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Harman, which is now a subsidiary of Samsung, released the JBL Go 2 in India in May of this year. The release of this speaker coincided with the start of the monsoon season in most of India, which begins in early June. If you need a small, portable Bluetooth speaker to listen to your favorite music without worrying about it getting damaged in the rain, this is now a viable option. Is the Rs. 2,999 JBL Go 2 perfect at this price point? We’ll find out soon enough.
BoAt, on the other hand, has just released its latest Bluetooth wireless speaker. For over a month, we have been testing a unit provided by the company. The goal of this review is to see if the boAt Stone 650R wireless Bluetooth speaker is worth the money. We will determine in this review.
JBL Go 2 vs Boat Stone 650: Comparison Table
|Features||JBL Go 2||Boat Stone 650|
|Model Name||Go 2 wireless Bluetooth speaker||Stone 650|
|Available Colors||Red, Orange, Blue, Black||Black, red|
|Average Battery Life||12 hours||2 days|
|Charging Time||1.5 hour||3.5 hour|
|Compatibility||Smartphone, Tablet, PC, All Bluetooth Devices||Smartphone, Tablet, PC, All Bluetooth Devices|
|Bluetooth||Version 5.1||Version 4.2|
|Connection Distance Range (Bluetooth)||66 feet||10m|
|Online Price Ranges||Rs.1,999||Rs.1,499|
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JBL Go 2 vs Boat Stone 650: Detailed Analysis
Design And Build Quality
The Go 2 is a second-generation product, as the name implies. The JBL Go was released many years ago and had a boxier design than the slightly curved sides of the Go 2. It’s also slightly larger than the JBL Go, with the shape of a bar of soap. It is 184g in weight, which is less than half that of its predecessor. If you’re into fashion, the Go 2 comes in twelve different colors, giving you plenty of options.
The Boat Stone 650 R, on the other hand, is built like a tank and looks great right out of the box. It has a cube-like shape with diamond-shaped protrusions on the speaker grill and rubber ends. The speaker’s diamond-shaped design is visually appealing and subtly elevates the product’s feel.
A single tap on the power button is all that is required to turn on the speaker. To enter pairing mode, press and hold the Bluetooth button for several seconds. When the speaker is turned on, the LED glows white and blinks when it is ready to pair. Press either the volume button for several seconds to increase or decrease the volume. Unfortunately, you cannot use these buttons to skip or play the previous song. However, to skip a song, double-tap the play button. We put the speaker through its paces with a Google Pixel 2 XL (Review) and a MacBook Air.
The boAt Stone 650R, on the other hand, is equipped with a dual-driver stereo system with a 10W power output and a 5W driver configuration. A passive bass radiator on the back of the speakers acts as a subwoofer and amplifies the bass for bass-heavy music, enhancing the immersive experience. The boAt 650R speaker not only has excellent bass, but it also produces respectable vocals. However, the audio quality at high volumes is not as clear as it is at low volumes, which is disappointing but not fatal.
The boAt Stone 650R’s sound output is quite loud in comparison to other Bluetooth speakers at the same price point, thanks to its 10W speaker. Because of its excellent audio quality, this speaker is recommended for EDM and punch bass music.
In terms of audio quality, the JBL Go 2 outperforms its size and price. The lower midrange has been boosted to compensate for the loss of bass frequencies. The midrange is also strong, which is a plus, and the dialogue was audible when we watched Sacred Games on Netflix. At higher volumes, the speaker can fill a 150-square-foot room with sound. Complex songs, such as Guns N’ Roses’ Paradise City, make it difficult to distinguish between individual instruments. When listening to multiple tracks at maximum volume, the sound occasionally clips. You should be satisfied if you listen to vocal music or watch films.
JBL claims five hours of continuous playback per charge, and we got a little more than that at 80 per cent volume. The battery life of the Go 2 is comparable to that of similarly priced speakers like the X-Mini Xoundbar and the Toreto Aqua, but it’s still not very long. It turns off automatically after 15 minutes of inactivity, which is convenient and helps save energy when left idle. If the battery runs out, it must be recharged for nearly two and a half hours. Aside from the status LED, which flashes red when power is low, determining how much power remains is impossible. The battery level did not appear on the display when we paired the device with our Android smartphone.
The boAt Stone 650 has a 1800mAh battery capacity. The 650R had a 5.5-hour continuous playtime. We received it with the volume set to 70%, despite the company’s claim of seven hours. The absence is due to the tenacious 10W drivers, which provide a powerful audio performance.
The only issue we had was with the charging time. It took about three hours to charge completely. The battery life and charging time is adequate for the price in the grand scheme of things.
JBL Go 2 vs Boat Stone 650 Vs: Quick Result
|Particulars||JBL Go 2||Boat Stone 650||Which one is the best?|
|Battery Life||Amazing||Good||JBL GO 2|
|Deep Bass||Not Bad||Good||Both|
JBL Go 2 vs Boat Stone 650: Final Verdict
For Rs. 2,999, the JBL Go 2 has the good audio quality and is water resistant. If your expectations are reasonable, you will be pleased with the Go 2’s sound quality for the price. If you want to listen to music outside without worrying about the weather, this could be a good option. If you need superior audio quality and are willing to spend a little more, consider the recently reduced price of the UE Roll 2.
The boAt Stone 650R, on the other hand, is built to last and features two 10W dual drivers that produce powerful bass. The 650R’s durability is assured by its IPX5 water resistance and silicone cover protection on both ends.
This speaker has it all, from a stylish design to a powerful audio output. Apart from that, it costs Rs 1,999 (at the time of writing on Amazon.in), making it one of the best Bluetooth speakers under Rs 2000.