UE BOOM 3
Logitech’s Ultimate Ears portfolio of Bluetooth speakers have carved a niche with their funky design language aside from terrific sound that is a given in this category. The BOOM series occupies the premium end of the UE portfolio, and the latest iteration — the BOOM 3 — doesn’t deviate from the brand’s design template.
There are a couple of subtle design changes, like the two-toned high-performance fabric, and the BOOM 3 comes in a choice of three colour variants, including a funky sunset red.
Ultimate Ears introduced a new Magic Button: This versatile button offers a host of music controls and you won’t need to keep hunting for your phone to manage controls on the speaker.
The BOOM 3 is IP67 certified. You can throw this into the water or trek through a dusty track without a fuss. Aside from this, the BOOM 3 more than packs a punch.
Each speaker has a carefully balance audio and 360-degree sound. The device also delivers on battery life, clocking an impressive 15 hours. We would have liked to see a USB type-C charging slot but the placement of the Micro-USB charging slot is clever. You can charge the speakers even as it continues to belt out music. The BOOM 3 is portable enough for a road trip but is also formidable enough to power a house party.
All you need to do is hit the Live Sound button and this speaker transforms itself into a powerhouse that goes way beyond its size. This speaker pairs effortlessly with your smartphone via Bluetooth or with the one-touch NFC connectivity. It also has an intuitive companion app that offers multiple settings and options.
The Sony SRS-XB41 offers a unique three-dimensional audio experience and enhances low-end tones with bass a solid boost. You can add zing to your house party with its multi-coloured line-light and flashing strobe. And then there’s the 24-hour battery life and IP-67 all-weather form that make this quite a strong proposition.
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay P6
Designed by award-winning Danish designer Cecilie Manz, the attention to the tiniest details in this stellar speaker finished in pearl-blasted aluminium and a double layered leather strap is impressive. The cleverly crafted hole pattern design on the aluminium grill of the P6 allows sound to be spread evenly. Its ‘One touch’ button can be customised and also includes the option to access Siri or Google Assistant. An additional amplifier with powerful bass combines with ‘True360’, Bang & Olufsen’s signature sound experience.
Marshall Kilburn II
Forget the audio specs, this one's retro design is a winner for us. The design echoes the legacy of rock ‘n’ roll with a solid metal grille that seeks inspiration from the steel mesh grille found on microphones. The guitar-inspired carrying strap is a cool touch. The speaker delivers 20 hours of battery life and also features a handy visual battery indicator. It’s no slouch on the sound department: This 36-watt speaker is constructed with Blumlein Stereo Sound and engineered to belt out multi-directional sound.
Bose Home Speaker 500
Bose’s strong audio pedigree is not the only reason to consider this premium device. It also incorporates smart speaker capabilities. Alexa is baked in. This means you have instant access to weather reports and the day’s breaking news; of course, you’ll need to ask! Two custom drivers point in opposite directions to bounce sound of the walls, resulting in a wider soundstage than any other smart speaker. This one is a smart speaker and a great audio device rolled into one, and looks elegant enough to occupy pride of place in your living room