Pros: light and small, flat sound signature, good strain reliefs
Cons: clearity ,annoying driver flex, isolation and value
this is a review on beyerdynamic mmx/DTX 102 ie with a |Joker| stylish text and also some helpful extra comparisons!
Build Quality – light, good strain reliefs, no cable cinch, cheap plastic feel
Isolation – these are vented and so the isolation is not specially good , it just isn’t suited for noisy means of transportation
Microphonics microphonics are non-existent or too low for my ears to pick – Single-flange silicone tips (3 sizes), carrying case, mic/headphone separator ( mmx 102 ie)
Comfort – they don’t require particularly deep insertion to sound their best and remain quite comfortable even for lengthy listening sessions as a result , nozzle is on the big side so I wouldn’t be surprised if some people get ear discomfort, but I’ve gotten used to them after 6 months of usage , driver flex is present and a slight change in insertion depth causes driver flex to appear or changes the perceived bass hugely so I don’t fiddle with them when I get a “good” fit, fearing one of them would sound bassier than the other!
Sound – They aren’t Beyerdynamic’s top product and their younger sibling DTX 160 ie has a better overall fidelity and may be more worth your money, if clarity is what matters to you most. They have a balanced sound signature and are rather flat if you don’t insert them deep, cause then they would sound heavy on the bass.
Bass is deep in has a nice slam. Maybe the selling point of these consumer-friendly pair! I don’t know if it bleeds into mid range but when inserted shallow it doesn’t bloat a bit and becomes more recessed so even if there was any bass bleed, it becomes zero with non-deep insertion. bass quality and speed -again- are lower than that of DTX 160 ie , but then again at this price point they're good IMHO.
Mids are nice and not very warm nor analytical. They just exist and make the midrange spectrum full without any –as some call it- “wow” factor. Upper mids and lower highs are great, not too forward and not too recessed. Highs are there but some might prefer a little more trebly sparkle. I tend to increase their gain in my Fiio x1’s when I listen to classical music but when listening to bright trance tracks I return them to default. They don’t like amping much and tend to become inaccurate and too coloured with mid to high gain settings.
My favorite aspect of the DTX 102 ie Headphones besides the bass is the presentation. The earphone’s soundstage is well-rounded and spacious. DTX 160 ie staggers behind the older more affordable pair in this case, unfortunately tough.
Some tiny comparisons:
DTX 160 ie ($134.99 amazon) : I listened to them in a shop and I settled on the 102 ie because it had a flatter sound and was cheaper, While fidelity is very important and DTX 160 ie has better value fidelity wise. DTX 160 ie reminded me of my ATH-m50 ( I know they’re full-size but who cares :P) cause they made a fun and clear sound but DTX 102 ies’ reminded me of my Vsonic GR07 classic colour( though no where as clear as GR07s sounded) with their flatter sound signature.
Vsonic gr07 Classic ($99.00 amazon ): at a merely 15-20 bucks more you get a huge amount of improvement in sound and… actually everything and if Vsonic GR07’s had a authorized retailer and warranty in my country I wouldn’t have hesitated a sec to get them instead of these or DTX 160ie for that matter.
Value(2.5/5): you should have already guessed by now that I don’t really think 80 dollars is a fitting price for Beyerdynamic DTX 102ies and I personally don’t think I should have bought them for more than about 40-50. And thank you for reading my review on DTX 102 ie!