I was always a fan of the Braven Mira – shower speaker frankly, though I’m sure targeted more at the poolside and other wet areas – that’s where it found a home in my place. The new Braven 105 is a perfect example of one-upmanship – yet it’s cheaper.
At $89.99 this is one of those ultra-affordable Bluetooth speakers, and anyone who’s been into a retail store lately knows there’s a lot of speakers to choose from.
However, my normal rule of thumb is “under $100 – won’t be great quality”. Oh how wrong I was.
Sitting here, right now, with Eye of the Tiger playing from my phone on Spotify, the Braven 105 is giving me a deep sound, clear beats, some crisp edge to the sound and all round volume too.
My only observation is that it’s remarkably uni-directional. Sitting just off centre produces a very different sound – but not a bad one, just strange sensation.
Around back, there’s (sadly) no kick stand like the Mira – that thing was a great hook and stand in one. Instead there’s a nylon strap and clip on attachment which allows you to use a GoPro like mount in any location. Again, great idea, but I’d like something simpler!
The unit comes with a stand to attach to that GoPro clip – which makes it great on a bench or desk.
Despite its small size and low price, the Braven 105 packs a solid punch and is a great individual portable speaker option at under $100 – and it comes in a range of colours too!
Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.
He produces and hosts two popular podcasts, EFTM and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He also appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the resident Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show each day and appears regularly on A Current Affair.
Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave.