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Loquah

Brainwavz M1 - a great bang-for-buck budget earphone

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Pros: Price, compact size, light weight, slightly warm, but generally neutral sound

Cons: None at the price

Introduction   Brainwavz are making another push on their M series earphones and that’s good news for those of us looking for a well-priced, high performance earphone. The M1s use a single dynamic driver in a compact plastic and metal shell to deliver a tiny, lightweight earphone with sound that’s reminiscent of their more expensive R3 model, but in a much more comfortable package. They're not as good as the R3s, but for their price they’re impressive nonetheless.   A big thanks to Audrey and the team at Brainwavz for sending me this pair to review!   Specifications Drivers:  10.7mm dynamic (1 per earpiece) Impedance:  32 ohms Frequency range:  20...
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Brooko

Brainwavz M1 – Clean & Clear – “Audiophile Sound” On A Budget

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Pros: Overall SQ, balance, clarity, build, fit, accessories, value, cable build

Cons: Cable noise & memory, no neck cinch, jack housing size, strain relief on IEM

For larger views of any of the photos (1200 x 800) - please click on the individual images INTRODUCTION Brainwavz is a now well established manufacturer of headphones in the value for money category – offering many different options that suit almost anyone’s sonic preferences.  I’ve previously had both good and bad experiences with their headphones / IEMs.  I’ve previously reviewed and owned their B2 IEMs and HM5 headphones, and both were stellar performers.  I’ve also sampled their R1, R3, S0, S5 and R3 V2 IEMs – and whilst the R3 V2, S0 and S5 were also solid performers, the R1 and R3 originals weren’t quite as well aligned with my preferences.   I’ve had...
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shotgunshane

Brainwavz M1 – Clean and Clear

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Pros: Clean and clear sound quality; low volume listening

Cons: stiff and easily tangled cable; deep bass roll off

Brainwavz M1 – Clean and Clear     Disclaimer: Brainwavz supplied the M1 for this review   Brainwavz markets the M1 as “having a wide sound stage, accurate sound reproduction, good separation. The M1 are designed to reproduce sound with clarity and cleanness…”. I’m impressed! This is pretty much a spot on description of what the M1 sonically has to offer, but before I add my two cents on its sonics, let’s explore the other aspects of the M1.   Specifications   - 10.7mm dynamic driver - Impedance: 32 ohm - Frequency Range: 20Hz-20kHz - Sensitivity: 110 dB @ 1 mW - Rated Input Power: 10 mW - Street Price: $44.50   Build   The M1...
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Cotnijoe

A Great Sounding 50 Dollar IEM

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Pros: Price/Performance Ratio, Comfort

Cons: Treble, Cable

Brainwavz has, again, kindly provided me with a review unit of yet another one of their products. The M1 is not a newcomer in their line of products, but instead, one in which they would like to make more known to the public (and for good reasons!). To sum things up quickly before getting into details about my opinions of the M1, I can say that the M1 is perhaps one of my favorite IEM from Brainwavz. Accessories:Brainwavz IEMs all come with a good variety of accessories. This has always been one of their strengths. The IEM comes with a small softshell case with a good variety of tips, including some comply tips, and a 3.5 to 6.3mm adaptor. For a 50 dollar IEM, you couldn't as for...
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JoeDoe

M1: An (Excellent) Old Flame Rekindled

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Pros: Balanced SQ, value

Cons: Aesthetics

Here we go again. It seems like every other review I've done lately has been on some product from this up-and-coming company that is making a name for itself. Luckily for us, this IEM from Brainwavz is just like many of its brethren: a force to be reckoned with. Sound Bass: Just plain good. I've heard several of the sub $100 category from Brainwavz, including the Delta, S0, and S1. So far the low-end on the M1 is my favorite. The sub-bass is there (something not usually found in IEMs running under $100) and surprisingly capable. Macklemore's "A Wake" has some nice thump, but here's the kicker: no bleed! Would I classify these as basshead cans? Heck no. But, they reach deep enough for...
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egosumlux

Excellent Balance and outstanding claritity for a budget-minded set

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Pros: One of the most balanced iems for a very low price

Cons: poor isolation, no moulded strain reliefs in the housing cable exit

Thanks to madiaplayer.cl the best audiophile-oriented shop available in Chile I got a M1 sample to test drive it and provide my opinion so you can give them a try if you like my description. This is my second review so please forgive any mistake here.   Packing   The M1 box is made of softened cardboard wich contains a transparent window that allows you to see the housings very similar in that respect to every single Brainwavz box and it is similar to the Pro Alpha package however, it is a more compact, a better designed one and its also easier to open. On its front Brainwavz tells you that M1 has a balanced sound , has a comfortable fit and that they come with a silver...
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dragon2knight

A blast from the not too distant past

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Pros: Light, small, well made, good build quality overall, easy going sound, great value.

Cons: Cord is it's weakest link, a lot of newer competition in it's price class.

As my title suggests, the Brainwavz M1's are a recent push by Brainwavz to show the world what they might have missed a few years back when they were originally introduced. These were the only Brainwavz IEM's that I never had the pleasure of owning, my thanks to to the Brainwavz team for sending me a pair to review.   The review unit I received was not the retail packaged one you folks should get, so I'll not add any pics here because of that. The mp4nation site has plenty of good pics(as do earlier reviews on here) so that's all you need to go to to see 'em in all their glory. My unit arrived in the great Brainwavz IEM case that came with Comply tips as well as an assortment of...
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mark2410

Brainwavz M1 Quick Review by mark2410

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Pros: Sound quality is wonderful. Neutral sound signature.

Cons: Bass light for some. Unforgiving treble. Wants power.

Brainwavz M1 Quick Review   Thanks to mp4nation back in the day for the sample.   Full length old review here http://www.head-fi.org/t/499583/brainwavz-m1-review       Brief:  Old but still at the top its field.   Price:  US$44.50 or about £29   Specification:  Transducers/Drivers: Dynamic, 10.7mm,Rated Impedance: 32ohms Closed Dynamic, Sensitivity: 110dB at 1mW, Frequency range: 20 ~ 20000Hz, Distortion: <= 0.3% @ 94dB, Channel balance: =< 3dB (at 1000Hz), Rated input power: 10mW, 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...
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Tom22

A Mini- Hifiman RE400, Great bang-for-buck earphone: Sweet, Laid back Vocals

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Pros: Mids, sweet- easy going vocals, smooth sound, small footprint, great cable

Cons: small footprint (see below), lack of strain relief on the housing.

The Brainwavz M1 has been widely toted as a popular option at under $50 for the last few years. Why is that the case? Well, because at the time of their debut, they were one the few balanced sounding earphones under $100 amongst a sea of bassy or V shaped sounding earphones. How do the M1s fare years later, especially with heavy favorites from Vsonic, Havi, TTPOD? Very well in fact, for a “budget earphone” they certainly have a very smooth and inviting sound that I’m very fond of.   hint- I nicknamed my M1s as “Mini- RE 400s (referencing to the Hifman RE 400, an absolute standout earphone at $99)- See the “sound section” for my comparison of the M1 with the $99 Giant, that is the...
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thatBeatsguy

Old Dog, New Tricks

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Pros: Great price/performance ratio.

Cons: I don't like its sound signature.

Intro                                             Before I begin, I would like to thank Audrey at Brainwavz for providing me with the review sample of the Brainwavz M1. Note that I am neither an affiliate of Brainwavz nor any of its staff, nor am I being compensated in any form for writing this review (aside from the provided review sample). All opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own, and all photos are taken and owned by me unless otherwise specified. YMMV.        Just a couple weeks ago, Audrey contacted me,...
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