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First Look: Braven 855s: Water-resistant Bluetooth speaker is built like a tank
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First Look: Braven 855s: Water-resistant Bluetooth speaker is built like a tank

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If you're looking for a beefier portable wireless speaker to take outdoors, the $300 Braven 855s can pound out the tunes and has good battery life.

The Braven 855s is a water-resistant wireless Bluetooth speaker that's designed for both indoor and outdoor use. At $ 300 it's fairly pricey, but it certainly is rugged and delivers big sound for its' relatively small size. It also has good battery life. Hi, I'm David Carnoy and I'm going to give you a quick video tour of this speaker, which has been on the market since 2013. It's currently Braven's top-of-the-line Bluetooth speaker, and is the weatherized version of its 850 speaker, which costs around $20 less. Clearly one of its strongest points is its build quality. The thing's built like a tank and feels pretty hefty, weighing in at four pounds. It's rubberized on the top, bottom, and sides, and has a removable rubber gasket that covers all the ports. Underneath that gasket, you'll find the power connection and auxiliary input for non-Bluetooth devices, a battery life indicator, and a USB charging port for juicing up your cell phone or tablet. Wireless range is the standard 33 feet or 10 meters. Beyond the USB charging port the speaker does feature a few other extras. There's a built in speaker phone in app decks for devices supported, app decks is supposed to make Bluetooth audio cell better, but it's really hard to tell if it actually makes a difference. For better or worse, since this is a larger portable speaker, you have to charge it using its own AC adaptor and not a micro USB cable. As I said, it does offer very good battery life, up to a whopping 20 hours at more moderate volume levels. It also sounds good for its size, it plays loud, has some nice kick to its base, and holds together well at higher volumes. It's a TadHarsh in the treble and isn't the most detailed speaker, that par for the course for these types of portable Bluetooth speakers. This is considered a stereo speaker, but because the drivers are so close together, you get little to no stereo separation. There is an option to wirelessly join two of these speakers together to form a left right pair, for true stereo sound, but I'm not sure how many people want to spend $600 to do that. Well, I like this brave and think it's a solid choice if you're looking for a beefier, rugged, portal wireless speaker that plays loud and features excellent battery life. That said I probably prefer the two hundred dollar UE Boom, because it's more compact and easier to tote around. I also like the TDK Life on Record A33 which can be had online for about a $150 and is a better over all value. I'm David Carnoway and that's the Braven 855s, thanks for watching. [MUSIC]

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