Brainwavz Jive Noise review

We tested the Brainwavz Jive Noise earphones with the Samsung Galaxy 7, HTC One M9, Motorola Moto G smartphones, and first generation Apple iPad mini. We used a large variety of music tracks.

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Brainwavz Jive Noise review: Price and availability

Brainwavz does most of its UK and US distribution via Amazon, which is good news if you want to get hold of the Brainwavz Jive Noise quickly and via a reputable source. They are also available via various eBar stores, and all seem to have a good line in stock.

Shopping at Amazon the Brainwavz Jive Noise costs £19.50 inc VAT or $28 from Brainwavz' own store. In terms of price, then, the Brainwavz Jazz Noise sits down at the bottom of even our Best budget earphones chart, considerably cheaper than Brainwavz own decent Brainwavz S0 earbuds. This is about as low as you can go without using the free bundled earphones you still get with some phones.

They are Prime-enabled, too, so if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber you can order them today and have them wedged in your ears tomorrow. Should you do that? Read on to find out. (See also: 20 best headphones UK 2016.)

Brainwavz Jive Noise review: Design and build quality

Here, we find mostly happiness. At this price, you are really not entitled to expect all that much in terms of style and build quality. But we are impressed with the Brainwavz Jive Noise.

Build quality is really rather good. The Brainwavz Jive Noise feature a solid metal casing, and are available in black, blue, green, red, white and purple. We tested black, naturally. An in-ear earphone doesn't need to look all that great, but there is a distinct feeling of class about the Brainwavz Jive Noise.

Brainwavz Jive Noise

The on-cable remote is is plastic but not hideous, and comes with a three-button layout. The cable itself is an ordinary rubber-wrapped affair. It is thin, and slight, and round. So although we had absolutely no problems with wear and tear during several weeks of robust usage, I would be concerned about tangle and breakage over the longer term.

As you would expect- and hope for in an in-canal earphone, the Brainwavz Jive Noise has a lengthy earpiece that fits deep inside your ear canal. So straight out of the box we found that noise isolation was good, without any faffing about to get a better fit. However, as we outline below the Brainwavz Jive Noise comes with a variety of additional tips, so anyone should be able to find a good fit and isolation.

Overall I would say that the design and build quality of the Brainwavz Jive Noise is good. Excellent at this price.

Brainwavz Jive Noise review: Specifications and features

The Brainwavz Jive Noise comes with 9mm dynamic drivers, and a 16Ohm impedance rating. The frequency range is 20-20,000Hz, sensitivity is 98dB @ 1 mW. The copper audio cable is 1.3m long, the 3.5mm jack is gold plated, and there is a hard-cover carry case that you will never use (but that will keep your headphones safe).

These are not the headphones to beat all others. But the Brainwavz Jive Noise are a great bargain. Build quality is good, and audio quality would not look out of place at twice the price or more. For a general earphone that should last, you can't do better at this price.

On the cable is a three-button remote that offers phone call control, and audio player control. It supports Apple iOS and Android devices, and worked fine with both in our tests. As well as the hard case you get three sets of silicone ear tips in various sizes. There is also a set of comply foam tips, and for those with an underdeveloped sense of the ridiculous, a shirt clip and a velcro cable tie.

Brainwavz Jive Noise review: Sound quality

We reach the crux of the matter: what does noise sound like when channeled into your ears via the Brainwavz Jive Noise. Pretty decent. It can't match the promise of the build quality, but unless you are an audiophile or a bass fiend you will be more than satisfied with the Brainwavz Jive Noise. Let's start with the bass: it's not really there. I mean, it is present, but there is no real punch from the bottom end. And this, combined with the detail in the top end, can mean certain tracks punch a bit too much from the top for our liking. If you are into bass, you may find things a litle shrill.

What we do like is the detail. We found we could pick out individual instruments and voices at the top, middle and bottom of any mix. And the volume is pretty good, too. There is none of that slight distance we sometimes relate to cheaper headphones.

Overall then the Brainwavz Jive Noise is better than it ought to be. Not audio that will blow you away, but much better than cheap headphones have any right to be. For your daily commute earphones, they will suffice. (Read next: Best budget earphones 2016 UK.) 

Brainwavz Jive Noise: Specs

  • Drivers: Dynamic, 9 mm , Rated Impedance: 16 Ohms, Frequency Range: 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz, Sensitivity: 98 dB @ 1 mW, Rated Input Power: 20 mW, PlUG: 3.5 mm, Gold-Plated, CABLE: 1.3 m, Copper
  • Drivers: Dynamic, 9 mm , Rated Impedance: 16 Ohms, Frequency Range: 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz, Sensitivity: 98 dB @ 1 mW, Rated Input Power: 20 mW, PlUG: 3.5 mm, Gold-Plated, CABLE: 1.3 m, Copper

SHOULD I BUY BRAINWAVZ JIVE NOISE?

These are not the headphones to beat all others. But the Brainwavz Jive Noise are a great bargain. Build quality is good, and audio quality would not look out of place at twice the price or more. For a general earphone that should last, you can't do better at this price.