Best Bluetooth Speakers Under Rs.3,000

by | Dec 6, 2018

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. Sony SRS-XB103DOverall Best Pick
2. Mivi Octave BS16OTRunner-Up Pick
3. Noise MateAlarm Clock Speaker
4. JBL Go 2Best Outdoor Speaker
5. boAt stone 700Best Rugged Design Speaker
6.Logitech X100Good Compact Speaker
7. boAt stone 260Fashionable Bluetooth speaker 

1. Sony SRS-XB10

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Overall Best Pick
  • 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 clean 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 bass is your jam.

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

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Not shockproof

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Build quality not up to the mark

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size46 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery LifeUp to 16 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. Noise Mate

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Bluetooth Speaker with Alarm Clock
  • 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 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, the 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 percent 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 percent indicator

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Battery life is just average

Specifications

Frequency 24 – 24800Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance9 ohms
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life4 Hours

4. JBL Go 2

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

JBL is one of the most renowned Bluetooth speaker manufacturer in the world.

The Go 2 from JBL is an ultraportable bluetooth speaker that is build to accompany you anywhere no matter what the weather conditions are outside.

Design and build quality

The JBL Go 2 is a box shaped Bluetooth speaker that is compact and very tiny.

It can be easily kept inside your pant pocket without bothering about carrying a bag to accommodate this speaker.

The metallic speaker grill covers the entire front section of the device. Rest of the chassis is made up of high quality fibre material.

The buttons are embossed on the chassis and feels tactile and clicky.

With IPX7 certification, there is no worry about this device being used in the rain.

Speaker and sound quality

When it comes to the sound quality, JBL provides a minimum guarantee that will satisfy the audiofile in you for sure.

The JBL Go comes loaded with a 40mm transducer that delivers good quality sound that is worth listening to.

The notes are little bit off but the loudness and clarity of the vocals and the natural bass makes it one of the best Bluetooth speakers priced under Rs.3,000.

Connectivity options

The JBL Go 2 comes with Bluetooth v4.1 and has support for all the latest audio profiles to ensure high quality wireless audio streaming.

There is a 3.5mm AUX in port for allowing this speaker to be connected with other devices having no Bluetooth such as a TV.

Battery life

Inside the JBL Go 2 is a 730mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery that will last for about 5-6 hours on a single charge.

For a compact and small Bluetooth speaker such as the JBL Go 2, this is a decent figure.

Verdict

Looking for a Bluetooth speaker to spice up your pool side party or for use while having the trip to the beach?

The JBL Go is very pocketable and delivers a very satisfying audio output experience for a budget under Rs.3,000.

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Compact design

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Good sound quality

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Wide wireless audio profiles support

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IPX7 water resistance

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Frequency response range is a bit narrow

Specifications

Frequency 180 – 20000Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life5 Hours

5. 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 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 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 the 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.

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Great bass

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Rugged design

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IPX6 certified

Q

Bulky and heavy

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Average battery life considering the size of the device

Specifications

Frequency 40- 20000Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance3 ohms
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery LifeUp to 8 Hours

6. Logitech X100

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 Good Compact Speaker
  • Best for personal use
  • Easy Bluetooth pairing process
  • Unique design

For the last few years, Logitech has introduced many high-quality outdoor speakers in the Indian market.

There are many Bluetooth speakers out there under the Logitech brand and here we are going to talk about the company’s budget offering which is the X100.

Design and Build Quality

The Logitech X100 is a compact, hockey-puck-size wireless speaker that has a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery.

The speaker looks like a circular tiffin box and it will quite literally fit in the palm of your hand.

Logitech X100 comes with a little loop on the top that allows you to hang the speaker from a backpack or doorknob.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The speaker is designed in such a way that the sound is firing from one side of it.

It is available in various colour options including Orange, Yellow, Dark Grey, and Green.

It comes with four clickable buttons which function for on/off, Bluetooth connectivity, volume up and volume down.

It is loud enough to fill a room or a small outdoor party with your favourite tracks.

But, one major problem it faces is the sound distortion at peak volumes, which is common in most other speakers in this price range.

Connectivity

Connecting your smartphones or laptops with Logitech X100 via Bluetooth is very simple.

Just long press the Bluetooth connectivity button on the speaker, wait for the pairing light to start flashing and then connect any Bluetooth device of your choice.

You can also use a 3.5 mm Aux cable if you have a non-Bluetooth playback device.

It also has a built-in microphone for taking calls while your smartphone is connected to the speaker.

Battery Life

Logitech X100 has a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery and offers 5 hrs of playback time.

Overall, the Logitech X100 is an impressive portable Bluetooth speaker that offers a lot for the price.

Verdict

If your target product is a wireless Bluetooth speaker that produces quality sound and has a built-in microphone.to attend hands-free calls, the Logitech X100 is one of the best choices around.

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Small compact size and good build quality

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Good Bluetooth range (10m)

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Good sound clarity

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Little distortion at higher volumes

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Only 5 Hrs of Playback time

Specifications

Frequency 150 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life5 Hours

7. boAt stone 260

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Fashionable Bluetooth Speaker
  • Suited for youth
  • Loud sound output
  • Carabiner clip for secure fit

boAt Stone 260 is an ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker that accentuates the fashionista in you.

This single driver Bluetooth speaker priced under Rs.2,000 is one of the best which affirms the style with substance motto, the company has been following for a while.

Design and Build Quality

The boAt 260 is made to impress the youth. The rounded, non-traditional look of this Bluetooth speaker will impress adrenalin pumped youngsters for sure.

The rounded chassis has a fabric coated front end inside which the speaker rests. This fabric is available in a plethora of colours and designs that you can choose according to your liking.

The back side is made of plastic which houses the connectivity port for charging enclosed inside a flap.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The boAt 260 features a 40mm driver speaker that has a mono channel sound output.

The mids are clear and the bass levels are decent for a Bluetooth speaker of this size.

This little guy gets sufficiently loud outdoors and you can easily take it with you while camping or having adventure hikes.

Connectivity

The boAt stone 260 has the latest Bluetooth 4.1 chip inside which will let you connect with your smartphone or any other host device.

With the new Bluetooth profile comes the support for newer technologies such as A2DP.

The Bluetooth range of this speaker is about 10m. It works perfectly fine inside the range without any signal drops.

Battery Life

Even though this Bluetooth speaker is small and compact, it does pack a decent capacity battery inside.

In our tests, we found that the battery on this device lasted about 5 hours with maximum volume levels.

If you are listening to music at moderate volume, the battery life will get even better.

Verdict

The boAt Stone 260 is a compact Bluetooth speaker that blends with your fashion sense very well.

The impressive battery life even at maximum volume levels makes this device a compelling choice for purchase under Rs.3,000.

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Stylish design

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Strong Bluetooth signal

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Battery life

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Mono output

Specifications

Frequency 30 – 150000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life6 Hours

The list of the best portable Bluetooth speakers under Rs. 3,000 is here.

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