The Brainwavz S5 are dynamic driver based earphones fitted into a sleek all-metal housing with...

Brainwavz S5 In Ear Headphones

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  • The Brainwavz S5 are dynamic driver based earphones fitted into a sleek all-metal housing with their speakers tuned for a balanced, detailed sound with a smooth bass. They are designed to be worn over the ear for professional grade fit and better sound isolation. The over- the-ear design and flat cable allow the S5 to sit securely in your ears even during physical activities. The S5 are suitable for any genre of music.

    Features:

    Balanced sound, good detail and clarity with a smooth bass.
    All metal housing in a over the ear design.
    Flat cable for less tangle.
    Comply foam tips included.

    Specifications:

    Transducers/Drivers: 10mm
    Rated Impedance: 16ohms
    Sensitivity: 110dB at 1mW
    Frequency range: 18Hz ~ 24KHz
    Maximum input power: 40mW
    Cable length: 1.3m, Y cord, OFC Copper, flat cable.
    Plug: 3.5mm gold plated, 45 degree.
    24 month warranty.

    Included Accessories:

    1 x Comply foam T-400 medium series tip
    6 x Silicone tips
    1 x Bi-Flage tip
    1 x Tri-Flange tip
    1 x 6.3mm audio adapter
    1 x Earphone carrying case
    1 x Instruction manual

Recent User Reviews

  1. givemeyourshoes
    2.0/5,
    "The Best Built IEM That You Shouldn't Buy"
    Pros - Build Quality
    Cons - Mid-Bass Hump That Bleeds Into the Midrange

    Brainwavz S5 IEM Review:
     
    Disclosure:
     
    I was provided a set of Brainwavz S5 IEMs free of charge in exchange for my honest review.  That is what follows below.  Feel free to ask any questions in the comments.  
     
    My Preferences:
     
    When it comes to IEM’s I own several pairs, and I prefer the sound of a balanced armature drivers.  I love an IEM that is neutral with a hint (+3db or so) of bass boost to add some warmth to it, as well as an IEM that provides good detail retrieval.  I am treble sensitive, and really don’t care for any IEM that gets sibilant, or that has a large treble spike.
     
    My go to IEM’s are my re-shelled CIEM Ultimate Ears Triple Fi 10, a pair of Westone UM3X’s, and a pair of Audeo PFE012 with the green filters.  However, I occasionally reach for the classic, and often recommended, Shure SE215.
     
    As is the same with most of you, I have a very eclectic taste in music, so it’s easier to list what I don’t listen too.  I avoid modern country, most EDM (i.e.: house, trance, and anything played at a rave), and over produced top 40 pop music (those damn loudness wars!!!)
     
    Specs:
     
    Lifted directly from the Brainwavz site.
     
    1. Transducers/Drivers: Dynamic, 10 mm
    2. Drivers: Dynamic, 10 mm
    3. Rated Impedance: 16 Ω
    4. Frequency Range: 18 Hz ~ 24 kHz
    5. Sensitivity: 110 dB at 1 mW
    6. Rated Input Power: 20 mW
    7. Cable: 1.3 m Y-Cord, Copper
    8. Plug: 3.5 mm, Gold Plated
     
    It’s worth mentioning that the controls on the cable control the volume, and play/pause audio without issue on iOS devices, most Android devices (including my LG G3, Nexus 5, and Samsung Galaxy S7 phones), and used to work on my MacBook Air until the recent update to Sierra.  Since that update, the controls work occasional, and that is just odd.  I have not been able to test the controls with the new iPhone 7 / 7+ that no longer has a headphone jack, so no clue what happens if you use it with the dongle that Apple includes (a coworker just got the iPhone 7 so I will see if I can test it out on there and update the review if/when I know more)  
     
    The S5 cable includes Brainwavz “Clearwavz” mic and for the few calls i have made with it, the other party had no complaints about how I sounded, and said I my voice was clear.
     
    Accessories:
     
    Copy and pasted again from the Brainwavz product page.
     
    1. Earphone Hardcase
    2. 6 sets of Silicone Ear Tips (S M L)
    3. 1 set of Comply™ Foam Tips T-400   
    4. 1 Shirt Clip
    5. 1 set of Silicone Bi-Flange Eartips
    6. 1 set of Silicone Tri-Flange Eartips
    7. Velcro Cable Tie
    8. Instruction Manual
    9. Warranty Card (24 month warranty)
     
    Of note, Brainwavz redesigned the S5 recently, and in addition to some changes to the cable, it no longer ships with the really nice 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapters that had been previously included. I was told by the Brainwavz rep that no changes to the sound signature of the S5 were made however.
     
    Build Quality:
     
    In short, the S5 is built like a tank.  The IEM housing is metal, and seems very durable.  The flat cable is strong, and has a now reduced Y-split that is no wear near as chunky as it used to be.  The strain relief at the straight 3.5mm jack, Y-split, and at the business end all seem overbuilt, and have yet to fail.  I would imagine these IEMs would last a long time, and survive being in a pocket if that is how you tote around your earphones.  
     
    While build quality is very solid, and in fact, among some of the best I have used, I personally dislike the flat cable, as it is two wide and heavy, and causes fit issues (more on that next).  But, the cable has xero microphonic issues, so it has that going for it.
     
    Fit / Confort:
     
    I am lucky to have ears that aren’t too picky with most IEMs, and I rarely have fit issues.  Most IEMs I have tried over the years fit ok to really well, and comfort isn’t usually an issue.  I typically prefer Comply foam tips to silicon ones, but it really does depend on the IEM and how the tips change the sound signature.  With the S5, the fit, for me, is best with the medium transparent silicon tips, and is just ok at best.  Comfort is mediocre due to the large, heavy, flat cable, as it almost never stays wrapped around my ear.  Being that these are intended to be worn over ear, that is a bit of an issue.  For the cost ($99.50 USD as of Oct. 1, 2016), I REALLY wish Brainwavz saw fit to implement a replaceable cable.  I would much prefer using something like the really great braided MMCX cable that MEE Audio uses with their Pinnacle P1.  I have that cable on my SE215 and love it.
     
    While the fit is just ok, the comfort (minus that chunky cable around my ear) is above average.  I am able to wear the S5 for longer periods of time, usually around 4 or so, without any issue.  They never really disappear into my ears like the PFE012 or my CIEMs do, but they never seem to cause pair or discomfort either.  I also ever experienced any issues with the S5 falling out of my ears, even when I was more active while wearing them.  Due to the weight of the cable though, I am not sure these would be good for gym use.
     
    Sound:
     
    I have had the S5 for a few months now, and it has seen quite a few hours of use.  I tried the S5 right out of the box, and after a couple of days, ran it (read: burn in) for about 24 hours.  I didn’t notice any real change in the sound after burn in.  
     
    I have used the IEM direct out of my Samsung Galaxy S7 (no EQ), with a FiiO E7, FiiO E17K (no EQ), with a FiiO E12A IEM edition, my MacBook Air, iPad Air 2, and with a SybaSonic SD-DAC63057 (no EQ). 
     
    Primary source for music has been Google Music, along with some lossless FLAC files. 
     
    Bass:
     
    Brainwavz markets the S5 as a detailed, high end IEM with “smooth” bass.  I am not sure what “smooth” bass means, but what I can say is that the S5 lacks sub-bass presence, and has a large mid-bass hump that throws kick drums, floor toms, and bass guitars to the forefront of a lot of tracks.  That mid-bass hump, unfortunately, bleeds heavily into the lower midrange, causing the low end spectrum to sound muddy.  The mid-bass hump present on the S5 does make it sound very dynamic and punchy, however.  With the lack of sub-bass I wouldn’t recommend the S5 for serious bass heads, and with the mid-bass hump I wouldn’t suggest them for those that prefer a balanced sound signature.  If you love top 40 radio play though, go on, these may be for you.
     
    Midrange:
     
    As mentioned, the lower mid-range suffers thanks to that mid-bass bleed.  Upper midrange is the strong point for the S5 however, yielding very pleasing vocals from both males and females.  Crunchy guitar rifts come through very nice.  While the midrange is palatable, it is recessed, and the S5 tends to have a mild v-shapped sound signature.  
     
    Treble:
     
    The upper frequencies on the S5 are slightly elevated past neutral, and with that comes the occasional sibilance. Cymbal heavy songs can have a tinge of sizzle to them that isn’t pleasing or natural sounding.  The elevated treble does add a bit of air to the sound signature though which helps purvey a greater sense of detail retrieval.  While the lower end may have somewhat muddy bass, the detail the S5 offers in the upper midrange and treble is a little above average.
     
    Imaging:
     
    The S5, for me, falls short with below average imaging performance.  That mid-bass hump kills it for me.
     
    Soundstage:
     
    As an IEM, I expected an narrow soundstage and that is exactly what the S5 gives you.  The music always seems to be inside your head.  
     
    Conclusion:
     
    My first impressions when pulling the S5 out of the box was very high.  The S5 exudes such great build quality, and I thought for sure they would haver the sound to back it up.  Especially at the pricepoint of $99.50.  Boy was I wrong.  That mid-bass hump and sibilant treble make these a no go, and I can’t really think of a good reason to recommend the S5 for purchase.  For the asking price of almost $100.00, one can do much better with the likes of the Shure SE215, RHA750 (sure, $119, but its in the ball-park), V-Sonic GR07 (again, close at $129), and others.  Even better, the budget IEM landscape has exploded recently with some really great value for price options that would be a better choice than the S5.  For instance, I much prefer the sound from Brainwavz own Jive IEM to the S5 and I got it on sale for $15!  For me personally, I put the S5 in a draw and use the case for a pair of VE Monk +.  
  2. Namaskar
    4.0/5,
    "Engaging Fun Sound with Great Build & Fit"
    Pros - Fun sound sig, warm & lush, stellar build quality, great isolation
    Cons - Analytical detail retrieval, bass boost too strong for me
    Introduction -- I've got a set of 51 year old ears, I'm not bothered by sibilance unless it's overly harsh, have a preference for bright detailed analytical sound signatures, as well love bass - but only if it's very tight, clear and defined. Don't care for high levels of mid bass though.
    I listen to all sorts of music but mainly modern Jazz (mostly acoustic), Indian/Jazz cross-over, Classic (Western&Indian), some modern pop, R&B.
    This is my maiden review, English is not my native language - apologies in advance for the limited range of 'sound expressions' and convoluted way of saying things ...  :) .... Anyway:
     
    The Brainwavz S5 have been provided to my by Pandora from Brainwavz for an honest personal review. The S5 will briefly feature again in a review of the Krudul Duo (by Brainwavz) next week. I've not included the usual specs and pictures of the S5 due to the large number of reviews on Head-Fi. For pictures & specs please see other reviews or here http://www.brainwavzaudio.com/products/brainwavz-s5-iem-earphones .
     
     
    In summary
     
    The S5 are a very engaging, fun earphone - with stellar build and comfort levels, two-year warranty, nice set of accessories. My review version comes with inline mic and controls and are described compatible with most mobile/cell phones. The overall sound signature features a moderate to high V-shape tuning, with heavy hitting bass and clear sparkly highs. The Brainwavz S5 are an ideal commuter earphone due to fun bass levels, isolation and build quality, not to mention superb comfort.
     
     
    Presentation, Accessories, Build Quality
     
    Basic but nice box with fold-out, displays the earphones through a viewing window, includes all the relevant information, prominently explaining the microphone and remote control functions. 
    Good range of accessories – I like the black/red storage container, clip, Brainwavz Velcro tape, large range of tips (silicone, bi&triple flange, plus a pair of Comply tips).
    Excellent build quality with sturdy well-shaped housing, super-secure cable fittings, above average strain reliefs. Superior flat cable, tangle resistant, heavy duty – tribute to the 2-year warranty you'll get from Brainwavz (I don't think there'll be many claims at all considering the excellent build quality). The straight jack could've been angled though – but hardly a deal breaker. The inline controls are well-manufactured, easily accessible and very comfortable to use.
     
    Fit & Isolation
     
    Over-ear fit (but lends itself to be worn straight down too if that's our preference) – very comfortable, secure fit, easy to insert, fitting for many ear shapes&sizes due to prolonged/narrow shape (i.e. compared&in contrast to to IEMs like DUNU T1 or Fidelio S2). No cable noise detectable. Superior isolation while actually staying in your ear for long periods of time, without loosening or falling out. The isolation and fit is outstanding on these earphones when worn over-ear.
     
    Sound
     
    I mentioned my impression of a V-shaped sound sig before... and my preference for a bright, highly detailed and tight sound. (I seem to like earphones that others describe as 'a bit anemic' in bass and overall timbre). The S5 are a tad too 'bassy' for me for day-to-day use. Somewhat a bid soft/slow in the very low frequencies and as well in the mid-bass section. Still reasonably controlled though, with some 'deep cellar' rumble, well transitioning to the mid bass range. I'm sure many people will really enjoy the bass impact – and combined with the enhanced treble will perceive the S5 as surprisingly capable & dynamic, including the slightly sparkly&clear top end.
     
    The mids I find hard to describe – I expected the mid-range to be heavily recessed, even overpowered by bass bleed and treble levels – but not so. The mids are nicely present, reasonably clear, detailed and coherent. Especially male voice comes across as very natural, with great timbre, good separation and overall very engaging tone. For female vocal I'd still prefer BA earphones.
     
    The highs define the brighter sound sig, add clarity and a little sparkle but do not extend to the level analytical earphones do (which I presume the S5 were not designed to do in the first place). Even tough strongly V-shaped there's hardly any grain or sibliance detectable (in contrast to the GR07 for example). Nor are the S5 fatiguingly bright – in contrast, I've now been listening for a few hours non-stop – the S5 seem to be growing on you the longer you listen to them :).
     
    The Brainwavz S5 will now become my new 'bass-heavy' earphone I'll pull out for its lively dynamic fun shaped sound. I shall mention that other reviewers report of a more balanced sound after some 50 hours of burn-in (be that material or brain burn-in).
     
    My other set of Brainwavz is the older model balanced armature 'B2' - one of my clear all-time favourites ... I'm looking forward to Brainwavz' soon to be released BA range of earphones and how they compare to the B2.
     
     
    Thanks again to Brainwavz for providing me with these earphones -- it was great fun trying these out and adding the S5 to my collection  :)   
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
  3. Wokei
    3.5/5,
    "Solid All Rounder "
    Pros - Good clarity & detail and suitable for most genres.
    Cons - Treble bit metalic and grainy sounding , flat cable too wide
    Brainwavz Intro

    ABOUT US
    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 brand is owned and manufactured by GPGS. - taken from Brainwavz company webpage http://www.brainwavzaudio.com
     
    GET THEM HERE - Brainwavz 
     
    Thank you very much to Brainwavz and Pandora for providing me with Brainwavz S5 for review.
     
    Packaging
     
                
     

    Here is the specifications copied from Brainwavz webpage for Brainwavz S5

    Microphone & Remote:

    1. Supports Apple iOS Products
    2. Phone Call Control
    3. Audio Player Control
    4. Volume Control
    5. MEMS (Micro-Electrical-Mechanical System)
    Note: 3 button remote & microphone function designed to be used on Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod. If used on other non iOS products the volume buttons may not work and other remote functionality may vary.

    Specifications:

    1. Transducers/Drivers: Dynamic, 10 mm
    2. Drivers: Dynamic, 10 mm
    3. Rated Impedance: 16 Ω
    4. Frequency Range: 18 Hz ~ 24 kHz
    5. Sensitivity: 110 dB at 1 mW
    6. Rated Input Power: 20 mW
    7. Cable: 1.3 m Y-Cord, Copper
    8. Plug: 3.5 mm, Gold Plated

    Included Accessories:

    1. Earphone Hardcase
    2. 6 sets of Silicone Ear Tips (S M L)
    3. 1 set of Comply™ Foam Tips T-400   
    4. 1 Shirt Clip
    5. 1 set of Silicone Bi-Flange Eartips
    6. 1 set of Silicone Tri-Flange Eartips
    7. Velcro Cable Tie
    8. Instruction Manual
    9. Warranty Card (24 month warranty)

    Compatibility for 3.5 mm Jack:

    iPods, iPhones, iPads, MP3 Players, Computer & Laptops & Other Audio Devices
          
     
           
     
    Design / Build:

    BW S5 housings are made with complete metal housing with shiny polish finish with small vent on each side and flat cable design with strong Y split. With Brainwavz products, accessories are always in abundance and with a solid carry case. The jack connector is straight  which veer from its traditional 45 degree jack connector.
     
    S5 is designed to be worn over ear but I personally don't find it comfortable or difficulty staying secured because of its wide flat cable - I personally wear it down and the fit is just awesome. Also there is no chin slider which I find reduces the microphonic especially when wearing down - just being nit picking.
     
    In-line remote control made of matte black rubber which consist of three soft rubber buttons which imho are quite large but suitable for those without manual dexterity of using delicate and small buttons like me ..lol
     
    Overall the built quality of BW S5 is rock solid as always from Brainwavz.
     
     
     
     
            
     
     
            
     
     
    Sound
     
    Will be using my Fiio M3 and Samsung SII using large stock grey tips  and they are easy to drive.
     
    The sound signature is rather fun, engaging and good bass impact with some sibblance especially with some EDM tracks. 
     
     
    Bass:
     
    Solid impact and certainly not to the level of basshead but present in suitable amount and sound delicious with good control especially with EDM or Hip Hop tracks. The bass do seem wee bit slow imho but do not bleed into the midrange and gives a good body and texture to the bass. Mid bass is emphasised and sub bass rumble is sufficient to not overshadow the rest of the frequency.
     
     
    Mids:
     
    The mids is my favourite part of S5 with its clear and intimate and imho quite a natural timbre especially on female vocals especially tracks from Everything But A Girl - Driving . The vocal is especially upfront giving the feeling she is singing to you and acoustic guitars sound so sweet and yet warm with slight emphasis on the upper mid range. The details is also decently potrayed over the bass impact so as to present a pretty balanced between bass mid and treble .
     
    Treble:
     
    The treble could be an issue to some as imho I find them bit wee metallic sounding and grainy where the sparkle is evident on songs and seem to forward. The lower treble could be remedy by eq or rolling tip and you are good to go . The extension is decent and could be better for some tracks but overall its not a problem if you are the type who listen at low volume but on high volume . the treble comes off too harsh for my ears. Comply tips are good for S5 inho as its greatly reduces the harshness but bear in mind its still there but really tame down the aggressiveness of the high.
     
     
    Soundstage:
     
    Soundstage is decent with good separation,imaging and intimate in head. Its not gonna wow you with wide soundstage but stereo imaging with details is fun to listen with and for the price ..its an excellent choice with the price and built quality to boot.
     
     
    Conclusion
     
    Its a competent sub USD100 IEM and fun to listen.
    Easy to drive with portable device and not power hungry.
    Soild all rounder with excellent built quality . 
     
    Thank you for reading.

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