The Quick-Read Review: Osaki Jukebox

A quick read review of Osaki Jukebox. It is an affordable Bluetooth speaker and it sports built-in microphone too.

Written by Mihir Patkar | New Delhi | Published: November 3, 2014 11:44 am
osaki_m The Osaki Jukebox (Rs. 4,750 in stores) is a portable Bluetooth speaker.

What Is It?

Osaki isn’t a well-known brand, but its product is quite impressive. The Osaki Jukebox (Rs. 4,750 in stores) is a portable Bluetooth speaker, roughly the size of a compass box. It’s not a looker, but there’s something oddly charming about it. It’s almost like the Jukebox doesn’t pretend to be anything more than a solid music player, while doing its best to look presentable, not attractive.

Anything That Makes It Special?

If sound quality is the most important factor for you, the Osaki Jukebox would now be our default recommendation for Bluetooth speakers at this price. Indeed, it outclasses speakers twice its price. And boy, it gets loud!

What Sounds Good and What Sounds Bad?

In general, Bluetooth speakers don’t have that thumping bass, apart from a few exceptions like the Bose Soundlink. Among the rest, the Osaki Jukebox is the best we have heard. From Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen to Khamosh Raat from Thakshak, it’s got a good range. But if you like warm sounds like Western Classical, avoid the Jukebox.

In Real-World Conditions, Can You Actually Use It For Hands-Free Calling?

While it has a built-in microphone, we can’t recommend using the Jukebox as a hands-free system. In a pinch, you can make do with it. But the microphone picks up too much ambient noise to be useful in real-world settings.

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How’s The Battery Life?

The Jukebox has a physical on/off switch, which is its biggest weakness. It has a standby mode too, but if you don’t switch if off, the battery slowly drains and when you most want it, you won’t be able to use it. There is also no battery indicator to tell you how low it is. Still, it lasts for 12 hours of continuous music playback, so that’s something.

Should I Buy It?

The Jukebox is a great purchase for anyone who wants low-cost Bluetooth speakers with good quality audio and loud output. Just make sure you don’t plan on carrying it around too much, and that you don’t want to use it as for hands-free calls.

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