Best Bluetooth Speakers Under Rs.3,000

by | Oct 1, 2018

Bluetooth speakers gives you the freedom of playing your favorite tracks anywhere you go – be it on the beach side or at a poolside party.

Since the audio technology that we enjoy today has improved in leaps and bounds, choosing a suitable wireless speaker that impress you has become a tedious task.

To alleviate such worries, we recommend you the best Bluetooth speakers that you can buy with a moderate budget of Rs.3,000 in the Indian market.

Read along to know more!

Best Bluetooth Speakers Under Rs.3,000

1. Sony SRS-XB103DOverall Best Pick
2. JBL Clip 2Runner-Up Pick
3. Noise MateBest Value for Money
4. JBL Go 2Tiny & Compact
5. boAt stone 700Best Rugged Design
6. Anker SoundCore miniBest Battery Life

1. Sony SRS-XB10

Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Suited for bass fanatics
  • 360° sound propagation
  • Extensive connectivity options
Sony XB10 is the least expensive model in the company’s revered XtraBass XB lineup.

Design and build quality

The design of this device is similar to its big brother the SRS-XB2 with a compact cylindrical design having a metal grip 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 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 degrees 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 -20,000Hz response range that will let you listen to all the notes without missing any.

The highs are crisp with deep lows and clean mids. There is no noticeable distortion even when played at high volumes.

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 options

The Sony SRS-XB10 comes with Bluetooth v4.2 Low Energy protocol that drastically reduces the energy consumption when connected with other devices.

There is also NFC as well as the auxiliary cable option for connecting devices without Bluetooth.

The Sony SRS-XB10 comes with IPX5 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-XB10 is the best Bluetooth speaker you might crave for if bass is your jam.

This Bluetooth speaker packs in a punch when it comes to bass filled music and you will feel the thump when listening the same.

The excellent sound output combined with the build quality makes this device reach the top of our list.

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Great bass
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Compact design
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Battery life
Q
Not shockproof
Q
Build quality not up to the mark

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000 Hz
Driver Size46 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery LifeUp to 16 Hours

2. JBL Clip 2

Runner-Up Pick
Runner-Up Pick
  • Best for use in outdoor sports activities
  • Can sync multiple clip 2 speakers
  • Suited for outdoor camping sessions
JBL Clip 2 is the successor to the popular Clip+ adventure based portable Bluetooth speaker.

The Clip 2 has improved upon its predecessor with better build quality as well as an improved speaker.

Design and build quality

The JBL Clip 2 comes with an interesting design that makes it stand out from the “blocky form factor” speakers.

The Clip 2 has a circular design made of plastic wrapped with silicon coating for better grip and handling.

The front side of this wireless Bluetooth speaker has a rugged fabric material that will keep water or splashes at bay.

There is also a carabiner clip on this device to attach this speaker on to your bag or fabric without falling apart while doing any adventure activities.

Speaker and sound quality

This device has a 40mm speaker driver that spans over a frequency range of 120 – 20,000Hz.

The bass although a bit on the lower side, is more of a quality kind than the quantity.

The mids are clear and pronounced and highs are crisp without distortion.

You can also connect two Clip 2 speakers and have an even louder output with distinct bass levels when camping or during other group sessions.

Miscellaneous features

This portable Bluetooth comes with IPX7 certification that will let you intentionally (or not!) submerge this device in water.

There is also an option to attend calls with this device.

The inbuilt mic picks up the voice very well even in noisy environments and the speakerphone is loud and clear.

Battery life

The JBL Clip2 comes with a 730mAh Lithium-ion battery that will last you for about 8 hours.

The charging time of this battery from empty to cent percent is about 2 hours.

The only problem with this device is that it has no Battery level indicator of any sort.

Be it a LED display or at least even a LED indicator – this device features none.

So, if your party gets interrupted suddenly, don’t get surprised!

Verdict

The JBL Clip 2 is the best choice if you are an ardent trekker or an adventure enthusiast.

The device looks stylish and perform well enough to keep the brands good name.

The built in carabiner helps to keep this speaker with you. No matter what you do, it will be held in place.

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Rugged waterproof IPX7 rated design
R
Quality bass
R
Speakerphone functionality works well
Q
No battery level indicator

Specifications

Frequency 120 – 20000Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life8 Hours

3. Noise Mate

Best Value For Money Pick
Best Value for Money
  • All in one Bluetooth speaker
  • Best for indoor use
  • No dedicated app to control the settings
Noise is an Indian company specializing in affordable gadgets ranging from smartwatches to action cameras.

The company has been releasing quality products rich in features recently that gives its competitors a run for their money.

The Noise Mate offers the best value for money features for a portable Bluetooth speaker under Rs.3,000.

Design and build quality

Noise Mate has a plasticky construction with control buttons placed on top and a large LED display up front showing the time, temperature and humidity levels.

The bottom side of this device is covered with a grip rubber that will prevent the speaker from rumbling around when placed on a smooth surface.

At the back of this device is an AUX input jack, a micro USB as well as SD card slot.

Speaker and sound quality

This wireless speaker comes with two 5W speakers with a driver size of 40mm placed on either side.

The frequency response of these speakers ranges from 24 – 24800Hz.

A higher impedance rate of 9 slightly deteriorates the quality of sound output from this device.

Although the highs are crisp and clear, the lows and mids could have been better.

The device gets sufficiently loud enough to fill a small room.

Additional features

The display on the front has three brightness settings and even an option to turn off completely to save your sound sleep.

The alarm on this device can get pretty loud, thanks to the twin speakers and can wake you up from even a concussion, if we may say (sarcastically, of course).

The SD card slot at the back can be used to convert this speaker into an independent media player.

Also, the FM Radio comes in handy when you are bored with your playlist and want a surprise random song to be listening to.

The Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity poses no stress on the battery whatsoever.

Even with a large display on the front, Noise forgot to add a battery percent indicator which is a bit of shame.

Also, adding to the list of shortcomings, this device doesn’t have an app to control it with.

You would have to cycle through the switches at the top manually to get going.

Battery life

The Noise Mate comes with a built-in rechargeable 2200mAh Lithium-Ion battery that will last for about 4 hours.

If you turn off the display completely, the battery backup should see a slight increase.

Verdict

If you are a fan of digital convergence, the Noise Mate is designed with you in mind specifically.

This Bluetooth speaker comes with a host of useful features that makes this device the swiss army knife equivalent in the segment.

Doubling up as an alarm clock and FM radio, the Noise mate is the value for money purchase you can make under Rs.3,000.

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FM Radio, alarm
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Weather display
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Loud sound
Q
Bass is average
Q
No battery percent indicator
Q
Battery life is just average

Specifications

Frequency 24 – 24800Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance9 ohms
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery Life4 Hours

4. JBL Go 2

Best outdoor speaker
Tiny & Compact
  • Easily pocketable
  • IPX7 water resistance
  • Solid build quality
JBL is one of the most renowned Bluetooth speaker manufacturer in the world.

The Go 2 from JBL is an ultraportable bluetooth speaker that is build to accompany you anywhere no matter what the weather conditions are outside.

Design and build quality

The JBL Go 2 is a box shaped Bluetooth speaker that is compact and very tiny.

It can be easily kept inside your pant pocket without bothering about carrying a bag to accommodate this speaker.

The metallic speaker grill covers the entire front section of the device. Rest of the chassis is made up of high quality fibre material.

The buttons are embossed on the chassis and feels tactile and clicky.

With IPX7 certification, there is no worry about this device being used in the rain.

Speaker and sound quality

When it comes to the sound quality, JBL provides a minimum guarantee that will satisfy the audiofile in you for sure.

The JBL Go comes loaded with a 40mm transducer that delivers good quality sound that is worth listening to.

The notes are little bit off but the loudness and clarity of the vocals and the natural bass makes it one of the best Bluetooth speakers priced under Rs.3,000.

Connectivity options

The JBL Go 2 comes with Bluetooth v4.1 and has support for all the latest audio profiles to ensure high quality wireless audio streaming.

There is a 3.5mm AUX in port for allowing this speaker to be connected with other devices having no Bluetooth such as a TV.

Battery life

Inside the JBL Go 2 is a 730mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery that will last for about 5-6 hours on a single charge.

For a compact and small Bluetooth speaker such as the JBL Go 2, this is a decent figure.

Verdict

Looking for a Bluetooth speaker to spice up your pool side party or for use while having the trip to the beach?

The JBL Go is very pocketable and delivers a very satisfying audio output experience for a budget under Rs.3,000.

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Compact design
R
Good sound quality
R
Wide wireless audio profiles support
R
IPX7 water resistance
Q
Frequency response range is a bit narrow

Specifications

Frequency 180 – 20000Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.1
Battery Life5 Hours

5. boAt Stone 700

Best Outdoor Speaker
Best Rugged Design
  • Best companion for outdoor trips
  • Shockproof build
  • Loud sound output
boAt is a brand famous for its sound related accessories such as headphones and earphones.

The boAt Stone 700 is an improved version of company’s previous Stone series model, the Stone 600.

Build quality and design

Built quality is one of the key aspects of this portable Bluetooth speaker. It has a rugged design language that almost resembles the tagline “built like a tank”.

The outer layer of the device is made of toughened fibre that feels almost impenetrable to any damage. The plastic mesh given on the sides is protected by a metal grill.

Although the design looks chunky, this Bluetooth speaker is worth the chunkiness when its durability is considered.

Speaker and sound quality

Powered by a speaker with a driver size of 35mm with a frequency response that ranges between 95 – 18000 Hz, the boAt Stone 700 provides excellent bass with clean lows and mids.

The speaker gets loud enough to be used even in noisy environments.

Miscellaneous

Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity ensures that the power consumption for the wireless connectivity with other devices consumes less power.

This device is IPX6 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.

Verdict

Ruggedness is the main USP of this device and it dutifully sticks to this with the build and design.

The boAt Stone 700 as the name suggest endures the abuses like a stone with no damage to the overall functionality of the product.

If you want such a built like a tank Bluetooth speaker, don’t think twice.

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Great bass
R
Rugged design
R
IPX6 certified
Q
Bulky and heavy
Q
Average battery life considering the size of the device

Specifications

Frequency 40- 20000Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance3 ohms
Bluetoothv4.2
Battery LifeUp to 8 Hours

6. Anker SoundCore Mini

Best battery life
 Best Battery Life
  • Best for use in long trips
  • Elegant design
  • Punchy bass
Anker is a popular Chinese company famed for quality computer peripherals and charging related accessories such as power banks.

The Soundcore mini is a budget Bluetooth speaker priced under Rs.3,000 that competes against the likes from established brands such as JBL and Sony.

Design and build quality

The Anker Soundcore mini looks similar to the Google Home speaker.

The rounded rectangle design is very well reminiscent of many other popular Bluetooth speakers of the past as well.

Available in an attractive shade of black, this compact Bluetooth speaker is made of high quality plastic.

The speaker mesh is placed on the top.

The buttons are embedded on to the chassis which makes them a bit tedious to press.

Speakers and sound quality

The single 40mm driver speaker is placed facing upwards.

The sound from this speaker is loud and has a great frequency response range which covers almost all musical notes.

The 5W speaker does deliver a decent amount of bass which feels quite natural and blends with the mids and highs very well.

Connectivity options

You have the complete set of connectivity options on this budget Bluetooth speaker priced under Rs.3,000.

Powered by Bluetooth v4.0, this speaker works over a range of about 10m from the source without any signal drops or sound variations.

There is an SD card slot on this speaker to listen to your favourite songs standalone without having the need to pair with a smartphone or laptop.

The 3.5mm AUX will let you play the music with devices that lack Bluetooth connectivity as well.

Battery life

Battery life is where this Bluetooth speaker trumps over the others in this list.

This device last for about 15 hours when played with music on moderate volume levels.

This quite a feat and makes this device with the best battery life in this segment.

Verdict

The Anker Soundcore Mini can be the best companion for you in the long off the grid trips.

With an impressive battery life of about 15 hours and decent sound quality, nothing much can go wrong with this purchase.

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Excellent battery life
R
SD card support
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Loud sound output
Q
Buttons are less tactile

Specifications

Frequency 20 – 20000Hz
Driver Size40 mm
Impedance4 ohms
Bluetoothv4.0
Battery Life15 Hours
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