The Brainwavz S3 has a solid performance in terms of sound accuracy and presentation. Of course, you won’t get the analytical art sound signature from real monitors, but the question is: are you really looking for this? If you are looking for a better pair of seemingly durable and modern in-ear headphones as an entry-level model to be your daily driver, you won’t go wrong with the S3. With its bass and its deeper sound signature amplified in the middle, your striking numbers sound heartbreaking. If you are looking for a much lower sound, opt for the M2 from the same company.


BRAINWAVZ S3 DETAILED REVIEW

We have seen some good deals from this Chinese manufacturer of affordable audio equipment. The Delta, for example, was a very good player in the low-end segment, as was the BLU-200 in the Bluetooth category. The Brainwavz S3 comes from its mid-range offers. In the packaging itself, you can see that the emphasis is on quality. You get a range of accessories and the hard matter from the Brainwavz brand.

CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN

The S3’s metal matter is solid, while the ribbon cable remains relatively tangle-free. To avoid microphone cables (a common problem with ribbon cables), you will receive a shirt clip in the box. There are also a number of bibrida and tribrid tip options, including a set of T-series tips. In terms of appearance, we have to agree that the S3 looks slim, one of the best IEMs we have reviewed recently. The tips with their translucent gray design correspond very well to the general design language of the headphones. The three-button inline remote control is designed to work with Apple iOS devices and there is a clear warning on the box that the volume control may not work with Android. But guess what, they worked fine on a Galaxy S6 Edge and a Google Pixel. However, doubling the tips for the front and tripling the tips for the back did not work correctly on the Pixel. The buttons are extremely difficult to press, but that could mean that they don’t get too much wear and tear; maybe they will last longer, I guess.


PROPERTY & PERFORMANCE

The S3 is quite black compared to the loud and powerful sound signature of the RHA S500i. This was immediately noticeable on our crispy piece of metal, Selkies, burying them between them and me. While the S3 is wide and expansive, the other Brainwavz device at a similar price that we recently tested, the Brainwavz B100, comes closer and becomes sharper with its bass. Play Stereo Love by Edward Maya feat. Vika Jigulina We noticed that the noise and echoes in the S3 seem more pleasant compared to the more open presentation of the B100. The passive insulation on the S3 is excellent, bordering on brilliant, to be honest. The delicacy of the reproduction and the level of detail are surprisingly good for a regular EMI-oriented consumer. Overall, the sound signature has been noticeably improved in the middle, but it’s not bad. When I listened to Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pulse live, I found the atmosphere present, but some details were not found, for example, the avant-garde of a Wright organ was very discreet. The online remote control “Clearwavz” (which it has always been) uses a high-precision MEMS silicone microphone (Micro-Electrical-Mechanical System). However, in terms of the recording quality of the microphone, it lagged behind the Cowon EX1.

SPECIFICATION

Impedance (ohms ) – 16 Ω
Frequency response-16 Hz-22 kHz
Cable Length (m) – 1.3 m
Weight (in grams) – NA
Conductor Diameter (mm) – 8 mm
Sensitivity: 96 dB/mW
Type (balanced/dynamic armature) dynamic

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