Braven 855s Bluetooth Speaker Review1
Out of the box, the Braven 855s automatically places itself into pairing mode as soon as it’s turned on initially – leading to a simple, quick, and hassle-free setup process. Once completed, we’re able to connect it to a Samsung Galaxy S4, and start using it to stream our music to it. Alternatively, we managed to connect it to an iPhone 5s as well, where an icon in the status bar of the iPhone 5s shows us how much battery is left in the speaker.
Even with the extra padded exterior, the Braven 855s produces the same lovable tones that we already had the opportunity of experiencing on the Braven 850. For a ‘portable Bluetooth speaker,’ it musters up a serious punch with its commanding presence. Not only is it more than equipped to fill a small bedroom, its volume echoes strongly in larger rooms as well – though, you’ll want to initialize its SRS WOW HD technology before doing so. Without it, the speaker’s audio quality sounds flat – with some crackling tones produced at the loudest volume setting. In comparison, the quality dramatically improves with SRS WOW Technology enabled, as the speaker has a more profound tone to it. To be more exact, the audio simply has a richer and bolder punch to it – plus, there’s an accompanying amount of bass too. The ‘True Wireless’ functionality allows it to pair with another Braven 855s (or 850), for a left and right channel stereo experience.
One of the nice things about a speaker of this size, is that its battery life has more endurance than some other portable speakers. Stuffed with that beefy 8,800 mAh battery, which can also be used to charge devices while it’s churning out some tunes, the Braven 855s obtains nearly 21 hours of playback time in our experience. However, that tally is achieved by having the volume set to the middle settings. Of course, charging devices frequently and placing it at a higher volume setting will cause battery life to lessen.
The Braven 855s is one of those bridge speakers, where it functions as both a portable speaker for better traveling, and a dedicated in-home one that’s meant to be stationary – that’s in part to its ear shattering volume output! For its size and all, you won’t be disappointed by what it has in tow. From its solid industrial design, to its extended battery life, there’s a lot to like here.
Still, it all boils down to price point. And trust us folks, this one doesn’t come cheap! For the budget conscious folks out there, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere – especially with its wallet busting $300 price. Indeed, it’s a hefty cost to fork over, but you’re getting a sturdy speaker that doesn’t disappoint with what matters most; audio quality. Better yet, this is the perfect outdoor speaker that’ll survive the occasional rainy days – or some splashes from the pool.