Brainwavz XFIT XF-200 Sports IEM Earphones Review
• Affordable Sports IEM
• Energetic Sound Signature
• Secure Fit
• Bass could have been better
• The plastic casings hurt in the ear
More and more headphone manufacturers are making sports earphones for active listeners, who demand a more secure fit, durability, resistance to sweat and grime and long-term comfort. Most of the newly launched earbuds come in an ergonomic design that can be locked into a place, or placed round the ears lobes preventing the piece from accidental falls- that’s where Brainwavz XFIT XF-200 Sport IEM Earphones come into the scene.
Designed specifically for the users who engage in active lifestyle (sports and athletic activities), the XFIT XF-200 is a compact, lightweight earphone that includes pre-molded over-the-ear cable routing that enables hassle-free wear, and ensures to deliver a better quality of audio at the low price of just Rs. 1699. Also, the XFIT XF-200 earphones come with a three-button remote and microphone. But is that all enough to make XFIT XF-200 worth dripping the sweat? Let us find out!
- Drivers: Dynamic, 9 mm
- Rated Impedance: 16 Ω
- Frequency Range: 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz
- Sensitivity: 95 dB at 1 mW
- Rated Input Power: 10 mW
- Cable: 1.4 m Y-Cord, Copper
- Plug: 3.5 mm, Gold plated
As discussed earlier in our previous Brainwavz earphone review, if earphones don’t come with set of bundled accessories, then it is foolish to even spend 1699 bucks on it. But as we have earlier wrote, Brainwavz manages to bundle all needed accessories with its earphones:
- Branded zippered hard case
- Velcro cable tie
- Shirt Clip
- 3 sets of Silicone Ear Tips (S/M/L)
- 1 set of Comply Foam Tips S-400
- 1 set of bi-flange Silicone Ear Tips
- Instruction Manual
- Warranty Card (24 month warranty)
The Brainwavz XFIT XF-200 earphones are ergonomically designed dime-sized universal IEMs that have been molded to sit comfortably in the ear ensuring a good stability during workout, jogging or cycling. It comes with over-the-ear cable routing that wrap around the ear lobes and become relatively difficult to dislodge once earbuds are popped in the ears- and this is something active listeners yearn for. And with set of different sized ear tips, users have the option to test for the best fit.
Further, the housing have been molded using plastic and designed specifically to sit in the ears without much hassle, but at times their almost rectangular outer edge tend to press against the ears, and causes some discomfort. Also, the housings tend to hurt a bit especially when you take them out after an hour of listening. Further, it includes a 1.4 m chord, and a gold plated 3.5 mm audio jack, with a Y-splitter that distinguishes the Left and Right chords. The three-button control remote sits on the right chord and can be used for skip tracks, volume control, pause/play, and for taking phone calls. The idea to include the remote above the Y-splitter seems logical as it brings microphone close to the mouth, offering good clarity of voice while in voice calls. The rest of the build seems to be derived from the Brainwavz’s similarly-priced Jive earphones. Looks- and design-wise, XFIT XF-200 does turns out be a good sports IEM, especially when it comes to fit and usage.
Technically, the earphones come with 9mm drivers, and claims frequency range of 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz. It offers rated impedance of 16 ohms and sensitivity of 95 dB at 1mW, though with a less low rated input power of 10mW; and Brainwavz claims that XFIT XF-200 offers clear, crisp and bold sound. During our time with XF-200
The sound output delivered from this 1299 bucks pair of earbuds is actually impressive; especially for the price it comes for. As claimed, XF-200 does deliver crisp and clear sound. I listened to Adele’s Hello, Depeche Mode and other tracks sounded great. The treble presence is much more than Bass in XFIT XF-200 earphones, and they sound clear and vibrant. The Bass isn’t as punchy as felt in other higher priced earbuds, but it does ‘Feel’ like some bass focused earphones. These are gym aimed earphones that suits best with fast paced rhythmic, and energy filled bouncy pop. Talking about isolation, it is pretty good for dynamic. It is more than enough to block the traffic sounds, and unwanted conversations in the bus and metros. Further, the soundstage is what I would call a less-than-strong point. It is not the weak point necessarily, but it felt bit two-directional and lacked frontal depth in the way it’s audio is presented.
Once again Brainwavz has brought another quality product in a budget price. Yes, the bass could have been much better, but then it is still enough for active listeners. It delivers crisp and clear sound with decent isolation, and that makes XF-200 suitable for people engaged in active lifestyle. Brainwavz XFIT XF-200 Sport IEM Earphones are stupidly cheap yet still deliver an impressive sound performance. If you are looking for affordable over-the-ear designed earphones, the XF-200 is no nonsense sports earphones that you don’t have to worry about when indulge in those sweaty workouts.