Brainwavz Jive Quick Review
Thanks to mp4nation for the sample.
Brief: Great generalist in multiple colours.
Price: US$28 or circa £18 just now
Specification: Drivers : Dynamic, 9 mm, Rated Impedance : 16 Ohms, Frequency Range : 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz, Sensitivity : 98 dB @ 1 mW, Rated Input Power : 20 mW, PlUG : 3.5 mm, Gold-Plated, CABLE : 1.3 m, Copper
Accessories: 1 x Comply S-400 medium foam tips, 3 x Pair silicone tips (S/M/L), 1 x Velcro cable tie, 1 x Shirt clip, 1 x Brainwavz logo sticker, 1 x Brainwavz earphone carrying case, 1 x Instruction manual & Warranty card. It’s a really impressive wee bundle for the pennies.
Build Quality: First Class. Your clearly not paying first class prices but it looks great, feels nice too. There really is nothing to fault.
Isolation: It’s fair. Roughly what you’d expect from a dynamic so fine for out walking or on a bus, not so much for the Tube or flight. More than enough to make you roadkill if you forget to use your eyes though.
Comfort/Fit: Great on both accounts. Worn up or down I had zero issues with either.
Aesthetics: While I’m not a million percent sure about their colour options, the strangely dark forest green, the dark intense looking red or the purple one. Ink Blue, yeah and I’m the Easter Bunny. Not that I don’t like the colour, it’s kinda refreshing to see something so different (i.e. not Beats red.) but it’s clearly not blue in any way.
Sound: Good. It’s a good solid generalist that is pretty evenly capable, all styles it’s pretty content to play anything. It’s not going to blow your mind, unless you’re coming from the things that came in the box with your phone. Then once you have a think and realise just how good there are, how even handed, how good looking, how nicely put together and their ability to just do everything. Then the price and you get a mic??? Oh then you get a case and then you notice that it comes with colour matching ear tips!!!! I mean come on. It’s a little gem of a bundle, I can’t help thinking the perfect little gift bundle. Get someone you care about off the stock crap they are currently using and give them a taste of the good stuff. Bass wise they are a little midbassy, they do drop off too a bit early and they aren’t the firmest ever. Mids are a little pushed back and a little lacking air and delicacy. Highs are soft and muted, will be really lacking for some, particularly in edge. They are kinda softish up top, which is sensible if you ask me. So these clearly aren’t RE-0’s but normal people, I’d bet normal people would jump all over the Jives in a heartbeat.
Value: Clearly its awesome value. Sounds good and crazy bundle for the money.
Pro’s: Super Cheap. Can do everything. Funky colours
Con’s: Calling the purple one blue is misleading.