Hi all :) I dont post too much on here, but do read the posts on full sized headphones religiously. I was given a pre production pair of Brainwavz HM3's for review and here are the results:
After spending over a full week plus with the HM3's, this is my full review. As I like to do with my headphone reviews, I will include which types of music work best with the HM3's, as well as a full unbiased opinion of what I think of them as mp4nations first full sized headset.
After first receiving these over 12 days or so ago(now over two full weeks as of this posting), I have made the HM3's my main headphones for the duration of this test. Over 180 hours have been put on them to date, and I love the way they have matured over the course of this useage. Burn in is a definate plus for these, as the sound got fuller and more defined the more that I used them.
As I have a massive music collection, mostly in flac, I had the opportunity to really put these new headphones through their paces. Everything from Rock to Opera has been pumped through these cans, and nothing really sounded at all bad here. It should be noted I used my Vibrant phone for most of the testing here, but switched to my Rockboxed Sansa Clip+ towards the end. Also used is my Nationite N2, and they all worked very well for me.
I'll start with Rock, both heavy and soft. Rush was the predominant band played here, and boy do the HM3's like that progressive power trio from Canada Everything from Geddy's soaring vocals to Neil's powerful percussion sounded just perfect here. Standard Rock from the 70's also shined here, with the likes of Mott The Hoople and David Bowie (in his Ziggy persona) sounding true to form here. I cant more highly recommend them to anyone liking this era to try these on for size
As a strong supporter of Jazz in all its forms, I am very hard on a pair of headphones if they dont work well here. Not to worry, the HM3's were up to the task very well! Everyone from Al DiMeola to Jeff Beck just sounded great here. While they have a penchant for being a bit more bassy than trembly (more low end happy), after break in they filled out alot more in the upper registers. This helped them play back the hard to reproduce Jazz signature very well. Again, I recommend these if this is your music of choice
As for HipHop/House and most modern pop music, which tends to like the lower end of the spectrum, these are your perfect choice. They arent so bass heavy that you dont enjoy the computer perfect auto tuned beltings of, say, Justin Beiber or Ms. GaGa...and I guess thats a good thing, lol. But seriously, the HM3's are a great choice if this is your type of tunage, for the price they are some of the better ones here.
I love 60's psycodelic music as well, and the heavy use of distortion sounds great here, with everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Iron Butterfly sounding awesome. In fact, all the music from this era sounds good here, take your pick. Everyone from The Doors to the Beatles simply sound in tune and well reproduced.
As you can tell by now, I'm very impressed with the sound quality of the HM3's. They have a full sound, from strong bass to decent highs, and everything in between sounds great! It should be noted that I have these fitting tightly around my ears, not on them, so this is how they sound that way. You may have these sitting on your ears, and the sound signature will be different. Such is the way it is with full sized headphones. In my case the sound isolation was great, I heard very little noise trying to spoil my listening pleasure, and many around me commented on how little they heard from my end as well. Perfect for crowded subway's One thing I have to say, though, the HM3's need a bit of amplifying to achieve their best sound. I used an old Fiio E3 as well as a FiiO E5 to get just the right amount of volume, but just pumping up the eq setting on most phones or dedicated music players does almost as well.
I find the quality to be very good here, with fine quality plastics and a strong cord, and the ear pads(which are replaceable, nice), are very comfortable for long useage...I averaged over 8 plus hours a day with the HM3's, and nothing short of a little sweatiness after the fourth hour or so was present. The lightness of the HM3's contributed to this comfort very much. As everyone will want to know which IEM's these sound most like to me, I will have to say the Brainwavz M2's are the closest match, but not quite the same sound. The HM3's have a sound all their own, and its a good one. As always with the Brainwavz series, the value here is outstanding. I have $300.00-$500.00 plus dollar cans from Senny's on up and I truly think these compare with ones in the lower $100.00 range effortlesly. You owe it to yourself to try these out, its a great deal for a great pair of cans My thanks to Raz from mp4nation for the option to try these out!
They can be bought here: http://www.mp4nation.net
I now have a VIDEO REVIEW up, I prefer these instead of pictures,it gets my point accross better The video has the production versions of the HM3's in it :)
Edited by dragon2knight - 11/20/11 at 9:26pm