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Braven 855s

Water-resistant portable Bluetooth® speaker system(black and silver)

5 Reviews

Item # 832B855S

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Our take on the Braven 855s

Ready to take on the great outdoors? So's the Braven 855s. This rugged portable speaker system features an aircraft aluminum case enclosed in a shock-resistant rubberized housing. And don't worry about rain — the 855s is water-resistant. It's a great choice for music on a boat, at the beach, or poolside.

Ready to take on the great outdoors? So's the Braven 855s. This rugged portable speaker system features an aircraft aluminum case enclosed in a shock-resistant rubberized housing. And don't worry about rain — the 855s is water-resistant. It's a great choice for music on a boat, at the beach, or poolside.

Braven 855s portable bluetooth speaker system

Water-resistant design in a shock-absorbent housing.

Bluetooth connectivity for music and talk

The system's compatible with Bluetooth v3.0 that that delivers fuller, more detailed sound. The 855s 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 amazing sound.

If a call comes in on your smartphone while you're listening to your tunes, hit the Answer button on the top of the speaker to talk hands-free. The 855s has a built-in noise-canceling microphone to ensure your conversation will sound clean and clear.

Big sound from a portable speaker

The 855s has two 2-1/2" aluminum cone full-range drivers powered by a 20-watt Class D amplifier. A pair of 3-1/2" rear-firing passive bass radiators reinforce the low frequencies. Expect clean, accurate sound with full, rich bass.

You can even wirelessly pair your 855s with another 855s or a Braven 850 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 or tablet is running low, plug it into the USB port via the included charging cable.

Product Highlights:

  • powered portable speaker with Bluetooth wireless operation
  • range: 30 feet
  • Bluetooth v3.0 EDR for better streaming sound quality with compatible devices
  • built-in noise-canceling microphone for hands-free wireless speakerphone operation
  • can pair with an additional Braven 855s or 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 in shock-absorbing housing
  • IPX3 water-resistant rating — unaffected by water spray
  • 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
  • 10"W x 4-3/8"H x 2-15/16"D
  • weight: 5.7 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Quality construction, and attention to finnish and details. Delivers warm sound while being clear and crisp, surprisingly deep bass with no distortion. Battery life is longer than the advertised 20 hours, and it charges fully quicker than I expected.

Anonymous, Albuquerque, NM

What's in the Box:

  • 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

Braven 855s Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(5 Reviews)

not bad

alaska one from pertersburg alaska on 3/31/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Took a while to figure out the bluetooth how to get hooked up and how to shut it off . But once that was cleared up its all good never heard so much clean music from such a small unit big bass and super highs. I had a Sony bluetooth speaker that put out about 20watts peak but this is far better sound. I would have gave it 5stars but manual and instructions kind of vague .

Pros: Nice construction super big sound and looks like a very well built unit

Cons: Not a very well laid out manual had to guess at some of the functions how to turn things off and on

This Speaker Rocks

Anonymous from Albuquerque, NM on 1/20/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Quality construction, and attention to finnish and details. Delivers warm sound while being clear and crisp, surprisingly deep bass with no distortion. Battery life is longer than the advertised 20 hours, and it charges fully quicker than I expected.

Pros: Great sound, rugged, beautiful, and compact...

Cons: HD Sound activation not explained in instructions, had to find out how reading other reviews on this site, Bass is so good you might find the speaker walked off the table, I guess I could turn it down a little, lol.

Braven 855s

Anonymous from Mass on 12/18/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Lacking all except able sound quality for a speaker in this price range.

Pros: None

Cons: Cost

Outstanding Speaker

Carlos D. from Nashville, TN on 9/28/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

In lieu of the Bose, purchased the Braven 855 as it was more durable for the elements. Couldn't be more happy as the sound is very clear and powerful. Used the Braven at the beach and pool without fears of rain or sand. It is definitely not cheap, but clearly is a high quality and performance product. I am a big fan of Bose, but thought the Braven sound better and had more volume range. Sounds great both indoors and outdoors.

Pros: Sound quality, volume range, and product durability

Cons: none

Braven Rocks!

Matt from Louisville, KY on 8/30/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I compared the Braven 855S to a number of other products including the Jambox, Bose, Beats and Cambridge. Yes, the 855S is on the higher end of the price spectrum, but even at the price it's worth it. My priorities were sound quality and battery life. When compared against the competition, the 855S comes out on top. The fact that it's water resistant and capable of powering up my iPhone are simply bonus features the others can't match. I'm looking forward taking my 855S camping this fall knowing that its 20 hour battery will more then survive the weekend without the need to re-charge. Plus I fee confident it'll handle any weather we might encounter. I found the set up very easy. I had my iPhone hooked up within seconds of turning it on. Very easy to also link to other devices, so if your friends want to show off a play list then no problem. One piece of advice, be sure to press both the plus and minus buttons on top to activate the HD sound. As is, the 855S plays great, but the turning on of this feature makes a huge difference. It's not clearly articulated in the directions. Overall very satisfied with the purchase and looking forward to picking up another Braven soon.

Pros: Very easy to pair with your blue tooth device. Love the charging feature for my iPhone. Battery life lives up to specs.

Cons: Controls on top are difficult to navigate when it's dark outside. Found the HD sound boost to not be clearly identified in the instructions. Only realized this feature after reading another review.


Hands-on research

Product Research


Weatherproof Design: The Braven 855S Bluetooth speaker is completely weatherproof, making it rugged and dependable for outdoor use. Complying with NEMA IPX3 Waterproof Standards, the BRAVEN 855S speaker is protected against dust, rainfall, water jets, and water splashing (but not intended to be submersed in water).

Note: To ensure the Braven 855S is prepared for use in a wet environment, remove all cable connections and tightly close the side-panel water cap. If the water cap is not properly closed, the 855S watertight seals may be jeopardized. Any water entering the rear connection area will void the warranty, and could ruin your speaker.

Bluetooth Wireless Speaker: The Braven 855S Bluetooth speaker is Bluetooth version 2.1+EDR compliant and is ideal for your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, audio player, and other devices. The Braven 855S supports Bluetooth audio streaming (A2DP) and Bluetooth hands-free communication (HFP 1.5/HSP 1.1). The 855S speaker can sync wirelessly with most Bluetooth enabled devices (but not all). The 855S 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 855S 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 855S 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 855S speaker features a built-in noise-cancelling microphone and a answer/end button so you can answer phone calls from the speaker. When the 855S 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 855S speaker. Simply press the answer/end button on the speaker to answer your call through the Braven 855S. 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 855S 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 855Ss can be paired together for left and right stereo using "TrueWireless" technology.

Top-Panel Controls: The Braven 855S 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 855S 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 855S 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 855S 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 855S 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 855S 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 855S speaker should be charged for 6 hours before initial use. If the Braven 855S 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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