Brainwavz HM5 Studio Monitor Headphones Review (Updated)
The Brainwavz HM5 are strong level reaction style over-ear studio screen headphones with an attention on clearness in the highs.
In a time of supported bass and remote sound, studio screen earphones can feel like antiquities from a past time, with their absence of uber bass, inline controls, or Bluetooth sound. The majority of this is valid for the Brainwavz HM5 circumaural (over-the-ear) headphones, yet they get the critical things right: The sound is exact, the jars don’t release much, and the fit is agreeable over long chronicle sessions. Their $129.50 cost is altogether higher than a portion of our most loved spending plan neighborly studio screens, similar to the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, yet with that cost increment comes included solace, the accommodation of an effectively separable link, and a more keen spotlight on the mids, high-mids, and highs.
At first look, the Brainwavz look each piece the regular studio screens dim and dark hues, with utilitarian, yet not unpleasantly hot, blue and red lettering demonstrating left and right ear containers. The materials are plastic and nothing looks frightfully rich.. until the point that you get to the cushioning. The circumaural earpads and headband here need to acquire a spot in the over-cushioned, over-padded corridor of distinction. Solace isn’t a word that regularly rings a bell when considering studio screens most are sufficiently agreeable to wear for quite a while, yet more centered around usefulness and precision. The HM5 earphones are lightweight regardless of their cumbersome casing, and the earpads totally wrap your ear and reach out down nearly to the edge of your jaw. The padding makes them simple to wear for broadened periods, and they don’t appear to get excessively hot, either, which can be an issue with massive studio earphones.
Inside, the earphones have a 42mm powerful transducer in every ear, and are clearly shut, so spillage remains a base (accepting volume is kept to sensible levels). Brainwavz rates the recurrence run at 10Hz-26.5kHz, with an impedance of 64 ohms.
Notwithstanding accompanying two links, neither has an inline remote control. We’ve tried some studio/home-utilize earphones in the past that included inline remotes on one of the two included links, and it’s dependably a pleasant touch. Be that as it may, it’s difficult to thump a producer for keeping things entirely business these are, all things considered, studio screens. Consequently, your two link alternatives are long and more one is 4.2 feet and the other 9.8 feet. Both end in 3.5mm associations, however a quarter-inch connector is incorporated for studio equip.
Other than the links, the earphones send with an additional combine of earpads that can without much of a stretch be swapped out a keen consideration we don’t see all that regularly. There’s additionally a gathered hardshell zip-together defensive case.
We tried the earphones utilizing an Apogee Symphony I/O associated with a Mac Pro as our sound source. On tracks with extreme sub-bass substance, as knife The’s “Quiet Shout,” they convey precise, saved bass reaction. You hear the profundity of the sub-bass hits here, yet they aren’t blasting, and they are all around offset with whatever remains of the recurrence go. We get a precise, clear photo of the whole blend. At higher volume levels, the spillage from the earcups is insignificant, making them perfect for following close touchy mics.
Bill Callahan’s “Drover,” a track with far less profound bass in the blend, gives us a superior feeling of the HM5’s general sound mark. In a word, the sound is level, in the great sense: It favors lucidity all through the range. The drums on this track can sound excessively booming on bass-forward frameworks, however here, they sound moderately manageable not thin and fragile, but rather positively not substantial and round as they can sound when the bass is put onto the blend. The focal spotlight is on the high-mids and highs Callahan’s baritone vocals have a relentless low-mid extravagance, however it’s more about the treble edge they get, and the smart, brilliant nearness of the acoustic strumming.
On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” the kick drum circle gets the perfect measure of high-mid nearness, enabling the assault of the circle to hold its punchy nearness in the blend. The sub-bass synth hits are conveyed with precise profundity we get all of their profound, inauspicious low-recurrence nearness, yet they’re not supported and overstated as is run of the mill on bass-forward sets. This leaves space for the three vocal exhibitions to become the dominant focal point unchallenged. The high-mids mean fresh vocals, yet there’s no trace of included siblinace. These are perfect earphones for following vocals.
Technical Details of Brainwavz HM5
- Type: Circumaural (over-ear)
- Connection: Stereo 3.5mm
- Wireless: No
- Removable Cable: Yes
- Phone Controls: No
- Active Noise Cancellation: No
- Boom Mic: No
- Surround Sound: No
- Impedance: 64 ohms
- Frequency Range: 10Hz-26.5kHz
- Exact recurrence reaction with definite high-mids and highs.
- Additional match of earpads and two separable links of various lengths included.
- Comfortable, closed design.
- No inline remotes on both of the links.
- Marginally pricier than some tantamount models.
The Brainwavz HM5 get pretty much everything right precise sound, an astoundingly agreeable fit, and some supportive substitution frill tossed in for good measure. The cost may appear somewhat high to a few, contrasted and the HD 280 Pro yet you’re getting a quite extraordinary listening background that has a clearer center around high-mid lucidity that drives less bass forward. That, alongside the included embellishments and the cushiony fit, will legitimize the HM5’s higher cost for a few. In the studio domain, we’re additionally aficionados of the Sennheiser HD6 Mix, the Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro, and the Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro . We’ll joyfully add the Brainwavz HM5 to the turn of value sub-$200 studio screen earphones we’ve tried those looking for fresh, clear, point by point mids and highs will discover them helpful devices in the live room and while checking blends.