[Review] Brainwavz HM5, A New Neutral Champ

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by keanex, Dec 13, 2011.
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  1. Player1josh46
    anther thing i just realized. while the hinges are secure, the area where the hinges attaches to the cups feel a little too wiggly. the cups twist and turn slightly in place. maybe this is just to fit your head better but i don't feel completely confident about it. is this normal or perhaps just my pair?
     
  2. Player1josh46
    no wonder i wasn't that impressed. the mono was on on my iPod. now the sound actually got a lot better. I'm really liking it. hopefully burn in will only make it better. 
     
     
    Another side note: noticed that the brushed metal face of the left ear cup is sticking out again VERY slightly out but it isn't noticeable to others. not a big deal but for right now my biggest problem is the way the headphones came to me. they are there and feel fine except for those small errors on my pair which keep it from being perfect construction.  
     
  3. HelmholtzW
    Thanks for the update... still waiting on my pair like the poster a few posts back, says "despatched to oversees". Hoping mine don't have any build quality problems, but I'm glad the SQ seems better now for you.
     
  4. kingoftown1


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    They are supposed to swivel a bit.  Shame about the other stuff though :/
     
     
  5. Player1josh46

    Gotcha. Yeah i guess im kinda OCD when it comes to headphones. The little errors are so tiny no one would notice but you know still disappointing. Maybe if they ever broke and i needed to use the warrenty they fix my pair up a bit along with fixing what broke it. Hopefully that will never happen.
     
  6. Clownzor
    Received the HM5s recently and am so far impressed. I bought them for an office headphone (where isolation is key) to replace Ultrasone HFi 580s, which I find just way too harsh to listen to for more than 15 minutes. First impression was that the sound was not nearly as aggressive or exciting as the Ultrasones, which is exactly what I was after. Initially detail retrieval seemed worse than the Ultrasones, but it quickly became apparent it was just that the HM5s don't have such exaggerated, piercing treble. After more listening time I'd say detail retrieval is quite a bit superior to the Ultasones, in fact probably on par with the W1000x I have at home, although the HM5 loses in dynamics and soundstage in that comparison.
     
    I noticed that while isolation is generally quite good, they do let in a certain frequency, similar to if you cup your hands over your ears. I opened up the 'phones and would take a guess that is due to the backs being absolutely cavernous with just some felt damping on the back, so a sort of cave effect occurs. I've stuck some dynamat inside the back and put in a little bit of cotton wool as well, and it seems to help a bit but not solve the problem completely.
     
    Overall a decent, neutral sounding headphone. Definitely a relief to hear mids again after the Ultrasones [​IMG]
     
  7. andychen
    They are pretty good at detail retrieval, at least better than the DT770 pro/silver dragon I A/Bed with.
     
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  8. Llloyd


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    mine finally made it to the us since march 31 so yours is probably soon as well
     
  9. andychen
    these problems sound very minor to me.
     
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  10. Player1josh46

     
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    Don't get me wrong, they are. they really aren't noticeable at all unless you look closely. i just lowers the feeling of the HM5s being built as perfectly as say the m50s
     
  11. jeckyll
    Mine have been released from Customs to Canada Post, hopefully I'll see them in the next couple of days.  Long wait for sure :)
     
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  12. Mirrood
    Alright... the status updated.. WHEN THE HELL IS THIS GONNA GET TO MICHIGAN?!?!?
     
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  13. jeckyll

    ... First World Problems :)
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  14. Mirrood
    I just realized FiiO E11 doesn't come with battery charger so I spent another $15 -.-
     
  15. Katun
    Just noticed these are on Amazon now. Couldn't resist, had to pick up a pair.
     
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