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Review: SoundMAGIC HP200 - An Excellent Open Back Headphone - Page 3
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I have the HP100 and HP200. Reviews here:
I did a mini comparison between the two in a comment of the HP200 post, but to sum up: I found the HP200 to be the warmer one (low end is more potent), but the treble is more prominent as well and that makes it feel brighter for Electronic or some Pop music. The bass of the HP100 is definitely more smooth though. The open nature of the HP200 does do wonders for the soundstage and the extra detail mostly comes from the potent treble I'd say. As brilliant as the HP100 are it's the HP200 that takes the awesome value crown for me and I too can't wait for whatever SoundMAGIC bring out next.
Great review quadpatch, we're the Soundmagic fanboys ;-)
I just think they do so many things right that bigger companies constantly do wrong. They did their homework on sound and build quality.
I got my HP200 a few days ago and i have to highly disagree with some things reported here. I'll write up a detailed review vs the HP100 and some other headphones at a later point.
For now, honestly, i'm a bit dissapointed. It's not as artfully tuned as the HP100 which is a headphone i love and that doesn't happen often with me ;) The HP200 has some problems compared to the HP100: too thick and slightly muddy lower mids, lacks mid / upper mids clarity (could be perceived as warm, i call it veiled), sounds very closed in for an open headphone, soundstage is nothing special compared to other open headphones, The strange balance of the boosted lower mids and lacking upper mids sounds immediately "off", especially with drums and vocals.
In the end the HP100 delivers more overall clarity, both have around the same amount of treble however the HP200 has a small peak somewhere in the treble, whereas the HP100 has a small peak lower somewhere in the upper mids. The HP200 is definately the warmer of the two with more laid back (or veiled) upper mids. You can also see this from the printed frequency graph on the box. I actually wouldn't call it warm but wonky with that strange balance. EQ some 200-400hz away and you get warm. I did not find the bass of the HP200 more grainy vs the HP100, both are very smooth. However, i can't remember in which review i read about this. The HP100 has tighter bass and more sub bass, the HP200 delivers a bit more upper bass because of a more pronounced area from 100hz and up. Besides those differences the bass is actually pretty similar. When the recording is right, both will create a "wall of sound" with an absolutely stunning bass foundation.
Equipment is/was Nuforce UDH-100, Asgard 2 and some portable players.
EDIT: These are still changing with burn in, especially with my main problem area the muddy lower mids. I'll compare them again when they have around 300h on them like my HP100.
Edited by bizkid - 7/11/13 at 2:51am
They have gained a bit of clarity burning them in the last few days but my main complaint of the wonky frequency response stays. In the meantime i've read that the HE-400 seems to have a similar response. I usually have no problem adapting to all kinds of headphones, i even love the W5000 with probably the wonkiest response ever. But i absolutely do not get why you go for a sound like this in an open headphone. The HP200 just does not sound open with the exception of the projection in front of you which is a bit further compared to the HP100 and has a bit more transparency. But by far not enough to recommend these headphones. Somehow these don't have much going for them, but they also don't really offend in any area. On some tracks the treble peak get's a bit too much but that is harmless compared to really trebly headphones like the T90. The mids are extremly... boring. Nothing special is going on here, vocals sound a bit distant and especially lack transparency (my biggest complaint) while some intruments like bells have a nice transparency. Bass is there and has good punch for an open headphone but sounds somehow tiny. Even with ok impact drums sound unspectacular and unnatural due to the off mids.
I hate to be this harsh on a headphone and i really wanted to love this one
Edited by bizkid - 7/13/13 at 11:59am
Well since HE-400 seems to be really popular there are people who genuinely like those kind of frequency response I guess. Some review state that HP200 is similar to HD650 though so I thought it would have good mid, at least compared to HP100.
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They pair up well with my AK120, sound is slightly warm and fun, pleased with them ... Great value for money IMO.
The HP200 is nothing like the HD650 in the mids.
Well that and your likening it to HE-400 kinda kill my intention to try HP200. I might try making open (and wood) cups for HP100 since they're easy to change though.
On a side note: I will be bringing these to the London meet up later this year.