Brainwavz still isn’t a well-known company to the general public. To many audiophiles, however, it is a haven for good quality at an affordable price. They have been known for making outstanding IEMs, but now have come out with their second non-IEM. This time around, the HM5 marks itself as the full-sized, studio monitor that can be driver with or without an amp. Like the rest of the Brainwavz lineup, it produces great audio at a low price.
- Driver: 42mm Dynamic
- Frequency Response: 10 Hz – 26.5 kHz
- Impedance: 64 ohms
- Sensitivity: 105 ohms
In the Box
- Brainwavz HM5 Headphones
- Headphone Cables (1.3m mobile; 3m studio)
- ¼” Adapter
- Airplane Adapter
- Spare Earpads
The HM5s come with more than enough accessories to get you started.
The Brainwavz HM5 are full-sized studio monitors, so they are just that… Full-sized. They are not designed for mobile use, but can be used in that fashion. A matte, black plastic housing encloses a golden-colored brushed metal plate. On the upper corner of each housing is the Brainwavz logo that looks dominantly outward. They did a good job adding in a little spice, but keeping it professional at the same time.
The HM5s offer a nice design. They don’t try to be sleek and small because they aren’t.
The HM5s were designed specifically for studio monitoring. They would do a great job at it as well. The HM5s offer an almost neutral signature that is weighted towards the warmer side of things. The bass is impactful and has ample depth while the midrange focuses on instrumentals and clarity. The highs roll off a tad bit, but still offer a great deal of splash and energy.
The build quality of the headphones is really top notch. A large carrying case is included. Actually, it looks more like a mini-suitcase than a case. That said, it’s not too portable, but again, not meant to be. The case allows you to hold everything you’ll really need: two cables, headphones, and even spare pads. The case has a nice foam pad inside to protect your headphones from impact as well.
The included case holds just about everything you need with the HM5s. It’ll even fit your iPad if you need it to!
The headphone’s construction is really top notch. I don’t know how else to say it. Although there are a few joins that are made of plastic, they seem strong and durable. Plastics chosen are durable, and what isn’t plastic or padding is metal. I couldn’t ask for more really.
The headband is small in comparison to the massive earpieces. It’s thickly padded and feels very firm. Again, like the housings, I have no doubts that this headband will last.
The headband is strong and padded thickly.
The included cables are about 4 and 10 feet respectively. They are thicker, again, for studio use. Despite being thick, the cables do have a good amount of malleability to them. They never tangle and seem very strong.
The jacks are built tough throughout. A red and blue band circles about the jacks that plug into the headphones that are enclosed in thick, strong plastic. The terminating jack is made entirely of metal and holds the Brainwavz logo on it. A nice strain relief is used that is thick, strong, and flexible. I normally would complain about straight jacks, but the size of this thing speaks for itself.
The cables are big and just scream build quality.
The HM5s are probably the most uncomfortable headphones when you first get them. Even on my puny head, the clamping force is a thing of its own. I’ve had better experiences with my head in a vice. However, 10 hours of stretching the headband through my Chronicles of Narnia bookset and they are set to go (the set finally has some use after 10 years). That said, the clamping force is still there, but tolerable for hours on end. The included headband is padded heavily and so are the earmuffs, I mean pads. The padding is splendid and helps comfort a lot.
The pads are big, fluffy (not literally), and pillow-like.
I don’t know what to say concerning the 140 price tag. It’s really low for what this headphone offers overall. They are price competitively, and would make great studio monitors. The comfort may be a little clamping, but its not too bad. Build and design look strong and professional. These headphones are worth it for the package that you are given.
It’s been a while since I heard a pair of Brainwavz, but they continue to impress me. This one is no different. After venturing deep into their IEM collection, I’m proud to say they know how to make a fine headphone as well.
I’d like to thank Rocky for the review sample.