There is nothing like sitting down with a new pair of headphones to break in. It offers the perfect reason to kick your feet up on your desk and melt away to music while getting paid to do it (of course, my scenario is most likely different from yours). This round, we got to list to the new B200 dual driver in-ear headphones by Brainwavz, featuring *armature drivers.
These buds come with a popular feature affecting consumer in-ear options as of the last few years, bringing multi-driver models to an affordable market vs. something targeted for audiophiles and professionals.
“A balanced armature is a sound transducer design which is primarily intended to increase the electrical efficiency of the element by eliminating the stress on the diaphragm characteristic of many other magnetic transducer systems” — Jerry Harvey Audio
They aren’t alone. As mentioned, this has become a popular approach to headphones recently, with other companies like 1MORE also breaking down this barrier between consumer and prosumer. Multi-driver solutions help to break down the frequencies, allowing each range to properly be delivered (or should we say, driven) to your ears, enhancing the listeners experience. Now, include incredible drivers in the mix and you typically have incredible sound.
You can hear the difference it makes with Brainwavz’ B200 earbuds. The split seems to be between the highs and the mid-lows overall, resulting in crisp lyrics and ample mid range that really helps to fill the music in with. We found the lows to be present, although not as present as we like, but there nonetheless. It is important to match the buds to your ears using the perfect silicone tips. You want to get a real nice tight fit and make sure they are in your ears nice and snug. Else, you may lose most of the low end of what you are listening to. You don’t want to go too tight as to cause any issues with comfort, but just tight enough so you trap all the bas in.
We found they were comparable to some of the headphones we have listened to in the $100-$200 range. The lack of bass however, prevents it from standing out too much, so they may want to focus on a triple-driver solution on their next round. As mentioned, the crisp highs allow for some great lyrics. This also means that keys and brighter brass instruments come through really nicely as well.
We made sure to pair them against a large range of music, but in the end, found ourselves leaning more towards acoustic, classic and vocal focused recordings. The lack of bass presence made sure they didn’t quite fit in when it came to options like rock, dance or anything close to it. Orchestras, operas, acoustic sessions, jazz, and finely mixed vocal recordings (like the World’s Greatest Audiophile Vocal Recordings, 2006) delivered pretty well.
The headphones feature a typical braided Y-cable design, with a thin rubber insulation around the copper. There is a rubber piece where the Y-split occurs in the cable for added durability. There is however, no in-line remote or microphone for mobile devices, so these will simply function as listening headphones alone. The connector is your average 3.5mm aux solution.
Built-into the wire itself are ear hooks so they fit snuggly into your ears and stay there. The hooks seem to be formed by a thicker layer of rubber insulation that is molded to stay to its shape. They are flexible and hardly noticeable at all while wearing them–even for long hours of use.
Speaking of the silicone tips, the headphones do come with a wide selection of sizes. There are seven different options to choose from. Six of these are silicone, with an extra comply foam set as an additional option to pick from. Like I said, go with tight, but without causing any discomfort. This will maximize your experience when listening to these for sure.
They also include a nice carrying case to store them in while they are not in use. The case is a semi-hard shell design, which should make sure to keep them pretty safe in just about any situation (outside of water).. It’s nice and rugged and small enough to easily slide into your pocket (unless you are one of those skinny jeans types).
That’s about it. I’ll end it with a final note, that they should focus in the future on better labeling the left/right icons on each bud. The L and R are small and the black on black means you have to have them in the light to get anywhere with it. In low-light conditions of any kind, you can’t visually see the icons at all.
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They are nice headphones. Comfortable, pack down nicely into their durable case, and have crisp highs thanks to the separation of drivers. They aren’t perfect however, as they are missing a focus on the lows. The missing in-line remote is also unfortunate if you are using a smartphone to listen with. They are a little pricey for our taste. Most multi-driver options typically are. However, there are some that are priced better, and in some cases, sound better as well. All-in-all, they do sound really nice, but we have seen better.
*Average price is based on the time this article was published
- Drivers : Dual Balanced Armature
- Rated Impedance : 30 ?
- Frequency Range : 12 Hz ~ 22 kHz
- Sensitivity : 110 dB at 1 mW
- Cable : 1.3 m Y-Cord, Over the ear, OFC Copper
- Plug : 3.5 mm, Gold plated
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