Later renamed as Braven it has continued to refine Bluetooth speaker offerings and is gaining mostly positive reviews from audio media.
Its latest product – the 710 – is a small portable, palm-sized speaker, not a room filler. Sound is good without being fabulous - given its size and weight, it compares favourably with Klipsch Gig, Jawbone, Bose, UE, and others in this overcrowded market.
Braven continues the philosophy of offering a rugged and IPX5 splash proof, speaker incorporating a ‘powerbank’ feature – a full size USB port to charge smartphone devices as well. The battery is 1400mAh and will charge at up to 1.1A – it will not work with higher drain devices like an iPad. Playback time is about 12 hours.
The unit charges via a micro USB cable (charger not supplied – you can use any USB charger). Charging at 1A will take under 3 hours.
It can pair with up to eight different devices and can use NFC for convenience. It can also pair to two 710’s for separate right and left channel stereo sound.
As smartphones are typically the music source, it has the ability to answer incoming calls as a hands free speakerphone.
This A$229.99 device weighs 388g and comes in Graphite, Blue or Silver.
A quality product that should be considered in the small, personal speaker market. If you need more power look at the Braven 850 with 20W sound output and an 8800mAH battery that will charge an iPad.