Brainwavz Jive

This is my second review of Brainwavz earphones and I am really grateful to them for sending me this is pair to review. If you haven’t read my review of the Brainwavz BLU-200 please check out the review here.

These earphones are priced around £20 on Amazon and have a very good set of specifications.

  • 9mm dynamic drivers
  • Frequency range from 20Hz - 20 kHz
  • 98 dB sensitivity at 1mW
  • 1.3m length cable
  • standard 3.5mm gold-plated mini-jack




The packaging follows the same design of other Brainwavz products with their red hard case. Within the case is a good range of ear tips and foam tips including the Comply (TM) foam tip which offers excellent external noise blocking.


The multifunction 3 button microphone and remote is designed to support iOS products and controls both phone calls and audio player. The remote has volume controls and supports the TRRS standard.




So what about the audio quality?

  • Using both the silicone and Comply(TM) foam tips the sound produced is very clear and loud enough in noisy situations such as a swimming pool.
  • The Comply(TM) tips provide a higher level of external noise reduction.
  • There is sufficient base and good differentiation between low and high frequencies.
  • There is little distortion at higher volumes

These are very comfortable earphones to wear and fit well into the ear. They are not overly bulky or heavy. The Shirt clip also prevents additional pull or tug on the earphones.

I highly recommend this earphones if you are looking for a lightweight, comfy, loud and rich sound.


Sennheiser OCX686G Sport

Sennheiser OCX 686G Sport Headphones

Thanks to Sennheiser for sending me a pair of the OCX686G SPORT to review. This is my first serious pair of sports headphones I have reviewed.

Key specs include:

  • Stereo headphones with 1.2m symmetric cable
  • Smart remote with mic
  • Tangle-free Para-aramid-reinforced oval cables designed to reduce cable noise
  • Sealed in-ear-canal design


The OCX686G Sport are packaged beautifully in a very well designed box. Included in the packaging are headphones with smart remote, storage pouch, cable clip, instructions and ear adaptor set (small, medium and large)






The in-ear-canal design are extremely comfortable and fit very easily into place. One criticism I have had in the past of this style design in the problem of wearing sports headphones over glasses. The OCX686Gs are really comfortable even over glasses and feel secure in place.


The smartphone compatible microphone is described as being for Samsung Galaxy, LG, HTC, SONY and there tablets and smartphones. At first use it appears to only operate the play / pause button with my iPhone 6 and iPad mini 2. The microphone is positioned at a convenient distance from the headphones.


At first glance the green headphone cable seems quite bright but stylish. I do like the tangle free design, this really is tangle free!



The ear-hooks of the OCX686G sport headphones hold them securely in place but also have enough flexibility not to feel too ridgid.


The in-ear-canal design prevents a certain amount of outside noise coming through to the headphones. Whilst they are not noise cancelling they do reduce outside noise.

And now for the important part .... the sound ...

Having listened to both music and speech I am really pleased with the audio quality particularly at higher volume levels. The sound reproduction is balanced with a well defined bass and high end frequencies. The overall sound is punchy but doesn’t lose any quality in quieter music.

I am going to use the OCX 686G as my main headphones for the next week and will update this review.


Sennheiser Momentum Headphones

Sennheiser Momentum Headphones

Sennheiser Momentum Headphones - Review Part II

In August 2012 I became an official YouReview reviewer for Sennheiser after winning a Facebook competition. I eagerly awaited my first review product which came in January 2013. The wait was worth it as the Momentum Headphones I was sent to review are stunning.

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My first review and unboxing video are here

The official Sennheiser page is here

After using these amazing headphones almost daily for the last 5 months in a range of applications here are my findings.

In the home

These headphones are extremely comfortable for daily wear when listening to music sat or working around the home. The Circumaural design feels very comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. Weighing in at only 190g they feel incredibly light for their size. I found that even after wearing for several hours the contact pressure of 2.8N didn’t cause discomfort.

In the car

The Momentum headphones are perfect for long car journeys. They are extremely comfortable (see above) and the design of the circumaural capsules makes it a closed design reducing very effectively background noise. Having worn them on several hot days (yes they do exist) the breathable material of the headband didn’t leave me feeling sweaty!

On a train

I took them recently for a moderately long train journey from Birmingham to Manchester. I was initially concerned that the large size of the carrying case would be cumbersome for the rest of the day. I was pleasantly surprised, the hard carry case fitted well into the bottom of a rucksack and whilst it definitely did take up space it didn’t feel bulky or heavy.

Sound engineering

As a part-time Performing Arts Technician having a decent pair of headphones to wear for extended periods of time has been a struggle to find. I have been really impressed with the Momentums as they provide excellent sound quality with very realistic, crisp and bright audio. Combined with the ambient noise cancelling and comfort these have become my tech headphones of choice.

iPhone and Mac compatibility

The inline remote with microphone is an excellent addition to the Momentum headphones. The iOS and OSX compatibility works well and I have been very impressed with the quality of phone calls. The ability to play, pause, skip tracks, adjust the volume, accept, reject and access Siri from the smart remote is a real bonus.


Overall these are an excellent pair of headphones and whilst some may flinch at a price tag of £250 this is excellent value for money and I believe will last a very long time. After 5 months of daily use mine still look pristine.

In summary, if you are only going to buy one pair of headphones for work or for pleasure I would recommend these 100%