Speakers used to just be about audio quality, today they must have quality, design and function – take some time to check out the many wireless speakers on the market and you’ll find some funky designs, a wide range of different audio quality and plenty of different features. Braven is a brand that’s just hitting the Australian market and we reckon they tick a whole lot of boxes.
Audio quality from these very small speakers is impressive, a strong sound with good bass given the size of the speakers. Rather than something big that sits fixed in a room or is less than portable, all three models of Braven speakers are good for your room or on the go. When you consider you can plonk a Braven speaker in the middle of a table at a family BBQ or perhaps even poolside, then queue up some tunes on your phone and you’re going to get great sound which will surprise many.
When it comes to design the Braven look is industrial and edgy, with a mix of materials to suit the amount you want to spend. The lowest priced Braven speaker – the 570 – has a plastic casing with the same design of its more expensive brother the 650 yet is available in multiple colours.
The 650 has a metal casing which not only looks and feels better but does produce a slightly different quality of sound, yet likely unnoticeable to the vast many music fans around the country.
Rounding out the fleet for Braven is the rugged BRV-1 which looks like it could take a few drops and spills and might be at home either on a work site or by the pool or beach. It’s water-resistant so those spills are easily managed so pop the BRV-1 poolside and enjoy the day.
Another place the BRV-1 might find a place in your home is the bathroom! Alongside the bath, or even in the shower (perhaps up on the shelf – not directly in the water-flow) the water-resistant BRV-1 will cope well and mean you’re not singing to an unheard tune.
Here’s where it gets interesting. Function. These Braven speakers are not just speakers. They are also hands-free speakerphones for your mobile. If that means you’re poolside the BRV-1 can host your conversation while the phone sits safe from the pool. If you’re having a group conference call you can put any one of the three Braven models on the table for all to hear and take part in the conversation.
Nope, speakerphone functions are not unique to Braven speakers, however when you combine that with a third key feature the price tag of these speakers becomes more and more appetising. Imagine your portable speaker had enough battery in it to not only stream your music wirelessly but to also charge your phone.
There’s enough battery in each to fill your phone or even add a heap of charge to your tablet.
For those interested in the detail:
- Braven 570 offers 10 hours music playback time, with a 1000mAH battery, in a polymer case available in Black, Blue and Red
- Braven 650 offers 20 hours music playback time, with a 2000mAH battery and is made of “aircraft-grade” aluminium
- Braven BRV-1 offers 12 hours music playback time, with a 1200mAH battery and is IPX5 certified water-resistant and has a rubberised shockproof casing and is available in Grey or Blue.
Braven speakers have just gone on sale in Australia, the BRV-1 is available at Apple nationally. For a full list of retailers check the Braven website.
Price: 570 $149,99, 650 $199.99 and the BRV-1 $199.99
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