AlexL’s Brainwavz M4 Review
This review will focus purely on the M4s sound as opposed to an unboxing with specs.
First of all, for all of you new Brainwavz M4 owners – BURN IN your M4s – it vastly improves the sound!
Straight off the bat you can hear that the M4s have bass, and decent bass at that. The sound of the bass can be compared to the M2’s bass: dense and strong with an obvious punch behind it. However, in terms of the level of bass, the M2s still reign supreme with much more of an ‘oomph’ behind the bass that’s very noticeable when swapping between the two. Some may find the M2’s bass to be a bit overpowering and heavy – this is where the M4s strike another pro point: the bass may be solid, however it by no means overpowers the other sounds. Read on after the break.
Moving on to the mids/trebles and highs, as well as the sibilance, the M4s have it all, and in HD! The detail and ability to sound analytical with mid to high range sounds really lets you enjoy a vast range of music. This side of the M4 can be compared to the detail and accuracy of the B2′s – think the B2s little cousin, but with bass – the best of both worlds in my opinion. The detailed treble and sibilance lends itself to acoustics and vocals yet do not focus on it to the point of it sounding harsh.
This marriage of ebony and ivory does allow for many music genres, however one that stands out the most with the M4s is good ol’ rock and roll. Chugging guitar riffs together with raw rock vocals and wailing solos sound simply wonderful.
In comparison to the M3s, the M4s have a very noticeably different sounding bass – as mentioned, it’s much denser sounding as opposed to the M3’s airier, more mellow sounding bass. The M3s may be very balanced and detailed in their sound, but I’m afraid the point goes to the M4 for their detail – the M4s simply sound crisper than the M3s in general.
Once the M4s are suitably burnt in, one of the major differences in the sound is the smoothing, or melding of the bass and the mids and highs. Both are evident to begin with, but the burn in really does marry them both into a wonderful unity of harmonious pleasure. You get a sense that the M4s have grown and settled into itself, creating a smoother, more rounded overall sound.
But my philosophy is: you’ll never truly know until you try it out ourself (that doesn’t apply to everything in life, might I add – skydiving is simply out of the question)!