20 – 20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life UP to 7 Hours
Driver Size42 mm

9. boAt stone 700

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

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

The boAt Stone 700 is an improved version of the company’s previous Stone series model, the Stone 600.

Build Quality and Design

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 that feels almost impenetrable to any damage. The plastic mesh given on the sides is protected by a metal grill.

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

Speaker and Sound Quality

Powered by a speaker with a driver size of 35mm with a frequency response that ranges between 95 – 18000 Hz, the boAt Stone 700 provides excellent bass with clean lows and mids.

The speaker gets loud enough to be used even in noisy environments.

Miscellaneous

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

This device is IPX6 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 8 hours on a single charge – nothing too impressive but not bad either.

Verdict

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

The boAt Stone 700 as the name suggests endures the abuses like a stone with no damage to the overall functionality of the product.

If you want such a built like a tank Bluetooth speaker, don’t think twice.

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Great bass

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Rugged design

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IPX6 certified

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Bulky and heavy

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Average battery life considering the size of the device

Specifications

Frequency Response20 – 20000 Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
 Battery Life 8-9 Hours
Driver Size40 mm

10. pTron Sonor

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Budget Indoor Speaker
  • Aux in, SD card support
  • Loud and clear sound output
  • Up to 4 hours of battery life

pTron is a consumer goods marketing company specializing in affordable audio products sales in the Indian market.

The pTron Sonor is a wireless Bluetooth speaker targeted mainly at budget-conscious buyers looking for a speaker priced under Rs.800.

Design and Build Quality

The pTron Sonor has a circular design with the speaker facing downwards. The illuminated control buttons are located on top for easy access.

The construction of this wireless Bluetooth speaker is entirely from plastic. The metallic paint job on top of the plastic gives a premium feel to this speaker.

Overall, the quality of materials used for the construction of this Bluetooth speaker justifies its price tag and feels adequate for the price tag.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The single downward-firing speaker on the pTron Sonor Bluetooth speaker has a 40mm driver inside.

This speaker is loud enough to fill an entire room comfortably. The level of detail in the music is decent with rich bass and complimenting higher notes accompanied with crisp and clean vocals.

Since the speaker is facing downwards and the anti slips pads raise the speaker a couple of inches from the ground, the sound output is amplified naturally delivering a much better audio signature than it would have if the speaker was placed facing upwards.

The quality of voice calls is loud and clear as well with no stutters of squeaking sounds in between.

Connectivity

The pTron Sonor comes with Bluetooth v4.2 on board with low energy consumption. It has an average range of 10m within which the performance is satisfactory.

This portable wireless Bluetooth speaker has a 3.5mm aux-in port to connect with legacy devices without Bluetooth capability.

A dedicated SD card slot is provided for directly playing media without pairing the speaker with a third party device.

Battery Life

The pTron packs in a decent-sized battery which is rated to last for about 4 hours on a single charge.

Charging can be done either from a DC mains supply or a portable power bank via the micro USB port.

Verdict

The pTron Sonor is an ultra-portable wireless Bluetooth speaker which comes packed with features for an affordable price tag.

With its compact design and satisfactory sound output quality, the pTron sonor is one of the perfect indoor speakers available under Rs.800.

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Illuminated control buttons

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Hands-Free voice call

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Premium, elegant design

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Slow charging

Specifications

Frequency Response20-20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life Up to 4 Hours
Driver Sizev4.2



11. Mivi Octave BS16OT

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Honorable Mention
  • 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.

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Build quality

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Responsive buttons

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Wireless stereo playback option

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High-frequency notes become too flat at times

Specifications

Frequency Response100-20000 Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life Up to 10 Hours
Driver Size40 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.

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