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Review: Braven 570 HD Wireless Speaker/Speakerphone/Phone Charger

Braven‘s a big name in the speaker sub-industry—with matching big prices. Its portable Bluetooth speakers are pretty, and command a pretty penny. That’s why the 570, one of its newest models, breaks the mold with a more affordable audio solution.

We’ve all seen Bravens before: it’s usually a rectangular box with lots of holes in it, and baby, it’s a loud little sucker. Well, this one isn’t really much different.

The Braven 570 HD Wireless Speaker retains the shape and components of its brothers, and more importantly, their impeccable performance. It comes closest to its big brother Braven 650 in appearance.

The 570 connects easily via Bluetooth to your laptop, smartphone, tablet or MP3 player, and belts out the audio in a very loud, clear volume, enough for a medium-sized room, with very little distortion at maximum levels. There’s also a noise-cancelling microphone situated on the lower right front of the speaker, just above the Braven 570 label, for a nice speakerphone function.

In the box, aside from the speaker, you get a micro-USB charging cable, a 3.5mm AUX audio cable, and some paperwork.

On one end, the right, the 570 has a bunch of controls: a power switch, volume up and down buttons, a speakerphone button, along with a 3.5mm AUX IN audio port for connecting non-Bluetooth devices, and a micro-USB port for charging.

On the left end, you get a Bluetooth pairing button, a 3.5mm AUX OUT port if you want to daisy-chain it to another Braven for the stereo experience, and finally, a full USB port (we’ll get to that a bit later).

There are a couple of 40mm drivers in there, a 40mm passive subwoofer, and a Class D digital amplifier. The 570 can output as much as 6W, which makes it a formidable little speaker. The bass is good, although the highs can get to be a little trebly and harsh at the maximum volume. But on the whole it’s a good speaker, even if it only delivers a mono experience.

Now let’s get to why the 570 is cheaper than its brethren:

  • Firstly, the aluminum metal box is gone. The 570′s is made from matt molded plastic polymer. The polymer doesn’t look cheap though—I could swear it was the same metal case of the others. But you can tell because it’s also lighter than the others, weighing only 312g, a full 88g less than its brothers. And the plastic polymer is strong and impact-resistant, which makes just as good.
  • Secondly, the AptX streaming codec that is standard on the 650, which makes Bluetooth audio sound slightly better, has been dropped from the 570. Granted, this is an issue only with newer, higher-end Android devices mostly. It requires it to be present on both the transmitting device and the receiver, and Apple still hasn’t implemented it in their iPhones, iPods and iPads, so if you’re a Apple fanatic, you’re still good to go. Besides, the AptX codec is only noticeable if you’re using large speaker drivers, and is usually not an issue for the 570′s small 40mm drivers.
  • Thirdly, the Li-ion battery is only 1200 mAh, as opposed to the powerful 2000 mAh of the others, and lowering the working charge to 10 hours only, as opposed to the 20 hours you’ve come to expect from a typical Braven BT speaker. The nice thing about the Braven 570 is the inclusion of a phone-charging USB port, allowing you to (partially) charge your smartphone or other device and keep the party going. It can’t fully charge an iPhone 5 or 4S, or a Samsung Note 2 or Galaxy S3, but is fine for other older phones.

The Braven 570 HD Wireless Speaker/Speakerphone/Phone Charger comes in black, white, red, green violet and blue colors, and is available for a more affordable Php 4,450 at Digital Hub, Digital Walker and Beyond The Box branches.

Adel

Adel

Adel Gabot is a freelance writer, editor, teacher and Palanca award-winning fictionist. In his spare time he loves Macs, his iPad and iPhone, old Sean Connery 007 movies, Stephen King books, his Kindle Paperwhite, his Nexus 7, his video games, Green Tea ice cream, Aeropressed coffee and a good Merlot. His favorite noodles: Ma Mon Luk mami.

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