Back to H-200 please guys.
I've now spent around 25 - 30 hours listening to T-Peos H-200 with multiple sources headphones outs, I've tried some amping to get a grasp on things, I've listened extensively to the point I need to have rest because my right ear drum is telling me to stop. We've been informed to burn H-200 in for a few days to let everything settle so I recommend that for new owners receiving theirs soon. I will say when they first arrived I thought there was a slight peak in the upper mids with one source, some vocals like Taylor Swift when she'd really start hauling arse upstairs would peak a touch, though it's undetectable anymore, (I can't remember which DAP or tips it was, though it's disappeared).
To get a few things right out of the way, H-200 could not be any further away from H-100 if you tried, their tonality is completely
different (warmer) their signature, completely unrelated. For those who were wanting an H-100 with improved mid range you will not find this in H-200, they're not U / V shaped , they hold no particular T-Peos house sound, but instead you may find yourself greeted with good balance from top to bottom, and from what my ears tell me a rather powerful presentation when called upon in the lows and mid range. They're particularly easy to drive so amping is not
required, although adding something small like C&C BH will give some
benefits it's not compulsory. H-200 appear to excel in vocals which I find quite hilarious considering the flaw H-100 had in that area. Mid range attack is strong as is decay, treble has ability to hold posture and finesse, almost like every flaw H-100 has been addressed but with a totally different approach, one I find hard to fault so far, personally.
One thing that really stands out with H-200 signature is balance
, I know the demo members keep mentioning this but it's the best word to describe H-200, the bass although deep and powerful somewhat reminding me of a floor standing speakers doesn't bleed, doesn't intrude, if you lift the volume both mids and highs will all come up accompanying each other, control is a strong suit in this area. I think if you really work them low and mids may come a little forward over the top end but still not to the point of feeling drowned out, I honestly at times have trouble pin pointing exactly how far forward or back for example vocals are, it's a strange sensation because at times when I wasn't using H-200's stock tips I was getting a forward projection like feeling from the centre channel which I've mentioned off-screen, I will wait for others to see if they sense anything before thinking I'm crazy.Amping
Be all means if you want to amp H-200 they will respond positively, I don't think it's absolutely required though especially at 22ohms, they sound perfectly fine out of the Clip+ and Ipod headphones outs. There will be some benefits using C&C BH's LF switch which increases clarity, gives treble more slap, tighten up the low end as per normal when using an amp / IEM. They will handle the extra power no problem, but don't be confused into thinking they need an amp.
Overall I'm really enjoying H-200, whether it be straight from the Clip+ or something more willing like Colorfly CK4, they certainly are a huge step up from the previous H-100 in many ways, for those who have purchased early don't be to worried about all these changes because to be honest, it's for the better for everyone. T-Peos have done a good job, one I cannot fault yet, the soundstage could be wider if anything, though we're not talking being locked in a matchbox, it has decent width, portrays decent depth and I am especially interested in people speaking about the centre channel in good time, which I find to cause an illusion or projection onto the back of my forehead.
H20Edited by H20Fidelity - 4/29/13 at 5:55am