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We said before that for $100 this speaker is great, let alone for the crazy price of $54 while it's on special at the time of writing. So, why exactly do we think this? As pointed out with our Braven BRV-X review, most speakers will squeeze every single last decibel out of their products in order to push for pure sound and a great sign of a quality speaker is their patience and ability to scale back this overdraw of power in order to focus more on their sound clarity and quality.
What exactly does the Braven Mira do? For $54, it gives you the loud aspect and most of the clarity, too. As soon as my housemate arrived home from work, he instantly asked me what I was reviewing as when punching at 100% there is no distortion of the speakers, no bass rattling the products frame and the only thing moving being my desk vibrating violently as each punchy bass beat hit in Flume's remix of Disclosure and Eliza Doolittle's song You & Me.
It doesn't feel very heavy, but it sure does feel extremely solid. The rubber and metal frame combined with the thick plastic hinge and stand means I have absolutely no worry when taking this product on the road or accidentally dropping it on my bathroom tiles. Obviously, it's not going to last forever if you do this, so I wouldn't recommend doing it too much.
The plug which hides the internals is double-sealed and has an extremely solid grip on the product, meaning no pesky water will make its way inside.
The buttons are a little mushy and unresponsive, sometimes you're not sure if the press you just made will put up the volume or not. It'd be great if Braven could make these more 'clicky' and responsive in the future.
Braven the wind and rain
I've used the same pun as the BRV-X review because, well... why not? As I said in that review too, this product isn't "going to provide with 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's enough to make my ears ring when sitting on my desk and pumped to 100% when paired with my Spotify-playing Samsung Galaxy S4 and it's as loud as the Braven BRV-X when switched to 'outdoor mode'.
The last line kind of makes you think, why would I bother going for the more expensive Braven BRV-X? Well, you probably shouldn't, unless you want the ability to connect two speakers seamlessly as the Braven Mira does not provide this ability.
The Braven Mira obviously has to cheapen out on some music experience, otherwise it'd be $1,000 and not $54 - so, where exactly does it fall down? When listening to songs with maximum clarity is when all Bluetooth options start to suffer. Listening in to Duke Dumont's 'Won't Look Back' reports some muddy mid's followed by boring high's, however, when the drop comes and the bass hits, all is well again.
If you're looking for more of a heavy metal experience like 'The End of Heartache' by Killswitch Engage, you're going to have a better experience, alongside most likely waking up your neighbourhood in the process if you decide to crank it up to 100%.
As stated previously, the hook is made of solid plastic and serves extremely well as a stand, alongside as a hanging alternative. The sound is punchy and carries far, alongside most of your general Top 40 hits sounding perfectly fine.
Even when blasted to full volume, this speaker holds its composure quite well and that's something that I commend Braven extremely highly for as we've seen the same thing with their BRV-X speaker also. If you're wanting to use this at home and in a dry environment, this speaker will also charge while playing your tunes just fine. The location of the ports means that you can easily charge it while it's propped up or hanging in your kitchen.
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