As always, I put in about 50hrs on the IEM before the review though didn’t really notice any significant change in sound characteristic. One of the first things to notice on M1 is the ‘house sound’ carried over from M2. It is the same warm and musical presentation that makes the M series easy on the ear and appeals to people who are looking for musical experience as a whole but not a mixture of notes.
The overall sound signature is warm, smooth, musical while a little laidback. Treble is decently extended but doesn’t have a lot sparkle, smoother than that of M2. Mid is full and vocal is quite sweet. Bass has good body and decent impact though just a tad slow and mellow out the general sound impression. Above average soundstage but limited by its inabilities to present good airiness and form a detail image.
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MP4Nation Brainwavz M1
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"they're good for listening for long hours."
Pros - light, comfortable, vocals, controlled bass, price
Cons - treble, fragile wire
Review is all with respect to my first impression to it also my grammar skills are below average.
This review is short and will be in points. This is my second low-end iem so i don't really know how good SQ is as compared to other iems of the same price range.
Build : 8/10
-Wires seems fragile and light, as if it will get torn very easily.
- Shape is slightly uncommon ; plastic build on one end and metal build on the other, which I think is really cool.
-What I mostly liked about this iem is its lightweight. Sometimes you feel like you're not wearing them.
Sound : 7/10
-Bass is good,controlled but less detailed. Not too boomy and not too dark.But being basshead it's not satisfying.
-Vocals are very clear and enjoyable. In my opinion they're better than SE215 in terms of vocals.
-Treble lacks clarity. It's a bit blurry and uncontrolled. Sometimes I feel like it is poking my ear drums with a needle.
-No noticeable cable noise.
Being light weight it very good for long listening hours and for traveling. The accessories, balanced sound and build makes it almost really worth the price.
"A blast from the not too distant past"
Pros - Light, small, well made, good build quality overall, easy going sound, great value.
Cons - Cord is it's weakest link, a lot of newer competition in it's price class.
As my title suggests, the Brainwavz M1's are a recent push by Brainwavz to show the world what they might have missed a few years back when they were originally introduced. These were the only Brainwavz IEM's that I never had the pleasure of owning, my thanks to to the Brainwavz team for sending me a pair to review.
The review unit I received was not the retail packaged one you folks should get, so I'll not add any pics here because of that. The mp4nation site has plenty of good pics(as do earlier reviews on here) so that's all you need to go to to see 'em in all their glory. My unit arrived in the great Brainwavz IEM case that came with Comply tips as well as an assortment of regular tips. Getting any Brainwavz IEM pretty much guarantees a fine selection of said tips included all of the time, though, so no worries here. I settled on the Comply tips as best fit for my ears, YMMV of course. For my source, I used my rockboxed Sansa Clip+ and my FiiO X1 as well as my Colorfly C3. I split it up pretty much evenly throughout the review for over 150 hours before doing this review playing back mostly Rock and Metal with some Jazz and Country thrown in for good measure.
Starting off, the M1's seem like a quality IEM on first inspection, with a good blend of materials used to make them seem more in line with much higher priced IEM's. The main case is comprised of both a metal nozzle and a plastic rear fitting(which is ported, nice). The cable is a braided silver cored affair, with a nice thickness to it, but it's also of the "memory" variety which makes it very stiff and not too pliable. If you tend to wind up your IEM's and place them in a case, this can cause the cables to kind of stick that way and be a pain to straighten out. This isn't the ideal cable for an IEM in my humble opinion. On the other hand, it is a strong cable, not likely to be easily broken over time, so at least it's got that going for it.
The sound quality, though, is the main reason for getting the M1's, especially if the sound your after is smooth and rich with no bad habits. There is no peakiness that I could hear, at either end of the spectrum, instead it's a full sounding IEM with a nice rounded sound to them. I especially like the high end, with no sibilance at all to be heard(yay!).The bass is good, with a strong presence without being too overbearing as many of it's like priced ilk tend to be. It does roll off a bit down low, but it doesn't ruin the effect one bit. The mids are strong, full and sweet, making the M1's a pleasure to listen to for long periods with little to no annoyance. I regularly use them for several hours at a time with no problems at all, very nice indeed.
The only other con I can think of besides the springy cable is the lack of stress relief for the buds, but so far they seem to be holding up well to my regular abuse I always subject my review units to(I'm here to see if they can take the abuse so you know what your getting into before you buy it, your welcome ). The non standard angled plug may also turn off some folks who like a straight or normal 90 degree angle, but it doesn't bother me too much after using it for awhile.
Summing up, the new old Brainwavz M1's are a great IEM for the price asked. The sound signature is indeed pleasing and fun, with none of the pounding bass nonsense that usually accompanies IEM's in it's price bracket. I'm glad I finally got the chance to try 'em out at last. Highly recommended!
"Brainwavz M1 Quick Review by mark2410"
Pros - Sound quality is wonderful. Neutral sound signature.
Cons - Bass light for some. Unforgiving treble. Wants power.Brainwavz M1 Quick Review
Thanks to mp4nation back in the day for the sample.
Full length old review here http://www.head-fi.org/t/499583/brainwavz-m1-review
Brief: Old but still at the top its field.
Price: US$44.50 or about £29
Specification: Transducers/Drivers: Dynamic, 10.7mm,Rated Impedance: 32ohms Closed Dynamic, Sensitivity: 110dB at 1mW, Frequency range: 20 ~ 20000Hz, Distortion: <= 0.3% @ 94dB, Channel balance: =< 3dB (at 1000Hz), Rated input power: 10mW, Maximum input power: 40mW, Plug: 3.5 mm 45-degree gold plated, Cable length: 1.3 meters Y cord (CU/Ag) PUR, 1 year warranty, Dimensions (Packaging): 160 x 135 x 38mm, Net Weight: 10g, Gross Weight: 132g
Accessories: 1 x Comply foam tips, 3 x Pairs of ear tips (S/M/L), 1 x Shirt clip, 1 x Hard carrying case, 1 x Instruction manual, 1 x Warranty card
Build Quality: Pretty good. Given its been out for ages I’ve not heard of mass deaths so clearly its got some longevity to it. In fairness, I’ve hardly use up my set since I wrote my old review so I may not be the best judge.
Isolation: Fair. It’s a dynamic and so its fine for normal use, out or on a bus but if your regular flyer, not so much. Still easily enough to get you run over if you aren’t looking though.
Comfort/Fit: Excellent. Shove in and that was that, up or down.
Aesthetics: Meh. They aren’t offensive but they aren’t pretty either.
Sound: Excellent. My original review was posted in July 2010. Yes that’s four and a half years ago which is practically forever. At the time they were just US$40 and so they have ever so slightly gone up, you do get a much better bundle today. Sound wise they were pretty much as good as could be had for the money and that hasn’t changed. Sure they are slightly more “neutral” than is common for the price, the bass is pretty tame and the mids too. The treble is rather forthright. However unless you are after heaps of bass there just really isn’t and thing as mature, grown up and clean as the M1. The bass though is outrageously nimble when driven well. Sophie Ellis-Bextors “China Heart” is so rip-roaringly agile and vigorous. Its detail levels are killer and it resolves like a mofo. Its mids are a bit over focused and dry but vastly detailed. The treble is scintillating for the price, it’s quite abundant too so no bad bit rates or it will scratch your ears out. It’s not forgiving.
Its only real flaw of any sort is it needs power to be its best. Out of my weedy Nexus 5 it’s a little reticent and boring. Bass goes a bit punchy and it lacks the greatest depth, same with upper end extension. However feed it well and it’s just wonderfully good sounding. They have stood up to the last 4 and half years incredibly well. Still this is an IEM squarely aimed at Head-Fi, it pushes every audiophile button it can, normal consumers may find it bass lacking and a bit bright but if you want a bit of sonic purity, its truly first rate.
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