WIRED: BRAVEN 625s Review
By Dak | August 12, 2012 | 6:45 am |
I might be an Apple junkie, but I’ve never been fond of wireless speakers. To be honest, I never saw the point in them. They all seemed like one more thing to keep track of and, inevitably, keep charged. But that was before I was given the chance to try out the Braven 625s Bluetooth 3.0 speaker. Now I can’t imagine listening to my music any other way. Between the ease of setting it up on my devices and the clarity of the sound coming from it, I am sold.
When I first got the speaker, I wasn’t that excited. Since I have an Apple TV, I don’t usually use my iPod or iPhone for music while at home. Instead, I stream it from my computer directly to my TV. The day the speaker arrived, I sett up on my iPhone just to experiment. Once assembled, I turned off my TV and started up my “Strength in Myself” playlist. Right off the bat, I knew something was different. When the music started playing, I was immediately surprised at the sound quality. Later, I received a phone call, and instead of talking on my iPhone, I let the call come over the speakers. I was able to hear the caller and have them hear me without any issues.
Even though it will never see the outdoors, this speaker was built for the adventurer. The outside is padded with a shock absorbing material and it has its own little USB flashlight that you can attach.
By holding down the up and down volume buttons you can go forward or backwards in your playlist. If a call comes in and you want the speaker to answer it, just press the phone button and the speaker takes care of it. Pretty simple.
One of my favorite features is the battery light. When it blinks white the device is telling you that it’s at 100%; blue means it’s at 50% and Red means 10%. This is handy because some of my other wireless devices wait until they are almost dead to tell me they need charging. The different colored lights on the speaker will keep me from going without it when I really want to use it.
In addition to being a wireless speaker, the Braven 625s can also charge your devices off of its own battery. Amazingly, the battery itself can go for 16 hours before needing another charge (depending on if you are charging another device as well as playing music through the speakers). Be careful if you are listening to music via the 3.5mm jack and trying to charge a device, though. You can only use one at a time.
Overall, I am extremely happy with this speaker. I’m not sure how I feel about the $180 price tag, but then again, it does more than just play my music. So if you divide it by three (music speaker, hands free device, USB charger), then I guess that knocks it down to $60 per feature. Considering that I have aniPhone case that cost $100 (to charge my iPhone while I’m using it), a $90 bluetooth headset and a $80 iHome, I guess $180 is not so bad after all.
You can pick up the Braven 625s Wireless Bluetooth Speaker/Power Bank from Amazon or throughBraven’s website.
What do you think? Do you have a wireless speaker you swear by? Let us know in the comments.
In exchange for my time and efforts in reporting my opinion within this blog, I received a free review sample. Even though I receive this benefit, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.
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