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8 April 2015

Review | Brainwavz Noise Isolating Earphones

A couple of weeks ago, Brainwavz* kindly sent me a pair of their in-ear monitors to review. I've owned a good range of earphones/headphones over the past couple of years, varying from Urbanears to Wesc products, so I was really excited to test out this product.

"The Brainwavz S1 use dynamic driver speakers housed in an all-metal shell which have been tuned for a powerful bass, sweet vocals and accurate sound reproduction. The S1 use a flat cable and are worn over the ear for good sound isolation. No matter what style of music you listen to, the S1 are suitable for any genre of music."

I was initially very impressed with the packaging. The Brainwavz box flaps open at the front to show you the earphones alongside an accompanying carry case. I haven't heard of Brainwavs before, but it's definitely a product I could see tie in with big headphone brands in stores like HMV in the future.

I was sent the Brainwavz S1 model to review. The product appearance, overall, is very modern and appears to be well manufactured. The earphones are grey with purple detailing around the cord. Although the product colours are fairly attractive, I would have opted for a plain black/grey set of earphones for everyday use as I find the colours a bit restricting to tie in with certain outfits.

The earphones are very comfortable to wear, but I did find they hurt my ears after a few hours of constant use. However, this was easily amended by changing the ear tip to a smaller head. I also found they stuck out a little bit, but I find this a common feature for most in-ear earphone sets.

A hard carry case, airplane adapter, instruction manual and NINE(!) sets of ear tips were included along with the earphones. I thought including the hard carry case was a very clever idea, because I'm always leaving my earphones at the bottom of my handbag where they get all dirty and broken, so hopefully this pair will last me a long time (scratch-free!) stored in the carry case.

Some of the ear tips include silicone bi-flange and tri-flange ear tips. I found these two sets to be a little uncomfortable to wear as my ears are very small. I also found the sound quality wasn't as great with these tips too, as they were too big for me.

My favourite tips to use were the smaller silicone sets. I found the smaller the tip, the more sound isolation I got when playing music. I found the sound quality to be really great when using the earphones, I trialled out both bass music pieces and softer pieces and the quality was fantastic for both!

In separate packaging were a set of comply foam tips. I was a bit confused by these at first and didn't think memory foam ear tips would give the best quality. How wrong was I! Activated by body-heat, a flexible core and super-soft memory foam, the technology around these tips is simply amazing. 

Although they were a little bit fiddly to fit onto the earphones, they provided the best sound quality when playing heavier/bassier music and I was really impressed with the results!

Brainwavz S1 In-ear Noise Cancelling Earphones are currently on offer on Amazon now for only $54.50 (approx. £36). Perfect as a gift for a friend who loves music, or as a treat for yourself!

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