Every occasion demands a reliable music companion. Be it parties, casual get-togethers, or just some alone time. But you also feel the need to listen to your favourite tunes while heading for a trek. After all, the experience is totally different when playing music at the top of a hill. And for that, you ought to have a reliable outdoor-friendly speaker with rugged qualities, so you don’t have to keep it inside the moment it starts raining. Here are the best rugged speakers you should consider for your next adventure trip.
1. Infinity (JBL) Fuze 100
Infinity Fuze 100 is a compact Bluetooth speaker that is easy to carry around. It supports wireless music streaming via Bluetooth and has speakerphone to support voice calls. 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 at the highest audio settings. The design of the speaker includes rugged and durable fabric material. In fact, it comes with a feature wherein you can pair two of these Fuze 100 speakers with the dual speaker connect technology. The Infinity Fuze 100 speaker is priced at Rs 1,499 in India.
2. JBL Flip 3 Stealth
Flip 3 Stealth deserves a mention in this list, purely because it is made for rugged use. The IPX7 rating with durable fabric material gives it the ideal look and ingredients to withstand drops in water or even small splashes. It comes equipped with JBL signature stereo sound output and supports Bluetooth for connectivity with mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and more. It has dual external passive bass radiators for the extra thump in the music. The second most important thing for an outdoor-friendly speaker is long battery backup and a 3,000mAh battery promises up to 10 hours of playback time on a single charge. JBL Flip 3 Stealth will cost you Rs 5,499 in India.
3. Foxin FSBT-701
Next on our list is the FSBT-701 from Foxin. This wireless speaker supports Bluetooth v5.0 standard for music playback that works up to a range of 10 meters. The speaker comes loaded with a 2,200mAh battery that offers up to 6 hours of playback time on a single charge. Foxin has equipped the speaker with a 20W sound output that offers clear acoustics and loud bass. At the top of the speaker, you have physical controls to play or pause music and even control the volume. With the help of the microphone, you can pick up voice calls through the speaker as well. In addition to Bluetooth, you also get other connectivity options like FM, TF Card, Aux-In and USB port.
4. iBall Musi Twins
The Musi Twins speaker supports wireless streaming through Bluetooth. You can detach both the parts to play single unit if needed. The IPX7 rating offers water and dust resistance, allowing you to take it inside the pool or even let it face a splash or two. It features 360-degree stereo surround sound output, and the lightweight nature allows you to carry it with ease. The speaker offers 12 hours of playback time on a single charge and full battery charge takes up to 6 hours. Musi Twins features a built-in microphone that lets you take voice calls handsfree.
5. boAt Stone 260
boAt also features on our list with the Stone 260 portable but rugged Bluetooth speaker. It may be small but does not compromise on the sound quality and performance. The Stone 260 gets IPX5 rating that gives it water resistant and shockproof durability, allowing you to carry it for outdoor hikes, cycling and more. The build quality of the speaker includes durable silicon with rubber matte finishing that keeps it in good shape for a long time. It comes with Bluetooth 4.1 standard for connectivity and packs a 1,000mAh battery that will easily last you for over 8 hours on a single charge that takes over 2 hours. Even for its size, the speaker has microphone that allows you to take voice calls.
Other options to consider
DIGITEK DBS 007
Bose SoundLink Micro