Ace the Bass
The heat is up, the monsoon is late, and it is the best time to have pool parties to help cool you down on the weekends. It goes without saying that no pool party is complete without music, but the sad truth is that most traditional speakers and music players aren't built to perform around water, which creates a huge risk every time you drag the equipment and all the wires to the poolside. A great solution for this issue is Bluetooth speakers that come with waterproof or water-resistant features to help them survive exposure to moisture. Sony's XB or Extra Bass series is a great example of such speakers, that can not only survive rough outdoor use but also deliver a much needed Bass Boost to the tracks. The SRS XB-22 is the latest one to get an update, which has brought a new design to the popular mid-range speaker.
This new design features sleek lines that feature LED lights that can sync up to the music. The speaker gets a solid new body made from a matte rubber/silicone material that is grippy and feels tough. Moving past the exterior, you will find a cloth and mesh covering that protects the dual 1.65-inch drivers and the central passive bass radiator, which can handle a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz. This translates into good sound quality, with amazing depth and clarity in the mid-range. When you start pushing it to the top end, you do get some distortion in bass-heavy songs, which is sad considering these are the songs this speaker is supposedly built to play. However, this shouldn't be a deal-breaker, considering that it is still a relatively affordable Bluetooth speaker, at just around Rs 7,500, with the segment-leading build quality and a big battery for over 12 hours of high fidelity playback.
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Anker Soundcore 2
Anker is a respected name in the mobile accessories segment, and their Soundcore 2 Bluetooth speaker lives up to the hype, with an understated design, which is covered in smooth yet surprisingly grippy rubber material. The buttons are big and easy to use, and the speaker even comes with a microphone for Siri/Alexa/Google Assistant. At around ₹ 7,000, this is not a bad deal.
Zoook Rocker Torpedo
The Rocker features the most unique design out of the three, with a 25W x 2 stereo speaker setup mated to a passive subwoofer. This translates into great sound quality at low and mid-range. The speakers also claim to have a noise cancellation feature that helps improve clarity. Unfortunately, the battery isn't big enough to handle this performance, as the speaker only delivers around 8 hours of playback. Other than that, it makes for a good deal at around ₹ 7,000.