Best Bluetooth Speakers Under Rs.3,000 (March 2019)

by | Mar 2, 2019

Bluetooth speakers gives you the freedom of playing your favorite tracks anywhere you go – be it on the beach side or at a poolside party.

Since the audio technology that we enjoy today has improved in leaps and bounds, choosing a suitable wireless speaker that impress you has become a tedious task.

To alleviate such worries, we recommend you the best Bluetooth speakers that you can buy with a moderate budget of Rs.3,000 in the Indian market.

Read along to know more!

Best Bluetooth Speakers Under Rs.3,000

1. Boat Stone 1000Overall Best Pick
2. Mivi Octave BS16OTRunner-Up Pick
3. JBL Clip 3Best Portable Outdoor Speaker
4. Anker SoundCore miniBluetooth Speaker with Best Battery Life
5. Portronics SoundDrumCheap & Good
6. Noise MateHonourable Mention

1. boAt Stone 1000

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Overall Best Pick
  • 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.

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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 20 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery LifeUp to 10 Hours

2. Mivi Octave

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Runner-Up Pick
  • 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 degree 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 is 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 degree 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

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life10 Hours

3. JBL Clip 3

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Best Outdoor Speaker
  • Easily pocketable
  • IPX7 water resistance
  • Solid build quality

The JBL Clip 3 is the successor to the popular Clip series of adventure-based portable Bluetooth speakers from JBL.

Clip 3 has improved upon its predecessor with better build quality as well as an improved speaker.

Design and Build Quality

The JBL Clip 3 comes with an interesting design that makes it stand out from the “blocky form factor” speakers.

Clip 3 has a circular design made of plastic wrapped with silicon coating for better grip and handling.

The front side of this wireless Bluetooth speaker has a rugged fabric material that will keep water splashes at bay.

There is also a carabiner clip on this device to attach this speaker on to your bag or fabric without falling apart while doing any adventure activities.

Speaker and Sound Quality

This device has a 40mm speaker driver that spans over a frequency range of 120 – 20,000 Hz.

The bass although a bit on the lower side, is not so punchy. The mids are clear and pronounced and highs are crisp without distortion.

You can also pair two Clip 3 speakers and have an even louder output with distinct bass levels when camping or during group sessions.

Miscellaneous

This portable Bluetooth comes with IPX7 certification that will let you intentionally (or not!) submerge this device in water.

There is also an option to attend calls with this device. The inbuilt mic picks up the voice very well even in noisy environments and the speakerphone is loud and clear.

Battery Life

The JBL Clip 3 comes with an 800 mAh Lithium-ion battery that will last you for about 10 hours. The charging time of this battery from empty to 100 per cent is about 2 hours.

What makes the Clip 3 different from its predecessor is that it now comes with a LED status indicator which will notify you if the battery requires charging or not – Finally!

Verdict

The JBL Clip 3 is the best choice if you are an ardent trekker or an adventure enthusiast.

The device looks stylish and performs well enough to keep the brand’s good name.

The built-in carabiner helps to keep this speaker with you. No matter what you do, it will be held in place.

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Rugged waterproof IPX7 rated design

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Quality bass

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Speakerphone functionality works well

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Control buttons may feel a bit stiff

Specifications

Frequency 120 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life10 Hours

4. Anker SoundCore mini

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Bluetooth Speaker with Best Battery Life
  • Best for use in long trips
  • Elegant design
  • Punchy bass

Anker is a popular Chinese company famed for quality computer peripherals and charging related accessories such as power banks.

The Soundcore mini is a budget Bluetooth speaker priced under Rs.3,000 which competes against the likes of JBL and Sony.

Design and Build Quality

The Anker Soundcore Mini looks similar to the Google Home speaker.

The rounded rectangle design is very well reminiscent of many other popular Bluetooth speakers of the past as well.

Available in an attractive shade of black, this compact Bluetooth speaker is made of high-quality plastic.

The speaker mesh is placed on the top. The buttons are embedded on to the chassis which makes them a bit tedious to press.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The single 40mm driver speaker on this budget Bluetooth speaker is placed facing upwards.

The sound from this speaker is loud and has a great frequency response range which covers almost all musical notes.

The 5W speaker does deliver a decent amount of bass which feels quite natural and blends with the mids and highs very well.

Connectivity Options

You have the complete set of connectivity options on this budget Bluetooth speaker priced under Rs.3,000.

Powered by Bluetooth v4.0, this speaker works over a range of about 10m from the source without any signal drops or sound variations.

There is an SD card slot on this speaker to listen to your favourite songs standalone without having the need to pair with a smartphone or laptop.

The 3.5mm AUX will let you play the music with devices that lack Bluetooth connectivity as well.

Battery Life

Battery life is where this Bluetooth speaker trumps over the others in this list.

This device lasts for about 15 hours when played with music on moderate volume levels.

This quite a feat and makes this device with the best battery life in this segment.

Verdict

The Anker Soundcore Mini can be the best companion for you in the long off the grid trips.

With an impressive battery life of about 15 hours and decent sound quality, nothing much can go wrong with this purchase.

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Excellent battery life

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SD card support

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Loud sound output

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Buttons are less tactile

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.0
Battery LifeUp to 15 Hours

5. Portronics SoundDrum

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Cheap & Good
  • Best suited for house parties
  • Latest Bluetooth v4.2
  • Excellent sound quality

Portronics SoundDrum is a compact cylindrical shaped wireless Bluetooth speaker that features two speakers at the sides facing opposite to each other.

Design and Build Quality

The design is similar to the usual cylindrical shaped speakers out there but what makes this product stand out is the quality of construction.

The grilled mesh around the chassis looks premium and feels sturdy.

The speaker cover has Portronics logo etched on it. The speaker in itself is splash and water resistant.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The two 5W speakers output a total 10W RMS which is sufficiently loud enough even in noisy environments.

The low, mid and highs are defined very well and they’re distinct and audible.

With this Bluetooth speaker, you can enjoy your favourite tracks of any genre without any loss in clarity.

The sound from the two speakers doesn’t distort even when played at maximum volume. The bass feels adequate and never overpowers the mids and highs.

Connectivity Options

The Portronics SoundDrum features the latest Bluetooth 4.2 protocol which provides an effective playback range of about 10m.

There is no loss in quality when listened from anywhere around that radius.

The supplied aux cable can be used to plug in this device to any other media player around that doesn’t support Bluetooth.

This product has a powerful FM tuner built in. The internal antenna is so powerful that there is no problem in signal reception whatsoever.

Battery Life

A 1800mAh Li-ion battery powers this wireless speaker.

The Portronics SoundDrum lasts up to 7 hours of continuous music playback.

Verdict

If you’re in search of a Bluetooth speaker for your house party or for outdoor music listening, this product delivers the best experience under an affordable budget.

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Good build quality

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Water resistant

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Powerful dual speakers

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Less pronounced bass in low/medium volume

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size2 x 40 mm
Impedance
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life6-7 Hours

6. Noise Mate

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Honorable Mention
  • All in one Bluetooth speaker
  • Best for indoor use
  • No dedicated app to control the settings

Noise is an Indian company specializing in affordable gadgets ranging from smartwatches to action cameras.

The company has been releasing quality products rich in features recently that gives its competitors a run for their money.

The Noise Mate offers the best value for money features for a portable Bluetooth speaker under Rs.3,000.

Design and build quality

Noise mate has a plasticky construction with control buttons placed on top and a large

LED display up front showing the time, temperature and humidity levels.

The bottom side of this device is covered with a grip rubber that will prevent the speaker from rumbling around when placed on a smooth surface.

At the back of this device is an aux input jack, a micro USB as well as the SD card slot.

Speaker and sound quality

This wireless speaker comes with two 5W speakers with a driver size of 40mm placed on either side.

The frequency response of these speakers ranges from 24 – 24800Hz.

A higher impedance rate of 9 slightly deteriorates the quality of sound output from this device.

Although the highs are crisp and clear, the lows and mids could have been better.

The device gets sufficiently loud enough to fill a small room.

Additional features

The display on the front has three brightness settings and even an option to turn off completely to save your sound sleep.

The alarm on this device can get pretty loud, thanks to the twin speakers and can wake you up from even a concussion, if we may say (sarcastically, of course).

The SD card slot at the back can be used to convert this speaker into an independent media player.

Also, FM Radio comes in handy when you are bored with your playlist and want a surprise random song to be listening to.

The Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity poses no stress on the battery whatsoever. Even with a large display on the front, Noise forgot to add a battery percentage indicator which is a bit of shame.

Also, adding to the list of shortcomings, this device doesn’t have an app to control it with.

You would have to cycle through the switches at the top manually to get going.

Battery life

The Noise mate comes with a built-in rechargeable 2200mAh Lithium-ion battery that will last for about 4 hours.

If you turn off the display completely, the battery backup should see a slight increase.

Verdict

If you are a fan of digital convergence, the Noise mate is designed with you in mind specifically.

This Bluetooth speaker comes with a host of useful features that makes this device the swiss army knife equivalent in the segment.

Doubling up as an alarm clock and FM radio, the Noise mate is the value for money purchase you can make under Rs.3,000.

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FM Radio, alarm

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Weather display

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Loud sound

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Bass is average

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No battery percentage indicator

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Battery life is just average

Specifications

Frequency 24 – 24800 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance9 ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life4Hours

The buying list for the best portable Bluetooth speakers under Rs. 3,000 concludes here.

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