We have previously reviewed the B200. These balanced armature in-ears promise to pick up on the B200's strong performance and carry it through 2018 in style. With its 3D-printed housing, Comply foam tips and quad driver system, this in-ear product certainly impresses for the price.
- 3D printed housing
- Over-ear hook design
- Comply foam tips included
- Detachable MMCX cables
B400's design is 3D printed. Each half of each earphone's side housing is printed in one go, the internal components placed inside, then adhered together.
3D printing has its good points and its bad points. The good points are that there's very little waste material when the earphones are manufactured, so it's cheaper, while offering great flexibility in design. The badpoint is the protruding part that holds your ear tip is a little uneven; it doesn't affect comfort at all, and it's not something you'll notice unless you take off the eartip.
Still, the housing is curved and sculpted in a way that makes it ergonomic and comfortable to wear. Similarly, the ample number of tips provided (six silicone sets) means it's virtually impossible not to find a fit that'll work for you.
There's also a pair of Comply memory foam tips in the box. The joy of these tips is that you can squish them down to virtually nothing, insert them into your ear canals and they fill up the space to provide a comfortable yet snug fit.
The plastic earphone housing is available in five different colours too. For those who want more opaque colours there's also black, blue, red and "Cosmic Black".
It's worth noting that the B400 is wired using a 3.5mm jack, so if you have a smartphone without an output jack, you'll need an adapter to get it plugged into your device.
As wired designs go, the Brainwavz are pretty versatile thanks to being equipped with MMCX connectors. This means the earphones are detachable, and you can buy your own cable if you want to - although you shouldn't necessarily need to as there are two cables in the box (one with an inline microphone). We wouldn't recommend using the non-phone cable for use with a smartphone as it's is slightly too short, but it's the perfect length to use with a wireless monitor pack attached to your belt.
While all this is great, the one element of the cable that will divide opinion is the mouldable section that leads out of the plastic housing and over the top of the ear. Some people think that it gives a more secure fit and means there's less tugging downwards on the ear. Others think that it makes initially putting the B400 on a little more awkward than just putting an ear tip in your ear. Once in place though, the fit is comfortable and stable.
- 4 driver system
- Balanced armature design
- 10Hz - 40kHz frequency response
Brainwavz has used what it calls Quad Balanced Armature drivers, which means there are four drivers in each earbud of the B400, with each driver designed to tackle its own range of sound. In real life, that means each part of the tonal range sounds good, no messing around.
Bass, mids and treble are all balanced and clear, without any huge shift towards any particular element. These are neither too bassy or too treble-heavy, and for the audiophile, that's brilliant.
To be critical we'd say there needs to be a touch more bass. It would make the B400 a little more immersive and warm, but still, there's plenty to like about them. They're loud, surprisingly so, and with the audio signal being such high quality you can hear details in every section of the spectrum.
We tested the B400 both just for regular listening, and plugged into in-ear monitor packs during live performing, and these in-ears are adept at both. The clarity and quality of the audio meant that during loud performances we weren't struggling to hear audio cues, and there was no break-up or distortion to contend with.
If what you're after in a pair of earphones is something that sounds really high quality, but in a package that doesn't cost you heaps, the B400 by Brainwavz is an easy recommendation. They look great, they're comfy, and most importantly they sound fantastic.
Being wired has its limits - especially in an era when smartphone makers are moving away from the 3.5mm jack.
What really makes the Brainwavz B400 standout, is their price. They're fantastic value for money for what you get.