Best Bluetooth Speakers Under Rs. 2,000

by | May 15, 2018

It seems everyone has a Bluetooth speaker in their product lineup today and selecting the best one for our needs has become a dizzying experience. When we have hundreds of options in front of us, it will be tricky to select the best one out of it.

That’s why we have invested our efforts to pick the best portable Bluetooth speakers under Rs.2,000, and luckily, we could compile a list of 10 outstanding portable speakers for you. We hope this list will help you pick out the perfect portable speaker for your needs.

1. boAt Stone 600

Overall Best Pick

This is a superbly well-built Bluetooth speaker that produces surprisingly good sound. It has a great battery life and amazing build quality making it the perfect portable speaker under Rs. 2,000.

The boAt Stone 600 is your ideal choice if you are on a tight budget and looking for a high-quality speaker. It offers everything you can expect from a high-quality portable speaker. It has great battery life, amazing build quality and most importantly a superb sound quality for the price.

The most exciting thing about this speaker is, it is developed for outdoor as well as indoor activities. It can endure through heavy splashing of rain even if water is poured at high pressure. Keeping the speaker safe from water and dust is a discrete round flap that covers the aux input, micro USB port and power button. This flap is one of the main reasons why the Stone 600 is able to receive its IPX6 waterproof and shockproof certification.

The boAt Stone 600 has five buttons. You will find buttons which function for the volume down/up, pause/play and Bluetooth pairing. On the bottom right-hand edge of the speaker grill, it has an LED indicator which tells you when the speaker is in pairing mode.

boAt Stone 600 outputs a loud and bass-heavy sound. The dynamic 40 mm dual drivers pack a punch and deliver a true bass and rhythmic response to the most demanding of tracks. It offers a wide frequency range of 40Hz-20kHz so you can experience almost all of the sub-bass sounds without losing much.

This speaker is louder than you expect from a budget Bluetooth speaker in this price range, thanks to the pair of 5 Watts speaker drivers inside. If you are a bass-head and looking for a portable speaker with good bass and loudness, you will be really pleased with these value for money speakers from boAt.

As far as connection goes boAt claims this speaker has a range of 30 feet or 9 meters. The Bluetooth 4.0 is enough for connecting any Bluetooth devices for an uninterrupted playback.

When your smartphone is connected, you can also answer/end calls directly from the speaker. It comes with an easy click on controls for your music. Control volume by Volume +/- button and you can change tracks by clicking on next and previous buttons. Additionally, for non-Bluetooth devices, you can use the 3.5mm cable AUX-IN jack which comes with the box.

boAt claims that the Stone 600 will get you around 8 hours of constant playback, but does specify that it depends on the volume and audio content. Still, playing songs at max volume, you will be able to squeeze at least 7 hours of playback time.

R

Superb sound quality

R

Great bass output

R

Loud and crisp sound

R

Waterproof design

R

Good build quality

Q

Design is not attractive

Specifications

Frequency40 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 Ohms
Bluetoothv4.0
Battery Life8 Hours

2. Blaupunkt BT-51

Runner-Up Pick

The BT-51 is a very well designed speaker with great battery life. The sound quality is awesome with speakers delivering rich bass and clean vocals without any sort of distortions.

Blaupunkt is a German company famed for making audio systems for automobiles. You would have seen the Blaupunkt logo at least once on cars in your childhood. The same company has now started manufacturing portable Bluetooth speakers in India and the BT-51 is one of the entry-level speakers the company offers under Rs. 2,000 in the Indian market.

As with everything German, the build quality is top notch. The device has a boxy design with a metal mesh on the front. A textured finish is given around the chassis that imparts a premium look to the device. On the back, there are ports for an auxiliary input, a micro USB port for charging, as well as an SD card slot. There are two rubber grip pads on the bottom to hold the speaker in place without rumbling around when playing music.

The Blaupunkt BT-51 comes with an 8W speaker of 40mm driver size that has a frequency response range between 65 – 18000Hz. The impedance rating of 4 ohms lets this speaker deliver quality sound output even without a dedicated amplifier on board. The bass is rich and ample with clean mids and crisp highs. There is no distortion in sound even at the maximum volume levels.

Connectivity front, this device comes with Bluetooth version 4.2 that supports Low energy wireless communication that doesn’t cause much battery drain when connected to other devices. There is also a 3.5mm auxiliary jack to connect devices that lack Bluetooth. The SD card on the back of this speaker lets you play the music independently on this device without having the need to connect with a host.

This Bluetooth speaker comes with a 1500mAh Lithium-ion battery that will last up to 10 hours on a single charge at an average volume level of 60%. You can expect around 8 – 9 hours minimum with volume levels exceeding 60%.

Priced at Rs. 1,599, the Blaupunkt BT-51 is one of the best Bluetooth speakers under Rs. 2000 in the market at present. But the only gripe with this device is that it doesn’t have the FM Tuner built in. Considering the price as well the competitor’s feature set at this price bracket, the addition of an FM radio would have definitely made sense.

R

Great sound quality

R

Solid build

R

SD card slot

Q

No FM

Q

No water/splash resistance

Q

No battery level indicator

Specifications

Frequency65 – 18000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 Ohms
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life10 Hours

3. Portronics Sublime III

Best Value For Money

Looking for a feature-rich wireless Bluetooth speaker that doubles as an alarm clock/FM Radio? If yes, the Portronics Sublime III is the best choice for you.

Portronics is an Indian audio related equipment manufacturer which started operations back in 2008. They have been since releasing budget as well as entry-level Bluetooth speakers that have gained popularity owing to the features, the company provides on a strict budget. The Portronics Sublime III is the successor to the quite popular Sublime II.

The Portronics Sublime III has an interesting curved cylindrical design with metal mesh grills on the front and the back. A rubber grip runs around the space between the grills housing the control buttons. The ports are given on the sides of this speaker. The control buttons are tactile and easier to press. Overall, the build feels sturdy and durable. There is so much heft to the device that it feels heavy in hand.

The speaker on this device has a driver size of 40mm with a frequency response ranging from 65 – 18000Hz. The impedance rating on this speaker is 4 ohms. The response range of this device is slightly on the lower side compared to other products in the market, therefore, it has a tendency to miss some notes in the high. The bass is good but not as strong as you would expect from a speaker of this size. The mids and highs are clear and vocals seem crisp.

On the front of the device, there is a small LED display hiding under the grill which displays time, volume level as well as FM stations to which you are tuned in to. Yes, this device features an FM tuner as well as an alarm clock to wake you up in case you fell asleep listening to the music. There is also a provision to play music via the SD card, or even better with an OTG cable that’s bundled with the box so you can connect USB drives directly. A 3.5 mm auxiliary input is provided to connect devices that lack wireless functionality as well.

The battery life of this device is about 7 hours on a single charge but depending on the volume levels this could further increase or decrease. Listening to music at about 50% volume would let the device battery last even up to 12 hours.

This speaker may not be the loudest among the bunch. The 9W speakers aren’t enough to fill an entire room with music. Another letdown of this speaker is the lack of a battery level indicator. There is no way to know how much charge is left on the device.

R

Sturdy build

R

LED display

R

Alarm clock

R

OTG support

Q

Sound output is not loud enough

Q

The device takes 4 hours to charge

Q

No battery level indicator

Specifications

Frequency87 – 10800 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 Ohms
Bluetoothv4.0
Battery Life7 Hours

4. Mi Basic 2

Honourable Mention

This is a well-crafted device which delivers loud sound output across the frequency spectrum. The Latest Bluetooth v4.2 technology makes this speaker very power efficient and the minimal design makes it very elegant.

Mi has been launching a slew of products as of recently in the Indian market and they haven’t spared the Bluetooth speaker market – Mi fans rejoice. Mi Basic 2 is the company’s new and perhaps the only offering in the wireless Bluetooth speaker segment in the country.

Build quality wise, this speaker has a matte aluminium chassis with plastic mesh on the front with criss-cross patterns etched on to it. A hidden LED underneath indicates the Bluetooth connection status. The buttons are placed on top and feel really tactile. There is a micro USB port on the back along with a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack to connect devices without Bluetooth.

This device comes with two speakers with a driver size of 40mm each and a passive radiator for accurate bass reproduction. The frequency response of the dual speakers ranges from 100 – 18000Hz with an impedance value of 3 ohms. The sound output is really loud enough to fill a large room with music but the bass from this device feels a bit on the lower side. The mids and highs are crisp and soothing to hear.

The Mi Basic 2 wireless Bluetooth speaker comes equipped with the latest Bluetooth v4.2 Low energy protocol that consumes minimal energy when connected to other Bluetooth enabled devices. The battery on this speaker is a 1200mAh Li-ion which will last for about 8-9 hours on 60-70% volume level.

The Basic 2 wireless speakers also have a speakerphone functionality builtin which will let you attend calls on the device without having to reach for the smartphone. The microphone is very sensitive and picks sound accurately and the speakerphone sounds loud and clear.

R

Elegant design

R

Good battery life

R

Build quality is great

R

Loud sound output

Q

Bass is not heavy

Q

No FM Radio

Q

No SD card slot

Specifications

Frequency100 – 18000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance3 Ohms
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery LifeUp to 9 Hours

5. Portronics SoundPot

Best Budget Speaker

This speaker for its price is a value for money product that performs like a beast. It features a 3-watt output mono speaker, a Li-ion battery which gives 6-8 hours of playback time and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity for better music streaming.

The Portronics SoundPot is a budget-oriented Bluetooth speaker sold at well under Rs.2,000. For its price, this speaker is a value for money product and performs like a beast.

It features a 3-watt output mono speaker, a lithium-ion battery which gives 6-8 hours of playback time and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity for better music streaming.

Portronics SoundPot offers a stylish sleek look, with fully rubberized black finish all over the speaker. It is tiny so that you can hold the speaker in the palm of your hand with ease. But this budget speaker is heavier when compared to other tiny speakers on this list, like JBL GO and Logitech X100.

The rubber feet on the bottom of the speaker ensures extra grip on a flat surface as well. Top of the device is larger than bottom side and the one-sided mono speakers taper slightly towards the front. An interesting thing about this speaker is that it doesn’t have any control buttons on it except on/off button at the bottom. There is no volume controls and Bluetooth enabling buttons on the speaker which makes this cheap portable speaker completely controlled by the playback device itself.

There is a tiny LED on the rear side of the speaker that alerts you with a blink when the unit is charging. It also helps the user to get notified when the charge is critically low. When the battery is fully charged, LED will lit up continuously so that the user can remove the charger.

For an asking price of under Rs. 1000, this budget Bluetooth speaker from Portronics performs really well in terms of battery backup. You will get around 6-8 hours of playback time without too many issues. The speaker can get fully charged within 2 hours and it charges surprisingly fast.

Portronics SoundPot can be connected to your smartphone or laptop with Bluetooth as well as AUX cable. You can turn on the device and the Bluetooth is turned on by default, you can simply connect your playback device with ease. In the box with the speaker, Portronics also provide an AUX cable that is not long enough but does the purpose very well. It also features built-in microphone which lets you take phone calls from the speaker itself.

In terms of sound quality, this little monster performs incredibly well when you compare the price you are paying for it. Speaker is loud, treble is good with nice mids and highs, and the bass is also good for the price.

One of the major problems of this speaker is that when bass heavy tracks are played, it makes the speaker vibrate a lot though that doesn’t affect the sound quality.

Overall, Portronics SoundPot is a tiny speaker which is compact and easily portable with good build quality. It doesn’t take too much of your backpack space so you can easily bring this speaker on your travels.

R

Very small size makes it ultra-portable

R

Good battery backup for the price

R

Good sound quality with comparatively good bass

Q

Speaker shakes when bass heavy tracks are played

Q

Distortions at higher volume

Q

No buttons for volume controls, Bluetooth and song skipping

Specifications

Frequency 87 – 10800 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 Ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life7 Hours

6. boAt Stone 200

Best For Rough Use

With a long playback time, affordable price, rugged design and pleasing sound quality, the boAt Stone 200 is a great choice at a price well below Rs.2,000.

boAt Stone 200 offers decent build quality and battery backup at an affordable price well under Rs. 1,500. It is aimed at those users who are looking for an affordable outdoor Bluetooth speaker. Presented with a more sporty and rugged design, the Stone 200 is easily portable and can be carried with you anywhere.

When it comes to battery backup, these are the best in the business at Rs. 1,500 price bracket. With that said, without further ado, let’s dive into the detailed review of this budget Bluetooth speaker.

The boAt Stone 200 is designed exclusively for outdoor usage. The rugged design is perfect for outside adventures like camping, trekking, hiking or even cycling and it can withstand a fair amount of rough handlings as well. It can be mounted on your bicycle with a port provided on the bottom side of the speaker.

To be precise, this speaker has a waterproof rating of IPX5, which means that it is capable of withstanding blasts of water from all directions or even raining without having to worry about damaging it. Its ruggedized design is also shockproof, which means you can drop it from 10 feet height directly onto concrete and it won’t even scratch.

The sound of the Stone 200 is really good – it gets loud enough to hear but not obnoxiously loud enough to disturb people around you. The sound is clear and crisp with no distortions at all at maximum volume.

The bass quality is not the best that you can get at this price (don’t forget it’s a really tiny speaker, not a car stereo) but you have to be realistic here and adjust your expectations accordingly. We found that this speaker is perfect for hanging in a tent or on your palapa.

Pairing the boAt Stone 200 is not a headache at all. It is easy to connect, although it will give preference to whatever device it was previously paired with. It also has an auxiliary port for line input from another device.

boAt Stone 200 offers the best battery life in this price range of Rs. 1,500. The 1,500 mAh battery will give you more than 10 hours of playback time at hundred percentage volume. At 60% volume, you can expect much-improved battery backup from this device.

R

Good for outdoor use

R

IPX5 waterproof and shockproof certification

R

Good bass

R

Great battery backup

Q

Sound quality is not the best on this list

Specifications

Frequency30 – 15000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 Ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life10 Hours

7. JBL GO

Good Portable Speaker

The JBL GO is a tiny well built compact speaker that fits in your palm. Its ease of portability is great but it also packs enough audio power to fill a room with its impactful sound.

JBL Go is a very small and compact speaker that fits in the palm of your hand but it has enough punch to fill a bedroom with its quality sound output. Coming to the technical details of this speaker, it comes with a 3-watt driver and a 600 mAh battery which can give you up to 5 Hrs of playback time on a full charge.

JBL Go is well built with a rubber finished material and that gives a better durability for this speaker. This ultra-portable speaker is lightweight as it only weighs 132 grams. It can be easily carried in your pocket as it is very small and compact. This speaker has a lanyard loop on its outer body which enables you to hook it on to a clip or your bag and carry it conveniently.

The JBL Go has a simple and minimalistic look with 5 clickable buttons on one side of its rectangular body. The 5 buttons are for Power, Bluetooth, Volume Up, Volume Down and for taking calls. AUX cable port, micro USB port and microphone are present on the speaker.

When it comes to the sound quality, it performs really well compared to its size. The sound is clear and decent, but don’t expect too much from this little monster. It delivers very good sound output but it is not a type of speaker you’re going to throw a big party with. Although, you will be really surprised when hearing the loudness and clarity of music that comes out of this tiny wireless speaker.

JBL GO has a frequency range of 180 Hz- 20 kHz which means you will not hear any sub bass sound under 180 Hz. So, you can’t really expect a thumping bass from it. For better bass and sound loudness, speakers like Portronics POSH or Logitech X100 are a better choice.

JBL GO can hold on to the Bluetooth connection at a distance up to 3m. Connecting your smartphone or laptop with JBL GO is very simple. Just by pressing the Bluetooth button on the speaker, the device will be shown on your phone’s Bluetooth connection list.

JBL GO also supports Aux-in, so you can connect it to any of your devices like smartphone, laptop, or computer to play music or watch videos and movies with a better impactful sound.

This budget Bluetooth speaker sports a microphone that has echo-cancellation & noise-cancellation technology which allows you to attend your important calls while listening to music.

R

Very small and ultra-portable

R

Microphone for taking calls

R

Well built, neat and clean design

R

A reliable brand

Q

Sub bass sounds are totally absent (frequency range is 180 Hz- 20 kHz)

Q

Bluetooth range (3m) is comparatively less

Q

Low battery backup

Specifications

Frequency180 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 Ohms
Bluetoothv4.0
Battery Life5 Hours

8. Logitech X100

Good Compact Speaker

Logitech X100 is a compact, hockey-puck-size wireless speaker that offers decent sound. It is loud, the build quality is good, produces quality sound and has a built-in microphone.

For the last few years, Logitech has introduced many high-quality outdoor speakers in the Indian market. There are many Bluetooth speakers out there under the Logitech brand and here we are going to talk about the company’s budget offering which is the X100.

The Logitech X100 is a compact, hockey-puck-size wireless speaker that has a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery and offers decent sound. The speaker looks like a circular tiffin box and it will quite literally fit in the palm of your hand. Logitech X100 comes with a little loop on the top that allows you to hang the speaker from a backpack or doorknob.

The speaker is designed in such a way that the sound is firing from one side of it. It is available in various colour options including Orange, Yellow, Dark Grey, and Green. It comes with four clickable buttons which function for on/off, Bluetooth connectivity, volume up and volume down.

It is loud enough to fill a room or a small outdoor party with your favourite tracks. But, one major problem it faces is the sound distortion at peak volumes, which is common in most other speakers in this price range.

Connecting your smartphones or laptops with Logitech X100 via Bluetooth is very simple. Just long press the Bluetooth connectivity button on the speaker, wait for the pairing light to start flashing and then connect any Bluetooth device of your choice.

You can also use a 3.5 mm Aux cable if you have a non-Bluetooth playback device. It also has a built-in microphone for taking calls while your smartphone is connected to the speaker. Logitech X100 has a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery and offers 5 hrs of playback time.

Overall, the Logitech X100 is an impressive portable Bluetooth speaker that offers a lot for the price. It is loud, the build quality is good, produces quality sound and has a built-in microphone.

R

Small compact size and good build quality

R

Good Bluetooth range (10m)

R

Good sound clarity

Q

Little distortion at higher volumes

Q

Only 5 Hrs of Playback time

Specifications

Frequency150 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 Ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life5 Hours

9. Portronics DOME

Best Speaker for Bass & Design

The Dome packs 2 powerful 5-watt drivers in and a passive radiator for a great bass sound. It offers a 2000mAh battery which will give you around 8 hours of playback time. Bluetooth 4.1 and IPX4 splash resistance are also a plus.

Portronics Dome is another quality Bluetooth speaker from Portronics, which comes with a different style of design. It looks like a turtle shell. The uniqueness of this budget Bluetooth speaker is its design and the surprisingly good sound quality.

Dome features two powerful 5-watt drivers in the front and a passive radiator behind the speaker for great bass sound production. It also offers a 2000 mAh battery which will give you around 8 hours of playback time. It has Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity and IPX4 splash resistance out of the box.

Portronics Dome has a unique design when compared to other Bluetooth speakers on this list, it looks like a saucer-shaped UFO which is covered with a cotton fabric on top and large volume buttons on it.

The design is ‘inspired’ by the highly popular UE Roll barring the rubberized ring as a nifty addition. The rubberized ring under the speaker can be used as a stand or hang it on a hook, which can go up to 180-degree of angle.

The large volume buttons on the top of the speaker provide good tactile feedback and it can also be used as the song skip button. On the back, you will see 2 buttons which are for microphone and on/off, there is no dedicated button for Bluetooth connectivity.

The bottom side of the speaker is made of plastic material, where it features a passive radiator which delivers good bass thumb. Portronics has managed to make this portable speaker protected from small splashes with IPX4 certification.

Overall, the build quality of the speaker is really good, but not the best on this list. Portronics Dome weighs around 260g which is a little bit heavier than other tiny speakers on this list.

Portronics Dome comes with a 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery which guarantees a backup time of around 8 hours. You will get more than 10 hours of playback time if you are using the speaker in 50-60% volume and an AUX cable for connection.

Dome can be connected to your smartphones or laptops with Bluetooth or an AUX cable. The device is easy to connect via Bluetooth, it also has voice notifications which will let you notified about which connection mode you are in and whether the battery is about to die or not. You can also attend your important calls through this speaker as it has a microphone built in.

If you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker under Rs. 2,000 with decent sound quality, bass and an aesthetically pleasing design, you can definitely go for Portronics Dome. It produces a clear & loud music with a thumping bass. The dual 5-watt drivers on the front and a big bass radiator in the back is good enough to provide good, clear sound and bass.

R

Unique design

R

Well controlled bass, the best on this list

Q

Cotton fabric on the top may become easily dirty

Specifications

Frequency90 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 Ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life8 Hours

10. F&D E200 PLUS

Soundbar Design

This is primarily a soundbar that can be used indoors for private listening. The sound output from this device is loud and clear with rich bass, thanks to the large 50mm driver speakers. It can also be doubled as a mini 2.1 speaker for your TV.

F&D is famous for their speakers as well as cheap home theatre line up in the Indian market. They have some good products that sound great considering the price at which they are offered. The E200 PLUS is the soundbar inspired speaker from F&D that is more of an indoor speaker rather than a portable one at that.

This device has a soundbar design that looks pretty cool and elegant. The wide front grille and the boxy design allows a wider propagation of sound evenly in 180 degrees across the room/hall in which it is kept. The build quality is premium with the speaker having a sturdy feel to it. The device is slightly tilted with the help of two angular grips at the bottom which lets the sound flow straight as well as upwards giving a 2.1 effect.

The speaker on this device is a 50mm driver that is considerably bigger than the competitors and delivers a punchier and louder output. The frequency response of this speaker ranges from 100 – 20,000Hz. The sound output is clear with rich bass and clean mids as well as highs. The response range even though limited, provides detailed notes that are very much audible even when the speaker is placed in a large enough room.

The F&D E200 PLUS comes with an audio out cable bundled with the box which can be used to connect it to a TV or a computer. Also, on the back of the device is a USB port that lets you plug in the USB drives directly on the device to play the music on it. The control buttons are placed on the sides and feel tactile as well as responsive.

The battery on this device can last for about 4.5 hours even while listening to music under maximum volume levels. The device can also be used while charging. This speaker uses Bluetooth v4.0 protocol to connect with other wireless devices in the vicinity.

R

Soundbar design is attractive

R

Loud and rich bass

R

Can be connected to TV via audio out cables

Q

No water resistance capability

Q

Average battery life

Specifications

Frequency100 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size50 mm
Impedance4 Ohms
Bluetoothv4.0
Battery Life4.5 Hours

That sums up our list of the best earphones under Rs.500. We have put together some incredible value for money earphones here. We hope that we have helped you pick the right product.

If you have any queries or if you think we have left out any great earbuds under Rs.500, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below. Subscribe to our newsletter for more such informative content. Cheers!