A review of the Brainwavz M5 Earphones

Happy New Year, everyone!

I really hope you guys enjoyed your first day of 2014. I spent it just chilling and kicking back with my family. Still wasn’t feeling too well, so I just stayed at home. Ended up playing 6-7 games of Dota 2. Crazy!

Anyway, I’m here with another review of a new pair of earphones that I got. For some unfortunate reason, I lost my Audio-Technica CKS-55 IEM’s so I had to get a replacement! Got these Brainwavz M5 Earphones around the first or second week of December. Many thanks to Power Up Audio again for providing these quality brands in audio. Please do check out their Facebook page here. You can find a lot of headphones or earphones that are bang for the buck, from brands such as FiiO, Brainwavz, Soundmagic, TPeos, HiFiMan and Superlux. Please do check it out if you want to invest in a good pair of earphones or headphones!

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They come in this blue and black plastic packaged box. Retail price on these is PHP 2,100.00. It might sound a bit expensive if you’ve never tried buying the higher end quality audio products, but these are actually considered entry level and for those on a budget! But I assure you, the quality of sound on these are amazing!

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So, here are the specifications again.

  • Transducers/Drivers: Dynamic, 10mm
  • Rated Impedance: 16ohms Closed Dynamic
  • Sensitivity: 103dB at 1mW
  • Frequency range: 16 ~ 18000Hz
  • Distortion: <= 0.3% @ 94dB
  • Channel balance: =< 3dB (at 1000Hz)
  • Rated input power: 10mW
  • Maximum input power: 20mW
  • Plug: 3.5 mm gold plated, L Shape
  • Cable length: 1.3 meters Y cord

This is more of the technical stuff, but it’s important to note what your stuff is made out of.

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Opening it up, we’ve got the earphones. I got it in an all black color finish. There’s also a black and copper version. It also comes with this black and red carrying case, which is well built and very solid.

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You can just see the details on the carrying case. I just love it when the accessories and freebies that come with the earphones are well built and designed. The carrying case looks like it can take a lot of abuse and can really protect your earphones.

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Opening up the case, we can see that there are two stretchable pouches or pockets to place your stuff, which is handy. There’s a black shirt clip, as well as a warranty/instruction card from Brainwavz. There’s also a grey plastic, which houses the extra earphone tips. They were very generous with the extra tips!

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As you can see, they come with 7 pair of extra tips. The earphones come default with Medium sized wide bore tips. So, they’ve got 6 silicone tips in S, M, L that are either thinly tipped or the wide bore version, so you can take your pick. They also have 1 pair of M bi-flange tips as well as a pair of M Comply tips! So, you can really experiment and note which tips will fit your ears.

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These are those Comply tips, which have memory foam, and will contour to your ear for a secure fit and will provide that isolation.

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We’ve got a gold L-tip with a 3.5mm jack, which I certainly prefer over the usual jacks. There’s also that Brainwavz branding.

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It has that Brainwavz logo and is splitted in a Y cable. The actual thickness of the cable is thick, and it gives that solid feel. It also has a matte and rubberized finish, so it feels good to operate. The cable is a bit prone to tangling though. There is also a bit of microphonics present, which basically means that when the cable moves around, it’s a bit noisy, but that’s present with almost all kinds of earphones.

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We’ve got a straight barrel design for these earphones, and they clearly indicate the L and R side for the ears. These are made with a metal housing, and they feel very solid! These look like they can take a beating. The actual housing is a bit large though, so it might take some adjusting to fitting your ears.

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You can see the Brainwavz in white lettering on the back of the earphone, which gives it a bit of pop.

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Now, I’m no audiophile or expert, but I will just go with what my ears tell me. I might have given these about 20-30 hours of burning-in, but I can’t really tell much difference.

The sound signature on these earphones are warm and sweet. They are advertised to be balanced and are meant for clarity, which I think is kind of true. The balance and clarity is definitely there, as they do well with obtaining details in songs that might be lost with other lower end earphones. They’re basically an all rounder, as they do well in most categories.

Soundstage is nice, but they sound a bit congested at times. Over-all though, the ‘open’ feeling is good as earphones go, and instrument separation is good too, which just helps the detail, balance and clarity.

The low or bass end on these earphones are great, they have good bass with a nice kick. It does a real good job on the low end, and you can hear it on the bass-heavy songs and those songs with the bass drums and beats. They also do a good job of extending in the lower end of the spectrum as well.

The mids are really well pronounced and are energetic. They find their place and don’t sound lost with the bass. They sound a bit forward, which is what gives it its fun and energetic sound.

The highs are also maintained very well, albeit they roll off a bit and are more tame compared to the bass and mids. At times, they get pushed to the background when competing with the bass and mids, but they still have good details and that crunch.

Over-all, this earphone, soundwise, is really bang for your buck. It does well in all categories, while keeping that clarity and detail there. It is warm and sweet, which can provide for longer listening sessions. It really shines in the bass and mids department, while keeping the highs good. Again, it’s solid across all areas for its price range, and I cannot stress that enough!

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So, that’s my take on these earphones! If you have any questions, please feel free to message me or drop a comment! Again, I’m only basing on my opinion from my ears and on some reviews I’ve agreed with. For what I’m paying for, I can really appreciate the quality of audio I’m getting. I’ve decided to forego the ratings and scoring, and I’m just telling you how it is. Truly, it is value for money! Maybe you’d like to start off 2014 with a bang, and maybe a new pair of good earphones will just do that for you!

Until next time,

Cheers!

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2 thoughts on “A review of the Brainwavz M5 Earphones

  1. I bought a pair of HM5s about 6 months ago. They give you absolutely great sound for under $150 but I ran into a big problem. Both sides where the slider connects to the headphones started to crack within a week of one another. A little later pieces of plastic started falling off and now I can’t take them off too fast without cutting my ear. Before you buy a pair try searching about the HM5s build quality, lots of complaints. The best part is even though I’m still under warranty they say breaking plastic is a normal result of usage even in the first six months. Pic if your interested. http://s23.postimg.org/wqqj052x6/20140417_061938.jpg

    • That’s real unfortunate! My earphones are still pretty solid after 4 months, the build quality on these are rock even if the wire is kind of thin. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

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