A portable Bluetooth speaker is much more convenient to use than its wired predecessor for obvious reasons. It’s a perfect companion for a sunny day at the beach or for nights out in a campfire. Also, wireless portable speakers are a great addition to any home for working in the garden, when your phone’s speakers are just not good enough or for listening to music during a nice relaxing bath. The wireless speaker will thus come in handy on more than one occasion. Here we compare two of the most impressive budget speakers from the leading manufacturers namely Philips and JBL.


With the new Philips BT 4200/94, you can keep your tunes close and go anywhere. This product is where compactness meets quality output sound with a range of colors, Coming with a built-in Bluetooth wireless streaming facility this speaker is ideal for everyone looking for a new option for a portable speaker.

The product comes with the following amazing features like Bluetooth, a built-in microphone that can be used for attending calls and a powerful 10W rechargeable battery.

Works with any Bluetooth-enabled device

A Bluetooth enabled portable speaker is miles better than any wired speaker set up you can have but it also depends on your needs. If you travel a lot, then this is your companion, you can play music outdoors, in your car and wherever you choose to.

Built-in rechargeable battery for music playback anywhere

You will be able to play loud music anytime anywhere, anytime using this speaker. It comes with a built-in rechargeable battery that will allow you to enjoy your personal music out loud without the problems of entangled power cords and the inconvenient search for an electrical outlet. Enjoy great music with the freedom of portability now. It works with both iPhone and Android phones with android versions above 2.1 and also it requires a Bluetooth 2.1 version. It will provide a range of 10meter from your music player.

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The JBL GO carries the JBL trait sound everywhere. JBL GO plays music using Bluetooth technology from smartphones or tablets. JBL Go wireless speaker is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and it gives up to 5 hours of play time at full volume. A very impressive feature of the JBL GO is that it comes with a speakerphone which will allow you to pick up your calls without turning your speaker off.

It is available in the market in 8 vivid colors with a smooth exterior finishing. It comes with a built-in strap-hook and optional carrying strap, that will add to your stylish outlooks wherever you decide to take it with you. Even without Bluetooth, the speaker has an audio jack that can be plugged into your phone to play music.

The JBL Go comes with a single 40mm driver that can operate in a frequency range of 180Hz to 20KHz meaning it cannot achieve really low-frequency sub-bass sounds.


It is a waterproof speaker that can endure being fully immersed in 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.


  • It has a unique and simple design
  • The mid-range  sounds are pretty tight
  • It is a budget speaker and is affordable


  • It is slightly on the heavier side.
  • The sub bass sounds are thoroughly missing which is disappointing.


If you want a Bluetooth speaker to upgrade your smartphone/laptop’s sound, the JBL Go could be the ideal choice.  The JBL Go can last at least 5 hours which should suffice for majority pragmatic intents.



Bluetooth range Line of sight, 10m or 30ft 10m
Listening time on battery 8 hr on battery up to 5 hours (varies by volume level and audio content)
Battery Charge Time 3hr 1.5 hours
Battery Type lithium polymer (built-in) Lithium-ion polymer (3.7V, 600mAh)
Dimensions 63 x 63 x 82 mm (H x W x D) 68.3 x 82.7 x 30.8 (mm)
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