Brainwavz Jive Review
September 19, 2015 Luckbad 2
How do they do it? Brainwavz continues to impress with its budget-friendly new Jive IEM for Android and iOS devices.
Brainwavz Jive In the Box
- Brainwavz Jive Earphones (Android or iOS; Blue, Green, or Red)
- Hard Case
- Silicone Ear Tips (S/M/L)
- Comply Foam Tips (S-400)
- Shirt Clip
- Velcro Cable Tie
- 24 Month Warranty
Brainwavz Jive Impressions
Looking at the contents of the box and noting the all-metal, stylish earphones, you’d expect to pay more than $50. You’d be wrong. These bang-for-the-buck IEMs can be had right now for $25-30.
I legitimately had to check the price after listening to them for a few minutes. They are not only very comfortable and attractive, they have a wonderfully lively and energetic sound to them.
I would describe the overall sound as crisp and clear with just a touch of extra weight in the bass department. Not basshead levels, to be sure, but a little oomph to get the foot tapping.
Isolation is good, build quality hits above the Jive’s price point, and the in-line controls and mic are intuitive and functionally sound. They feature a microphone, volume, phone call control, and audio player control.
Complaints? Only one, really. The Jive has a treble peak around 5kHz that’s a little higher than I prefer, because I’m treble-sensitive. If that were smoothed down (which I do via EQ), this would be the perfect budget IEM.
If you’re looking for an IEM with in-line controls that is budget-friendly and enjoyable to listen to, the Brainwavz Jive is an excellent choice. These have moved up to become my primary workout earphone because they’re sturdy, comfortable, and fun to listen to.
How does Brainwavz do it? I really don’t know. I’ve paid hundreds of dollars for earphones with fewer accessories or more questionable build quality. Well played, Brainwavz. You’ve done it again with the Jive.
Brainwavz Jive Frequency Response
This curve was generated using a Dayton Audio EMM-6 Electret Measurement Microphone, Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 audio interface, and Room EQ Wizard. The mic calibration file was provided by Dayton Audio and the output calibration file was generated using the program itself (3.5mm out on PC to 1/4″ input on Scarlett 2i4).
Brainwavz Jive Specifications
- Drivers: Dynamic, 9mm
- Rated Impedance: 16 Ω
- Frequency Range: 20Hz ˜ 20kHz
- Sensitivity: 98 dB @ 1 mW
- Rated Input Power: 20 mW
- Cable: 1.3m, Y-Cord, Copper
- Plug: 3.5mm Gold Plated