TL;DR: The Brainwavz Earpads are one of the best replacement earpads available on the market today – and for good reason.

Before I begin, I would like to sincerely thank Pandora at Brainwavz for providing the HM5 Leather and Hybrid earpads in exchange for my honest opinion. Please note that I am neither affiliated with Brainwavz or any of its staff, nor am I being paid for writing this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own unless otherwise specified, and all photos in this review were taken by me. Finally, please take my following opinions with a grain of salt. Thanks!

Aside from Brainwavz’ standard fare of headphones and earphones, they also manufacture and sell accessories such as their trademark red-and-black cases, headphone stands, and also earpads. So, why am I here reviewing a pair of earpads? By the time you finish reading this review (or the conclusion, anyway) you’ll find out why I did – and why I feel they’re an absolute essential for any budding headphone collector. Let’s begin.


I would like to thank Tony at HifiHeadphones for this opportunity to join the review tour of the Lotoo PAW5000. The PAW5k was with me for one week and honestly, I wish I had more time with it to properly take advantage of the many features it offers.

This review should of course be taken as a grain of salt as it is my opinion and only my opinion. I have past experience with quite a few cans and IEMs before. I personally own or have owned these cans and IEMs (to the best of my knowledge):
  • Sennheiser HD25 Aluminium 25th Anniversary Limited Edition
  • Sennheiser HD424
  • M-Audio Q40
  • Denon AH-D2000
  • Aedle VK-1
  • Beyerdynamic DTX-101iE
  • Monster Turbine Pro Gold
  • ADL EH-008
  • Koss Sportapro
  • Other odd vintage cans
  • Flare Audio R2Pro
  • Final Audio Design Heaven VI