I've been using the Ha-Fxz200 for a while now, and I decided to register to share my thoughts on it.
Yes, I purchased this product based on what I read from dsnuts.
No, it doesn't quite sound as powerful as my subwoofer downstairs, when I play it through my iPhone. It has that kind of sound if I add my C5 amplifier, but the bass from the C5, even before turning on the boost, is a tad bit too powerful. It tends to distort the sound. Flipping the switch and boosting the bass does then give it that "subwoofer" sound, but it becomes too distorted at regular listening volumes. You'd have to turn it down. On certain recordings, it pretty much destroys all the other frequencies along with it. Listening to Drake's The Real Her or Underground Kings for example, sounds bad. Very bad. The sound is actually perfect coming from my iPhone 5. Well, maybe not perfect. Perhaps more preferable.
Listening to the Ha-Fxz200 was over all a pretty important lesson in audio, for me. Because I realized there's two different sounds. Being from a Caribbean background, I'm used to massive sound systems and bass vibrating the walls. Because of that, I used to even wear iPod earbuds in-ear style, in order to get the proper bass and sound. It shouldn't shock anyone that I actually thought iPod earbuds were better than most other stuff, based on how I wore them.
But now I can say that that stuff was kind of bad, because the original recording was pretty much colored by all that bass [Referring to sound systems]. So now when I listen to stuff these days, my mind plays along with the music, but insists the bass is "lacking" and adds more to it. "Subwoofer" bass. When i listen to recordings from the 2003 era, when i first came to the United States, I can't help but add more bass or feel it's lacking.
And as cliche as it sounds by now, the Ha-Fxz200 just plays back the music depending on the quality of the file and how it was recorded in the studio. It does not necessarily give subwoofer bass, and if it did, your music won't sound like a home theater system. At least to me, it doesn't sound anything like the home theater system I have downstairs, and it never will. The sound just hits your ears in a different way. It's not meant to sound the same way.
I had been in the market for another in-ear headphone, after I decided to "upgrade" from my Nocs Ns600 Crush, which I had been using with a Digizoid ZO2. They were good for what they were. But I wanted something more out of headphones. I had always been eying the Tralucent Audio 1Plus2, but I decided I choose not to part with $1,500 for headphones. It simply made no sense.
I decided to try and purchase the Aurisonics ASG-2, based on Kunlun's glowing review, but was disappointed to hear from Andy [Aurisonics salesman] that product is only made to order. They don't keep stock around. It was a 2 week wait. I'm the type of person that buys stuff and pays for one day shipping. I don't like waiting for stuff.
The whole thing was Aurisonics didn't even have the ASG-2 on their site. I read many times that they were going to do this "soon", but I doubt they have by now. Anyways, he pointed me to another site, Washington music. They didn't have it either. I had to email them, to find out it was available. Too bad he didn't get back to me until after I decided to buy something else.
It was just a complete disappointment that I as a potential customer, had to jump through a bunch of hoops to buy something. But, that's besides the point.
Initial thoughts & Post Burn-In
When first got the JVC, they sounded kind of mediocre. No better than the Nocs. Vocals weren't any better, and the bass was actually weaker. This was something I expected to sound miles ahead of my Nocs.
But later on, something strange happened. I was listening to music one night, and suddenly, the vocals were clear. More clear than on the Nocs. It simply sounded like a person speaking into a microphone. It was as if I was listening to the studio session, or I had become the microphone itself. It was a kind of intimacy I never had with the Nocs.
The recordings just sounded like.. Recordings. That's basically what they were for the most part. Voice recordings mixed with music. Micro details also shine through. I don't have to listen out for them. They just present themselves.
How's the bass?
The bass is not like a "subwoofer". Let's be clear about that. Does it rumble? Yep. Does it thump? Yep. But it's no subwoofer. Also, like I said, the bass quantity and quality depends on the recording itself.
This goes back to that "lesson" in audio I mentioned above. To think these will sound like a home theater's subwoofer or like the bass from a massive sound system, is a mistake. These things tend to "color" the music after a while. When I listened to certain songs, the bass seemed to be "lacking".
But when I listened to other songs, like for example:
Juicy J - One of Those Nights [Current favorite]
It rumbles and thumps, but it must be there in the recording [And again, the voices are just.. Like a recording]. If your brain wants something to "thump" or "rumble" a certain way, it doesn't really mean the headphones themselves aren't up to snuff. My guess is, some recordings don't have the desired information in them, and instead what happened was, the producers/artists were listening to the music with speakers. The speakers instead added in that bass, rather than the recording itself.
This for example:
Is gonna rumble and rattle your ears. But it won't sound like a subwoofer, because it doesn't hit your ears the same way. Most of all, rumble bass of that level would have be present in the original recording, and you can't quite listen to that at full volume. 33% maybe.
I have no idea why these are called "basshead" headphones. Real excessive bass to me, is the sound you get from a home theater or car subwoofer, or a sound system. Maybe it's my background, but these don't sound anywhere close to that unless it's on the original recording. The JVC's don't add anything that's not supposed to be there.
Over all, I have to say I am pretty satisfied with these headphones. Not really because of the bass, but because of the vocals.
Edited by BlinkST - 6/22/13 at 9:50pm