New personal record! After many fancy and/or pricey IEMs it’s time to review the most inexpensive phones I got my hands on so far – phones that are still worth writing about, that is.
Like Nationite, Brainwavz is a brand created by MP4Nation – purveyors of what I assume to be higher class Chinese-made/designed DAPs, PMPs, and other paraphernalia.
The cheesy “Brainwavz” brand name might suggest these in-ear phones being targeted at the average teenage Skullcandy demographic: muddy, bloated midbass and no clarity or “musicality” whatsoever are some of the images that come to mind with a name like this. While this is more or less true for the cheaper and older Alpha Brainwavz (which come bundled with Nationite players and are indeed a clone of a Skullcandy IEM housing), the new Beta Brainwavz “Pro” however are in another league. They do quite a few things right. Not only in their price segment, but also in the grand scheme of IEMs.
The Beta Brainwavz Pro go for about $30 to $50 – depending on if you preordered them or if you want them bundled with a FiiO E5 amp, among other options. I don’t really dig that confusing business model, but that’s how it is. You snooze, you lose.
Read on if you’re interested in why I think these cheap IEMs are worth a review.