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Brainwavz HM9 Hi-Fi Noise Isolating Headphones by Review Summary ,  Sep 1, 2015

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Brainwavz HM9 Hi-Fi Noise Isolating Headphones
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 125 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 4.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Treble5.0   above average
Price4.9   above average
Comfortable4.8   above average
Fit4.7   above average
Microphone4.7   above average
Music4.7   above average
Range4.7   above average
Cushion4.6   above average
Quality4.6   above average
Weight4.6   average
Design4.5   above average
Noise4.5   above average
Sound4.5   average
Listening4.4   average
Size4.3   above average
Cord4.2   above average
Packaging4.2   average
Accessory4.0   below average
Cable4.0   above average
Adapter3.9   average
Audio3.9   average
Heavy3.8   average
Metal3.8   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Accessory

Accessory:
"But ultimately at this $100 price tier, there's just too much to compete with and the HM9 doesn't climb above the well-known ones with superior audio (but does have superior accessories and build).Very best,"
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"We agreed that the packaging, accessories and headphones were great, but agreed we'd be disappointed if we'd paid for them."
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"The box includes a ton of accessories, with one silly thing missing."
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"I found the sound on these headphones to be fantastic, the construction solid, and the accessories great, but they were bulkier than I am used to."
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"This company consistently put out great sounding products and are very generous with the included accessories."
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"I think the package is great, you get the right accessories and the headphone itself is well made and comfortable."
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"I've looked around, and I've yet to find very many other $100 offerings that supply you with something built as well, with excellent sound quality, that also offers meaningful accessories and features and not just a bunch of nothing, or a bunch of flash that you don't care about."
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"Pros: Very warm (if you love mid-bass), fatigue free treble, well made, great accessories packageCons: Very warm (if you are not a fan of tons of mid-bass), dark treble, no 1 4th adapter, weird airplane adapter included instead (?"
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Adapter

Adapter:
"My one packaging negative mark is the lack of the 1 4th adapter, but a weird airplane adapter was included (seriously who plugs into an airline in-cabin audio system these days?"
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"flat cable* One 2 prong male to 1 female airplane adapter* One shoulder strap that I'll probably toss in the trashThe only thing missing is a 3.5mm to 1 4 adapter."
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"The set also comes with a adapter that I was able to plug into my guitar amp to use the HM9s as studio monitor headphones."
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"There is also an airplane adapter included and a very nice case to hold and protect the headphones, with a little pouch for the cables."
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"A 1 4th adapter was not included, but this weird airplane adapter was)Overall, a nice package if you want functional and useful stuff and only one minor oops in the airplane adapter which to me is totally not necessary and near pointless, and would have rather had a 1 4th adapter included to couple with the 3.0m cable for home use."
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"Pros: Very warm (if you love mid-bass), fatigue free treble, well made, great accessories packageCons: Very warm (if you are not a fan of tons of mid-bass), dark treble, no 1 4th adapter, weird airplane adapter included instead (?"
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Audio

Audio:
"Every single one of the audio cables has broken."
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"When it comes to audio quality, I have absolutely nothing to complain."
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"Anyone who cares about audio will NOT be listening to an airplane's in-cabin audio, which is easily the worst audio source on the planet and mono to boot."
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"But ultimately at this $100 price tier, there's just too much to compete with and the HM9 doesn't climb above the well-known ones with superior audio (but does have superior accessories and build).Very best,"
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"Not as good at audio canceling as a true electronic filter is, but more than adequate."
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"These headphones come with a variety of features that make them a good choice for avid audio listeners."
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"When I just want the audio and a cushy comfortable headset, I can use my Brainwavz."
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"Anyone who cares about audio will NOT be listening to an airplane's in-cabin audio, which is easily the worst audio source on the planet and mono to boot."
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"Mids:Mids are pretty much the most important bulk of any range in audio for us, because that's the heart and soul of our natural vocal range, instrument range, etc in terms of the bulk of the average we can hear and while hearing bass & treble changes with our years on this planet, the mids don't change quite as significantly, so mids are critical to get right."
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Cable

Cable:
"I was growing pretty frustrated by this time and decided to try another cord."
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"Every single one of the audio cables has broken."
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"I caused no harm to any of the cables, but some how they all developed the same problem."
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"I now wish to purchase new cables but I do not know if they are easily replaceable since one end has a particular divot meant for the ear phones."
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"To have the option of switching the cable out with one that doesn't have a mic is appreciated by gamers everywhere."
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"One thing to keep in mind is that you have to press quite hard to insert the cable into the headphones, until you hear a small click."
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"Flat cables are becoming increasingly popular as they are able to resist getting tangled or knotted up."
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"These include 1) a 1.2 meter about 4 feet flat cable, 2) a 3 meter (about 10 feet) flat cable , and 3) a 1.2 meter cable with a microphone and control switch that worked perfectly with my iPhone."
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"There are 3 cables that come with these fabulous headphones, a 4ft round one with a line in microphone to answer your phone, a 4ft flat one and the best on I think is the one that is about 10ft flat cord."
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"The cord worked brilliantly and everything worked the way it was supposed to."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"It is also comfortable wearing over the head, wouldn't recommend if you have a fancy hair do that day, though."
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"They are not only very well constructed, but undoubtedly the most comfortable phones for the size I have ever had."
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"I am very pleased with the quality I heard and how comfortable they feel when wearing them."
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"He is used to heavier headsets, and he tells me that he thinks that they are very comfortable and basically perfect."
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"The sound quality is better than Bose in my opinion, and I have owned the Bose Quiet Comfort 2, and the Bose OE2 as well."
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"They are solidly built and very comfortable to wear, although they are pretty big and heavy."
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"The sound is great, the comfort could be better, and they are quite bulky which I do not mind."
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Cord

Cord:
"cords and a carrying caseMy only problem is that it is not Bluetooth."
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"The headset is comfortable and the adjustable fit is fine; I went a couple of hours with no discomfort except for a bit of sweating under the large earcups (which is to be expected with this design).There are two special connector cords, unfortunately seeming to be non-standard items; you have to plug the right end into the headphones and you have to be really careful to be sure it's tight and fully seated."
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"Extra cords and a great case is included."
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"The pouch for the cords has a Velcro so it's super easy to fit everything in the box again, because after you put in the headphones, you can stick that pouch in the snug place that is left over in the box."
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"Sound quality is good and the different detachable cords come in real handy."
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"My son loves the ease of use and having different cords to utilize."
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"The cords are designed well, too."
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Cushion

Cushion:
"So often I get a great headset that has nice sound., great each cushion, but then the head piece gets uncomfortable to wear, either having little or no padding in it."
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"The headband is strong with a comfortable cushion attached to metal arms that are made of high quality aluminum."
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"These headphones are also extremely comfortable, the cushion on the ear pads have a relaxed feel to them."
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"The earcups and the headband have a nice foam cushion in them."
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"The ear cushions are super soft and comfortable."
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"They go fully over my ears (not rest on them) and the ear cups are wonderfully soft and filled with cushion."
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Design

Design:
"The foldable design was actually not too impressive in my opinion,It is not able to folded in a symmetrical fashion, and the ironic part was that these headphones fit better in the hard shell case when it was NOT folded."
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"The really tight fit is kind of a design problem in my opinion, but once you figure out what to do, its not a problem anymore."
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"The headset is comfortable and the adjustable fit is fine; I went a couple of hours with no discomfort except for a bit of sweating under the large earcups (which is to be expected with this design).There are two special connector cords, unfortunately seeming to be non-standard items; you have to plug the right end into the headphones and you have to be really careful to be sure it's tight and fully seated."
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"The design of these headphones is really a love or hate proposition."
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"Some design and copy modification is needed to make this more clear; a graphic and or color coding would help with this."
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"They are high quality, sound great, and always cutting edge and awesome design."
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"The silver and black really complement each other well- The folding design is great for storing and transporting- Over ear design feels comfortable and does not cause any irritation- Sound quality is amazing for the price."
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"Ill start by talking about its design and then move on to how well it functions.==The Design==It looks very modern."
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Fit

Fit:
"The really tight fit is kind of a design problem in my opinion, but once you figure out what to do, its not a problem anymore."
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"The audio port required the input from the end with the black ring on it; As the other end would damage the audio port because they wouldn't fit."
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"You have headphones which are great in any situation.+ Hinges on headphones to make the device smaller, and able to fit in the hard case.+ Protective case to keep your headphones from damage.+ The pivoting heads are a great fit around a large head like myself.+ All three of the included audio cords that come with the HM9 are very well made, and should be sold separately."
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"The nicely cushioned pads are removable and replaceable and the heads ear pad holders pivot easily to help secure that perfect fit."
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"The headband is a adjustable and the heads pivot for a good fit."
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"The pouch for the cords has a Velcro so it's super easy to fit everything in the box again, because after you put in the headphones, you can stick that pouch in the snug place that is left over in the box."
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"These headphones fold up nicely and while they are in the case will fit perfectly in a backpack or tote."
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"They fit over my ears nicely and did drown out a lot of the outside noise that was going on because of their sheer size."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"If youre a fan of these bass heavy headphones, you might be a bit disappointed in these Brainwavz ones."
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"His only complaints are that they get a little bit heavy after a while & when adjusted to the longest setting, the ear pads just reach far enough to cover most of his ear."
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"To me, great sound isnt worth very much if the headphones are uncomfortable and youre not able to wear them very long because they are too heavy or uncomfortable."
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"If the songs are not bass heavy, then they work very well."
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"They are solidly built and very comfortable to wear, although they are pretty big and heavy."
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"The HM9 is a compact, portable-class headphone with all the right features: high isolation, very thick, soft ear pads and headband, folding design for compact storage, thick durable plastic so it's not heavy and won't break, detachable cables in three different lengths that are flat instead of round so they do not coil up or twist and lay flat when wearing so there's less movement and thus less sound translated from them, with a nice hard shell carry case."
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"Sealed tight and sound was good but it was so heavy that even after giving it my best to give them a try I was so uncomfortable I pulled them off in about one minute or less."
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"The headphones are very comfortable, but can get heavy after a while."
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Metal

Metal:
"Translation: if you're listening to metal, you'll find it hard to hear clear separation of instruments."
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"The zipper hardware is made of plastic, not metal, it seems, and so it's just not that durable."
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"The metal machining is not as outstanding as it is on high-end headphones, but it is far better than I expected given the price."
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"The headband is strong with a comfortable cushion attached to metal arms that are made of high quality aluminum."
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"The headphones are very durable as they are made of metal, rather than cheap plastic."
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"The frame is actually made out of metal, which gives it a great premium feel and look, especially when compared to the plastic headphonesand it still manages to be pretty light."
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"I love the modern, stylish design and metal arms which make the HM9 look and feel very durable."
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"The metal arms give the HM9 headphones a solid, durable feel and look like they are built to last."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"To have the option of switching the cable out with one that doesn't have a mic is appreciated by gamers everywhere."
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"These include 1) a 1.2 meter about 4 feet flat cable, 2) a 3 meter (about 10 feet) flat cable , and 3) a 1.2 meter cable with a microphone and control switch that worked perfectly with my iPhone."
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"There are 3 cables that come with these fabulous headphones, a 4ft round one with a line in microphone to answer your phone, a 4ft flat one and the best on I think is the one that is about 10ft flat cord."
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"You have the option of a longer or shorter cable as well as one with a mic and remote control."
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"I found the microphone to be high quality and just as good as any other the other Brainwavz in-line microphones."
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Music

Music:
"The sound quality is excellent also, I tested it by sitting in the room with my kids while they watched tv, I put the music on and wasn't able to hear the tv or the kids, so the noise cancelling part worked great also!"
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"Now I am not a musician or a sound technician but I do love listening to music and I hate it when it doesnt sound just right."
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"I was unable to hear the lead vocals on music tracks."
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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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"Music from my phone sounds so good in these headphone."
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"Surprisingly, to me anyway, the music sounds just as good from my Kindle."
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"With these headphones, I am enjoying the music but it is noninvasive."
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"Yes, I like him and his music sounds great."
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"I love bass when I listen to my music and these headphones have nice bass without overpowering the other tones."
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Noise

Noise:
"The sound quality is excellent also, I tested it by sitting in the room with my kids while they watched tv, I put the music on and wasn't able to hear the tv or the kids, so the noise cancelling part worked great also!"
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"Just not that great at noise isolation."
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"I dislike active noise cancelling headsets, as they produce a white noise' effect that actually cause me headaches."
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"These are not noise-cancelling' but they are so well made that extraneous noises disappear, especially when music is playing."
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"These headphones have superior sound, in my opinion, while reducing outside noise."
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"They fit over my ears nicely and did drown out a lot of the outside noise that was going on because of their sheer size."
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"As you wear it, it warms up and really molds to your ear, creating a very comfortable fit that seals out ambient noises3."
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"Because of the soft earcups, when wearing these your ears should be completely sealed thus creating a pretty good seal and passive noise isolation."
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"The ear pads help to seal your ears, so although they don't have active noise cancellation, they do isolate the sound so it will drain out a good portion of external sounds."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"My one packaging negative mark is the lack of the 1 4th adapter, but a weird airplane adapter was included (seriously who plugs into an airline in-cabin audio system these days?"
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"We agreed that the packaging, accessories and headphones were great, but agreed we'd be disappointed if we'd paid for them."
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"The packaging isn't amazing."
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"My package failed to have an actual user manual, which made some of the contents confusing to setup."
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"The packaging highlights deep bass and clear vocals so I auditioned a number of songs for both, with positive results."
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"Its also designed to be foldable, which means that the earpieces can be folded in to create a more compact package for easier portability."
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"A 1 4th adapter was not included, but this weird airplane adapter was)Overall, a nice package if you want functional and useful stuff and only one minor oops in the airplane adapter which to me is totally not necessary and near pointless, and would have rather had a 1 4th adapter included to couple with the 3.0m cable for home use."
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"Brainwavz is really trying to do all three of these things, offering a very well made product, worth more than it's price suggests, with a very good overall package, again, making it much more attractive than some other items that just show up in a plastic wrapped thing that you have to cut open."
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"When you clock in at the $100 tier of devices, you have to really have something special, or a great package, or really good marketing to get an audience."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"The zipper hardware is made of plastic, not metal, it seems, and so it's just not that durable."
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"The headphones are very durable as they are made of metal, rather than cheap plastic."
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"The frame is actually made out of metal, which gives it a great premium feel and look, especially when compared to the plastic headphonesand it still manages to be pretty light."
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"The HM9 is a compact, portable-class headphone with all the right features: high isolation, very thick, soft ear pads and headband, folding design for compact storage, thick durable plastic so it's not heavy and won't break, detachable cables in three different lengths that are flat instead of round so they do not coil up or twist and lay flat when wearing so there's less movement and thus less sound translated from them, with a nice hard shell carry case."
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"The matte aluminum alloy, thin silvery accents, and black plastic and protein leather go well together, and the branding is discreet."
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"The Able Planet set are all plastic and have much stiffer cushion around the ear, and I never forgot I was wearing them."
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Plug

Plug:
"My one packaging negative mark is the lack of the 1 4th adapter, but a weird airplane adapter was included (seriously who plugs into an airline in-cabin audio system these days?"
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"The headset is comfortable and the adjustable fit is fine; I went a couple of hours with no discomfort except for a bit of sweating under the large earcups (which is to be expected with this design).There are two special connector cords, unfortunately seeming to be non-standard items; you have to plug the right end into the headphones and you have to be really careful to be sure it's tight and fully seated."
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"If you find you have this problem, all you have to do is turn the cable around and plug the correct end into the headphones and make sure that it is seated completely - the sound will be fabulous."
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"You do need to remove the cover as the thickness, unfortunately does not allow the 3.5mm plug to insert all the way."
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"The set also comes with a adapter that I was able to plug into my guitar amp to use the HM9s as studio monitor headphones."
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"The included carrying pouch is also a nice touch as wellContents:Brainwavz HM9Aux cables x3Airplane adapterCarrying pouchCord PouchCord for shoulder strapManualSetup is just plug and play pretty much."
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"All plugs are 3.5 mm in size and their tips are gold plated for best electric conductivity."
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"The only complaint I have is that these do not come with a 1 4 phono plug adapter, but I have several so it's not a problem."
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"- I especially liked that the audio cable plug is narrow by design, so it can be used with my iPhone without me having to take-off my iPhone's protective outercase like I have to do with other audio cables."
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Price

Price:
"It is not shoddy, cheap or flimsy, and should be an investment that will last a number of years...depending on how they're used."
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"Build quality seems to be pretty good for this price rangePrice."
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"Decent price for the build and sound qualityIf you don't want to spend $200 for a good quality pair of headphones, then give these a try."
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"If your priority is price and sound quality - I would recommend these."
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"Overall - for the price - one of the best sounding headphones I've tried."
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"The 40mm Drivers will give you very clear base and with a distortion rate of < .03% @ 95 db's is awesome for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Cons:Sound quality was good, but not great."
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"When it comes to the quality of the sound, they are hard to beat."
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"When it comes to audio quality, I have absolutely nothing to complain."
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"I really, really wanted to like the HM9's, but failed to hear the sound quality reproduction that other reviewers had raved about."
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"Audiophiles have been using full-sized headphones for decades, but hey, even if people think its just a fashion accessory, anything that gets people using quality headphones (and not earbuds) is a good thing."
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"I can accept the size and weight, which is expected for over-the-ear headphones, and I can deal with the minor cabling issues, but the mediocre sound quality is something I can't overlook."
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"Build quality seems to be pretty good for this price rangePrice."
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"Decent price for the build and sound qualityIf you don't want to spend $200 for a good quality pair of headphones, then give these a try."
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"I am very pleased with the quality I heard and how comfortable they feel when wearing them."
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"If your priority is price and sound quality - I would recommend these."
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"I would highly recommend these headphones to anyone looking for a stylish reliable set of quality headphones."
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Range

Range:
"That's not to say they aren't clear, because the highs on the HM9 do have good clarity in the upper ranges."
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"The sound quality is good, with a frequency range that extends all the way down to 10 hz."
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"This is especially great for listeners of classical music for example, where the range is wide."
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"Mids:Mids are pretty much the most important bulk of any range in audio for us, because that's the heart and soul of our natural vocal range, instrument range, etc in terms of the bulk of the average we can hear and while hearing bass & treble changes with our years on this planet, the mids don't change quite as significantly, so mids are critical to get right."
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"Excellent upper & mid ranges, with very good true bass, and were one of the most comfortable pair of on-ear headphones we have ever tried."
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"They are definitely weighted to bass, but not at the expense of the mid and high ranges, so they are very enjoyable and versatile for everyday use."
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Size

Size:
"One thing to keep in mind is that you have to press quite hard to insert the cable into the headphones, until you hear a small click."
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"They are not only very well constructed, but undoubtedly the most comfortable phones for the size I have ever had."
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"They fold for a more compact storage and they come with a beautiful hard case to keep them in with a small zippered pouch for keeping all of the accessories in."
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"All plugs are 3.5 mm in size and their tips are gold plated for best electric conductivity."
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"The headpiece slides smoothly to adjust its size, and right left are stamped clearly on the inside of it."
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"I love that they fold into a small small space."
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Sound

Sound:
"Cons:Sound quality was good, but not great."
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"When it comes to the quality of the sound, they are hard to beat."
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"Now I am not a musician or a sound technician but I do love listening to music and I hate it when it doesnt sound just right."
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"I was concerned at first because they sounded horrible straight out of the box, but now the sound is great."
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"Basically, these headphones have a very clear sound thats not overwhelmed by bass."
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"Decent price for the build and sound qualityIf you don't want to spend $200 for a good quality pair of headphones, then give these a try."
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"The sound isolating has been excellent."
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"It sounds amazing."
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"Music from my phone sounds so good in these headphone."
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"Surprisingly, to me anyway, the music sounds just as good from my Kindle."
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Treble

Treble:
"The bass, lows, mids, and treble all individually sound impressive."
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"Pros: Very warm (if you love mid-bass), fatigue free treble, well made, great accessories packageCons: Very warm (if you are not a fan of tons of mid-bass), dark treble, no 1 4th adapter, weird airplane adapter included instead (?"
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"The treble is fatigue free, which is very nice when you're turning it up, but I found it to be a little on the dark side compared to my tastes (takes that edge out of violin that is supposed to sting a bit, and some piano strikes), but at the same time, zero siblance or hissing so that's great for others."
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"The treble is subdued, nothing is overlly bright and there's no siblance, so if you're sensitive to treble this is something you'd appreciate."
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Weight

Weight:
"Being on the heavier side, weight in at around 12oz, I was worried about head neck fatigue, but I'm glad to report it wasn't an issue."
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"The comfort of the headphones is ok. Because of the weight of the brace across the top, they continually want to swivel off my head, especially if I raise one cup off either ear, they'll just fall off."
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"They are very well built, comfortable to wear and fairly light weight."
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"Comfort - These headphones are made of good quality stuff and you can tell but with that they do have some weight to them on your head, but at least for me not uncomfortable."
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"The bridge seems very strong but is lightweight and well balanced, so there is no noticeable pressure and the headphones almost seem weightless as you wear them."
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"I really enjoy my light weight ones that I wear all day."
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