Wire sets limitation whereas being wireless means freedom. Having a powerful wireless speaker system gives absolute freedom to organize an instant party on rooftop, on the river bank or any place of your choice. Now if you are interested in buying a Bluetooth music system, the Gadgets Shiksha team can help in this.
In this piece, we cover premium Bluetooth speakers which are on sale below 13000 Rupees. The suggested speaker systems capable enough to handle music requirement for a small party at the place of your choosing.
► Sony SRS-XB40 – Bluetooth Party Speakers
Portable Bluetooth speakers come in two major varieties, premium versions, and the second rate versions. If you are looking for a lifelong and high-performance portable speaker, we recommend going for a premium portable speaker. One of the top-rated portable Bluetooth speakers in India is the Sony SRS-XB40. Now Sony is not exactly a new name in the high-end speakers’ category. Particularly, the brand is favorite for high bass stereo systems. Here is what we liked about their all-new SRS-XB40 portable speaker.
Exemplary bass performance: This device is one of the best sound quality Bluetooth speakers in India. Apart from running two full-range speakers, this device also has complementary dual passive radiators. These bass radiators amplify low-end tones so as to boost the bass output. Additionally, Sony integrated its own digital signal processor within this device. The processor augments the sound output with punchy deep bass vibrations. Actually, we confirmed this aspect by playing some bass-rich hip-hop and R&B tracks.
→ Sturdy and Attractive design
Notably, you can tell that the XB40 is built to last from far. To start with, the manufacturer built this device with an IPX5-rated waterproof casing. This means that the portable speaker can withstand any accidental water splashes at any one time. Furthermore, you can comfortably use it near your swimming pool or kitchen sink. Also, we liked the fact that Sony incorporated some decorative lighting on the XB40’s casing. To be precise, the speaker has a rounded multi-colored line light around its front facing, whereas the speakers are fitted with flashing strobes.
Long battery life: What makes this device one of the best Bluetooth speakers in India is the fact that its battery can sustain it for a staggering 24 hours. Most low-cost portable speakers in India can hardly run for 6 hours, let alone play music for a full day.
→ Numerous connectivity options
One grand thing about this Sony speaker is that it does not limit you in terms of connectivity. First, it can play music from other gadgets such as smartphones and laptops via Bluetooth (NFC). Secondly, this device supports Party Chain, meaning that you can synchronize it with other similar portable speakers to play music in sync.
Cons: Has no FM Radio
|Features||Dedicated Button for Extra BASS | Flashy Lights | Up to 24 Hours Battery Life | Water Resistant Design | Easy Connectivity | Make a Chain of up to 10 Sony Party Speaker System | One Touch NFC | Multi-Device Connectivity | Fiestable App Support|
|Sound||Full Range Speaker | Clear Audio+, DSEE | Satellite Speaker Size: 61-mm|
|Build||Dimensions: 279 mm x 100 mm x 105 mm | Weight: 1.5-Kg | IPX5 Rating for Water Protection | Rechargeable Battery|
|Connectivity||NFC | Hands-Free | BT-4.2 | Stereo Mini Jack | USB A Terminal|
|Battery||Backup: 24 Hours | 5400 mAh | 4 Hours Charging Time | Standby Power Consumption 0.5-Watt|
► JBL Voyager Wireless Portable Speaker
Only a few brands in India make quality audio devices and certainly, JBL is one of them. This company is better known for doing new experiments and pushing the boundaries of audio technology. The JBL Voyager Wireless Speaker that comes at the price of 12990 rupees supports my claim. This is a beast generates extreme vibrations of low frequencies and is capable of shaking the ground beneath your shoes. However, it would be better to say in the introduction only that some users will not find the design of this device appealing.
Extraordinary Design: In the box, you actually get two separate speaker units of varying size. The smaller one is the main control unit while the bigger one acts like the stand for the whole setup and is called as docking unit. The whole setup is not portable still you can carry the main unit along after detaching it from the docking system.
Placing the portable speaker unit on top of the dock is much easier. All you have to do is align the JBL logo of former with the markers of the latter. Undocking the system requires just a push of a finger. At the center of the portable speaker is a control pad that features four buttons. The whole setup takes less space on a table but weighs in at 1.14 KG.
→ Connectivity Options
At the bottom of the docking system, one can find all the connectivity ports, including a full-size USB port, a 3.5 mm aux-in port, as well as the power in port. The device supports Bluetooth connectivity, so there is no need of creating a mess on your desk using an auxiliary cable.
A dedicated Bluetooth button turns on the pairing mode and makes the speaker discoverable. Wireless setup is pretty simple and does not require any kind of passcode. However, the whole processes could have been even more user-friendly if JBL had featured an NFC chip on this product.
It does come with an inbuilt microphone that records good quality audio and allows the users to receive calls. The Noise Cancellation Technology enhances the calling experience by eliminating the background noise.
Produces Class Leading Audio: The main control unit and the docking unit together produce extraordinary audio. The whole setup includes two 45 mm driver units and one 77mm woofer unit. Its total RMS output of 30 Watts is enough to shake your room. Deep bass levels make the user’s experience as immersive as it can be. The device has a frequency response range of 20 – 20000 Hz, which is just amazing. However, the audio quality of the portable speaker alone will not impress you much. Therefore, I would not recommend traveling with it in a car.
→ Battery Life of this Wireless Speaker is not that Impressive
To enjoy the music at its fullest, you will be required to keep the docking system connected with the power supply. However, the portable speaker is capable of running without power as it comes with a 1000 mAh battery. But the problem is this battery takes about 2.5 hours to get fully charged and gives power backup of 4-5 hours only.
The one great thing about this speaker is you can charge a smartphone and other portable gadgets using its full-size USB port.
- Generates ground shaking bass levels
- Impressive frequency response range of 20-20000 Hz
- The main control unit is portable
- Does not require a lot of space
- Bluetooth and aux-in connectivity
Cons: Battery life is not that great
Verdict : I would give JBL 10/10 stars for innovation. This device does produce deep bass levels and loud & clear audio. However, you should consider some cons before making the purchase decision. The inbuilt battery is not capable of supplying power to the docking system. Moreover, the power cord that comes along creates a mess. Certainly, the electronic market is full of better alternatives.
|Dimensions||210 X 127 mm|
|Signal To Noise Ratio||80 dB|
|Connectivity||Aux-in and Bluetooth|
► JBL Pulse-2 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
Thanks to the brands like JBL that fancy speakers are becoming popular in the Indian market. Customers these days not only want a good sounding device, but also a good-looking one. Many people appreciated the first generation JBL Pulse speaker when it was first introduced. However, with time, its shortcoming or I should say its cons started to surface up. Therefore, in order to tackle the criticism, the brand recently launched the second generation of this great device. What is more interesting is that it is available in India for an attractive price of 12990 rupees.
Improved LED Lighting: The LED lighting of the original JBL Pulse was a piece of marvel in itself. This time around, the brand has tried to improve the technology behind the LED panel. You can actually see for yourself that the Pulse 2 speaker features a panel that has more pixels than the previous generation. This helps in enhancing the details and makes the animation look more appealing.
Personalize it! The Users get the option to choose any color of their liking for the LED panel. There is a spectrum camera on the device that can sense colors. When you put this sensor in front of an object and press the JBL Prism button, the device will change the color of LEDs to that of the object.
→ Pleasant Design of this JBL Wireless Speaker
The new Pulse looks a lot cooler than the original one. All the control buttons have been moved to the side for easy access. Moreover, it also comes with a dedicated battery indicator. Reinforced design helps this speaker to resist water splashes. Connectivity ports feature a rubber cap, which is not easy to open. It feels really solid and sturdy in the hand. The speaker looks compact, but in reality, it is heavy and weighs in at 776 grams.
Inbuilt Microphone: At the bottom of the LED panel, a narrow vent leads to the inbuilt microphone of this device. Its call quality is good, but do expect to face some level of background noise.
A Bunch of Connectivity Features: One of the main highlight of this device is its JBL Connect feature. Using this functionality, you will be able to connect this device with other JBL speakers. Inbuilt Bluetooth offers a good range, but do make sure that there is no thick wall in-between. Physical connection is also possible, as the manufacturer has featured an aux-in port on it. The users can also install a dedicated application on their smartphones using which they will be able to modify the light show patterns.
→ Excellent Audio
Compared to the earlier generation, the Pulse 2 sounds much better. Frequency response range has been improved by improvising the passive radiator. Bass levels are now quite impressive. However, compared to other speakers in the market, it still lags behind. Vocals and treble levels remain distorted. It will be much harder for you to differentiate between two instruments.
Massive Battery: The light-show LED panel of the speaker eats up a lot of power. Therefore, to solve this problem, JBL has featured a high capacity 6000 mAh battery inside. On a single charge, it offers about 9-10 hours of power backup.
- Inbuilt microphone to receive calls
- Generates loud audio
- Good battery backup
- JBL Connect feature will prove to be of great use
- Dedicate smartphone app
- Features a sensor that detects colors
- Splash proof and durable body
- Pixels density is good
- Distorted and unclear mid frequencies
- Bass has been improved but not enough
Verdict: If you are a kind of person who likes to listen to music while swimming in a pool, then this speaker will be a great option to go for. It creates a great environment in dark situation with its light-show panel. But there is still need for JBL to improve the audio quality.
|Dimensions||8.4 x 8.4 x 19.4 cm|
|Signal To Noise Ratio||80 dB|
|Connectivity||Aux-in and Bluetooth|