Braven-CES-05

Having effectively challenged Jawbone with Jambox- and Big Jambox-sized speakers, Braven today introduced a collection of new models designed to directly challenge popular speakers released by Bose and Harman/Kardon. Balance ($150, above) is a relatively slim, highly attractive extruded oval speaker with two large front-firing drivers and two even larger side-mounted radiators. Offered in a variety of colors, it directly challenges Bose’s SoundLink Color with an ultra-simple design and surprisingly powerful sound.

Braven-CES-02

Read on for more pictures and details.

Braven-CES-03

BRV-Pro ($150), the latest in the company’s ruggedized BRV line of speakers, is designed to fit between the BRV-1 and larger BRV-X released last year. The Pro model now sports an aluminum housing with full IPX7 water-submersibility, plus a brand new modular top capable of being enhanced with optional plug ins.

Braven-CES-04

One $30 insert goes on top, enabling multiple BRV-Pros to be stacked to multiply their sound output; another $50 insert adds a solar panel that enables the BRV-Pro to run “endlessly” at a medium volume level off of stored and solar-recharged energy. It’s compatible with GoPro mounts, and can be securely used on anything from canoes to bikes with your choice of inexpensive mounting hardware.

Braven-CES-01

Braven’s executive-class Bluetooth speaker Bridge directly targets Harman/Kardon’s Esquire at a similar $300 price point. Promising what the company says is Polycom conference call-quality speakerphone performance, Bridge includes dual 360-degree microphones and noise-canceling functionality, plus a really attractive combination of machined, anodized aluminum and user-customizable leather accents. Small enough to carry anywhere, it has a 2800mAh battery inside that can be used for the speaker or device recharging.

Braven-CES-06

Balance, BRV-Pro and Bridge will be available in the second quarter of this year. The company also introduced a lineup of fabric-coated speakers called 1100, 2200b, and 2300b at price point ranging from $250 to $350, growing in size and power. With the announcements, it’s a great time to get discounts on Braven’s current lineup of highly-rated speakers, available here.

9to5Mac’s CES 2015 coverage brought to you by:

QARDIO-BANNER

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.


Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:

You’re reading 9to5Mac — experts who break news about Apple and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Mac on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author