The device is exceptional in concept. Saregama is a label with thousands of lovely songs in its possession. Most of the good songs that you have heard is likely to be in that collection. So, in my opinion, you are not going to be disappointed by the variety of songs. 5000 songs is a huge number.
The speaker quality would be nice, and not much different from old gen radio sets. If you are inclined towards retro music, you might not be craving for oomph factor in speakers. You want simple melody and clear voice, which the speakers deliver in this case.
The connectivity factor is superb. You can connect with bluetooth and FM. FM connectivity is a boon for this device. Newer models even come with remote for easy operation.
It is hard to describe the Saregama Carvaan in one word. It does a lot of stuff. It is a radio. It is a Bluetooth speaker too. It also holds within itself more than 5,000 songs. And it also offers instant access to 50-years’ worth of Ameen Sayani’s Geetmala shows. The memories can come flooding back, effortlessly. The Carvaan has been around for a while now, and over time, has become available in multiple colours too—Electric Blue, Porcelain White, Oakwood Brown, Cherrywood Red, Charcoal Grey and Walnut Brown. This was the ideal gift for your parents. Visualize the retired life, the armchair, a newspaper, a cup of tea, and the Carvaan fits perfectly in that scene. Saregama, buoyed by the popularity of the Carvaan, has given it a twist. It is now smarter than before. It is called the Carvaan Premium, and is priced at Rs7,390. And this is perhaps an ideal gift for the parents who are learning the ropes of smartphone technology and Bluetooth steaming.
The uniqueness of the Carvaan has always been that it holds a wealth of music within it, and you don’t need to connect another source such as a USB drive or connect to the internet to get your fix of retro music. At present, Saregama offers a vast catalogue of music from well-known artists including Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, R.D. Burman, Anand Bakshi, Gulzar and Laxmikant Pyarelal. Then there is every single episode of the legendary Ameen Sayani’s Geetmala. For anyone who has listened to all that music while growing up, this is more than a blast from the past. There are now 130 dedicated music stations, compared with 80 earlier.
Users can also play music via FM/AM radio, Bluetooth, and USB input. The company claims that the device will be able to run continuously for up to five hours on a single charge. The speaker is paired with a companion app available for both iOS and Android. The companion app lets users connect their smartphones to the device and choose the song they want to hear.