Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers Under Rs. 5,000

by | Apr 24, 2018

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Smartphones have become powerful, the number of features has skyrocketed, the form factor has evolved over time – but sound output from these devices has been in a stasis for most of the time. That’s where Portable Bluetooth Speakers come handy. Not only does it assist the smartphones around, it can be used as an independent audio playing device too. In this list, we have compiled five of the best portable Bluetooth speakers under Rs. 5,000 that are earmarked carefully to let you choose the best one without much hassle.

1. Samsung Level Box Slim

Overall Best Pick

The Samsung Level Box Slim portable Bluetooth speaker wins the overall best pick title on our list owing to its great audio output as well the stellar battery life of 30 hours. The build quality is commendable and the device, on the whole, is just as perfect as it can get. If you are planning to purchase the best portable Bluetooth speaker under Rs. 5,000 currently on the market, then this can be the one.

Samsung is into everything it seems. Mobile phones, Televisions, Refrigerators – you name a product, Samsung makes it. The Level box slim from Samsung is a portable wireless bluetooth speaker that does a great job considering the price at which the device is offered.

This device comes with two USB cables, one to charge the device and the other one – you wouldn’t have guessed this one right? Well to charge other devices. The Level box comes with a retractable kickstand that will make it easy to place on a level surface with the speaker facing towards you.

The speaker on this device has an 8W driver and is really slim that makes it pocketable. The speaker even though slim is very loud and the output doesn’t lack the punch. It has a frequency response range of 20 – 20000Hz that lets it reproduce the lows, mids and highs in the music with precision. Overall, the sound output is crisp and balanced with the decent amount of bass.

The Samsung Level box Slim is IPX7 certified water resistant. It can withstand being placed underwater at a depth of 1m up to 30 minutes without any damage to the internals. There is no digital display on the device to indicate the charge levels except an array of four LED lights.

Battery life is one of the other USP of this device. Even while powered by a mere 2600mAh Lithium-ion battery, this device manages to last for 30 hours on a single charge. This is much much more than what it’s competitors can do.

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Stellar battery life up to 30 hours

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Excellent build quality

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Great audio output

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No display

Specifications

FREQUENCY RESPONSE20 – 20000 Hz
BLUETOOTHv4.1
BATTERY LIFE30 hours
WARRANTY1 year

2. JBL Flip II

Runner-up Pick

Carrying on the legacy of the Original Flip 1 from JBL, the Flip II has succeeded in repeating the recipe for having excellent sound quality. The design of this portable speaker makes it easily pocketable and to be carried around with ease. Barring the battery life, this device is the best portable wireless speaker on sale in India under Rs. 5,000.

JBL had a great success with the original Flip 1. Users loved it a lot owing to the sound quality it produced that was unparalleled. Now with the Flip II, JBL has improved upon the older model and kicked the features a notch up that will surely make this product worth owning.

The Flip II has a distinct cylindrical design that is light and easy to carry around. The plastic build is of great quality and feels premium in hand. The device comes with a carrying case in the box that will let you tuck this in your pant pockets if you wish so.

The speaker on this device has a driver size of 40mm with a frequency response ranging between 100 to 20,000Hz. The lows on this device are impressive with punchy and well-defined output, the mids are clear and have distinct highs. This device is very loud even at just 65% of volume.

On the connectivity front, the device supports Bluetooth v4.1 Low Energy that is very efficient and consumes only a fraction of power for wireless connectivity compared to the older versions of the Bluetooth protocol. In addition to the Bluetooth, there is NFC which can be tapped to pair with other NFC enabled devices. A 3.5 mm audio jack lets you connect the headphones as well.

The battery life is perhaps the only letdown on this device. The battery lasts only up to 5 hours on a single charge even when listening to the music at normal volume levels. This device can be charged via a micro USB cable by connecting to any power source.

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Excellent audio output

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Sound gets really loud

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The Bluetooth range is over 30 feet

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Mediocre battery life

 

Specifications

FREQUENCY RESPONSE100 – 20000 Hz
BLUETOOTHv4.1
BATTERY LIFE5 hours
WARRANTY1 year

3. Sony SRS-XB2/LC

For Bass Aficionados

The Sony SRS-XB2/LC as the title suggests suits those who are looking for that extra oomph in the music. The build quality is great with water resistance adding value to the overall package. The voice search option will let you switch your tracks or search for your favourite songs either offline or online without even having to reach for the phone.

Speakers and Sony – I reckon bass is the first thing that came to your mind right now. Sony SRS-XB2/LC is one of the products from their XtraBass portable Bluetooth speaker lineup that has been introduced to the Indian market to cater the bass heads and the party heads in tandem.

The Sony SRS-XB2/LC has a compact oval shaped design with a matte finish that won’t pick up fingerprints too easily. There is a wire grill mesh on both the front and back with plastic chassis wrapped around. The button placements are on the top.

This device has two 1.65-inch speakers with a driver size of 42mm that operates around a frequency range of 20Hz to 20,000Hz. The sound output from this speaker is loud and clear. There are no distortions even when the sound levels are maxed out.

The connectivity options on this device are threefold. It uses a Bluetooth v3.0 protocol, NFC and an analogue input that will let you connect your device via a cable to this speaker. There is a phone button on this device that when long pressed will trigger the search function on your smartphone which you can use to search for songs without actually touching the device.

This portable speaker is water resistant. You don’t need to break a sweat while carrying this device outside to the beach or to the pool as occasional splashes won’t hurt the functionality. Those who like to listen to the music with bass, there is an XtraBass button on this device that will vary the level of already rich bass further.

Sony claims that this speaker will last for about 12 hours at normal volume. This may increase or decrease depending upon the volume levels you are listening to music with.

The older Bluetooth version of this device means the power consumption will be more as the protocol is less efficient.

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NFC is present

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Rich bass

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Water resistant

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Older Bluetooth version v3.0

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Voice recognition doesn’t work well

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No Micro SD slot

 

Specifications

FREQUENCY RESPONSE20 – 20000 Hz
BLUETOOTHv4.1
BATTERY LIFE30 hours
WARRANTY1 year

4. Creative Chrono

Honourable Mention

All in one is the keyword when you think about Creative Chrono. A portable Bluetooth speaker, an FM Radio and a clock – the three combined into one single boxy form factor gives you the Creative Chrono. The audio sounds great, battery life is acceptable so does the addition of an FM Radio. This device will suit three of your needs at the cost of a single device making it one of the best Bluetooth speakers currently available in India under Rs. 5,000.

Creative is a Singapore based Global brand specialized in the design, manufacturing and distribution of sound related equipment. The Chrono is a portable Bluetooth speaker as well as an FM Radio/clock device with impressive features and great audio output.

The Creative Chrono has a boxy design with an LED screen in the front for displaying time and the FM station you are tuned in to. This screen has a three-step brightness setting that will let you adjust the brightness according to the day of the time. The body is IPX5 meaning it will let you use the device by the poolside or even in the shower without any fear.

This device consists of a main speaker featuring a full range driver along with a passive woofer that delivers great sound with deep bass levels. The speakers are capable of covering a minimum frequency of 70Hz and goes up to 20,000Hz. The mids and highs are distinct from this speaker.

The built-in analogue FM tuner will let to listen to your favourite music station. The clock face is large and easy to read. The sound blaster app on the Play store/iOS store can be used to tune the stations from your smartphone.

There is Micro SD card slot on this device to add a card with songs in it and play it locally without the help of your smartphone. The Bluetooth technology implemented in this device is v4.2 which is very energy efficient.

Powering the device is a 2200mAh Li-ion battery that the company claims will last up to 8 hours on a single charge.

There is no option to turn off the LED clock face at night. This may bother you at sleep if you are the kind of person who gets easily distracted by lights at night.

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Clock/FM Radio support

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Micro SD card

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IPx5 certified splash resistence

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Always On LED clock face might distract your sleep

 

Specifications

FREQUENCY RESPONSE70 – 20000 Hz
BLUETOOTHv4.2
BATTERY LIFE8 hours
WARRANTY1 year

5. boAt Stone 700

Best Rugged Portable Bluetooth Speaker

boAt Stone 700 is a wireless speaker that is designed to last the test of time. With a rugged build and chunky design, this device won’t break a sweat even if it is thrown just like a stone. The internals is well-protected by the chassis around. Great bass with loud sound along with an IPX6 certification at Rs. 2,448 makes this device one of the best portable bluetooth speakers well under Rs. 5,000.

boAt is a brand famous for its sound related accessories such as headphones and speakers which are often released in the market at a lower price than its competitors. The boAt Stone 700 is an improved version of company’s previous Stone series model, the Stone 600.

Built quality is one of the key aspects of this portable Bluetooth speaker. It has a very 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 clunkiness when its durability is considered.

Powered by a speaker with a driver size of 35mm with a frequency response that ranges between 95 – 18000Hz, the boAt 700 provides excellent bass with clean lows and mids. The speaker gets loud enough to be used even in noisy environments. 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 that might just be the scenario on a poolside or inside your shower. The ports on the device are sealed by tough plastic flaps to block the water from getting in.

The battery on this speaker lasts for about 8 hours on a single charge – nothing too impressive but not bad either. Ruggedness is the main USP of this device and it dutifully sticks to this with the build and design.

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Great bass

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Rugged design

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IPX6 certified

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Bulky and heavy

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Average battery life considering the size of the device

 

Specifications

FREQUENCY RESPONSE95 – 18000 Hz
BLUETOOTHv4.2
BATTERY LIFE8 hours
WARRANTY1 year

6. Zook Rocker Boombox+

Nostalgic Retro Boombox

If you are that person who would love to have an old boombox in your house but can’t find one or afford one, this device might just be the right fit. It sounds OK but nothing impressive to elaborate. The connectivity options on this speaker are something that you won’t find in any other similarly priced devices. If you are too concerned with the sound quality, then there are better alternatives. Otherwise, give it a try. It will be a welcome addition to your showcase.

Zook is a French company that has deep roots in the manufacturing of audio-related equipment. The Zook Rocker Boombox+ is a retro style portable Bluetooth speaker from Zook that will pique interest on those people who are familiar and nostalgic with the Boomboxes from the 90’s.

This device is designed to look similar to the Boomboxes you might have seen either in real life or at least on TV. For the millennials reading this – remember the big box from the Step up movie? The construction is plasticky but it feels durable with no noticeable weak spots on the body. There is a carrying handle attached for easier portability.

There are four speaker drivers on this device namely two 15W speakers, two 1W tweeters along with two bass chambers on the sides. The frequency response range of these speakers varies from 90 – 16,000Hz which is a bit on the shorter side compared to other players in the market. The bass levels are OK and the device gets sufficiently loud. At high volume levels, there are noticeable distortions though.

This device has a plethora of connectivity options in store ranging from Bluetooth v4.2, an auxiliary input, an SD card and even a USB. The company itself markets this device as an outdoor party speaker. Even though portable, the chunkiness and weight hamper the overall experience.

Speaking of battery, the device sports a 5000mAh Lithium-Polymer battery inside that the company claims to lasts for about 9 hours on a single charge.

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Retro Boombox design

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A wide range of connectivity options

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FM Radio

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Sound distortions at higher volume levels

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Heavy and bulky

 

Specifications

FREQUENCY RESPONSE90 – 16,000 Hz
BLUETOOTHv4.2
BATTERY LIFE9 hours
WARRANTY1 year

While our search for the best portable Bluetooth speakers under Rs. 5,000 ends here, yours might just have started. If this list has a product that we can both agree with, great! And if you don’t find a device that we should have included in this post, please let us know below in the comments. Do subscribe to our newsletter for more such awesome content delivered directly to your inbox. Cheers!