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Brainwavz HM5 Studio Monitor Headphones

Brainwavz HM5 Studio Monitor Headphones

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I am going to make electronic/trance music is these headphones or audio-technica ath-m50x better?
How do these compares to the Sony MDR 7506s ?
is it good for gaming?
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steelzee
thembones is themright.
steelzee
Never fear Zeos is here. Hope this helps a few peeps.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0KKDXF5U9I
I am one of the original owners of these(I was a pre-release written/video reviewer) and will state these are a steal at the current drop price...actually they are a steal at their original price honestly.
My reviews of this are everywhere (look for dragon2knight or Michael Livote), but I no longer have the video up, youtube copyright crap killed it.
I love the even, well done signature of these so much, I use them in my studio ( a pro studio in NY) as my main choice. There are better, no doubt, but not for this money. Some of the best to hit this price point in years IMHO. You like neutral to all other signature's, this is your bargain set to get, period.
XPT100 is the same price ...
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These are $89.99, XPT100 is on for $69.95 ... is my math broken?
Zimtron
Really? I just did a search, nowhere near that price...and the drop is for $74.99 or it doesn't drop, so please look at the item your bashing before you bash them, eh?
Is it possible to order this if im outside of us?
theSpid3r
Yes, i just did and i'm from Holland. There will be some shipping costs though
Weird I release a review about the Spadger openbacks and re-review of these and then a drop starts.. I smell a conspiracy.
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The mistake here would be to buy the HM5 headphones for $75. Buy the open-back versions here for $50:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MQ2ACX3
They sound significantly better (clearer, better soundstage and imaging) than the closed HM5 and include really soft velour pads. Only one left in stock!
mattris
Thanks, Zeos...I bought them to try.
Brainwavz should really make a metal headband for these like Fischer used to. The headband is a known point of failure for these headphones, and it would be nice to be able to eliminate that.
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I emailed them last year asking when it would be back in stock. I never got a reply, but it was taken off of the site. I took the hint.
The_Jniac
+1 I had a set and the plastic band broke
I know that it is silly to compare closed backs with open ones but still. I can't decide whether to get shp9500 or this pair( they are at exactly same price for me) or any other pair of cans at similar price points. Any ideas, advices observations are welcome.
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HM5s are a decent phone, but I'd rather save up a little more and buy something more worthwhile.
I bought it from newegg. I have a couple of other headphones like senn HD58x, ATH Pro700, AKG 240 MK2. So not incline to spend so much. Agreed with cheffy to save and buy smth better!
Shp9500s is just smth I would like to have. For their value and neutral presentation. =)
I used to own a pair of these. As others have mentioned, excellent neutral sound and nice isolation (I was using them in a sometimes loud, open office and these helped a lot). Only reason I stopped using them was the clamping - wearing them for 6+ hours a day got fatiguing (could be I just have a wide head?). Great deal.
The clone of the HM5—the NVX XPT100, is a better deal in my opinion. $69.99 on Amazon with Prime shipping. Still comes with both sets of pads, the foam case, and both a short and long cable along with 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter.
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If I recall, I think there are minor differences in the headband and perhaps material for the earcup. The NVX has apparently less clamping force than the HM5, but the drivers and design are the same otherwise. As an owner of the NVX model, I think it's a great buy, and I had bought it at $80.
Xephyroth
Yes, there are minor differences die sure. But as you said, the driver are the same. In fat, Fischer Audio even sells a version. Theirs use a titanium coated driver even. I have that version, and the HM5, and they sound almost the same even. $80 is definitely the upper limit of what one should pay for any of the Yoga CD 880 rebrands.
So I can’t speak for everyone, but I’ve owned these headphones for years, so here are my impressions:
durability: 3/5 i know people always talk about the issues with the build quality on these, but I just don’t see it. They’ve survived two deployments in their case, in my bag, and then daily use overseas, and when I got back home. The worst I can say is I’ve popped the ear-pieces off, but it’s as simple as clipping them back in.
sound: 5/5 Really good. Let me caviat this by saying that I’m not an audiophile, and have some hearing loss at certain frequencies. But coming from off-the-shelf Sony headphones, these have been amazing. they definitely catch the highs and lows and seem to balance high, mids and treble well
Picture #7 is actually the Brainwavz HM9
Sound quality is good for the price but the build quality is very poor. I have a pair they broken beyond repair despite good care been taken
They sound well, but they arent the most durable ones, the plastic of the headband gets spoiled aftr 1-2 years like the plastic is degrading itself and the headband is hard to find, there are other headbands compatible but since they cost like 30-4' usd sometimes is just better to get new headphones, i won't recommend the HM5 as a buy, they sound quite well for their price, but the headband quality isnt good
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Gimbals -they're made of a soft plastic that cracks over time. I've 3D printed them to replace my broken gimbals, but that's not a good sign that you need a backup plan before buying.
Cheffy
That is the one major flaw in this family of headphones. Every single version of the Yoga CD 880 has this issue.
Are these as good as people say?
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Xerclif
Absolutely, but as stallmanite said.
Xerclif
No, the Brainwavz HM5s are nothing special. I owned a pair a few years ago and thought they had a hazy sound... fine for casual listening, I suppose, but certainly not worthy of a 'monitor' headphone. I thought its build quality was just ok... nothing to write home about, but I see others had issues. I will say that their overall comfort - including the famous, separately available ear-pads - is to be commended.
The best thing about this drop is that two pairs of Brainwavz earpads are included. Purchased separately, they'd cost $45. So I suppose you're getting the headphones themselves for just an additional $35.
Having said that, my advice would be to choose another headphone for monitoring (or casual listening). The Senal SMH-1200 is lighter, fold-able, comes with comfortable stock pads, and sounds substantially better. The Audio-Technica ATH-M40X would also be a excellent alternative... just be sure to replace their stock pads with Brainwavz leather pads (non-angled).