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post #646 of 1420
I just received my BA200s today and they sound amazing!!!
When opening up the box I noticed I received 3 comply tips (I believe 1 MED no filter and 2 LAR with filter) and 3 sm biflange tips. Anyone else receive this? So far my only complaints is that the cord seems flimsy and I question it's durability where it meet the jack. And that I don't have enough WAV files on my iPhone.
Edited by ksimm033 - 1/11/13 at 7:53am
post #647 of 1420

Yeah they come with 3 comply like you described.  The cord really is the only thing that you can complain about with the IEM but you'll get used to it over time.

post #648 of 1420
Yea I'm deff loving these. I'm sure with proper handling the cord will be fine. I think I was suppose to get 2 sm biflange, 2 med complys, and 2 lar complys. But I got 3 sm biflange and 1 med comply with 2 lar biflange. I don't really see this as an issue though because the sm biflanges fit perfectly. Does the complys change the sound as oppose to the biflanges?
post #649 of 1420
Quote:
Originally Posted by Techno Kid View Post

 

They look just like the BA700 which is there cheapest BA based IEM, but I know that these aren't and they just share the same housing.  I'll be looking forward to your impressions of them.

 

After looking into the TDK LoR it looks like the might be just a different name for what was going to be called the BA700.  The LoR is the same price at around US $71 so they are the lower end BA and ClieOS when I asked him how the BA700 sounded he said its not as good as the BA100 which I didn't think was anything special when I heard a pair of those.  These still might be a different pair and the price makes me think they're a lower end armature.

 

 

Actually if you look closer and compare the two, the MA600 is built differently (it's open in the back - so it appears - with little fan blades-like partitions in the back). And the MA600 cost a little bit more than the BA700 (on Amazon.jpn). That's neither here or there for me though. The point is that the MA600 is suppose to be a newer technology, and from all accounts I've been able to read about it, it is suppose to sound way better than its price point (and better than the MA700). LOR is a generic name for a group of TDK products. If paying attention to what's available nowadays, price is not indicative today in the quality of the sound one may get out of a universal. There are a few  universals priced at $100 or less that competing with $200-$250 IEMs in sound quality. 

The JVC FXZ200 (if you shop well) can be found for about $220. This three-dynamic driver easily competes with $400 and $500 IEMs I've heard in sound quality (actually surpasses quite a few). But I'll know first-hand - hopefully by the middle of next week - what MA600 offers, if anything different. I know Carrowong selected as the second best product he heard (JVC FXZ200 being first) at a recent audio products show in Japan.

post #650 of 1420

These MA600s will be something special if it lives up the promise and expectations.

 

Earbud Stereo Headphones CLEF-MA

   to realize contour presence and clear sound even in noisy environment by designing high sound pressure, MA newly developed (magnetic armature)
   Earbud Stereo Headphones CLEF-MA equipped with a driver (TH-ECMA600BK )    【Product Features】achieve outstanding sound expressive power even in noisy    is the armature driver of one pole type, with a (magnetic armature) driver MA new development.    Is created by the diaphragm and magnet high magnetic force (an alloy of iron and nickel) permalloy, the sound of high sound pressure sensitivity,    claims the presence and contour of the sound was clear even in noisy environments. High durability against external shock    for one simple structure achieves superior impact resistance magnet. Also, in order to contribute to the power-saving, reducing the battery consumption of music player. Year mechanism with movable holder    with adjustable position, the movable holder mechanism by 15 ° up and down year in accordance with the shape of the ear.Realized the hold that a comfortable and stable fit. Silver alloy code adopted    adopted a code (silver alloy) Silver alloy blended with highly conductive silver copper wire. To achieve high-quality sound.    Braided tangle resistant high-strength code (type clothing knitting).    Product Specification] [    TH-ECMA600BK: Part    type magnetic armature Model:    3.5mm stereo mini plug (type L): Plug    Driver: magnetic armature driver   15 22,000 Hz:? frequency band playing    112dB/mW: sound pressure sensitivity    input 60Ω: impedance    1.1m: Cord Length    Code Type: Silver Alloy (silver alloy)    weight: 14g 
B00A9Q2OXG_1.jpg

post #651 of 1420
^^ they look sexy especially with the kevlar-like coating on the cord.
post #652 of 1420
Quote:
Originally Posted by glac1er View Post

SM3 has excess forward treble confused_face_2.gif  The SM3 never sounds fatiguing and actually has proper treble sparkle, If anything, some people call them too polite because it's not sparkling enough. What people complain about the SM3 is their unique presentation and sometimes too aggressive lower mids, though i don't necessarily agree on the mids part.

I personally think the BA200 could use more air and also cymbal could definitely shimmer a little more with it. This is possibly due to the BA200's limited extension and oversmoothened treble, though many IEMs also suffer from this. Note that I am overly nitpicking, but the flagship electrostats and orthos pull off a more proper treble sparkle and extension and they don't sound harsh. They are really great for $135, but sometimes it sounds as if the BA200 is the best thing since sliced bread (I should remind myself again that this is head-fi tongue.gif )
glac1er, for fatigue treble i'll call that excessive treble. Though I've never said SM3 sounded fatigue, I was just trying to use additional word to differentiate both BA200 and SM3. Maybe the word use was not appropriate. I'm sorry if I've confused you. wink.gif

TDK BA200 just remind so much the similarity with Rogers LS3/5a speaker legendary happening. Originally the Rogers was built for monitoring human voice with limited extension on both ends. it was never intended for Audiophile grade. But in the past few decades, it turned out to be a must have pair even one already own a few hundreds thousand dollar audiophile grade audio system. Coupled it with proper source and tube amp, the Rogers human voice and strings work sounded so good that it beat plenty of multi thousands dollar speaker. In the past whenever I'm tired of expensive audiophile sound, or if I'm intended to listening to voice and strings work, I've just use the system with Rogers LS3/5a till I almost skip my lunch and dinner as I couldn't stop listening to it.
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Originally Posted by Techno Kid View Post

NewForce, yes I did say the BA200 sounds mid forward because its does to me.  There's a difference between mid-centric and mid forward, the TDK is so good at isolating the vocal that its gives the impression of a forward sounding midrange.  Now its sounds more mid forward with some music more than others but the BA200 isn't a mid-centric IEM like the SM3 or UM3X are.
Techno Kid, ok I understand what you trying to say. I am silly to be forgotten that different people prefer or hear differently. Obviously we are different so TDK BA200 just behave different according to our hearing, and there's no one right or no one wrong situation here. I sincerely hope we enjoying our preferred music as much as possible with our beloved IEM. wink.gif
post #653 of 1420
Quote:
Originally Posted by ericp10 View Post

These MA600s will be something special if it lives up the promise and expectations.

 

Earbud Stereo Headphones CLEF-MA

   to realize contour presence and clear sound even in noisy environment by designing high sound pressure, MA newly developed (magnetic armature)
   Earbud Stereo Headphones CLEF-MA equipped with a driver (TH-ECMA600BK )    【Product Features】achieve outstanding sound expressive power even in noisy    is the armature driver of one pole type, with a (magnetic armature) driver MA new development.    Is created by the diaphragm and magnet high magnetic force (an alloy of iron and nickel) permalloy, the sound of high sound pressure sensitivity,    claims the presence and contour of the sound was clear even in noisy environments. High durability against external shock    for one simple structure achieves superior impact resistance magnet. Also, in order to contribute to the power-saving, reducing the battery consumption of music player. Year mechanism with movable holder    with adjustable position, the movable holder mechanism by 15 ° up and down year in accordance with the shape of the ear.Realized the hold that a comfortable and stable fit. Silver alloy code adopted    adopted a code (silver alloy) Silver alloy blended with highly conductive silver copper wire. To achieve high-quality sound.    Braided tangle resistant high-strength code (type clothing knitting).    Product Specification] [    TH-ECMA600BK: Part    type magnetic armature Model:    3.5mm stereo mini plug (type L): Plug    Driver: magnetic armature driver   15 22,000 Hz:? frequency band playing    112dB/mW: sound pressure sensitivity    input 60Ω: impedance    1.1m: Cord Length    Code Type: Silver Alloy (silver alloy)    weight: 14g 
B00A9Q2OXG_1.jpg

 

 

Well here's another IEM that I'm going to have to try, but at least the price isn't bad as long as they don't sale them for more once or if they start selling in the US, the conversion from the price on Amazon Japan was around $70 which if they sound as good as they portray them to be is a very good price.

post #654 of 1420

cloth cord plus the side shot of those MA600's harken back to Ortofon EQ-7 images. I know the internals are different, but hmmm. Wonder if the "sport" earpiece keeps these in place, but we're getting off subject

post #655 of 1420
Quote:
Originally Posted by ericp10 View Post

These MA600s will be something special if it lives up the promise and expectations.

 

Earbud Stereo Headphones CLEF-MA

   to realize contour presence and clear sound even in noisy environment by designing high sound pressure, MA newly developed (magnetic armature)
   Earbud Stereo Headphones CLEF-MA equipped with a driver (TH-ECMA600BK )    【Product Features】achieve outstanding sound expressive power even in noisy    is the armature driver of one pole type, with a (magnetic armature) driver MA new development.    Is created by the diaphragm and magnet high magnetic force (an alloy of iron and nickel) permalloy, the sound of high sound pressure sensitivity,    claims the presence and contour of the sound was clear even in noisy environments. High durability against external shock    for one simple structure achieves superior impact resistance magnet. Also, in order to contribute to the power-saving, reducing the battery consumption of music player. Year mechanism with movable holder    with adjustable position, the movable holder mechanism by 15 ° up and down year in accordance with the shape of the ear.Realized the hold that a comfortable and stable fit. Silver alloy code adopted    adopted a code (silver alloy) Silver alloy blended with highly conductive silver copper wire. To achieve high-quality sound.    Braided tangle resistant high-strength code (type clothing knitting).    Product Specification] [    TH-ECMA600BK: Part    type magnetic armature Model:    3.5mm stereo mini plug (type L): Plug    Driver: magnetic armature driver   15 22,000 Hz:? frequency band playing    112dB/mW: sound pressure sensitivity    input 60Ω: impedance    1.1m: Cord Length    Code Type: Silver Alloy (silver alloy)    weight: 14g 
 

 

mmm...OK so I am just extremely close to pulling the trigger on FXZ200, and I am interested to either buy this one, or Maxell DD600 together with my FXZ200.

 

I am not 100% set on the DD600 since the DBA700 has been somewhat a dissapointment to me - even after 30hr burn in I can't detect any improvement on that...AND TDK has a good history on the value and performance (IE800, BA100, BA200, MT-300) so yes...I am super keen to be a guinea pig again for the MA600 etysmile.gif

 

Just waiting on someone (putente...hello?) to create a thread for the MA600


Edited by djvkool - 1/12/13 at 5:43am
post #656 of 1420
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheMarkRemains View Post

cloth cord plus the side shot of those MA600's harken back to Ortofon EQ-7 images. I know the internals are different, but hmmm. Wonder if the "sport" earpiece keeps these in place, but we're getting off subject

 

 

That would be correct. That weird looking earpiece thing is also comes with the BA700 earphone. It may be different sizes of them too (I thought I read that), but it's designed to hold the earphone in place and it's suppose to be comfortable.

post #657 of 1420
Quote:
Originally Posted by djvkool View Post

 

mmm...OK so I am just extremely close to pulling the trigger on FXZ200, and I am interested to either buy this one, or Maxell DD600 together with my FXZ200.

 

I am not 100% set on the DD600 since the DBA700 has been somewhat a dissapointment to me - even after 30hr burn in I can't detect any improvement on that...AND TDK has a good history on the value and performance (IE800, BA100, BA200, MT-300) so yes...I am super keen to be a guinea pig again for the MA600 etysmile.gif

 

Just waiting on someone (putente...hello?) to create a thread for the MA600

 

The FXZ200 (with nearly 40 hours of burn in now) are just blowing my mind.

post #658 of 1420
Happy to report my BA200 sounds amazing!!! I have it paired with the 07K and my EVO has life again! The clarity, mids, treble and bass in these headphones is subperb; so far they have handled every genre (GNR, Journey, 112, Dru Hill, Misc. Country, etc...). I feel they are nicely balanced. The bass is not too over powering and comes alive when need be. I'm just amazed! I use the SM biflange tips and the BA200s just disappear or at least they feel like they do in my ear. Very comfortable.

Only issue now is, coming from SE115, CX485 and other misc cheap iems; these blow them away......so what blows these away???? Ahhh this is going to be expensive but fun lol.
Edited by ksimm033 - 1/12/13 at 11:09am
post #659 of 1420

kjk1281 so graciously interpreted some of the new earphones rankings from the Japanese Premium Headphone Guide Winter. From what I see on how they ranked the MA600, I'm even more excited to hear it. The rankings are spot on, I think, on the FXZ series from JVC.

 

Audio-Technica ATH-CKN50

Code:
Balance (FR)    Deep Bass |---|---|---■---|---|---|  Mids / Highs

Soundstage      Deep      |---|---|---■---|---|---|  Wide

Presentation    Powerful  |---|---|---■---|---|---|  Delicate

Rock      ★★★★         Jazz ★★★★☆

Classical ★★★★         Club ★★★★

TDK TH-ECMA600

Code:
Balance (FR)    Deep Bass |---|---|---■---|---|---|  Mids / Highs

Soundstage      Deep      |---|---■---|---|---|---|  Wide

Presentation    Powerful  |---|---■---|---|---|---|  Delicate

Rock      ★★★★★        Jazz ★★★★☆

Classical ★★★★         Club ★★★★

JVC HA-FXZ100

Code:
Balance (FR)    Deep Bass |---|---■---|---|---|---|  Mids / Highs

Soundstage      Deep      |---|---|---■---|---|---|  Wide

Presentation    Powerful  |---■---|---|---|---|---|  Delicate

Rock      ★★★★☆         Jazz ★★★★☆

Classical ★★★★☆         Club ★★★★

JVC HA-FXZ200

Code:
Balance (FR)    Deep Bass |---|---■---|---|---|---|  Mids / Highs

Soundstage      Deep      |---|---|---■---|---|---|  Wide

Presentation    Powerful  |---■---|---|---|---|---|  Delicate

Rock      ★★★★★         Jazz ★★★★☆

Classical ★★★★☆         Club ★★★★★

Audio-Technica ATH-AD900X

Code:
Balance (FR)    Deep Bass |---|---|---|---■---|---|  Mids / Highs

Soundstage      Deep      |---|---|---|---|---■---|  Wide

Presentation    Powerful  |---|---■---|---|---|---|  Delicate

Rock      ★★★★★        Jazz ★★★★

Classical ★★★★         Club ★★★★

Audio-Technica ATH-CK100PRO

Code:
Balance (FR)    Deep Bass |---|---|---■---|---|---|  Mids / Highs

Soundstage      Deep      |---|---|---■---|---|---|  Wide

Presentation    Powerful  |---|---|---|---■---|---|  Delicate

Rock      ★★★★★         Jazz ★★★★★

Classical ★★★★★         Club ★★★★★

(In the rankings above, I'm using "☆" to denote a "half star")

Don't shoot me if there are any mistakes! tongue.gif

post #660 of 1420

that's an awesome way to show a visual comparison with text based posts...

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