Brainwavz Xfit Xf-200 Review a Distinctly Odd Sound Signature

The sound signature of the Brainwavz XF-200 is different from the other Brainwavz IEM that we have tested so far. This one is very shrill with the vocal sound that recedes and the bass too muffled. In the upper areas, you get pretty neat details, but without the fullness of the mids and lower mids, the sound is neither healthy nor pleasant. If you are a bass player, you should look elsewhere. Fortunately, you don’t need to look for a long time, because The Evidson W6 is a good replacement.


DETAILED REVIEW OF THE BRAINWAVZ XFIT XF-200

The IEM’s focus on sports brands such as Audio-Technica (ATH-CKX9IS or Sennheiser OCX 685I) have always traditionally offered a higher price for their offerings. What really distinguishes an ordinary old in-ear headset from a “sporty” headset is simply the quality of the construction and a mechanism that allows a more secure fit. This mechanism could be a simple memory wire earring or a silicone strap, or something more complex, as we have seen with the headphones from the Yurbuds range. Although some of these additions may actually justify a price increase, they still don’t justify as big a jump as most high-end brands demand. However, some brands are aiming to reverse the trend. The two very similar offerings unveiled this month-the Brainwavz XF -200 and the Evidson W6-are proof that decent commercial IEMs can be built at a lower price.


Available in matte white and black color options, the Brainwavz xfit XF-200 looks quite nice. The white one we got had a transparent lid that showed the inner circuits. This is reminiscent of the professional on-stage ears that musicians use. The three-button remote control works with iPhone and iOS. It even comes with the well-known high-quality Brainwavz hard cover, as well as a range of different sized tips, including a pair of Comply tips. And the performance? Let’s just say that the XF-200 has a lot to do, but pure audio performance is not one of them.

The sound signature is different from the other Brainwavz IEMs that I have tested so far. The XF-200 is very striking, perhaps even more striking than the Klipsch S4i, which I have long considered a benchmark for enhanced headphones with treble. The voices are echoing and the bass is too muffled. In the upper areas, you get pretty neat details, but without the fullness of the mids and lower mids, the sound is neither healthy nor pleasant.