Headphone Stand - Brainwavz Hengja Review
Why would I need a Branwavz Hengja Headphone Hanger (Headphone Stand)?
A headphone stand or headphone hanger is not something many people will put thought into but when you have gear as expensive as it can be in the Audiophile headphone hobby simply chucking your perfect headphones in a drawer simply won't do. You need something better, something to keep them safe yet close to hand. You don't want to mess about with making DIY headphone stand or spend a fortune on a an elaborate stand solution. What about a better way to store your headphones, a headphone hanger perhaps?
When it comes to looking after my audio equipment I'm afraid I get a little sloppy and am prone to leaving my expensive headphones lying around in a heap cables tangled with little thought for how much I money I had invested into them. I suspect that's also an issue for a lot of our readers, tangled cables buried under a mountain of whatever crap you might have on your desk that particular day. It's not out of a lack of caring for our equipment rather just a matter of convenience. If you don't have a set place to put them down then the are going wherever is damn well convenient in that moment.
What is the best way to store headphones?
There are a whole bunch of options out there when it comes to headphone storage solutions, some DIY headphone stands have been made (Check out this awesome thread over on head-fi of members who made there own DIY headphone stand) and others stands are paid for, both can range wildly in style and function. Well, having little interest in wanting to devote any of my time to building a headphone stand (Im a nerd for sure but I am simply not far enough down the rabbit hole to give a shit) I decided to go the paid my route and proceeded to dedicate many hours on researching the best headphone stand for my needs
(Note: the irony is not lost on my that I probably could have knocked together a semi decent headphone storage solution in about 30 mins. Hell, what if there was something better out there than me duct taping some chopsticks together?....thankfully there was.)
Traditional Headphone Stands and Headphone hangers
The first option I went with is the traditional headphone stand in the display style its quite a common design known as the omega (this is the headphone stand I bought). This wooden stand looked awesome and is probably the most technically correct way of storing headphones in the open. It makes a feature piece of your audio gear in any room and having the Final Audio Design Pandora Hope VI or Stax 007 on it looked a treat so I grabbed another to use on my desk at work. Useless! seriously I should have thought that one through. Firstly think of my desk situation as a constantly shifting sea of crap and I m still adamant i will one day find that snickers I lost back in '07. There was already to much stuff on it in the first place to be placing something that top heavy on it... at the edge...with the cable hanging into the footwell... That was how I broke my first set of Brainwavz HM5 monitors, RIP old friends.
Using the Brainwavz Henja Headphone Hanger
Enter the Brainwavz Hengja. The Hengja is not a complicated design in fact you can probably find something similar in the above DIY headphone stand thread above. Maybe someone repurposed there nipple clamps (this might be entirely possible but I have yet to sift through the full 200 pages. The Brainwavz Hengja though is essentially a rotating clamp that is designed to grip into a flat surface and provide you a place to hang your headphones as opposed to standing them, a headphone hanger if you will. The Hengja has a pivot point in the middle that allows you to adjust the headphone stand to be able to clamp on any surface regardless of the angle. The part you actually rest your headphones on has a curve to fit the headband and the Hengja is made of metal for added durability. The clamp force was found to be very strong so it won't be coming lose and dropping your headphones on the floor anytime soon.
For the past week have been using the Brainwavz Hengja on side of my desk at work. It manages to keep my headphones safe and out of the way while I'm working but also tangle free and easily at hand. In reality you could use the Branwavz Hengja Headphone Hanger a number of ways you just need to find a surface that doesn't exceed the width of the Hengja hangers clamping abilities. A revolutionary product it is not but it is the best implementation of the idea I have seen yet. The Hengja is well made, works well and the best part is the Hengja is currently under $14 on Amazon right now. At that price I'm going to have to give a must buy rating.
To find out more about Brainwavz products feel free to check out www.brainwavzaudio.com.