Originally Posted by karistep
Can you compare with ba-200 tdk ?
I was initially more or less satisfied with my s2 until I walked into a store the other day and auditioned the ba200 on impulse. Guess what, I immediately bought it on the spot. What's interesting is I used to own the ba200 a long time ago and sold it as I was determined to leave this hobby (the plan did not work, as you can tell).
BA200 sounds better to me as I really love its smooth, slightly warm, highly detailed yet laid back, realistic sound. S2 is slightly thinner and more v shaped which results in a fatiguing listening experience. S2 has excellent bass though, a bit more enjoyable than the BA200 but for everything else i feel the ba200 is an upgrade.
The biggest complaint I have of the s2 is its harsh treble and aggressive upper mids. Even on slightly above average volume I sometimes cringe from the overly sharp 'shh' and 'sss' and 'ts'. Cymbals sounds harsh too. Other than that its not that far behind the ba200.