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Brainwavz S5 In Ear Headphones Reviews

Positive Reviews


Brainwavz S5, We're Catching You GR07.


Pros: Good detail, non fatiguing mids, natural (unique timbre) Build quality.

Cons: Lower treble a little too forward / slightly one noted, cable a little weighty / springy.

Brainwavz are at it again with their new 10mm dynamic driver based IEM named "S5".  I must say I was intrigued to try the new sample and where they'd come from Brainwavs B2 I owned many months ago (and loved). S5 takes on an a new elegant design, rather modern appearance and although a little larger than we've seen still fits the bill nicely with its stealth looking housings. But how does it sound? Well, let's take a look as I think it sounds pretty good. Let me start off by saying I'd like to thank Brainwavs for the sample it's been a wonderful experience.       Specs:  ...
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A nice all-rounder that will please consumers, but not discerning audiophiles.


Pros: Clarity, detail, Good for almost all genres

Cons: A bit unrefined, Somewhat artificial sounding

Before I begin, I’d like to thank shotgunshane for the opportunity to review these new headphones.   My first experience with Brainwavz was when I picked up their M4 a couple of years ago. I was impressed with the company’s effort for being so young and how accessible their CEO was, asking customers for their input and helping them personally with issues they had with their headphones. Since then, I’ve purchased their S1 and while they weren’t my personal kind of sound signature, I liked the tough build quality and the ergonomics. I thought it would be nice if they made an IEM that had the same build quality, but a more detailed and clear sound. To my excitement, the S5 seemed to...
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The Party Pills


Pros: Amazing for EDM. Looks great. Feels great.

Cons: Minor driver flex issue. Too warm for certain tracks. Flat cable is iffy.

Intro TL;DR: The Brainwavz S5 is loud, bass-heavy, energetic, and a lot of fun to listen to -- just the ticket for any EDM lover.   Before I begin, huge thanks to Audrey (@Salsera) for providing a sample of the Brainwavz S5 in exchange for my honest opinion. My deepest gratitude goes out to her and the guys over at Brainwavz. But let me remind you that I was neither paid to write this review, nor am I an affiliate of Brainwavz or any of its staff. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own unless otherwise specified, and these opinions should be treated as nothing more than that. Finally, my impressions of the S5 in this review might conflict with yours;...
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Negative Reviews


Brainwavz S5 Quick Review


Pros: Weighty and potently heavy bass. Solid construction.

Cons: Bass dominates and mids lack any air or presence.

Brainwavz S5 Quick Review   Thanks to mp4nation for the sample.   Full Review at http://www.head-fi.org/t/730586/brainwavz-s5-review   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...
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S1 Revisited


Pros: Bass is more than being okay. Treble performance also offers some. Bass & Treble are better than R1, the acoustic is better than M2-M4-M5

Cons: Could be better on acoustics. Not much improvement over S1. Acoustic of mids inferior to R1.

you know the original price of this one, a rock solid $100. can you feel it ? yees, there's a bad review is coming... let's take a look at what brainwavz says for it's own product, one thing comes forward: "smooth bass". there was a "powerful bass" for the S1. so this is what S5 suppose to deliver: "smooth bass". so, is that true ? i can say yes, there's a very very very small difference between this two basses. the S5's bass is a little "crippled" compared to S1. there's nothing more to say about this. it's completely unnecessary, weird "feature". but despite this, it's bass performance still one of the top performers, so there's not much to complain.   now, let's continue...
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Sound Quality Lacks Proper Balance


Pros: Nice looking with good construction, included accessories are plentiful, fairly comfortable...everything is good but the sound

Cons: Does not sound great

Disclaimer: I was contacted by a Brainwavz representative to try out a free pair of S5 IEMs under the condition I would write a review for them. I received them in mid July and have sampled them over the past two weeks or so. I listed the purchase price as their current listing of $99. I have tried them from my dedicated, desktop headphone system and from my phone.   Overview - Build Quality, Looks, Comfort, Etc.   The Brainwavz S5 IEM has a decent amount going for it at face value. They look good, feel solid, are comfortable, and they include a nice set of accessories with plenty of tips to choose from and a carrying case. I usually have troubles getting IEMs to fit and...
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More Reviews

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You get more than what you paid for!


Pros: Well balanced sound and excellent build quality at an affordable price!

Cons: The flat rubbery cable may be less desirable to some.

Brainwavz S5 Review: You get more than what you paid for!     My first experience with Brainwavz was the R3 and to be honest, I really like them despite the negative reception from most users regarding fit and comfort. The R3 sounded mature, well refined, and the timbre was just mesmerising. Now Brainwavz has just released the S5 and I am fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to review their new offering. So lets find out if the new S5 can impress me just as much as my last experience...   SETUP:  Colorfly C3 > JDS Labs C5D                iMac 2011 > JDS Labs C5D            ...
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Good all rounder


Pros: Excellent built and good soundstage

Cons: Bass can be overwhelming

First of all I'd like to thank Brainwavz and Audrey for giving me a chance to check out the Brainwavz S5 IEM.   Built and accessories: There's already multiple reviews of the Brainwavz S5 here on Head-Fi describing the accessories and built on them so I just cut it short and conclude that the accessory pack is very good with many tips to choose from and a great zippered case to store them in when not in use. Built quality is also top notch and the only thing I'm missing is an L-plug instead of the straight one.   The S5 is easy to drive and works great out of portable devices.   I've let them play for over 100 hours and I've used them while travelling, while working...
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A Really Solid Budget Earphone


Pros: Great bass, very comfortable, well made

Cons: Treble has some holes, flat cable behaves strangely

Overview   The Brainwavz S5 is a new IEM priced at around $100 and is getting a lot of exposure thanks to a concerted effort from Brainwavz to push out review units to reviewers just like me. Thank you to Audrey and the Brainwavz team for arranging this pair of S5s for me to review at no charge. I'm really glad that they've decided to make this push too because Brainwavz have never been on my radar, but the S5 is a surprising package that has me seriously interested in their future offerings.   Specifications   Driver:  1 x 10mm dynamic Impedance:  16 ohms Frequency range:  18 - 24,000 Hz Sensitivity:  110 dB at 1 mW   Design &...
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Brainwavz S5 - Warm, Detailed with some Sparkle


Pros: Warm, deep rich smooth bass, mids are not recessed, treble has some sparkle to it, very detailed, aluminum build, great accessories.

Cons: Competes with too many titans at $100 price point, treble spikes, metallic mids overall, not neutral, no detachable cables.

Ready for a repeat? Good, because the "short list" of Pros/Cons is too short. I wanted to provide a bit more in that regard. So here's a longer Pro/Con list that should sum it up better as there's a lot going on here:   Pros: Warm, deep rich smooth bass, mids are not recessed with the bass presence in a significant way, treble has some sparkle to it, very detailed, good separation of channels, solid aluminum build (metal), flat wires that do not tangle and birds-nest easily, great assortment of accessories (case, tons of tips, 1/4" adapter), very efficient and will run from any source.   Cons: Competes with too many well established IEM's at the $100 price point, treble can...
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Excellent value, superbly built IEM


Pros: Build quality, Bass quality

Cons: Flat cable

INTRODUCTION   First of all, a big THANK YOU to Audrey from Brainwavz for providing the review unit. It is much appreciated, and my humble ears are feeling so incredibly honoured to be included as one of the reviewers. This is Brainwavz single dynamic IEM, one of the top offering alongside dual dynamic R3 and dual-armature B2.   Brainwavz is no stranger when it comes to audio enthusiast and audiophile, offering products that are priced well below their performance. Historically, B2 was my first exposure to Brainwavz product and I absolutely loved it. Since that, I have acquired M3, M4, M5, R1, and R3 mk1.   The components that I used for this review are as...
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Rugged, Fun, Detailed, and Affordable!


Pros: built to withstand a war, bassy, fun, mids remain very clear, extended treble, great accessories!

Cons: subbass a bit subdue due to the midbass, Straight jack, chunky Y connector

The Brainwavz S5s is an earphone made to withstand the daily rigors of the city life. Its built like a tank comes with very fun but detailed sound. I want to thank Brainwavz for sending the S5s. I just wanted to state that everything below is my unbiased opinion and mine alone, as always YMMV! Now onto the review! Below is my condensed video review on youtube of the Brainwavz S5   Accessories: The S5s come with a multiple ear tips of different sizes, shapes and even “bore/nozzle width”  •    3 pairs of Grey (medium bore) (in S,M,L)  •    3 pairs of black (narrower bore) (in S,M,L) •    1 pair of Triple flange  •...
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Brainwavs S5 Review


Pros: nice mids, good build quality, smooth sound

Cons: not a flat cable lover, overly large Y-split, bass needs more extension and control

Full video review below    

Exciting Budget IEM


Pros: Nice Bass, Clarity, Separation, Detail

Cons: Cable

First I’d like to thank Salsera and Brainwavz for sending me a review sample of the S5. Brainwavz are a brand that I am quite familiar with. They have many IEMs that are often praised on Head-Fi and I have had an experience with a few of them. They were established in 2008 and are a relatively new company and their IEMs are priced quite competitively for how they sound from my experience. I also heard their HM5 and was very fond of it. Let’s see what they have in store for us now.   I remember the time when I first joined Head-Fi, with my pair of IE8s. Those changed to a TF-10 and eventually, a B2 from Brainwavz. They were one of my first balanced and mid-tier IEMs and I remember...
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Brainwavz S5 - A well built IEM with a Funky Cable.


Pros: Build Quality, Nice Case, Accessories, Easy Fit, Good Isolation

Cons: Flat Rubbery Cable, Sharp Treble for Some

Brainwavz S5 Impressions by TrollDragon I was contacted by Audrey from Brainwavz inquiring if I would like to review a pair of the new S5 IEM's.  As I have not heard any of their other products I immediately jumped at this generous offer. I my opinion, more companies should do public relations work like this with the new products they are releasing--it gives those of us who are not fully experienced in the mind boggling array of available IEM's, a chance to sample quality products.   Thanks to Audrey and Brainwavz for providing the S5 sample for this review.   First Impressions (I have not taken any pictures of the packaging, case or contents as there are many...
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Best Brainwavz sound.


Pros: Strong build. Good sound. Nice group of accessories. Amps well.

Cons: Noodle cord can get microphonic when worn down. Treble peaks.

  First off I would like to thank Brainwavz for sending me a pair for review..I think there has been enough written about these for most of you guys to know what they are generally about. I burned them in real good and started to really listen to them about a week ago and it has occurred to me that this sound is perhaps Brainwavz best I have heard to date. These do a lot right when it comes to build, sound and usability but how do they really stack up to the current crop of $100 earphones.? These actually have hung in there with the best that I have in the price range but have one sound trait to them that is holding them back from greatness in my opinion.   I tested the S5...
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