Compared against the Brainwavz’s biggest threat — the Audio Technica ATH-M50 — manufacture quality is actually a shade better due to the lack of moving parts. It seems that unless you’re paying over 300 for a pair of headphones looks are the first thing to go. all genres of music — bar the heaviest of dance — are well-served by these, and at only 130 they’re well worth checking out. The Audio Technica’s hinges have an irritating habit of creaking whenever you move your head.Getting into tall-quality sound these days is simpler than it used to be.
Credit: Sarah Tew/ Comfort though is excellent with “protein leather” earpads that fit around the ear rather than on it, and a padded headband holding them together. These are true monitor headphones — designed to bring out details in music without unduly affecting their overall frequency response. You can get good sound for under 250 this way, and you’d have to spend 10 times that to get good sound from a traditional hi-fi. The bad: The cosmetics are boring; the sound can lack low-end punch and tall-end sparkle, making them not so suited to dance music; and apparent clones are available for much cheaper online The bottom line: The Brainwavz HM5s sound good, are very comfortable, and are able to compete with tall-end headphones for a relatively affordable price.
Credit: Sarah Tew/ Yes they’re relatively inexpensive for hi-fi headphones, and as so, something’s got to give. Though the earcups swivel up and down, the headphones fail to fold in any way; if you are foolhardy enough to take these out in public, be definite to make space in your bag. The earpads are covered by a brushed-aluminium panel that should look fine, but when set against the dark gray of the frame the effect is a tiny drab. The Brainwavz HM5s are an unassuming-looking pair of headphones but have plenty of ability when it comes to presenting music with an even hand.
If you have a computer, for example, you are already halfway there: all you need to do is add a decent-quality output device — a sound card or a headphone amp/DAC — and a pair of headphones. Even the latest mobile phones are good enough to power a decent set of headphones on the move. Credit: Sarah Tew/. It costs money to make something look attractive, and while the HM 5s are well-made, they have been touched by an ill-favored hand.
The good: The Brainwavz HM5 is an excellent set of monitor headphones yet it’s yet able to make music enjoyable to listen to; the package includes two different-lengthed cables and a spare set of earcups; the manufacture quality is very good and the fit is very comfortable. While it is winter, I didn’t experience any ear sweats or discomfort while wearing the HM 5s for an lengthy period.