Braven 850 Wireless Speaker: House Party Necessary


When it comes to wireless speakers, I like models that can fit in with any décor scheme - even my random amalgamation of books and art prints - and the Braven 850 fits the bill pretty perfectly. The small rectangular design (less than a foot long, to be exact) would look great on a mantle or bookshelf and with 20 watts of audio, it definitely wouldn't be just for show. Promising rocking sound, the speaker will connect wirelessly to another 850 so you can have right and left channel stereo for your next big party. Aside from the sound quality, the 850 is able to charge your iPad, tablet, and smartphone via plugs in the side. It also claims to have a 20-hour playtime, though according to a New York Times review, it actually gives over 24-hours. The review also applauded the device's  ample bass, clear highs, and its attractive aluminum silver cabinet with clearly marked controls. Sure, you may not want to carry the three-pound speaker around in your bag, but if you're looking for something to liven up your living room dance parties, this is it.