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Brainwavz R1 Review

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Well, I have had the new dual dynamic driver Brainwavz R1 IEM's since 7am today....and I haven't been able to put them down since! These are some of the best low cost IEM's I've ever heard right out of the box. I usually have to do a full burn in to hear what I'm hearing with the R1's. The separate dynamic drivers(9mm for the woofer, 6.8mm for the tweeter)have been tuned seemingly "just right". To start with, the nice box came with a ton of extras, including three pairs of normal silicone tips(S/M/L), two sets of bi flange tips(S/L), and a set of Comply "T" foam tips. I used them all and actually found the bi flange tips to fit me best. It also has the great black and red carry case being sold elsewhere on the mp4nation site for $6.00US for FREE...and its a great case, with tons of room and above average construction. The R1's themselves are also very well made, with good quality black and red plastic and solid cords, with a nice sliding piece to help cinch them up nicely. These do sit over your ears, but they are very comfortable for long periods(six hours plus and counting so far).


The sound stage is amazing, almost on par with my Brainwavz HM5's(no joke!!), very open sounding with great stereo separation and almost pinpoint instrument placing. So far I've haven't heard any driver flex, something I was worried about with the two separate drivers and no protection from it like you get from dual armatures. If it's there, I can't hear/feel it. The very first bit of music I chose to listen to, a flac version of YES's 90125, hit me right between the eyes, with awesome sound reproduction. Listening to Jon Anderson at the high end and the great percussion of Alan White at the low end, and everything that Trevor Rabin and Chris Squire added in between, was simply superb. Nothing sounded off in the least, as a matter of fact, it sounded just the way it was supposed to. To say the R1's are balanced is an understatement. I have some pretty sophisticated equipment at my disposal in my studio, and the sound signature is almost on par with my HM5's in terms of the way sound is played back. I would never use IEM's for my music editing, but these would work great in a pinch, and that's high praise for such an inexpensive set of in ears. 

Keep in mind that these haven't even been broken in yet....after a full burn in I will report back with the results. I honestly don't think it will make much of a difference, but it's worth doing so nonetheless. I think that many on here would like to see these compared to the B2's, which I own, simply because they have a dual armature design... and to be honest, it's the first thing I did when opening the box for fun. For starters, the B2's cost almost three times plus what you'll pay for the R1's....but the B2's, IMHO, don't have the same openness or all around clarity the R1's have. The B2's can get a little harsh in the upper end, the R1's simply don't do this. The bass response and feel is also slightly better as well. The mids, on the other hand, are better on the B2's. The R1's do a decent job here, but they aren't as focused as the B2's are. Even if your not on a budget, I would choose the R1's personally over the B2's...they are just a better value all around. Dual dynamic drivers are a great idea, much cheaper to produce than dual armature IEM's, while providing a great, balanced sound signature (if done right) that the dual armatures are always praised for. I applaud Razzer from mp4nation.net for including one in the Brainwavz lineup, great job on this dude!!

Summing up, I honestly LOVE the R1's! I have been looking for a long time for a set of IEM's that I could travel with(read: cheap) that had true, honest balanced sound. My look is finally over. I love my B2's, I really do, but they are just too expensive to be thrown in a bag and knocked around daily. They are well made, but I would scream if they got destroyed...not so the R1's. I plan on buying a few pairs to have on hand if needed...it's just the smart thing to do. If your on the fence about going for these at the great pre order price Razzer has up at the time of this post, don't think about it, JUST DO IT. It will be one of the smartest things you do today, guaranteed  As always, if you have any questions, just ask and I'll do my best to answer 

 

Here's a link to the product page over on mp4nation.net: http://www.mp4nation.net/brainwavz-r1-dual-dynamic-speaker-in-ear-earphones

 

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Nice review. I see that as usual the package is full of accessories. I really like that the new Brainwavz case is included - it's just awesome for carrying two pairs of iems or just one and a smaller DAP. By the way, can you tell me the size of the nozzle and how deep is the seal - it just seems strange that it isn't angled.

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Originally Posted by kova4a View Post

Nice review. I see that as usual the package is full of accessories. I really like that the new Brainwavz case is included - it's just awesome for carrying two pairs of iems or just one and a smaller DAP. By the way, can you tell me the size of the nozzle and how deep is the seal - it just seems strange that it isn't angled.

Thanks :) The nozzle is just at one cm in length,or just over a half inch not including any tips which will always add at least 2-5 or so more mm to the length. the width is pretty standard, the same as my other IEM's at around 2-3mm tip-less. Nope, it has no angle at all, but that adds to the easy and comfortable fit in my opinion. The Brainwavz B2's,which are angled, aren't nearly as comfortable or easy to insert, for instance.


Edited by dragon2knight - 10/10/12 at 5:04pm
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Thanks and yeah, while I find my B2 fairly comfortable I agree its nozzle is angled a little bit too much. It's nice that the nozzle is narrow because I mostly prefer to use shure olives. Actually, I see there are narrow and wide-bore tips in the package - do you have opinion on which kind sounds the best with the R1 or did you pick the bi-flange ones only because of the fit?

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Thanks and yeah, while I find my B2 fairly comfortable I agree its nozzle is angled a little bit too much. It's nice that the nozzle is narrow because I mostly prefer to use shure olives. Actually, I see there are narrow and wide-bore tips in the package - do you have opinion on which kind sounds the best with the R1 or did you pick the bi-flange ones only because of the fit?

For the best sound, I found it was a toss up between the Comply tips and the bi flange I'm using(in my case, the smaller one)...almost no difference to me. I like the silicone bi flange because I live in a very cold place most of the time(NYC,lol),and the Comply tips freeze up on me all the time....very annoying. 

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Hi d2k, can you tell me how sensitive they are?  Loving my clip+ at the moment, how would they fair with low powered mp3 players?  what gear have you tried them with ?

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thanks for the review, i cant wait to hear how the sound changes after the burn in. sooo enticed to buy these now.

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How comfortable are these to wear straight down or is it over the ear only?

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Hi d2k, can you tell me how sensitive they are?  Loving my clip+ at the moment, how would they fair with low powered mp3 players?  what gear have you tried them with ?

Hey,Dave :) I am using mainly my modded Samsung Galaxy S2 phone for portable use and my Rockboxed Sansa Clip+ at home for now, will hook it up to better when I have the chance. I have used it with my FiiO E6 as well, and noticed little or no improvement, except for increased loudness, at least at this stage. After burn in, maybe that will change.

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How comfortable are these to wear straight down or is it over the ear only?

They are meant to be used over the ear, and it isn't bad at all comfort wise doing that,either. You can get some over the ear guides if he bare wire hurts you...but I haven't even felt the least bit of strain from the cords just as it is, even with quite a bit of cinching(with the little thingy that's on the cord for adjustment) in the mix.

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Hey dragon2knight, I love your reviews. Thanks. I'm glad I took a chance and purchased them before reading it though. I'm really looking forward to hearing these (if I can pry the JVC FXD80 and FXD70 out of my ears). 

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Hey dragon2knight, I love your reviews. Thanks. I'm glad I took a chance and purchased them before reading it though. I'm really looking forward to hearing these (if I can pry the JVC FXD80 and FXD70 out of my ears). 

I think you'll be in for a pleasant surprise, as I was. These little guys hit above their weight class for sure :)

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Comparisons with the m1 and m2 (which I have)?  

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Comparisons with the m1 and m2 (which I have)?  

I haven't had my M1's for quite some time, but my M2's are still going strong. A simple side by side comparison showed me that the sound signature is close to the M2's...but the R1's have a much wider soundstage, with richer detail, especially in the upper registers. The low end is the closest to it, but even then the R1's are slightly better. If you had to choose between them, I'd say its a no brainer, go for the R1's.

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Comparison with M4 and/or M5 please, as these 2 are my favourite daily use IEM, the best bang for buck.

 

The price is almost too good to be true...

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