Highly-regarded for their range of accessory earpads and headphone storage options, Brainwavz Audio has been turning heads with two successful earphones – the BLU-100 and BLU-200. Today, however, I’m testing their newest earphone – the BLU-300. Retailing for an enticing $39.50, this neckband-style wireless earphone boasts a handful of helpful features. But just how good can it be?
Brainwavz BLU-300 Review
The Brainwavz BLU-300 comes with a minimal amount of accessories in a plain, unpretentious cardboard box. In addition to the earphones and a charging cable, you will also find three pairs of eartips and a product manual.
Featuring a lightweight neckband-style design, this earphone wears comfortably for long periods of time. On the right arm of the neckband, there are playback and volume controls, as well as a micro-USB charging port.
The earpieces themselves utilize an angled, ergonomic fit that sits securely in my ears – even when engaged in strenuous activities like running out of our review office to grab a coffee, or riding a swivel chair down a flight of stairs when my boss has left for the day.
On top of this, the earphones are sweat- and water-resistant, so they will hold up to some seasonal strife.
Battery life measures at a decent 6-8 hours for continuous use, while standby time stretches out to 250 hours – and all of this from a 2-hour charge time.
Frequency Range: 20-20,000 Hz
Nominal Impedance: 16 ohms
Sound Pressure Level (SPL): 102 dB
As you can see from these specs, the Brainwavz BLU-300 offers a fairly standard frequency range and a low nominal impedance perfect for use with phones or tablets. Sound pressure measures a fairly standard 102 dB, and you should have no problem achieving excellent volume with this earphone.
Accurate if a little subdued, this low end delivers good fidelity. Control also seems fairly on-point, as there is little bleed in this part of the frequency range. This results in a clear, concise sound punctuated by a strong and emotive bass.
In the midrange, the BLU-300 delivers a full, articulate, and contrasting sound. Surprisingly free of compression or distortion, these mids handle tricky vocals and instrumentation with ease, supplying an intoxicating and impressive listening experience.
Here the BLU-300 shows off good detail with excellent fidelity. Slightly rolled off in the highest high frequencies, the sound here offers a relaxed smoothness that meshes well with the lows and highs. Indeed, the overall resultant sound is at once a little warm but still deep and well-defined, and it’s hard not to love the sound profile formed by these highs.
Despite being a $39.50 wireless earphone, the BLU-300 harbors a modicum of depth and hints of spacing and placement. While not as stage-y as a pair of over-ear headphones or an open-back headphone, this earphone still adds a smattering of dimension and realism to almost any track I throw at it.
If you’re a fan of neckband-style wireless earphones, the BLU-300 is hard not to recommend. Sure, there are better, higher-quality options out there (models from Sennheiser and RHA come to mind), but this is a great entry-level model for the casual listener or exercising audiophile sans budget.
For those hankering for more bass, the impressive JBL Endurance Sprint at just $50 may offer a similar level of detail. This model also has similar battery life and sweat resistance, but with slightly more low end emphasis, too.
With a low price of just $39.50, the Brainwavz BLU-300 offers a competent sound in a durable and comfortable package. From a pure audio standpoint, this earphone offers some head-turning performance, but as a sports earphone, the BLU-300 takes the cake.