Last month I reviewed the Brainwavz M3 headphones that were a great quality pair of IEMs; these were their previous flagship model. Brainwavz has plenty of models, and their low end M-series model is one that is often overlooked. The M1s are in the affordable range being just under fifty dollars. It makes me ask the question, how much quality is lost for the price? Well, read on to find out about the design, sound, build, comfort, and overall value.
- Drivers: Dynamic 10.7mm
- Impedance: 32 ohm
- Sensitivity: 110 dB
- Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
In the Box
- Brainwavz M1 Headphones
- 5 Sets of Ear Tips (3 single flange silicone, 1 dual flange silicone, 1 comply foam)
- Carrying Case
OK, I’m just going to come right out and say it… They oddly resemble Skullcandy Smokin’ headphones. They don’t have the color selection though. The headphones come in a black only pattern similar to the Ford Model Ts. The black plastic has a nice glossy look to it and doesn’t feel cheap at all. The headphones are light weight. On the outer side of the headphones, the Brainwavz logo is stamped on; the opposite side contains the left and right markers. Unlike the Smokin’ buds, these headphones are asymmetric as one half of the headphones are wider than the other. This makes it easier for them to conform to your ears’ shape.
The audio signature on these headphones is really relaxed tending towards the warmer side, but still giving leeway to the higher mids. The treble is relaxed down, and so is the deep bass. Overall, this creates a nice enjoyable signature that is still pretty well balanced, but rolling off on both ends.
The bass on these headphones does have the tendancy to dig deep. However, that’s not the main thing the bass focuses on since it tends to emphasize more towards the warmer side and does roll off as it gets deep. The lows hang really well at the balanced level and have very good texture. Besides that, the bass also has some good impact to it, but can use a little more feeling to them. The bass is nice with a really smooth rollover towards the mid-low range and still sounds great as a whole.
The mids have a much warmer presentation, but aren’t entirely relaxed. There is some flare in the higher end of the mids as well. They have plenty of details to them with great clarity. The vocals are smoother, but lack that sweetness that I like. The mids sounded plain to me. They were smoother, but could have used a little bit more life to them.
The highs are more balanced and took time to come in more. They have good flare to them, but need to sparkle a much more. The extension is actually quite good as well. The highs really didn’t give much life to the headphones, and they do sound a bit muffled and mashed together every so often as well. The treble’s there, but need a lot more presence. The details and clarity is there when nothing gets muffled though, which is always a good thing. The highs on these sounded masked by the mids and lows, they were still decent, but not good.
These headphones had good noise isolation, they aren’t the best, but aren’t the worst either, they sit somewhere in the middle. Will they work like earplugs? Absolutely not, however, they can still compete with most IEMs in the isolation section. I found the isolation on these to be above average, but no more.
There are two things I dislike about this cable, and microphonics are one of them. However, they can easily be cured by wearing them over the ear. The cable thump is pretty audible without doing this though. If you aren’t a fan of doing that, you can always use the included clip that seems to work well as well.
The overall sound signature is a balanced signature that rolls off on the low and high ends, but focuses more on the warmer side of things. The quality is still superb though, especially for the price. I found this relaxed signature to be quite enjoyable.
These headphones have very similar build quality in comparison to its sibling, the M3. There are some minute differences, but most of the story is the same. Starting with the earpieces, they are made entirely of plastic, except for the metal nozzle. The strong and durable plastic can withstand some good force.
Looking at the strain reliefs on these headphones… I just don’t see any. The earpieces have small, tiny nubs coming out of them. I wouldn’t really call them nubs though, they are much smaller. This is the scariest part of the build quality as a small tug on the cable can be the end of the headphones.
As we move to the cable, it’s the exact same one found on the M3. The cable is really nice and, more importantly, strong. I really enjoy this cable, it’s thin and strong. However, there is one problem with it, it tangles. Other than that, it’s one of the best cables I’ve ever seen in my life.
As we go down to the headphone jack, I noticed that it uses the same jack that is found on the M3s. This is a durable jack that is thick and angled. Both of which are great for build quality. To cap it all off, the gold plating will ensure that it resists corrosion.
The M1s also come with a case… That, well follows the pattern, it’s the same one that is bundled with the M3s. The case will protect the headphones adequately when not in use. The build quality on these headphones is really top notch if you overlook the lack of strain reliefs.
These headphones really conform to your ears quite well when worn down. They do fine when worn up as well. I had no problem obtaining a seal with the included 5 sets of tips. These headphones don’t insert deeply, so you barely feel them when you insert them. Their lightweight nature allows them to be worn for hours without fatiguing the ears at all. Brainwavz has some of the most comfortable headphones I’ve ever worn.
These headphones run for around 50 dollars online, which is actually a huge bargain for what you get. The audio quality is really top notch for the price you pay, which really can’t be beat. The signature on the headphones shouldn’t be offensive to just anyone. The build is really good, and comfort’s amazing. For fifty dollars, you are really robbing Brainwavz for these headphones.
Good sound, great comfort, hefty build, nice design… Great overall value for the money… I’ve got to say that the lower line M-series from Brainwavz doesn’t disappoint. I don’t know what else Brainwavz could have done to make these a better value. For the price, they are one of the best I’ve heard yet. If you’re looking for a new pair of headphones that won’t offend around the 50 dollar price mark, these will surely please.
I’d like to thank Raz for the product sample
† All prices are in US currency.
This review was written by the iFans.com Review Team. Cumulative scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
This accessory, product, or app was received as a sample. Thanks Raz for the product sample.