We were lucky enough to be approached by Brainwavz to review their S1 in-ear headphones. As such, these were provided to us, however that has in no way biased the review.
First things first, take a good look at the way the cable hangs in the picture on the box.
That’s intentional. The headphones have been designed so that the cable curls back over the ear. This takes a fair bit of getting used to, and as someone with long hair, is a bit more of a faff than your regular style. It does, however, make the buds sit in the ear in a far more stable fashion. Pulling on the cable pulls the buds up, where the angle keeps them hooked into your ear.
Once we’ve got them out of the box, another thing is readily apparent: They are sturdy. I switched from your normal in-ear headphones to a set of over-ears which has a replicable lead years ago, because I managed to destroy a large number of headphones in a short space of time. They would give right where the cable goes into the jack (the bit that goes into your phone/MP3 player etc). The S1 feels much more sturdy, and has yet to give any indication of suffering from the same issue, which is promising.
The first thing you notice when you plug them in is the bass. The bass, however, doesn’t overshadow the mid and high end, the overall tone is clear, and not too warm. If you want to switch from over-ears to in-ears, and are concerned about whether in-ears can deliver the bass you normally enjoy, I would definitely recommend giving these a go.
Brainwavz S1’s are £35.50 from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brainwavz-S1-Over-The-Earphones/dp/B00G4UQ6U8 (American link here).