If you are looking for a budget in-ear headphone it would be a gross travesty if you don’t consider the Brainwavz Delta. Our favourites in this space so far have been the Cowon EK2 and EM1 but the Delta promises to dislodge them from this pedestal they’ve been occupying for far too long. The Brainwavz Delta delivers better bass, does detail equally well, and brings with it a host of accessories. If you spot a deal on these don’t think twice; just click the buy button already.
Let’s see what it brings to the table. The build quality is slightly lower than the EK2. You don’t get the tangle free cable and the housing too, although made of metal, seems ever so slightly more delicate. However unlike the EK2 (or even the EM1) you get a huge sturdy hardcase with the Delta. This hardcase will certainly go a long way towards compensating for any build quality issues and making the Delta last that much longer. The Delta also has a three-button inline control pod.
On our performance tests, when switching between the Delta and the EK2 we noticed that the EK2 is more sensitive and therefore produces higher decibel levels at the same gain level on your source. The bass performance is slightly better than the EK2. It’s a little tighter and more impactful. At the same time it should be mentioned that these are not bass-oriented headphones. More emphasis is on the highs. The lower mids are a little less represented though.
The Brainwavz Delta is officially priced at Rs.1,599. However they hardly ever sell at that price on Amazon. Since launch we’ve noticed the price is often Rs.990 on Amazon. The bottomline is that the Delta is a perfect substitute for the Cowon EK2.
Driver size: 8 mm
Rated Impedance: 16 Ω
Frequency Range: 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 100 dB at 1 mW
Rated Input Power: 20 mW
Cable: 1.3 m
Warranty: 2 Years
Distributor: Swordstreet Technology Systems
Availability: Amazon, Flipkart