BrainWavz M3 is the latest In-Ear noise isolating earphones are now available in India. The company claims the M3 offers a ‘unique housing design with clear, balanced sound across lows, mids, and highs.’ We shall put that claim to test in our review. More importantly, is the BrainWavz M3 worth its rather steep Rs. 5,399 price tag? Let’s find out!
- Single-flange silicone tips (3 sizes)
- Shirt clip
- Hard clamshell carrying case
Build and Design
Out of the box, the M3 looks a bit odd with pointy bits sticking out of the speakers. Despite the funny shape, they are very comfortable to wear for long periods of times. It effectively seals out a lot of outside noise and stays in the ear even while running or walking furiously. The odd-looking shape does make one skeptical at first, but they fit me perfectly over the ear.
As far as build quality goes, the M3 seems quite sturdy and lightweight at the same time. The shells are a combination of metal and plastic giving it that premium look and feel. Also, the cable is tangle-free and doesn’t feel like it will easily dislodge. The cable is one of the best things about these in-ears. That being said, the 45-degree jack didn’t fit perfectly well in my iPhone 5c with the case. But without the case, I had no issues.
Overall, the Brainwavz M3 rocks a high-quality build and allows you to wear them without much discomfort for hours.
Performance and Sound Quality
For its size, the M3 churns out excellent fidelity. While it may lack that booming bass, but it can easily handle some heavy Lows without much distortion. Its rich, deep, and powerful enough to keep your aural senses happy. The bass here is just about right and very much to my liking. It’s not overbearing on your ears and sounds just about right. I am not saying it’ll meet everyone’s expectations, but it certainly won’t disappoint.
Even the mids are just what the doctor ordered. They are a bit on the warmer side and remains under control for the most part. Vocals sound rich and lush, and the overall soundstage has a lot of detail and texture going on.
Even Highs pack quite a punch without getting distorted. The treble is very smooth but may not be as crisp compared to others in this price range. For someone looking for more aggressive sounds, the M3 may not suffice your needs. However, I cannot for one moment think that anyone who tries the M3 for any genre of music, will say “oh no, they’re a waste of money…”
The overall soundstage is as good you’ll find in this price range. The Brainwavz M3 sounds big, atmospheric, and maintains a clear flat EQ across all audio spectrums.
- Rich, clean, atmospheric sound
- Tangle-free cord
- Well-built and sturdy
- Noise-isolation could have been better
- Highs are a bit muted and warm
Priced at Rs.5399, the Brainwavz M3 is not in the affordable class by any means. You can easily find a decent set of earphones for under 2K, but if you can shell out some more bucks, you can consider buying M3. Also, I had a few reservations about their unusual design, but it actually ensures that the speakers stay in your ear canal.
Moreover, for someone looking for earphones purely on the basis of sound – the Brainwavz M3 competes, on a whole new level altogether. They are as good, if not better, as compared to the more expensive options. They offer an authentic, balanced, rich soundscape with some of the purest sounds I’ve come across.