When Saregama Carvaan hit the market in 2017, it caught the attention of many people. This was a product like nothing else that offered simplicity, retro style and a generous dose of nostalgia in a cheap package. A successor, the Saregama Carvaan 2.0, was recently launched. However, both Carvaan speakers are designed for home use. So what do you do about nostalgia on the go?
Enter the Saregama Carvaan Go, a portable, portable and personal Carvaan device. Price at Rs. The Carvaan Go with 3,990 tracks contains 3,000 pre-installed tracks from Saregama's classic Indian music catalog and is intended for on the go. In our test, you will learn what this feature-rich portable music player has to offer.
Saregama Carvaan Go design and features
Saregama's Carvaan product range was typically designed with a retro aesthetic to appeal to an older user base and was as straightforward to use as possible. The Carvaan Go adheres to this approach and is similar to the larger speakers in the range. The Carvaan Go feels quite robust and is quite comfortable to hold and use due to its shape and size. It weighs a comfortable 88g.
The Saregama Carvaan Go sales package contains many accessories that are intended to make use of the product as easy as possible from the time it was unpacked. You will receive a micro USB cable for charging the device, an aux cable for connecting to an external audio system (e.g. a car radio), a lanyard that can be attached to the Carvaan Go for easy carrying, and a basic device In -ear headphones. There is also a small tool that resembles the SIM eject pins that we find on most smartphones today. Use this tool to remove the cover from the microSD card slot. All of these accessories come in a small fabric bag that can also be used to carry the Caravan Go itself.
The back of the Saregama Carvaan Go is simple except for a few logos, while the front contains the screen and the controls. The screen is nothing special. It is a single color display that shows basic information such as the name of the track you are playing or the radio station you are listening to and the battery level. It is a smaller version of the screen used for the Carvaan speaker, with the same easy-to-read font and a comfortable level of brightness.
Above the screen are the selection buttons for the pre-installed tracks (artists, specials and playlists), while the controls for playback and the jog dial for navigation are below the screen. The on / off switch is on the top and the volume buttons and the Bluetooth button are on the right. The microSD card slot and the buttons for selecting the card player and the FM / AM radio as music source are on the left. The 3.5mm jack, micro USB connector and speaker are at the bottom. All buttons are physical, provide decent feedback, and are clearly labeled.
Using the Saregama Carvaan Go
Convenience is something that Saregama has always touted with its products, and we found the Carvaan Go to be very easy to use. When you switch on the device, the mode last set will continue automatically. Connecting the wired headphones or pairing them with wireless headphones will disable the built-in speaker.
Listening to music is a kind of lottery; You can select an artist, a playlist or a special mode using the jog dial, but then you have to listen to whatever the Saregama Carvaan Go offers (you can of course skip a track or use the buttons to go to the previous one). You can press the Heart button on the device to mark a song as a favorite. However, this means you cannot find it later or do anything other than display a heart symbol each time the track is played.
This lack of control over what will be played next is perhaps the most endearing feature of the Saregama Carvaan Go. Since most pre-installed tracks are evergreen favorites, you are likely to stumble across something you like and have not heard it for a while. It's like listening to music on the radio today. You can now stream tracks on demand, but it is another pleasure to have something you like play unexpectedly. This is exactly what the Saregama Carvaan Go offers with its pre-installed tracks.
Most of the music on the Carvaan Go is Bollywood film titles by well-known artists from the 1950s to 1990s. There is also a bit of variety in the form of ghazals, classical Indian music, prayer songs and much more. The list of pre-installed tracks is not quite as diverse or numerous as with the larger Carvaan speakers, but the selection is so diverse that you shouldn't get bored so quickly.
While the pre-installed tracks are the most unique thing about Saregama Carvaan Go, your options aren't limited to that. You can also use a microSD card to play your own audio tracks or listen to the radio.
Various options are available for sound output: wired headphones or external speakers with 3.5 mm connectivity, wireless Bluetooth headphones or speakers and the built-in speaker of the Carvaan Go. The device can be charged via the micro USB connection. When using wired headphones and the built-in speaker for music playback, we were able to achieve a useful life of around six hours.
Saregama Carvaan Go performance
The Saregama Carvaan Go is essentially a personal audio player. In contrast to conventional portable audio players, which are available today, the Carvaan Go does not value sound quality and offers you the ideal listening experience. It's more about content and usability.
Nevertheless, the sound quality when using the included headphones was sufficient and improved a little when we used the excellent Rs. Headphones RHA MA390. The included headphones are simple, but not bad when you listen to the pre-installed tracks. The sound quality was satisfactory when using the built-in speaker, but the sound was of course much better with headphones.
Many of the classic tracks we've heard, such as Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen of Waqt (1965) and Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyar Tera of Teesri Manzil (1966) didn't sound quite as good as newer tracks Mehendi Laga Ke Rakhna from the 1995s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayengewho apparently benefited from the better control device of his time. Still, Saregama's digital library sounds as good as we hoped.
The sound quality was also acceptable when we listened to our own music with a microSD card, but the Carvaan Go is naturally more oriented towards older film music from Hindi than the popular genres of today. AM / FM radio reception was also acceptable, and the tuner's ability to automatically scan and store strong signals made this function very user-friendly.
What users will appreciate about Saregama Carvaan Go is that it is extremely loud for both the built-in speakers and the headphones – another feature that makes it convenient and easy to use for the target market. We found that the volume was reasonable even at 30 percent. Going higher was an option when we needed it, for example when we used particularly soft earphones.
Saregama Carvaan and Carvaan Gold brought the idea of an offline audio player with nostalgia to the Indian market, and Saregama Carvaan Go advances the concept in a pocket-friendly package. It's easy to use and ideal for anyone who doesn't want to worry about downloading music or setting up a streaming service and mobile data. Although you cannot update the pre-installed content on this device, this is not considered an error as you have the option to load music of your choice onto the microSD card for playback on the Carvaan Go.
For Rs. With 3,990 you get a feature-rich, value-oriented device that many people will appreciate, not just the elderly. Battery life is pretty much the only shortcoming of this device. It's a great gift, sounds good, and does exactly what it should – it gives people a strong hint of nostalgia wherever they are.
Price: Rs. 3,990
- Comfortable size and design
- Easy to use
- Very loud
- Many pre-installed tracks
- microSD card, Bluetooth and AM / FM radio
- Headphones and aux cables are included
- Battery life could have been better
Reviews (of 5)
Audio quality: 3.5
Battery life: 3
Price-performance ratio: 4.5