Portable Bluetooth speakers come in a wide spectrum of sizes and price. We got to try two recent launches, each from a reputed global brand and each serving its particular niche audience.
JBL Go+: I, me and myself
Now part of the Samsung-owned Harman brand, JBL Go+ is a truly handy speaker and fits snuggly in your palm. Yet it is a little dynamo of clear sound, belting out 3 watts and some 5 hours of music on a full charge of its batteries. The speakers have some noise cancelling features that are useful if you are taking a phone call. I'm guessing its size is made for personal use, not for parties.
This featherweight (200 gm) speaker comes in a durable fabric skin and while the original price is Rs 2799, I could see it on e-biz sites for almost Rs 1000 less.
Blaupunkt BT-100: Join the party
The BT-100 from German audio specialist Blaupunkt seems aimed at small parties with eclectic tastes: hence the choice of music sources: Bluetooth devices, 32 GB SD card, AUX cable and when nothing is available, FM radio. The sound of the 6W x 6W speakers is deep with good bass and the battery is good for 8-10 hours.
Sensibly encases in waterproof casing, for poolside parties which tend to get wet, the Blaupunkt BT - 100 is priced Rs 2,999 -- but online discounts will knock off Rs 500 or so.