Brainwavz S3 Review

Company Name: Brainwavz

Company Website: http://www.brainwavzaudio.com/products/brainwavz-s3-earphones

Headphone Model: S3

Frequency Range: 16Hz-22KHz

Headphone Style (Open, Closed, On-Ear, Over-Ear, IEM, CIEM): IEMS

Impedance: 16 Ohms

Sensitivity: 96db

Warranty: 1 Year

 

Describing Sound: http://www.head-fi.org/a/describing-sound-a-glossary

Definitions: http://www.head-fi.org/a/glossary-of-terms

 

Pros: Well built, sounds great for the price

Cons: The cable is very stiff, the housing on the IEM’s are heavy and hard to keep seated in your ear.

Rating Definitions

  • Audio Quality: How good a set of headphones sounds in relation to other headphones I’ve heard. This will be subjective with any set of headphones that are reviewed.
  • Micro-phonics:Noise that can be heard from the cable being moved around. The less noise the higher the value, the more noise the lower the value.
  • Comfort:How comfortable a set of headphones is over a prolonged period of time.
  • Design:How well a set of headphones are designed. This includes cables, reinforcement points, jacks, and materials used.
  • Isolation:How well a set of headphones blocks outside noises and allows you to hear the music you’re listening to. This also includes sound leakage from the headphones to others around you.
  • Value:Performance to cost ratio. If performance exceeds cost this value will be high. If performance is on the low end for the cost the value will be low. This will be subjective based on audio quality. Everyone hears different things.
  • Accessories:How well the included accessories stack up compared to other headphones of similar style.
  • Overall Rating: This is the average of the other 7 criteria.

 

Rating scale Breakdown (1-10)

1-2: Very Bad

3-4: Bad

5: Not Bad/Not Good/ Neutral

6-7: Good

8-9: Very Good

10: Excellent

Audio Quality: 7

Micro-phonics: 6

Comfort: 7

Design: 7

Isolation: 7

Value: 7

Accessories: 8.5/10

Overall Rating: 7.03

 

Accessories

  • S3 Headphones
  • Plethora of tips (8 pairs)
  • Hardened fabric case
  • Shirtclip
  • Velco cable management band

Build Quality

Over all the IEM’s are built great with a metal housing and a nice thick cable. Where the cables change there are nice thick cable reliefs. While the cable is nice and thick, it may have been over done. It seems a little too rigid and causes some issues with getting a snug fit and microphonics. I personally would prefer a round cable here with no iPhone controls.

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Listening Experience

It took several tries to find the right tips for these IEM’s. I had issues with them falling out of my ears due to numerous things. The weight of the metal housing and the fit of the tip being the most bothersome. Ended up using the triple flange mediums. With these tips it really helped isolate the outside world and got me a nice snug fit

Once I had a good fit I started listening to some music I was used to hearing and comfortable with. The top end is a little bright, but not ear piercing. The sound stage is narrow which is to be expected with most IEM’s. The mids are plentiful and blend well with the upper end. The lows are there, but not over powering. The blend well with the mids.

First song up is Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out”. The highs and lows were rolled off, luckily there isn’t much there in this particular song. Over all the sound was very pleasant. You could hear a lot of the micro details and echo effects in some of the verses. The separation is great.

Second song up was Ooh (Remix) just for fun and it seems like this particular set of IEM’s is geared toward that genre. Within the first minute of the song there is a very strong echo effect and these IEM’s have no issues panning left/right and vice versa. The lows are nice and strong, The mids blend well with everything else. Not much to comment on the top end for this particular song

Last song is “Come Sail Away” by Styx. The intro is nice and clear, but not bright. At 2:25 into the song the mids are punchy and the song really comes to life. Overall there is a lot going on in this song with panning, fading, tons of instruments playing at the same time, and these headphones really hit all the marks. Everything was clear and separated as it should be.

Comparisons

I have multiple sets of headphones that I have reviewed and at my disposal. The list of headphones that I have heard and reviewed are as follows: AKG K612Pro, VMODA Crossfade LP, Grado Labs SR80i, Shure SRH750DJ, Brainwavz R1, Dunu Topsound I3CS, FocalPrice CK700, iPod ear buds, iPod ear pods, Heir Audio 3.Ai, Aurisonics ASG2.0, Hisound Audio PAA1-Pro earbuds, Thinksound MS01, and Gorilla Ears AT5

I have also listened to multiple amps/dacs including the Yulong Audio DA8, Soundblaster E5, Fiio E11, and the Schiit Wyrd, Vali, Modi stack.

Overall Experience

As always Id like to thank Pandora for the review sample in exchange for an honest review.

Overall a well built IEM with quality materials. Good headphones with a few design flaws (read cable) that could make or break your decision here. If your looking at the $60-$75 budget these will be a contender.

 

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