Speakers have had a great market in 2017 and the legacy still continues with new speakers launching every day. There has been a revolution in the world of speakers as a speaker no longer can do just one thing. It has to excel at everything. Its the rule of thirds. Before we had artificially intelligent speakers, depending on virtual assistants was the only option.
Although now, one has to just speak freely without pressing any buttons no matter where they are in the house to get their stuff done efficiently. The one thing they have to do is to speak a code-word to activate the artificially intelligent beings in the speaker.
Speaking of that, there’s a huge list of things that you can do with a speaker nowadays, which include ordering groceries, setting reminders, calling people, and the most important- cracking jokes!
That is the main reason we were not able to keep this awesome list of the best speakers a secret from you.
So here it is:
1. Echo Dot – Voice control your music, Get news, weather & more (Includes 1 Year Prime Membership worth ₹999) – Black
Amazon’s Echo speakers have been very popular amongst users and speaker fans as it offers top quality service along with Alexa. For those who have been living under a rock and don’t know what Alexa is, it is a virtual assistant like Siri. Although, it is much better than any other voice assistant out there.
This one is a well-built speaker especially made for compact uses. You can place the Echo dot anywhere and not have to worry about it being eloquently visible. But, I suggest you do not underestimate its power. You can play your favorite music, order food from Zomato or Yelp or something, control your home using smart devices which also have Alexa built-in, request cab rides, and of course, shop on Amazon.
It has some cool hardware built-in inside as well. With seven beam-forming, noise canceling microphones, this speaker can hear you from a fair distance apart. Although, as I mentioned earlier, you just have to say the hot-word- “Alexa”.
Apart from that, it contains a regular micro USB slot along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s available in white as well as black. You can also connect your wireless headphones to it and listen to songs from built-in services like Amazon music and Saavn.
But, here’s a deal- If you buy Amazon’s Echo Dot from Amazon itself, you can get a 1-year Prime membership from Amazon worth Rs. 999 for free. It’s available at a very cheap price of Rs. 4, 499 despite all the services it offers. Although, this speaker can only be bought on an invitation. The link to the product page is down below where you can find the option to get an invitation.
2. JBL GO Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Mic
You can call it a beast. With a very small and sleek form factor, what this Bluetooth speaker from JBL provides is awe-inspiring. It weighs just about 132 grams which means that you can carry this around along with you anywhere without much hassle. It comes in 8 different eye-catching colors.
Just like the Amazon Echo Dot, this one also sports a headphone jack to which you can connect almost any form of a device. It also has a lanyard loop that’ll allow you to attach a lanyard or a clip to protect it from falling off your hands.
Speaking of its internal functionalities, it doesn’t have artificial intelligence cause it is just focused on providing a good music experience. To do that, it has a powerful bass along with a full-bodied vocal which definitely makes you feel the music around you.
Moreover, the speaker has a battery capacity of 600mAh of which JBL has promised to provide 5 hours of non-stop music once fully charged. The JBL GO Bluetooth Speaker is available on Amazon for Rs. 1,780. Bang for a buck, isn’t it?
3. Philips BT50B Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Philips has done a decent job with this one. The Philips BT50B Portable speaker looks like a cup as its first impression. Although, when you take a closer look, you realize that it’s actually a speaker. When I first got involved with this speaker, it looked as if it wouldn’t have good sound quality. Although, I was stunned after hearing its spectacular sound, with a perfect bass and clear vocals.
This one is also pretty much rugged as you can take it almost anywhere. You can connect to it using Bluetooth. Its battery lasts for about a day if you don’t use it continuously. Otherwise, it lasts for just 5-6 hours, which is pretty good for a speaker so compact.
It’s also available in some fun colors out which the white one is my favorite. The Philips BT50B Portable Speaker is available on Amazon for just Rs. 1,339. Although, I feel it is a bit overpriced when matched with its functions. But I do recommend it if you are a hardcore music fan and can’t live without having a compact Bluetooth speaker in your backpack at all times.
4. Premium Design wireless Bluetooth Rugby Speaker
This is the cheapest speaker in our list and costs just Rs. 389. Despite its cheaper costs, it is slightly better than the other speakers in this price range. It has a rigid design that feels good in the hands as it’s shaped like a rugby ball.
It connects to any device having Bluetooth pairing capabilities and can play music. Although, the sound quality is not what you’d expect. It is a bit rough and you can hear cracking in the sound over high beats. But this speaker has something more special than any other speaker in any other price range has. It has an HDMI output through which users can cast images, songs, and movies onto a TV.
It also doubles as a USB storage device. Alongside that, you can also add your memory card to listen to music just like on an iPod. This speaker is more like a music player. Now, I should warn you that, despite all its features, it’s going to wear out someday. Although the company that makes this provides a 1-year warranty. But, I’ve noticed mine getting all haywire just after two months.