Possible king of the hill in sub 1k budget IEM segment

Brainwavz Omega detailed review

Over the years we have launched some great products in this segment – the Creative EP630, the Sennheiser CX180 Street II, the Cowon EM1 to name a few. Brainwavs also made a name for itself in this precise domain. Following the success of the Brainwavz Delta, the Chinese headphone manufacturer has launched yet another budget segment IEM in the Indian market: the Omega. With this newcomer, the budget segment has just gotten some much-needed action.

At the outset, I must confess that this review will mainly focus on figuring out how the new Omega compares to its slightly more expensive sibling, the Delta and, of course, its direct competitor – and still highly sought-after – Cowon EM1. Let’s start with what the Brainwavz Omega has to offer first.

The Omega is light and the all-steel casing looks quite nice. It is available in white, black and red and blue. We have the latter. Despite being cheap, the look and feel is not. Don’t get me wrong, the IEMs don’t look premium in any way, but they don’t look sloppy either. The build quality is just as good as the Delta – which isn’t saying much – but what the Delta had about these headphones is that they came with a hard case. This omission is one of my biggest complaints against the Omega, but at this price there is hardly a decent earphone that comes with a hard case. Maybe I’m just asking too much. Speaking of features and included accessories, you have an in-line volume knob and three-button microphone, two sizes of silicone tips, a pair of compliant tips, a shirt pin which, as we all know, goes a long way in reducing chord noise, and a Velcro cable tie. Relief!

Let’s go to the show. The Omega has a fairly sharp sound signature and clarity that is pleasantly surprising for this price. It’s definitely bass-heavy and I couldn’t be more emphatic about that. Between the Delta and Omega, I have to admit that the Delta does sound a bit more refined and the controlled bass is more attuned to my personal purist taste. Take for example this particular piece that starts around the 3:16 mark in Dream Theater – Pull Me Under. The overpowering bass tones are a good way to check bass accuracy. While you’ll hear a lot of bass on the Omega, you’ll find it hard to tell the notes apart, which you can do to a great extent on the Delta or EM1. This means that while tracks with a higher instrument density might not sound very good, tracks like for example Stereo Love by Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina sound quite nice.

What’s even more surprising is that the hump in the lows isn’t accompanied by the usual muddled mids or unusually rolled away highs. The Omega has a sharpness that makes even the EM1 sound quite warm in comparison. The pure sound reproduction of the Omega is slightly better than that of the EM1 in general. And that is why I would recommend the Omega between the old favorite Cowon EM1 and the Omega. It’s the end of an era.

Contact

Website: www.brainwavzaudio.com
Distributor: Swordstreet Technology Systems
Availability: Amazon and FlipKart
Warranty: 2 years​

Specifications:

Drivers: Dynamic, 6mm
Nominal Impedance: 16
Frequency Response: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
Sensitivity: 98 dB at 1 mW
Rated Input Power: 3 mW
Cable: 1.2 m Y-cord, copper
Plug: 3.5 mm, Gold-plated

Read our Brainwavz Delta review here.

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