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.
2. boAt Stone 1400
BoAt Stone 1400 wireless speaker offers 30W sound output and supports multiple connectivity modes such as Bluetooth 4.2 with range up to 10 meters, AUX for wired streaming and USB. More importantly, the speaker gets IPX5 rating that makes this an ideal companion for the next hiking trip. It features equaliser mode that can be tuned to outdoor or indoor settings. The speaker comes with a built-in microphone that can be used for music playback and receive calls. BoAt Stone 1400 packs a 2,500mAh battery that charges via USB Type C port.
3. Sony SRS-XB23
The SRS-XB23 is a must have on your buying list. Purely because Sony is a brand that will never let you down with its portable speakers. It offers extra bass sound output that is loved by all, add to that it gets IP67 rating that makes the speaker dust and water resistant. But its use goes beyond parties and outdoor trips. The built-in mic allows you to carry it in the car and use for taking voice calls hands-free. You can also activate voice assistants from Google and Apple via your smartphone to give voice commands. All these capabilities mean nothing if you don’t get adequate backup. Thankfully, Sony is offering up to 10 hours of life with the SRS-XB23 that can be charged using USB Type C cable.
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. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom
The list also includes Wonderboom from Ultimate Ears. This is a pocket size, durable speaker that can handle a swim or two without getting ruined. And since it’s fully waterproof, the speaker can be easily cleaned, even if it catches dust or gets dirty. Its unique shape ensures you get 360-degree sound experience, and you have physical buttons to control playback and volume of the music. 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.
Other options to consider
DIGITEK DBS 007
Bose SoundLink Micro