Braven has been very well-known as a Bluetooth speaker manufacturer and they started making some headphones later last year. The Braven Signature is the first product in the Premium series and it has all features you’ll ever need.
Design & Features
Once opening the box, you will see only a carrying case that keeps everything inside, including the headphones, a charging micro-USB cable, and a 3.5mm audio cable. The case is slim and compact, so you can easily toss it in your bag or backpack. These headphones feature an over-ear design but the earcups are foldable, so they can fit perfectly in the small case.
The Signature is one of the products in Braven’s Premium series but it doesn’t bring me a premium feel. Most of the exterior is made of plastic, so it feels light and cheap when comparing to other headphones at this price.
Having said that, wearing the headphones is very comfortable even for prolonged use. I don’t feel the weight on my head, besides, the ear pads don’t press against my outer ears although they are not really big. Therefore, I have no problem wearing the headphones for a couple of hours.
Braven uses leatherette on the outside of the earcups. Interestingly, the right earcup is equipped with touch controls. You can tap on in to play/pause/accept phone calls, swipe up/down to adjust volume, or swipe left/right to skip tracks.
All connections and buttons are also placed on this earcup. You can find the noise-canceling switch, a power button, a micro USB port, and a 3.5mm port.
The active noise cancellation works pretty well and it can be turned on even when the headphones are off. This is helpful when you just need silence in noisy environments. After wearing the headphones and turn on ANC, you can block around 60% of the ambient noises.
The only downside is that the Bluetooth connection is not that great. I still had occasional interruptions and the headphones will get disconnected as soon as I leave my phone and go to another room.
The battery life of the Braven Signature is quite impressive. It is rated at 32 hours and I had no problem using the headphones for 2 weeks without recharging.
As the headphones are designed to use on the go, I enable the noise-canceling feature to have a better music experience. Besides, the sound without noise cancellation is muddy, so it is always active during my test.
The bass is not deep enough and lacks punch, so many people who prefer a full and rich sound might not like the Signature. Besides, I can’t feel the warmth in the mids, it makes the vocals and instruments dry and less musical. The soundstage of the headphones is also not wide since the space inside earcups is too cramped.
The advantage of the headphones is that the treble is well controlled and I don’t hear significant distortion when cranking up the volume.
The Signature is definitely not an ideal choice for audiophiles but if you use it on the street or public transportation, you might not be able to tell the differences. The sound from the headphones is actually non-fatiguing and suitable for long trips.
- Compact design
- Good-performing noise cancellation
- Long battery life
- Some limitations in sound
The Braven Signature headphones have some limitations and they are not the best noise-canceling headphones on the market. There are a lot of competitions in their price range, so I will only recommend the headphones when their price comes down to around $100.