Any budget above 1000 Rupees is a reasonable budget for a portable Bluetooth speaker. In this piece, we cover top Bluetooth speakers which are on sale in the price range of 1200 to 1300 Rupees. Here you read an in-depth review of top-rated budget Bluetooth speakers. Read also Best BT Speakers Under 2000 Rupees.
► iBall Soundstick BT14 Bluetooth Speaker with Remote
Philips, Portronics, JBL, iBall, Tagg, and Boat are 6 best brands for cheap Bluetooth speakers in the Indian market. From them, my favorite is iBall and Philips. iBall makes cheap gadgets but with excellent build and design that lasts long. I have iBall Headphone and iBall TV Tuner. They are in daily use in the last three years. Thus, if iBall products are cheap, that does not mean they are not sustainable for long-lasting use.
iBall Soundstick BT14 is currently on sale in the price range of 1200 to 1300 Rupees. It is a top-rated Bluetooth speaker under 1500 Rupees. This is one and only low-cost Bluetooth speaker which comes with a remote. On its front side has a tiny LCD screen that also shows time. Therefore, I would highly recommend it for students.
Build, and the design of this portable BT speaker is outstanding. I loved it. The front speaker grill in silver chrome finish adds to the beauty of the design. There are no control buttons. For track and volume control, iBall provides an easy to operate remote. If you are looking for a radio Bluetooth speaker, iBall Soundstick BT14 could be a fantastic option.
iBall designed the SoundStick for music anytime and anywhere. So, it comes with the wherewithal to let you have a music party in a room, in a car, in your office cabin or any place you wish to. You can pair your smartphone with it and then play your favorite tracks and make you time musical. It also has other means of connectivity options such as USB, AUX-in, and MicroSD card.
Here are five best reasons why I think the iBall SoundStick is the best cheap Bluetooth speaker.
- Outstanding build and design
- Feel the pulse of the music played with the microlight effects on the front
- Functional Remote
- Multifunction use
- Digital Watch on the front side
However, the sound quality of this iBall speaker did not impress me much. I am not saying the sound is terrible. I have an iBall Headphone, so I am aware of the fact that what the brand is capable of. iBall SoundStick BT14 portable speaker is all about aesthetic wonder, flexible connectivity, and convenient in use. If you care about depth of sound, look for a better option.
|Sound||3W×2 | Frequency 120Hz -18kHz | Speaker Driver Unit: 40-mm | Impedance : 4 Ohm | S/N Ratio – ≥80dB|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth | AUX-in | USB | MicroSD Card | DC-in for Charging|
|Build||FM | Control: Remote | Dimension: 280(W) x 55(H) x 40(D) in mm | Weight: 270 gms | Charging Time: 2 to 3 Hrs. | Music Play Time: 4 to 6 Hrs.|
|Sales Box||Speaker| Audio Cable | Remote Control | USB Charging Cable | User Manual|
|Warranty||12 Months | iBall Customer Care 1860 300 42255|
► iBall Soundstar Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Radio
One of the best budget Bluetooth speakers on the market today is the iBall Soundstar BT9. Apart from being exceptionally stylish, this device has a total sound output of 6-Watts. We reviewed this gadget hands-on and liked the following features in it:
Excellent Battery: The average charging time for this portable Bluetooth speaker is between 3 to 4 hours. Once fully charged, this device can run continuously for at least 5-hours. For a portable Bluetooth speaker, this battery performance is good enough, now that Bluetooth functionality is quite the power guzzler.
Good Bass output: We can’t complain about the bass output on this device bearing in mind that it has a small body. A small body dictates that the bass drivers are small too. Nonetheless, iBall was able to fit two 3-Watt RMS speakers within this device, thus totaling its sound output to 6-Watts. The passive bass radiator on this device generates good bass output. However, this bass effect clearly if you use the BT9 in quiet environments. Alternatively, you could turn the volume a little bit high, and hear the bass resonate in the background.
FM Radio Support: If you are looking for the best portable speaker with FM radio in the price range of 1000 to 1300 Rupees, the iBall Soundstar BT speaker is an ideal option. The manufacturer incorporated an FM radio on this device. Nonetheless, we noted that the signal reception is not that strong and it could be worse for people who live in remote places. All the same, this FM Radio will work seamlessly in most parts of India. Additionally, iBall included Micro SD support, Aux and USB input options, for those that like listening to music through these channels.
|Features||Powerful Sound | FM Radio | Multiple Connectivity Options | Rechargeable Battery|
|Sound||3W × 2 | 4-cm speaker driver|
|Build||680 Grams | Charging Time 3 Hours | Music Play Time 5 Hours|
|Connectivity||USB | AUX-In | MicroSD Card | Bluetooth|
|Sales Box||IBall Soundstar BT9 | Audio Cable | Charging Cable | User Manual|
► iBall Musi Cube BT20 – Portable BT Speaker with FM
Of late, I came across a very good iBall product, an FM player with Bluetooth speaker. The looks and design of this multimedia device have greatly impressed me. For its current price, which is less than 1000 Rupees, this iBall can be a value for money product by its suave build and impressive sound.
The iBall speaker cum FM player is portable in the build. It has a stylish design and it can produce booming sound as well. Therefore, if you are planning to buy a multimedia speaker around 1000-Rupees, which should also carry the source of all-time entertainment, an FM tuner then this iBall speaker could be one of the best recommendations right now. Read also Portable Bluetooth Speakers between 1000 to 1500 Rupees.
iBall is not that well-known brand when comes to making a speaker. Here another Indian brand, Gujarat-based Intex has the mastery and currently owns a leadership position as well. But iBall has proved with this budget speaker. In fact, I would say compare this iBall speaker with any other highly rated portable budget speaker – whichever way is possible, it would remain an attractive choice.
Build and Design: The main highlight of the build of this iBall speaker has to be its cute design. Made of tough but lightweight plastic, it is easy to carry on a tour, in a travel bag, or to a backyard party. Furthermore, its build is strong, too. This means it wouldn’t crack or break into pieces even if falls from a great height. The credit for that goes to the brand iBall for providing a high quality, suave build. The weight of this is only 164 grams.
When buying a multimedia gadget, one must check the control options. In a mobile phone, though users can control a playlist by the inbuilt audio player interface but the same is not possible in a Bluetooth speaker like the one reviewed here.
iBall Musi Cube BT20 comes with a dedicated button for ON/OFF with a set of buttons, which duplicate for the selection of previous and next track as well as volume increase and volume decrease. Further, to switch between modes of this FM with Bluetooth speaker, it has one more dedicated button.
For connectivity, this FM player comes with one USB port and a dedicated slot for microSD card. With Bluetooth option and AUX support, it is quite a flexible speaker in terms of connectivity.
Battery: According to official assessment, iBall Musi Cube BT20 can play songs in full volume up to four hours seamlessly. In fact, a 500-mAh battery is powering it for being such power entertainer. The battery is rechargeable and that is chargeable fast, too.
Sound Quality: iBall Musi Cube BT20 can generate up to 3W audio but in marvelous loud & clear sound. You can trust this device for organizing small table parties in office, home, and outdoor.
Music is being playable wirelessly is my favorite feature on this Bluetooth player. In fact, just connect it to your smartphone through Bluetooth and play songs as long as you wish to.
In the sales box, iBall adds an audio cable, too, to connect it to another multimedia system & speaker. Moreover, the AUX input is also for allowing use of a headphone to listen to songs and FM programs with it.
Conclusion: I used to believe that iBall products are not durable. However, after being a user of an iBall TV tuner for more than a year now, my trust in this Indian brand has gone up many folds.
Thus, on the ground of product durability, I have no reason to doubt this Bluetooth speaker. Besides, its build and design are par excellence. And, the list of connectivity options it has I rarely see with the products of premium brands like LG and Sony.
Actually, for the great sound quality this speaker could produce, I am yet to swallow the fact that it is being made by iBall. As matter of the fact, the sound quality of this iBall Bluetooth speaker and FM player is quite impressive.
iBall Musi Cube BT20 comes with all such modern features, which often makes premium speakers actually premium on the front of convenience. Therefore, at the current price of 1000 Rupees, GS team rates this FM player and Bluetooth a value for money investment.
|Sound||3 Watts | Driver Unit: 4cm | S/N Ratio: >90 dB | Frequency Response – 80Hz ~ 20kHz|
|Battery||500 Watt; 4 Fours Backup time, 2 Hours Charging time|
|Connectivity||USB, MicroSD, Bluetooth, AUX|
|Modes||Speaker and FM|
► Philips BT64 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with MIC
The iBall FM player with Bluetooth speaker is one recent launch in the market of portable speakers. However, the speaker, which has been a top favorite for Indian music fans, is a product of well-known brand, dependable Philips. Read also Wooden Zebronics Home Speaker with Bluetooth USB and SD Slot.
The BT64 series of portable speakers by Philips is the most reputed and recommended under 1500 Rupees at present. Under the BT64, Philips has presented four well-made variants: named as BT64A, BT64B, BT64R, and BT64W. Among them, however, the BT64B Bluetooth speaker is most popular and being preferred by customers often.
These four are nothing but color variants of the BT64 speaker, actually. Thus, the model BT64B is a speaker in black color. Somehow, the black variant looks much more appealing and elegant. Therefore, my review of the Philips BT64 series Bluetooth speakers is based on what I learned while testing BT64B model in the GS lab.
As far as features are concerned, both iBall Musi Cube BT20 and Philips BT64 are quite similar. However, being optimized for receiving calls and allowing users to even respond calls with a built-in microphone – is what sets this Philips speaker apart and ahead than any other Bluetooth speaker with FM tuner including the one from iBall.
Key features: Being ready to connect with any Bluetooth enabled device and the power of rechargeable battery -makes it a device for anytime music and masti.
I am a big fan of FM programs. FM programs whether done by Vivid Bharati or a private Channel – present music in a meaningful way and thereby entertain listener to its best. Therefore, I often prefer listening to FM programs to playing songs from a set of my own collection. Philips BT64 Bluetooth speaker has the feature of built-in FM tuner, as well.
Thus, the Philips Bluetooth speaker becomes the most-recommended speaker under 1500 Rupees thanks its key features: Bluetooth enabled rechargeable battery and FM tuner.
The feature of built-in microphone for hands-free calling is another quite useful. Use the feature for family calling or telecasting your live conversation with a client within team members in your office. Moreover, its microphone being enough strong helps in catching voice accurately, from a distance as well. Thus, the Philips speaker turns out to be a perfect Bluetooth speaker with FM tuner feature all-in-all.
Build Design: Instead of one speaker unit like the one iBall Musi Cube BT20 has, Philips has made it impressive with two driver units. The total sound output is 1.5W×2=3W and it is not a regular rather stereo sound system. The sound quality of this Philips speaker is not just impressive but very impressive. If my observation of it to be believed, Philips BT64 produces loud and clear sound and that too is rich in Bass.
Since the sound production by this Philips Bluetooth speaker is rich and clear, using it for voice calls often turns out to be a thrilling experience. But I would caution here. Do not have high expectation from this 1250 Rupees Bluetooth speaker. Philips has made it special by providing all the necessary features but it is still a budget speaker. It is also light in weight at 145 grams of its gross weight.
The build and design of this Philips speaker are so-so. To be superior in connectivity, it comes with multiple options that are making it connectable to any audio producing device being sold currently in the world market. The features like Audio-in, MicroSD card reader, Bluetooth, and USB port completes it in terms of connectivity.
The budget Bluetooth speaker from Philips has a rectangular shape wherein all four corners are being rounded up. All the connectivity options are on the top but some three input ports are given on the rear. Going by its shape and size, it is true to its name “portable” in a compact body.
In the sales box of this Bluetooth speaker, Philips includes a USB cable for charging, one carrying strap, quick install guide, and 3.5mm stereo line in cable.
|Sound||3W | 40mm Premium Drivers|
|Connectivity||TF Card( Support up to 32GB), 3.5-mm Audio-in, Bluetooth( Range: 10 Meters or 30 Ft)|