Audiophiles adore Bluetooth speakers for their versatility, ruggedness, and portability. Only if choosing your ideal hip-hop companion were that simple. You can’t willy-nilly pick up a Bluetooth device and bring it home. You’d want to inspect the product and understand what it offers before you put in your hard-earned cash.
Every manufacturer wants a piece of the Bluetooth audio cake, resulting in flooding of the market with both knock-offs and quality devices. Don’t be swoon by the uber fancy designs of a speaker, instead focus on performance and features. If the design is important to you, bravo!
But what good is a fancy-looking Bluetooth speaker that will leave you out to dry with an average audio experience when the next BTS track comes out? Try to find the sweet spot between the two.
Don’t let these riddles get to you, take a gallery walk through our list and familiarize yourself with what the best products in the market are offering, and for what price. While some of these come with a traditional configuration, others provide an exceptional 360-degree audio experience.
To help you find your music companion, shall we begin?
- Best Bluetooth Speakers Under 2000 Rupees in 2020
- 1. Best Overall: boAt Stone SpinX 2.0R
- 2. Best Runner Up: Germany’s Blaupunkt BT52
- 3. Best Under 1500 (INR): boAt Stone 650
- 4. Best Value for Money: Saregama Carvaan Mini 2.0
- 5. Best with Bluetooth 5.0: Boltt Fire-Boltt Xplode 1500
- 6. Best Battery Life: Infinity Fuze 100
- 7. Best Portable Speaker: JBL GO 1st Gen
- 8. Best with Built-in Mic: Philips BT64B
- 9. Best Budget-Fiendly: F&D W5
- 10. Philips BT50W/00
- Frequently Asked Questions
Best Bluetooth Speakers Under 2000 Rupees in 2020
Before we get to the list, let’s identify what’s really important.
- Output Power: Bluetooth speakers are small devices that are often purchased for outdoor use where there could potentially be a lot of white noise. A device with a small output power might not deliver loud enough audio. Alternatively, if you plan on using the speakers indoors only, you might be able to save some cash by opting for average output power.
- Battery Life: An inherent consideration for portable speakers is the autonomy it provides on a single charge. Poor battery backup could easily cause frustration and deteriorate your weekend outing mood. It’s best to spend a very small additional amount on a device that gives a solid battery backup, so you never have to go anywhere without your playlist.
- IP Rating: Bluetooth speakers will be just as exposed to dust and water as you are, at least when you bring it outdoors. If you don’t want to splurge on a device that you can carry into the pool, aim for a basic dust and water resistance rating so your device can deal with minimal exposure to dust and water.
These were the fundamentals that make a Bluetooth speaker fit for an average customer, and will help you understand what to look for in your device as you explore our list of best speakers under 2000 (INR).
Alright then, it’s time to jump into the reviews!
1. Best Overall: boAt Stone SpinX 2.0R
The ordinary-looking BT speaker from boAt is far from ordinary with a jam-packed feature offering and its wireless daisy chaining – which boAt calls “True Wireless.”
The SpinX 2.0’s 21.3 x 9.3 x 8.4 cm cylindrical design is reminiscent of a look made popular by JBL’s Flip series. The device’s edges are made of rubber-finish plastic and the speaker’s body is covered with fabric. Four buttons protrude out of the device’s body that let you control the volume, playback, and power. At its base appear two ports: Micro-USB and an AUX. The device packs in 2 6W drivers accompanied by 2 bass radiators that deliver quite a bit of power, subject to the audio.
You have two options to connect with the device – Bluetooth v4.2 (with a 10m range) and an auxiliary port. The device is powered with a 2,000mAh battery which boAt claims lasts for about 8 hours on a single charge that takes close to 3.5 hours. Ideally, though, the battery on the SpinX 2.0R lasts for a few minutes short of 7 hours with average usage. Using the “True Wireless” feature, however, will tax the battery harder.
The boAt SpinX 2.0R delivers better value for money against other similar products from brands such as Sony or JBL. Its feature portfolio resembles that of the JBL Flip 4 that is priced significantly higher at about 7,000 (INR), so if you had your eyes set on the Flip 4 but refrained owing to the price tag – this is your device! The device’s strength is drum-and-bass tracks, but there’s some distortion in the mid-range and low range. An easy fix for the distortion is to keep the volume below the 80% threshold.
The “True Wireless” technology, however, makes a world of a difference to the audio quality. True Wireless is an alias for daisy-chaining, which means you connect two speakers wirelessly to play the same music. If you want your audio quality to be as close to the JBL Flip 4 as possible, it’s recommended that you buy 2 boAt SpinX 2.0Rs. The smaller price tag actually makes it feasible to buy a pair of these speakers. For best results, place the speaker horizontally because vertical placement will obstruct one of the bass radiators.
The boAt SpinX 2.0R has an IPX6 dust and water resistance, which means it can weather through accidental splashes and occasional exposure to rain. boAt ships the device with a one-year warranty in two color variants – Charcoal Black and Cobalt Blue. Except for the mid-range output issue, the boAt device is well-placed to compete with other Bluetooth speakers in this price segment.
- Powerful bass
- True Wireless feature works excellently
- IPX6 Water Resistance
- Decent Battery Backup
- Mid-range output could be better
2. Best Runner Up: Germany’s Blaupunkt BT52
The minimalist-looking boxy wireless speaker has a fabric mesh on its front and comes from a German brand Blaupunkt. The brand has performed splendidly in the car audio systems market and is now entering the race for the rapidly expanding personal audio segment’s market share with its BT52.
The 22.2 x 12.4 x 8.6 cm Germany’s Blaupunkt BT52 is held in place by two rubber pads to keep the speaker from vibrating at high volumes. The plastic-bodied device has a simple box shape and comes in two color variants – Black and Blue. The device camouflages well in your room and is hardly noticeable. The control buttons appear on the top and the connectivity options are placed on the right panel.
The panel has a power button, a memory card slot, a 3.5mm AUX jack, and a Micro USB port. The sober design may hold a lot of appeal for a particular section, while none for the others. You can choose to play the FM if you’re feeling lucky, or carry it in your car for conference calls. That’s right, the in-built microphone enables you to use the device for conference calls.
BT52 delivers a 10W output through the two 40mm drivers and a dual passive radiator to produce a rich bass. The Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity provides a 10m range, claims Blaupunkt. Although the brand suggests the 1500mAh battery will keep it together for up to 7 hours, it lasts for a little over 6 hours. The audio quality is crisp and rich without any distortion even at full volume. The speaker comes in two color variants – Black and Blue.
The highly portable device comes with some powerful features that can drive your audio experience exceptionally well. And all this, at an extremely pocket-friendly price.
- Rich bass
- Crisp Audio Quality
- In-built Microphone
- FM Tuner
- No Water Resistance
3. Best Under 1500 (INR): boAt Stone 650
The successor to boAt 600, the boAt Stone 650 has an aesthetically appealing design and has a premium feel. It is another product from boAt that is armed with some nifty features that make a Bluetooth speaker stand out.
The cuboid-shaped device’s speaker grill has diamond-shaped protrusions while both ends have a rubber covering. The protrusions give a hint of a premium feels to an already elegant speaker. boAt’s logo appears at the center, and operating buttons at the device’s right include the power and playback buttons.
On the rear of the speaker’s right edge are slots for AUX, Micro USB, and SD Card. A notification LED and an in-built mic feature on the speaker’s front right edge. If you want to screw the device onto a tripod, you’ll find a port underneath the speaker.
The Stone 650 delivers a 10W output through its 5W dual-driver stereo setup to give you an immersive audio experience. The speaker also sports a passive bass radiator at its rear which functions much like a subwoofer. The radiator amplifies the bass for music that is bass-intense to polish the delivery of audio. The speaker’s output can be unbelievably loud, but the audio quality tends to deteriorate as you turn the volume up.
The speaker comes with Bluetooth v4.2 for wirelessly connecting to your smartphone and gives you a 10m range. Powering the device automatically turns on the Bluetooth and flashes a white LED notification. This could unnecessarily drain the battery if you use the AUX port more than the Bluetooth. The 1800mAh battery provides up to 7 hours of autonomy on a single charge which takes about 3.5 hours.
The IPX5 dust and water resistance makes the device immune to the occasional water spills and most outdoor activities, but keep it out of the pool. boAt ships the Stone 650 with a one-year warranty in three color variants – Black, Red, and Navy Blue.
The robust device with its 5W dual drivers delivers punchy bass and an outstanding audio experience. It also brings the durability of an IPX5 rating and a premium design. If these features click with you, it’s an excellent device offered at a decent price.
- Powerful Output
- Premium Feel
- Durable Device
- In-built Microphone
- IPX5 Water Resistance
- Distortion at the Upper Spectrum of Volume
4. Best Value for Money: Saregama Carvaan Mini 2.0
A characteristic apparent from the name, Carvaan Mini 2.0 is a portable variant of Saregama’s Carvaan Bluetooth Speakers. Saregama has played its cards well and carved out a niche for its excellent modern-retro combination accompanied by portability, giving this device an edge in a very specific segment of the market.
The Carvaan Mini 2.0 is sprinkled with some retro on a modern Bluetooth-speaker design. The device’s retro-ness is primarily driven by the pictures of legendary singers like Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar on the grill. The portable box-speaker has a retractable FM antenna affixed on its rear. Playback buttons and the power button feature on the top panel of the speaker.
It’s 11 x 4 x 8 cm size lets it easily slide into most pockets. The Carvaan Mini 2.0 also ships in plenty of color variants which include – Green, Orange, Blue, Brown, Moonlight Black, Regal Blue, Saffron Orange, Sapphire Green, and Sunset Red.
The 5W speaker is fine-tuned for classical music and focuses on the vocals rather than the bass. This is in line with its USP that aims for nostalgia, so it’s unfair to expect a punchy bass from the device. It’s also sufficiently loud for outdoor use, buying it a spot among the top Bluetooth speakers available today.
The speaker connects wirelessly through Bluetooth and has an AUX port if you want to plug it into your smartphone or laptop. There’s a USB port so you can stick in your pen drive if you’ve loaded it with some retro music. The Lithium-ion provides up to 5 autonomous hours on a single charge, maybe lesser when you use Bluetooth or FM. A Micro-USB on the device means easier accessibility to chargers so you can top it up as needed.
The audio quality is excellent and sticks to its element, with pre-installed songs delivering the best audio performance. There are no bass radiators to pollute the organic audio experience, and the sound remains consistent without crackling even at the highest volume.
The Carvaan Mini 2.0 is not water-resistant, so it’s best not to venture out with it when it’s raining. What would have made a huge difference for the device is the inclusion of a shuffle button. The pre-loaded tracks play in their preset sequence which can feel monotonous after a few times. Scooping for a song from the 351-track playlist can be impartially painful.
The device’s performance and the novelty factor push up Carvaan’s rank almost all the way to the top in its price segment. It’s a feature-rich device that mounts both the retro and modern elements just right.
- Retro-Modern Element
- Excellent for Classical Tracks
- 351 Preloaded Tracks
- Plenty of Color Variants
- Extremely Portable
- No water resistance
- A shuffle button would’ve been nice
5. Best with Bluetooth 5.0: Boltt Fire-Boltt Xplode 1500
The Boltt Fire-Boltt Xplode 1500 is among the best performing Bluetooth speakers currently in the market and comes from a global wearable technology brand based in India. It sports a rugged tank-like look and is a perfect travel buddy, even for wet climates – given its IPX7 water resistance rating.
The boxy build of the speaker gives it a rather rugged feel with silicon-coated chassis and a front metal grill covering. Boltt’s device feels ample durable and can weather through some harsh usage effortlessly. The embossed buttons appear on the top silicon covering while the input and output ports are placed on its rear – protected by rubber flaps to make the device IPX7 water-resistant. Boltt ships the device in 2 color variants – Black and Green.
The 17.5 x 8.8 x 6.4 cm Bluetooth speaker delivers a 5W output wirelessly through its Bluetooth v5.0 technology, or through the USB port, SD card slot, and AUX port. The device’s Bluetooth connectivity will run solid within a 10-20m range. The device’s 1200mAh Li-ion battery pulls it through 7 hours, as against the 8 hours claimed by the company – which is still plenty. It juices up from 0 to 100 in a quick 2.5 hours. The device can be made into a TWS stereo surround system by connecting two Xplode 1500s at once.
The audio quality is up to the mark with powerful bass and crisp vocals. The bass radiator accompanied by a 40mm speaker driver does a spectacular job of delivering a decent bass without overpowering the vocals. It also has an in-built microphone so you can use it to take calls and talk for hours. However, you might experience a slightly distorted output beyond the 80% volume threshold.
The IPX7 water resistance makes this Bluetooth device fit for swimming pools and beaches, so you never have to go anywhere sans your music.
This is a Bluetooth speaker that floods you with features across the board and is accessible to even wafer-thin budgets. If you can let go of the minor high-volume distortion, get ahold of this piece of gem.
- Rugged Design
- Excellent Durability
- IPX7 Water Resistance
- A Good Balance Between Bass and Vocals
- Above Average Battery Life
- Latest Bluetooth technology
- Some Distortion Beyond 80% Volume
6. Best Battery Life: Infinity Fuze 100
JBL has become a name synonymous with Bluetooth Speakers, perhaps because it entered the product segment before most other brands. Given JBL’s mature portfolio of products, a large share of its speakers tends to have a slightly bigger price tag. Fortunately, that’s not an issue with Infinity Fuze 100 that comes from Harman Kardon, the company behind giants like JBL and AKG.
The compact featherlight device is easy to carry around so you can slip it into your pocket as you head out for a hangout session. The 11.9 x 9.7 x 9.6 cm drum-shaped body looks quite durable that will withstand occasional drops. The Bluetooth speaker is IPX7 water-resistant so feel free to go dive into the pool with the device still on you. The device delivers a 4.5W output and comes with an in-built microphone so you can take your conference calls away from your smartphone or laptop.
The Bluetooth v4.2 provides a good range of about 10-20m, or you can use a wired AUX input connection. A USB port and SD card slot, however, are missing. The Lithium Polymer battery gives a 9-hour autonomy on a single charge, which beats most other devices by a small margin.
The Fuze 100 will sugar-coat your playlist as you play your favorite tracks, and deliver audio that beams rich notes and deep bass. It also features a unique Dual Equalizer function that enhances the bass and impact of the music. To pump your music with the Dual Equalizer, press the Volume +/- button simultaneously and you get your groove on. The device also gives you quick access to Siri/Google Assistant by tapping the power button twice.
The IPX7 water-resistance of the device makes it immune to excessive water exposure so don’t get your sweat on if you spill some Chardonnay on it or drop it in the bathtub. The Bluetooth speakers also boast a Dual Speaker Connect technology which lets you connect two Fuze 100s for a louder and enriched surround sound experience.
The Infinity Fuze 100 ships with a one-year warranty in three color variants – Black, Blue, and Red. Except for the absence of a USB port and an SD Card slot, the device offers a giant basket of features that make this Bluetooth speaker worth every penny.
- Compact Design
- IPX7 Water Resistance
- In-built microphone
- Dual Equalizer Function
- Dual Speaker Connect Technology
- Quick Access to Siri/Google Assistant
- Lack of a USB port and an SD card slot
7. Best Portable Speaker: JBL GO 1st Gen
JBL is no stranger to the segment and has, for long, pushed some excellent audio devices into the Indian market and JBL GO Portable is no exception. JBL has also developed 2 sequels to the device – JBL GO Plus and JBL GO 2, but our focus will be the 1st Generation JBL GO.
Harman products generally have a very clean, sharp design and JBL’s Go has made no deviations here. The 8.27 x 3.08 x 6.83 cm boxy minimalist design fits easily into your trouser pockets and weighs about 133 grams. The device’s material is consistent with Harman’s choice of tough plastic, with rubber finished protection at the edges and the rear. At the top is a panel from where the control buttons protrude, with its sound-emanating front covered with a perforated grill.
The device delivers a 3W output and connects to other devices wirelessly via Bluetooth within a 3m radius. Alternatively, you could plug your smartphone or laptop into the 3.5mm AUX jack, or use the Micro USB port to stick in your pen drive. Along with the connectivity ports, the right edge also comprises a microphone providing you additional mobility during conference calls. The JBL GO activates Siri/Google Assistant when you long-press the play button.
The 600mAh battery runs for about 5 hours on a single charge which seems below average. The speaker performs surprisingly well for mid-range and treble, and it’s plenty loud for its size and covers a 250sq.ft. room fairly well. The highs, mids, and bass beyond 180Hz are detailed and pleasant. The 40mm drivers of JBL GO operate between the 180Hz to 20KHz frequency range so it can’t deliver a decent low-frequency sub-bass.
JBL ships the device with a one-year warranty and in 8 color variants – Black, Yellow, Pink, Blue, Grey, Orange, Red, and Teal. This is a compact, power-packed Bluetooth speaker from one of the best in the business. It does have shortcomings, but with such a small price tag, the device manages to over-deliver through a superior line-up of features.
- Compact design
- In-built microphone
- Plenty of color variants to choose from
- Excellent Highs and Mids
- Quick access to Siri/Google Assistant
- No water resistance
- Short Bluetooth range
- Poor sub-bass
8. Best with Built-in Mic: Philips BT64B
Philips doesn’t play around. Philips BT64B is another well-articulated product from the Swedish brand that provides maximum utility in a compact and lightweight device that can accompany you on anything from a small picnic in the park to road-trips.
The design has an uncanny resemblance with the JBL GO, except for the BT64’s curved corners. The front of the speaker features a perforated grill with the Philips logo. The LED on the device turns yellow when charging, blue when connected via Bluetooth, and green when connected with the AUX, and alternates between green and blue when you tune into the FM.
The sharp boxy design with curved corners is a slight variation of the JBL GO’s design and isn’t fooling anyone. The 11 3.2 x 5.6 cm rectangular cuboid is featherlight at 145 grams and compact enough to be parked inside your pockets.
The 40mm speaker drivers deliver a decent audio output clocking in 3W of power. The sub-bass remains poor, but it makes up for it with an excellent performance with the highs and mids. The speaker connects with your device using its Bluetooth v4.0 wireless technology that provides a 10m range. There’s a 3.5mm AUX jack for wired connections, or you could plug in an SD card of a maximum 32 GB capacity into the Micro-SD card slot.
The BT64 packs in a 1000mAh Lithium Polymer battery that gives you 6 autonomous hours on a single charge. The device is not water or dust resistant so you’ll need to practice caution during the monsoon and keep it shielded from any water spills.
Philips ships the device with a one-year warranty in two color variants – Black and Sky Blue. The device is a close cousin of the JBL Go in a number of parameters but comes with a slightly smaller price tag. The standard of the product is unquestionably decent given the brand backing it.
- Compact design
- In-built microphone
- Excellent Highs and Mids
- FM Tuner
- No water resistance
- Poor sub-bass
9. Best Budget-Fiendly: F&D W5
F&D has introduced a perfect travel companion in its W5 that will add a musical component to your environment, whether you’re at the beach or chilling on your patio. The brand is among the oldest to manufacture Bluetooth speakers, and it has topped up its product offering with the F&D W5 Bluetooth speaker.
The device sports a rugged design and a compact cubic body that is made out of low-grade plastic, which is generally a common shortcoming among all devices in this price segment. The front of the device from where the sound emanates is covered in a plastic mesh. Silicon control and playback buttons protrude off the top of the speaker.
The Bluetooth speaker performs as advertised through the 40mm speaker driver and delivers a 3W output. You can also plug in a pen-drive or an SD Card into the respective ports, or use an AUX cable for a wired connection. The speaker is sufficiently loud and clarity is decent, but the bass is not the W5’s strongest suit. It connects with your devices through Bluetooth v4.0 and gives you an above-average range of 15m.
The 600mAh battery pulls it through 4 hours of playback at best, as against the 6 hours claimed by the spec sheet, on a single charge that takes an hour and a half. You can use either the DC mains or a power bank to charge the device through its Micro USB port.
F&D has advertised the product as Waterproof but hasn’t mentioned an IP, so it’s best to be careful about the device’s water exposure. There’s a built-in microphone that lets you converse over conference calls when you’re away from your laptop or smartphone.
F&D provides a one-year warranty on the W5 and ships it in two color variants – Black and Green. The device manages to provide all the basic utilities of a Bluetooth speaker at an extremely reasonable price tag. If you’re on a super-slim budget, the F&D W5 should definitely make it to your top 3.
- Ideal for travel junkies
- Rugged design
- In-built microphone
- Above average Bluetooth range
- Poor battery backup
10. Philips BT50W/00
The Philips BT50W/00 comes with a unique anti-clipping function meant to enhance the clarity of the audio at high volume. The featherlight device weighs only a minuscule 90 grams and provides great portability. The speaker gives a big sound that “fits in a fist,” as marketed by Philips.
The drum-shaped device has a panel that features the power, standby, mode, and playback buttons. The 6 x 6 x 7.5cm device comes in a wooden enclosure and delivers a 2W output power.
The Bluetooth technology enables wireless connection with the device which also features an AUX jack for wired connections. The Li-ion battery lasts for a maximum of 5 hours on a single charge, which seems acceptable. The speaker delivers a sonic audio quality with excellent immersion. The vocals are crisp and calibrate well with the volume. However, the bass delivery is pretty average.
The device’s Anti-Clipping function enables the device to receive input signals in the 300mV to 1000mV range. Activating the function results in a distortion-free delivery of audio at high volumes. Don’t be skeptical about any damage to the speaker either, since the music signals are strategically controlled by the anti-clipping feature to keep the music within the amplifier’s range.
Philips ships the device with a one-year warranty in three color variants – Blue, Grey, and White. The BT50 is an extremely portable device that delivers crisp audio and brings along some neat features to supplement the compact size. If this is something you can get behind, hop on for a musical ride with this beauty decorated in your fist.
- Extremely portable
- Crisp audio
- Anti-Clipping feature
- Average bass \output
Frequently Asked Questions
Most users will do just fine even with an average range because, given the purpose and mobility of a Bluetooth Speaker, it is unlikely you’ll be very far from it when playing music. The range is important if you want to use it outdoors while you move around a little bit. A short-range will require you to reconnect with the speaker if you slide a little too far, while a good Bluetooth range will sail through without interrupting your music.
Daisy-chaining allows you to connect two Bluetooth speakers so you can derive a better surround sound. It enhances the output potential and immersion of the audio. The feature may have a varying name across brands, though – but they all essentially boil down to pairing two speakers for playing your audio.
Not entirely. You’d still want some basic dust and water resistance to guard it against accidental water splashes which are bound to occur unless you’re extremely careful. You might, however, do fine without an IPX7 rating if you don’t plan on swimming with the device still on you.
The list comprises top Bluetooth speakers that rule the 2000 rupees segment. If you choose one of these products after factoring in your expectations, it’s unlikely that you’ll go wrong. Merge the considerations that we’ve discussed with your expectations and budget, and that should give you your ideal choice.
Our top pick boAt Stone SpinX 2.0R is armored with some powerful features and comes with a mouth-watering price tag. It brings you the “True Wireless” technology with an IPX6 water resistance rating to give you an all-round audio experience. Another excellent choice is Germany’s Blaupunkt if you’re keen on an in-built microphone and an FM Tuner.
If you like your speakers with a hint of retro, consider the extremely portable Saregama Carvaan Mini 2.0 that is pre-loaded with 351 audio tracks. But we get it, some people would stick to the classic JBL devices. Take a quick look through the Fuze 100 and the JBL GO; both with their unique set of features.
Gauge these devices based on your budget and expected features. Ask if yourself if you want to focus on the aesthetics, the audio quality, the presence of a microphone, or something else. Consider the trade-off of these features with the budget using this list – and that should bring you a mighty fine device loaded with your favorite features.