Best Bluetooth Speakers in India (November 2019)

by | Nov 20, 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. Bose Sound Link Micro Best Branded Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker
6. Saregama CarvaanBest Bluetooth Speaker for Elders
7. JBL Flip 5Best Budget Bluetooth Speakr
8. JBL Charge 3Best battery life
9. Amazon Echo Dot 3rd GenSmart speaker for IoT integration
10 Sony SRS XB12Budget Bluetooth speaker with clean bass
11. Boat Stone 1000Best rugged Bluetooth speaker
12. Blaupunkt BT-51Decent overall performance
13. Photron P10 Honourable 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

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

6. 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

 

7. 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

8. JBL Charge 3

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Best Battery Life
  • Best for beach/poolside parties
  • Excellent build quality
  • 20 hours of battery life

JBL Charge 3 is the successor to the popular Charge 2 Bluetooth speaker.

This device keeps all the excellent features from its predecessor and adds on some more functionalities to enhance your outdoor music listening experience.

Design and Build Quality

The JBL Charge 3 comes with an elegantly rounded rectangle form factor with eye-catching fabric design and colour options.

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.

This Bluetooth speaker comes with a rubber pad on the bottom to keep the speaker from tipping off while blaring out the loud sound output from the speakers inside.

The input ports are located at the back covered by a rubber flap to ensure water resistance.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The dual speakers on this Bluetooth speaker come with the signature JBL sound profile.

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

The bass radiators on both sides deliver rich and deep bass, which improves the overall sound stage of this speaker.

If you are someone who loves a bit of extra bass in your music, the JBL Charge 3 is the perfect choice for a budget around Rs.10000.

Miscellaneous

The JBL Charge 3 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.

The JBL Connect feature has received an upgrade on the Charge 3 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.

Voice calls on this device are perfectly audible and the noise and echo-cancelling microphone deliver excellent hands-free voice calling experience.

The signal reception is also 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 charge 3. The whopping 6000mAh Li-ion battery inside lasts for about 20 hours of playback time on a single charge.

This Bluetooth speaker also doubles up as a portable power bank which can be used to charge other devices such as smartphones via the integrated USB output.

Verdict!

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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Rich bass

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IPX7 certification

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Portable and lightweight

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Echoing during voice calls

Specifications

Frequency Response20Hz – 20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life Up to 20 Hours
Driver Size40 mm

9. Amazon Echo Dot

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Best 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 onboard.

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 Response20 – 20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life 
Driver Size41mm

10. Sony SRS-XB12

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Budget Bluetooth Speaker with Clean Bass
  • 16 hours of battery life
  • The IP67 water and dustproof
  • 1-year warranty

Sony SRS-XB12 is the least expensive model in the company’s revered XtraBass XB lineup.

Banking in on the prowess of that extra bit of bass in the music output, the XB-12 is surely a worthy contender in our list of the best Bluetooth speakers.

Design and Build Quality

The design of this device is similar to its big brother the SRS-XB12 with a compact cylindrical design having a metal grill at the top.

The body is made of plastic with rubber coating around to give it a textured feel.

The bottom is made of rubber that stands firm on a plane as well as slightly tilted surfaces.

Sony has cut the cost of the device by compromising on the built quality of the device.

The overall fit and finish of the materials used are not up to the mark as some of the other models from Sony.

Also, there isn’t a wall adapter coming with this device so you have to either find one or charge from a USB 2.0 outlet from any other device.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The speaker on this device with a driver size of 46mm faces up to give a 360 degree sound propagation.

There is a passive radiator at the bottom to give that extra bass you’d like to listen to.

The speaker covers a very decent 20 -20,000 Hz response range that will let you listen to all the notes without missing any.

The highs are crisp with deep lows and clean mid. There is no noticeable distortion even when played at high volumes.

Miscellaneous

This portable Bluetooth speaker comes with an inbuilt mic to attend hands-free calls.

The mic is sensitive and picks up the audio without any problem.

The sound output through the speakerphone is loud and clear as well.

Connectivity

The Sony SRS-XB12 comes with Bluetooth v4.2 Low Energy protocol that drastically reduces the energy consumption when connected with other devices.

The Sony SRS-XB12 comes with IP67 certification that will protect the device from water splashes.

The device isn’t shockproof though, so think twice before dropping this one on the ground.

Battery Life

This Bluetooth speaker lasts up to 16 hours on a single charge before dying out.

This may vary according to the volume levels but from testing, it lasted for about 12.5 hours at 75% volume.

Verdict

The Sony SRS-XB12 is the best Bluetooth speaker you might crave for if the bass is your jam.

This Bluetooth speaker packs a punch when it comes to bass-filled music and you will feel the thump when listening to the same.

The excellent sound output combined with the build quality makes this device a great contender in our list.

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Google Assistant integration

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HD voice

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Extra bass sound output

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No stereo stage separation

Specifications

Frequency Response20 – 20000 Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
 Battery Life Up to 16 Hours
Driver Size46 mm

11. boAt Stone 1000

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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 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.

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Great bass

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Rugged design

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IPX5 certified

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Bulky and heavy

Specifications

Frequency Response20 – 20000 Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life Up to 10 Hours
Driver Size40 mm

12. Blaupunkt BT-51

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Decent Overall Performance
  • Best for indoor use
  • Quality construction
  • Distortion-free sound output

Blaupunkt is a German company famed for making audio systems for automobiles.

The BT-51 is one of the entry-level Bluetooth speakers the company offers under Rs. 2,000 in the Indian market.

Build quality and design

As with everything German, the build quality is top-notch.

The device has a boxy design with a metal mesh on the front.

A textured finish is given around the chassis that imparts a premium look to the device.

On the back, there are ports for auxiliary input, a micro USB port for charging, as well as an SD card slot.

There are two rubber grip pads on the bottom to hold the speaker in place without rumbling around when playing music.

Speaker and sound quality

The Blaupunkt BT-51 comes with an 8W speaker of 40mm driver size that has a frequency response range between 65 – 18000 Hz.

The impedance rating of 4 ohms lets this speaker deliver quality sound output even without a dedicated amplifier onboard.

The bass is rich and ample with clean mids and crisp highs.

There is no distortion in sound even at maximum volume levels.

Connectivity options

Connectivity front, this device comes with Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy.

There is also a 3.5mm auxiliary jack to connect devices that lack Bluetooth.

The SD card on the back of this speaker lets you play the music independently on this device without needing to connect with a host.

This Bluetooth speaker comes with a 1500mAh Lithium-ion battery that will last up to 10 hours on a single charge at an average volume level of 60%.

Verdict

Priced at Rs. 1,599, the Blaupunkt BT-51 is one of the best Bluetooth speakers under Rs. 2000 in the market at present.

But the only gripe with this device is that it doesn’t have the FM Tuner built-in.

If you don’t mind the omission of an FM radio functionality, the Blaupunkt BT-51 is a wireless Bluetooth speaker that offers solid built quality and delivers great sound output.

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Great sound quality

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Solid build

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SD card slot

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No water/splash resistance

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No battery level indicator

Specifications

Frequency Response65 – 18000 Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life Up to 10 Hours
Driver Size40 mm

13. Photron P10

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Honourable Mention
  • Portable and compact
  • Affordable
  • Stereo sound output

Photron P10 is one of the best Bluetooth speakers that you can purchase under a budget of Rs.1000.

This device looks and feels expensive and doesn’t unnecessarily cut down on sound quality either.

Design and Build Quality

The Photron P10 looks almost similar to an Amazon Alexa device.

The rounded chassis is made of high-quality plastic and is adorned by a metallic mesh over the top which looks gorgeous in person.

The buttons and other ports are located on the bottom portion which stands a bit separated from the main body.

Accessing these buttons and ports are thus a bit of a tedious job. You have to slightly raise the speaker for proper operation.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The 40mm driver speaker inside sounds pretty great for a Bluetooth speaker priced under Rs.800.

The bass is normal without overpowering the crisp and cleans mids as well as highs.

The speaker can cover an impressive frequency range of 30 – 20000 Hz which will cover almost all the notes in the music that you will be listening to.

Connectivity Options

This is where this device excels at.

For a budget just under Rs.800, this Bluetooth speaker comes with Bluetooth v4.1 for efficient, low energy consumption wireless connection.

Complementing this feature, there is the usual set of goodies such as 3.5mm AUX port and even an SD card slot for you to listen to the songs offline without the need of having your smartphone near you.

This device can also be paired to a Bluetooth enabled TV as well.

Battery Life

The Photron P10 is powered by a 400mAh Li-ion battery.

This battery will last for about 6 hours of continuous music playback with moderate volume levels.

Verdict

The Photron P10 is the cheapest Bluetooth speaker that we have on this list.

With a stylish design loaded with useful features such as an SD card slot and 3.5mm AUX, this Bluetooth speaker is the go-to product if your budget is under Rs.1000.

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Aesthetically pleasing design

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SD card slot

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Decent sound output for the price

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Control buttons location is finicky

Specifications

Frequency Response35 – 20000 Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life Up to 4 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.

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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