At surface level, Wi-Fi speakers may not seem very different from Bluetooth speakers. However, they are thriving because they have very subtle advantages over other wireless speakers. To start with, you can have multiple such devices connected to each other and keep them in different rooms of your house. Secondly, Wi-Fi speakers offer a much wider connectivity range than Bluetooth ones. And these speakers moreover, don’t take over your phone’s audio channel which means, you can take your phone calls with the music still playing on them. If you’re looking for these advantages and want to buy one of the best Wi-Fi speakers out there, you’ve come to the right place. Based on our ratings, these are the best Wi-Fi speakers you can buy in India worthy of being including in this list of 2018.
You’re sure to gasp when you look at the price tag of this one for the first time. The Devialet Phantom doesn’t come cheap, but it sure as hell packs quite a punch. This 4500-Watt Wi-Fi speaker showers you with ultra-dense sound that’s devoid of any kind of distortion or saturation, even at full volume. Connecting two or three of these for a multi-room setup will create probably the best hi-fi music system in the world. This speaker looks like a dinosaur’s egg, and at 13kgs, also probably weighs like one.
With its hefty price tag comes a whole truck-load of features. The Sonos Play:5 can fill up a large room with pure radiant sound, while also offering a rich bass experience. To suit the dynamics of your room, you can even place it vertically, since it has been designed to work the same in either orientation. Equipped with the Trueplay technology, it is capable of analysing the room size, layout, décor, speaker placement and any other acoustic factors in order to tailor the sound output to best suite the environment.
Shaped like a guitar amplifier, this one will surely appeal to fans of rock music. Marshall has maintained the design in such a way that it has even retained the rotating dials on the top for controlling volume, bass and more. It’s a wireless speaker in the true sense of the term. You can play music on it not just through Apple AirPlay, Bluetooth and ChromeCast, but also through Spotify Connect. And in order to create a multi-room setup, you won’t have to buy another Woburn, as the cheaper Stanmore and Acton models from Marshall will also do the job for you.
The fact that Samsung Radiant360 R5 is round in shape allows it to spew out sound in all directions. One more superb design perk is the disc control system on its top-end which allows you to tap and swipe in order to control the audio on these speakers. The Samsung Radiant360 R5 provides tremendous sound quality as well. Its makers have even blessed it with the TV SoundConnect technology which allows it to be paired with compatible Samsung TV’s via Bluetooth for wireless relaying of sound.
This one is like one of those old school sound systems, but equipped with the latest in technology. This tabletop Wi-Fi speakercan of course be controlled with Bose’s app but it also comes with a remote of its own. The speaker also houses a few shortcut keys for you to customize what music it instantly plays when you press them. The SoundTouch 30 Series III offers a stellar bass response and an overall exciting sound profile. The only downside to this speaker is that it does not support Hi-Fi sound, despite its hefty price tag.
It’s always a good choice to be clear about how you’ll be using your wireless speaker before buying it. This helps you decide the kind of form factor you want. For instance, if you’ll be travelling with it, a smaller size will make it convenient to carry, as opposed to if you’re going to keep it at home, which will allow you to go for a bigger size.
Multi-room setup is another factor that you should consider. Being so expensive, buying more than one such speaker will put a big dent in your wallet.
If you’re an audiophile, check if the speaker is ideal for the kind of music you’ll be playing on it the most. No doubt, most high-end devices dish out serious sound quality, but they can sometimes be more suited for particular kind of music, which is something important to look out for.
|Marshall Woburn Multi-Room||35,890||9||9||7||8.4|
|Samsung Radiant360 R5||NA||9||8||8||8.3|
|Bose SoundTouch 30 Series III||57,263||8||8||8||8.3|
We’ve curated this list based on our own expert reviews, overall user reviews from shopping websites like Amazon and Flipkart, and expert reviews from trusted websites like Trusted Reviews, CNET and Digital Trends.
As far as the weighted averages of our final expert scores are concerned, the split is: 50% for expert reviews, 25% for expert reviews from our trusted websites, and 25% for user reviews.
For example, in this list, theDevialet Phantom— our favouriteWi-Fi speaker in India by far — had a score spilt of:
Expert review: 9.3/10
Expert reviews from trusted websites: 8.5/10 (Digital Trends, Tech Radar and Trusted Reviews)
User reviews: 10/10 (Amazon and Flipkart)
Overall expert score: 9.2/10 (rounded off)