Braven 850

Portable Bluetooth® powered speaker system with aptX® audio streaming

Item #: 832B850

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Original Price: $229.99

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Want on-the-go music that packs a punch? That's what the Braven 850's all about. This beefy Bluetooth portable speaker system can deliver your music with authority — and the built-in battery gives you the power you need to keep the party going.

Braven 850 bluetooth portable powered speaker

You can use just about any Bluetooth-enabled portable with the Braven 850 — and recharge it, too.

Bluetooth connectivity for music and talk

The system's compatible with aptX audio coding, an advanced type of Bluetooth that delivers better sound quality. And the 850 is backwards-compatible with earlier forms of Bluetooth, too. So you can wirelessly stream your music from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other portable and still enjoy great sound.

If a call comes in on your smartphone while you're listening to your tunes, hit the Answer button on the side of the speaker to talk hands-free. The 850's built-in noise-canceling microphone ensures your conversation will sound clean and clear.

Big sound from a portable speaker

The 850 has two custom 2-1/2" high-performance full-range drivers powered by a 20-watt Class D digital amplifier. A pair of 3-1/2" rear-firing passive bass radiators reinforce the low frequencies. You'll experience clean, accurate sound with full, rich bass.

You can even wirelessly pair two Braven 850's to your Bluetooth device. Use them as left and right stereo speakers for even bigger, more powerful sound.

Power to go

The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 20 hours of continuous operation. It also serves as a power bank for your portable device. If your phone is running low, plug it into the USB port via the included charging cable.

Product Highlights:

  • Bluetooth wireless operation
  • range: 30 feet
  • aptX Bluetooth streaming for better sound quality with compatible devices
  • built-in noise-canceling microphone for hands-free wireless speakerphone operation
  • can pair with an additional Braven 850 for stereo sound
  • two 2-1/2" full-range drivers and two rear-firing 3-1/2" passive bass radiators
  • 20 watts total system power (10 watts x 2)
  • durable aircraft-gauge aluminum casing
  • stereo minijack input for portable devices (mini-to-mini cable included)
  • built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 20 hours
  • recharges your portable device via included USB Type A to USB mini charging cable
  • 9-1/2"W x 4-1/16"H x 2-3/4"D
  • weight: 3 lbs., 5.5 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Bluetooth speaker
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 57" DC cable)
  • 4 AC plug inserts (US/EU/UK/AU)
  • 26" Stereo minijack cable
  • Owner's Guide
  • Membership Card

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Features

Bluetooth Wireless Speaker: The Braven 850 Bluetooth speaker is Bluetooth version 2.1+EDR compliant and is ideal for your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, audio player, and other devices. The Braven 850 supports Bluetooth audio streaming (A2DP) and Bluetooth hands-free communication (HFP 1.5/HSP 1.1). The 850 speaker can sync wirelessly with most Bluetooth enabled devices (but not all). The 850 is capable of remembering the last 8 devices paired with it and will automatically search for previous connections when the speaker is initially turned on (only one device can be used at a time).

  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Braven 850 Bluetooth speaker streams stereo music wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices such as your Apple iOS device, Android smartphones/tablets, Blackberry, computer/PC or other devices. The Braven 850 offers basic playback control (Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) over your music. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to view song/artist information.
  • Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The 850 speaker features a built-in noise-cancelling microphone and a answer/end button so you can answer phone calls from the speaker. When the 850 is synced via Bluetooth with your mobile phone and a call comes in, your music will be pause and the phone's ring tone will play over the 850 speaker. Simply press the answer/end button on the speaker to answer your call through the Braven 850. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to view video calls, manually enter a phone number, and control other advanced phone functions.
Note:  If Bluetooth connection is lost, the speaker will look to re-establish that connection again, but will not automatically look for the device again if the Bluetooth connection is turned off on the device until the speaker is turned off and then turned on again. If the device goes out of range and then comes back into Bluetooth range, the speaker will automatically reestablish the connection.

Aptx Technology: AptX audio coding technology allows for lossless, audiophile-quality wireless streaming of your music.

Class D Amp + Passive Radiator Speaker Design w/ SRS WOW: The 850 Bluetooth speaker features dual front-firing 2.5" full-range drivers powered by a 20-watt Class D digital amplifier for detailed sound. Two rear-firing 3.5" passive radiators provide complementary midbass. SRS WOW restores your music, making it sound more like what the artist intended during the creation process. Rather than having to endure thin, tinny sound, with SRS WOW you can enjoy audio that sounds wider, taller, with greater clarity, and with a stronger bass.

Note: Two Braven 850s can be paired together for left and right stereo using "TrueWireless" technology.

Top-Panel Controls: The Braven 850 Bluetooth speaker offers convenient top-panel controls that included Power, Answer/End, Play/Pause, and Volume Up/Down (doubles as Next/Previous track with long press).

Auxiliary Input: For devices that do not support Bluetooth, the Braven 850 features an auxiliary input (3.5mm) and includes a stereo minijack audio cable that can be connected between the Braven speaker and your music player. The Braven speaker can be used with music players that have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

USB Charging Port: The Braven 850 is designed to efficiently charge mobile phones, tablets and other small portable devices that draw power from a 0.3A to 2.1A charge, via the speaker's USB (type-A) port. To charge your mobile device, simply plug the USB end of your phone's charging cable into the Braven speaker's USB port and plug your phone into the other end. Once both ends are connected, your phone will begin charging. The Braven 850 won't charge unless the speaker's battery has some charge and is in the "On" position. On a full charge, without music playing, the 850 can charge a typical smartphone to approximately 50-70% (depending on model/battery size). You can also continue to listen to your device's music through the Braven speaker, while its charging (as long as the Braven speaker has an adequate charge).

Note: This USB charging port cannot be used for audio streaming. 

Rechargeable Battery: The Braven 850 speaker has a built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer battery (7.4V/8800mAh) that provides up to 20 hours of playback time at moderate volume levels. You can easily recharge the battery using the included AC power adapter. Charging time is approximately 4 to 6 hours. An  LED indicates battery level and charging status. You can continue to play your music through the Braven speaker while it charges.

Note: The Braven 850 speaker should be charged for 6 hours before initial use. If the Braven 850 does not have an active Bluetooth connection and is left on, it will shut itself off after 90 minutes to save battery power.

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Braven 850

Written By GA, Portland, ME on Thursday, April 03, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very happy with the Braven 850. Sound quality is excellent and battery life is as advertised. Great back-up charger for phone too.

Pros: Sounds great Long battery life Charges phone syncs easily nice design

Cons: None yet!

A lot in a medium sized package

Written By Rick S., Merrimack Co., NH on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I think that this speaker is well worth its price. I have a Bose for my small apt in MA and it equals the sound link plus has the boost a larger speaker system can give to lower notes. I'm thinking of buying a second speaker to give me stereo.

Pros: Great looking with a good range of quality sound; works nicely with my iPhone and I don't have to go to the settings to reactivate it.

Cons: Made in China