BRAVEN BRV-1M Bluetooth Speaker Hardware Review

BRAVEN BRV-1M Bluetooth Speaker Hardware Review

Aug 29, 2016

Braven and “wireless sound” are all but synonymous, and as such, were happy to check out the new BRV-1M Rugged Wireless Speaker.

The review package that Braven sent us highlights a product that exudes a readiness to go; in the box, one gets the speaker itself, charging cable, male-to-male audio auxiliary cable, an optional strap, bike plate, hex tool and documentation.

The main unit itself looks remarkably compact, particularly in its red finish, and the exterior extends further proof that this thing isn’t opposed to hanging out in the elements, come what may. It has a defined rugged look, with the design seemingly a bit more concerned with function and durability than with looks. There are plenty of black accents, seals and hard surfaces, such that it doesn’t feel that one’s investment would be ruined by an errant drop. The top surface houses volume, advance and power buttons, while the covered back has charging port, output port, audio in slot, plus buttons for battery and reset.

Braven makes these in grey and black (in addition to the red we tested). Officially, the speaker comes in at 6.4 x 1.5 x 2.8 inches and weighs
Weight: 1.2 lbs


We found that pairing and usage to be collectively intuitive; anyone who has paired a bluetooth device to an audio source should have no problem working with this. Charging is accomplished via the included micro-USB cable (plus extra adapter); when juiced and paired, we had a chance to try it out with music. It streams clear, and does get loud. It did sound hollow with instrument-y music at high volumes, but overall does the job with reasonable fidelity. It works well with wall barriers within the stated range. We got 11+ hours of wireless usage, just under the advertised 12.

As a wired device, it showed an even tighter adherence to quality, piping in the music slightly cleaner.

The unit has yet another function; it works well as an emergency charger for mobile devices. I was able to power a device, even while using the bluetooth functionality. I was also able to operate phone calls thanks to the hidden microphone, though I readily admit I preferred such action on the phone.

We did some minor drop-testing — on carpet, because I’m a wuss, and it didn’t break a sweat.

In a nutshell, it’s another pertinent piece from Braven. It does more than a few things well, is made for the outdoors and isn’t scared of water.

Can one ask for more?

Braven 710 Bluetooth Speaker Hardware Review

Braven 710 Bluetooth Speaker Hardware Review

May 29, 2014

Wireless speakers offerings are somewhat plentiful, and come in at different price ranges. Having choices is almost never a bad thing, which is why gadget lovers should love stuff like Braven 710 Bluetooth Speaker.

It has a presence. The speaker itself is gorgeous in its seemingly minimalist look. Closer up, one catches the intricate craftsmanship of the aluminum shell, which encases the right rectangular prism that is bracketed by ports on one side and the control bank on the other. Officially, it comes in at 6.25 x 2.6 x 1.8 inches and less than 14 ounces. In the box, one also gets a micro-USB cable and documentation.

Pairing it to an audio source is a breeze (it also features NFC link-ups), and afterward the initial manual setup, subsequent pairing is automatic. The sound quality, however is exceptionally rich for the size, and the echo that sometimes emanates from box-shaped speakers is absent. The range is equitable, though I did start to hear gaps in quality with a wall or two in between the speakers and source, and it came up a tad short with regards to the advertised 12-hour playback time.


Beyond looks and music, the 710 does some cool things. It works as a Bluetooth speakerphone, and can wirelessly work in tandem with another 710 if called upon to do do. One feature of interest is its ability to work as an audio pass through device; in other words, the audio out button can be used to connect “regular” wired speakers to it, and in essence creating a bank of multiple output units.

This bad boy doesn’t stop there; additionally it can serve as a power bank to charge devices that accept USB sources. It works great as an emergency charger, albeit (and expectedly) slower than a direct outlet.

It has a hot design, but what lifts this piece up above competitors is the extra functionality. It could be a bit more portable, but the design aesthetic mostly overcomes this reservation. It does a lot of things, but, importantly, it does them quite well.