Technology Jam | Braven BRV-1 Wireless Speaker

Braven BRV-1 Wireless Speaker

Just a couple of years ago, a great sounding portable Bluetooth speaker was a cutting edge product. Now, they are seemingly a dime a dozen. With increasingly better sound quality and dropping prices, there’s tons of alternatives in this hyper-competitive space. It is easy to see why consumers are lusting after these products. Who wants to listen to earbuds when hanging with a group of friends at a festival in a tent, on a road trip, in a hotel room, at the beach or anywhere else where mobile tunes are needed? Nobody is the answer. Yet, at the same time, who wants to bring a bulky, expensive or fragile audio solution to these types of environments when a rough-and-tumble solution is warranted? Again, nobody. There’s very few, if any, solutions that fit the bill of affordable, portable, waterproof, shock-resistant and packs-a-punch Bluetooth speakers. The Braven BRV-1 is one that fits the bill.

Design and Overview

I’ve reviewed and listened to a ton of Bluetooth speakers. The Braven BRV-1 is without question the most rugged, durable and seemingly indestructible one that I’ve used. The thick rubberized casing coupled with the sturdy, chunky buttons and massive waterproof cap that screws onto and protects the inputs, connections and ports just screams that it is able to withstand just about anything. I saw a video of the BRV-1 successfully standing up to being run over by a car. Despite my desire to whip this product with all of my might against a concrete wall to test durability, I haven’t yet, but there’s zero question in my mind that it would withstand it.

The speaker is water resistant and offers jumbo playback control buttons on the top for easy control. On the back, and under the waterproof screw-on cap that reminds me of a small jelly jar, are a line-in port when using non-Bluetooth devices, a charging port so you can charge other USB devices, a USB port to charge the speaker and five LED lights to check the battery life.

At 4.75” x 3.25” x 2.25” the speaker is ultra portable and practically fits in your back pocket and easily fits in your backpack, glove compartment or beach bag. (It’s just 12 ounces too, so it will not weigh you down). An included lanyard loop with connection point and LED indicator light under the front speaker grill are nice touches as well. Jumbo, rubberized no-skid feet allow for easy placement just about anywhere you want.

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