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BrainWavz HM9 Headphone review - Hulking, sturdy and loud!

Testing

I "tested" the BrainWavz HM9 with compressed MP3/AAC files on mobile devices (amped with Fiio E12 and un-amped), and then hooked it up to an ASUS Xonar Essence One for some 'serious' listening. The chosen tracks should give me a proper impression of the headphones' overall audio performance, with songs containing a mix of lows, mids and highs, or excessively using one of the bunch. These subjective listening tests will allow me to compare HM9 with similarly priced cans.

I am describing the experience in detail, and while I am fairly certain my hearing is accurate enough, I do have to put a massive "SUBJECTIVE" disclaimer on the results. So, without further ado, here are the songs I use:

Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Diablo Swing Orchestra - Guerilla Laments
Dream Theater - Scarred
Dead can Dance - The Snake and the Moon

MS MR - Hurricane
Saltillo - Grafting
Massive Attack - Teardrop
Venetian Snares - Hajnal
In Flames - Lord Hypnos
Rammstein - Keine Lust
Cranberries - Zombie
MS MR - Hurricane
Dead can Dance - Into the Labyrinth
Excision & Datsik - Deviance
Queen - The show must go on
Catamenia - Dreams of Winterland

Once I am done with this playlist (I know most of these songs by heart now), it's time to see how the cans perform with other forms of media, and here I've got a few Blu-Ray quality material ready.

Since the sound signature has a certain flavour to it, I decided to also try the headphones in a gaming scenario as well. So, I spent a few hours with my traditional "library" for sound-checking:

Battlefield 4
PayDay 2
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm
Loadout
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Wasteland 2
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments

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