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post #256 of 1367

Technokid what makes you prefer BA200 over e-q5 in that case? Thanks for all your help!

post #257 of 1367

I really like how smooth they sound but they still have the energy to make edm sound good and I like the way the mids sound a bit more also as well as the texture of the bass.  Now I do like them more than the e-Q5 (Ijust sold them last night) but its not like they're way better, if I had to put a number on them 1-10 the e-Q5 is a 9.2 and the BA200 is around a 9.35 or 9.4 compared to the EPH-100 that I give around a 8.8 or 8.9 so about the same as Joker.  Now that might not sound like a big difference but it really is as far as the BA200 and e-Q5 compared to the EPH-100.

post #258 of 1367

Here's my short review of the BA200,

 

 

Build Quality / Fit,

 

The build quality of the BA200 is very nice.  It has the first flat cable that I like and the cable feels nice and strong.  You get an extension cable because for some reason they made the cable very short and I have no clue why because its unusable but with the extension its the perfect length imo.  The driver housing is plastic and feel strong and the Y-splitter is a tank and even though its big (because it has circuitry in it that helps the BA200 sound good with different sources) doesn't bother me at all.  They use a straight plug which I like more than the L shaped now because when in my pocket it doesn't bend.  So all in all I feel the BA200 is a very well built IEM.

 

As for the fit there's no problem in that department either.  At first the cable over the ears wasn't staying put but after you wear them for awhile they form to the ear much better and I have no problems now.  With any of the tips they feel comfortable but with the Comply they're really comfortable and isolation is very good.  Like the build quality fit is also good.

 

 

Sound Quality,

 

Bass - Before I got them there was mixed reviews I read about the bass, some said they had plenty while others said a little bass light.  Now there not going to wow a basshead but I think they do have plenty of bass with really good impact for a BA and nice depth as well.  I like the texture and detail of the bass also and for me at least there's plenty for music like hip hop and edm.  When amp with something like the E11 on EQ1 or 2 the bass has very good impact and it bring out more depth as well and over all they respond well to amp'ing.

 

Mids - This is the sweet spot of the sound signature with lush smooth sounding mids.  I don't know if I'd call them mid-centric because they don't sound as forward as even the e-Q5 but vocals present very nicely as well do all the other midrange sounds.  They portray some distance but it also isolates vocals very well so they can sound mid-centric at times but other times they sound more like a nicely balanced monitor.  I really like the mids on the BA200 and they're one of my favorite midranges I've heard.

 

Highs - Going along with the over all smooth signature of the IEM the highs are also very some but they still sound crisp with good sparkle more so than the RE262.  Cymbals and high hats sound good and female vocals never sound sibilant or harsh.  These are one of the first IEM's that I can listen to at a lower volume and still get nice sounding treble without have to go up high on the volume like with some other warmer IEM's.

 

Soundstage - Another strong point of the signature is the soundstage with good width and depth along with a good portrayal of height.  The soundstage is a lot like the one on the e-Q5 which is also very spacious sounding.  The separation is very good and you can pick out every instrument and sound in a track easily.  Imaging is also very good, well really its one of the best I've heard out of the over 30 IEM's I've had so far.  I love the presentation of the BA200 because its a mixture of the e-Q5 and RE262's soundstage which are 2 of my favorites.

 

Conclusion - The TDK BA200 is easily one of the best IEM's under $300 because of its smooth detailed sound and spacious presentation and anyone looking for that type of sound should have the BA200 on their short list for sure.  At around $150 now and available in the US its one of the best bang-for-buck IEM's you can get and is one of my top 2 or 3 that I've heard.

 

Rating - 9.35 / 9.4


Edited by Techno Kid - 11/15/12 at 4:43pm
post #259 of 1367

That's one high rating :)

post #260 of 1367

I saw one persons blog were they had them rated 9.6 but I think a 9.4 is fair.  Now to clarify that is based on their price point also, if I was to just rate them on SQ alone compared to higher end pairs it be more like a 9.2 which is still high but I think they're that good.

post #261 of 1367

I'm listening to them through my J3 which I haven't done yet and the SQ is some of the best I've heard using that player.  I haven't been the biggest fan of the J3 as I don't think they work so well with warmer IEM's because they're also on the warm side but they sound good with the BA200.

post #262 of 1367
I was looking for an upgrade from the BA200 at the $150-$200 range. I guess at this price point, the only way you can go up the ladder is to purchase USED W4's, FADs, earsonics or customs (reshelled). And even that is a longshot as i couldn't imagine anyone sellng thier fully functioning SM3s for $200. Anything brand new would be a side grade...or worse...downgrade. I was speaking to Techno Kid through PM and his recommendations have been added to my Christmas list...not exactly 2012 Christmas smily_headphones1.gif however most of them are either not available in my country or insanely expensive (from my wallet's point of view). So it's probably going to take a while to level up from my BA200, unless i win the lottery or a kind soul would give me thier merlins or miracles ...hint hint...i'll be glad to write a well presented review smily_headphones1.gif...but that's wishful thinking. Not that i'm in a rush to gradute from these coz I am loving 'em more and more everyday.

Anyway, great review Techno Kid. You captured a lot of my impressions about the BA200. I would rate them around the same level. They are my favorite IEMs.
post #263 of 1367

Yeah after getting these and having the Heir 3.Ai coming I'm going to have to save up to be able to getting something better as well.  I compared the BA200 to my friends W4 and while the W4 was better it wasn't so much so that its worth get one imo so I'm looking at something like the PFE 232 or just go custom with the UM Miracle or JH13.

post #264 of 1367
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Yeah after getting these and having the Heir 3.Ai coming I'm going to have to save up to be able to getting something better as well.  I compared the BA200 to my friends W4 and while the W4 was better it wasn't so much so that its worth get one imo so I'm looking at something like the PFE 232 or just go custom with the UM Miracle or JH13.

Oh wow! Looking forward to your review on the heir audios. Please let us know how they compare to the BA200s. smily_headphones1.gif

Price-wise, think the heir 3.ai is at the same level as the um3x, maybe a bit cheaper.. So not totally out of my reach. Another contender within roughly the same price range is the JH5. (But they are 2 drivers i think. )
post #265 of 1367
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Oh wow! Looking forward to your review on the heir audios. Please let us know how they compare to the BA200s. smily_headphones1.gif
Price-wise, think the heir 3.ai is at the same level as the um3x, maybe a bit cheaper.. So not totally out of my reach. Another contender within roughly the same price range is the JH5. (But they are 2 drivers i think. )

 

Will do, they have a totally different sound signature but I'll see how compatible they are SQ wise.

post #266 of 1367

I can't take these things out of my ears, since waking up at around 6:30 today I've probably got about 7 hours of play time.  I found that these sound amazing using my J3 and E11 when normally I like my Fuze or Burst the most with BA's.  I thought the impedance stabilizer in the Y-spliter was more of a gimmick but I think it really does help quite a bit as they sound very similar using any of my players which normally I can tell a difference between them using other IEM's.  

 

I was listening to my friends GR07 MKII the other day and compared to these the GR07 can't really stack up, they have similar sounding mids and isolate vocals very well but the soundstage of the BA200 is significantly better with more more depth and more height also.  I can't say enough good things about the BA200 and this is the closest thing I've had to being perfect for me as far as SQ and sound signature goes.  Anyway I'm done gushing about them, well at least for now :).

post #267 of 1367
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It has the first flat cable that I like and the cable feels nice and strong.  You get an extension cable because for some reason they made the cable very short and I have no clue why because its unusable...

It's actually perfect for a wireless receiver like the Samsung HS3000 that way.

Good review, thanks smily_headphones1.gif
post #268 of 1367
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It's actually perfect for a wireless receiver like the Samsung HS3000 that way.
Good review, thanks smily_headphones1.gif

 

 

Thanks, do the wireless receivers cause them to lose any SQ?  I wouldn't mind having something like that when I'm laying around the house.

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Edited by wkkm007 - 11/17/12 at 1:41am
post #270 of 1367
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Here's my short review of the BA200,

 

 

Build Quality / Fit,

 

The build quality of the BA200 is very nice.  It has the first flat cable that I like and the cable feels nice and strong.  You get an extension cable because for some reason they made the cable very short and I have no clue why because its unusable but with the extension its the perfect length imo.  The driver housing is plastic and feel strong and the Y-splitter is a tank and even though its big (because it has circuitry in it that helps the BA200 sound good with different sources) doesn't bother me at all.  They use a straight plug which I like more than the L shaped now because when in my pocket it doesn't bend.  So all in all I feel the BA200 is a very well built IEM.

 

As for the fit there's no problem in that department either.  At first the cable over the ears wasn't staying put but after you wear them for awhile they form to the ear much better and I have no problems now.  With any of the tips they feel comfortable but with the Comply they're really comfortable and isolation is very good.  Like the build quality fit is also good.

 

 

Sound Quality,

 

Bass - Before I got them there was mixed reviews I read about the bass, some said they had plenty while others said a little bass light.  Now there not going to wow a basshead but I think they do have plenty of bass with really good impact for a BA and nice depth as well.  I like the texture and detail of the bass also and for me at least there's plenty for music like hip hop and edm.  When amp with something like the E11 on EQ1 or 2 the bass has very good impact and it bring out more depth as well and over all they respond well to amp'ing.

 

Mids - This is the sweet spot of the sound signature with lush smooth sounding mids.  I don't know if I'd call them mid-centric because they don't sound as forward as even the e-Q5 but vocals present very nicely as well do all the other midrange sounds.  They portray some distance but it also isolates vocals very well so they can sound mid-centric at times but other times they sound more like a nicely balanced monitor.  I really like the mids on the BA200 and they're one of my favorite midranges I've heard.

 

Highs - Going along with the over all smooth signature of the IEM the highs are also very some but they still sound crisp with good sparkle more so than the RE262.  Cymbals and high hats sound good and female vocals never sound sibilant or harsh.  These are one of the first IEM's that I can listen to at a lower volume and still get nice sounding treble without have to go up high on the volume like with some other warmer IEM's.

 

Soundstage - Another strong point of the signature is the soundstage with good width and depth along with a good portrayal of height.  The soundstage is a lot like the one on the e-Q5 which is also very spacious sounding.  The separation is very good and you can pick out every instrument and sound in a track easily.  Imaging is also very good, well really its one of the best I've heard out of the over 30 IEM's I've had so far.  I love the presentation of the BA200 because its a mixture of the e-Q5 and RE262's soundstage which are 2 of my favorites.

 

Conclusion - The TDK BA200 is easily one of the best IEM's under $300 because of its smooth detailed sound and spacious presentation and anyone looking for that type of sound should have the BA200 on their short list for sure.  At around $150 now and available in the US its one of the best bang-for-buck IEM's you can get and is one of my top 2 or 3 that I've heard.

 

Rating - 9.35 / 9.4

nice review

 

 

Anyone using other aftermarket extension cable?
Mine BA200 send for warranty once and get the replacement unit due to it original extension cable spoil
one side no sound.
Now I am using Daiso 100 yen extension cable

Edited by wkkm007 - 11/17/12 at 1:42am
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