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Brainwavz M4 In Ear Noise Isolating Earphones
Report Date: 10/23/2015
Based on 85 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.7
Returned or considering to return: 5.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Music5.0   above average
Vocal5.0   above average
Sound4.4   average
Fit4.2   average
Price4.2   average
Quality4.1   average
Cable3.4   average


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Cable

Cable:
"However, I was disappointed to see that the cable is starting to peel off from the microphone remote switch plastic piece."
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"Static, mic doesn't work well -- maybe something happened to the cable but no noticeable damage."
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"Out of the box, the cable disappoints (i. e. it is thin, and not the one pictured) and the housings are somehow suspect, which lends suspicion to the overall build quality, replete with what has already been written."
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"One star off for the memory cable and the mediocre cable clip, the sound is 5 5 for the price."
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"Build quality is great on the earbuds themselves, but the cable is pretty thin, but it doesn't feel flimsy."
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"Good build quality, nice right angle plug, decent enough cable (it likes to get tangled, and feels cheap), EXCELLENT sound."
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"The Y-splitter to earphone cables are symmetric, I prefer the a-symmetric cables as it is easier to put them behind the neck, a matter of preference though."
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"Static, mic doesn't work well -- maybe something happened to the cable but no noticeable damage."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"I had no problem with the sound quality or comfort, but the durability of M4 is problematic."
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"This is a great product if you are comfortable with in-ear headphones!"
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"The bass is initially a little thin, but after 20 hours of burn in they sound pretty good, plus they are pretty comfortable and come with a nice accessory case that can be used to stash another set of buds."
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"I love these IEM's when paired with the foam tips... extremely comfortable and the sound quality is quite good."
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"Design and comfort : Simple and functional and that is great."
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Fit

Fit:
"And it is really not realistic to have to remove the earbuds completely from under my helmet every time I want to speak to someone (i. e. on the chairlift).Another thing I noticed was that since the buds fit so nicely in my ear that any movement I make that causes the cord to wobble creates a loud thump in my ears (my Apple earbuds don't fit as nicely so they don't have this problem).Bottom line is that these headphones sound great for the price and are perfect for listening while working at a desk or resting but not appropriate for doing anything active like running (due to the thumping of the cord) or skiing (due to the lack of volume control and the inability to hear even with the volume off)."
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"I usually hate ear buds but these fit great and the sound is better than i thought."
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"I was unable to get a great fit with the regular tips."
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"And it is really not realistic to have to remove the earbuds completely from under my helmet every time I want to speak to someone (i. e. on the chairlift).Another thing I noticed was that since the buds fit so nicely in my ear that any movement I make that causes the cord to wobble creates a loud thump in my ears (my Apple earbuds don't fit as nicely so they don't have this problem).Bottom line is that these headphones sound great for the price and are perfect for listening while working at a desk or resting but not appropriate for doing anything active like running (due to the thumping of the cord) or skiing (due to the lack of volume control and the inability to hear even with the volume off)."
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"They fit in my ears perfectly, bass is less muddy (that was my only complaint with the M4's before I got these tips), and highs are very crisp."
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"You won't regret it (as long as you have headphones that the tips will fit on).TL;DR These headphones are great, the T-400 tips make them even greater."
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"The comply eartips work very well at fitting my strangely shaped ears as well as isolating me from outside noise."
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"What i like most about the brainwavz their perfect which makes them fit snugly into the ears."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"There is no reason for you to get the mic version because the quality of the microphone is horrible and you'll end up unplugging your headphones and holding the phone up to your face."
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"However, I was disappointed to see that the cable is starting to peel off from the microphone remote switch plastic piece."
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"Static, mic doesn't work well -- maybe something happened to the cable but no noticeable damage."
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"The microphone is the weak point, so if damage was going to occur, then it will be here."
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"The housing of the actual earbud is aluminum as opposed to plastic, and the cord on these seems very robust (note that this only applies to the non-mic version, the mic version apparently has a skinny, flimsy cord)."
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"I have had some issues with the remote not responding fully but the mic is good and the sound is super nice."
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"I also bought an adapter so I could use the mic on them with my PC, but when i plugged it in, it sounded great, but I started playing music and everyone on Skype said they could hear it."
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"The mic works well, but read the small print in the instructions for operation (if you receive instructions)."
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"The housing of the actual earbud is aluminum as opposed to plastic, and the cord on these seems very robust (note that this only applies to the non-mic version, the mic version apparently has a skinny, flimsy cord)."
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"They are quite amazing but do not have a mic built in."
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Music

Music:
"I also bought an adapter so I could use the mic on them with my PC, but when i plugged it in, it sounded great, but I started playing music and everyone on Skype said they could hear it."
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"As I said earlier, they are not really nirvana but you will really enjoy your music through these."
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"Though after a burn-in of good 48 hours with all my favorite music, they showed some character."
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"Good sound quality for all types of music."
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"The included comply foam tips make listening to music for extened periods of time viable."
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Noise

Noise:
"All of them are so thin that they make a popping noise when they get bumped around, which is pretty annoying."
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"All of them are so thin that they make a popping noise when they get bumped around, which is pretty annoying."
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"The in-ear noise cancelling is actually TOO good since even with the volume off you can't hear much of anything."
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"After breaking the m4's in, I can honestly say these were amazing--sound quality was almost night and day compared to Apple earphones included with the iphone5.Noise canceling was excellent, on par with many of the active noise canceling headphones I have used."
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"Sound is clear and it truly isolates noises around."
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"The comply eartips work very well at fitting my strangely shaped ears as well as isolating me from outside noise."
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Price

Price:
"I realize they probably cut some corners on these for the price point, but the casing is really not great."
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"Overall, I think at a cheap price such as $30, they are hard to beat."
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"One star off for the memory cable and the mediocre cable clip, the sound is 5 5 for the price."
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"Overall, for those that want a decent upgrade from their stock Apple earbuds and god forbid the cheap terrible Skullcandy earbuds (I don't understand why people constantly keep buying these...), the Brainwavz m4 is the IEM just for you."
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"Deep, detailed bass is a standout in this price range (that's an understatement, good bass is nearly impossible to find)."
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"It seems like a lot of people are having this same problem with these and with other brainwavz products, I would steer away from them even if the sound quality is good for the price"
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"I'm no expert in sound quality, but I do not think these sounded as good as other ear buds in this price range (such as the MEE A151)."
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"The T-400's sound even better, have some coating on them (looks resistant to liquid earwax), and are pretty affordable."
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"I have been very happy for the price!"
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Quality

Quality:
"Just a shame about the build quality being not so great."
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"There is no reason for you to get the mic version because the quality of the microphone is horrible and you'll end up unplugging your headphones and holding the phone up to your face."
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"They were decent headphones, sound quality was good but it sucks that it broke so fast."
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"The product quality is great and they don't seem to be able to break easily."
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"I think my main concern is due to the cabling build quality - it's not giving me the confidence that I'm used to with the M2 and M1 that I've owned."
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"I have to say that I agree; while I am no audiophile, I can tell the difference between crappy quality and good quality sounds production and these are of the latter type."
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"I had no problem with the sound quality or comfort, but the durability of M4 is problematic."
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"It seems like a lot of people are having this same problem with these and with other brainwavz products, I would steer away from them even if the sound quality is good for the price"
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"The build quality is good, so does the package."
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"Build quality is great on the earbuds themselves, but the cable is pretty thin, but it doesn't feel flimsy."
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"After breaking the m4's in, I can honestly say these were amazing--sound quality was almost night and day compared to Apple earphones included with the iphone5.Noise canceling was excellent, on par with many of the active noise canceling headphones I have used."
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Range

Range:
"They lack any annoying sibiliance and cymbals have good clarity and range."
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"Deep, detailed bass is a standout in this price range (that's an understatement, good bass is nearly impossible to find)."
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"The sound is very good over the full range including the bass - much better than the Apple headphones I have currently."
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"I'm no expert in sound quality, but I do not think these sounded as good as other ear buds in this price range (such as the MEE A151)."
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"For the most part, I'm very satisfied with these earbuds and would buy more if it were in the range I got them for."
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"The M4 does provide a good balance between all the ranges, especially for its price, and an even greater value when on sale, making it a hard to beat pair of earphones."
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Sound

Sound:
"With the foam tips, they stay in my ears, they sound great, and don't ever get uncomfortable."
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"While I'm not one of those audiophile types who can distinguish small differences in sound quality, I can tell that these sound pretty good; for one thing, while the bass on my previous Sony IEMs was pretty weak and I thought the sound wasn't very immersive, the M4 has great bass and a rich, clear sound, and I expect it to improve even more after I finish the burn-in process."
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"They were decent headphones, sound quality was good but it sucks that it broke so fast."
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"Wrong, in addition the right ear's sound goes in and out as well."
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"Also, these sound great, but not as great as the M2's (and I prefer my headphones to be more analytic)."
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"I had no problem with the sound quality or comfort, but the durability of M4 is problematic."
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"I have had some issues with the remote not responding fully but the mic is good and the sound is super nice."
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"I would also consider the Sony MH1 as they seem to be more durabl and have better soundstage but the overall sound on the m4 makes these the winner."
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"Not amazing if you want to be blown away by bass but for a rich well separated sound it works well."
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"Otherwise the sound is slightly bright with good clarity."
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Vocal

Vocal:
"Vocals sound clean and crisp, and these earbuds do a good job separating the different instruments."
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"Everything I've thrown at them, live bluegrass, distorted rock, delicate piano, vocals, they perform really well."
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"I like treble and vocals, and these perform very nicely for electrical, classical and rock."
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"To expand on my statement, the guitars are present and driving, you will hear every tiny knock on the metals in a drum kit, vocals are clear, bass is right."
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"The best part of these IEMs are the strong and clear vocals."
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