Braven BRV-1 HD Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review : The Tough Little Waterproof Speaker

braven brv-1 hd wireless bluetooth speaker review

The Braven BRV-1 HD is made for the adventurer who wants wireless sound while out in the wet and wild.  The speaker can survive rain and splashes, wireless playback control and a battery that lasts up to 12 hours and even charges your mobile phone but occasionally runs into trouble at top volumes. So before buying the water-proof speaker from BRV-1 HD, you need to read our review as you need to know the plus and minus from this binocular design speaker. Let’s have a look below!

Design & Features

Design & Features of Braven BRV-1 HD

It looks like the BRV-1 was designed by the military as it’s ultra-rugged design is both functional and solid. The top features are the high strength aluminum front grill design, fully integrated, easy to use topside controls and the grippy rubber base-pads at the bottom that keeps the speaker from slipping around and even in rough or slippery conditions. It’s nice to know that if the speaker needs a charge, there will be five lights in-total signaling 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100% battery life it’s easy to know when you’re in need of a charge. Charging from 0% to 100% takes approximately 2.5hrs, and will play at medium volume for approx 10 – 11hrs on average. The battery might drain faster if you play the system higher than 60% of volume. There's no wall plug since the speaker is designed to be charged using a computer's USB port and phone charger. Braven estimates that the BRV-1's 1400 mAh battery will last up to 12 hours playing music.

features of braven BRV-1 HD

Sound

For a small speaker size, the vocals sound loud and clear although the deep bass gets lost simply due to the speaker's size. When pushed to the maximum volume, we experienced radiator vibration heavily at top volumes on deep bass tracks and sounded like a blown-out woofer distorting mightily. So to avoid distortion all together, simply keep the BRV-1’s volume at 80% and lower. Overall, the volume speaker (wired or via Bluetooth) isn’t loud enough to fill a room, and we think that the BRV-1 is best at providing a great listening experience by turning it on just a few feet away. The BRV-1 also works as a Bluetooth speakerphone, but the audio isn't really clear.

Built-in speakerphone

The BRV-1 also works as a Bluetooth speakerphone, but the audio is not really clear.

How to start the music

Pairing the BRV-1 with your smartphone is easy. First of all, just press the power button until you hear a sound similar to the Android startup sound then press the Play button until you hear a soft beep to enter pairing mode. Our iPhone 8 picked up the device straight away and had no problems pairing it quickly.

Tech Specs

  Braven BRV-1 HD
Connections  
  • 33ft (10m) wireless range
  • V2.1 + EDR
  • 3.5mm stereo input
  • Micro-USB-to-USB data ports
  • Wireless pairing
Audio  
  • 6W speaker output
  • Built-in noise-canceling microphone & speakerphone
Power  
  • On/Off buttons
  • 12 hr playtime
  • 1400mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery
 Size  
  • Dimensions: 4.75in x 3.25in x 2.25in
  • Weight: 12.2oz
Profiles Supported  
  • IOPT/HFP 1.5
  • A2DP1.0
  • AVRCP1.4
  • GAVDP1.0
  • HSP1.2
Waterproof
  • IPX7 certified waterproof (protected from rainfall, splashing and can be fully submersed in water up to one meter deep for 30 minutes)
In the Box  
  • BRAVEN BRV-1
  • BRV-1 Lanyard
  • USB to Micro-USB Cable
  • 3.5mm stereo AUX Cable 
Price A$ 99.95

 

The Plus

  • IPX7 certified waterproof
  • Built-in speakerphone
  • Act as phone battery backup
  • Integrated controls for play/pause/skip track

The Minus

  • The blue light on the front can be irritating
  • Slightly expensive for its size and performance
  • Deep bass can cause vibration issues at top volumes

Conclusions

It’s a great speaker for listening in close quarters in a potentially wet environment, the BRV-1 is a good choice, but if you're expecting to host a party, you will want to spend extra money on larger speaker and with more power. However, if you're hanging out by the pool or going down the shore, the BRV-1 will keep playing even if it gets hit by a wave. In conclusion, the BRV-1 is a waterproof mini Bluetooth speaker that sounds decent, but I think it's better for personal listening than entertaining. It’s a rugged, waterproof, Bluetooth-equipped that delivers quality audio, but occasionally runs into trouble at top volumes.

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