If Brainwavz isn’t on your list of brands to check out when shopping for earphones, it should be. The Brainwavz Alpha is a good entry-level set of earphones.
Like Vic, I had my initial doubts about trying out a pair of Brainwavz earphones when offered the chance, partly because I used to distrust products from sources whose names end with a “z” (a behavior carried over from my Windows-using days, I guess). But Vic’s review of the high-end Brainwavz B2 set convinced my I should give it a shot.
The pair I got was the Brainwavz Alpha, the basic, low-end model (Php950 vs Php6,995 for the B2) that featured “deep bass” (true), a “comfortable fit” (partly true), and “long-lasting quality” (probably true, though there wasn’t enough time to make a definitive judgement about this).
The Brainwavz Alpha earphones are a plastic-and-rubber affair: shiny plastic housing, with rubber accents. The cords are the Y-type, and coated with a smooth rubber that makes them almost tangle free; at the very least, they are easy to untangle after spending a while balled up in my pocket. And the 3.5mm jack is angled at 45°, a welcome feature that makes it easier to plug into ports at the top or bottom of devices. You also get three sets of silicone ear tips and a shirt clip in the box.
Driver diameter: 8 mm
Impedance: 20 ohms, closed dynamic
Frequency response: 15 Hz to 28 kHz
The sound is surprisingly clean sound, with noticeably more bass. I tested it against my two regular phones, the Moshi Vortex (read Howard’s review of the Moshi Vortex) and the Philips SHE-6000. Even though the Brainwavz Alpha cost the least among the three pairs I compared, it offered clearer highs and stronger bass compared to the other two, more expensive pairs. There was some distortion when I pushed the volume up to about 70%, but I don’t think I’ll be listening to anything at that level anyway.
The Brainwavz Alpha also has the second best fit for me, using the smallest set of ear tips, which meant less external noise coming in. The ear tips were a little uncomfortable for me, though, especially after about half an hour’s use. But each person’s ears and ear canals are different, so YMMV. The shirt clip came in really handy, and I wish it was standard for all set of earphones.
Bottom line: the Brainwavz Alpha earphones are definitely worth a look the next time you’re out for an everyday set of earphones.
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