here's my review of the Brainwavz S0 IEM:
A Pocket Friend, great for mobile devices with friendly sound of a good car radio system..
Thanks to Audrey at Brainwavz for this opportunity to review the new Brainwavz S0. I am not affiliated
in any way to Brainwavz, although i did review the S5 recently with a review sample from them.
The S0 is the so called "baby brother" to the recently released S5 from Brainwavz and is a welcome
addition to the Brainwavz family of inexpensive IEMs. It is smaller than its bigger brother and actually
had a better fit for me with its on board tips, with a good seal and is remarkably comfortable. Still made
of metal at 50$ it is well built and has a good selection of alternate tips and supplies with it and a case.
Brainwavz advertises the S0s as having a "clear balanced sound" and after burn in they pretty much do
although there is still a mid bass hump to them but its pleasant for most music. The cable has good strain
relief and was pretty tangle proof. The design is straightforward and fairly simple, with neodymium magnets
and aluminum housing, and they seem well made and fell good in your hands and ears.
The out of the box sound changed a fair amount with 100 or so hours of burn in, which tamed the
initial bloated bass and sibilence and rounded the sound to a fairly balanced presentation. the bass
is still humped, but less so than the S5, and after burn in the S0 is pleasant for a variety of music from
blues to EDM through rock. More lyrical wavy or ambient music sounds more digital than one might like
but the phone does nice things to streaming audio and makes it pleasant to listen to in a good way.
Overall the sound quality is that of a decent car radio--pleasant for background non critical listening
good to do work or chores to, or while watching sports or news you don't want to hear the sound to
and prefer music to. I don't say this as a criticism: a good car stereo is a major achievement! i once
had a contest with a doctor friend who won the contest after putting 14 speakers, six amps and
four subwoofers in his old cadillac...and thousands of dollars. his car was a rolling boom box!
Well this S0 is not THAT kind of car stereo, but it is pleasant
light weight IEM that is fund to "cruise around " with while one is doing other things. It sounds very
good out of my HTC one M8 without an amp, and stays put in my ears while i do other things with
good sound isolation.
This phone is a welcome addition to the Brainwavz lineup. Some folks, indeed, might prefer its smoother rounded
sound to the S5. Its not pretending to be anything its not or trying to out muscle more expensive
IEMs and is worth the 50 dollars I believe. At the same time there are more exotic earphones
like the Zero Audio Tenore which have a smoother midrange and vocal presentation that is magical
at the same price range. (not up to the bass of the S0 however, so as Mark Twain says "you pays your
money and you takes your choice" And for forty nine dollars more you can upgrade to the new Fidue A71 which
has three drivers and sounds super LIVE, not like a car radio.
But for an entry level IEM that transcends the basic Phillips,Sony, and assorted Chinese cheap phones available,
and such it outperforms the 20-30$ mass market phones by quite a bit! And so it becomes
a very good pocket companion to me, stashed in my jacket in case i want to tune in and out
of the default realities with streaming audio like JohnnyBlue on Soundcloud, or such, or
relax with my amazon cloud library on the go...it works just fine and is quite listenable for these.
I think this phone would make a great holiday present for newbies into portable audio and everyday companion
for those with good smartphone sound on the go