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As a kid I used to listen to music whenever I took a shower. I would grab my giant boom box and whatever CD I was currently wearing out at the time and head to the only bathroom we had in the house, lock the door and crank my tunes. This lead to some long showers, some dents in the door from insistent pounding by other family members who may have needed the bathroom, and my dad developing a hatred for 90's music. Shower time, was fun.

Somewhere along the way I "lost that loving feeling" for dragging my boom box into the bathroom. Probably because they were huge and took up a lot space. Being 30 years old now, cassettes are dead, CD's are still around, but in reality, they're not as prevalent as they once were and as vinyl makes it's "Ali-like" return to the musical ring, it's not very feasible to drag your record player into your bathroom. Recently though, I've been reintroduced to the wonders of showering with my favorite music playing, thanks to Braven and their BRV-1 portable speaker.

I've reviewed portable speakers before on TeQ Talk, and they've all been comparable. Today's technology allows for most speakers to connect to your iPhone or iPod using Bluetooth. Most quality ones are compact and rugged enough to take anywhere with you without compromising sound quality. The Braven BRV-1 is no different.

Let me run down the specifics for you. The BRV-1 is tight. It's only 4.75in x 3.25in x 2.25in, but still packs plenty of sound, while weighing less than a pound. While testing it I tried out a range of music. I used Chris and Rich Robinson's "Brothers of a Feather" live album to see how it handled the treble-heavy melodies of a live acoustic duo. Rich's guitar was crisp, and the reverb on Chris's voice was clear. I was impressed that the small little speaker was putting out such great sound quality. And the same goes for my bass test. I put on a track called "Use Your Language" by one of my new favorite bands J Roddy Walston & The Business and let the bass guitar and drums roll. At mid-volume I found the bass to be clear, but by the time I got to full-volume, it began to clip just a wee bit. Nothing that distracted me from the song, but noticeable nonetheless.

Aside from the size and quality of music it puts out, it has a noise-canceling microphone so you can take or make phone calls while on the go using the Braven as a speakerphone. And the quality of your calls in comparison to other bluetooth devices will be equipollent.  

When fully charged it has a 12-hour playtime, and if you choose to plug in your phone to the device, it will even take some of its own battery and charge it for you. The rubberized exterior makes it durable enough to take anywhere and not have to worry about treating it like an 8th grade home-economics "egg-baby" project. And there is one place that you can take it that sets it apart from other Bluetooth portable speakers, and I'm guessing my 2-paragraph prologue of my shower habits as a teenager has tipped you off that, yes, you can take this thing in the shower!

The protective case that surrounds the speaker is water resistant! It's important to note that it is NOT waterproof. You can't throw it in the bathtub, submerse it in water and expect it to survive, however it is resistant to rainfall, showers, and water splashing. No more of having your shower curtain come between you and your music, because instead of plopping the speaker down on the bathroom counter, you can just go ahead and take it right in the shower with you! And I'm not sure about you, but the tile in my bathroom makes for some wonderful acoustics that only enhances the music coming out of the Braven speaker and coming out of my mouth at full volume (much to the delight of my two hounds and my fiancé!).

You can purchase the BRV-1 or any of their other products by going to Braven's website HERE. The speaker will run you about $150, but it's a small price to pay for the ability to take your music wherever you want (including the memories of annoying your family members with shower time).

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