Braven BRV-XXL/2 rugged speaker hands-on: Big size, big sound, and built for 18 hours of blissful audio playback

Matthew N. Henry


Google Household speakers litter the inside of of my dwelling even though I have a few of Best Ears smaller transportable speakers to get pleasure from outside the house. The people at ZAGG despatched along the new Braven BRV-XXL/2 rugged transportable speaker for me to try out and I just about fell out of my lawn chair in sheer joy listening to traditional rock blast out of this boombox speaker.

The BRV-XXL/2 is a huge speaker with a body weight of 17.4 lbs ., but you immediately overlook about the body weight as quickly as you join your phone and stream audio to the speaker. My family has been enjoying the spring sunshine and glorious audio efficiency from the speaker in our back lawn. The audio is so superior, that I have also been applying it inside of as the greatest speaker in the dwelling. It was utilized to perform my Star Wars soundtracks when we went “bar hopping” in many rooms last Saturday.

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Retail offer and components stroll all around

The Braven BRV-XXL/2 arrived in a very huge box with a huge brick power supply and a smaller user information. An adjustable shoulder strap is included with metallic loop bars to secure the strap to the top rated of the speaker.

The speaker is black with considerable delicate rubber materials on the top rated, sides, and base even though the plastic mesh materials is secured from bumps with the bumpers. A huge, rigid tackle allows you have it all around with uncomplicated.

The right aspect of the speaker has an assortment of buttons with a concealed aspect in the heart. On the still left column you will come across the broadcast pairing button, power button, and Bluetooth pairing button. With broadcast pairing guidance, you can truly join up to 100 BRV-XXL/2 speakers. I envision you would only do that if you were seeking to have an outside live performance with only Braven speakers.

On the right column of that exact same aspect of the speaker you will come across the volume up/skip ahead button, perform/pause button, and volume down/skip back button. Skips are activated with a press and keep.

Involving these two columns of buttons is a magnetic bottle opener. Only flip up the metallic Braven phrase about forty five levels and then you can properly open up up your soda or beer with the speaker.

Flipping all around to the other conclusion of the speaker, we come across a LED gentle indicator, three.5mm audio port, microphone port, DC enter for the A/C adapter to cost the speaker, USB-A cost out so you can use the speaker to cost up your phone or other cellular gear, and a reset button in circumstance you require to very clear the speaker of pairings. All of the ports are secured by a considerable rubber deal with that flips down to entry the ports.

There are 4 huge rubber toes on the base to keep the speaker earlier mentioned the ground and to keep it sliding off of a area. The huge subwoofer s noticeable through the grille at the base. Tables shake a bit when the subwoofer is pounding out the bass and if the volume is loud adequate you can come to feel a bit of vibration even though sitting close to the speaker.

Technical specs

  • Subwoofer, two passive radiators, 4 complete-range motorists with 100W output
  • USB-A port to cost up cellular products, fifteen,600 mAh battery financial institution
  • IPX5 waterproof ranking
  • Bluetooth five. with 100 toes range
  • 18 hrs of music playtime
  • Can also serve as a speakerphone for phone calls
  • Proportions: 22 x eight x 9 inches and 17.4 lbs .
  • Rate: $399.ninety nine

Day by day utilization encounters

Although the default bass and treble options were fantastic for me, you can also enhance or reduce these to your liking. Only press the power button to toggle amongst volume, treble, and bass modes on the + or – buttons and the LED will show what manner you have activated.

The speaker is also waterproof accredited to IPX5 so it can acquire major rainfall or splashing for up to 30 minutes. Make guaranteed the ports are closed and secured. I did not have a prospect to exam it in a damp environment and it can be however safest not to do that way too usually.

The speaker can also be utilized as a speakerphone with phone phone calls and during this interval of lockdown, it is just one way to make guaranteed an full family can hear the caller on the other conclusion. You can also rest your phone on top rated of the speaker with the tackle servicing as the back of an integrated phone stand.

In my screening, the battery lasted for numerous hrs and I believe that the marketed 18 hrs is exact. When the remaining power drops to twenty% then you will hear an audible warning to allow you know to cost it quickly.

Make guaranteed to sign up the speaker as it will come with a two-year guarantee that handles flaws in components or workmanship. The $399.ninety nine cost tends to make this a speaker you only buy if you have a require for a very loud and remarkable outside speaker. If you do buy it, I assume you will be surprised by the efficiency though.

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