Braven 805

Braven’s out­door speak­ers de­cide to come in out of the rain

Mac Format - - RATED - Man­u­fac­turer Braven, Blue­tooth 2.1, 3.5mm line-in, 1x USB 24x10x7cm Weight 1.3kg Out­put 2x10W Ex­pan­sive sound­stage Long bat­tery life Can charge your iPhone or iPad Pre­mium price tag

Braven’s out­door speak­ers have proven very popular, thanks to their sound qual­ity and sturdy metal cas­ing. The Braven 805 is a slight change of tack, as it’s pri­mar­ily de­signed for in­door use.

Avail­able in sev­eral colours, the 805 looks al­most iden­ti­cal to the 850 model, but it swaps alu­minium for a more con­ven­tional plas­tic cas­ing. That’s ob­vi­ously less sturdy, but it al­lows Braven to shave al­most £80 off to reach a more af­ford­able £180.

You can connect your de­vices to the Braven 805 us­ing Blue­tooth or a 3.5mm au­dio jack. The ini­tial sound qual­ity is good, although hardly ex­cep­tional for a speaker in this price range. How­ever, the Braven 805 also in­cludes a fea­ture called ‘SRS WOW HD’ that you can use to en­hance the sound. The most no­table ef­fect of this is a stronger bass that works well for dance tracks. It also cre­ates a more ex­pan­sive sound that adds a nice ‘live’ feel to acous­tic tracks.

Other fea­tures in­clude a built-in mi­cro­phone and a speak­er­phone, and a recharge­able bat­tery that lasts for up to 18 hours. You can use the speaker’s bat­tery to top up your iPhone or iPad in an emer­gency.

There are less ex­pen­sive speak­ers that pro­vide sim­i­lar sound qual­ity, but the long bat­tery life and other fea­tures help the Braven 805 to earn its keep. Th­ese at­tributes make the 805 a good op­tion if you want a speaker that you can take on hol­i­day or take out­side for a BBQ when sum­mer comes round again. Cliff Joseph

Long bat­tery life and at­trac­tive sound make this a good choice around the house or in the gar­den.

Braven’s 805 model comes with added “wow”!

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