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  • Neutral sound signature – Your music will sound how it should!
  • 1.2m and 3m detachable cables included, use with your portable rig or home rig
  • Large, comfortable over the ear cups
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Brainwavz HM5 Wired Over the Ear Headphone without Mic (Black)
Brainwavz HM5 Wired Over the Ear Headphone without Mic (Black)

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  • Rs. 13,969 - November 23, 2023
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  • Rs. 13,999 - November 10, 2023
  • Rs. 14,999 - October 21, 2023
  • Rs. 17,865 - October 19, 2023
  • Rs. 18,413 - October 16, 2023
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Specification: Brainwavz HM5 Wired Over the Ear Headphone without Mic (Black)

Brand

‎Brainwavz

Manufacturer

‎Brainwavz

Model

‎HM5

Model Name

‎HM5

Product Dimensions

‎17.02 x 11.94 x 24.13 cm, 453.59 Grams

Item model number

‎HM5

Special Features

‎Dj-Style

Mounting Hardware

‎Cable, User Manual

Number of items

‎1

Microphone format

‎without microphone

Headphones form factor

‎Over Ear

Batteries Included

‎No

Batteries Required

‎No

Cable feature

‎Detachable

Connector Type

‎wired usb

Material

‎Leather

Form Factor

‎Over Ear, Over ear

Includes Rechargeable Battery

‎No

Includes remote

‎No

Country of Origin

‎China

Item Weight

‎454 g

Reviews (7)

7 reviews for Brainwavz HM5 Wired Over the Ear Headphone without Mic (Black)

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  1. Debojyoti jana

    Lets talk about the build quality first. It’s an OK built and there are lot so crackling sound and I always think I’ll break it if I use too harshly in comparison even the Audio-Technica M20’s has a better build and that headphone can take few beating. The headband has a thin padding which may annoy someone, although its same as audio-technica. Now for sound, this headphone is a beast. The sound staging is so good like at first I though it is a semi-open back headphone. As you can see the earcups are big that it will fit both of the cups of audio-technica or Sennheiser HD280 PRO. It is one of the best closed back headphone I ever tried under 18,000. The sound-staging is so perfect for a closed back headphone. I fitted it with Brainwavz Velour pads which increases the sound-stage. Unlike the Audio-Technica M50X which doesn’t have sound-staging it is quite a significant improvement. The only competitor it has is the M40s with Brainwavz Sheepleather pads. other than that it destroys all M20s,30s,50s and even 60’s of Audio-Technica’s product. It has a good sound signature with good emphasis on Highs and Mid’s (where all the vocals and the instrument lives) and the lows(bass and sub-bass) are well pronounced making it a flat or a little bit of V signature. You can also lower the bass and increase the sound staging by changing into Velour pads like I did. It comes with a hard carrying case and with 2 non-memory foam pas. The hard case is quite good and fits the headphone properly although the space is tight. The pas is good enough for default, although Brainwavz makes one of the best memory-foam earpads so I don’t know why it’s not included but I must say it is way better than the competition. Lastly comfort is great. It feels like 2 fluffy bear cuddling your ears. The clamp force is bit tight. GO BUY IT, YOU WON’T REGRET IT. If you can find Phillips SHP9500 or 9500s then go buy that instead although they are hard to find in MRP and it’s an open back.

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  2. Mike

    Great headphones, comfortable and very good sound !

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  3. Debojyoti jana

    Antes que nada me gustaria aclarar que estos audifonos son con diferencia, los mejores que he tenido. No conocia esta marca y estaba a punto de comprar unos Bose. Afortunadamente inverti tiempo en leer otras opiniones de varias marcas. Me decidi por este modelo por dos cosas:
    * Calidad de audio
    * Comodidad

    La primera es algo subjetiva, habra puristas a los cuales les pueda parecer que el audio es mejorable. En mi caso, no necesito nada high-end; unicamente algo que no “coloree” el sonido y tenga un nivel razonable de volumen. Ambos satisfechos sin problema por los Brainwavz.

    En cuanto a la comodidad, son excelentes. Trabajo frente a una computadora practicamente todo el dia en mi casa. Por azares del destino hay mucho ruido en el ambiente a ciertas horas y me distrae de mi trabajo. Me pongo estos le subo al volumen y me olvido. Sin embargo me gustaria aclarar, aunque para mi no es relevante, que la musica que escucho si la distinguen los que estan cerca de mi. Esto puede resultar un problema en un ambiente donde no se permita ruido. Tener cuidado con ello.

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  4. Mau

    After a burn in period of 50 plus hours these headphones really opened and are wonderfully neutral. Which is fantastic as it allows you to equalize the sound signature of these headphones to your preference. If anything needs manipulation the addition of a slight bass boost to give the bass a satisfactory weight will enhance the overall sound field without upsetting the sound field balance. These closed ears headphones provide a satisfactory sound field but not as deep as ones that open ear headphones provide.

    These are very comfortable to wear and make for long listening sessions with no hearing fatigue but do warm your ears up. They are easily customizable and moddable – perfect for tinkering with to create a pair of headphones suited to your listening preferences.

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  5. Old Darth

    i really likes these headphones. fairly neutral with very comfortable ear-pads. if i had 2 complaints its that the clamp is a bit harsh and since its mostly made of plastic(except for the headband) they start to feel lose where the headband meets the cup. if they broke though i would buy again.

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  6. E

    Excellent sound, excellent extras, very comfortable……Where have they been all my life?!

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  7. A’Politan

    Brainwavz is a Chinese brand of earphones. They established in 2008 and are based in Hong Kong. They are mostly known for their high performance IEMs and headphones that are made available at an affordable cost compared to competition. In late 2011, Brainwavz released a studio monitor headphones called the HM5. The HM5 is a well-reviewed budget studio headphones. I bought a second pair recently from Amazon, India, for INR 7K.

    Set-up & Performance

    The Brainwavz HM5 comes well packed in a thick paper box. The packing includes a protective headphone case that also includes all the accessories that may be used with the headphone. The HM5 actually looks more attractive than what it appears to be in photographs. The hard plastic used has a black rubberised coating akin to the same attractive finish found on the AudioQuest DragonFly V1.2 DAC/Amp.

    I gave the HM5 a good 50 hours of burn-in before I started listening to them. From the very first listen, they come across as a headphone with great detail and transparency’the studio pedigree is obvious. The HM5 has a sensitivity rating of 105dB @ 1 mW which makes them a highly efficient and easy to drive pair of headphones. I put them through half-a-dozen budget DACs, that I had at hand, and each time, they impressed me with details that I never thought these budget DACs were capable of producing. At least, the previous over-ear headphones that I have tried never showed these DACs in better light/sound. For the most part, I paired the Brainwavz HM5 headphones with the AudioQuest DragonFly V1.2 DAC/Amp.

    I have had these headphones for over 02 months before I started working on this review. I played a variety of FLACs that is saved in my Dell Vostro computer that includes 16bit/48kHz that I have actually ripped from my collection of CDs and 24Bit/96kHz FLACs that I have downloaded directly from the service provider. I actually spent time playing a lot of different music from Adele to Yanni and everything between. Each time, I felt I was listening to these albums with a new perspective and insight. The HM5 has this rare quality of being very detailed and yet does not come across as clinical.

    One of my recently purchased and downloaded album is Bare Wood by Ottmar Liebert in 24Bit/96kHz. Bare Wood is a compilation of Liebert’s pieces created between 2002 and 2012. For this album, Liebert deleted all electric or electronic instruments from the original recordings and removed anything that was not Flamenco guitar or Cajon. New upright acoustic bass tracks was added to every piece’what emerged was the essence, the soul, the bare wood of the music. At about 30 – 35% volume on the DragonFly V1.2, the HM5 gets comfortably loud for me and it completely allows me to immerse into the performance. The attack and decay of the guitar in this album is as lively as I have ever heard with this album. I could hear/feel the strings resonating, the deep tone of the wood used and the artist breathing in the black background. From the leading edge of the guitar notes to the low frequencies of the bass guitar, the cohesiveness of the presentation is impressive with good spectral balance.

    With most of the other well mastered music, the DragonFly V1.2 paired with the HM5 displayed a fine balance of texture, timbre, timing, separation and placement of instruments/musicians. Both components complement each other very well and they are also very versatile together.

    Comparison & Alternatives

    I took the opportunity to compare the Brainwavz HM5 with a few headphones that were available at hand. The Fostex T50RP is an old school semi-open orthodynamic headphones that is notorious for rolling off frequencies on both extremes. The Sennheiser HD650 on the other hand is a dynamic open-back headphones that has a wide frequency extension and is a benchmark for many audiophiles. The T50RP has this amazing ability to pick-up micro details that the HD650 simply smoothens out. The HM5 manages to bridge that gap’it has this ability to offer good micro details with a wide frequency extension without compromising on neutrality. The HM5 spec sheet shows a frequency range of 10Hz ‘ 26.5Hz.

    The HM5 has this neutrality in its tone, timbre and presentation that makes the T50RP sound anaemic and the HD650 appears too sweet and dishonest to the source. The only caveat I have with the HM5 is its soundstage due to the closed back headphone design. The HD650’s soundstage due to its open back headphones design is just a tad wider. But given the HM5’s other impressive qualities, I find myself spending more head-time with it than any of the afore mentioned headphones. All this performance from a DAC & headphone combination worth no more than USD 300.

    Interestingly, there are other headphones that are strikingly similar in appearance and specs. They are branded, packaged and priced differently. My research hints that all of them are originating from the same OEM in the east’Taiwan. Here are some of the most popular ones currently in the market:

    NXT Audio XPT100 Studio Over-Ear Headphones: American branding priced at USD 100. These headphones come in a Beyerdynamic like headphones case with an angled comfort cushions, a straight comfort cushions and the standard assortment of cables and accessories.
    Lindy HF-100 Premium Hi-Fi Headphones: British branding priced at USD 120. These headphones come in a Beyerdynamic like headphones case with 02 sets of straight comfort cushions and the standard assortment of cables and accessories.

    Fischer Audio FA-003Ti Hi-Fi Grade Monitor Headphones: Russian branding priced at USD 230. These headphones come in a Beyerdynamic like headphones case with 02 sets of straight comfort cushions and the standard assortment of cables and accessories. FA claims that these are a tweaked version of the original FA-003. There are various modded version of these that can be seen online sporting various colours and types of earcups.

    Accessories & Tweaks

    • The good thing about the Brainwavz HM5 is that, like its competitors, it comes well equipped with an assortment of cables and accessories unlike other studio/over-ear headphones at this price point. The freebies include:
    • Hard headphone carrying case unlike the soft bulky carrying case provided by the brands listed above.
    • Detachable cables. They are available in 02 different lengths’1.3m and 3m.
    • 6.5 mm jack adapter provided is a screw-able type that is actually an extension of the 3.5mm jack.
    • Airline adapter
    • An extra pair of straight comfort ear cushions.

    The stock ear cushions are really soft and comfortable for long listening sessions. I went ahead and upgraded to the extra thick ear pads that is available as an option on Brainwave’s website. Be warned that changing the ear cushions is not an easy task. It is going to take great skill and patience.

    The extra thick ear cushions are deeper by about 1.0cm when compared to the stock ear cushions; this has led to an increased distance between the ears and the transducers. The extra thick ear cushions not only add more to long term comfort, they also aid in a better soundstage and depth of the presentation. It is a worthwhile upgrade for these stellar headphones but at the cost of making the headphones appear more bulky.

    If I were to nit-pick, about any of the freebies that are included, it is going to be the hard headphone case that Brainwave has included with these headphones. While the hard case does provide sufficient protection and also makes the headphones and its accessories portable, the case actually looks unattractive and does not match the appearance of the headphones. The case is also too crammed and does not allow the headphones to be placed with its stock cables plugged in. I’m not too comfortable with the idea of constant plugging an unplugging of the cables; as sooner or later it will damage the 3.5mm female sockets on either side of the headphones. An after-market headphone case seems like the only possible solution to this.

    Ending Words

    The Brainwavz HM5 is very efficient and so they are fairly easy to drive with any source including portable music players. What I enjoyed best about these headphones is this rare quality of focusing on the best of what each source has to offer. They can sound engaging even with a modestly good source. Make no mistake, a good headphone DAC/Amp is a must to get the best from these headphones, and for that matter, any decent pair of headphones.

    The Brainwavz HM5 with the AudioQuest DragonFly V1.2 makes for a very good match and I cannot think of a better performance for under INR 20K that this pair has to offer. Together they can be part of either a dedicated desktop audio or a portable laptop audio system. Either ways, the Brainwavz HM5 strikes a perfect balance between being a headphone that can please the sensibilities of both an audiophile and a studiophile on a budget. It is highly recommended for anyone who appreciates or analyses music.

    Pros

    • Very cohesive, neutral and transparent performance’for the price and class.
    • Very efficient and so easy to drive with most sources.
    • Full assortment of cables and accessories included in the box.
    • Replaceable ear cushions and cables. An important point in my book.

    Cons

    • The headphone carrying case is very practical but could have been made to look more attractive and a tad more spacious too.

    Addendum

    After owning these for over 03 years, the headphones are showing signs of aging even without much/any usage. The rubberized coating is now sticky and messy to touch. The aftermarket extra thick Brainwavz earpads have deteriorated and disintegrated (torn) on its own. It’s now being used with the stock earpads. I don’t expect a sub USD 100 headphones to last any longer than 3 – 5 years. Even a Bose QC-15 headphones, that cost me USD 250 in the past, did not last any longer than this. An exception here would be the Sony 7506 which I believe has been designed to last for decades (with easily replaceable parts).

    Currently I also own other budget low impedance headphones. I value and prefer them in the following order:
    Audio Technica ATH-M40x > Sony MDR-7506 > Brainwavz HM5 > Audio Technica ATH-M50x

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