If you need that extra thump for your den but you’re on a budget, there’s no need to compromise and go for a Bluetooth speaker that won’t serve the purpose. From battery life to sound quality, there sub-Rs 10,000 Bluetooth speakers do the job well.

Apple HomePod Mini

It’s easy to forget that this one’s a smart speaker. It packs quite a punch despite its diminutive form. The smallest member of the HomePod family might be just 3.3-inches tall but can surprise you with its output. The Apple S5 chip in HomePod mini works with advanced software to analyse the unique characteristics of the music and apply complex tuning models. This chip optimises loudness, adjusts the dynamic range, and controls the movement of the driver and passive radiators in real time. You can create a stereo pair by placing two HomePod mini speakers in the same room for a wide soundstage. (Rs 9,900) 

Bose SoundLink Micro

Bose’s imminently portable (weighs under 300gm) BT speaker has been around for a while now and yet it’s still a great buy. Bose combines a custom-designed transducer, miniature dual-passive radiators and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery as a single micro-system; the result is a speaker that punches way above its size. It slips easily into your bag and belts out great sound notwithstanding its small footprint. It’s IPX-7 waterproof rating ensures you can strap it on to your shower. You should manage about 6 hours of battery life. (Rs 8,091) 

Realme Brick Bluetooth speaker

This one delivers solid value for its sticker price. The 20W dynamic boost gives the speaker rich sound while the two extra bass radiators provide extra resonance. Gaming mode with super-low latency is a handy touch while the IPX5 rating ensures this speaker can resist more than the occasional splash.

You can pair two speakers to enjoy 360-degree stereo sound. The killer feature however is battery life. The built-in 5200 mAh battery delivers an impressive 14 hours of battery back-up. (Rs 2,999) 

Sony SRS-XB 23

Sony’s proprietary Extra Bass is the X-factor in this portable speaker where dual passive radiators work together with full-range speakers. This set-up enhances low-end tones and also gives bass a boost. It’s rugged and ready for the elements. An IP67 rating adds to its outdoor creds; the XB23 is waterproof and salt-water resistant. You’re covered for a beach party or a pool party. With 10-12 hours of battery life, this one’s ready for an all-nighter.

Sony SRS-XB 23 Bluetooth speaker

The speakerphone function offers a convenient option for work calls and virtual meetings when you’re on WFH mode. (Rs 8,990)

JBL Flip 5

JBL has just launched the Flip 6 with a 2-way speaker system and a racetrack-shaped woofer. If you can’t snag a deal under 10K on the Flip 6, the previous gen Flip 5 is still a great buy. It’s powered by the same racetrack-shaped driver that delivers booming bass in a compact package. You can pick from 11 funky colour options.

JBL Flip 5 speaker

The Flip 5 can go anywhere thanks to the IPX7 certification. Battery life is solid too; JBL guarantees 12 hours of play time. (Rs 9,199)