System SeriesHi-End 2-channel hi-end multimedia speaker system
System SeriesHiVi Professional monitoring speaker systerm
System TypeTwo-way 4th order vented active monitor multimedia
Drivers ConfigurationWoofer： 5"
Tweeter：28mm dome tweeter
Horizontal Dispersion±15deg < 250Hz-8000Hz < ±4dB
Vertical Dispersion±5deg < 250Hz-8000Hz <±4dB
Harmonic DistortionTHD<0.05% ( 8Ω、1kHz 、40W )
Input sensitivity540mV Unbalanced; 500mV balanced
Input Connectors1 × XLR Balanced Input Connector
1 × Unbalanced Input Connector
FinishedBlack piano lacquer with silver aluminum panel
In The Box
- T200B Speakers R/L
- RCA Cable R/L
- Two Power Cords
- Bass Tuning Plugs
Oh man...have you ever seen something as beautiful as these speakers? They have this inverted triangle design along with this odd 3d effect. They are extremely unique in this sense, I've also become a bit accustomed to having the tweeter below the midwoofer, the sound seems to come from one area as opposed to hearing the high's higher in the sound stage and the lows lower. Its a very nice blend. The piano lacquer looks amazing, its just a very modern look. The orange of the woofer tends to blend in very nicely. The quality of the finish, is astonishing. I find my self admiring these beauties when I'm listening to music...its distracting to say the least.
These are active monitors, which means that they are both self powered. These are also considered professional reference monitors, as in they are more leaned towards reproducing a flat original sound, as opposed to a more colorful sound. Some prefer the first or the latter, the choice is yours. Personally, I prefer flat to an extent that its not boring, definitely more flat then I would want colorful.
These speakers took about 60 days to burn in, yes its long.
Build Quality/Design: ★★★★★
iMac -> Vox OSX Player -> Flac files -> Toslink -> RX-V667 -> T200B
The bass on these is AMAZING. It's not going to rock your house, its not going shake windows or break glass, but it is extremely accurate and tight. The bass is enough where you can feel it (more like an in your gut feeling), it is reproduced quite efficiently and is tuned quite flat with the rest of the frequencies as to not over power the mid range or trebble. Is it worth it for $700 speakers? Eh, it plays down to 55hz, but in all honesty its rolloff ±3db at around the 70hz range. This means for heavy heavy dubstep songs, you may get some muted sounds (shambala 2008 for example). Songs like I Can't Stop and such are fine, just anything that involves that wobble synth on 80hz or lower, is going to have some volume issues. HOWEVER, if you do not need bass to go immensely low, the bass that is supplied on these is sufficient enough.
- Bass is accurate and tight
- Bassheads beware, everyone else enjoy
(Being that heavy dubstep is hard to reproduce anyway, I will be rating it for the general public)
Very very very very very DETAILED. The mid range on this is very very nice. Vocal's are extremely clear, the sound of a cello is articulate and accurate, and on the low notes you can really feel it resonate. Guitar sounds astonishing, sinks in perfect. The clarity is great, I can hear things I never knew existed in my songs. I will say however, that at certain times the mid range tends to recess a bit when other instruments come in, not to bad, but enough to take notice.
I don't have to say much, this tweeter is BLISS for anything thrown at it. Cymbols, synth, female voices, you name it. Its clarity is amazing, solos from guitar sound perfect, vocal clarity is ASTRONOMICAL. I never found the treble lacking, or ever asking for better. It's perfect.
Audio Quality: ★★★★★
Sound stage is nice, nothing to be proud of compared to others in it range, but it is a near field monitor after all, it focuses on clarity and detail more then its competitors. You can easily differentiate between each instrument, each drum, and what not, however the soundstage could be a bit bigger.
VALUE FOR MONEY
Hmm, debatable. If your going to buy a DAC and need speakers, then yes
If you have a receiver like I do, you might as well buy $500-$700 speakers and use the amplifier, you'll get a better bang for your buck, not sure by how much however. The quality of these components is very good, it is more worth it if your receiver has a bad amplifier (in comparison).
Home theater use is limited as these work better as near field monitors. They sound great, even on games like call of duty, but to fill a room with sound, expect to lose some detail.
These speakers never let me down. I highly recommend them to anyone that loves to listen to trance/techno (anything electronic). If you are strictly rock, you may get a better experience form the Swan M200MKIII, but I can not vouch for that. Personally I think the T200B's are great for anything.
Audio Quality ★★★★★
Build Quality ★★★★★
Value For Money ★★★★★ (Non-amplifier)(Strictly music)
If anyone's curious, my current setup is my T200B Speakers and my Emotiva Utlra 12 sub crossed at 80hz. I couldn't be happier xD.
Current Setup (Not used during review, during review the speakers were spread out on stands across a different wall, due to limitations, it was only temporary, I will be moving back to that setup by the end of the summer.) (Receiver is under the glass desk (no point in a picture))
*The spoiler is my old review, I kept it here as a reference; it is no longer accurate.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Hello! I purchased my T200B's about 3 weeks ago and I felt the need to write a good detailed review as its hard to find any at all on these speakers.
First off, I am a bit naive when it comes to writing a speaker review and when it comes to hardware, however I wouldn't consider myself a noobie. My ears have been trained very well and I've done my research.
Alright first off specs:
|System Series||Hi-End 2-channel hi-end multimedia speaker system|
|System Series||HiVi Professional monitoring speaker systerm|
|System Type||Two-way 4th order vented active monitor multimedia|
|Drivers Configuration||Woofer： 5"
Tweeter：28mm dome tweeter
|Horizontal Dispersion||±15deg < 250Hz-8000Hz < ±4dB|
|Vertical Dispersion||±5deg < 250Hz-8000Hz <±4dB|
|Harmonic Distortion||THD<0.05% ( 8Ω、1kHz 、40W )|
|Input sensitivity||540mV Unbalanced; 500mV balanced|
|Input Connectors||1 × XLR Balanced Input Connector
1 × Unbalanced Input Connector
|Finished||Black piano lacquer with silver aluminum panel|
Alright down to my review, again as I've stated, If I leave out any details anyone would like to know give me a heads up, or if they would like me to listen to a certain song I'm up for it.
I guess I will start this way, keep in mind that this review is as honest as can be.
My setup is Fidelia (All music is Flac)>iMac>Toslink>YamahaRX-V667(Pure Direct)>RCA>T200B's
These speakers are well worth the price tag, they exceed well in all frequencies especially the treble. The MidWoofers have quite an excursion which is great. The Tweeters are just...WOW xD. Aesthetics wise, coolest looking speakers I've seen to date, the 3D effect is pretty cool, plus the odd design (woofers top, tweeters below) is odd but quite nice.
The bass is quite accurate and has a really decent slam too it, and pretty tight. Depending on the type of music you may listen to, the bass may resonate a bit (mostly on metal) For bass tests I played these songs:
(These first couple of songs were just test songs, I barely listen to them other then to just test the low frequencies)
Like a G6
- Bass was accurate but was pretty strong, the slam was quite nice, however at certain times, the bass tended to get a little more quiet, in most cases is was clear and satisfying.
Hotel Room Service
- Bass during the chorus was perfect, tight, punchy very nice, during the verse's it tended to get a bit more quiet and wasn't as efficient. It was satisfying but lacking.
(Now for some real bass tests =D)
System Check - Shambala 2008
- Bass was extremely tight and nice, however during the dubstep synth parts, the frequency hit so low that at certain times the speakers were not able to play the sound, the synth wave sounded kinda like ---------------__-----__----------- underscores represent almost so low that the speakers muted it out.
Super scription of data
- Bass sounded very nice, stayed fluent throughout most of the song, very nice and exceeded quite well.
Reliance (Itou Kanako)
- This song has a really solid straight toned bass synth (not like dubstep) so I wanted to test it. WOW, it handled it amazingly, although these speakers may not be able to deliver a huge slam, when it comes to solid bass, they do it right and perfect.
L no Kabe
- WOW... extremely tight, man, that was awesome xD
Dubstep (If you listen to mostly dubstep) 4/5 (The drops are awesome, but these speakers mute some of the dub synths (Shambala wasn't my only song))
- Cello was clear, and precise, when it got low, you can feel it resonate in your gut a bit =D. When it got into the more demanding part, it was still very easy to differentiate between each instrument.
Mechanic God Creation
- The guitar's were extremely clear, I found myself wanted to headbang (xD) but I kept my control xP. Vocals were very well, did not seem to blend in with the guitar at all (a common problem with post-hardcore, low growls, and bad audio equipment.)
Her Silent Language (Dark Tranquility)
- This is a very good vocal test, and man, these speakers handled it with no problems. His voice came in clear and natural, very beautiful. Then when it got into the grow parts, his voice was very clear and did not blend with the guitar. Guitar sounded very nice, you can hear every note clearly, no complaints.
WOW! The treble on this system is by far the most/best defined, clear, astounding, fun, WHATEVER experience I have ever had. These will exceed your expectations.
- Had no problems with female vocals, most defined I have heard to date
L's Theme (Death note)
- Piano sounded clear, everything was just clear and perfect =D.
Too be honest at this point, there's no reason to further post my song experiences with the treble. It is amazing, it is defined in all genre's across the board, I promise they will exceed your expectations and WOW you.
5/5 (Would rate 6 if I could xD)
Overall Listening Songs:
L No Kabe
- Everything was clear, the bass actually WOWed me in this song, mid-range was precise, and treble was perfect.
Hacking to the Gate
- Everything was BLISS, there's even this one part in the song about 23seconds in or so, with a high 8 bit frequency, omg, its just such an awesome thing to hear on these amazing tweeters my eyes were like 0.0 (and of course my ears perked up to xD.)
Katayoku no Tori
- Very nice, everything was precise, soundstage could be a bit bigger.
- They all sounded great, violins were clear, u can hear every single drum perfect, and sax on the reach songs was a nice listening experiences.
4/5 (They are near field monitors, don't expect them to have a huge soundstage)
5/5 (I tried Bass, I love you for some laughs, although I expected of course not to hear anything (these can't go below 55hz) they flexed pretty far, they have a really high range that I had no idea about, after that I noticed they flex for every song very well)
Worth the money?:
- YES, they are BLISS for EVERYTHING (with some exceptions xD *listed below*)
If you intend to be a strict metal head, I'd say opt for the M200MKIII or MKII's, those handle bass and low distortion better for these types of genres, however that may not apply with things other then metal/dubstep.
If you intend to be a strict Dubstep listener, although I would say a sub + dubstep = right, look at metal head for reasoning.
Also, they sound much better spread out, however, they are still near field monitors, even though they sound better spread out (tested it) they can not be pushed at louder volumes (fill room effect) without losing some detail.
I also tried them for gaming and they are great for gaming. Plus I watched a couple of episodes of the animation comedies, plus some anime, dialog sounds quite nice on these speakers. They will work for both shows/movies and games when it comes to just casually watching something.
If I left anything out or some people would like more info or really anything, just ask and I'll be willing to answer xP.
(P.S. These have a extremely long break in period (almost 60 days), they keep getting better, although my review kinda claims them as perfect xD, I will continue to update and change as these guys mature.)
If you are interested in purchasing these beauties, I purchased them here:
Edited by HxCKhaos - 7/12/11 at 9:59pm