BRAVEN BRV-1: Wireless, Weatherproof, Go-Anywhere Travel Speaker Mike Richard March 14, 2013 Gear, Modern Vagabond, Review 2 Comments We’ve previously reviewed Braven speakers – most notably last year when Modern Vagabonder Robert Evans beat the bajeezus out of his Braven 625s, concluding simply: “I can’t kill it.” Now, the company’s upping the ante with the all new BRV-1 Wireless HD Speaker/Speakerphone/Phone Charger. They sent us one to gawk over and here’s what we found … The Skinny Firstly, in Braven’s own words, the BRV-1 promises: IPX5 certified water resistant, shock absorbent, ultra-lightweight and compact design 6W Speaker output (3W per channel) Built-in noise-canceling mic to make and take calls wirelessly 12 hours of playtime from the 1400mAh battery Wirelessly streams music via Bluetooth for high fidelity stereo sound … OR connect to a device or stereo system via 3.5 mm jack Features a built-in powerbank that can charge a phone Lanyard connection to attach quickly and easily to your pack or carry-on Here’s the glossy promo commercial: The Traveler’s Take Straight out of the box, Braven’s products feel durable and well-made. The BRV-1 is no exception. Its rubberized body has a rugged, military-grade feel to it, with the sense that it’s designed to be kicked around – to take whatever you can throw at it. While I did not take an axe to it or take it SCUBA diving, I did take it in the shower and played with it outside in the New England snow and it performed without a hiccup. Most importantly, I put the BRV-1 to the audio test with Underworld’s Born Slippy – a bit of electronica with plenty of highs and lows. For such a small speaker, it packs a pretty sweet sound. Although we’re not audiophiles here at Vagabondish, we can appreciate crisp, rich, room-filling audio when we hear it. Where lesser speakers provide warped, almost watery lows and tinny, piercing highs, the BRV-1 is consistent and rich throughout the range. At 12.2 ounces, it’s about as light as you can expect a rugged, portable outdoor speaker to be. For ultra-minimalist travelers, it’s still likely to be too heavy to pack on a regular basis. However, if you’re an active traveler with an appreciation for great sound and can’t bear to listen to your tunes through shoddy headphones or laptop speakers, the BRV-1 is a solid choice. Lastly, we travel with a backup battery all the time. Since BRV-1 features a built-in powerbank, it serves that purpose too. So, if you’re a weight-conscious packer, keep that in mind as well. Pricing & Availability Available in two color combos (Lava or Glacier) for around $180 USD directly from Braven. (Note: currently out of stock as of March, 2013) Disclosure: Vagabondish received one Braven BRV-1 speaker in advance of this review. Read our view on sponsored content. 2 Responses JohnS March 16, 2013 I like it, and the price is rather acceptable. Why is it out of stock? I was hoping to get one for my brother… Reply Shalu Sharma April 9, 2013 Quite a speaker, definitely military grade. I think it will go well in the garden. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Let\'s Make Sure You\'re Human ... * 5 + = six Comment Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.