BRAINWAVZ HM5 Over-ear Headphone Review

Great for those on a budget, BRAINWAVZ' HM5s pack performance punch.

$109.50 at Amazon

Product Overview

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Gaze upon the speaker element and... well, probably yawn. There isn't much here worthy of note, just that the leather ear pads also come with a thin mesh to protect the speaker from you and your disgusting bodily wastes.



While jutting out a ridiculous distance from your head, the backs of the BRAINWAVZ HM5s prominently display a brushed metal plate and their logo.

Comparable Products

Before you buy the BRAINWAVZ HM5, take a look at these other headphones.


Some may term it "bland" but we'd say "tried and true." The band of the BRAINWAVZ HM5 is really nothing special to look at, but it has very thick padding and is fairly adjustable.


There are two removable/swappable cables included with the BRAINWAVZ HM5, a 3.93 foot and a 9.84 foot cable, both Y-shaped, and very well insulated. There are no features like a microphone or remote punctuating either cable.

The 1/8th inch plug is threaded to allow a 1/4th inch plug to screw on, and allow you to use different sources like an amp or older system.

Even though each cord guard is surprisingly robust, even in the extremely unlikely event that you do manage to break them, you can simply toss them in favor of a replacement.

Additional Features

Uncommon with headphones, the BRAINWAVZ HM5s also come with a thinner set of ear pads, and an airplane adapter.

In the Box

We've emptied the contents of a package of BRAINWAVZ HM5s and put the headphones, an airplane adapter, a 1/4th inch adapter, two cables, and additional ear pads.


While they aren't the most durable headphones we've ever seen, the BRAINWAVZ HM5s can withstand just about any abuse you hurl at them. Not only are they well-constructed, but you can also replace their cables should they break.


They ain't got no alibi, they're ugly. Even though part of the backs are relatively unobjectionable, the sheer size of the cans makes them look bad. Oh well, no headphones are perfect, and these trade aesthetics for durability.

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  1. Tour & Design
  2. Sound Quality
  3. Isolation
  4. Comfort
  5. Usability
  6. Conclusion