Braven BRV-1 Hands-on (Review)


Braven makes some great Bluetooth speakers. They are portable enough to fit in our bag. They are also very durable. The BRV-1 is no exception. It’s compact, but it provides some great sound for huddling around the campfire. It’s also durable enough to withstand the elements. The perfect camping companion.

The BRV-1 is water resistant. Know that water resistant does not mean waterproof. It will likely get damaged if you submerge it (we aren’t willing to ruin our unit to find out.) What this means is, you can take it out by the pool and enjoy a sunny afternoon listening to music without fear of it getting ruined by some splashes. You can carry it on yourself while hiking or camping, and as long as you don’t throw it in a a river or lake, it will work fine. Sit around the campfire and listen to music, a little rain or a drizzle won’t hurt it.

It’s also pretty loud for what it is. It’s not going to blow away your home system, but it’s enough to entertain when you’re hiking. It will do its job when you’re out in the woods or on the beach.

The BRV-1 is shock-absorbant, so you don’t have to worry about damaging it with normal use. You can be working on the roof of your house, and if it falls, we’re pretty sure it will work just fine afterward.

We are definitely fans of Braven. It hasn’t changed yet. While the audio quality won’t stun you, it’s enough to enjoy your music on the go.

It also works as a speakerphone thanks to a built-in noise-cancelling mic. You can take a call. To be honest, that’s not the most useful feature, but at least it’s there if you need it.

The BRV-1 will also charge your device in an emergency. This is a nice bonus as you never know when you need your iPhone and the battery may die. The speakers will run about 12 hours on a full charge, but plugging in and charging your device will make that vary to some degree.

You’re looking to pay about $150 for a speaker.


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