Brainwavz’ newest entry into the audiophile market is its B-400 earphones. They affection four drivers, a unique 3D-printed design, and a level of sound-quality usually aloof for much pricier gear.

The B-400s affection a rich sound stage. I usually prefer over-the-ear headphones because earphones tend to be a little more accidental whether they handle acoustic bass sounds well. Most mid-to-high end in-ear phones, in my experience, handle dance music and hip hop better than jazz or blues. But the B-400 earphones sound good no matter the genre.

  • Drivers : Quad Counterbalanced Armature
  • Rated Impedance : 30?
  • Frequency Range : 10 Hz – 40 kHz
  • Sensitivity : 115dB
  • Cable Connector : MMCX
  • Plug : 3.5 mm, Gold Plated

The star of the B-400’s show is its quad counterbalanced armature. Four drivers accommodate what ‘feels’ like a smoothly-reverbed layer of low-end comatose on top of punchier kick sounds. This means tracks like Ray Charles’ “What’d I say, parts I and II” sound phenomenal: you can almost hear the kick pedal assault adjoin the kick drum with the beat, but the bass guitar still jams along acutely in a altered space.

These earphones handle mids and highs just as well. With them, I could hear J. Cole’s ad-libs and accomplishments vocals with near studio-quality accuracy on his just-released album. On the track “ATM,” Cole’s commitment ranges from near-whispering to accelerated agreeable and, admitting being baffled with the vocals center, it never feels like he’s drowning the beat or abetment vocals. Again, four drivers in your ears makes a big difference.

There’s really very little about the sound affection of the B-400 to accuse about. My only real argument is that it feels like the four drivers don’t really start to pay off until you reach a “medium” volume level. At lower volumes the earphones are hardly less impressive. If you listen to your music on a 2 or 3 (out of, say, 10) then you might want to save some cash and buy a cheaper set.

But when you crank up even older music, like Deftones’ archetypal “Change (In The House of Flies),” and you hear the absurd accustomed apparatus sounds abscess with sampled-in gritty vinyl noises, what you don’t hear is exceptionable crackling or distortion.

My love affair with Brainwav’s B-400 doesn’t absolutely end with its adorable sound stage, but it takes some minor hits when it comes to the non-audio appearance of the product.

It looks pretty good, there’s no beef there. I advised the earphones in “Frost” which would have been more aptly named “Clear.” It comes in red, blue, green, black, and cosmic black as well.

And that design? It’s unique because it was 3D-printed using a appropriate liquid artificial resin. Rather than bang out a billion cases in a branch and then have some audio engineers figure out a way to jam some speakers into it, it was advised around the four driver idea from the beginning. Unfortunately there are still some issues.

The design is absolutely quite good, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not after its trade-offs. First, the earphones detach from their MMCX wires so that you can swap in a smartphone cable with a mic. Which is fine, but it’s a pain in the ass to plug the wires in. Maybe it’s just me, but every time I tried it I found myself disturbing to get things to click into place.

Another issue with the design is the earphone tips. It ships with 6 silicon and 1 Comply T100 tips. Unfortunately it’s fairly difficult to change them out because the post they slide onto just feels a smidge too big. The plus side to this is that it doesn’t feel like the tips will fall off, but every time I afflicted them I was bit afraid I’d rip one.

These are small complaints and, due to the unique design action of the B-400, they’re quite excusable. For the price you pay for these earphones you’re accepting accomplished sound affection from a set that has no audacious problems.

Brainwavs B-400 sound great, look good, and action well. For under $200 you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better pair of earphones.

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