Braven BRV-1 BT Speaker hands-on
When you’re IPX5 certified for being water-resistant, design isn’t something that’s high priority, but luckily, they’ve managed to do a decent job with the looks of the Braven BRV-1 BT Speaker. Right away, we can tell that this thing is meant to last, thanks partly to its solid construction, impact resistant soft touch casing, and sturdy plastic body. Seriously, this is solidly made that it can really knock out someone if it’s thrown right at them! Additionally, the bolts around the speaker grill indicate its overall sturdy build quality.
On the top edge of the speaker, we find 4 flat buttons integrated into the surface – these include the power, pause/play/multi-function, volume down, and volume up. Despite their indistinct feel, they have a reasonable amount of feedback when pressed. In the rear after uncorking its plastic cover, to prevent its ports from being exposed to the elements, we gain access to its microUSB to charge its own internal battery, a full-sized USB port that allows us to charge various devices on the go, auxiliary port, and a button that shows us how much juice is left.
Pairing it up with a BlackBerry Z10, there’s no denying the strong and powerful output of its internal speaker. It’s deafening no doubt, but at the highest volume setting, it can sound extremely strained – though, its bass tones are exquisitely pounding at all times. So much so that we can feel the table shaking a bit when it’s placed solely there by itself. Still, at $180 for this water-resistant, 1,400 mAh battery carrying Bluetooth speaker, it’s a costly investment that’s up there. Needless to say, it might suit a specific case scenario, but if you can forgo the ruggedness of this speaker, there are other options that might be more suitable.
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1. imkyle (Posts: 1021; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
It's not a good speaker. I bought one from them last year the 600 series and it had zero bass.
2. KParks23 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)
I got a braven 625s and is awesome great sound and bass beats my other probable speakers by a mile I highly recommend these products!
3. matej_000 (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)
Yes I agree. Ive got the the 625s model and it is awesome.
The only thing it bothers me (just a little) is when you receive a phone call it has a build in sound, so it does not play your ringtone.
Otherwise Excellent products,
Hope to see more products with IPX5 and maybe a bigger battery because when you want to charge a device ti is always nice to have more juce:) And if the speakers would be a little bit bigger because of the battery I really wound mind :)
4. KParks23 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)
Yeah I wouldn't have noticed I never took a call on mine just music but I can say the sound quality is superb and I usually use sennheiser stuff.... just for reference.. plus the added benefit that it charges ur device is great so I highly recommend there products there kinda pricy but we'll worth it!