Skullcandy today has launched three Bluetooth speakers, Barricade Mini, Barricade, and Barricade XL, in India today. The Barricade family of speakers from Skullcandy are its latest in the fast growing market of wireless consumer electronics. The Barricade and Barricade Mini are available online and at select retailers nationwide. The Barricade XL will be available this holiday season.
The cheapest of the lot, Barricade Mini, is also the lightest of the three speakers. The Barricade Mini can last up to 6 hours on full charge. It has a floatable design and is also impact resistant. The Barricade Mini is available for Rs 3,499, which puts it in direct competition with Sony, JBL, Altec Lansing and Xiaomi.
The second in line is the Barricade, which comes with IPX7 rating. This means the speaker is stay unaffected under 1 meter water for up to 30 minutes. The Barricade also has a floatable design. It sports external device charging, built-in microphone, and AUX in/out functionality that enables multi-speaker connectivity. The speaker can deliver up to 8 hours of battery. The Barricade is priced at Rs 5,999. In this range, the Barricade competes against UE Roll and UE Roll 2, two speakers that we have found are amazing for their price.
The Barricade XL is priciest and biggest in the Barricade family. It also happens to be the most powerful of the three speakers. It offers up to 10 hours of battery backup along with twice the driver power. The Barricade XL is priced at Rs 11,999.
“As wireless speakers continue to be a top five growth category for the consumer electronics industry, we’re launching powerful quality acoustics, rugged construction, Bluetooth functionality, and sleek exteriors with water-resistant designs,” said Amlan Bhattacharjya, founder and CEO of Brandeyes Distributors Pvt. Ltd.
“Moreover, we’re bringing a fresh perspective to a market where consumers are asked to choose between aesthetics and performance. But with Barricade, they don’t have to,” said Bhattacharjya.
Also read: UE Roll 360 review: Best of the lot