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Brainwavz HM5 Studio Monitor Headphones
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- Neutral sound signature - Your music will sound how it should!.Connectivity Technology: Wired
- 1.2m and 3m detachable cables included, use with your portable rig or home rig
- Large, comfortable over the ear cups
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The Brainwave HM5 studio monitor headphones provide for exceptionally accurate sound reproduction, their neutral sound signature replicate audio as it was intended to be heard. The HM5 feature an over the ear design which sits comfortably, providing an adequate seal that limits leakage. These closed dynamic monitor headphones are designed to give astounding sound for almost any genre of music and like all Brainwave the headphones have a simple but stylish look to them. Included in the package are two detachable cables, a short 1.3 meter cable that is intended to be used with a portable rig and a larger 3 meter cable for use in a home environment. The large 43mm CCAW drivers are surprisingly easy to drive, but they do benefit with mapping if used with a portable rig. Features: Neutral sound signature 1.2m and 3m detachable cables included, use with your portable rig or home rig Large, comfortable over the ear cups Specifications: Transducers/Drivers: Closed dynamic, 42mm Rated Impedance: 64ohms Sensitivity: 105dB at 1mW Frequency range: 10~ 26.5KHz Rated input power: 100mW Plug: 3.5 mm gold plated Cable length: 1.3 meters and 3 meter detachable cables 1 year warranty Included Accessories: 1 x 1/4Inch adapter 1 x extra set ear pads 1 x airplane adapter 1 x 1.3m detachable cable 1 x 3.0m detachable cable 1 x Instruction manual 1 x Warranty card
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#Packaging: they come in a relatively small box (compared to the ATH-M50s), inside you'll find:
-A black and red hard shell carrying case that'll hold your headphones and accessories
-A carrying strap for your hard shell case
-The warranty card and instructions
-A spare pair of pleather ear pads
-The headphones themselves
-¼ audio jack
-Two removable cables (1.3m and 3m long)
-An airline adapter
-A pouch to store all the cables and audio jacks
#Design and Build Quality: and I thought my DT770s were big!
They're definitely not like any other set of cans you've seen before, as soon as you pick them up you'll notice how light and sturdy they are. Some parts are made out of plastic, but they don't feel cheaply made.
The ear pads seem to be of top notch quality, they're made out of pleather. If you do happen to break them, Brainwavz was kind enough to include a second pair; they both appear to be identical.
I was actually kind of surprised with the quality of the cables, they appear to be strong and both sets are removable and can be plugged in without any problems.
In my opinion the HM5s look super clean and modern, and I love the metal accents on the ear cups. You will like them wether you're 18 or 45.
#Sound Quality: after burning them in for 72 hours with lossless music and pink noise. Amped with a Fiio E12 Mont Blanc and iPod Classic w/Fiio LOD L9.
I like to buy different headphones because they all offer me different experiences; the ATH-M50s have a particular sound signature, as well as my Beyerdynamic DT770s and my Shure SE215. None of them sound alike, and that was one of the reasons I was in the market for a new set of closed back headphones. I also needed something less colored and more 'EQ friendly'. If you're a music fanatic like I am you will understand what I am saying.
Why do I have the Audio Technicas? Because sometimes I wanna feel the bass (and have my head rattle for a couple of hours with techno and industrial music)
Why do I have the Beyerdynamics? Because sometimes I wanna get that immersive experience without bothering those around me. Some people may disagree with me, but the soundstage on these puppies are outstanding, and not to mention little to no sound leaking.
Why do I have the Shure in ears? Because I also need something more portable and inexpensive but also have the best sound quality for the money.
The HM5s do not disappoint in terms of sound quality. Yes, they are flat, uncolored headphones. But that doesn't mean they're boring. It just means that you can pretty much EQ them in any way and direction you want to. If you're not a fan of EQing then leave them as they are, and you'll hear the music the way the artist intended.
If you've never heard a flat response headphone before then you're in for a treat. No, the bass will not rattle your head, but you will be able to hear the bass as opposed to feel the bass. The mids aren't overpowering and they give the vocals a nice presence. The highs are perfect and I did not experience any sort of sibilance (unlike the DT770s).
The soundstage is phenomenal; all the instruments are well separated.
You will not be bothering those around you either, the HM5s have great passive noise isolation, so there's almost no sound leakage.
I suggest listening to the following songs before you receive your headphones and then again after you burn them in.
Madness - Muse
Speed of Sound - Coldplay
Dreamers - Savoir Adore
Autumn's Monologue - From Autumn to Ashes
Strict Machine - Goldfrapp
House of Cards - Radiohead
Nature Trips - Eyedress
Also remember these are 64 Ohm headphones, so having something to power them is recommended.
#Final Thoughts: they're keepers!
Even if you hate these headphones you have to realize that you paid $129 for them. And not to mention all the great accessories that came with them (the case itself has to be worth at least $20 right?)
I, on the other hand, loved them. I couldn't be happier with them and in my opinion these are right 'up there' with the leaders in the hi-fi audio business.
They've earned a spot in my headphone collection, and I truly recommend them to you as long as you know what to expect.
UPDATE: Check out the pictures I uploaded!
My main priority is/was headphones that have a good seal and isolate ambient noise well, and are large and comfy enough to wear all day every day for a person with a larger head. It took a while to break them in -- at first they were overly tight and hurt after long use, but once the headband stretched a bit it was all good. The pads are large and deep, plenty of room for your ear to fit without feeling squished.
The issue I've had is the plastic arms that hold the ears on have cracked on both sides. One side completely, the other has a crack starting. Supposed to get a replacement party shipped but they say it will take about a month for it to come in. In the meantime I'm making due with a ghetto diy fix involving glue and duck tape. An outright replacement would be nice but oh well..
I believe the issue is a relative weak spot in the plastic arm, combined with me having a larger than average head, and using the things constantly. I would actually buy them again even with the breakage because I love everything else about them, but would be very careful taking them on and off. Basically, grip them a bit higher up on the headband instead of by the ears themselves, this would greatly reduce tension on the location that has cracked.
It seems the engineers said, "Limit upper frequencies and make a nice, but gritty center, handle bass as much as necessary. Make sure both sides are equal so the listener gets good stereo image. Make them comfortable."
Done. You put them on, they sound like s***, you leave them on, you say: good Lord somebody is playing some game with me because I like this.
They remind me of a couple times where I went somewhere and someone was blasting some old Yamaha 15" woofers with those odd horn tweeters they had. And they were running it through this bi-amped situation, and those speakers were farting and strutting their stuff, handling the whole thing with aplomb. And you were like Holy Crap I didn't know that could sound so good.
So that's what these things remind me of, they're very musical, as in-- they, you forget they're there and you pay ALOT of attention to the music. Really, really nice. A bit pricey at $130 but then again we wouldn't learn to respect the sound of these if they were too much less. $89 would be okay but only in light of a new and superior successor.
After I bought these, I was originally so disappointed that I bought the Sony headphone studio monitors that ar about the same price, they read "Professional" on the side or whatever.
They have different and less bass, yet far more treble. Once burned in, they are acceptable and work-worthy, no doubt.
You would never use these headphones to do equalization. They simply are not about that, they are not monitors. They bill themselves as neutral, but you cannot mix EQ accurately in these, nor can you in the Sonys. Apple's $35 in-ear phones are the best for that. Great bass and highs, acceptable midrange, very balanced and show deficiencies in mixes that aren't up to snuff. So if you want cheap good phones for mixing, get those. If you want phones to lay back and enjoy the music and forget about the speakers, get these.