BrainWavz HM5 headphone review - The price of neutrality


These are some very large cans, most assuredly not the kind to use on the go. Still, I gave 'em a try on portable set-ups including an un-amped Fiio X1 and a Nexus 5 paired with a Fiio E12, then moved to the home set-up, where I tried them on SilverStone's EB03 paired with EB01-E and ASUS Xonar Essence One.

To compare them, I used some of my classic cans, including the SoundMAGIC HP150, Sennheiser HD600, and Audio Technica M50X, three headphones that are very different and yet, so very similar to the HM5.  As for my listening playlist you can look at it below:

Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm
Arctic Monkeys - Do I wanna know
Cage the Elephant - Sail to the Sun
Christen Mooney - Aisling Song

Coeur de pirate - Metal Gleamed in the Twilight
Cranberries - Zombie
Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Diablo Swing Orchestra - Guerilla Laments
Dream Theater - Scarred
Dead can Dance - The Snake and the Moon
MS MR - Hurricane
Coeur de Pirate - Metal Gleamed in the Twilight
Cristopher Tin - Mado Kara Mieru
fun. - Carry On
Florence and the Machines - Drumming Song
Nirvana - Smells like Teen Spirit
Dido & Kendrick Lamar - Let us Move On
Metallica - One
Darren Korb - Paper Boats
Saltillo - Grafting
Massive Attack - Teardrop
Venetian Snares - Hajnal
In Flames - Lord Hypnos
Rammstein - Keine Lust
Dead can Dance - Into the Labyrinth
Excision & Datsik - Deviance
Queen - The show must go on
Catamenia - Dreams of Winterland

Lastly, while I describe my impressions in detail, and I am fairly certain my hearing is accurate enough, I do have to put a massive "SUBJECTIVE" disclaimer on the impressions.

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