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Brainwavz S5 In Ear Headphones

Very solid product, but not quite iconic.

tomscy2000

Pros: Sprightly bass, decent presentation of detail for the price, bulletproof build quality, generous warranty and accessories

Cons: Prodigious bass veers away from balance and can be distracting, treble can be splashy, probably won't be a permanent fixture for anyone

Disclosure: This review is based off a review unit of the retail version of the S5, provided by Brainwavz. This is my first in-depth encounter with a Brainwavz product, having only demoed previous Brainwavz products very briefly in Hong Kong three years ago.   Brainwavz S5, with a 10 mm dynamic coil driver and CNC metal body   Battleground: The Sub-$100 Price Category & The...
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Below expected peformance but very feature rich
Below expected peformance but very feature rich

iFi Nano iDSD

Pros: Crams a lot of features in for the price: DSD, DXD, volume control, LED indicator of sampling rate, RCA output

Cons: Ultimately, the sound quality is substandard even at this price point

Great sounding celebrity endorsed headphone
Great sounding celebrity endorsed headphone

AKG K267

Pros: Beautiful sonic presentation, subbass, wonderful mids, non fatiguing highs, comfortable, variable bass, mini-xlr dual entry socket

Cons: questionable build quality (at least in the past)

Ruined by One BIG Design Flaw
Ruined by One BIG Design Flaw

AKG K490 NC

Pros: Good sound and comfort

Cons: Fatal Design Flaw

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