Brainwavz Omega Quick Review
Thanks to Brainwavz for the sample.
Brief: Brainwavz make something even cheaper!
Price: US$15 or about £10
Specifications: Drivers: Dynamic, 6 mm, Rated Impedance: 16 Ohms, Frequency Range: 20 Hz ~ 20kHz, Sensitivity: 98 dB at 1 mW, Rated Input Power: 3 mW, Cable: 1.2 m Y-Cord, Copper, Plug: 3.5 mm, Gold plated
Accessories: 3 sets of Silicone Ear Tips (S M L), 1 set of Comply™ Foam Tips S-400, 1 Shirt Clip, Velcro Cable Tie
Build Quality: For the money it’s very nice.
Isolation: It’s alright. About average for a dynamic so you’ll be fine for most uses. Say on a bus, out and about walking but not really for plane or Tube commutes. As always, it’s still more than enough to not hear a bus creep up behind you so do use your eyes people.
Comfort/Fit: Good on both counts, no issues at all worn up or down.
Aesthetics: Well I’m really not sold on the “red and blue” mostly because it’s not really red and blue. However they look fine, the metal bits of the buds are nice but overall they look a bit plasticky, fine but not particularly lookers.
Sound: Bass heavy, rather more bass than I would want but for their target user I’m sure they are fine. They are rich, warm, smooth with a heavy mid/bassy mound. I have no doubts normal users will be very happy with it. Mids are pretty warm and smooth too. They are a bit thick for me, bit weighty and they don’t really do air or breathy. The treble it’s nice, soft, polite and adequately detailed. So it all may sound so far that it’s a bit so so right? Then you look at their price tag. These are free with a packet of cornflakes cheap. They are absurdly cheap, I don’t understand how the US$15 price tag even covers their global postage never mind covering anything else. The Piston 3 and AM-12 were also stupid cheap but they I suspected were being sold at a loss to promote the parant phone brands. These, I don’t know how they manage it but they are simply amazing for the money.
They have a big, rich crowd pleasing tonality, big hearty bass and worm smooth mids. The highs, well they are highly forgiving shall we say to the sorts of mainstream music they will encounter and the sort of bit rates many users might use. They are exactly what suits this end of the market and its good to see a product with a price tag that has such potential user reach to actually still sound reasonably good. Kudos to Brainwavz for managing it.
Value: Crazy. So cheap I genuinely don’t know how they manage it.
Pro’s: Sound quality for the money is crazy. Big, hearty populist bass.
Con’s: Bass could dial it down for my tastes. Whats with that “red,” its marron, not red!