Best Bluetooth Speakers Under Rs.5,000 (October 2019)

by | Sep 30, 2019

Smartphones have become powerful, the number of features has skyrocketed, the form factor has evolved over time – but sound output from these devices has been in stasis for most of the time.

That’s where Portable Bluetooth Speakers come handy.

In this list, we have compiled some of the best portable Bluetooth speakers under Rs.5,000 that are earmarked carefully to let you choose the best one without much hassle.

Best Bluetooth Speakers Under Rs.5,000

1. JBL Flip 3Overall Best Pick
2. UE WonderboomRunner-Up Pick
3. JBL TunerBest Feature Rich Bluetooth Speaker
4. Sony SRS XB12Bluetooth Speaker with Clean Bass
5. Samsung Level Box SlimBluetooth Speaker with Best Battery Life
6. Amazon Echo Dot 3rd GenSmart speaker for IoT integration
7. Google Home Mini  Best Smart Speaker
7. boAt Stone 1000Best Budget rugged speaker
 8. Creative Chrono Best Indoor Bluetooth Speaker
9. Intex Muzyk B30Honorabe Mention

1. JBL Flip 3

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Overall Best Pick
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Decent stereo separation
  • Splash proof design

JBL is a brand name synonymous with excellent audio quality. The JBL Flip 3 is the worthy successor to the JBL Flip II that was in the market for a while now.

The JBL Flip 3 comes with innovative features enclosed in a stylish package that is well worth owning for a budget around Rs.5,000.

Design and Build Quality

JBL Flip 3 follows the same design trend from the original Flip. The rounded cylindrical design is retained with minor cosmetic changes. This cylindrical design has a significant benefit when it comes to sound propagation.

When this speaker is kept horizontally on a flat surface, more will be the area covered by the sound from this speaker. When placed vertically you will get a 360 degree sound which is ideal when enjoying music with your friends.

The tough fabric mesh around the speakers imparts a classy feel to the speaker. The control buttons are located on the sides of the speaker and don’t protrude a bit from the body.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The JBL Flip 3 has two 40mm driver speakers with 8W output each when compared with the 2 x 6W configuration from the Flip 2 model.

The dual passive bass radiators on either side of this budget Bluetooth speakers provides one of the most bass-rich sound output in its category.

These passive bass radiators produce very deep lows that, as a bass fanatic will satisfy you to the core.

The speakers get loud enough to be used at the beachside party or even at the beach while taking a bath.

Don’t get too excited and take the speaker under water as this product is not certified to be water resistant.

There is no sort of distortion when the sound is raised to the max.

Miscellaneous

The JBL Flip 3 features Bluetooth v4.1 with support for EDR and almost all codecs for high clarity wireless audio streaming.

This device is certified splashproof unlike its predecessor and can be used outdoors without being afraid of any damage.

And as a downgrade, JBL has removed the NFC capability on this Bluetooth speaker.

There is an inbuilt microphone on this Bluetooth speaker that supports the patented Soundclear echo and noise cancellation technology from JBL.

Battery Life

The JBL Flip II is powered by a 3000mAh Li-ion battery. This battery will last for about 8 hours on moderate volume levels.

Charging is done via a micro USB port, so it can be easily charged from a power bank or a normal AC outlet.

Verdict

The JBL Flip 3 is an all-around performer in the Bluetooth speakers priced under Rs.5,000 category.

Delivering rich sound with punchy baseline and high-quality vocals, the JBL Flip 3 is a sure bet for party lovers.

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Solid build quality
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Deep bass
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Dual bass radiators

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No NFC

Specifications

Frequency 85 – 20000 Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery LifeUp to 8 Hours

2. UE Wonderboom

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Bass-rich pleasant sound output
  • Rugged design to withstand roughuse
  • No Microphone for voice calls

Ultimate Ears is a US-based earphones and Bluetooth speaker manufacturer with an excellent track record of marketing high-quality audio products priced affordably.

The UE Wonderboom is a portable Bluetooth speaker that is built like a tank to withstand any abuse you throw at it and still function like brand new without any degradation in performance.

Design and Build Quality

The UE Wonderboom has a rounded cylindrical design with a soft rubber layer on the top and bottom and the centre portion covered by tough nylon fabric mesh.

The build quality is excellent and the entire speaker feels like it’s built to last a lifetime. You can throw it around like paintballs and the device will still work as expected.

One of the main USP of this Bluetooth speaker is that it floats on the surface of the water. The next time you take the speaker to the lake or any other water body, don’t be afraid to be careless.

The single UE logo button on the top of this speaker acts as a control button. It can play/pause the music and when double pressed, skip songs for you.

The volume buttons placed on the fabric material is very responsive and tactile.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The UE Wonderboom, even though is marginally compact, house two 40mm driver speakers alongside two passive radiators for better bass reproduction.

These speakers get sufficiently loud enough to make you enjoy the music outdoors.

The bass radiators do a good job in delivering rich bass that feels just right with the mids and excellent highs.

Being cylindrically shaped, the UE Wonderboom has a 360 degrees audio throw and no matter what the orientation is, this speaker delivers equally loud sound in all directions.

There is an option to pair up two UE Wonderboom speakers for better stereo separation but not that you need the Wonderboom and not any other speakers from UE for this to work.

Connectivity

UE Wonderboom uses Bluetooth v4.1 for wireless connectivity with devices such as smartphones.

The signal reception of this Bluetooth speaker is exceptional and within a range of 100 ft, the device works unhindered.

There is no 3.5mm jack or a microphone for that matter for wired connectivity and voice calls respectively.

Battery Life

The battery pack inside this premium Bluetooth speaker will last for about 10 hours of music playback at 60% volume level.

The battery takes about 2.8 hours to juice up from 0 to 100%.

Since the device is charged by a micro USB port, you can plug it into a power bank during your travel and continue using it for days.

Verdict

The UE Wonderboom is really a delightful product which delivers excellent build and sound quality in a small form factor.

Barring the presence of a microphone for voice calls, if you’re into wireless music listening, this device is definitely a great choice for a budget under Rs.5,000.

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Solid build quality
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Device to device pairing support

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Loud sound output

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No 3.5mm jack

Specifications

Frequency 80Hz – 20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery LifeUp to 10 Hours

3. JBL Tuner

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Best Feature Rich Bluetooth Speaker
  • Suited for indoor use
  • Tabletop design
  • Decent sound quality

JBL Tuner is a small tabletop Bluetooth speaker that comes with a lot of nifty features under the hood, including a full-fledged FM radio/DAB tuner.

With the compact size and the plethora of useful features, the JBL Tuner is sure to grab your attention.

Design and Build Quality

As we said earlier, the JBL Tuner is a desktop Bluetooth speaker.

The rounded rectangular design is very pleasing to look at, thanks partly to the silver colour.

The speaker mesh grill covers the entire front side with the JBL branding.

There is a small LED display up front that shows important information such as battery remaining, FM station and the song name.

The buttons are very tactile and offer excellent click response. The retractable telescopic antenna can be folded and kept when not in use.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The JBL Tuner comes with a 5W 40mm driver speaker that delivers decent sound output.

The bass from this speaker is a bit on the lower side when compared with other products from JBL, but not too much to be a dealbreaker.

The highs and mids are clean and audible even at higher volumes without distortion.

For an indoor speaker, the JBL Tuner ticks all the right boxes with relative ease.

Connectivity Features

The FM radio function works very well on this budget Bluetooth speaker. The reception quality is excellent so does the sound output.

The LCD display offers a lot of information at a simple glance – detailing about the station name, scanned frequency etc.

This is where this product shines. Primary wireless connection is made through the Bluetooth v4.1.

The connection range is about and 10m and works flawlessly at that distance.

There is an SD card slot on this speaker by which you can independently listen to songs without pairing with your smartphone.

The 3.5 aux input lets you connect this device with others such as TVs without Bluetooth capability.

Battery Life

This device is powered by a large 2000mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery.

The JBL Tuner has a rechargeable battery lasts for up to 10 hours on a full charge.

This device takes up 3 hours to charge completely from empty.

The JBL Tuner can be also powered directly from the mains by the supplied 1.5/1A power adaptor.

Verdict

Being from JBL, this device has a solid build quality combined with satisfying audio output for the price at which it retails in the market.

Additional features such as an FM Radio and SD card slot makes this a compelling device worth purchasing in the sub Rs.5,000 segment.

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Build quality

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FM radio

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Elegant design

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No microphone for handsfree calls

Specifications

Frequency 85 – 20000 Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery LifeUp to  8 hours

4. Sony SRS-XB12

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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

Q

No stereo stage separation

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000 Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery LifeUp to  16 hours

 

5. Samsung Level Box Slim

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Best Battery Life
  • Best companion for a long off grid trip
  • Excellent sound output
  • Doubles up as a powerbank

Samsung is into everything it seems.

Mobile phones, Televisions, Refrigerators – you name a product, Samsung makes it.

The Level box slim from Samsung is a portable wireless Bluetooth speaker that does a great job considering the price at which the device is offered.

Design and build quality

The Level Box Slim comes with a retractable kickstand that will make it easy to place on a level surface with the speaker facing towards you.

The Samsung Level box Slim is IPX7 certified water resistant.

It can withstand being placed underwater at a depth of 1m up to 30 minutes without any damage to the internals.

There is no digital display on the device to indicate the charge levels except an array of four LED lights.

Speaker and sound quality

The speaker on this device has an 8W driver and is really slim that makes it pocketable.

The speaker even though slim is very loud and the output doesn’t lack the punch.

It has a frequency response range of 20 – 20000 Hz that lets it reproduce the lows, mids and highs in the music with precision.

Overall, the sound output is crisp and balanced with a decent amount of bass.

Battery life

Battery life is one of the other USP of this device. Even while powered by a mere 2600mAh Lithium-ion battery, this device manages to last for 22 hours.

This is much much more than what it’s competitors can do.

This device comes with two USB cables, one to charge the device and the other one – you wouldn’t have guessed this one right?

Well to charge other devices.

Verdict

The Level Box Slim is an excellent performing wireless Bluetooth speaker that has amazing sound clarity and impressive battery life along with the brand reliability of Samsung.

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Stellar battery life up to 30 hours
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Excellent build quality
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Great audio output
Q
No display

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000 Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery LifeUp to 30 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 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

Q

Need Amazon prime subscription for full utilization

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000 Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life

7. Google Home Mini

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 Best Smart Speaker
  • Hands-Free voice assistant
  • Battery-free operation (DC)
  • Personalized usage with up to 6 people

The Home Mini is an affordable smart speaker from the tech giant Google.

This smart speaker behaves like the hardware version of the smart assistant that you might have come across on your Android smartphone.

Design and Build Quality

The Home Mini is a pebble-shaped device that has almost the size of a doughnut. This device is made of high-quality polycarbonate plastic and feels solid and durable in hand.

On the top portion, there is the fabric made speaker grill that adds to the style and flair of the device.

There are no other ports except the single micro USB port for charging on this device. No, not even a 3.5mm aux-in port.

There are four coloured LED up top carefully hidden inside the fabric covering, which lights up in different patterns depending on the current operation status.

A mute button switch is given on the side of the speaker if you want to keep things a bit calm and quiet around the house.

Speakers and Sound Quality

You shouldn’t expect any surprising sound performance from a smart speaker like Google Home mini.

This little guy here has a single upward firing speaker with 40mm drivers. It sounds louder and clear but the bass and highs are a bit off.

You can listen to songs on it, yes but if your sole aim is music listening, you should take a look at the other speakers listed in this article, period.

Smart Features

The Google Home Mini can answer any general question you can throw at it – and it is quite quick to respond.

The voice recognition works very well, thanks to the omnidirectional microphone inside.

You can also pair it up with a plethora of Wi-Fi enabled devices such as your Android TV to operate them handsfree with commands.

The ecosystem for more and more hardware integration is ongoing at the moment as we speak.

This device can initiate voice calls remotely from your phone as well. The voice to text is still in testing and is soon expected to roll out in its full glory.

Connectivity

The Google Home Mini comes with Bluetooth v4.1 for connection with devices such as smartphones. The Wi-Fi aids in connecting the mini over to the internet.

Verdict

The Google Home Mini is an ideal smart speaker that answers your queries and initiates certain smart actions with the devices you have at home.

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Elegant design

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Quick and responsive in answering queries

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Loud sound output

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Average sound quality

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No 3.5mm aux-in jack

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life

8. boAt Stone 1000

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Best Budget Rugged 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 8 hours on a single charge – nothing too impressive but not bad either considering the device has two speakers at once.

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 20Hz – 20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery LifeUP to 8 Hours

 

9. Creative Chrono

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Multi-Function Indoor Bluetooth Speaker
  • For outdoor as well as indoor use
  • Doubles up as a desk clock
  • App for controlling the functions

Creative is a Singapore based Global brand specialized in the design, manufacturing and distribution of sound-related equipment.

The Chrono is a portable Bluetooth speaker as well as an FM Radio/clock device with impressive features and great audio output.

Hardware Features

The Creative Chrono has a boxy design with an LED screen in the front for displaying time and the FM station you are tuned in to.

This screen has a three-step brightness setting that will let you adjust the brightness according to the day of the time.

The body is IPX5 meaning it will let you use the device by the poolside or even in the shower without any fear.

Speakers and Sound Quality

This device consists of the main speaker featuring a full range driver along with a passive woofer that delivers great sound with deep bass levels.

The speakers are capable of covering a minimum frequency of 70Hz and goes up to 20,000 Hz.

The mids and highs are distinct from this speaker.

The built-in analogue FM tuner will let to listen to your favourite music station.

The clock face is large and easy to read.

Miscellaneous

The sound blaster app on the Play store/iOS store can be used to tune the stations from
your smartphone.

There is Micro SD card slot on this device to add a card with songs in it and play it locally without the help of your smartphone.

The Bluetooth technology implemented in this device is v4.2 which is very energy efficient.

Battery Life

Powering the device is a 2200mAh Li-ion battery that the company claims will last up to 8 hours on a single charge.

There is no option to turn off the LED clock face at night.

This may bother you at sleep if you are the kind of person who gets easily distracted by lights at night.

Verdict

Creative Chrono is an all in one device that adds much more functionality to a Bluetooth speaker without compromising much to the sound quality.

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Clock/FM Radio support

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Micro SD card

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IPx5 certified splash resistance

Q

Always On LED clock face might distract your sleep

Specifications

Frequency 70 – 20000 Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery LifeUp to 8 Hours

 

10. Intex Muzyk B30

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Honorable Mention
  • 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 make 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 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 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.

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Attractive design

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Excellent sound output with rich bass

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Power saving mode

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Battery life could have been better

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.0
Battery Life4-5 Hours

 

While our search for the best portable Bluetooth speakers under Rs. 5,000 ends here, yours might just have started.

If this list has a product that we can both agree with, great!

And if you don’t find a device that we should have included in this post, please check out our related articles on wireless speakers priced under Rs.10,000 and Rs.3,000.

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