Braven 850 Bluetooth Speaker Review
Humble beginnings is where we saw speaker maker Braven start off its journey a couple of years ago, when we first checked out the Braven 600 Portable Bluetooth Speaker. Since then, they’ve gone off to deliver other quality Bluetooth speakers that popularized the segment of speakers that double as mobile phone chargers as well – so now, there’s only one last place for them to establish their presence. Targeting the serious audiophile that wants to take things on the road, the Braven 850 is banking on delivering the goods by giving the people a serious contender that’s still portable.
The package contains:
- Owners guide
- Wall charger
- Universal plug adapters
- Auxiliary cable
Using the same distinct design language of speakers past, the Braven 850 is a substantial upgrade with its sturdy construction and premium materials.
In line to the design language it’s known for with its line of speakers, the Braven 850 follows in suit with its solid industrial design – one that’s on the boxy side with some hard lines. We can say that its appearance isn’t all that new, since it’s been something they kind of recycled. Nevertheless, we can’t argue the obvious that it’s exquisitely gorgeous with its premium touch!
Most of the casing is comprised out of aircraft grade aluminum, which of course, gives it a very profound sturdy construction. Don’t let its size fool you because there’s a fair amount of weight in tow with the speaker, making it a formidable object that can knock someone out. Thanks to the aluminum body, it maintains a very clean appearance that’s resilient to getting dirtied by smudges or fingerprints.
Along the top of the speaker, we find its set of physical buttons, which are a little bit on the flush side – albeit, they have a sufficient amount of feedback when pressed. They include the power, volume up & down, pause/play, and pickup/end phone call buttons. Looking at the right side of the speaker, we have both the power and auxiliary ports perched next to one another.
Continuing to be a staple of Braven, the speaker features a built-in 8800 mAh battery that can be used to charge devices on the go. In order to tap into this feature, we’re required to connect our device’s charging cable to the full-sized USB port on the speaker. Even though there’s a physical button that lights up corresponding LEDs to indicate the battery’s charge, all we need to do to initiate the charging process is to connect our cable to the USB port.
Needless to say, its industrial design is undeniably eye catching to the point that some might forget what lies within this beast of a speaker. Braven didn’t spare anything with the audio tech in this, seeing that it’s able to achieve 20 watts of power, driving its extended-range aluminum cone drivers and dual passive radiators. Furthermore, it should be noted that the Braven 850 features DTS Audio’s SRS WOW technology, Bluetooth v3.0 with EDR, aptX audio codec support, and a ‘True Wireless’ functionality that allows two Braven 850 speakers to pair with a device for a left and right channel stereo experience.
1. AfterShock (Posts: 2801; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Picked up a Altec Lansing cheapy that rocks,
For under a $100.
Some of these can be daisy chained too, not mine but that is a slick option.
2. reckless562 (Posts: 769; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
kinda late on this article, no??? i was expecting an ACTUAL review!! not what i could read on a website ANYWHERE else.....-1 for PA till a review link gets posted too!!
3. ryan5609 (Posts: 98; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
Owned one of the older Braven models. It sounded amazing, up until one day the power switch just all the sudden stopped working. Thus making my speaker a brick, absolutely useless after that. This was apparently a very common occurrence. Glad to see they have a different type of power switch.
4. Krjal (Posts: 61; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)
They are pricey but I tested one in an audiophile store next to a big Jambox and a Bose sound link. It totally blew the others out of the water. Sound quality alone was enough to convince me but it also has the best battery life, sports the apt-x codec and was the same price or cheaper than those competitors! Those logitech UE things are pretty good to but still lagging behind on battery life and high volume quality. Braven uber alles for the time being.