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A Portable Bluetooth Speaker is a handy accessory to have for your laptop or smartphone, but plucking one out of the herd can sometimes be a tedious task, given the sheer number of options in the market be it JBL By Harman, Bose Inc., Marshall, Sony, etc. 

You have speakers in all shapes and sizes, ranging from a few hundred rupees all the way up to INR 50,000 and beyond. 

All the Portable Bluetooth Speakers available nowadays offer comfortable and effective solutions to almost all your speaker-related problems. 

This blog includes 7 steps that will guide you through the steps you should keep in mind while purchasing a Portable Bluetooth Speaker while taking Marshall Portable Bluetooth Speakers in contrast with Bose Portable Bluetooth Speakers.

1. Connectivity

When we talk about connectivity, we are basically looking at:-

The range at which the two devices can stay connected.

The Range of Connectivity of a Bluetooth speaker is an important part of calling a Bluetooth     Speaker, Portable. Bluetooth speakers connect at varying ranges. Most will reach distances of around 30 feet (9 meters) all the way up to 100 feet (30 meters), depending on the size and style you choose. 

You should always go for one that will meet your needs. Both Bose Speakers and Marshall speakers have a range of up to 9 meters will light up your houses as well as your pool parties and outdoor adventures.

If the speaker can be connected to a mobile or a laptop in more than one way.

Bluetooth is one great way to connect a device with a wireless speaker, but have you ever tried NFC Pairing? 

It makes the task of pairing two devices a child’s play. Just keep the devices together, give a couple of seconds, and there you go, NFC is an easier and a way faster way to connect two devices than our traditional Bluetooth Pairing but it’s important that both the devices have an NFC system.

Bose Speakers are equipped with the NFC system whereas Marshall Speakers lack the NFC Technology

If the speaker itself can be connected to more than one speaker or not.

This is an extremely handy quality in any speaker. Both Bose Portable Speakers as well Marshall Portable Speakers are capable of delivering this via their Mobile Applications available on Play Store.

2. Sound Quality

There is no doubt that this is one of the most important parameters. At the end of the day, if we are going to buy a speaker, it is because we want to listen to music much better than we usually do with our mobile phones or laptops. 

Ok, but having that clear, how do I know that the device has a good sound quality.

Now where most of the blogs would talk about Output power, Range Of Frequencies, Impedance. We would recommend you to test out the speaker if you are buying it In-store or to check out some videos and reviews before you purchase a speaker.

Sound Quality should never be compromised while assessing a wireless speaker but it should also be relevant to your reason for purchase. Marshall Speakers are more heavily built and can accommodate more amplifiers and speaker equipment and have a higher sound quality; if your concern is to play the speaker outdoors and Bose Speakers are more of lighting up the room or home kind of speakers.

3. Battery Backup and Quick Charging 

You are with your family listening to music on your speaker and suddenly, the speaker turns down.

Some models have batteries that allow up to 10 hours of music playback with a single charge. Normally one should get at least 6 hours of playback. Charging time is another thing to look for. 

Some models offer fast charging while others don’t. Longer hours of Charging as well as fast charging are important irrespective of why you purchase the speaker. 

Portable speakers like Bose SoundLink Revolve+ and standard Bose Soundlink Revolve come with a battery life of 16 hours and 12 hours respectively on a single charge whereas The Marshall Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker comes with a portable playtime of 20+ hours on a single charge.

4. Design

Alongside the features of a Bluetooth Speaker, we all are intrigued by the uniqueness and serenity of its design.

With the changing times, the speakers are becoming more and more compact and aesthetic. The choice of design is something we leave as your own personal choice but we recommend you check for Speakers with the most relevant design as well as include all the features.

Marshall Speakers have had and continued with their classic design. They are heavy, robust, and classic but the older model might lack some features whereas Bose has more modern designs that are compact and easy on the eyes. Both Marshall and Bose Speakers are unique in their own classic and modern way.

5. Controls  

All of us prefer our surroundings to be as simple as possible and this goes for everything we do we use and this is why speakers with non-complex controls are preferred over the complex ones (Unless customized), that said; One should always look for the simpler and compact or robust and more complex, based on how they categorize complex and non-complex.

You can understand most of the controls by ready the user manual and if not you can always contact customer support.

Marshall Speakers have an image of having complex controls but that’s not true, they carry an aesthetic design that is mixed with simple and comfortable controls whereas Bose Speakers have simple and more futuristic controls with built-in voice assistance from Alexa as well as Google Assistant.

With today’s technology and with an In-built virtual assistant each and everything can be done on a whim with a voice command.

6. Durability

The durability of the speaker is an important aspect and it is important irrespective of the reason for purchase. A durable speaker is better than a non-durable one. Look out for the material and the weight to see if the speaker is durable or not. 

This deems important as nowadays we prefer to pay hefty prices and we deserve quality and durability for the price we pay.

We can also talk about its water resistance based on your requirements. Water Resistance Ratings range from IP00 - IP69K, where IP00 means unprotected and IP69K means protected from jet-stream cleaning. Most Bluetooth speakers are water-resistant and can survive water splashes.

Bose Portable Home Speaker has a water resistance rating of IPX4 whereas Bose Soundlink Micro is Waterproof and has a water resistance rating of IPX7 which means that it can be submerged in the water and still work perfectly.

7. Value for Money

Everything kept constant prices are the one thing that attracts the most attention. You should go for a speaker that meets all your requirements and should always choose a speaker that is worth the amount you spend.

We can see a pattern in prices that shows that the amount charged is always directly proportional to the number of features offered.

We would recommend you to take a look at your budget and buy the best Bluetooth speaker that includes the best design, durability, controls, etc.

Conclusion

The best way to choose a speaker that's right for you would be to check your requirements, audition it as the sound, and the remaining factors are almost all very subjective so it is impossible to gauge how good a speaker is by simply reading the specifications. Look at all the elements stated above and choose the best speaker with the most features and the one that defines the price tag!

Take a look at some of the best speakers available at Global Gadgets.

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