Pros: Superb sub-bass impact and detail, great dynamic range, excellent overall detail
Cons: can be slightly peaky in certain areas, with specific genres of music
Enter, the T-PEOS H300.
Packaging and accessories
The front and back packaging:
The inside has a neat little display window:
It came with the interesting tri-colour cable, as well as a solid black with remote and shirt clip. The remote doesn't have seek buttons, or volume adjustment, just a start-stop. It worked fine with my android device.
A decent amount of tips – you would be surprised how often manufacturers skimp on these.
Includes foamies, olives, and some others. You would be sure to find the right fit here.
And a neat storage pouch:
On the Festival circuit, you might see a few JH metal IEM tins hanging around backstage, with peoples names on them. It's a really nice touch that T-PEOS included this. I move around a fair bit, so strength in portability is really important to me. My Westone ES3X are locked away in a monitor vault, which is always thrown into my toolbag.
The H300 body is made entirely from aluminium and stainless steel. A great mixture, and incredibly lightweight for a hybrid.
The both cables are also incredibly light. I found the black cable to be a little too “rubbery” for me personally. The tri-colour felt a little more solid, but suffered from the same microphonics. Nothing too nasty, but any rubbing or tapping of the cables after the Y-split will result in audible effects.
Overall, a great feel, very lightweight but sturdy. No blaring faults here.
Considering their low weight body and feather-like cables, this is a pretty comfortable experience. I had no problems listening to them at-length (ninety minutes or so at a time).
My girlfriend has tiny little ear canals, and she often has problems with IEMs unless they have a small nozzle. It's worth noting that she found them more tolerable than other wide-nozzle IEMs, but still couldn't wear them for long amounts of time.
Although she is definitely not the average IEM user. I think most people would be fine with the fit of these.
I am a complete basshead.
Also, I really don't subscribe to some of the common techniques people use to summarise sound signatures. I've found that when building and tuning a PA for a live venue there are many things to take into consideration. For my own benefit, I describe my sound signatures differently. The idea that all sound signatures are either “U-SHAPED” or “FLAT” is ridiculous. It's just not that binary. Sound signatures are always far more complicated than this, and I can't help but feel a little dismayed when products get pidgeon-holed into either the “U-SHAPED” or “FLAT” pile. Anyway, enough complaining, back to the review.
Impressive. The H300 is every reason why a hybrid designed IEM is a great idea. My bass tests indicate easy audibility down past 20hz. There is a slight roll-down between 80 to 20hz, but it still remains strong. The Sub-bass response is very flat for an IEM. The sub-bass region is very pronounced, and can produce quite an impact when called upon.
Punchy, detailed, deep. Makes electronic music definitely enjoyable. The bass detail retrieval is quite impressive. Being a dynamic driver, it happily plays with the bass boost functions of my DAP and amp more than most balanced armature drivers can.
Bass-lines are well defined, pronounced, and strong. This is the way a hybrid should be. They seem to have a lot more mid-bass presence than the H200 did, thankfully. I always felt this was an area that the H200 was lacking in. Although, it's been several months since I've heard the H200, so this is not a direct comparison.
Great impact, and no audible bleeding into the midrange. An excellent crossover point.
I don't personally find them too recessed – however, I do find them taking a backseat to the highs a little. The mids are sweet, with high levels of detail and low fatigue. Being a 3-way unit, one can only assume that one of the drivers is dedicated to the mid-range. Usually this is where I pick the crossover frequency between the low and mid drivers – usually in a hybrid this is more obvious – but I'm really struggling to do so with this unit. If I absolutely had to guess, I would assume it's the tiny, almost unnoticicable dip around 200hz before it continues to the rest of the mids.
Well done, T-PEOS, another beautifully performed mid-range. I always found it to be a strong points from products from T-PEOS.
Again, some great detail retrieval here. I know that I'm very sensitive to peaky treble, and I do get a tiny bit of trouble from these on occasion. There are a few key points that stick out to my ears on certain tracks – strangely, I'm finding the peaks around 6.5-9k. Is this where the second and third driver crossover points are, I wonder? The coupling effect can go either way, depending on the EQ technique used to transition between the two BA drivers. Ideally, you would want a slight dip, instead of a peak. This is, however, just hypothesizing.
On some songs, I also had trouble with the 12-14k range. Definitely not a problem with acoustic recordings, but with some electronic music it can be a little sharp.
Overall opinion of sound:
An incredibly wide sound-stage, with pinpoint accuracy. I can't detect channel imbalances, and find the range of these hybrids fantastic. The bass is superb, and is slightly overshadowed by the highs if listening to electronic music at a higher volume.
For classical, orchestral and acoustic music, I'm struggling to think of an IEM that I prefer more.
They have a wide dynamic range, and can scale very well between genres of music.
A superb overall sound, fantastic detail, with an emphasis on both sub-bass and highs, but still plenty of attention given to the mids.
Comfortable, lightweight, well built.
Big thanks to H20Fidelity for loaning me this pair for review.