Braven Makes Big Noise in the Press to Close Out 2016

Black Braven BRV-XXL Snowball Fight

From the BRV-XXL receiving 50 Campfires’ prestigious Gear of the Year award, to the highly gift-able Braven 105 and 405 Active Series speakers making their way into countless holiday gift guides, we ended 2016 strong with a hefty list of mentions from top tech publications & audiophiles. Below is a quick recap of our top mentions from December.

 

BRV-1M Coverage

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GearMoose

Braven BRV-1M Spotlight | GEARMOOSE

“Making good speakers better is the business that Braven is in, and business is good thanks to their new BRV-1M bluetooth speaker — a new take on the BRV-1.”

“The BRV-1M speaker was built for the trail, the pool, and for your weekend adventures and still sports the beloved IPX7-rated shockproof and waterproof rubber exterior housing, while a new GoPro-compatible action mount accessory means you’ll have your very own playlist providing the soundtrack to your next epic video. Additional features include 12 hours of playtime and a built-in 2,200 power bank for charging other devices via USB on the go.”

 

IPHONE LIFE

Braven BRV-1M in “Braven’s Rugged, Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Goes Anywhere a GoPro Goes” | iPHONE LIFE

“What good is a rugged, waterproof wireless speaker if you have to carry it around with you while on an adventure? That’s the thinking behind the Braven BRV-1M ($99.99), an attractive, solidly built outdoor Bluetooth speaker that is designed for on-the-go use. It’s waterproof (IPX7) and quite rugged. But unlike 

most competing outdoor Bluetooth wireless speakers, it has a GoPro mount built-in, so you can easily attach it anywhere a GoPro camera would go, such as on a bike, boat, or motorcycle. I just wouldn’t mount it to a helmet since it is somewhat heavy.” 

 

GEAR DIARY

Braven BRV-1M in “The BRAVEN BRV-1M Is a Mid-Size Bluetooth Speaker Ready to Rock your next Adventure” | GEAR DIARY 

What I Like: Small enough to go pretty much everywhere; Waterproof; Offers a variety of mounting options; Doubles as a phone charger; Has a built-in noise-canceling microphone” 

What Needs Improvement: Nothing… So long as you know what you are getting with this small, rugged speaker” 

 

WIFI HIFI

 Braven BRV-1M featured in “WIFI HIFI Holiday Gift Guide for the Sports Nut” | WIFI HIFI

“Music is a big part of entertainment outdoors in the summer, as well as while you’re cozying up inside during the winter. The Braven BRV-1M Bluetooth speaker (Erikson Consumer) is waterproof (IPX7-rated), and thus able to operate on the beach or by the pool, and even in the sweltering heat. The impact-resistant housing can also withstand bumps and drops. Ideal for cyclists, bikers, snowboarders and hikers, it can be secured onto a surface with integrated tie-down bars and heavy-duty strap.” 

Braven BRV-1M featured in “WIFI HIFI Holiday Gift Guide for Audio Lovers” | WIFI HIFI

“This Bluetooth speaker (Erikson Consumer) is waterproof (IPX7-rated), and thus able to operate on the beach or by the pool, and even in the sweltering heat. The impact-resistant housing can also withstand bumps and drops. Ideal for cyclists, bikers, snowboarders and hikers, it can be secured onto a surface with integrated tie-down bars and heavy-duty strap. There’s also an Action Mount accessory that’s compatible with GoPro and other popular sport mounting systems. Listen to music for up to 12 hours per charge, and even recharge your mobile devices through the speaker’s 2,200mAh power bank. The built-in noise-cancelling mic means it can also function as a speakerphone for incoming calls.”

 

BRV-PRO Coverage

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Crave

Braven BRV-Pro in “We Gave These 3 Bluetooth Speakers the Kayak Test” | Crave Online

“The BRAVEN BRV-Pro, $149.99, is the best designed speaker I’ve tried, purely in terms of looking cool. There’s an underlying Transformers theme to its manufacture which resonated with me even before opening the box, which is also cool and Transformers-like. The actual speaker itself points in one direction, unlike the multidirectional JBL and ALTEC models. It doesn’t lose many points for this though, since in a kayak, I was able to hear it just fine regardless of the direction it pointed.” 

“Design wise, the Braven BRV-Pro has good inertia with super sticky feet and many mounting options. Also, the buttons are far apart, which makes operating the thing much easier than the Altec model. I couldn’t get the battery to get below 80% after two days of kayaking. The BRV-Pro also comes with what is by far the coolest feature I’ve seen on any waterproof speaker: a solar panel that can charge the unit and charge your phone with the power of the sun. Everybody likes that.”

 

MacTrast

Braven BRV-Pro in “MEGA Holiday Gift Guide 2016 – Best Tech and Accessories Part II” | Mac Trast

“Looking for that perfect tech gift? There are plenty of holiday gift guides out there, but this one surely has a few gems that are essential this holiday season. Some of these are available only online and others from stores near you. Good luck, you only have a few days left.”

“Braven makes some of the best rugged portable wireless speakers on the market. I have been impressed them for years. The BRV-Pro comes with a modular port system on top to connect a light or solar panel for charging. Pump up the volume on your next trip to the beach or mountains and everywhere in between.”

 

Best Products

Braven BRV-PRO in “19 Best Bluetooth Speakers for Blasting Tunes without Wires” | BEST PRODUCTS

“The rugged and waterproof BRAVEN BRV-Pro will deliver wireless tunes during all your adventures. The speaker offers excellent sound, can act as a backup battery for your smartphone, and has a range of cool optional accessories. The latter includes a solar panel, an additional battery, and an action mount, among others.”

 

BRV-HD Coverage

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Braven BRV-HD mentioned in “What the Tech? Gadget gifts for Dad” | WRCB TV NBC 3

“Speaking of sound, dad may need a bluetooth speaker or headphones to listen to music from their smartphone, a smart home device or one of those turntables. The Braven HD is a heavy duty wireless speaker that is big enough and loud enough to take to outside tailgate parties. It has incredible bass for a bluetooth speaker, is waterproof and provides hours of wireless listening. It will also charge a USB device such as a smartphone. Many times bluetooth speakers lack the depth of sound from smartphone players but the Braven HD has a great deep bass that is close to what you hear in home stereos.” 

TEXOMAS

Braven BRV-HD in “What the Tech: Gadgets for Dad” | TEXOMAS

“The Braven HD is a heavy duty wireless speaker that is big enough and loud enough to take to outside tailgate parties. It has incredible bass for a Bluetooth speaker, is waterproof and provides hours of wireless listening. It will also charge a USB device such as a smartphone. Many times Bluetooth speakers lack the depth of sound from smartphone players but the Braven HD has a great deep bass that is close to what you hear in home stereos.”

 

BRV-XXL Coverage

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Hey Gents

Braven BRV-XXL in “15 Road Trip and Camping Essentials” | Hey Gents

“Good tunes are a must when you’re enjoying some beers while sitting around a campfire with your friends. Braven’s BRV-XXL Bluetooth speaker is made for the outdoors; it’s water resistant with a built-in battery that offers up to 14 hours of continuous playtime, plus it’s powerful enough to charge your phone!”

 

Refinery 29 

Braven BRV-XXL in “30 Essentials for Holiday Vacations (Or Just Life)” | REFINERY29

“Hosting a holiday party of your own? Renting an Airbnb with a sick pool? Whatever the case, this portable speaker is waterproof and loud enough to use at any event.” 

 

Crave

Braven BRV-XXL in “2016 Audio Gadgets Gift Guide | Do You Hear What I Hear?” | CRAVE ONLINE

“The big Braven XXL isn’t screwing around. As its name would indicate, it’s huge for a Bluetooth unit and beefed up with protection for outdoor use. And the onboard rechargeable battery will play back for more than 12 hours while also charging smartphones or tablets.” 

50 Campfires

50 CAMPFIRES Braven BRV-XXL Awarded “Gear of the Year Award 2016” | 50 CAMPFIRES

“There are two schools of thought on camping speakers: one being pro-music at the campsite and the other (we’ll call them “wrong”) is against music at camp. Music is the glue that holds our camping trips together and having a speaker that will keep up with our endless playlist is important.” 

“A perk? You will never have to hear the phrase “Hey, can you turn it up? I can’t hear it.” Four HD audio drives, paired with a kicking subwoofer, blasts sound from both sides of the Braven BRV-XXL. We love the fact that the BRV-XXL allows you to adjust EQ settings for a variety of music and situations. Adjusting treble and bass couldn’t be easier, and it even has a built-in microphone jack for that one friend that insists they are a good singer. They aren’t. We understand, but we’ll all continue to humor them. At 18 pounds, this isn’t a backpacking Bluetooth speaker. We understand that, and we don’t care. It takes up barely any space in your car and is rugged enough to stand up to our eventual mishandling of it.” 

“If you are responsible for bringing the party to the campsite, look no further than the Braven BRV-XXL.” 

 

Outer Audio

Braven BRV-XXL in “The 10 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Reviews 2016” | OUTER AUDIO

“If you are looking for a bluetooth speaker that can really generate some volume and don’t mind carrying around something that stretches the definition of “portable” to its limit, then the Braven BRV-XXL is the one to get. The BRV-XXL packs some serious weight, but it has all been put to very good use. First off the BRV-XXL features four speakers along with a down firing subwoofer. To keep the music blasting uninterrupted the BRV-XXL also boasts a 15,600mAh batter, which is huge, but powerful. According to Braven this battery will keep the tunes playing for up to 14 hours, which is enough for even the biggest party animals.” 

“Audio wise the BRV-XXL sounds great, but what really sets it apart from other waterproof bluetooth speakers is its base. Play the BRV-XXL at full volume and it will rattle windows, but even at lower volumes the low-end sounds are great. Because the speakers inside the BRV-XXL are placed at opposite corners, it also provides it with better stereo separation and a more open sound.” 

“Although the BRV-XXL is rather pricey and definitely large, it delivers great audio in an impressive package and should definitely be considered if you have money to spare.” 

 

50 Campfires

Braven BRV-XXL in “2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gadgets” | 50 CAMPFIRES

“Music and camping are great companions. From the gentle strum of a guitar around a campfire to a full on party in the woods, it can deepen your outdoor experience in profound ways. If you’re in the latter category, the Braven BRV-XXL is the speaker for you. It has a massive 15,600 mAh battery that will crank all night and keep your phone charged as well. It’s waterproof, has a bottle opener, and even has a microphone input. That’s right. You’re going to be singing karaoke to the creatures of the night.” 

 

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Braven BRV-XXL awarded “iLounge Best of the Year Awards 2016” | iLOUNGE

“Braven’s BRV-XXL ($350) is portable — but barely. A gigantic 18-pound boombox, BRV-XXL is a water-resistant speaker suited for outdoor parties, tailgates, and the like, with plenty of bass and volume, and surprising clarity.”

 

BRAVEN 105 Coverage

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Business Insider

Braven 105 in “The Best Tech Gifts under $50 you can still get in Time for the Holidays” | BUSINESS INSIDER

Surprisingly powerful and very durable, I use Braven’s speaker on a regular basis and really like it.” 

“To me it’s a shower speaker, but Braven made this speaker with active people in mind. It comes with a strap and stand so you can attach it to a kayak paddle or the front of your bike. It’s a mono speaker, so don’t expect wide stereo separation, but I’ve been very happy with this speaker’s performance.” 

“If you know an active music lover, this would make an excellent gift. It comes in a bunch of fun colors, too.” 

 Sans Pression

Braven 105 in “The High-Tech gifts to offer or order for Christmas” | SANS PRESSION

Rough Translation:

“Bluetooth speakers have now become a standard, but there are still some people who do not own one. For those in this situation, we urge you to buy one this Christmas, either a bluetooth and waterproof speaker to listen to your music in the shower or the pool this summer, or a Bluetooth speaker, that is shock and dust proof, etc. The choices are endless and each have varied uses … Here are some links of speakers we like at No Pressure!”

BRAVEN 405 Coverage

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Refinery 29

Braven 405 in “The 100 Best Gifts for Less Than $100” | REFINERY29

“Though you’ll need to get creative, there are tons of smart, off-kilter items that are low-priced enough for you to spread holiday joy far and wide.” 

“Singing in the shower just got way better.” 

“Braven 405 Waterproof Speaker, $79.99, available at Braven.com.”

 

Crave 

Braven 405 in “2016 Audio Gadgets Gift Guide | Do You Hear What I Hear?” | CRAVE ONLINE

“We return to Braven for its 405 models, a much more compact and less expensive Bluetooth option. Easily transportable, the speaker also boasts 24-hour playback capability on one charge.”

Active Junky 

Braven 405 in “Holiday Gift Guide: Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers” | ACTIVE JUNKY 

“This one’s a new tester favorite as the Braven tradition of accurate sound reproduction continues. With outsized output (when placed on or near a bass-promoting surface), the 405 is among the few pocket-sized speakers rated at waterproof IPX7 that both feels the music and floats on the surface. Really. Their claim of 24-hour continuous play is legitimate and recharging is easy after removing the self-gasketing side seal. Evaluated in high-vis orange, the speaker’s shockproof enclosure conceals a fold-out, wind-fighting kickstand and phone charging capability. A 2100mAh battery and reliable Bluetooth connection well past 10 yards complete the well-conceived package.”

 

FUSE Coverage

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Braven FUSE featured in “Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide” | FATLACE

“Unleash your inner DJ with the Braven Fuse Wireless Audio Mixer. Pair two Bluetooth devices to stream, mix, and customize your music. You can also connect two wireless speakers for even more sound. The mixing console is portable and can fit in the palm of your hand weighing only 7 ounces and a single charge powers the unit for up to 8 hours.”

 

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Video Review: Braven FUSE Spotlight | Tech News & Tests