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BRAVEN 600 BLUETOOTH WIRELESS SPEAKER (GREY)

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.4 x 6.4 cm ; 454 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 794 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: BZ600GBA
  • ASIN: B007ZBIFIG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 May 2013

Product Description

2x custom HD audio drivers provide stereo audio amplified by left and right channel passive sub woofers. A 6 W total output speaker will enable your media to fill the room with engaging audio. It can be used wirelessly with any Bluetooth device from up to 33 feet away. If your device isn't Bluetooth compatible, you can still connect using the included 3.5 mm audio cable.
The Braven 600 uses a 1400 mAh portable USB power bank to keep your music, audio, and calls going for long time. Plus, when you're out and about, you can use it to charge your USB mobile device.

General:

Product Type : Speaker - For Portable use - wireless

Integrated Components : Microphone

Width : 15.85 cm

Depth : 4.5 cm

Height : 6.4 cm

Weight : 340 g

Enclosure Colour : Aluminum grey

Enclosure Material : Aluminium

Speaker System:

Speaker Type : Active

Nominal (RMS) Output Power : 6 Watt

Audio Amplifier : Integrated

Connectivity Interfaces : Bluetooth 3.0

Bluetooth Profiles : Hands Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

Transmission Range : 10 m

Built-in Devices : Microphone

Additional Features : Charging, USB charging

Speaker System Details:

Speaker Details : Speaker - stereo - 2 x 3 Watt - active

Connections:

Connector Type : Audio line-in ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) Audio output ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) DC power output ( 4 PIN USB Type A )

Miscellaneous:

Included Accessories : Carrying case, AC power adaptor, audio cable, USB charging cable

Power:

Capacity : 1400 mAh

Run Time (Up To) : 12 hour(s)

Battery:

Type : Speaker battery - rechargeable

(free converter plug included if required)



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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  130 reviews
147 of 149 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A matter of preference 7 July 2012
By Strap - Published on Amazon.com
So, if you're like me, you have been deciding between the Braven and the Jawbone Jambox. I couldn't decide based on existing reviews, so I went ahead and ordered both.

For the purposes of this review, I am comparing the Braven 600 Moab Red and the Jawbone Jambox Black Diamond using an AT&T iPhone 4s. And as a point of reference, I generally switch between a pair of Klipsch reference S4i and UE Triple Fi 10s.

The Braven comes in a very stiff plastic box with the speaker on prominent display and the accessories in a lower compartment. After charging, turning the Braven on/off gives a distinctive chime/thump. Pairing is straightforward, as with other Bluetooth devices. The range seems to be par, about 30 feet without barriers, less if there are walls or even if your phone is in pocket. So, how's the sound? Overall, very good. Highs are the Braven's strong point. Clear and loud is how I would describe it. However, I like a little thump in my music, so I prefer putting the iPhone on the bass booster setting. (I know, this usually causes the sound to be very boomy and unpleasant but I was surprised by the results with this speaker.) It seems to tame the highs and bring out the bottom end a bit. It does reduce the volume a good amount, but I find the end result very pleasing.

The Jambox shares a lot of the same attributes. The packaging appears to be a little more high-end, with some very cool accessories (flat cables, collapsible magnetic case). The jambox is a tiny but smaller and the buttons are on top instead of on the sides. The sound of the Jambox can be described as heavy. There is definitely a more pronounced bass sound that you can feel. However, after listening to the Braven, the Jambox sounds a little dull and enclosed. The Jambox just doesn't sound as open as the Braven. Adjusting the EQ, as with the Braven, helped only a little. A friend who I had listen to them blindly, liked the Jambox sound better.

Other things to consider are that the Braven has a larger/longer battery and can charge your phone/device in a pinch, and you can skip tracks with the Braven as opposed to the Jambox, which can only adjust volume on the device. Both can serve as a speaker phone. The Jambox can be upgraded and customized, and in general, "cooler" given its design brand recognition.

Overall, I think the Braven sounds better and has intangibles that make it a better choice, but if thump and status are your concern, go with the Jambox.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Portable Sound 1 July 2012
By Darley Fay - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
If you're looking for portable sound with a speakerphone to boot, this is for you. I did quite a bit of research and nearly purchased the Jambox but after after a few pool parties with my new Braven 600, I am happy with my purchase. There are some outstanding things to point out:

Setup: Simple bluetooth searching on my mac, ipad and iphone all instantly connected.
Instructions and Packaging: Aside from all the tape dots to remove (which I'm not a fan of), the packaging is minimal and the instructions are awesome. A small card with simple illustrations to follow and just like that, you're set up.

Sound: Music is crisp and clear and has decent range for a small, portable speaker. We brought it outside by our pool and it gives us just enough sound for an enjoyable time. Will likely purchase another and daisy chain it to cover both sides of the pool.

Portability: small and light. What else can you say?

Love this speaker and you will too.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware On/Off Switch is Defective 16 Sep 2013
By HN - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I used the Braven BZ600GBA 600 Grey for about a month (great speaker for the month, good sound, can charge your device when plugged in, metal body is great) and then the On/Off switch would not function properly and the unit did not work.

I called the company's Customer Support and before I could say anything they eluded to this issue before I even said why I was calling. I sent the unit in (the customer is responsible for the shipping costs TO Braven)

They sent me a replacement unit and in less than 2 days of using it the On/Off switch broke again and the unit does not work.

I am in the process of contacting the company. I will update when I hear back.

UPDATE 8/29/14
So I contacted Braven again just after I posted the last review and they offered me a slightly upgraded rugged version for no additional cost. They were very friendly and considerate. I have been using the speaker daily for about a year now and have not had a problem with the on/off switch. I would still not recommend this product with the on/off switch design, it is not a robust switch and I feel it may break again in the future.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Jambox? 11 July 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I really like this unit. It has bigger volume than the Jambox and is not as overpowered on the bass as the Jambox is. The sound was clean and clear all the way up. Very impressive. I like the size, weight, and design - which is very sturdy; very solid. Looks like you could stand on it with any problem. My only complaint is that it would pair with my cellphone - though it paired with my Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Pairing is not as effortless as the Jambox, it seems, but that could be just me. For $50 less, I would strongly consider this unit over the Jambox.

Having said that, for the same price as the Jambox, I would get the Monster ClarityHD Micro (the new version, out July 2012, for $199). This has tons of volume and almost the same exact sound quality as the Braven - and also takes voice commands, which is cool. It's a tough call between these two, but the volume makes it, if not the voice commands. If $150 is your limit; definitely the Braven.

BTW: I've tried the Logitech Mini Boombox and the original Monster ClarityHD. The new Micro is best of all, but if you're on a budget, the original is my second pick, at under $100. Though I did have trouble pairing that with my phone OR tablet. I might have gotten a bad one, or something.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great speaker for the size and price! 15 Feb 2014
By C L Hinds - Published on Amazon.com
I picked up the silver version of the Braven 600 on ebay for $66 shipped. I've now spent several hours with it and i thought I'd take some time to right an in-depth review.

DESIGN

This speaker is very attractive. I really like the modern, yet understated, design. It looks similar to many speakers in this class, but is not without nuance.

Four of it's sides are metal with the two ends being plastic. The metal inclosure really gives this speaker a premium look and feel compared to many of the plastic ones in this class. It looks nice next to both my iPhone 4s and Macbook Pro. I can't speaker to the red version as I've never seen it in person.

On the left side is the phone button, auxiliary output and USB charging output port. On the left side is the volume control, play/pause button, micro-USB charging input port, and an auxiliary input port. On top of the speaker is the "Braven" logo in silver spanning just over 3 inches. On the bottom our two rubber feet–which keep the speaker in place. On the front is a small "Braven 600" logo in the bottom right corner.

The speaker weighs almost a pound. It feels sturdy, but not weighty in the hand. It will add a little weight to a backpack or laptop case, but not an enormous amount. You wouldn't want it to be too light, then it would feel cheap and probably be made of cheap components.

FEATURES

The Braven 600 is a Bluetooth 3.0 device with A2DP 1.2 Support and an average range of 33 ft. My real world results were more like 25 feet with my iPhone 4s and a almost 30 with my iPad 3rd Gen. It has two full-range drivers rated at 3W each and a passive subwoofer. The included speakerphone capability and device charging are nice features to have as well. The 600 also has an audio output port that allows you to play audio through another Braven speaker or any speaker with a 3.55MM aux input.

Included in the box along with the speaker is a USB wall charger with four different plugs for international use, a micro-USB cable, and 3.55MM aux cable and a micro-fiber carrying case.

SOUND QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE

Once I paired my Braven 600 with my iPhone–which was easy to do–I began running some rigorous sound tests. I started out firing up some Live. I was pleasantly surprised by the 600's clear, crisp sound reproduction on "I Alone" and "All Over Me." The Braven produced clear highs, decent mids and a surprising amount of bass for it's small size.

Next I sat back and put on some Frank Sinatra. It was then that I noticed that that the 600's highs could be a bit harsh at times. The brass section on "Luck Be A Lady" was overemphasized and a bit painful to listen to at higher levels. Turning down the higher frequencies on my phone helped a bit, but then he music sounded a bit flat.

Finally, I wanted to see how well the speaker would do with some bass heavy music. I was a bit skeptical of how well such a small speaker would do with heart thumping music such as that of Lasgo. I was more than impressed with the bass coming from the speaker on "Something" and "Feelings." It's certainly not as loud or as deep as that of my 5.1 home theatre system, but its quite good for a small BT speaker. However, I did find the speaker did leave out some of mid-range frequencies, but that is to be expected with a bluetooth connection. Remember, I was playing compressed MP3s over a compressed wireless connection standard.

I tried several different device and connection setups to see how I could get the best sound out of the 600. I was surprised to find that using the aux input port really didn't improve the sound quality a noticeable amount. Nor did playing a CD with my Macbook Pro over either BT or the aux jack. At first I was a bit underwelmed with the volume form this speaker, but I then remembered that I had 'sound check' enabled on in my iPhone settings. After turning that off i was able to get a lot more volume out of the speaker.

In summery I would say that this is one of the best sounded bluetooth speakers I've heard. I've comported it to the Mini Jambox, Big Jambox, and Bose Soundllink Mini. The Big Jambox is probably the best and the loudest, but it's also the biggest and most expensive. I'd say this speaker is comparable to the Mini Jambox if not a bit better. Right now, the red Braven 600 is half the price of the Mini Jambox.

After spending several hours testing the music playback capabilities of this speaker I tested the speakerphone. I rang up my mom and I could hear her quite well through the 600. She said she could hear me ok, but after I was more than couple off feet away from the speaker she said I was hard to hear. So the speakerphone ability is not amazing but it does work and is nice to have in a pinch.

One nice feature of this BT speaker is its ability to charge other USB drives. The 600 charged my iPhone with no problem and was even able to charge my ipad. One quirks with this feature, however, was the fact that the speaker shuts of afar a few minutes of non-use and this disengages the charging. The speaker still charges, but the device attached to it no longer will. So if you are playing audi through the speaker it will charge your device, once the adui stops your device will stop charging after a few minutes as well.

Another great feature of Braven 600 is it's ability to pass audio through it's auxiliary out port. I connect to the speaker via bluetooth and then connected the aux out to my home stereo. Sound was not playing through both the 600 and my Polk Audio 5.1 speaker system. Sound quality through the Polk Audio speakers was pretty good. I think i get better quality playing music through it via airplay on my Apple TV though.

CONCLUSION

The reason I have given this speaker a five star rating is for is construction, features and sound quality versus price. At $80 shipped it is one of the best deals in BT speakers on amazon. The $66 I paid for it is more than a steal. It's sound is more comparable to speakers costing $150 or more. I cannot recommend this speaker enough.
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