Best Bluetooth Speakers Under Rs.3,000 (January 2020)

by | Jan 1, 2020

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 1050Overall Best Pick
 2. Mivi Octave BS16OTRunner-Up Pick
3. JBL Go 2Pocket Bluetooth Speaker
4. Amazon Echo DotBest IoT Speaker
5. Noise MateAll in One Speaker
6. boAt Stone 600Best Budget Rugged Speaker
7. Anker Soundcore SportBest Outdoor Speaker
8. F&D W7 Honourable Mention

1. boAt Stone 1050

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Overall Best Pick
  • IP65 water and dust resistance
  • 20W sound output
  • Rich connectivity options

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

The boAt Stone 1050 is an improved version of the company’s previous Stone series Bluetooth speaker, the Stone 1000.

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 1050 provides excellent bass with clean lows and mid. The speaker gets loud enough to be used even in noisy environments.

The dual speakers have a combined RMS output of 20W. 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 v5.0 connectivity ensures that the power consumption for wireless connectivity with other devices consumes less power.

This device is IP65 certified meaning it is shockproof as well as protected from powerful water jets and dust particles.

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 8hours 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 10 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 1050 excels in the same.

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Robust build quality

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In-built power bank

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Immersive sound output

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Bulky and heavy

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv5.0
Battery LifeUp to 8 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 Go 2

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Pocket Bluetooth Speaker
  • Portable
  • IPX7 water resistance
  • Solid build quality

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

The Go 2 from JBL is an ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker that is built 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 pants pocket without worrying 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 feel 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 sound quality, JBL provides a minimum guarantee that will satisfy the audiophile in you for sure.

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

The notes are a 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.3000.

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 number.

Verdict

Looking for a Bluetooth speaker to spice up your poolside 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.3000.

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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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Frequency response range is a bit narrow

Specifications

Frequency 120 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery LifeUp to 5 Hours

4. 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 20 – 20000Hz
Driver Size41 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life

5. Noise mate

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All in One Bluetooth Speaker
  • Alarm clock functionality
  • 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 upfront 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.3000.

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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 LifeUP to 4 Hours

 

6. boAt Stone 600

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Best Rugged Bluetooth Speaker
  • Perfect for outdoor parties
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • Water and shockproof construction

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

The boAt Stone 600 is a rugged portable Bluetooth speaker that can be used indoors as well as outdoors alike.

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 40mm with a frequency response that ranges between 80 – 18000 Hz, the boAt Stone 600 provides excellent bass with clean lows and mid.

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

Miscellaneous

Bluetooth v4.0 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 600 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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One year warranty
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Bluetooth low energy

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Hands-Free calls and controls

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Bulky and heavy

Specifications

Frequency 80 – 18000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.0
Battery LifeUp to 8 Hours

7. Anker Soundcore Sport

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Best Outdoor Speaker
  • Suited for an active lifestyle
  • Water-resistant
  • Loud sound output

Anker Soundcore sport is a compact Bluetooth speaker targeted at people who follow an active lifestyle.

This device features a solid build quality and it feels like a durable product in the first look itself.

Design and build quality

The Anker Soundcore Sport has a compact square-shaped design with a large metallic mesh grille in the front side.

The chassis is made of rubber and plastic and it feels solid and durable. The buttons are embedded on to the chassis.

This is a good move as the buttons won’t get detached when used roughly.

There is a nylon lanyard supplied with the device to hang it on your bicycle handle or any place else without having the fear of falling.

Speakers and sound quality

The 3W speaker inside has a 40mm driver which lets out very clean and clear sound output at all volume levels.

The passive radiator delivers robust bass along with the tingling highs and loud vocals.

This provides an overall balanced sound output that will satisfy every type of music aficionados alike.

The Anker Soundcore Sport comes with an anti-clipping feature that eliminated distortion in the music.

Clipping is a phenomenon that occurs when there is a voltage fluctuation in the amplifier and distorts the output sound

Connectivity features

The Anker Soundcore Sport comes with Bluetooth v4.1 that supports low energy mode.

This device has a fairly impressive signal range of up to 33 ft within which it operates without any hiccups.

This device also comes with an inbuilt microphone for taking hands-free calls from your smartphone.

The mic picks up voice pretty accurately even when placed amidst a noisy crowd.

Battery life

The Li-ion battery inside the Anker Soundcore Sport lasts for a full 10 hours of continuous music playback at moderate volume levels.

It takes about two hours to charge from empty to full with a standard 2A rated wall charger.

Verdict

If you are here for an outdoor Bluetooth speaker that can accompany you in any adventure without bothering about the weather, this IPX7 certified Anker Soundcore Sport will satisfy you.

The compact and portable design along with the lanyard will enable you to hand this device anywhere you wish and continue listening to the music on the go.

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IPX7 certified

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Anti clipping feature

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Decent battery life

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No 3.5mm AUX jack

Specifications

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

8. 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

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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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