1) Sound at a high level (especially middle and high frequencies).
2) The build Quality and materials - are excellent!
3) Package contents is just fantastic (hard-shell carrying case, two removable cord 1.3 and 3 meter +adapter from 3.5 to 6.3 mm and spare leather ear cushions).
Cons (my personal opinion):
The bass did not satisfy me. I can't enjoy low frequency sound (chords and drums and stuff), when listening to the genre of "rock". The bass is there, but its implementation is not like me, very "smooth".
I have owned these almost two years they get used 3- 5 days a week for 8 hours. I love the sound signature, good bass without being boomy, detailed mids and highs.
The build quality however is not great, these do get constant use but I am not rough on them and withing 6 months all of the cables shorted out, they desperately need an angled plug. One of the hinges broke who knows how much longer that has till it comes apart. The earpads are now flaking which I suppose is to be expected with so much use. The headband pad is coming apart, the paint on one side started chipping away, the worst part about these is mp4nation has not offered any extra pads or cables for sale . For something that looks so solid these have been a disappointment in that regard.
I would give these 4 stars on sound alone but 2 stars for quality so 3 stars overall.
I would recommend Vmoda M80 or M100 over these.
Had some issues with the headphones at first but that got sorted straight away with help from the help desk. New favorite headphones, great isolation from the surround. Truly a great deal.
Big plus on the help desk response.
After several months of eying the HM5, I decided to gives a go. Received the headphone 2 weeks ago from MP4 Nation. My decision proved no regret. Overall the build quality is good, sound performance in term of tonal, soundstage was excellent. What I like is the removable cable where it is thick and flexible with high quality gold-plated plugs. A good hard case is supplied with the headphone. It is value for the money. I would recommend this headphone to my friends.
I'm using these pair of HM5 since Aug 2012
So far I did not find anything better
Not only in < 150$ range
I "was" already at 500$ - still nothing found
The only thing I changed the pads - the original ones are quite hard
The rest is just perfect!
I'm wondering where I should go to hear the difference: 1000$ or more?
Antes no conocía la marca Brainwavz pero me compré los HM3, luego de varios meses y de estar muy contento con ellos decidí dar el salto y comprarme para trabajar (soy ingeniero en sonido) los HM5. Quedé impresionado de lo cómodos que son, con muy buena aislación y bastante planos para tener una referencia de mezcla buena. Los compré junto con el amplificador de fonos Brainwavz y para escuchar música realmente le da otro toque, con brillantez y bajos pulsantes. Recomendadísimos!
I bought this hp as an option for a sub $300 system to use at work.
Cheap, but that could keep up to 85-95% of a "serious" headphone audiophile.
Since I own a HD800 + LD Mk8 SE, I do not want a bad sounding setup.
And, boy, how right I was when purchased this hp, because, to my ears, to my musical taste, and to much of my satisfaction, the HM5 plays like a big boy.
So much that I honestly think that to a full bunch of people this is more than they will ever need.