The Klipsch S4i ll and the Brainwayvz Delta Silver are two in-earphones I have enjoyed for my listening pleasure for the past 6 months. Both of these earphones are my daily driver on alternate days. There are indeed other in-earphones that trumps these two in both sound and feature, but usually they fall in the high price category. But our focus right now are these two in-earphones why? because I own these duh.
Putting these two in-earphones against each other, the begging question is which in-earphones is worth purchasing? The Klipsch cost a bit more in price $79 (Amazon now has it listed at $99) or that wild card entry here the Brainwayvz Delta which is priced at only $22 ( you can actually get it cheaper for $15). Don't let the low price of this particular in-earphones fool you, they can probably go head to head against any on the market.
Speaking of head to head battles, I put these two in-earphones in a epic war, which is the best for consumer purchase, the Klipsch S4i or the wild card underdog the budget friendly Brainwayvz Delta.
Let the battle begin...
For in-earphones that cost only $22, for that price they're probably one of the best sounding earbuds on the market,true testimony. But when comes to overall sound, the edge would have to go to the Klipsch S4's. The bass level with Klipsch have just enough oomph with of course no over saturation and the Klipsch has more emphasis on the vocals. The mids and lows are also slightly better, but you should expect that from in-earphone that cost $100.
Winner : Klipsch S4 ll
Headphones with flat style cables are suppose to limit tangling and decrease your chances of ever shorting out when in operation, which in the case of the Klipsch S4 it does not tangle even while being in my pockets for a considerable length of time. On the other hand the Klipsch S4 flat cables I found to be an annoyance as they're a bit heavier than the average earphone cables. Heavy cables for me always leads to constant readjustments every few minutes,especially while I'm walking. The reason for the cables heaviness could be because of its elongated length at almost 3-feet.
The Brainwayvz design in description is a little bit more compact,the cable is shorter and has less weight to it and even the ear-buds are nice and compact that fits perfectly in your ear. The cable itself is not flat thank god, its encased wiring has a nice rubberize thickness to it yet very flexible. Surprisingly though the cable is not flat, it does not tangle in the pockets.
Other thoughts of admiration on the design is the jack has a nice L shape which is flexible,this is something I've never seen before in any headphones. The L shape flexible jack should prevent the base of the cable from shorting out,which it hasn't so far.
Winner: Brainwayvz Delta
The Remote Mic
In this round the easy winner here is the Klipsch S4, the remote-mic was the main selling point that caused me to purchase these in-earphones. The three button remote actually works because unlike most in-earphones on the market that have a remote-mic,there is actually three buttons,the two volume rockers and middle button to pause music and answer phone calls. Probably the only mild gripe I have with the Klipsch S4 remote mic is the microphone is a little bit to low,which is almost near the lower portion of my abdomen.There are times I would have to move the mic so that party on the other end of the phone call can hear my voice. For the most part the remote is very responsive when adjusting volume or answering phone calls with such ease,with a simple click of the three buttons,click click and yes,click.
The Brainwayvz Delta on the other hand remote mic has to be the worst on any in-earphones on the market. It sits dangling on the left side of the cable looking like a floating sugar cube. Responsive? Very inconsistent. Trying to increase and decrease the volume was often daunting task, as I repeatedly had to press the remote with sternness trying to achieve desired sound. With the lousy remote and all,surprisingly the mic works very well.
Winner : not even close Klipsch S4
As I mention before the Klipsch S4 has a very long heavy cable which causes the earbuds to slip out of the ears while I'm strolling down the street. I mean every few minutes or so I'm constantly pushing the buds way into my ear canal. I get no type ear comfort whatsoever with the S4's.
On the other hand, the Brainwayvz Delta earbuds are the complete opposite in terms of comfort. The buds fits nicely into my ear canal and guess what? There is no need for me to make any constant adjustments in the ear. Rubber portion of the buds feels nice and light,its almost like there is no buds in my ear.
Winner: Brainwayvz Delta
This round is going to be rather difficult to pick a winner because both in-earphones do a good job at blocking out outside noise when audio is in play. So to determine which in-earphones is the eventual winner I had to do a retest for which of the two has the best noise cancellation. I mean did this test upon writing this passage just so I can deliver you readers accurate information. The winner is? The Klipsch S4 II. Provided that the heavy cables won't pull the in-earphones out of your ears. When tightly fitted in the ear canal,the Kilpsch S4 does a excellent job at draining out outside noise. Even the absent of audio,you hear absolutely no background noise.
The Brainwayvz Delta on the other hand bleeds outside noise slightly even when the volume is turned up high.
Winner: Klipsch S4 ll
The Victor Goes To...
The Klipsch S4 II,but by a close margin of victory. Great noise cancellation and superior remote mic is what gave these in-earphones the overall win. It proves one thing though,in regards to the Brainwayvz Delta,you don't have spend a great deal of cash to enjoy great sound.