Sad that it's gone out of production in Japan.
I think I should get one of this before it won't be available.
Thanks for this thread, otherwise I wouldn't even have known these headphones existed! Seem perfect for use at my office and also like good value for money. Will update my impressions once I receive them. I also have some Grado SR325is to compare them to which will be interesting. The Yamaha EPH-100 were incredible for their price, so I am hoping these will also surprise!
You will have to be patient, mine is inbound from the UK, so it will perhaps take another week or two before I actually get the headphone. Hopefully this ends up being better than the Sennheiser HD558 and Grado SR80i otherwise I would have wasted money. I does look much more portable though and I still haven't forgiven Sennheiser for the cracking issues I had with my HD595s.
I have both, Yamaha's Hph-200 and Philips Downtowns.
In my opinion Yamaha's Hph-200 are at least two leagues above Philips Downtown. I can't think my Downtowns doing something better than my Hph-200.
This Yamaha overcomes Downtowns in terms of Bass (quantity and quality), soundstage, midrange texture, and highs, detail and timbres.
The only thing Downtowns can do better is trivial (Isolate)
In fact, I also have a pair of Philips Fidelio M1 (which I really like)
I think M1's are a big upgrade over Downtowns, and they still can't reach the Hph-200 in terms of sound quality.
Hehe, I have a office, but I'm usually the only employee there. The sound leakage is still the one aspect that bothers me, but I think it will be nice to have good set of compact open cans that I can use for business travelling too. I'm thinking of buying a pair of Creative Aurvana Live! headphones as well for when I really need a closed headphone.
Sadly there won't be any impressions on these headphones from me. Ended up that Amazon.co.uk stuffed up my order and it was stuck at the courier in England for more than a month due to "incomplete" customs information, so I cancelled the order and won't be buying from them again, which was basically the only route through which I would have been able to source the HPH-200.