Pros - Sturdy build quality, Nozzle ends in a raised lip so headphones won't slip, strong adhesive strength, priced fairly, hard to screw up
Cons - One time use adhesive tape
"How's it hanging?"
The Brainwavz Hooka was a review unit provided in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. I have tried my best to record my thoughts and impressions on the Hooka and how well it functions. These thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone and I reserve the right to change my opinion as time goes on. These are my personal findings and should be taken as such. YMMV
I want to take this opportunity to thank Pandora from Brainwavz for giving me a chance to check out the Hooka. Brainwavz is a brand that is well known at head-fi, and deservedly so. They provide a wide variety of products at affordable prices, from portable amplifiers to headphones to even headphone stands. Their brand is practically synonymous with bang for buck and so it is always exciting to see a new Brainwavz product on the market.
Before reviewing the Hooka, I had owned only one other headphone holder, in contrast to my headphone collection which has yet to stop growing (DARN YOU 4 AM PURCHASES!). Our growing arsenal makes it all the more important to store our headphones properly, be it a massive full size planar behemoth or an itty bitty balanced armature in ear monitor.
Brainwavz is positioning the Hooka as a solid hanger on which to rest our precious babies, but does the Hooka cut the mustard? Is it worth your heard earned dollars/gill/crayons? Read on to find out!
"Brainwavz provides high-end earphones specifically designed for high-quality sound and tailor-made to provide the user with a solution that can be used across a wide range of audio genres and styles at affordable prices. Brainwavz believes in the idea that sound is a deeply personal experience, and strives to provide users with earphones that match their personal inclinations, to inspire with intensity. The Brainwavz name is known in many countries across the globe, and the company is continually committed to providing the best products at the best value.
At Brainwavz we have a simple mission, to produce innovative, high quality audio products with a dedicated focus on high-end sound. Our strength, success and product range is built on the unique relationship with our customers. A relationship that has produced a simple and obvious result, we give real users real sound quality.” - Brainwavz
Before I get into the nitty gritty of things, I want to provide a little background information in the hopes that it can help put my views in perspective and provide some context for the content of this review.
Music has always been a huge part of my life, whether it was performing music on stage with my band or more recently, involving myself in this masochistic wonderful hobby of ours. I have always enjoyed listening to music but I haven’t always paid attention to the quality of headphones because I was perfectly content with included cellphone earphones or cheap earbuds from department stores. Ignorance is bliss right? This however all changed when I came across head-fi one day, and that’s when things started to go downhill (for my wallet that is ). It is all too easy to underestimate how large an impact a good pair of headphones can have in the enjoyment of your favorite songs.
After getting my first pair of good headphones, I had felt as if an entirely new world has opened up to me musically and I found myself rediscovering music that I have listened to for many years.
When it comes to musical taste, I can’t say that I have any specific genre that is my absolute favorite, as I like a little bit of everything. But if I had to be specify, I would say that I love mainstream and Pop music and I consider myself to be an average joe in that regard.
That is the approach I take in reviewing gear, for people like me who aren’t all that technical and are not audiophiles in the classical sense. To be honest, I am just someone who really loves their music and someone who enjoys getting the the most out of their gear. And I feel that this is representative of many young modern music lovers (such as myself); people who just want to hear our favourite modern music tracks at their best. Sure, we may not be classical music buffs, or Jazz aficionados, but all the same we appreciate having in our arsenal some of the best products out there, to hear our favourite pop, electronic dance music or metal artists at their best!
I mostly stream music from the Internet using services such as Spotify and Youtube and like millions of other people, my laptop and cellphone serves as my main media players.
So with that out of the way, lets get on with the review!
Headphone hanger for vertical surfaces
Holds headphones of any weight without bending or losing its shape
Made with die cast aluminum
Wide seat fits small to large headbands easily
Weight : 125g
Dimensions : 102 mm x 46 mm x 58 mm
Plate Length : 78 mm
Plate Width : 46 mm
Material: All-Metal die-cast Aluminum
The Hooka comes in clear plastic packaging, which does well for protection, while also adorning the basic features. The hangar it self is made of tough plastic and sturdy, quite reassuringly so I might add. In fact I had no qualms about trusting it to hold my most expensive full size headphones. The hangar ends in a raised lip of sorts, ensuing that the headphone won't slip off if the surface is not 100% vertical. The Hooka is pretty easy to use, remove the adhesive cover and stick on to a surface of your choice (like my forehead for example) and apply pressure. It should attach after a few seconds - wherein lies the only real downside. It is a one time use adhesive and it is quite difficult to remove once applied. Before deciding where to place the Hooka, make sure that you are happy with the placement, as they say, its all about location location location. The strength of adhesion is quite strong and that sucker won't be coming off anytime soon. Not much else to say, its fairly priced, its built well and its idiot proof utilizing the tried and tested KISS[sup]TM[/sup] principle. Which stands for Keep It Simple Stupid. Its as easy as sticking and hanging.
Before I begin, I would like to thank Pandora and Brainwavz for providing me with a sample unit for this review. I’ve used this headphone hanger for over 2 months now and this review would just be my honest opinion on the hanger over this period of time. I would not go into the specifications as there are many previous reviews which covered it already.
- These are no doubt built to last. They would probably outlast your current headphones or the next few headphones you have. Built out of solid aluminium, there are no areas of failure which could potentially render this useless. They are actually so strong that there was once my bag was hung on it by mistake and it did not drop. These have a slight curved surface for your babies to rest on, so that there are no sharp surfaces that may cut pleather headbands due to wear and tear.
2. Mounting solution
- These are mounted via a 3M VHB tape, which are strong as steel, I actually have no idea how to remove these and have no intention to anyway. However I felt that if I ever want to change the position of these hangers, it’s gonna be a mess, as I can foresee the chore of removing such a strong mounting solution.
- At $17.95 USD, some might find this too much of an investment. Personally I feel that as a student on budget, these might not find their way to my table at all. However for someone with slightly higher budget, these are definitely a worthy investment for the long term