- Portable wireless speakers support multiple connectivity options
- The speakers can be used in outdoor conditions
- You can buy speakers from brands like BoAt, JBL, Sony, and more
Bluetooth portable speakers have become a lifesaver for many people. You can use them at home, for listening to music as well as for receiving calls from your phone. And you can carry them outside and use them during holiday trips or treks. These come with rechargeable batteries that last you for over 6 hours and are loud enough to get the party started. You can buy the best portable speakers for under Rs 5,000, and here’s a list of the products in the market.
Things to consider when buying budget Bluetooth speaker
Buying a Bluetooth speaker cannot be complicated. Most people what they want, how they want to use it, and what serves their purpose. To put that into words isn’t that difficult and we help you do that over here:
- Portable design: Bluetooth speakers are generally supposed to be easy to carry. Which means you should prefer brands or models that deliver this aspect. Weight and dimensions of the speaker should be considered when buying, even the form factor plays a huge role on how big or small the speaker is going to be in your bag.
- Latest Bluetooth standard: Bluetooth is a big part of the wireless speaker market, but most of you don’t consider it as a main feature. The latest Bluetooth standard available with the new speakers give you lag-free music and movie experience. Make sure the model you choose offers minimum of Bluetooth 5.0 version.
- Durability: Most speakers you have in the market come with some sort of durability rating. If you get anything with IPX5 or 7 rating, these are mostly water or splash resistant. But going for a speaker with IP67 or 68 rating provides you with the ultimate protection against water and dust.
- Modes of connectivity: Just because you are going for a wireless speaker doesn’t mean having other options is a bad thing. We suggest you also pick a speaker if it offers headphone jack and USB connectivity ports. So that a wireless speaker converts into a regular speaker if needed.
- Battery life: And finally, these speakers may be small in size but one should never compromise on the battery life. It is also recommended that you pick speakers with USB ports that provide fast charging.
1. boAt Stone 1400
BoAt Stone 1400 is the first wireless speaker that we can suggest for buyers in this range. This speaker produces 30W sound output thanks to the built-in 70mm drivers. The speaker lets you connect through multiple modes such as Bluetooth, AUX, and USB as well. The speaker gets IPX5 rating which provides resistance against water splashes during your outdoor trips. It features equaliser mode that can be switched between outdoor or indoor settings. The speaker comes with a built-in microphone which can be used for music playback as well as receiving calls. BoAt Stone 1400 packs a 2,500mAh battery that energises and gives you speaker enough backup, and you can charge it via USB Type C port which can last you for well over 7 hours on a single charge. BoAt also has a special feature that lets you connect two Stone 1400 speakers for double impact output. People have adjudged the Stone 1400 as one of the best Bluetooth speakers in its range, giving you value and performance in equal measure.
2. Sony SRS-XB01
Sony SRS-XB01 is another Bluetooth speaker that comes to our mind in this segment. The speaker offers extra bass output along with punchy sound. The speaker gets IPX5 rating that makes it usable in outdoor conditions and even take near a swimming pool. Sony has equipped the speaker with one-touch NFC and Blutooth support which makes it easy to access both the features. The spunky dual tone colour finish of green and lime yellow brings the extra appeal to users. Even for this form factor, the SRS-XB01 offers battery life of up to 6 hours and has a built-in mic to help you tae calling hands-free. The speaker features a compact design, making it portable to carry around. It has multiple control buttons at the top neatly integrated into the main body, and the headphone jack, USB port for charging are placed at the back. If style with substance is what you need, this speaker is definitely worth going for.
3. Infinity (JBL) Fuze 100
JBL is offering its Infinity series in this range for buyers and we suggest people to consider the Infinity Fuze 100. This compact Bluetooth speaker is easy to carry around thanks to its form factor, and it supports wireless music streaming via Bluetooth. It has speakerphone to support hands-free voice calls as well. The speaker has dual equaliser modes for normal and deep bass output. It gets IPX7 rating for durability against water and you get playback support for up to 9 hours under maximum audio settings. The design of the speaker includes rugged and durable fabric material. In fact, you have this feature, wherein you can pair two of these Fuze 100 speakers with the dual speaker connect technology that amplifies the sound quality in the space. People who bought the Fuze 100 find it value for money, and the sound output is another appeal for buyers.
4. Mi Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker
Next up, you have the Mi Outdoor speaker from Xiaomi which is yet another budget speaker option with durability offered for the listener. It supports Bluetooth 5.0 support for seamless wireless music streaming. The compact design and lightweight nature of the speaker makes it easy to move around and you can carry it in the bag. The Mi Outdoor Bluetooth speaker promises battery playback for up to 20 hours on a single charge. The speaker has mic which can be used to take calls and activate voice assistants. You can carry the Mi speaker to an outdoor party, and the IPX5 splash rating means you do not have to worry about water damaging the device. Enabled Bluetooth 5.0 dual mode to connect with multiple devices simultaneously. It works with Android, iOS and Windows devices to extend its wide range of device compatibility. Buyers love the sound quality and premium design of this speaker, and some even call it the best in its category.
5. Blaupunkt BT52
Moving on to other options gets you the BT52 speaker from German brand called Blaupunkt. This wireless speaker houses dual passive radiators that enhance the volume and 10W quality sound output. It has built-in microphone which doubles up as a speakerphone so that you can take phone calls hands-free. It supports Bluetooth 4.2 version for hands-free music streaming compatible with Android and iOS devices. The design finishing of the speaker includes mesh-like material on the outside which gives it a rugged looked. It comes loaded with a 1,500mAh rechargeable battery that provides you with music playback for up to 6 to 7 hours and you can charge it via USB cable afterwards. Apart from Bluetooth, the BT52 also offers FM Radio, TF card and Aux-in as the other connectivity options to play music. Much to everyone’s surprise, Blaupunkt has delivered with its sound and bass output on the BT52 speaker. Even the build quality has worked in its favour, which makes it value for money.
6. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom
The list also includes Wonderboom from Ultimate Ears, a premium brand with is small and compact speaker for buyers. This pocket size, durable speaker can be your ideal swim partner or even head over to treks with you. And thanks to IP67 rating, it’s fully waterproof, which means the speaker can be easily cleaned, even if it catches dust or gets dirty. Its unique shape ensures you get 360-degree surround sound experience, and you also have physical buttons to control playback and volume of the tracks playing on it. The charging point is safely hidden under the rubbed cap at the bottom, so that water never enters the port. Wonderboom will give you 10 hours of playback support before needing a quick charge once again. UE also has the option to pair two Wonderboom speakers to create true stereo sound experience. It goes without saying that UE Wonderboom is a big hit among buyers, not only for its sound quality but also the features offered by UE in this unique compact form factor.
7. Zebronics Axon
Zeb-Axon is our next choice for buyers in this range. Zebronics is a local brand which has delivered in the budget arena for many years. The unique shape of Axon quickly catches your eye, with the main controls on the side, along with connectivity ports. Axon supports Bluetooth for wireless connectivity, but you can also listen to tracks through USB or microSD card. In fact, it also comes with Aux-In port to help you connect phone through wired mode and convert this into output speaker. It weighs less than 1kg, and with its barrel design you can easily carry it. The speaker includes 2.5-inch drivers that deliver quality sound output at a high impedance level. Axon offers adequate battery life, and supports quick charging as well. The bass output is a quick hit among others with this speaker, who find it value for the money they pay.
8. Amkette Trubeats Boomerfx+
Amkette is another option in the market with its Boomer FX+ speaker that gets twin high excursion drivers and bass radiators to deliver quality sound and bass output. It features a premium metallic finish which makes you believe it costs a lot more. While the acoustic-friendly design gives you the required sound quality. The design will remind you of speakers in the higher range but for the price you get a feature-packed product. It comes with a dedicated button for voice assistant that offers hands-free control to play music or any other command. You get standard connectivity options like Bluetooth, USB, SD card, AUX and FM Radio. And because of its size, it packs a large battery that supports playback for up to 20 hours on a single charge that is enough for your travels. But you can also convert this into a powerbank and charge other devices. Most people suggest you can blindly go for the Trubeats Boomerfx+ speaker, who have been impressed with its build quality, compact design and sound clarity.
9. JBL Go 3
JBL is known name in the market and the new Go 3 is an ideal option for buyers. It features the signature JBL sound output and supports Bluetooth for wireless streaming the music from phone, MP3 player or other devices. It gets waterproof design with IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, providing additional durability and making it the ideal music companion for pool parties. The tiny portable speaker packs a punch and will last you for over 5 hours on a single charge with ease. JBL Go 3 supports Bluetooth 5.1 quick connect feature that provides music and movies without any lags. You can charge the speaker using standard USB Type C cable, giving you more choices, and less hassle of carrying multiple cables. GO 3 is a great product for most buyers, especially those who need a reliable sound provider during treks and don’t want to lug on a big speaker.
10. Mivi Roam 2
We end this list with the Mivi Roam 2 which is a budget choice that buyers can consider. Roam 2 carries a small frame but its sound quality will surprise you. Bass output is a big feature of this speaker, and you surely feel its impact thanks to the 5W quality delivered. Mivi has made this speaker dust, water and drop-proof which is definitely hard to find in this range. Even for a speaker of this size, you have a 2000mAh battery that provides 24 hours playtime, and requires just a few hours to charge fully. But its not just the bass that is noticeable with the Roam 2, you also get rich sound notes and sharp trebles through this unit. Mivi has made the speaker with aircraft grade aluminium which gives it further durability and lasting impact. People who used the Roam 2 find its quality decent, the looks of the speaker are premium and even the sound output qualifies for most listeners.