Braven Ready Solo Overview
The Ready Solo is actually the smallest speaker is Braven’s outdoor line of Bluetooth speakers. The speaker is 6-inches long, 3-inches tall and 2.75-inches thick, which makes it a little bit bigger than a soda can. It is definitely thicker than most Bluetooth speakers we’ve reviewed. Sadly Braven provides no technical information on what’s inside the speaker. What they do tell us is that the speaker has extended range drivers and a omni-directional passive radiator. Based on previous Braven products we can assume this speaker is going to sound good.
The Ready Solo has a semi-rugged design that has a soft rubber feel when you pick it up. The internals are housed in a shockproof thermoplastic housing with an aircraft grade aluminum grill. On top of that the speaker is IP68 water and debris-proof, which means it can survive for 30 minutes in 10 feet of water. But don’t worry about the speaker going under water, because it floats!
On the top of the speaker you are going to find all of your controls. On the left you have large + and – buttons for volume and in between them there is a smaller answer call button. On the opposite side there is a large power button and play / pause button. In between those you have a smaller Bluetooth button which you use to pair the speaker to your device.
Moving over to the back of the speaker there is a small section that flips down to reveal all of your connections and buttons. So from left to right you have a factory reset button, battery level indicator, microUSB charging port, USB-A output charging port, and a Aux in port. The seal on the compartment makes sure no water or anything else will get in the different ports.
On each side of the speaker you’ll find bars to connect the tie-down strap to.
Finally on the bottom of the speaker are two large rubber feet. These are not your normal rubber feet they have like a sticky coating on them, and really keep the speaker in place wherever you plan to have it.