boAt Stone 260 Portable Bluetooth Speakers Review
The boAt Stone 260 is a rugged Bluetooth speaker with unique fabric design.
It is retailing for around thousand and four hundred, but if you keep an eye out, you can get it for about thousand and hundred on Amazon.
Inside the box, you will get a Bluetooth speaker, A micro USB charging cable, a warranty card, and a user manual.
The boat Stone 260 is made of rubberized material on the back, which makes it kind of shockproof, and also, the speaker is IPX5, which is nothing but water-resistant.
The front side is made of a fabric with some excellent music-related designs on it. Personally, in a boring world of the ugly old speaker grille, I really like this design. You get the usual multifunction controls like play, pause, volume, etc. on the speaker’s side.
Now I do wish the buttons were a little more raised but not a deal-breaker. Since the speaker is water-resistant, the micro USB charging port is covered with a rubber flap. Unfortunately, there is no aux input. The design is good, and it is circular, small, decent, lightweight, and really portable.
You will be impressed with its performance. It’s not going to be mind-blowing, but it’s perfect for its price. It’s a very bass-heavy speaker. The base is right; don’t get me wrong, but to be honest, it was too tight for my taste. Vocals, mids, and everything were excellent.
The one thing that I hate about the Stone 260 is loudness. It doesn’t get loud even at 60% volume. I had to crank it up to almost 80% or sometimes even 100%; otherwise, I wasn’t able to hear anything.
Now I am not sure if I got a bad unit, or this is how it’s designed to sound, though the speaker doesn’t dance around a lot at 100% volume and has very little to no Distortion. Overall for the price, this is a good performing speaker with good enough bass for its size. I wish the loudness at lower volumes were much better.
Fortunately, you do get the typical Bluetooth range of most speakers with some occasional choppiness.
Being a small speaker, it consists of 1000 mAh. I didn’t have high hopes for the battery backup, but I got a pretty good 7 hours and 15 minutes of playback at around 65 percent volume and took me about 2 hours to fully charge from dead.
Now, there is an annoying thing I need to mention if the speaker is turned ON and not connected to any phone then it turns off within like two to three minutes, which becomes pretty annoying at times.
When I order boat Stone 260, I ordered it just for the looks. Still, it turned out to be a pretty good performing speaker: excellent design, good build, quality of the microphone, water-resistant, shock-resistant, and pretty good battery life.
If you are looking for a water-resistant speaker with a budget of thousand and three hundred, I recommend the boat stone 260.