Brainwavz B200 review: The best earphones under £100

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UPDATE: Since writing my review, the B200 have dropped in price, to £95 and now have a removable cable – incredible!

I’ve known Brainwavz for their affordable earphones and headphones – when I saw the company was offering the £150 Brainwavz B200 earphones I was immediately intrigued. This is the most expensive item on the product list, and with dual balanced armature drivers found within it, I was curious to see if the earphones were good value for money or if they’d drown under its competitors.

The B200’s can be found for £150 on Amazon UK and $170 on Amazon USA at the time of writing, they are in fact cheaper – at £95 and $120 respectively. I’ll be reviewing them at their original price.

Its competitors include the Westone W20 at £215 ($300 in the US), the Dunu DN-2000J for £230 ($300 in the US), the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 at £85 ($70 in the US), the DUNU Titan 1 at £90 ($80 in the US) and finally the 1MORE Triple Driver at £100 ($95 in the US).

Pros: Fantastic sound quality, comfortable, value, lightweight design
Cons: Cable can get easily tangled, no soft carrying pouch, no removable cable or in-line mic

Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 10/10
Isolation: 8.5/10
Comfort: 10/10
Sound Quality: 9/10
Value: 10/10 – based on £150 price tag
My final Rating: 9.5/10

Review Date: September 2017
Review Price: £150

Here’s my video review of the earphones:

Let’s get into this written review!

Brainwavz B200 review: Packaging & accessories

In the box you’ll find the following:

  • Earphones
  • Hard case
  • Six sets of silicone ear tips (S, M, L)
  • Comply T-100 foam tips
  • Shirt clip
  • Velcro cable tie

The inclusion of the T-100’s is a welcome addition. I would have, however, liked to see a soft carrying pouch included – as this makes it easier to carry around. Nevertheless, the overall packaging and accessories are good.

Brainwavz B200 review: Build quality, comfort & isolation

The earphones are terminated by a slightly off-angle gold-plated 3.5mm plug. The cable itself is durable and has barely any microphonics (cable noise), as the B200’s are worn over-the-ear. Unfortunately, the cable does get tangled rather easily and due to the nature of braided cables, can be rather annoying to untangle.

The earphones have a left and right indicator found within the earphones, and a soft ear-hook that holds them firmly in-place. They are incredibly lightweight, which makes them really comfortable to wear for long listening sessions – at times you feel they’re not even in!

In terms of isolation, they do a reasonably good job, given their physical size, and this is bettered when used alongside the Comply T-100 foam tips.

I would have liked to have seen a removable cable and an in-line mic – as they’re going to be predominantly used on-the-go with a mobile phone.

On the downside, there’s no in-line mic or removable cable, which I might have expected to see at this price point.

Brainwavz B200 review: Sound quality

At first glance, I thought these were yet another dual balanced armature earphone on the market. But as soon as I got to hear them, even without any burn-in I was immediately impressed. The sound competes with the DUNU DN-2000J, arguably one of the best universal earphones for under £300.

The B200’s have a clear mid-range, an impressive low-end extension and an incredible soundstage.

Lows:

The lows extend well – there’s ample amount of sub-bass rumble and the mid-bass slam is incredibly tight, clean and precise. It’s surprising how well these two drivers work together to deliver a prominent, yet not overpowering bass response. Just as the best universal earphones I have heard – the Audeo Phonak PFE232’s ability to deliver incredible bass for a dual BA earphone.

Mids:

The mids are forward-sounding, with plenty of energy and accuracy. Unlike many of its competitors that have a pushed-back, recessed mid-range, the B200’s present it with such accuracy – which left me jaw-dropped.

Highs:

Its highs are arguably its weakest asset – despite having a good sparkle and shine, they are slightly rolled off at the top end, but take noting away from its prowess – they’re still amazing.

Soundstage:

The soundstage took me by surprise. The B200’s have an open, wide and deep soundstage, which leads to an incredible instrument separation and overall imaging quality. I can’t stress how well the B200’s accomplish this – beaten by only the DN-2000J’s that have slightly better depth and space.

Sound Quality Ratings
Lows: 8.5/10
Mids: 9.5/10
Highs: 9/10
Soundstage: 9/10

Brainwavz B200 review: Verdict & closing thoughts

I can’t quite believe how good the B200’s sound and given their price tag of £150 (or less when on sale) – these are quite simply the best earphones under £200. They’re not quite flawless, but they’re a stone throw away from being one of the best universal earphones out there.

If you’ve got a budget of £200 (or even £100 at the time of writing) – look no further than the Brainwavz B200 – you’ll love them, guaranteed.

Hope you enjoyed my review!
-TotallydubbedHD

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4 thoughts on “Brainwavz B200 review: The best earphones under £100

  1. Allan

    Hello,

    Nice review, I messaged you via YT a short while back talking about budget IEM’s but since have decided i need to look at slightly better options and need to decide on either these B200’s or the DUNU Titan 1’s.

    it looks a tight decision the glowing reviews don’t make it an easy one to distinguish. However having owned tried and tested both, and after watching your reviews on this and other tech I’m confident you can give me an accurate answer.

    I am looking for a dynamic punch to the lows without being bass centric, energetic and lively mids with a controlled but sparkly high. I would love that to be enveloped in a nice wide soundstage so I suppose the question is which of the 2 are the best?

    thanks,

    Allan

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    1. TotallydubbedHD Post author

      I’d say the Titan 1 has a punchier, louder bass and a slightly deeper soundstage.
      But the B200 is more refined, calm, collected and is really comfortable to wear 🙂

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      1. Allan

        I am truly torn between these 2 units. If i had the money i would get both I think.

        I seem to remember in the Titan 1 YT review you likened the earphones to be comparable to a very much more expensive set. I definitely am looking for a nice energetic set of phones that will show life compared to the slightly muffled and muddy IE6’s i still use. I won’t complain these old sennys have truly lasted the distance, but I need to box them now.

        thanks for your thoughts, I’ll opt for the DUNU titan 1 I think.

        Allan

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        1. TotallydubbedHD Post author

          Hey Allan,

          Well I think the Titan 1 will serve you best between the two, for what you’re looking for.
          Personally I love the B200’s for their comfort and ease of use. Even things like isolation is better on the B200s. Anyway, for you, I’d pick the Titan 1 🙂

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