Brainwavz S5 Quick Review
Thanks to mp4nation for the sample.
Brief: Where the only thing flat about them is the cable.
Price: US$100 or £60 at today’s exchange rates.
Specification: Transducers/Drivers: Dynamic, 10mm, Rated Impedance: 16ohms Closed, Dynamic, Sensitivity: 110dB at 1mW, Frequency range: 18Hz ~ 24kHz, Distortion: <= 0.3% @ 110dB, Channel balance: =< 1dB (at 1000Hz), Rated input power: 20mW, Maximum input power: 40mW, Plug: 3.5 mm 45-degree gold plated, Cable length: 1.3 meters Y cord (CU/Ag) PUR, 1 year warranty, Dimensions (Packaging): 160 x 135 x 38mm, Net Weight: 10g, Gross Weight: 140g
Accessories: 1 x ComplyT-400 medium foam tips, 6 x Pair silicone tips (S/M/L), 1 x Bi-Flange silicone tips, 1 x Tri-Flange silicone tips, 1 x 6.3mm audio adapter, 1 x Hard carrying case, 1 x Instruction manual & Warranty card
Build Quality: It looks and feels most sturdy. The buds are aluminium so short of stamping on them should stand significant abuse.
Isolation: Quite good. By dynamic standards it’s one of the better so should suffice for most use cases and normal day to day activities. Not really flight to New Zeeland stuff but would do dandy for short haul flights. Naturally easily enough to make you a road stain of you don’t look where you’re going.
Comfort/Fit: Exceedingly good. The angle they sit at is just perfect for my ears and even the flat cable didn’t get in my way. Full marks.
Aesthetics: Visually they are fine, a bit nondescript but….. mostly I’m miffed they are painted. I would have much rather had lovely bare aluminium. Oh well.
Sound: Well I am sorry to say but they just weren’t for me. The bass is big, roundly rambunctious and moved enough air to get rather tiring to my delicate little ears. The bass isn’t bad per say but it’s just too voluminous and eager to waggle its big fat ass all over the place. My ears are sensitive and pressure sensitive (I have crap sinuses and its hayfever season.) With all that air movement it got really tiring and then the lower range treble spike kept leaping out and the recessed mids. It was hiding the bits I wanted and spiking just where I didn’t. I’m sure my sister would love its big, jiggley, fat lower end and the excitable upper but it was killing me. It’s a wants to hurl itself about and force you to party whether you do do or not and its distant yet thickened mids wasn’t for me.
Value: Its sturdy, comfortable fitting and has heaps of thick, heavy bass. I can see why some would certainly want it.
Pro’s: Weighty and potently heavy bass. Solid construction.
Con’s: Bass dominates and mids lack any air or presence.