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The structure as a whole feels extremely sturdy and well constructed, the design looks good and the clip for your carabiner seems extremely solid, meaning you should have no issue storing this on the outside of your hiking backpack through the wind, rain and snow.
It looks nice and is built well, how exactly does it sound? For $129 AUD, you're obviously going to expect some fairly decent sound quality, however, a lot of this cost would be going into the design and materials needed for the solid structure. Still, it's double the price of the Braven Mira, and three times the price of Arctic's S113BT.
When listening to songs that pack a little punch, like Flume's remix of Disclosure and Eliza Doolittle's song 'You & Me', there is no rattling of the frame or speaker distortion which shows initially that the product is well designed and uses quality parts.
The plug which hides the internals is well sealed and has a solid grip on the product, meaning no pesky water will make its way inside.
The buttons give good feedback and have a solid click to them, although their function can be little confusing. If you hold down the power button for too long, you're going to turn the product on and off in one go, however, if you don't press it for long enough, nothing will happen. Sometimes the top light has a mind of its own too, seeing you turn it on and off constantly before you get the timing just right.
The volume levels are certainly enough to make my ears ring when sitting on my desk and pumped to 100% when paired with my Spotify-playing Samsung Galaxy S4, showing similar levels to our previously reviewed Braven BRV-X in 'outdoor mode'.
Unfortunately, there's just an overall lack of 'punch' when playing most music. Sure, the volume is there, but you're not going to be rattling any windows and your music will feel a little lifeless. Don't get me wrong, most Bluetooth speakers are the same, but I feel that this device has poured all of the research and development into providing you with an amazing frame and skimped out a little on the actual drivers themselves.
There are issues added when listening to songs that call for maximum clarity - this is when all Bluetooth options start to suffer. Listening to Duke Dumont's 'Wont Look Back' reports a hollow musical experience coupled with disappointing bass drops, however, the sheer volume can be seen as somewhat of a saving grace overall if you're needing to project the sound to multiple people.
Moving on to a heavy metal experience like 'The End of Heartache' by Killswitch Engage, you're going to have a slightly better time, with the vocals sounding better than some other speaker offerings thanks to the lack of bass.
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