To be very frank, BRAVEN is a new brand for me. When I introduce a new brand, first I see the Company profile. In my personal business experience, a manufacturing Company is most important for electronic products. The Braven LC is a mobile device accessories company, they designs, manufactures and sells portable Bluetooth Speaker devices for mobile consumers across the world. The company manufactures portable HD Speaker devices/Speaker device phones, including rugged wireless Speaker devices for sport, travel, around the house, and outdoor experiences.
BRAVEN BRV-XXL Portable Wireless Speaker device
Design: The BRAVEN BRV-XXL is measuring20.25 x 18.25 x 9.5 in (51.4 x 46.3 x 24.1 cm) and 18 lb (8.2 kg) weight, but its built-in handle offers an easy carrying option, so long as user are prepared to heft this bulky weighted Speaker device. A shoulder strap is included for convenient hands-free carrying. Much of the Speaker device’s weight can be attributed to the solid construction, four HD drivers (two on either side), down-firing subwoofer, and large size 15,600 mAh internal batteries.
The BRAVENBRV-XXL is certified IPX5 rated which means it is splash-proof, dustproof & sand proof making it an ideal companion for an outdoor party such as pool parties and beach parties, or wherever splashes or spills might befall. It is also a necessity for big tailgates, camping, and home entertaining alike. There are buttons are embedded in firm silicone on one end of the Speaker device, while the opposite side houses all the ports under a thick, secure flap.
Thick silicone feet keep the bottom of the Speaker device raised up while a bit of damping when the tunes are totally cranked up. The BRAVEN BRV-XXL is a thoughtful addition that works equally well for Smartphone or tablets, in either landscape or portrait orientation. The onboard controls are simple, offering levels of adjustment for volume, bass, and treble.
The power button sequences between the three, as a series of eight back-lit LEDs, glow blue to represent the current settings. There are no track controls on the BRAVEN BRV-XXL, so command over music needs to be done by devices through Bluetooth connection or the 3.5 mm auxiliary jack.
A microphone input transforms the Speaker device into a portable PA system, while a USB port charges devices at a standard 5 V / 1 A rate. The BRAVEN BRV-XXL has lacked that, there is no Speaker device functionality for fielding hands-free phone calls, but user can boost user voice with the 3.5 microphone input to ensure that user voice is heard.
Features of BRAVENBRV-XXL
- Durable excellent design
- Solid loud sound
- 50W down firing subwoofer and crisp treble
- Certified IPX5 rated
- Portable PA system
- Battery life
- 600mAh Power-Bank
- Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker device
- 4 drivers and a built-in subwoofer
- NFC for easy pairing
- 5mm microphone input
- 5mm AUX input
- IPX5 rated (splash-proof, dustproof & sand proof)
- Ruggedized body for drop and bump protection
- Tonal adjustment controls (bass & treble)
- A USB port for charging – 5V 1A
Other features of BRAVENBRV-XXL
The BRAVENBRV-XXL features Bluetooth 2.1 and enhanced data rate that offers the standard33 ft (10 m) wireless range with advanced Bluetooth technology allows for clear crisp sound anywhere user go. Even it can connect wired through the 3.5mm stereo input AUX port. From our indoor tests, the Speaker device was actually able to maintain a steady connection up to about 31 ft before starting to be wavering.
On a fully-charged battery, the BRV-XXL is able to play for up to 14 hours before requiring to be plugged in again. With the volume set to max on the Speaker device and70 percent on a connected device –we managed to enjoy almost 13.5 hours playtime of music. The BRV-XXL has an imprecise 4-LED indicator system for battery life. The Speaker device is designed for automatically shuts off after 10 minutes of inactivity.
Durability: With its hard, black casing with silver grills on the front and back make it strong. The rugged design BRV-XXL is shockproof, no matter if it dropped from 3 feet high on the floor. Inside its hardware is strongly screwed up. With an IPX5 rating, it can handle being sprayed with jets of water, a rainstorm is also no problem, and it is Dirtproof, Sand proof too which increases its durability.
Controls and Features: There is the power button along with a play/pause button and volume controls on the right side of the BRV-XXL. User can adjust the bass and treble levels with these buttons. As a larger Speaker device, the bass opens up at higher volumes, so user may increase the low end when listening at a lower volume. Under a protective cover on the left side, there is a DC power port for charging the battery, an auxiliary input for wired connections and a microphone jack that turns the BRV-XXLinto a portable PA system. The BRV-XXL is a power bank too; user can also use the USB port to charge user mobile devices.
- No Speaker device phone
- To heavy and awkward to carry
- Average midrange
- Average Bluetooth range
The BRV-XXL / 2 are actually portable Speaker device, but it is in the category of heavy, tank-like portable Speaker devices designed to produce serious audio firepower. Measuring 9 by 22 by 9 inches, this Speaker device weighs 17.4 pounds. Its IPX 5-rated exterior can withstand low-pressure water spray, so light rain and splashes won’t affect it, but don’t try to float it in a pool or spray it with a garden hose. Internally, audio is provided by 4 full-range 15-watt drivers, 1 down-firing 40-watt subwoofer and dual-passive radiators.
At the top of the Speaker device is a solid built-in handle that connects the ends of the handle with a detachable shoulder strap. In the left panel, the Flip-Out Bottle Opener is powered by rubberized buttons for linking volume, adding power, adding, and play, pause or call management. There are three buttons labeled Volume, Bass and Treble, and selecting one allows user to adjust the EQ or Volume – the white LED tells user what user are adjusting to. This is a good thing, because the buttons in the all-black design are a little harder to see.
It is possible to adjust the bass and treble, and the descriptions below are with neutral default settings. On tracks with intense sub-bass content, such as The Knife’s “Silent Shout”, the BRV-XXL / 2 provides a low-frequency response with thunder. At absolute maximum volume, the lows on the track cause a slight distortion, not ideal for this price, but dialing up the volume also provides a little solution, and the Speaker device is too loud to start with, so we don’t see it as a deal breaker. At moderate to high volume levels, the bass here is powerful, but does not eat the entire mix; there is also a good high-frequency presence here.
What is in the box?
- The Speaker device
- Proprietary charger
- Charger adapter cords for international travel
- Shoulder strap for easy carrying
- Removable phone holder
Audio Performance: With a Speaker device of this size and weight user’s assume it would be far louder than smaller, yet still more imposing, Speaker devices like the JBL Extreme or UE Mega boom.
The BRAVEN BRV-XXL may compare its sound with the Aiwa Exos-9 or Sonos Play: 5, but the Sonos Play: 5 have no Bluetooth connectivity option. The sound performance of the BRAVEN BRV-XXL Speaker device is jaw-dropping loud.
It expands HD audio driver’s produces massive volume without any distortion, and the sound feels very clean and crystal clear. The sound quality is excellent, with very crisp highs, well-defined midrange and booming bass that fills up the entire space with a rich and punchy low-end.
The Speaker device also comes with built-in bass and treble controls for EQ sound customization which makes it easy to adjust the sound according to user musical preferences. It’s not as if user needs to crank up the bass to the max to get a low-end rumble from this Speaker device.
Pros and Cons
- Powerful audio output with adaptable bass and treble
- Built-in bottle-opener
- Booming, bass-forward sound signature not for everyone
The BRAVEN BRV-XXL is a fascinating mix of sound quality, power back-up, and portability. Great frequency response from the onboard subwoofer, and for the vast common of music out there, offers a fantastic low-frequency balance to user music.
It’s loud enough to fill a large room or over the splashing of a pool party. But the BRAVEN BRV-XXL Speaker device is neither very portable nor the best-sounding wireless Speaker device user can get for the money. Volume isn’t everything, of course.
Audio fidelity is very particular, and what some consider acceptable quality, others do not. Without delving into my complete background in audio, I will just give user a concise and relevant story: I know the difference between good and bad. This Speaker device sounds absolutely more than average.