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It's ALRIGHT for the PRICE!
on October 27, 2014
The Brainwavz R1 performs alright for a dual driver headset for only $38
Like many of you, I was drawn to the unique description of a headset that had not one, but TWO drivers. This was unheard of to me. TWO? That should cost a ton! And some do. These on the otherhand, are a great cheap pair of earphones for people who want to try something somewhat different.
These look nice. The shape is the first thing that people notice. They sure do look different then the bullet type headphones currently polluting the public. The build is made of sturdy plastic. it feels strong yet very VERY light. If you don't like heavy earphones, these will be fine for you.
The wire is just average and doesn't have any obvious memory effect. Likewise, they tangle like you would expect. One plus is that it is an OVER-EAR design. This means you HAVE to wear it with the wire looping over the top of your ear. This makes it harder to take off and put on BUT reduces cable noise(microphonics). It also has a nice sturdy L shape plug.
Another unique thing about the earphone that isn't shown very well, is that the wire close to the earphone itself has some kind of bendy wire over it. This makes it easy to shape that part into a c so you can easily wrap it around your ear. The problem with that is, it doesn't work very well. For me, the wire stuck up in an awkward shape and did more harm then good.
See that little hole in the earphone? Well that makes the earphone have such excellent bass. BUT in a windy situation, you will hear a LOT of noise from the wind blowing past that part. This can be avoided by simply taping that hole up but that does reduce sound quality.
So overall, Build quality is SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE for the price.
This is the important part. I didn't assume these needed an amp so I just ran them off my phone and my computer. The bass is definitely boosted in these. But in a good way. The second driver really helps make the bass rumble and tickle your ear(texture). It feels like you're listening to one of those big headphones that cover your whole head(circum aural)!
But, thats the only thing that is really special about it. The mids and the treble are definitely lacking. While the Bass is loud and very present, the mids and treble sound canned and distant. I'm not sure if mine was defective, but when the excellent bass is paired with the sub-par mids and treble, they really compound the balance of the earphone.
Some other things that audioethusiats talk about include soundstage, separation, and imaging. I personally don't know what imaging is really about but I think its something about clarity. For these, the bass really overwhelms everything. The mids and treble have poor imaging(clarity), separation, and soundstage. But the bass. Oh man, it has the soundstage. It feels like its out of your head. Very nice bass.
Overall, sound quality is sub-par if you are looking for a balanced headphone. If you like Beats, this will be good for you.
So these headphones may not be everyone's cup of tea. Brainwavz is generally known as a competent headphone produces and I don't think they disappoint too much here. Its a ridiculously cheap dual driver headphone with a mic. The second cheapest dual driver headphone with a mic is the TTPOD T1s which is ~$45.
Should you get these? I don't know. Thats up to you to decide.
Thanks for reading!