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Brainwavz B200 review: The best sub-£200 earphones

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!

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SoundMAGIC E10BT review: The budget E10 earphones go Bluetooth

SoundMAGIC are back at it again with the E10s. But, this time, the company takes one of the best budget earphones and adds Bluetooth, creating the E10BT. Using the E10’s as my throw-away earphones, I was intrigued to see how the E10BT would compare in both value and sound quality.

At £70 the E10BTs ($55 in the US) aren’t as affordable as their non-Bluetooth variants, the £30 E10 (non-mic) ($42 in the US) and the £40 E10C (mic) ($50 in the US). At the time of writing, the E10BT is only available in black. If you’re looking for a Bluetooth earphone that offers good sound quality at an affordable price, the J&L-102 (£23) ($22 in the US), SoundPEATS Q21 (£20) and Sumvision Pysc Espirit (£17) all provide sensational value for money and offer fantastic sound.

Pros: Accessories, build quality, highs, battery life
Cons: Price and value, recessed mids, sub-bass extension, battery design

Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 8.5/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 9/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 8.5/10
Sound Quality: 7.5/10
Value: 7/10 – based on £70 price tag
My final Rating: 7.5/10

Review Date: April 2017
Review Price: £70

Here’s my video review of the earphones:

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Westone W80 review: Earphones that’ll empty your bank balance

The W80’s are the Westone’s flagship product, with eight drivers lobbed inside each ear, the American company had the intention of creating the ultimate universal earphone on the market. Having heard a multitude of different earphones, I was intrigued to see if and how the Westone W80’s would compare to some of the best universal and even custom-made IEMs on the market. Westone always has a special place in my heart, as it was due of the Westone 2 earphones that I got into in-ears.

The Westone W80’s aren’t cheap, at an eye-watering £1,200 price tag, the earphones are extremely expensive to say the least. They can also be found for $1,500 in the US. Everything in this review will take into account the price, as for the same money you could build a high-end gaming PC, buy several high-end earphones or even buy a car.

Pros: Packaging and accessories, comfort, build quality
Cons: Price and value, overall sound quality, microphonics

Packaging & Accessories: 10/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 8.5/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 7/10 – judged with ALO cable
Isolation: 8.5/10
Comfort: 9.5/10
Sound Quality: 8/10
Value: 3/10 – based on £1,200 price tag
My final Rating: 6/10

Review Date: April 2017
Review Price: £1,200

Here is a video review of the earphones:

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Antlion Audio ModMic 5.0 Review: A comparative review between the ModMic 5.0 and ModMic 4.0

First of all I would like to thank Antlion for reaching out and sending me the ModMic 5.0. After having reviewed both the Uni-Directional ModMic 4.0 and the Omni-directional ModMic 4.0 (which I used on a daily basis), I was intrigued to see further developments from Antlion.

The new ModMic 5.0 can be found from AmazonUK for £60 and AmazonUSA for $70, which given the ModMic 4.0 prices currently stand around £35-45, it’s a significant price increase. You can find more information about the ModMic 5.0 on Antlion’s website.

Pros: Combination of both ModMic 4.0 omni- and uni-directional mics, modular design, accessories
Cons: Expensive, still needs a (cheap) soundcard to work without static noise, cable weight, no improvements over MocMic 4.0 recordings

Review date: February 2017
Review price: £60
Overall score: 8/10

Here’s my video demonstrating the recording of the ModMic 5.0 and a comparison to the ModMic 4.0:

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HyperX Cloud II review – An unbeatable PC gaming headset for its price!

Pros: Overall sound quality, build quality, accessories, USB input, looks and design, price
Cons: Overall recording quality, highs and soundstage (sound quality)

Build quality: 10/10
Comfort: 8.5/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 9/10
Isolation: 8.5/10
Microphone quality: 8/10
Value: 10/10 (at £65 price tag)
Overall rating: 9/10

Review date: August 2016
Review price: £65

Kingston HyperX Cloud II review - Looks

First of all I would like to thank HyperX for sending me their headset for review. After having reviewed a variety of headsets, I was curious to see how the HyperX Cloud II would compare to its competitors, such as the Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Headset and more so the QPAD QH-90, which looks identical to the Cloud II.

The headset can be found on AmazonUK between £60-70 and on AmazonUSA between $85-100. This review will be based on a £65 price tag.

Here’s my video review (recording quality tests will be of interest to you):

Now let’s get into the written review!

Note: Some aspects of this review will be similar to my QH-90 review, as they’re similar in many ways.

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