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Saregama Carvaan Gold review: Premium retro speakers powered by Harman Kardon

Saregama Carvaan Gold comes with a premium look, and reliable Harman Kardon speakers. Here’s our detailed review of the latest Carvaan Gold.

By: MARCIA SEKHOSE
Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 12:49 IST
Saregama Carvaan Gold comes in two finishes of gold and rose gold. (Saregama)
Saregama Carvaan Gold comes in two finishes of gold and rose gold. (Saregama)

Brand: Saregama
Product name: Saregama Carvaan Gold
Key specs: 2 Harmon Kardon speakers, 5,000 songs with over 130 stations, FM/AM radio support, Bluetooth, USB/Aux support, 3.5mm headphone jack
Price: 14,990
Rating: 4/5


Saregama's Carvaan series of Bluetooth speakers have become quite popular in India. The speakers stand out for their unique retro look, evoking a sense of nostalgia. But you get all of these without compromising on modern features.

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The latest offering from Saregama is Carvaan Gold. Powered by Harman Kardon speakers, Carvaan Gold is available for 14,990. An upgraded version of the popular Carvaan Premium, the latest version comes with better speakers and design.

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The digital audio player is available on Saregama's e-store and online platforms like Flipkart and Amazon India.

If you're planning to purchase Carvaan Gold, check out our detailed review.

Design

As mentioned earlier, Carvaan Gold stands out for its design. It looks similar to the classic transistors with antennas. The peppy gold and rose gold finish makes it more unique. While it does look good, the same cannot be said about the build quality. The plastic material on the device feels little cheap and prone to dents.

Staying true to the retro theme, Carvaan Gold also supports FM and AM radio with retractable antennas. These antennas can also be moved to adjust the tuning, as you would do on an old transistor or portable radio.

The tuner up front may be mistaken for a volume button which actually resides on the right side. The volume button was not user-friendly during my usage. Just below this is the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The controls for switching to Bluetooth, FM, Saregama and USB are placed on the left side. There's an LED display on top which shows the song being played. Speaking of which, Carvaan Gold comes loaded with 5,000 songs ranging from artists like Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, R.D Burman and the likes. You can shuffle through the songs by stations which are categorised based on lyricists, actors, singers and more.

Battery life

Saregama claims five hours of playtime on the Carvaan Gold after a full charge. During my usage, the Carvaan Gold lasted for more than five hours although I did not use it continuously for five hours as claimed. In terms of sound quality, the Harman Kardon speakers as expected are great. There are two 5W speakers which work perfectly not just for old songs but for roughly any music genre.

Surprisingly, the Carvaan Gold works really well for an electric guitar setup. Its frequency response was great through lows, mids and highs. The mid response also helps the instrument shine.

Verdict

Does it make sense to buy Carvaan Gold over a smart speaker or any powerful speaker with wireless connectivity? It depends upon you as Carvaan Gold is aimed at niche users and seems more like novelty. It's definitely unique and packs modern features that you'd expect from a portable audio speaker in 2019. If you want a similar design but at lesser price, you may consider the Carvaan Premium which is available for 7,000 approximately.

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First Published Date: 16 Jan, 18:22 IST
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