Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers under Rs. 3,000

by | Apr 24, 2018

Speakers on your phone might not always impress you – agree? If you do, you must have thought about having a Bluetooth speaker with you to listen to the songs in full glory. But, hey choosing a Bluetooth speaker online in today’s scenario isn’t easy at all. Don’t worry mate! We have chipped in at the right time to give you a short yet curated list of best 5 portable Bluetooth speakers under Rs. 3,000. Read along!

1. Sony SRS-XB10

Overall Best Pick

The Sony SRS-XB10 won’t disappoint you in terms of the quality of sound output it produces. Those who like bass would love to have this device by their side for sure. The balanced sound output in all directions will ensure a satisfying music listening experience. The long-lasting 16-hour battery life will keep your music playing uninterrupted even when you are away from the grid. We would definitely recommend this device as one of the best, if not the best Bluetooth speakers under Rs. 3000.

Sony XB10 is the least expensive model in the company’s revered XtraBass XB lineup. 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, covering the speaker. 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.

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. The speaker facing top gives a balanced 360 degrees sound output in all directions.

This portable Bluetooth speaker comes with an inbuilt mic to attend handsfree 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. 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. 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.

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.

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

Specifications

FREQUENCY20 – 20000Hz
DRIVER SIZE46mm
IMPEDANCE4 ohms
BLUETOOTHv4.2
BATTERY LIFEUp to 16 hours

2. JBL Clip 2

Runner-up Pick

The JBL Clip 2 is a portable Bluetooth speaker targeting the extreme adventure loving people who love to carry a speaker that is ultra-portable and durable in the harsh environments. The sound levels of this device are great, with crisp vocals and punchy bass. IPX7 will offer you peace of mind and carabiner clip will let you hang this wherever you may please without the fear of losing it midway during your adventure.

JBL Clip 2 is the successor to the popular Clip+ adventure based portable Bluetooth speakers. The Clip 2 has improved upon its predecessor with better build quality as well as an improved speaker.

The JBL Clip 2 comes with an interesting design that makes it stand out from the “blocky form factor” speakers we have usually seen. The Clip 2 has a circular design made of plastic wrapped with silicon coating for better grip and handling. The front side of the 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.

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.

This portable Bluetooth comes with IPX7 certification that will let you intentionally ( or not! ) submerge this device in water up to 1m depth for about 30 minutes without any damage to the product. 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.

The JBL Clip2 comes with a 730mAh Lithium-ion battery that will last you for about 8 hours on a single charge. 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! Barring this jinx, the JBL Clip 2 is one the best portable speakers under Rs. 3,000.

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

Specifications

FREQUENCY120 – 20000Hz
DRIVER SIZE40mm
IMPEDANCE4 ohms
BLUETOOTHv4.2
BATTERY LIFE8 hours

3. Noise Mate

Best Value For Money Pick

The Noise mate scores in the feature list department for its shortcoming in the sound quality. Although the sound lacks bass, it is loud enough to be a causal speaker. The FM Radio and alarm features add value to the price at which it is offered. An SD card slot lets the device be used as a standalone music player. If you are looking for a feature-rich wireless speaker and can compromise on the bass, the Noise mate is one of the best value for money product you can buy in India.

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.

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.

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.

The display on the front has three brightness settings and even an option to turn off completely to save your sound sleep if you’re that sensitive to the light at night. 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 Noise mate comes with a built-in rechargeable 2200mAh Lithium-ion battery that will last for about 4 hours on a single charge. If you turn off the display completely, the battery backup should see a slight increase. 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.

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

Specifications

FREQUENCY24 – 24800Hz
DRIVER SIZE40mm
IMPEDANCE9 ohms
BLUETOOTHv4.2
BATTERY LIFE4 hours

4. boAt Stone 600

Best Budget Pick

The boAt Stone 600 is one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can find if you’re on a tight budget. It is superbly well-built and produces surprisingly good sound. It has great battery life, amazing build quality and most importantly a superb sound quality for the price.

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.

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Superb sound quality
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Great bass output
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Good build quality
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Waterproof design
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The design is not attractive

Specifications

FREQUENCY40 – 20000Hz
DRIVER SIZE40mm
IMPEDANCE4 ohms
BLUETOOTHv4.0
BATTERY LIFE8 hours

5. Philips IN-BT120/94

Honourable Mention

The Philips IN-BT120/94 does best in what it is intended to do – Wireless audio streaming. With no additional bells and whistles, this device delivers great quality audio with distinct lows and mids and crisp highs without any distortions, even at the maximum volume level. If you are in search of a simple, yet powerful Bluetooth speaker online, this is the one you might want to consider.

The Philips IN-BT120/94 is a budget wireless speaker from Philips that’s quite minimal in features but works very well considering the sound quality it produces. If you are looking for a no-frills attached portable Bluetooth speaker under Rs. 3000, this device will suit your needs.

Speaking of the design and build quality, This device is a triangular shaped bar with ports on one side and buttons on the other. The materials used for construction are good quality and the speaker feels sturdy and durable in hand. The grilled design looks minimal yet aesthetically appealing to the eyes.

This device flaunts two 50mm driver speakers facing front and a bass radiator in the centre. The larger driver size enables this device to have loud output as well as deep and rich bass. The frequency range of these speakers spans between 70 – 20,000Hz and doesn’t miss on notes in this range. An impedance rating of 3 ohms means the speakers can deliver quality output consuming less energy.

On the connectivity front, this device uses Bluetooth v4.0 protocol to communicate with the host. There is also a 3.5mm auxiliary input to connect with those devices that have no wireless connectivity options built in.

The battery of Philips IN-BT120/94 lasts for up to five hours on a single charge. Be sure to know that, battery life estimations on devices such as Bluetooth speakers are purely subjective and mainly depends on an individual’s listening pattern.

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Great sound with rich bass
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Good build quality
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Minimal yet elegant design
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No FM Radio
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Average battery life

Specifications

FREQUENCY70 – 20000Hz
DRIVER SIZE50mm
IMPEDANCE3 ohms
BLUETOOTHv4.0
BATTERY LIFE4-5 hours

Yay! The list of the best portable Bluetooth speakers under Rs. 3,000 is here. Have you made up your mind? If yes, thank God we’re in the same boat. If not, wish us better luck with our next list that might have your favourite product spot on. If you feel that we’ve missed any products that you think should be on this list please do let us know in the comment section below. For more such awesome buying suggestions and constantly updated product lists, do subscribe to our newsletter. Thank you.