Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Unboxed: Braven 710 - Style & Sound in the Palm of Your Hand

There are wireless speakers and there are sought after wireless speakers. Braven has the bad boys of the wireless speakers industry, with the Braven 710 (P7,450) model being the Will Smith of the line. And like Will Smith, the Braven 710 is smooth, sleek, and oh-so-sexy with features you'd never expect it to have, which comes as a pleasant surprise once you figure it out. The good folks from Beyond the Box sent me one to check out, and I have to say, I'm pretty happy with this small wireless speaker.

Lightweight and portable, the powerful Braven 710 Speaker is equipped with industry leading aptX encoding for an amazingly clear listening experience and up to 12 hours of play time. Custom high fidelity audio drivers deliver powerful room-filling sound to your music, media, conference calls and more. The Braven 710 also acts as a power bank - simply plug your smartphone or tablet into the speaker for an extra boost of power while you play tunes. With its IPX5 certified water-resistant splash-proof design, the palm-sized speaker is ready to rock, talk and charge. For an immersive left and right stereo experience, you can also pair two Braven 710 speakers together using TrueWireless™.

The Anodized Aluminum exterior of the Braven 710 makes the whole thing look so badass! There's no other word to describe it! The aircraft grade aluminum exterior is machined to precision, creating a beautiful, sleek design. I feel like I'm holding NASA technology whenever I handle this work of art - feeling the cold smooth curves and precision grooves, the rubbery texture of the sides and bottom gives it the look of something that came out of Futurama. And with IPX5 Water Resistance, it's halfway there! This is virtually splashproof and waterproof, just don't dunk it into the ocean or pool and forget about it for the next hour.

The 710 also boasts of playtime longer than most. While ordinary speakers conk out after 8 hours, this baby uses its 1400mAH battery to play wireless audio for up to 12 hours. It's also a breeze to pair with your NFC-enabled devices, like an iPhone, to play music or watch movies using the Braven Speaker.

The only drawback with these wireless speakers is you don't get that "surround sound" vibe with it being so small. The problem is solved with it's Wired Daisy Chaining capability, allowing you to multiply your sound by connecting multiple Braven speakers through the AUX in and out ports. Or you can skip the wires and go True Wireless - just press and hold the battery button to wirelessly connect your 710 to another 710 speaker, creating a left and right channel stereo. How bawse is that?!

I personally like using the Bluetooth Receiver to play music through speakers via Bluetooth. While I'm at it, I can also charge my iPhone and other small devices (such as my Momax iPower Xtra) on the USB port available on the side.

On the other side of the 710, you have the Playback Controls - turn the volume up or down from the speaker. press and hold the volume up or down to skip tracks. You can also Sync Wirelessley and stream music via bluetooth by syncing with a compatible device, syncing it by using the volume control. It took me a while to figure that out, but once I did, it was smooth sailing ahead. This device also acts as a speakerphone, and you can accept and end calls from the speaker's controls.

So, if you're mucking around Manila in search for some badass-looking, lightweight wireless speakers, the Braven 710 is your best bet. Although a fairly new player in the wireless speaker scene, Braven has managed to blow most of it's competition out of the water. How many of your friends can say their speakers are made out of aircraft-grade aluminum?

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