Best Bluetooth Speakers in India
With the speaker technology gaining rapid improvement in terms of the quality of sound output and a simultaneous decrease in prices, the market is facing a boom right now.
To cope with the stressful decision of making an apt Bluetooth speaker purchase, we’re delivering a curated list of 6 best Bluetooth speakers available in India with a budget cap of Rs.20,000 in mind.
The legendary Marshall Kilburn tops this list with its exemplary design and build quality accompanied by its stellar sound output.
The Harman Kardon Go+ Play is our second best model that redefines the boombox nostalgia on to a whole new level.
Without wasting your precious time anymore, let’s see the products that we felt will be a great buy in terms of overall sound quality.
1. Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus
Overall Best Pick
- Excellent build quality
- Well balanced sound
- Decent battery life
The SoundLink Revolve Plus is a 360 degrees sounding Bluetooth speaker priced just under Rs.25,000 which delivers an immersive music listening experience over the air.
Design and build quality
The Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus has a cylindrical design which is tapering towards the top section.
Made of a single block of aluminium, this luxury Bluetooth speaker looks and feels very premium.
The mesh grill around the speaker at the bottom part is integrated seamlessly to the rest of the chassis.
There is a fabric handle which makes this device to be carried easily with a single hand.
Speaker and sound quality
The rounded cylindrical design and the positioning of speaker at the bottom enables this device to deliver sound in all the directions evenly.
This 360 degrees sound propagation allows everyone around the speaker to enjoy music the same way.
The sound output is very loud and clear with the typical Bose clarity. The bass levels are very natural and sounds very nice with the well balanced mids and highs.
There is an inbuilt mic on this device to attend hands free calls from your smartphone. The speakerphone sounds very crisp even at a range of about 10 m.
The Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus feature Bluetooth v4.1 that supports low energy mode signal pairing.
This speaker, even though priced exorbitantly, does not have provision for an SD card or a USB drive to plug in to.
This speaker supports voice prompts.
You can pair two devices just by saying the same to this device.
Easy, isn’t it?
It also supports Google assistant and Siri voice commands right out of the box.
There is a threaded mount at the bottom of this device, which helps you attach this speaker on any existing tripod.
Being a comparatively larger Bluetooth speaker, this device has a large capacity battery that will power it for 12 hours of continuous music playback at moderate volume levels.
This device takes about 3-4 hours to completely juice up from empty.
The Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus is a great Bluetooth speaker that delivers stunning quality sound output with rich bass and crisp treble.
If you don’t mind the steep price, owning this solidly built aluminum finished marvel will be definitely a delightful experience.
|Frequency Response||20Hz – 20,000Hz|
|Battery Life||Up to 12 Hours|
|Driver Size||40 mm|
2. Marshall Kilburn
- Suitable for all genres of music listening
- Vintage design that feels nostalgic
- Impressive battery life
Their products with a retro look that delivers exceptional sound quality is a dream come true for audiophiles around the globe.
The Kilburn from Marshall is a boxy shaped wireless Bluetooth speaker that features a fully replaceable battery inside.
Vintage design that brings back old memories..
At the first glance of the Marshall Kilburn wireless Bluetooth speaker, you’ll definitely feel at home with the design. The same design that adored our old style radio which had a prominent grill up front.
We can’t emphasise how cute and retro does it look in person rather than in the photos. This speaker is sure to be a priceless item on your home decor for sure.
The leather fabric coated interior chassis looks plush and premium. The detachable leather handle too adds charm to the overall build of this product.
What we liked more about this design is the rotating knobs for volume and bass/treble controls. The ON/OFF button is a toggle switch that works flawlessly.
Even the supplied Aux-in cable has gold plated connectors and is coiled. The company has polished the finer details which normally most of the companies prefer to leave untouched if not broken.
Priceless audio quality..
Behind the huge grill up front, is a 3-speaker set up constituting a large 80 mm driver subwoofer coupled with two 20 mm driver tweeters.
The woofer lets out deep bass that is punchy and natural at the same time.
The tweeters produce clean and crisp highs and pronounced vocals that doesn’t fade with the onset of bass.
This wireless speaker unit gets sufficiently loud. It can be used for parties or during outdoor camping.
Beware that since this product isn’t water resistant, make utmost care not to let water get inside.
The really rich bass and crisp treble makes this device suitable for listening to any type of music.
Yes it is.
The Marshall Kilburn can last up to 20 hours on a single charge. In our tests, we found that the device lasted for about 18 hours with 60% volume from the beginning.
The one peculiar thing about this wireless Bluetooth speaker is that it uses a full size AC charger to juice up the battery and not the traditional micro USB.
What it means is that, while you’re outdoors, you can’t charge this beast with your powerbank.
However, the battery life is so impressive that this lack of micro USB charging isn’t a dealbreaker.
A very audible YES!
If you are inclined to have the best possible sound output from a portable Bluetooth speaker priced under Rs.20,000, the Marshall Kilburn is the way to go.
With its deep, punchy bass and crystal clear vocals with tingling highs, this wireless speaker is suitable for listening to almost all genre of music in its full glory.
|Frequency Response||62Hz – 20,000Hz|
|Battery Life||18-20 Hours|
|Driver Size||1 x 80 mm, 2 x 20 mm|
3. Harman Kardon Go+ Play
Best Build Quality
- Suited for use in large parties
- Excellent punchy bass
- Separate amplifier for speakers
The Go+ Play from Harman is a Bluetooth speaker with a rather unique design which stands out from the rest of the speakers available in the market.
Design – rounded? No. Cylindrical? No.
The Harman Kardon Go+ Play has a cylindrical dome shaped design with a metallic handle up top.
The whole front and back of this wireless Bluetooth speaker is covered with a strong fabric material which looks and feels nice.
When viewed from certain angles, this product has its share of resemblance with the old age boombox.
The build quality to speak about is top notch. Being a premium luxury Bluetooth speaker, the components used in the construction is of high quality.
The front grill of this Bluetooth speaker is removable. With the grill removed, the raw look of this speaker gives it a more masculine look.
Speakers – left and right!!
The Harman KArdon Go Play+ comes with a 90 mm woofer driver and two 20 mm tweeters in the same configuration that we saw earlier on the Marshall Kilburn.
The clean mids and crisp highs compensates the punch rich bass in a perfect ratio that provides a soothing yet thumping audio output from of this speaker.
This wireless Bluetooth speaker gets so loud that you might never want to listen to the songs with this if you live an apartment, unless you want your neighbours to knock at your door.
At high volumes, there’s no distortions for the sounds from either the woofer or the tweeters.
Harman has provided a 25 W amplifier for each of the speaker to squeeze even the last bit of acoustic richness.
The Plus and the Minus..
Harman has put so much effort in designing this product in to perfection.
Even the welcome tones that the speakers let out during the startup and the pairing tones seems a right step towards the enhanced user experience.
The metallic handle that arches above the speaker chassis, although feels a bit slippery, add to the flair of a luxury wireless Bluetooth speaker.
If you want even more sound (no way!), Harman allows you to pair two of its speakers together for better spatial sound separation and an immersive listening experience.
What we did not liked about this Bluetooth speaker was its weight. The Harman Kardon Go + weighs about 3.43Kg.
While it’s still perfectly portable, some users may not have the liking towards carrying a heavy speaker around.
Battery life – Average to say the best!
Nothing in this world is perfect.
So does the battery life of Harman Kardon Go+ Play.
This wireless Bluetooth speaker lasted for a good eight hours of continuous music playback on our tests.
Although eight hours for the quality of sound this beast produced is adequate, we feel that the battery life is just average as all the competitor products in this list exhibits double digit battery life.
What defines the Harman Kardon Go+ Play wireless Bluetooth speaker can be summarized in three words – precise, punchy and distortion free sound.
If you don’t mind the heft, this device is one of the best Bluetooth speaker in the market right now which delivers excellent sound quality without compromising on either the build quality or battery life.
|Frequency Response||50Hz – 20,000Hz|
|Battery Life||Up to 8 Hours|
|Driver Size||1 x 90 mm, 2 x 20 mm|
4. Ultimate Ears Mega Boom
Best Value for Money
- Suited for pool/beach parties
- IPX7 certified speaker
- Lightweight and portable
The UE Bluetooth speakers has its presence in budget segment priced under Rs.3,000 and is really popular as well.
The UE Megaboom is a premium grade Bluetooth speaker that comes with a coveted IPX7 certification which makes it one of the best outdoor wireless speakers on this list.
Familiar yet refreshing design..
The UE megaboom Bluetooth speaker has a rounder cylindrical design. Yes – the same form factor we have seen on the JBL Flip 4 wireless speaker priced under Rs.10,000.
The UE Megaboom has a height of about 22 cm which is still very portable considering the cylindrical shape which can be easily tucked in to the bags.
The entire chassis of this wireless speaker is covered with braided nylon fabric which feels very much tough at the same time easy to hold on to.
There no flex whatsoever on the body. The control buttons are located on the sides and are tactile and responsive.
Quad speaker setup!!
It’s not a typo – this Bluetooth speaker from Ultimate Ears does feature four distinct speakers, two 90mm driver size woofers and two 20mm driver size tweeters.
People would expect something great from this setup and to be honest UE has successfully delivered the same.
The loud, clear sound output with distinct notes from instruments without being overshadowed by the rich bass is a speciality of this speaker.
The bass response hits deeper when listening to certain genres such as EDM and hip-hop which bass heads are going to like a lot.
IPX7 certified, take it outside!!
This wireless speaker from UE comes with IPX7 certification. This means that you can use this device outdoors no matter what the climate is.
The UE Megaboom also can be submerged under water up to 1 m without any issues in playback.
Remember that after a few minutes of floating on the surface, the Megaboom does sink.
So take care of your speaker if you want to retain it in its full glory.
The UE Megaboom comes with speakerphone feature which lets you attend the calls hands-free from the speaker itself.
The voice call clarity is good but when used from a distance less than 5 m, echoing happens intermittently.
When the volume rocker buttons in the front are pressed simultaneously for a few seconds, the speaker gives voice prompt about the exact battery level which is a very useful addition.
Battery life – Excellent!
The UE Megaboom despite having to power the four speakers, has one of the best battery life in this list.
UE claims that the Lithium-ion battery inside lasts for about 20 hours on a single charge.
Expecting this as a market gimmick, we tested the claims and was pleasantly surprised to get about 18 hours of continuous music playback on a single charge.
Should you buy this?
If you’re a fan of punchy bass with clear vocals, the UE Megaboom won’t disappoint you.
Adding to the excellent sound output quality, this Bluetooth speaker being IPX7 certified, can be used indoors as well as outdoors during pool/beach parties with no fear of damage.
|Frequency Response||65Hz – 20,000Hz|
|Battery Life||Up to 20 Hours|
|Driver Size||2 x 90 mm, 2 x 20 mm|
5. Sony SRS-XB41
Best Bass Pick
- Suited best for EDMs and hip hop
- Detailed bass with crisp vocals
- Brand reliability
With the SRS XB41, Sony has a premium Bluetooth speaker in the market that offer some of the best in class features which we think might satisfy a lot of audiophiles out there.
Build quality – Check!
The rounded box design is a breath of fresh air into a space dominated by boxy and cylindrical design Bluetooth speakers.
The rubberised texture on the chassis blends well with the metallic grill in the front.
Around the grill is a thin strip of multi colored LED illumination that flashes and strobes according to the beats in the music played. The pattern of this illumination can be adjusted using Sony’s application.
This lighting effect does add to the overall immersive experience of music listening while in a party.
For those who prefer a less flashy wireless speaker, there is the option to turn this off completely.
XB for Xtra Bass
Sony’s XB lineup is famed for providing that extra punch to the already rich in bass music playback.
The SRS XB41 comes with a dedicated Xtra Bass button that can be turned on according to your preference.
The bass output from this Bluetooth speaker feels punchy and non-distorted.
If you’re a bass head and love listening to bass-heavy tunes, this speaker won’t disappoint you.
The mids and lows sound accurate and the vocals are loud as well. The overall quality of sound output from this wireless speaker is definitely on the positive side.
Miscellaneous bits and pieces
For those who wish to take this Sony Bluetooth speaker outside in their trips – yes this an IP67 certified product.
It is splash as well as spill resistant and can work effortlessly in light drizzles.
The control buttons up top are tactile and offer good responsiveness. The call button can be used to activate Google assistant on an Android phone or Siri on iOS devices.
One other thing to praise about this wireless speaker is the hands-free call quality. It sounds crystal clear and picks up our voice neatly.
The Add feature from Sony lets you add another Sony Bluetooth speaker to this device to give a more immersive stereo listening experience.
However, the battery life isn’t bad either.
The Sony SRS XB41 lasted around 12 hours at 65% volume on our tests.
If you’re listening to music inside a small area, this is sufficient enough to fill up the room with sound beats
Yay or Nay?
The Sony SRS XB41 is a wireless party speaker that delivers rich bass and immersive vocals.
The fancy LED illumination effects adds to the party flair as well.
A portable Bluetooth speaker that checks most of the right boxes?
|Frequency Response||20Hz – 20,000Hz|
|Battery Life||Up to 16Hours|
|Driver Size||2 x 40 mm|
6. JBL Flip 4
Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker
- Best for beach/poolside parties
- Excellent build quality
- Loud sound output
This time we are glad to include the much more improved version of that awesome wireless Bluetooth speaker in this list.
The cylindrical design stays
The JBL Flip 3 was a cylinder.
Well to be precise, a loved-by-everyone kind of cylinder. We’re happy that the Flip 4 decided to keep the same form factor intact.
The nylon fabric is awesome as always and feels very tough. The control buttons are a bit raised this time, giving awesome tactile feedback when pressed.
We personally feel that the JBL Flip 4 weighs more than the Flip 3. That’s our thought and even then, this cute Bluetooth speaker is a joy to carry around.
Yes, the audio quality is awesome. Again!
We were impressed by how well the Flip 3 sounded.
The Flip 4 sounds even better.
The bass is more pronounced this time around. You’ll definitely feel the punch for sure.
The mids and highs are clear and sounds pure. We didn’t notice any kind of distortion even at maximum volume levels.
But we did felt a tiny lack of detailing in the sound of certain instruments.
Not a deal breaker though as most of us won’t even notice the difference at all.
Water in, Water out – No problemo!
The JBL Flip 4 comes with standard splash and spill resistance. This time around the company has added an IPX7 certification to the bunch.
Now you can submerge this wireless speaker up to 1m of water for 30 minutes without any damage to this product.
Beware, this speaker doesn’t float.
So better drop somewhere you can easily pick it up.
Let’s talk about the extras
The JBL connect feature has received an upgrade on the Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker.
You can now pair up to 100 speakers at once.
Yes, a hundred.
The only downside of this feature is that now the Connect + feature isn’t backward compatible.
In short sweet words, you can only connect a Flip 4 with either a Flip 4 or newer device from the JBL stable.
Voice call is another area where we faced certain issues. While attending calls within 5 feet distance, we kept on hearing echoes. This is uncomfortable, to say the least.
However, the signal reception is exceptionally good.
We were able to pair up the device and roam around the office without any break in the signal.
Batt ‘Errr y!!!
Fret not, the battery life is actually pretty good with the JBL Flip 4.
Our device lasted for about 11 hours of continuous music playback on a single charge.
If you’re listening at full volume, expect this to drop significantly.
The overall performance from the JBL Flip 4 is phenomenal.
The excellent sound quality coupled with the superb battery life and build quality make this product one of the best in this budget.
|Frequency Response||70Hz – 20000Hz|
|Battery Life||Up to 12 Hours|
|Driver Size||40 mm|
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