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Brainwavz M5 In Ear Noise Isolating Earphones (Black) by Review Summary ,  Sep 9, 2015

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Brainwavz M5 In Ear Noise Isolating Earphones (Black)
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 94 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 3.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit4.7   above average
Noise4.7   above average
Metal4.6   above average
Sound4.5   average
Comfortable4.4   average
Price4.4   average
Range4.4   average
Size4.4   above average
Quality4.2   average
Music3.8   below average
Cable3.6   average


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Audio

Audio:
"The plug is gold plated and works with any device that takes a regular audio jack, the sound is phenomenal, especially for buds, and so clean."
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"The 3.5 mm audio plug is plated with gold for best conductivity."
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"However, the sound quality in the Brainwavz M5 is sufficiently better that audiophiles who want superb low end market earphones with very good audio quality should regard the Brainwavz M5 as their first choice."
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"I have been using a set of Sony MDR-J10 Headphones with Non-Slip Design (Black) which I really like because they give good overall audio range playback and are comfortable on my ear."
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"The box does a really great job of explaining all the product features, looks good, and the English is translated very well from Chinese (as opposed to other overseas companies that I've worked with).The audio quality, once I found the tips that worked the best for me, was superior to the standard $25-$40 earbuds that you typically see in the electronics aisle of audio or Big Box stores."
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Cable

Cable:
"The rubber part that connects the metal housing and the cable is extremely mushy and is not nearly as durable as appropriate."
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"The sounded good, but they stopped working after 5 months of use, looks like is the connection between the cable and the hearphone and the cable and the connector wasn't good enough."
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"They have nice strain reliefs designed into the cable to protect all of the wiring connections from being damaged by flexing and pulling."
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"I wish the cord was a little more robust, but again, in this price range, it is hard to get too excited about it."
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"Anti-tangle cable which is rubber is very durable and perfect for gym-goers, runners, and physically active people."
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"Their very well made with anti-tangle cables and have durable metal housing."
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"The cable is rather easy to get tangled so you definitely need to refrain from twisting them or shoving them in your pants pocket."
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"The cord comes with a velcro strap for easy wrapping up to fit everything back into the clam shell."
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"I really liked the clip that was included; it snaps easily on the earphone cord and then to your shirt."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Another issue is the in-ear bud part of the earphones are terrible in quality as well, and do not have good traction and are not comfortable."
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"Sound quality and comfort were good, but one bud broke in half with minimal use about 1 hour 3 times to 4 times a month in 6 months so they lasted about 20 hours playing time costing me nearly 2 dollars per playing hour."
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"Sound quality and comfort were good, but one bud broke in half with minimal use about 1 hour 3 times to 4 times a month in 6 months so they lasted about 20 hours playing time costing me nearly 2 dollars per playing hour."
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"The zipper handles are rubber for easy and comfortable gripping."
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"There is also a set of spongy buds as well that are super comfortable, but I only suggest using those if you have super clean ears because they will pull wax out and that would just look gross."
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"Comfortable to wear, nice clip for the collar, and a handy little case."
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"The are comfortable and with the extra fit options, they should be able to fit anyone with ease."
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Fit

Fit:
"It can fit in my pocket, but sticks out and looks a little ridiculous, so I usually toss it in a backpack or dufflebag, which I believe is the intended location for the case; the hard shell protecting from being crushed, with a bright red line around the zipper area so it sticks out when surrounded by other things."
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"I typically do not care for in-ear headphones because they are often so hard to get a good fit, however I feel with the included Comply ear adapters, most users will find the perfect fit I found."
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"These noise Isolating earphones are sleek and the perfect fit, (but if the earpads on the the product don't work, there are several other options in the provided case) the noise isolation is wonderful and I highly recommend these earphones."
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"There are of course sizes and a few different shapes so you can find your best fit."
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"The cord comes with a velcro strap for easy wrapping up to fit everything back into the clam shell."
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"The net on the other side of the clam shell holds five sets of extra rubber buds of varying sizes for the perfect fit."
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"Pretty much all of them fit."
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Metal

Metal:
"My first pair happened to break due to my own error though the only complaint would be the glue was falling apart on the metal casing and the bud part; probably just a minor defect but I super-glued that part together and it turned out fine."
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"Their very well made with anti-tangle cables and have durable metal housing."
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"Now for the IEMs themselves:They seem very well made, with the outside housing half metal and half a sturdy looking plastic."
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"The build quality is excellent, featuring a nice metal housing and a wide selection of tips for customization."
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"The lightweight ear pieces have a metal housing and are a good, solid set."
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"The housings are metal, which is great, but the wiring is pretty thin, especially above the yoke (the wires leading into the housings)."
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Music

Music:
"Its good to invest in an excellent set of earphones, because 1) you wont lose them because you paid what theyre worth 2) lifes too short to listen to music on dumpy cheap uncomfortable headphones, and 3) Did I mention the wow-you sound?"
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"Not so good if you are looking to drown in your music, but good if you like being able to hear a little of what's going on around you."
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"But, I do not think they do an outstanding job on rock music."
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"Hard to explain, but it sounded like the music was being played in a void: For a lot of popular music, it lacked the depth, lushness and warmth of other Brainwavz earphones in this price range."
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"With that said, know that I am very particular when it comes to sound and have been told by many that my ear for music is excellent."
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"Their soundstage is wide, crisp, accurate and natural which is awesome for virtually every music genre."
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"As I said I am not an audiophile however I was specifically looking for some earphones that I could listen to classical music with and be able to hear every instrument, from the baseline and lows (tuba, trombones) to color instruments (Bassoon, baritone) to highs like flute and oboe."
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"As far as noise cancelling or isolating goes: in my experience they do not block out everything but do a good job at muffling or blocking out most sounds once you have music playing."
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"The music is so clear, it sounds like I am front row, center of my own, personal concert."
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Noise

Noise:
"Video Review Summary: The Brainwavz M5 In-Ear Noise Isolating Earphones not only look good, but perform quite well. I really like that these headphones have a bent connector; I've destroyed many pairs of headphones by accidentally bumping the straight connectors, especially during travel. Package includes lots of cool accessories and different fits."
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"My only issue is that a key purchasing factor was their noise isolating property, and I find that (using either of the provided styles of tips) that they do not block noise nearly as well as other brands that I have used."
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"These noise Isolating earphones are sleek and the perfect fit, (but if the earpads on the the product don't work, there are several other options in the provided case) the noise isolation is wonderful and I highly recommend these earphones."
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"I ordered synohonized and GGMM earbuds, these are superior and do a good job blocking noise."
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"I will say that I use the default tips (bi-flange) and they are as comfortable as any I have ever worn and they block more extraneous noise than any other similar earphones I have used."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"My only modest complaint is the packaging --- specifically the plastic molded display the earphones are mounted on in the box."
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"First impressions were great: the phones come in their case well packaged with all the information and accessories inside the case (foam ear tips, different sized rubber ear tips, shirt clip, and velcro tie to tie them together, no double flanged ear tips..) The case is about 3 and a half inches long, 2 and three quarters inches wide, and an inch and a half tall, very sturdy, and roomy enough to pack the IEMs, foam ear tips, rubber ear tips, the shirt clip, and even an extra pair of earphones (I like to carry them around so I can lend them to friends instead of sharing my fancy ones, kinda like pens) and their respective extra ear tips."
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"I can tell you that right out of the package these were the best sounding ear buds I've ever heard."
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"They are well packaged and comes with a small case so you can store them away without the fear of damaging them."
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"They come in a very nice package and is easy to use and pack."
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"The first thing I noticed was that the silicone tips were so soft, it was a perfect fit right out of the package."
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Price

Price:
"Broke after 2 months, waste of money"
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"Its good to invest in an excellent set of earphones, because 1) you wont lose them because you paid what theyre worth 2) lifes too short to listen to music on dumpy cheap uncomfortable headphones, and 3) Did I mention the wow-you sound?"
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"For the price, just under $35, I'm not sure you will be able to find anything better."
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"Naturally, they are the weakest of the Brainwavz canalphones, which one would expect simply by virtue of their price; however, this doesnt mean that they are weak performers in their class."
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"I have the Brainwavz R3s which I do like, the M5s are not as good but for the money they come very near to the sound quality, I prefer they design for my ears on the R3s."
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"I wish the cord was a little more robust, but again, in this price range, it is hard to get too excited about it."
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"The sound quality is adequate for the price tag."
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"However, the sound quality is almost as good with these, for a much more affordable price."
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"This has quickly become my favorite brand of headphones, for quality as well as price."
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"Very nice earbuds for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Another issue is the in-ear bud part of the earphones are terrible in quality as well, and do not have good traction and are not comfortable."
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"And as I have come to expect the headphones and wires are built to the highest quality and I never worry about the wire snapping or degrading the sound quality."
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"Sound quality and comfort were good, but one bud broke in half with minimal use about 1 hour 3 times to 4 times a month in 6 months so they lasted about 20 hours playing time costing me nearly 2 dollars per playing hour."
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"The sound quality is fantastic, but that's not even the best part."
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"Ive had a couple of Brainwavz earphones and have been really impressed with the sound and the quality, after reading a few of the reviews on the M5s I was worried that they wouldnt be any good."
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"The sound quality is crisp and clear, just the way I like it."
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"Quite suprisingly, these are the lowest quality ones I have seen, I had used cheap 3 dollar in-ear buds of higher quality and comfort than these."
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"I am generally happy with these earbuds (sound and apparent quality)."
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"I have said over and over that I love this company and their products, and the main reasons are quality, price, and attention to detail."
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"This is the mark of a great seller when the product is high quality and low cost."
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Range

Range:
"I've not found a range where they break up or crackle, but I'm unable to listen to them at full volume."
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"I wish the cord was a little more robust, but again, in this price range, it is hard to get too excited about it."
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"I've yet to destroy my hearing from listening to loud concerts, so I'm still able to appreciate a broad frequency range."
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"For the price range and compact size, I am very happy with the sound quality."
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"So if you are looking in the $50 range, the M5 is a great set of earphones, beating the M1, M3 and R1 with a flatter and more balanced sound spectrum."
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"However, in this price range, youre getting exceptional sound quality."
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"As usual with Brainwavz, these are an excellent deal in this price range, both in terms of sound and quality."
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Size

Size:
"First of all, changing the ear nibs is no easy task and no matter what size, they will fall out of your ear."
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"---------------------------SOUND: 4.6 5---------------------------*Highs 4 5*Mids 4 5*Lows 5 5---------------------------COMFORT 5 5---------------------------At first, I thought these would be semi, or completely uncomfortable due to their size, but that is not the case at all."
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"There are of course sizes and a few different shapes so you can find your best fit."
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"The net on the other side of the clam shell holds five sets of extra rubber buds of varying sizes for the perfect fit."
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"They are well packaged and comes with a small case so you can store them away without the fear of damaging them."
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"For the price range and compact size, I am very happy with the sound quality."
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"For those of you who have become accustomed to listening to your music on your device's speakers or through small, external Bluetooth speakers, you are in for a wonderful surprize."
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Sound

Sound:
"And as I have come to expect the headphones and wires are built to the highest quality and I never worry about the wire snapping or degrading the sound quality."
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"It's hard to describe sound and like I said, great sound is subjective, but I know for sure that these sound better than any I have ever tried."
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"Make sure you get a good seal or else the sound will leak and sound mediocre."
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"Its good to invest in an excellent set of earphones, because 1) you wont lose them because you paid what theyre worth 2) lifes too short to listen to music on dumpy cheap uncomfortable headphones, and 3) Did I mention the wow-you sound?"
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"The sound quality is crisp and clear, just the way I like it."
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"However the actual sound quality is crisp and clean, and the design of the sound jack is well made."
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"I am generally happy with these earbuds (sound and apparent quality)."
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"The plug is gold plated and works with any device that takes a regular audio jack, the sound is phenomenal, especially for buds, and so clean."
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"Good headphones, great sound."
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