You don’t have to compromise on sound quality anymore if you decided to go wireless. These five portable speakers we’ve picked out are sure to please audiophiles and have enough thump to wake up the neighbours.
Sony SRS-XB43: This one’s party-ready. It’s not just the in-built party lights that are attractive, there’s also a tweeter light, a speaker light and a multi-colour light, all of which flash in sync with the music playing. The 2-way speaker system combines a woofer for low-mid-range frequencies with a dedicated tweeter for the higher-range frequencies. Sony’s Extra Bass gives it that extra edge. With an IP67 rating, this one’s also geared for a beach party that lasts all night thanks to its 24-hour battery life. (Rs 16,990)
Sonos Roam:It may be the most diminutive member of the Sonos family but it punches way above its size and weight (just above 400gm). The audio set-up includes two Class-H amplifiers, a mid-woofer that maximises low-end output and delivers a faithful playback of mid-range frequencies, and a tweeter that creates crisp high frequencies. This IP67-certified speaker is elegantly designed. You can stream via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and it offers voice-controlled integration with Google Assistant. Wireless charging is a handy inclusion. (Rs 19,999)
JBL Charge 5: Take that big room sound to outdoor environments with this portable speaker that boasts the JBL Pro Sound pedigree. It’s packed with an optimised long-excursion driver, a dedicated tweeter and dual JBL bass radiators that make up a formidable package. You can take your music to the shower thanks to the IPS67 rating, while the 20-hour battery life keeps it going. We also approve of the clever in-built power bank that allows you to charge your devices and make sure the music doesn’t stop. (Rs 15,999)
Harmon Kardon Onyx Studio 6: The Onyx makes the cut for its standout design. This is a speaker that can rub shoulders with your living room artefacts. The speaker’s signature round silhouette combines with a premium fabric cover and aluminium handle for easy portability. You can connect two speakers using Harmon Kardon’s Wireless Dual Sound Technology and hook up to two smart devices at the same time as you take turns playing music. (Rs 19,500)
Marshall Stockwell II: The Stockwell II Packs a solid punch despite its pint-sized frame. It’s roadworthy (1.4 kg) and durable, finished in a silicone exterior, steel metal grille and an IPX4 water-resistant rating. Sound quality is a win thanks to the Blumlein Stereo Sound construction that provides the speaker with a multi-directional experience. It’s the future-proof retro design that is the device’s calling card with analogue control knobs for bass, treble and volume. (Rs 19,999)
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