Originally Posted by warrenpchi
From my point of view, the PX 200-II is fairly well-balanced in terms of its overall presentation, in the sense that I would not characterize it as swinging either dark or bright. I also wouldn't call it full or lush. Seems that there are certain recesses in the transition from mid-bass to mids, and in the transition from mids-to-highs as well. I would assume that this is why Mike detected the "forward upper mids". I find the mids to be neither forward nor laid back - just slightly accentuated by virtue of being well-bracketed by recesses.
I certainly agree with him in that these are not bright (not at all as per my tastes). I think he's spot on there. So while I'm fine with this unit for many genres, I wouldn't grab this on the way out on those days that I pine for something acoustic. And because of this, I don't find them particularly lively or engaging - certainly not enough to say that they've got the "perfect amount of liveliness". They are what they are, a very even keel pair of ultra portables that have clearly inherited the Sennheiser legacy of balanced presentation.
Thanks for the impressions.
After nearly a year of listening to the PX100-II, going to the PX200-II was a very difficult task; all the while, going to something like the SRH1440 was easy -- even welcomed. PX200-II just doesn't have a direct enough sound. Everything in the sound sounds like it's got the bare minimal thickness to even be considered a sound, if you know what I mean. Most headphones have a thickness to the note presentation that makes it feel like a specific segment has actually weight and presence, while the PX200-II does not. As mentioned, seriously twisting the EQ bring it up to something "technically" more neutral to my ears, but still lacks musicality. Stock, I find the presentation very, very far from a neutral and balanced sound; although the spectrum is sorta balanced among itself, but the presentation of the spectrum makes the whole balanced/neutral thing non-existent. Not a fun way to listen to music IMO, and I can't name a single genre I'd like it on. Which is definitely too bad, because a similar PX100-II with a slightly different approach to the sound (more neutral) would have been a great alternative.
Not arguing with your impressions or anything, those are just my personal ones.
Originally Posted by postrock
I haven't heard the PX-200 II so I can't comment, but Katun's impression is something I haven't heard much. Most people have given them at least a favorable review. But I'm intrigued because I know he is a big fan of the PX-100 II. Have you read this one?:
Mike's review is pretty well-done (although his English is not the best, I think he's from Singapore) and he compares the two Senns. I'm inclined to differ with him overall in regards to his shootout. He rated the V-Jays as the best, over the PX-100 II and AIAIAI Tracks, and seems to prefer the PX-200II over the PX-100II. It's a good review though and he did some nice photos.
Mike's review is the reason I bought the V-Jays. I was hoping for an upgraded portable that could finally take down the PX100-II...
Haha, nope. Not even close.
Originally Posted by warrenpchi
I don't know about you guys, but I find myself automatically lowering my expectations when listening to portables - especially compact portables.
I used to think that way, especially when listening to IEMs. But after my PX100-II, HD598, HD600, HD650 shootout, I've had unusually high expectations for portables.
Perhaps the PX100-II is a one time exception, though...