Sony PUMPX (SRS-X2) Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
From a long time, Sony has acquired a special place in the portable speaker market. The brand is famous for making products with better sound quality, elegant design, and durability. Its PUMPX (SRS-X2) Wireless Bluetooth Speaker has impressed a number of experts around the world. Currently, it is selling with a price tag of 5,609 rupees. In addition, I am telling with absolute certainty that you will not regret this purchase.
The speaker features a metallic grill on the front that adds to durability. Rubberized finish on the outer shell extends to the back panel and offers a soft touch feel, but is also a fingerprint magnet at the same time. Moreover, it weighs in at just 500 grams. Even though this Sony speaker looks compact, but you will not be able to fit it inside your jeans pocket.
You will find easy to tune this Sony speaker with a dedicated control panel, which consists six different control buttons. The rear rubber feet are slightly shorter than the front ones this tilts the speaker’s face to give better audio output. Moreover, it is available in three different color variants including red, black and white.
Bluetooth and NFC Connectivity
For a universal connectivity, Sony has put an aux-in port on the back. However, you will not have to carry always an aux cable along because the device supports Bluetooth connectivity. Its wireless range of about 30 feet is decent enough but heavily depends on the line of sight. If there is a thick wall between your smartphone and the speaker, then the music stream will face interruptions. An NFC chip at the top allows for faster Bluetooth pairing.
Can Receive Calls
This Sony speaker also sports an inbuilt microphone. It is capable transferring high-quality audio, which means you can make conference calls with decent audio quality. To receive a call all you have to do is press the button that comes labeled with a phone icon.
Class Leading Audio Quality
Underneath the speaker mesh is located a system of two active and two passive driver units. The total RMS output of 20 Watts makes this device suitable for small parties. Both the active drivers measure 45 mm in size and are capable of generating crisp and clear audio at higher volumes. The Clear Audio Plus Virtual Surround Technology enhances the stereo effect. Better sound staging ensures the user gets better audio imaging of different musical instruments playing in the background.
If you are not satisfied with the mid and high frequencies that this speaker produces, then be sure to press the special “Sound” button. It changes the equalizer settings and enhances the vocals. You will certainly like the bass performance of this device.
Average Battery Life
The driver units have an impressive impedance level of 8 Ohms, but that does help in increasing the battery life. In spite of a power battery backup inside this speaker, if you listen to music at full volume, then the battery will not last more than five hours.
An LED light on the back of this speaker indicates about power backup status. Continuous LED blinking confirms low battery, which becomes stable once you connect it with electricity through a portable charge.
- Strong and sturdy outer shell
- Rubberized finish gives a premium feel
- 2 active driver units give total RMS output of 20 Watts
- Passive drivers for generating deep bass levels
- Special sound mode
- Bluetooth and NFC
- Good quality microphone
- Battery life is not impressive
In 6000 rupees price segment, this Sony speaker is a worthy purchase. I would recommend this speaker to those friends want the best quality music anytime anywhere.
|Dimensions||171 x 60.5 x 56.5 mm|
|Connectivity||Aux-in and Bluetooth|
Harman Kardon Esquire Mini Portable Wireless Speaker
Rising smartphone penetration has given a life to portable speaker’s trend in India. We are aware the limitation of a phone speaker. That is why music lover prefers an external speaker to the inbuilt loudspeaker of a smartphone.
Moreover, improving technology and falling price have also played a major role in portable speaker success in Indian market. Nowadays portable speakers are affordable, produce high-quality audio and remain functional for many years.
The Harman Kardon Esquire Mini is one such portable speaker that comes in a solid compact body. However, let me tell you in the beginning that you will not impressed with its audio quality.
The design of this portable speaker blew my mind on the very first look. It is small enough that you will not face any difficulty in carrying it inside the pocket of a skinny jean. To carry this cute speaker outdoor, the brand ships a hand strap in the sales box. Fix the hand strip on this speaker to secure your hold.
It is a feather-light device, as it weighs just 238 grams. Metallic band on the edges gives a premium feel to the outer shell. The speaker mesh is made of plastic but is quite sturdy. You can place this device on any kind of surface as it features a unique kickstand on the back. All the control buttons are located at the top and give nice feedback. There is even an LED indicator on the front of this speaker. Another great thing is that one gets the option to choose from four different color variants.
Offers Good Power Backup
Harman Kardon was able to fit a massive 2000 mAh battery inside the outer shell of this outdoor speaker. On an average, you will get up to 8 hours of power backup. However, do remember one thing that the battery life largely depends on the volume levels. Therefore, a clever way to save juice would be to listen to music at lower volumes. Moreover, it takes about 3-5 hours for the battery to get fully charged. The onboard full-size USB port allows the users to charge other devices, which is really an appreciable feature.
Dual Microphone Setup
On this speaker, you can make uninterrupted and high-quality calls. There are actually two microphones on it, the first one of which is for recording or streaming audio and another is for noise cancelation.
You can pair a smartphone, tablet, or a laptop with this speaker wirelessly using the Bluetooth connectivity. On the left side, the manufacturer has also featured a 3.5 mm audio in jack for universal compatibility.
Undesirable Audio Quality
The speaker features a twin driver setup for generating the stereo effect. Both the driver units give a total RMS output of 8 Watts. Our quality test shows the wireless speaker fails to produce loud and clear audio. In spite of the brand markets it as one suitable audio solution for picnic and wood fire party, its outdoor performance is not impressive.
The frequency response range of 180 – 20000 Hz clearly shows this speaker model cannot produce deep bass levels.
The audio quality is manageable at lower volumes but distorted at the high volumes. In fact, its high volume performance is so poor that listen to music becomes a painful experience for the end users. Other manufacturers like Bose and Jabra are offering much better sound quality in this segment.
- Can be put inside pocket of any size
- Generates stereo effect
- Lightweight and handy
- Attractive and durable body
- Features a kickstand on the back
- Also comes with a hand strap
- Calling feature with echo and noise cancelation technology
- Good battery life
- Can be used as a power bank
- Worst audio quality at higher volumes
- Bass levels are really bad
As I have already discussed in the introduction segment, the Harman Kardon Esquire Mini portable speaker is not a good solution for high-quality music listeners. It just serves the purpose of a compact, lightweight, and portable audio listening device.
|Dimensions||140 x 75.4 x 24 mm|
|Connectivity||Aux-in and Bluetooth|
Skullcandy Air Raid Speaker
Among Hip-hop music fans, Skullcandy is a popular brand. In addition, it has been credited for premium yet affordable speakers appreciated for best in class audio production.
The recent product launches by the brand indicate a shift in the market strategy. It is expanding more in the portable and wireless speaker segment. For this article, we have selected the Air Raid Bluetooth speaker, which is one best selling portable speaker designed for rugged usage.
The Bluetooth speaker Air Raid is one popular portable audio device in the market, even appreciated by experts all around the world. Currently, you can buy this speaker for an amount of 10000 rupees.
Can Survive Drops and Water Splashes
The main frame of this speaker is made of steel, which are a material used in high-rise buildings and flyovers to provide strength as well as elasticity. It comes covered with a case made of silicon from three sides. This case absorbs the vibration resulting from drops and provides durability to the speaker.
Liquid material is the worst enemy of electronic products. That is why the manufacturer has sealed every part of this portable speaker. There is no way even a single drop of water to enter the circuitry.
Portable speakers for rugged and outdoor usage carry an ugly design, in general. However, this Skull candy product is a bit different. The brand offers a perfect balance between built quality and looks on this product.
Truly speaking, the built and design of this speaker are excellent, particularly the outer shell is very tough. It renders feel of a military grade product.
A special compartment on the right side houses the power key, battery indicator, and carry hook. It also features a heavy usage metallic handle on the left side. A rubber flap covers connectivity ports positioned on the back of this speaker. The control buttons are big in size and are much easier to reach. You will find all these buttons located on the front.
Immersive Sound Solution
The Supreme Sound technology helps this speaker to produce crisp and clear audio at all the frequencies. It sports two 50 mm driver units that give much high output. It generates loud audio to shake the ears of your neighbors. Bass performance is not that great but is not bad either. You will feel the vibrations of lower frequencies for sure.
I did not experience sound distortions at higher volumes. It produces vocals with great accuracy and the treble levels are impressive too. However, the imaging performance of this product is terrible as everything is mix up.
Good Connectivity Options
You will not face problem in connecting this speaker to a smartphone or any other devices. It offers Bluetooth connectivity range of 33 feet. Voice prompts help a lot in pairing up a smartphone with this speaker. A 3.5 mm aux-in port on the back lets the user connect devices physically. Another great feature is the end user also gets an auxiliary cable in the box. Unfortunately, there is no NFC chip on this device, which will disappoint many customers.
Decent Battery Life
The speaker is mainly for outdoor usage and the brand Skull candy offers a massive battery for nonstop music. One 100% charged battery offers 14 hours of music playback, as claimed by the manufacturer. However, our test shows if you play music at a low volume, then the battery performance will be better. While testing this product, we got around 9 to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge, which is impressive.
- Drop and water resistant
- Durable body
- Comes covered in a shockproof silicon sleeve
- Metallic handle
- Compact design
- Produces high-quality audio at all volumes
- Appreciable battery life
- Lacks NFC
This Skull candy portable speaker is a perfect audio solution for adventurous ride. It generates loud and clear audio that will certainly blow your mind. I would have appreciated more if it had featured an FM Radio and NFC connectivity.
|Dimensions||5.5 X 2.5 inches|
|Connectivity||Aux-in and Bluetooth|