Best Bluetooth Speakers in India

by | Dec 7, 2018

Wireless Bluetooth speakers serve two main purpose – indoor listening as well as outdoor usage.

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.

Best Bluetooth Speakers in India

1. Bose Soundlink Revolve PlusOverall Best Pick
2. Marshall KilburnRunner-Up Pick
3.Harman Kardon Go+ PlayBest Build Quality
4. Ultimate Ears Mega BoomBest Value for Money
5. Sony SRS-XB41Best Bass Pick
6. JBL Flip 4Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker
7. JBL Xtreme 2Best Outdoor Speaker
8. Bose Sound Link Mini IIHonourable Mention

1. Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus

Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Excellent build quality
  • Well balanced sound
  • Decent battery life

When it comes to the audio related equipments such as headphones and speakers, Bose is the most sought after brand in the premium category.

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.

Connectivity options

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.

Miscellaneous

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.

Battery life

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.

Verdict

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.

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Solid aluminium build

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Clean sound output

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Brand value

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No SD card slot/FM tuner

Specifications

Frequency Response20Hz – 20,000Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life Up to 12 Hours
Driver Size40 mm

2. Marshall Kilburn

Overall Best Pick
Runner-Up Pick
  • Suitable for all genres of music listening
  • Vintage design that feels nostalgic
  • Impressive battery life

Marshall is a one of a kind UK based audio equipment manufacturer in the world.

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.

Battery monster?

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.

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Excellent sound output

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Retro design

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Exceptional Build quality

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Feels a bit heavy and bulky

Specifications

Frequency Response62Hz – 20,000Hz
Bluetoothv4.0
Battery Life 18-20 Hours
Driver Size1 x 80 mm, 2 x 20 mm

3. Harman Kardon Go+ Play

Runner-Up Pick
Best Build Quality
  • Suited for use in large parties
  • Excellent punchy bass
  • Separate amplifier for speakers

Harman Kardon is a world renowned speaker and acoustic related equipments manufacturer which is a subsidiary of Samsung electronics Ltd.

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.

Final verdict!!

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.

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Loud sound output

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Premium build quality

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1-year warranty

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Heavy and bulky

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Average battery life

Specifications

Frequency Response50Hz – 20,000Hz
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life Up to 8 Hours
Driver Size1 x 90 mm, 2 x 20 mm

4. Ultimate Ears Mega Boom

Best Value For Money Pick
Best Value for Money
  • Suited for pool/beach parties
  • IPX7 certified speaker
  • Lightweight and portable

Ultimate Ears is a subsidiary brand of popular computer peripherals manufacturer Logitech.

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 Extras…

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.

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Build quality

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Quad speakers

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Stellar battery life

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Low quality rubber flap on the charging port

Specifications

Frequency Response65Hz – 20,000Hz
Bluetooth  v4.0
Battery Life Up to 20 Hours
Driver Size2 x 90 mm, 2 x 20 mm

5. Sony SRS-XB41

Best Bass Pick
Best Bass Pick
  • Suited best for EDMs and hip hop
  • Detailed bass with crisp vocals
  • Brand reliability

Sony is popular for its consumer electronics products all over the world.

The Xtra Bass lineup of audio equipment from Sony is spread across earphones, headphones and Bluetooth speakers.

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.

Xtra Battery??

Certainly not.

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?

Definitely, Yes!

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Voice call quality

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LED illumination

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Rich bass

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No distinct spatial left and right separation

Specifications

Frequency Response20Hz – 20,000Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
 Battery Life Up to 16Hours
Driver Size2 x 40 mm

6. JBL Flip 4

Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker
Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker
  • Best for beach/poolside parties
  • Excellent build quality
  • Loud sound output

The JBL Flip 3 was our best pick in the Bluetooth speakers under Rs.5,000 list.

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.

Verdict!

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.

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Rich bass

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IPX7 certification

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Portable and lightweight

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Echoing during voice calls

Specifications

Frequency Response70Hz – 20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life Up to 12 Hours
Driver Size40 mm

7. JBL Xtreme 2

Best Outdoor Speaker
Best Outdoor Speaker
  • Weatherproof
  • Excellent bass-rich sound output
  • Up to 15 hours of battery life

The JBL Xtreme 2 is an excellent, rugged build outdoor speaker made to be your best buddy in outdoor and poolside parties.

This Bluetooth speaker is designed to be carried along with you in tough condition and the company has done excellent weatherproofing to keep this thing working no matter where you go.

Design and Build Quality

The JBL Xtreme 2 looks similar to a miniature tabla, coincidentally is another device that makes a rich sound.

The cylindrical enclosure covered with tough fabric material all around screams quality and feels like it’s built to last forever.

There is a strong fabric belt supplied by the company in the box for hanging the speaker in your shoulder or some steady place.
On the chassis, there are two tiny stands which will keep the rounded speakers perfectly in place on an even surface.

The buttons are on the fabric surface and work very well. There are the illuminating status indicators that glow when pressed to indicate the current operation state.

The JBL Xtreme 2 floats on water despite its bulkiness and comes with IPX7 water and dust resistance.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The JBL Xtreme 2 has two 40mm driver speakers that are extremely loud at maximum volume levels. There is minimal to no distortions from these speakers while playing music.

Even though the entire fabric casing might look like it gives a 360 degree sound, unfortunately that is not the case. Only the front end is open and the sound flows in the forward direction.

There are two passive radiators on the sides of this Bluetooth speaker, which doesn’t let any sound output but enhances the bass reflex.

These radiators help the JBL Xtreme 2 to deliver a pleasing bass-rich sound output across all music genres.

Connectivity

The JBL Xtreme 2 is powered by the latest Bluetooth v4.2 with support for a lot of efficient audio codecs. The signal reception is good and the speaker works as advertised.

The inclusion of a USB port is a great addition to this speaker. You can play the content directly off the drive without pairing up with a host.

There is a microphone on this speaker for you to attend voice calls and also access the voice assistant feature on your Android or Apple smartphone.

There is a slight echo on the other end of the calls and the quality is decent to say the best.

Battery Life

This portable Bluetooth speaker comes loaded with a massive 10,000 mAh Li-ion battery pack.

The speaker lasts for about 15 hours on a single charge, which considering the size and the internal hardware is perfectly alright.

It takes about 3 hours to completely charge the Xtreme 2 from empty and has a proprietary charger for the same, that comes with the box.

You can also charge the device via the micro USB port on the back, but it will be painfully slow.

The major gripe with this device is that there is no battery level indicator on this speaker, not even an LED indicator.

When you long press the volume buttons, a tone plays back according to which you should guess the battery left. Wait, what?

Verdict

The JBL Xtreme 2 is a great outdoor Bluetooth speaker to jazz up your parties.

The excellent sound quality along with the tough build makes it an indestructible piece of hardware worth spending your hard earned money in confidence.

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Solid build quality

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USB port availability

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Illuminated status buttons

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No robust battery life indication

Specifications

Frequency Response20Hz – 20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life Up to 15 Hours
Driver Size2 x 40 mm

8. Bose Soundlink Mini II

Honorable Mention
Honourable Mention
  • Suited for all genre of music
  • Robust design and sturdy build
  • Elegant and stylish design

Bose is an American premium audio equipment manufacturer that is popular for its high-end speakers and sound systems across the world.

The Soundlink Mini II from Bose is a budget offering that delivers stellar sound output on an affordable budget.

Design and Build Quality

Since the company targets a premium user base, there is no compromise in build quality. The Soundlink Mini II is made of a single slab of aluminium, machined to perfection.

The front and back grill has no flex whatsoever and overall, the body feels rock solid and sturdy with substantial heft to it.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The audio quality coming out of this box-shaped Bluetooth speaker will leave you stunned for sure. The bass is very much right on point and you won’t feel any sort of artificiality.

The mids and highs are detailed and sound pleasing. Whatever be the type of music you’re listening to, this speaker is sure to bring a smile of joy on your face.

The Bose Soundlink Mini II offers verbal feedback on your actions. It dictates the caller ID, battery level and even the name of the currently paired device. That’s definitely a nice addition to a Bluetooth speaker, we guess.

Battery Life

This wireless speaker from Bose lasted for about 10 hours on moderate volume levels. If you’re listening at around 50% volume, you can expect this device to last longer than this.

Charging this device is done by either the micro USB cable or by the supplied charging cradle. The cradle acts as a dock to the device which can be placed on your table.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker that delivers the best possible sound output around a budget of Rs.15,000, we’d recommend the Bose Soundlink Mini II in a blink of an eye.

Go for it!

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Build quality

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Stellar sound output

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Decent battery life

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No distinct left/right channel separation

Specifications

Frequency Response20Hz – 20000Hz
Bluetoothv4.0
Battery Life Up to 10 Hours
Driver Size40 mm

This marks the conclusion of our articles on best Bluetooth speakers in India series.

We have added almost 25-30 products under different price segments that might grab your attention to become the right prospect.

If you have any suggestions or queries about these products or if you wish to see a product to get reviewed, do let us know in the comment section below.

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