Update: November 2020
Infinity Fuze Pint Deep Bass - Best Value Compact Speakers
Infinity, a sub brand of JBL/Harman offers good value products and the Fuze pint has done the same. Although, there was a lot of competition in this segment the Infinity Fuze Pint takes the spot for the price and features that it offers. It is a tiny little speaker that is easy to carry in small bags or even your pocket. Build Quality is good as is the case with other bluetooth speakers. It comes in 3 colours, has a dual equalizer modes, voice assistant integration, can take calls. The sound output has a bit of punch which implies that it is more towards the bass side. Hence if you are the one who likes more clear vocals(mid's) and highs we suggest you go for the Mi Compact Bluetooth Speakers which is more caters to the non-bass audience. Infinity Pint does not come with any water protection technology which is sad, but if you want an alternative you can go for the Infinity Fuze 100 which comes which has a better sound quality and comes with an IPX7 water protection and also has a longer battery life.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Portable - Best Mini Portable
Ultimate Ears (UE) owned by Logitech, manufacturers speakers designed to an audience who appreciate good build, looks and quality. UE Wonderboom is an excellent small sized speakers with good performance, great build quality and a decent battery life. It is certainly loud for the size and this is due to the powerful 2 x 40mm drivers it has. The sound reproduction was clear and loud and was very neutral. You get a 360 degree sound output unlike other speakers where the looks say but at actual are one sided. The build is rugged and can handle any impact, scratch, and water immersion. It also floats when dropped in water. It comes with a mammoth 33m bluetooth range which means that you can control the speakers from different rooms in the house, you hardly find speakers with such range. With all said it misses some common features like voice assistant integration,call feature,aux input.All in all this is a great speaker at this size segment and will really be a treat to own.
Boat Stone SpinX 2.0 - Best Value Standard Size Speakers
Boat the Indian Brand that we know makes good value speakers and that is why their product has managed to take the value spot in the Standard Speaker Size Segment. Boat Stone SpinX 2.0 is a decently crafted speaker with good grip, good button tactile feedback in an aesthetic design. Powered by 2 x 40mm Drivers with dual passive radiators. The sound quality is neutral, by that we mean that it does not highlight any mids or highs and hance a balanced output. Although we would have liked it to be louder but at this price point we would not bargain more. It comes with an 8 hr play time and requires hrs for full charge. Comes with an IPX6 Water resistant protection which is great. Has Aux Input, Card Reader, can be paired with similar speakers which is great. It comes with a tripod thread hole similar to DSLR cameras which allows you to attach it to a tripod.
Sony SRS-XB33 - Best Standard Size Speakers
Sony needs no introduction as a brand and for the experience they have for the past 25 to 30 years since their inception. Its true that they are going through tough times but boy, they have come up strong with at least their portable speaker line up to say for now. Sony SRS-XB33 is part of the latest line-up along with the XB23, and XB43 the XB23 being more lower end and the XB43 at the higher end. The XB33 is an excellent product and deserves the 'Best Standard Speaker' Crown with its powerful 30W output from the 2 Full Range Drivers. The drivers have a proprietary design which Sony calls it X-balanced speaker for louder sound and less distortion. The sound in actual is loud and the lows,mids,and highs are well represented. Basses are Deep and the highs are clear. It supports Bluetooth 5.0 and has support for the AAC Codec but not AptX. Support for AAC will ensure that songs from your iPhone are reproduced with less loss. The battery life is advertised as 24 hrs but this is true for the stamina mode and at the extra bass mode you should get a battery life of around 8-12 Hrs at 80% volume. Speaker can be charged through the USB-C port and has a USB port to charge other devices. It comes with Sony Party Connect which allows you to pair with other Party Connect Sony Speakers. Speakers are rugged and are dustproof, waterproof and washable confirming to the IP67 standard. The speaker can be controlled through your phone using Sony's Fiestable App which allows you to use motion control gestures.
Boat Stone 1500 - Best Value Party Boombox
Boat Stone 1500 convincingly clinched the Best Value Spot in the Boombox Category. It is a great package for the price it is available in. Dual Drivers with Dual Passive Radiators combine to give an output of 40W. It gives a loud and clear reproduction of lows, mids, and high. Battery life is not so great as it lasts only 8hrs with a charging time of 4.5 Hrs. Hence you will have to be careful when during outings and be very mindful of the battery life. The build quality of the speakers are good and is crafted well. It comes with a 3.5 mm Aux In and USB Slot to play songs from your thumb drive. It supports the FLAC Losless Format. It comes with a microphone and can take calls. It has twin equalizer modes- Indoor/Outdoor. It is equipped with IPX6 Water and Shock Resistance which is necessary as outdoors always bring surprises. It has TWS Feature- which means you can connect 2 speakers at once. It has a 10m range through the Bluetooth 4.2 Technology.
JBL Boombox - Best Party Boombox Speakers
JBL too needs no introduction and are the top players when it comes to speaker market. The JBL Boombox clinched the top spot in the Boombox Party Size Segment due to the sheer power it offers and being the best speaker to rock parties for which this segment is for. Coming to what’s under the hood, It comes with 2 massive 4"woofers and two 20 mm tweeters to do the job which is huge. All sound ranges were lively, vibrant and what sets this apart is the power and thumping base that it provides which we could not ask for more. It supports bluetooth 4.2 and has no support for AAC nor AptX which we feel is a bummer, this goes to show that it is really meant for those party environment were rock, metal and electronic sound elements dominate. For Audiophiles and for those classical vocal music lovers looking for a speaker in this size segment we recommend going with the Marshall Kilburn II which has one of the most accurate sound reproduction, comes with Bluetooth 5.0 and AptX Lossless Codec Support. Coming back to JBL, It is IPX7 Waterproof which means it can sustain immersions in water for 30 mins and also floats on water by nature which is great for parties dominated by swimming booze lovers. It comes with 24 Hr battery life which cannot be expected if you play it at above 50% volume and takes around 6.5 hrs to charge. It comes with an AC Adapter for direct use with an electrical outlet. It has 2 USB ports to simultaneously charge two devices, also Aux-In is provided. There is a presence of a micro-USB port which JBL says is for firmware updates. It comes with Voice Connect, Stereo Pairing, JBL Connect+ to chain with other JBL Connect+ Speakers.