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Brainwavz HM5 Studio Monitor Headphones by Review Summary ,  Sep 2, 2015

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Brainwavz HM5 Studio Monitor Headphones
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 96 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 5.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Accessory5.0   above average
Design5.0   above average
Quality4.7   above average
Monitor4.6   above average
Price4.6   average
Comfortable4.5   average
Noise4.5   above average
Music4.3   average
Range4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Vocal4.3   average
Audio4.2   average
Fit4.1   average
Listening3.9   below average
Cable3.8   above average
Size3.8   average


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Accessory

Accessory:
"--Advantages--+ Crystal clear, detail & neutral sound+ Spacious soundstage+ Excellent build quality+ Comfortable for long hour wear+ Removable ear pads & cups+ Great passive isolation+ Plenty of accessories--Limitations--- Tight clamp force at first (solvable)--Conclusion--Brainwavz HM5 has excellent sound, smooth and spacious soundstage."
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"Other things I love: the extra long cord and all of the accessories!"
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"good product - the headphones perform well, kit includes good accessories."
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"ACCESSORIES: For $120 the accessories here are unparalleled, seriously."
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Audio

Audio:
"The plugs were all gold plated to minimize resistance, corrosion and oxidation so the electrical signals from your audio source are not distorted or lost or degraded in any way."
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"The audio clarity was the first thing I noticed missing and the mid-range sound is cheap sounding."
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"Besides the defect on my short cord cable, these headphones are highly recommended, very good quality, fantastic audio and just absolutely comfortable with loads of extras included at a very good price point."
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"I narrowed it down to 3 pairs within my price range (about $150) that all reviewed very well: The Audio Technica ATH-M50x, Sennheiser 598, and the Brainwavz HM5."
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"I think these compare favorably with more expensive headphones I have tried from the likes of Bose, for example, and Brainwavz has demonstrated consistently throughout its entire line, a strong commitment to superb manufacturing and exceptional audio quality."
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"I love that the HM5's have a audio cable socket for each can and come with 2 different lengths of cable."
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"The sound quality of the HM5's shocked me which is impressive since the Audio Technica ATH-M50's and newer ATH-M50x's, which sound identical to the ATH-M50's, have legendary status in the sub $200 price range."
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Cable

Cable:
"Tried the **long cable and there is nothing wrong, it works out fine."
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"The cord isn't messy I was able to whatever while listening to music."
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"In the past, I've found it annoying to have to use an 11' cable when listening to music on my iPad which is sitting on my lap."
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"Also, because they are detachable, if the cord is ever damaged, that they are replaceable without buying another pair of HM5s.+ Brainwavz attention to detail for accessories such as the spare earpads, airplane adapter and inch adapters."
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"I also like that these cords make these headphones convenient at any time, because you have the choice of either sized cord, and if the cord is ever damaged that they are replaceable without the purchase of another set of HM5s."
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"And the 3m cable plus 1 4 adapter will able to connect to your home Hi-Fi system while enjoy music on big sofa."
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"Cables are removable as well and the coloured red and blue rings will ease to determine left and right channel."
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"From the brushed aluminum to the faux leather pads that are still incredibly high quality, to the attention to detail like the red and blue rings on the provided cable indicating which side they plug into, there was clearly some great thought put into the design of these, and it truly shows."
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"Other things I love: the extra long cord and all of the accessories!"
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"The detachable cable are soft and made of good quality plastics ( did notice my **short cable has a defect as I am loosing audio - could be the wiring.. because whenever I would move the cord especially near the area of the plug, that's when it happens."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Mediocre sound quality but very comfortable."
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"They are comfortable and provide a rich neutral sound that is hard to beat in this price range.5 starsI was provided a sample for review and I do not promise a good rating in return, nor am I affiliated with this company or compensated in any way."
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"I am going to start with comfort, because no matter how good a pair of headphones sound, if they are uncomfortable I won't use them."
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"These HM% headphones are so comfortable it's ridiculous."
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"I would have given these a 5 5 for comfort, but the headband padding did not stand up well over time and compressed into the sort of U-shaped well that it is held in."
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"--Advantages--+ Crystal clear, detail & neutral sound+ Spacious soundstage+ Excellent build quality+ Comfortable for long hour wear+ Removable ear pads & cups+ Great passive isolation+ Plenty of accessories--Limitations--- Tight clamp force at first (solvable)--Conclusion--Brainwavz HM5 has excellent sound, smooth and spacious soundstage."
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"The headband is well cushioned to provide comfort and stability."
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"The headphones are exactly what I expected after watching reviews on YouTube from a handful of people I've used them a few times really really comfortable and nice and clear just what I was looking for at a very reasonable price"
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"Comfort:- The headphones are still incredibly comfortable, and the headphones still breath very well."
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"This is a low-end price for a surprisingly well preforming and comfortable mid-end headphones."
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Design

Design:
"HM5 feature an over the ear design which sits comfortably and provide good isolation with passive noise cancellation."
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"Nice one--Design & Build Quality--Brainwavz HM5 build quality is excellent."
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"Design:- I absolutely love the design of the headphones."
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"From the brushed aluminum to the faux leather pads that are still incredibly high quality, to the attention to detail like the red and blue rings on the provided cable indicating which side they plug into, there was clearly some great thought put into the design of these, and it truly shows."
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Fit

Fit:
"First, let me say the carrying case is hard to protect them, but super easy to fit them back in, and comes with a strap for easy carrying."
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"Solved the problem completely and is a perfect fit."
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"My one criticism: for those of us who wear glasses, the fit around the ears is a little uncomfortable."
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"The HM9s include a better set of accessories (longer flat cords, and an option for microphone), have a sleek plastic design, can fold to fit in the hard case, have a better attempt of connecting the detachable cords, and have a higher max input power with lower impedance (40 ), but fail to give the sound isolation that the HM5 headphones have."
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"The sound quality is incredible and the fact that my entire ears fit in the cups are nice."
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"--Fit, Comfort & Isolation--Brainwavz HM5 has tight clamp force when first come out of the box."
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"The headband height is adjustable and ear cups are able to rotate for perfect fit."
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"Put them on your ears and they fit comfortably, completely surrounding the ears, with padding that is just right both around the ears and underneath the ridge where it rests on your head."
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"After trying various other headphones, these fit the bill and I highly recommend them if you are looking for the same thing, though I am having an issue that will require a replacement plastic part to be sent which I will explain."
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Listening

Listening:
"Overall, pretty damn amazing, they do beat out at least one set of my DJ headphones, my overbassed Sonys win for some of my music... To be fair, my Sonys are overbassed and not good for long term listening."
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"The cord isn't messy I was able to whatever while listening to music."
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"Out of the box, they are comfortable enough, though extended listening sessions can cause discomfort."
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"In the past, I've found it annoying to have to use an 11' cable when listening to music on my iPad which is sitting on my lap."
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"I don't know if this is a problem with just the two Brainwavz HM5s I received (I ordered another from amazon after the first one had the problem), but it was enough to make me uncomfortable listening since I was forced to hold position like a statue."
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"I'm buying a new set now after listening to these Brainwavz HM5.I can not recommend Brainwavz HM5 headphones."
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"Altogether, a great listening experience for all types of music."
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"These provide a wonderful listening experience!"
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"Listening with these, my music sounds as good as I've ever heard it, and unlike many other headphones I've tried, they feel comfortable enough to wear for a long time."
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"When listening to music for pleasure, the low end is a bit lower than I would like, and it could use a bit more clarity."
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"It can be fun listening to well-loved songs on such a pair of studio monitor cans."
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Monitor

Monitor:
"After I bought these, I was originally so disappointed that I bought the Sony headphone studio monitors that ar about the same price, they read Professional on the side or whatever."
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"The bass is clear though quieter than monitors."
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"I've used Brainwavz before so I expected them to be good quality, but I didn't expect studio monitors that the Big Boys (Senneheiser, Grado, Ultrasone, etc.)"
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"These are absolutely brilliant studio monitors: they are sparklingly neutral."
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"From their extremely soft ear cups for maximum comfort, to it's hard shell carrying case to ensure safe transportation, this product is a perfect fit for anyone interested in a fantastic pair of studio monitor headphones."
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"PROS:-decent price for a high quality product-extremely comfortable ear cups-comes with an extra pair of ear cups-durable build quality-headband feels comfortable along the top of your head-sound quality is top-notch for the affordable price-carrying case is heavy duty and great for easy and safe transportation-overall incredible studio monitor headphonesCONS:-headphones have a bit of a tight fit-the bass isn't very heavy-small balance issues (not noticeable)-connecting cable needs to connect to each earphoneWorth the purchase?"
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Music

Music:
"Overall, pretty damn amazing, they do beat out at least one set of my DJ headphones, my overbassed Sonys win for some of my music... To be fair, my Sonys are overbassed and not good for long term listening."
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"The cord isn't messy I was able to whatever while listening to music."
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"In the past, I've found it annoying to have to use an 11' cable when listening to music on my iPad which is sitting on my lap."
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"I can agree that people who love to crank the bass might be a little disappointed, but if you have a wide range of music in your collection I think you'll be happy to find that these play nicely with everything."
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"* Sound quality is astounding, nothing is missing in the music."
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"No, but never once did I feel like I was missing anything in the music, while enjoying it far more than on either of those headphones that were simply too cold and analytical for me."
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"And the 3m cable plus 1 4 adapter will able to connect to your home Hi-Fi system while enjoy music on big sofa."
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"It is pleasant to wear long hours for music and movie."
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"Altogether, a great listening experience for all types of music."
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"Listening with these, my music sounds as good as I've ever heard it, and unlike many other headphones I've tried, they feel comfortable enough to wear for a long time."
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"When listening to music for pleasure, the low end is a bit lower than I would like, and it could use a bit more clarity."
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Noise

Noise:
"Noise cancelation is much better on these headphones than the similar HM9s.+ When headphones arent on my head, the earpads cling together, creating a noise cancelation bubble which makes people unable to hear them, regardless of volume.+ Easy and intuitive setup.+ Very comfortable feel around the ears and at the headband."
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"When these headphones arent attached to my head, unlike the HM9s, the earpads closely cling together, forming a noise cancelation bubble, making the user unable to hear any sound, no matter the volume."
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"HM5 feature an over the ear design which sits comfortably and provide good isolation with passive noise cancellation."
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"Yes, HM5 has great passive noise isolation."
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"--Closed back, I prefer to not be an annoyance to anyone around me, it is also far easier to isolate noises with a closed back of course."
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"My main priority is was headphones that have a good seal and isolate ambient noise well, and are large and comfy enough to wear all day every day for a person with a larger head."
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"The headphone is very comfortable, and has good noise isolation."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"An outright replacement would be nice but oh well..I believe the issue is a relative weak spot in the plastic arm, combined with me having a larger than average head, and using the things constantly."
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"I like that the cords are both very long, and the rubberized plastic is durable to damage from normal wear and tear."
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"Wire housing is metal which is far durable than the typical plastic housing."
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"The detachable cable are soft and made of good quality plastics ( did notice my **short cable has a defect as I am loosing audio - could be the wiring.. because whenever I would move the cord especially near the area of the plug, that's when it happens."
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"Although these are a great sounding pair of headphones, do be warned that the plastic which holds the actual earpiece is prone to breakage from regular use."
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"Though plastic it is a great build and doesn't feel flimsy at all."
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"The build quality is good on these headphones; solid plastic and sturdy swivels."
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Price

Price:
"They are comfortable and provide a rich neutral sound that is hard to beat in this price range.5 starsI was provided a sample for review and I do not promise a good rating in return, nor am I affiliated with this company or compensated in any way."
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"The audio clarity was the first thing I noticed missing and the mid-range sound is cheap sounding."
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"The only problem I have with them is the fact they are not very portable because of their size but other than that they are the best headphones I have owned and with a price that is hard to beat."
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"The headphones are exactly what I expected after watching reviews on YouTube from a handful of people I've used them a few times really really comfortable and nice and clear just what I was looking for at a very reasonable price"
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"You would be a fool to spend your money elsewhere if you are looking for a great over the ear set of headphones."
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"This is a low-end price for a surprisingly well preforming and comfortable mid-end headphones."
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"They sounded great for the price, but even though I don't have a particularly big head I found the clamp extremely strong and unlike other headphones they didn't really loosen over time."
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"These are amazing given the price point."
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Quality

Quality:
"Mediocre sound quality but very comfortable."
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"Build quality: 4Nothing terribly wrong."
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"The problem I noticed quickly was the lack of sound quality."
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"* Sound quality is astounding, nothing is missing in the music."
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"*Important: When I first got these headphones, the sound quality wasn't that great (not terrible, but not $140 worth)."
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"--Advantages--+ Crystal clear, detail & neutral sound+ Spacious soundstage+ Excellent build quality+ Comfortable for long hour wear+ Removable ear pads & cups+ Great passive isolation+ Plenty of accessories--Limitations--- Tight clamp force at first (solvable)--Conclusion--Brainwavz HM5 has excellent sound, smooth and spacious soundstage."
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"Hmm It was raining again and I yet to know until took off HM5.--Sound Quality--Brainwavz HM5 is easy to drive even with 64ohms impedance."
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"Nice one--Design & Build Quality--Brainwavz HM5 build quality is excellent."
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"Conclusion:If you are in the range for a great quality, great sounding, long lasting headphone that can destroy many 500$+ headphones, these are the headphones for you."
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Range

Range:
"They are comfortable and provide a rich neutral sound that is hard to beat in this price range.5 starsI was provided a sample for review and I do not promise a good rating in return, nor am I affiliated with this company or compensated in any way."
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"I can agree that people who love to crank the bass might be a little disappointed, but if you have a wide range of music in your collection I think you'll be happy to find that these play nicely with everything."
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"Conclusion:If you are in the range for a great quality, great sounding, long lasting headphone that can destroy many 500$+ headphones, these are the headphones for you."
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"All ranges have great detail."
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"I narrowed it down to 3 pairs within my price range (about $150) that all reviewed very well: The Audio Technica ATH-M50x, Sennheiser 598, and the Brainwavz HM5."
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"Frequency response is 10 Hz to 26.5 KHz, so they easily cover the full range of human hearing, and then some."
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"Even a nice frequency range (which the HM5 has) will not trump the experience of your own ears."
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Size

Size:
"Apparently if your head's too big, they'll eventually snap-- mine decided to not-really-spontaneously explode while I was wearing them, leaving me with broken headphones and a small cut on my left ear."
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"My only possible complaint with the HM5's is their size."
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"The only problem I have with them is the fact they are not very portable because of their size but other than that they are the best headphones I have owned and with a price that is hard to beat."
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"Decent cans but is a little to tight even for me who have a very small head and face"
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"The pads of course were extremely comfortable, if you have a small head or like a firm clamp then they are definitely worth your time."
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"The HM5s will fit pretty much any size head."
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"One with a larger plug (the old fashioned kind is how I think of them - in fact my kids were trying to figure out what that size plug would go into) and one with the now standard 3.5 mm plug good for most smartphones and iPods."
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"Now, this is not a comfort issue-- I have a pretty big dome (as far as hat sizes go), and was able to make myself quite comfy with these cans."
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Sound

Sound:
"Clarity is very good, but not too clear that the sound appears hollow empty."
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"Mediocre sound quality but very comfortable."
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"I'll be brutally honest, if these were painted red or yellow, I would mistake them for sound deadening headphones."
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"Update:( With movies I think the balanced sound sort of makes viewing *not as enjoyable, especially with action-pack related flicks were you might want more color and a bit of bass with the special effects."
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"They are comfortable and provide a rich neutral sound that is hard to beat in this price range.5 starsI was provided a sample for review and I do not promise a good rating in return, nor am I affiliated with this company or compensated in any way."
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"Most of their earbuds are overly warm and dark in sound which compromises the highs and none of their earbuds I've tried were quite there yet."
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"--Advantages--+ Crystal clear, detail & neutral sound+ Spacious soundstage+ Excellent build quality+ Comfortable for long hour wear+ Removable ear pads & cups+ Great passive isolation+ Plenty of accessories--Limitations--- Tight clamp force at first (solvable)--Conclusion--Brainwavz HM5 has excellent sound, smooth and spacious soundstage."
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"All in all, HM5 is a nice addition to your headphone collection for neutral sound."
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"Hmm It was raining again and I yet to know until took off HM5.--Sound Quality--Brainwavz HM5 is easy to drive even with 64ohms impedance."
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"The piano and cello from The Piano Guys sound great too."
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Vocal

Vocal:
"It also makes the vocals sound more hidden with the ATH-M50's, whereas the vocals with the HM5's are more forward."
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"And enjoy the clarity of the guitar and natural vocal from Taylor Swifts songs like Tim McGraw and Mean."
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"Faye Wong vocal on Eyes on Me is clear and so sweet."
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"I'm really happy with them: Great balance, natural-sounding vocals and instrumentals with appropriate depth."
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"The music was full and rich and the vocals, midrange and treble clear and distinct and although I tend to like heavier bass, the bass was perfectly balanced with these and distinct."
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"I like this headphone the best when listening to music that has strong vocal such as opera music."
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