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

by | Aug 13, 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. Sony SRS-XB10Bass Heavy Bluetooth Speaker
4. JBL Clip 3Best Portable Outdoor Speaker
5. Anker SoundCore miniBluetooth Speaker with Best Battery Life
6. Amazon Echo Dot 3rd GenSmart Speaker for IoT Integration
7. boAt PartyPal 20 Best Karoke Speaker
8. Intex Muzyk B30Best Build Quality
9. boAt Stone 700Best Rugged Design
10. F&D W7 Honourable 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

Q

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. Sony SRS-XB10

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Bass-Heavy Bluetooth Speaker
  • Suited for bass fanatics
  • 360° sound propagation
  • Extensive connectivity options

Sony XB10 is the least expensive model in the company’s revered XtraBass XB lineup.

Design and build quality

The design of this device is similar to its big brother the SRS-XB2 with a compact cylindrical design having a metal grip 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 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 degrees 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 -20,000Hz response range that will let you listen to all the notes without missing any.

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

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 options

The Sony SRS-XB10 comes with Bluetooth v4.2 Low Energy protocol that drastically reduces the energy consumption when connected with other devices.

There is also NFC as well as the auxiliary cable option for connecting devices without Bluetooth.

The Sony SRS-XB10 comes with IPX5 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-XB10 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 reach the top of our list.

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Great bass

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Compact design

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Battery life

Q

Not shockproof

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Build quality not up to the mark

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000Hz
Driver Size46 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery LifeUp to 10 Hours

 

4. 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

R

Speakerphone functionality works well

Q

Control buttons may feel a bit stiff

Specifications

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

5. Anker SoundCore Mini

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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

Q

Buttons are less tactile

Specifications

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

6. 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 on board.

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

Verdict

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

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Solid build quality

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Elegant design with ring lighting

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Decent speakers

Q

Need Amazon prime subscription for full utilization

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size41 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life

7. boAt PartyPal 20

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 Best Karaoke Speaker
  • 15W sound output
  • Bluetooth v5.0
  • Supplied Mic in the box

boAt brand has already become a familiar one in the Indian market, thanks to its wide lineup of affordable headphones, earphones and budget Bluetooth speakers in all sizes and shapes.

The boAt Party pal 20 is a portable Bluetooth speaker with karaoke functionality that will let talented people flaunt their singing skills in front of their friends and family, all for just under Rs.3,000.

Design and Build Quality

The boAt Party pal 20 isn’t a small Bluetooth speaker by any means. It’s 25cm high and 30cm wide, making it one of the biggest in its segment.

This Bluetooth speaker is made from hard plastics and the fit and finish are on par with other speakers in its range.

The control buttons are located on the sides, so does the funky looking volume dial.

The speaker faces the front and has LED illumination which strobes according to the music playing in the background.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The boAt Party Pal 20 features a large 6.5-inch speaker driver with a considerably significant 15W RMS sound output.
The level of bass from this speaker is excellent and will make bass fanatics very much happy. The loudness level is the best among speakers in its price segment.

The vocals and treble notes stay perfectly audible even with the thumping bass output.

Miscellaneous

This karaoke speaker from boAt comes with a mic in the box. You can plug in the mic directly into the speaker and start singing along the tunes.

There is also a USB port to plug-in card readers or even a USB drive and play content from it on the go.

Battery Life

This Bluetooth speaker packs in a 2200mAh battery inside that’s advertised to last around 3-4 hours on a single charge.

This battery almost takes up to 3 hours for juicing up completely from zero to one hundred per cent.

Verdict

If you are a karaoke enthusiast, the boAt party pal 20 is the best you’ve for a price tag under Rs.3000.

The loud sound output, decent battery life and the supplied mic will unleash the singer in you for sure.

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Loud sound output

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USB port

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LED-lit speakers

Q

Not water resistant

Specifications

Frequency 60 – 18000 Hz
Driver Size165 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv5.0
Battery Life3-4 Hours

 

8. Intex Muzyk B30

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Best Build Quality
  • Fit for rough handling
  • Suited for listening EDMs
  • Perfect for large-sized halls

The Intex Muzyk B30 is the successor to it’s budget Bluetooth speaker siblings the Muzyk B10 and Muzyk B20.

Apart from the major design change, there are a few features that makes this device an improvement over the other two products in the lineup.

Design and Build Quality

First things first, this wireless speaker priced under Rs.3,000 has a cylindrical design. It has two 10W satellite speakers that output loud and clean music even at higher volume levels.

The air vent given at the centre doubles up as a holding point with which you can carry around these speakers without blocking the music.

The whole construction is of plastic and feels really sturdy. The mesh finish across the chassis gives it a classy look.

Speaker and Sound Quality

With the driver size being 50mm and the cylindrical design of speakers, the bass is rich. You can listen to EDMs with this speaker without compromising on the quality.

Apart from the Bluetooth playback functionality, there’s the usual set of functionalities such as USB slot and FM radio tuner.

This wireless speaker is powered by Bluetooth v4.0 and is compatible with both Android as well as iOS devices.

Battery Life and Miscellaneous

Powered by a 4000mAh Li-Polymer battery inside, this speaker lasts for about 4 hours of continuous music playback on a single charge.

Given the size of the speakers and the loud sound output, this battery life is perfectly OK, we’d say.

Another unique feature of this speaker is an intelligent power saving mode. The device automatically turns off if it senses no music playback for 15 minutes.

Verdict

If you are in search of a well built Bluetooth speaker that delivers excellent sound quality for the price at which is offered.

Along with great features and good sound output, the Intex Muzyk B30 is one of the best in the business.

R

Attractive design

R

Excellent sound output with rich bass

R

Power saving mode

Q

Battery life could have been better

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000Hz
Driver Size50 mm
Impedance3 ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life4-5 Hours

 

9. boAt Stone 700

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Best Rugged Design
  • 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 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 suggest 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.

R

Great bass

R

Rugged design

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IPX6 certified

Q

Bulky and heavy

Q

Average battery life considering the size of the device

Specifications

Frequency 40- 20000Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance3 ohms
Bluetoothv42
Battery Life8 Hours

 

10. F&D W7

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Honorable Mention
  • 360 degrees sound 
  • SD card support
  • Solid build quality

F & D is a renowned brand when it comes to affordable home theatre speakers.

The company has recently been experimenting with the wireless Bluetooth speakers and the W7 is one of the recent offerings from the same for the budget under Rs.3000.

Design and build quality

The F & D W7 is an oddly shaped Bluetooth speaker that reminded us of a disfigured coffee cup.

Enough with the joke, this rounded mug shaped design has its potential benefits that we will cover in the next section of this article.

The plastic bottom and the mesh-shaped speaker grill imparts an aesthetically pleasing look to this product.

Be it placed in a living room or a beach, this Bluetooth speaker is sure to stand out from the rest of the objects around it, thanks to the unique shape.

The button is located on the bottom and there is a bass radiator up top.

Speaker and sound quality

The 40mm speaker driver is placed in a clever manner so that the sound output will travel 360 degrees around where it is placed.

This makes the F & D W7 perfect for listening to music while in a group where the audio is required to be multi-dimensional instead of passing towards a single person.

The neodymium driver is very good at producing crisp vocals with clean highs.

The passive bass radiator helps in delivering the punchy bass to complement the highs and mids.

Connectivity

The F & D W7 has Bluetooth v.4.0 built-in that supports the low energy mode.
Typical to the Bluetooth signal range, the connection is steady and rock-solid around the 10m radius.

Apart from the Bluetooth, this device comes loaded with an SD card slot and a 3.5mm AUX port for enhanced music playback options.

The major letdown in the case of connectivity is the lack of an FM tuner.

Battery life

The battery inside this Bluetooth speaker lasts for about 6 hours of music playback at moderate volume levels.

It takes about 2-3 hours to charge this device from zero to full and depends on the energy rating of the charger you are using.

Verdict

The F & D W7 is a uniquely designed portable Bluetooth speaker that delivers good quality sound output for the asking price.

The 60 degrees sound deliverance is a great feature that is seldom seen on Bluetooth speakers at this price range.

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Multicoloured LED illumination

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Decent battery life

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Neodymium speaker drivers

Q

No FM tuner

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.0
Battery LifeUp to 6 Hours

 

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

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