Bluetooth speakers are one of the hot selling electronic gadgets in the Indian market right now.
The primary reason for this is because even though the smartphones have come leaps and bounds improved in terms of processing power and other features, the sound quality always has been an area of concern.
This is where portable Bluetooth speakers come to fill in the gap.
These speakers help us enjoy the music much louder, clearer and in an immersive manner, be it alone in the indoors or at the outdoors with friends.
There are established brands such as JBL, Sony and Bose playing in the premium Bluetooth speaker segment while local Indian brands such as boAt have been enjoying massive success in the budget Bluetooth speaker segment.
boAt Stone 200 vs JBL GO
boAt Stone 200 and JBL Go are two ultra-compact pocket Bluetooth speakers priced under Rs.2000 offering excellent value for money.
Design and build quality
Both the boAt Stone 200 and JBL GO has a rectangular design which is easily pocketable.
Both these budget Bluetooth speakers are made using high-quality polycarbonate plastic and feel tough and durable in hand.
The boAt stone 200 is significantly heavier than the JBL GO speaker.
The buttons on the boAt Stone 200 are located on its sides whereas those on the JBL GO is placed on top.
In terms of build quality, we’ll give the boAt stone 200 an upper hand whereas the fit and finish of the JBL Go are miles ahead of the boAt stone 200.
Speakers and sound quality
The boAt stone 200 and JBL Go comes with a 40mm speaker driver which produces excellent quality sound output for its price tag.
The bass of the boAt stone 200 is much more pronounced than the JBL GO but falls short considerably when it comes to the high notes.
If you are a fan of bass, we’d advise you to prefer the boAt stone 200 over the JBL GO.
If you want an overall balanced sound output, JBL GO is the way to go.
The boAt stone 200 and the JBL GO comes with Bluetooth v4.1 support for wireless connectivity with devices such as smartphones and laptop.
Both these budget speakers have a decent signal coverage of up to 30 feet from the host device and work well within the boundary.
There is an aux-in port on these devices to connect with devices without Bluetooth feature as well.
And yes, these Bluetooth speakers come with an inbuilt mic for facilitating handsfree audio calls.
The quality of calls is decent and works well when used indoors.
Water and dust resistance
The boAt stone 200 comes with an IPX5 rating, meaning the Bluetooth speaker can withstand low-pressure water jets and splashes from any direction.
The JBL Go, on the other hand, doesn’t come with any IP ratings, so you’ll have to be careful with the speaker if you intend to use it outdoors.
If you wanna learn more about IP ratings, check out our detailed article here.
The boAt stone 200 Bluetooth speaker packs in a large 1500mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last about 10 hours of continuous usage.
The JBL Go has a slightly smaller 600mAh battery which will give you a music playback time up to 6 hours on moderate volume levels.
Both these products come with 1-year warranty within which you can claim the repairs.
Considering the price, battery life and the bass-rich output, the clear winner between the battle of these Bluetooth speakers is indeed the boAt stone 200.
That’s it for this comparison between the boAt Stone 200 and the JBL GO Bluetooth speaker.
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