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Braven BRV-X

Waterproof portable Bluetooth® speaker system (Black)

14 Reviews | 2 questions - 9 answers

Item # 832BRVXB

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Our take on the Braven BRV-X

Heavy-duty yet light to carry, the Braven BRV-X portable speaker is ideal for camping, hiking, biking, boating — basically any outdoor activity where durability is as important as great sound. When you pull the BRV-X out of the box, you'll notice the substantial feel of the solid rubber housing and the sturdy metal front. The BRV-X has been built to survive the rough-and-tumble lifestyle of the thrill-seeker, adventurer, or accident-prone. When the supplied hard plastic cap is closed, the BRV-X is "IPX7 certified waterproof," meaning it can endure a rainstorm or sprinkler system — even some dust and dirt.

BRV-X in dirt

BRV-X's rugged exterior (shown in black) can handle grit and grime, while the speaker delivers clean sound.

A portable speaker built like a tank

Heavy-duty yet light to carry, the Braven BRV-X portable speaker is ideal for camping, hiking, biking, boating — basically any outdoor activity where durability is as important as great sound. When you pull the BRV-X out of the box, you'll notice the substantial feel of the solid rubber housing and the sturdy metal front. The BRV-X has been built to survive the rough-and-tumble lifestyle of the thrill-seeker, adventurer, or accident-prone. When the supplied hard plastic cap is closed, the BRV-X is "IPX7 certified waterproof," meaning it can endure a rainstorm or sprinkler system — even some dust and dirt.

From our article Braven BRV-X Bluetooth® speaker review

"It took a beating, charged our phones, and provided a quality soundtrack to our camping trip."

— Jeff, Crutchfield AV writer

Bluetooth connectivity for music and talk

Stream audio to the BRV-X from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, laptop or other device. Use the large, easy-to-push buttons located on each corner of the speaker to pair your device, play or pause your music, control volume, or toggle the power. If a call comes in on your phone while you're listening to tunes, you can hit the play/pause button on the speaker to talk hands-free using the BRV-X's built-in microphone. The microphone is noise-canceling, eliminating pesky background sounds, including wind. 

Robust sound

Braven designed this rough and ready wireless speaker to sound just as strong as it looks. With a pair of 2" custom drivers and a passive bass radiator, it produces clear highs along with solid, accurate mids and lows. Choose indoor or outdoor mode to optimize your listening experience. TrueWireless™ technology lets you wirelessly pair two BRV-Xs (each sold separately) for use as left and right speakers in a stereo pair.

Power station for your phone

The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 12 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: 33 feet
  • durable metal casing with shock-absorbing rubber and solid plastic housing
  • IPX7 waterproof design (waterproof down to 3 feet, while submerged for up to 20 minutes)
  • selectable indoor and outdoor listening modes
  • built-in noise-canceling microphone for hands-free wireless speakerphone operation
  • two 2" full-range drivers and a passive bass radiator
  • stereo minijack input for portable devices (mini-to-mini cable included)
  • NFC-compatible for one-touch pairing with compatible smartphones
  • built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 12 hours
  • recharges your phone via included USB Type A to USB mini charging cable
  • 1 wrist strap and 1 travel strap (for hanging or attaching to other objects)
  • 9-1/16"W x 3"H x 3-3/4"D
  • weight: 1.5 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

This speaker is user friendly, has great sound, & a long battery life.

Some Guy, Lost in the woods, USA

What's in the Box:

  • Bluetooth speaker
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 57" DC cord)
  • 4 AC power plugs (US/EU/UK/AU)
  • 26" Stereo minijack cable
  • Wrist strap
  • Travel strap
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warnings/Cautions/Legal Information

Braven BRV-X Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(14 Reviews)

Great Package

Some Guy from Lost in the woods, USA on 3/9/2016

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This speaker is user friendly, has great sound, & a long battery life.

Pros: Great sound, long battery life.

Cons: Heavy


GordoB from Buffalo, New York on 7/17/2015

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Very nice little speaker and well built. I just wish it had a bit more bass for the $$$. Absolutely love that you can pair 2 for stereo.

Pros: battery life, portability, attachment possibilities.

Cons: Lack of bass.

Braveness BRV-x on the water

Jim T. from Horseshoe Beach, Fl on 6/10/2015

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I purchased the product for use on my sailboat during day cruises. Overall, I am very satisfied with the size, sound quality, and appearance. Because the sailboat is rarely level on the water when in motion, I am most impressed with the ability of the unit to remain in place. I would rate this important feature exceptional for a sailing enthusiast. The compound used for the outer skin is very effective. My only complaint is the higher frequencies when in "outdoor" mode. Fortunately, the loudness factor is more that adequate in "indoor" mode for the cockpit of my boat.

Pros: Stability to remain in place. Size. Quality of construction.

Cons: Upper end frequencies in outdoor mode.

No bass

John V from California on 2/26/2015

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This speaker sounds so poor that I must wonder if the drivers may have been wired out of phase. The sound also seems to move around, again indicative of misphased drivers. No Bass. The sound is very flat and somewhat tinny (yes, I did have it set on indoor). I have the smaller Braven BRV-1 which is about a third the size and it sounds almost as good. I compared this Braven to the smaller Braven,two Boses' (which to be fair are known for exceptional bass) and even a little JBL Clip. It just sounds bad. I arranged to return it, saving a trip to the trash can thankfully. I urge all to be an informed buyer on this speaker as you will be shocked at how flat it sounds compared to others. Few products have disappointed me as much as this Bluetooth Speaker. For the record I like the small BRV-1, my Son likes the Braven BRV-1 I gave him, I really like both Bose's, two JBL Clips and an older Jabra. It is not me here. Possibly I got a defective unit.

Pros: Nice looking, hi capacity internal battery for long play and phone charging. Appears nicely made.

Cons: Simply poor sound. No bass. Must use proprietary 110 charger-no USB unit charge possible. Charger fairly large and heavy. Pairing LED small and hard to see. Charge jack felt "stickey" and did not want to snap in all the way. Kind of hangs up- this is a 12v barrel plug socket. Socket seems poorly aligned. .

Perfect for my situation

Neil from Wading River NY on 2/5/2015

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I was looking for a Bluetooth speaker to run with my iPad air (playing iTunes) when I worked out. I did not want any elaborate system etc..And this is perfect...I play my music...and can move the Braven around (near the elliptical, over to the bow flex etc...)...Rugged...solid...sounds great.

Pros: Rugged, small, portable..



paul from oregon from ontario oregon on 11/1/2014

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Perfect speaker ,indoors and out ,rain or shine. No worries about spills ,trips or falls . Great sound. Awesome unit. Teamed with crutchfield a perfect choice indeed! Enjoy!



Great sound from all terrain speaker

Jim A. from Portageville Mo on 9/4/2014

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Couldn't be happier with this speaker! Volume is more than sufficient to be heard in my 900 ranger at 50 mph on a gravel road. Armored & waterproof (yes I had to test with a good dunking). Battery life is great also.

Pros: Good sound, portable, waterproof, great battery life

Cons: Little pricey

Definitely waterproof!

AnneV from Western New York on 8/14/2014

Bought speaker for use on patio, on our boat, and at the dock. Perfect for small settings, but not enough volume for large parties if that is your intended use. Easy to sync and control via Bluetooth. Sound quality is very good for its size, only comment would be slightly weak in the bass end. Definitely waterproof! During preparation for a 3 week boat trip, placed speaker in an open top canvas tote then departed by boat - forgetting tote in the uncovered bed of our pickup truck. Three weeks and many rainstorms later, we returned to find two inches of water in bottom of tote and all contents - except speaker! - water logged. Shook the water off the speaker, sat it in sun to dry, and it's good as new! (PS, we installed usb charging ports on our boat so can recharge all of our electronic devices when underway or connected to shore power.)

Pros: perfect for small settings, waterproof, convenient size, very good sound for size, good battery life


Excellent Outdoor Speaker

Joey from Richmond, VA on 8/11/2014

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Excellent speaker and easy to use. Use it for grilling on the deck. Works and sounds great.

Pros: Battery life, ease of use

Cons: price

Great speaker

Nate from St louis on 7/18/2014

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This speaker is absolutely great it takes anything you can throw at it and still survives. I've strapped it to a sailboat, taken in floating, it literally is perfect for the elements. My only challenge now is finding an iPod case that is waterproof and can resist the heat and stop overheating

Pros: Great design for outdoor activities waterproof shockproof

Cons: Battery life is good but not as amazing as I expected but definitely still good considering it's normally at full volume in 95 degree weather

As expected

Tag from Jonesborough, Tn on 7/14/2014

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Good quality & durable. Overall satisfied with easy Bluetooth connection.

Pros: Ready out of the box, easy Bluetooth connection, great battery life

Cons: None yet

Great indoor speaker

Matt from Atlanta, GA on 7/5/2014

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Very good speaker for indoor and on the porch.. The stereo with two speakers is really nice, but when running both speakers, the bluetooth power is cut in half, and the phone has to stay within line of sight of both speakers. They are also great on the boat and ATV... But you won't be able to hear them while underway.

Pros: Really cool party tool and fun on the beach! Good battery life too!

Cons: Have to buy two speakers, but it's worth it!

braven brv-x

burkebuilt from Shapleigh, Me on 6/17/2014

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The braven has functioned well but the waterproof aspect only works when it is paired wireless. Any device that needs to be charged or plugged in to operate means removing the back plate. I would recommend this device.

Pros: Good sound decent battery life

Cons: not that water resistant, no 12v charging options,


DanaW from Sisseton, SD on 6/12/2014

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This speaker sounds amazing! It is clear and loud (when turned up of course). The blue tooth works really well, as well as hearing my phone through the speaker. I can have it on running pandora off my phone and still get phone calls that I might not otherwise hear. I would highly recommend this speaker to anyone looking for a portable blue tooth speaker. Only draw back is the bass. I'm a bass girl and this doesn't have much for that. But otherwise a great product.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Weather-resistant Yes
Waterproof Yes
Speakerphone Mic Yes
NFC Touch Pairing Yes

Product Research


Weatherproof Design: The Braven BRV-X Bluetooth speaker is completely weatherproof, making it rugged and dependable for outdoor use. Complying with IPX7 Waterproof Standards, the BRAVEN BRV-X speaker is protected against dust, rainfall, water jets, and water splashing.

Note: To ensure the Braven BRV-X is prepared for use in a wet environment, remove all cable connections and tightly close the rear water cap. If the water cap is not properly closed, the BRV-X 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 BRV-X Bluetooth speaker is Bluetooth compliant and is ideal for your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iOS device, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, computer/PC or other device. The Braven BRV-X supports Bluetooth audio streaming (A2DP/AVRCP) and Bluetooth hands-free communication (HFP/HSP), as well as a simple pairing procedure.

  • Simple Pairing (w/ NFC): A single button press pairs your Bluetooth-enabled device with the Braven BRV-X. The speaker also supports NFC (Near-Field Communication) technology for pairing; simply tap your NFC-enabled Android smartphone to the NFC tag on the back of the speaker for instant pairing with the BRV-X (not available on all phones). The BRV-X speaker is capable of remembering the last 8 devices paired with it and will automatically search for previous connections (within 33' range) when the speaker is initially turned on. However only one device can be used at a time to playback music or take a phone call.
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Braven BRV-X Bluetooth speaker streams stereo music wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices such as your smartphone, tablet, computer, laptop, or other device. The Braven BRV-X 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 BRV-X speaker features a built-in, noise-canceling microphone and a answer/end button so you can answer phone calls from the speaker. When the BRV-X is synced via Bluetooth with your mobile phone and a call comes in, your music will be paused and the phone's ring tone will play over the BRV-X speaker. Simply press the answer/end button on the speaker to answer your call through the Braven BRV-X. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to view video calls, dial a phone number, and control other advanced phone functions.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Braven BRV-X.

Indoor/Outdoor Sound Modes: The BRV-X is equipped with "Indoor & Outdoor" audio modes that are controlled by a switch located on the back of the speaker. The Indoor mode provides you with exceptional rich Braven sound and is optimized for listening indoors. Switching to the Outdoor mode, your music is boosted to carry further and louder in outdoor settings

True Wireless Technology: True Wireless technology allows you to pair two BRV-X speakers together for a left and right stereo audio experience. The Bluetooth speakers can be up to 33' apart from each other, with one speaker playing the right channel of the song, and the other playing the left channel, for a wireless "stereo" effect.

Auxiliary Input: For devices that do not support Bluetooth, the Braven BRV-X 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 BRV-X is designed to efficiently charge mobile phones and other small portable devices that draw power from a 0.3A to 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 BRV-X won't charge unless the speaker's battery has some charge and is in the "On" position. On a full charge, without music playing, your BRV-X 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: The Braven BRV-X is not designed to charge a tablet or any other device requiring a higher powered (2A) USB connection. This USB charging port cannot be used for audio streaming. 

Rechargeable Battery: The Braven BRV-X speaker has a built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer battery that provides up to 12 hours of playback time at moderate volume levels. You can easily recharge the battery using the included AC power adapter. Charging time is approximately 5 hours. Five rear-panel LEDs indicate battery level and charging status. You can continue to play your music through the Braven speaker while it charges.

Straps: A wrist and travel strap is included. The wrist strap comfortably fits around your wrist, while the travel strap lets you attach the BRV-X speaker securely to other objects.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Water proof and rugged design. Great sound and good battery life. [ Mike  Jan 18, 2017 ]
This was recommended by a Crutchfield agent. Nice recommendation... It's been a solid unit! It's taken more than a few tumbles and still rockin! [ Gregory  Dec 31, 2016 ]
a friend has one. Loves it. [ Kim  Mar 13, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

No. It will not reverse charge. I lost my cord for the Braven HD. Tried everything, didnt work. Call braven, tell them your having a hard time finding replacement cord. Knowing braven, they will probably send you a free charger. My speaker had issues, they sent me the upgraded HD as replacement for free! Good company, good product! [ Edward  Jun 09, 2016 ]
Unfortunately, no. The USB can only power out, like powering up your cell phone, tablet, etc. [ Mark  Jun 07, 2016 ]
I think that would be fine, i think a "phone charger" would work but may take a little longer. [ Danny  Jun 04, 2016 ]
We bought this for my son. He took it to the beach last Summer and it did fine. You need to keep the back cover in it however. [ Ben  Jan 29, 2015 ]
We bought this for my son. He took it to the beach last Summer and it did fine. You need to keep the back cover in it however. [ Ben  Jan 29, 2015 ]
This speaker has passed the "ED" test. A term used by my family for items that have survived my adventures. It has fallen from my jeep, been used at several Mexico beaches, the forest and the lake, been carried around by my two year old and used for music on my motorcycle in all kinds of weather conditions. It still sounds good, keeps a charge and keeps on ticking. Note: This is very important. Buy some industrial strength velcro (usually from an upholstery supplier) and velcro the "lid" to the back of the speaker. If you loose the lid, your speaker becomes 100% vulnerable to the elements. My only regret is that I cannot buy two of them and so I can synchronize them. [ Edward  Jan 29, 2015 ]
I've used it at the beach, but kept it on a towel just to be safe. I've also used it in a boat while fishing in a light rain. Works great! [ Scott  Jan 29, 2015 ]
Haven't had on Sandy beach yet but with cap secure should not be a problem. Would not hesitate taking mine anywhere . No worries at all. [ paul  Jan 29, 2015 ]
Shouldn't be a problem. I've had it on my ATV and gone through multiple mud holes and rinsed it off and it kept on playing. Just make sure the cap is on snug. [ Joseph  Jan 29, 2015 ]