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It's obviously not the cheapest offering on the market, but it's water resistant and it has something else special going for it. You'll find with a lot of portable speakers, not only do they often suggest you don't play them outdoors, but they're also trying to squeeze every last decibel out of the poor little drivers. This often results in various issues like the speaker cone vibrating too violently and hitting the covering (yes, it's happened before), or the sound being distorted, washed out and all you end up hearing is 80% bass, 10% crackle - and 10% you swearing.
When switched to outdoor mode and cranked to 100%, the Braven BRV-X rivals the sound output of my A/C powered Kogan iPod dock and internet radio, alongside providing reasonable sound throughout the range. Switched back to indoor mode means the sound is a little quieter, but more full and rich in nature, having the perfect ability to tackle bands ranging from Pink Floyd to The Amity Affliction and genres from country to deep house with little to no effort.
Although a little heavy at 1.5 lbs and a little large at 9.06 x 3.63 x 2.94 inches, you shouldn't be buying this product with maximum portability in mind. It's going to fit into a travel backpack quite well or carried along in your car on the way to the picnic, just don't expect to be stowing it away in your handbag or pocket.
Overall, the device feels extremely sturdy as is expected, alongside the rubberized coating being well produced and not prone to peeling or disintegration. The cap which hides the internal controls has a solid plastic-on-plastic connection and will seemingly survive a few falls onto hard surfaces.
Braven the wind and rain
It's not going to provide you with a completely full-sound experience like you come to expect with headphones or a home theatre system, but this comparatively small speaker sure does pack a massive punch. It sounds better than other products I have here on hand including the Andromedia Curve Mini, LUXA2 Groovy Duo, and the Arctic S113BT - granted it is slightly more expensive and bigger in stature.
The weight and size is what I think helps add to the appeal and sound of this product. Most speakers are constructed of lighter and cheaper materials, meaning that any substantial bass will rattle not only the speakers, but also their structure. Listening to songs that require utmost clarity will leave you slightly disappointed, with Such Great Heights by The Postal Service sounding a little flat as a whole.
However, songs that pack a little more punch ranging from The Bounce by JayZ to You & Me Flume Remix by Disclosure and Eliza Doolittle shows exactly what this speaker is made for - outside entertainment.
The included carry strap is solid and provides a handy way to connect your speaker to a pole on your boat or caravan, hence showing that there has been some thought put into the total package of this design.
Your general 'top 40' music is going to sound great even when pumped up to full volume, however, this model misses out a little on more specific listening experiences, as seen with every Bluetooth speaker I have tested thus far. Further listening to some hardstyle and heavy metal songs reports back satisfactory listening experiences, alongside the reach in outdoor mode being fantastic.
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