Braven BRV-X Ultra-Rugged Bluetooth Speaker Review
11 May 2014
Summary: The Braven BRV-X is a beast. It’s a great feeling to know that you have a speaker that can go just about anywhere. Sure it’s water resistant and shock proof, but it’s almost as comforting knowing it has a huge battery that will last a full day and can charge your phones at the same time.
Pros: IPX5 Water Resistance, Shock proof, Built-in buttons for controlling music and volume, Battery meter, Built-in microphone, Loud, NFC enabled, Auxiliary input, Can charge any USB device, 12 hour battery, Indoor and outdoor modes
Cons: Audio is a bit too, (bright) indoors, Uses proprietary AC adapter, No sleep mode or auto-shutoff, Expensive
Summary: There are a few reasons we have come to appreciate Braven's speakers over the years. The first area Braven stands out is the quality of sound. They use multiple drivers and a bass radiator in most of their models and the resulting fidelity is fantastic.
Pros: Easy Setup:, Rugged Design:, IPX5 Water Resistance:, Bigger Than BRV-1 But Still Portable:, Sound Quality:, Indoor/Outdoor Mode:
Summary: If you don’t need the rugged build or charging capabilities, your money is likely best spent elsewhere, but if you’re looking for a way to bring your tunes on a three-day hike in rainy weather, Braven has got your back.
Pros: Weather resistant, Feature packed, Charges other devices
Cons: Sound quality is slightly lacking, Slightly expensive
Conclusion: Offering durability, portability, and top notch performance across the board, Braven’s BRV-X is one of the most impressive speakers in its class. Admittedly, it is a bit pricey at present, but we’ve seen that $220 number dip to $175 at Amazon, and we expect it to settle to around $200 soon.
Pros: Rich, full midrange, Clear, detailed sound, Waterproof construction, Feature packed, Good battery life