Trying to choose a pair of headphones, let alone in-ears, can be a daunting task especially when they cost over £100.
There are so many available options, with manufacturers all claiming to offer the best, that it's hard to know which ones really are the best. Brainwavz is a company that's known among audiophiles for its affordable products, but the B200 earphones don't conform to this premise. At £150, it’s the Brainwavz top-of-the-range product - so how does it compare to others?
Brainwavz B200s are in-ear headphones with dual-balanced armature drivers. They have a rich sound throughout the frequency range, they offer a streamlined, ultra-lightweight design – and they come with a complete set of accessories.
These really are the complete package: quite simply, they're the best available earphones you'll will find sub-£100.
Price and competition
Their closest rivals are the Westone W20 at around £215, which also feature dual balanced armature drivers.
Then there are the more expensive, but seriously good Dunu DN-2000J for around £230 - in our opinion they are the best universal earphones available today.
Brainwavz offers a two-year warranty on the B200s, whereas most competitors only offer a 12-month warranty.
Build quality, design and accessories
Inside the box, you’ll find a hard case, six sets of silicone ear tips (in small, medium and large sizes), a set of Comply T-100 foam tips, a shirt clip, and a velcro cable tie. The inclusion of the T-100 tips is welcome, as these offer a level of comfort and isolation beyond anything attainable with silicone tips.
The 1.3m Y-cord cable is durable, but does get tangled pretty easily. Since it's worn over-the-ear, there’s no distracting cable noise, so you can fully enjoy music on your morning jog. The earphones weigh next to nothing, and thanks to their soft ear hooks, you’ll barely notice them once they’re in your ears.
On the downside, there’s no in-line mic or removable cable, which I might have expected to see at this price point.
The B200’s sound quality took me by surprise. Even though it might not extend into the sub-bass regions as well as the DUNU DN-2000J or Titan 1, the B200’s sounds nice and clean. The sub-bass is audibly present and provides ample amounts of rumble.
The mid-bass meanwhile is tight, clean and precise: nothing sounds muffled or uncontrolled. In Santana's Put Your Lights On the bass can be clearly heard after each stroke of the guitar. It's a much meatier sound than the Westone W20s, which sound lifeless in this department.
The mids and highs are seriously impressive. Unlike the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 and DUNU Titan 1, the B200's mids are forward-sounding: they aren’t pushed back or recessed, which makes them far superior for songs with vocals.
The highs are slightly rolled off at the top end, but there's still plenty of energy and sparkle to keep your toes tapping. By comparison, the 1MORE Triple Driver lacks top-end extension, although the Westone W20s reproduce highs very well.
By far the most impressive aspect of the B200s is their soundstage. It's wonderfully wide and deep, and instrument separation is phenomenal, giving even the DUNU DN200J a run for their money.
It's an easy decision. The Brainwavz B200 are the best sub-£100 earphones I’ve come across – and I say that having reviewed in excess of 100 different earphones.
I’d highly recommend the B200s to anyone, for all types of music. From rock to classical, the dual BA drivers work flawlessly together to create a stunning audio experience.