Brainwavz | In-Ear Monitor | $ 49.95
Brainwavz has been a company that I have come to trust when it comes to audio. Their offerings include a set of headphones in varying price ranges, that don’t hurt your wallet (that much), but also sound terrific. The new model of the M-line of headphones offers a more balanced sound. This new model is the M5.
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- Driver: 10 mm Dynamic
- Frequency Response: 15 Hz – 18 kHz
- Impedance: 16 ohms
- Sensitivity: 103 dB
In the Box
- Brainwavz M5 IEM
- Carrying Case
- Eartips (Single Flange Hybrid: S/M/L; Single Flange M; Duo-Flange M)
- Cable Clip
Included with the box is a good amount of accessories.
The design of the M5 walks away from all the silver that has been placed upon the M-series up until now. Brainwavz incorporates something this series has never seen, color. Not just any color though, flashy color. The housings back half consists of concentric grooves. The entire housing is made of copper that looks very beautiful in just about any light. The added grooves create a nice texture for the headphones.
Brainwavz adds a dazzle of color to their lineup with the shiny M5s.
The signature tries to be as neutral as possible, and it does this well for the most part. The low end does have a slight roll off to it with a tight, fast punch. The highs extend well with a good snap to them while the mids focus mainly on the vocals without forgetting instruments exist.
Included with the M5s is a new case design. While the physical design of the headphones are flashier, the case design contrasts this with less flash. The new case is a little smaller overall. It makes it much better for portability. The case also feels a little stronger than the old Brainwavz case, so that’s also a plus.
Brainwavz new case is still attractive, but does downplay the flashy design a bit.
The housings are beautiful with a hint of elegance to them. They are made of copper. Copper is a metal. Metal is strong. Therefore, the housings are strong. Well, simply put, they won’t be breaking anytime soon. I have yet to scratch them either.
The housings are copper. Copper is metal. Metal is strong.
The cable would have to be the worst part of the build. Although everything below the Y-split feels firm and string with a bit of flexibility to it, everything above the Y-split feels subpar. The main concern is the thickness that takes away from the cable’s solid feel.
The cable is strong on one half, but not on the other.
The headphone jack has the second best build right next to the housings. The headphone jack has a strong rubber outer layer. It has ample thickness to stay firm while also having a good amount of flexibility to it. It is angled at 90 degrees and the gold plating seals the deal.
It’s just about perfect. I don’t have much more to say.
Despite being a denser metal, the housings on the M5 is actually very light. That said they are also very comfortable with a looser seal that isn’t as tight or hard as a normal IEM is. The housings are relatively small and a large selection of tips helps a lot as well using hybrid tips that resemble Sony’s. A clip is also included to reduce microphonics.
Included with the M5 is a nice set of tips.
These headphones are priced right under the 50 dollar price mark. For what you are getting, these are an exceptional value offering a very balanced sound with an energetic signature that is sure to get you going. The design is flashy, but also very natural and hot. The build is very great as well. These are probably one of the highest bang for the buck IEMs that I’ve encountered; right up there with the Dunu Tridents and M4s (when on sale).
Brainwavz remains a strong company capable of selling high quality IEMs at a nice, fair price. The M5s are a testimate to that statement and a welcome addition to the M-series headphones. It provides a fast, engaging signature that is sure to dazzle.
I’d like to thank Raz for the review sample.