I'd like to say that this is a repost of my original review that was posted on iFans (the website I work for as a volunteer). There is little changed from the original. The audience originally for a forum of iDevice and portables (phones, tablets, etc.) and it remains that way. That said, the text is all true, regardless of whether you're from Head-Fi, but the scores are weighted evenly. I know from what I've seen on Head-Fi, the scores tend to have a bigger weight on audio, then build, then comfort, then value, and design is normally not scored highly. From a consumer standpoint, I feel it's all equally important. That is the reason for the even weighting. That said, the review is taken from: http://www.ifans.com/blog/88325/
If you have read the original review, nothing really has changed from the original outside some minor details at the end of the review.
T-Peos | In-Ear Monitor | $250
T-Peos is company in its infancy in the headphone, in-ear, market. Even with this limited exposure, they have been able to show that they wish to pioneer into the newer technologies. The H-200 stands as T-Peos’ flagship model replacing the H-100; it’s supposed to fix up a few of the issues people had with the 100. Although I haven’t heard the H-100, I can personally say the H-200 pose a great value, even near the 250-dollar price tag.
Driver: Dynamic + Dual-BA
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Impedance: 22 ohms
Sensitivity: 105 dB
In the Box
Audio Cables (Black braided with remote and mic, red audio-only)
Leather Carrying Case
Silicone Tips (Translucent: S/M/L; Hybrid: S/M/L)
Foam Tips (Red: M)
The design of the H-200 is very similar to the shape of the AKG K3003. The design is a little simpler and less flashy though. The H-200 had many mockups that showed various colors, although the black with gold accents was my favorite color scheme, the black with a darker gunmetal accent looks great as well. The red cable can give the IEM another dimension of color, especially when coupled with the red foam tips, while the black cable remains sleek and more professional. Overall, the H-200 has a very handsome, unobtrusive design.
Two balanced armatures control the upper ranges while a strong dynamic driver supplies the supple low end. The driver configuration pumps out a sound signature that is very balanced overall. Don’t let the graph below fool you, the bass on the T-Peos have excellent control and a fast quick decay, in some cases faster than my HiFiMan RE-400, that allows beautiful rendering while the midrange sits at a very neutral level with treble that can become a bit too splashy.
The bass on the H-200, as stated before, is controlled in a way that stops it from going flabby or muddy. Texturing has very subtle texturing while offering a thicker, more solid feel. The H-200s offer a nice bit of impact with each hit that comes out that has ample umph behind it. Despite that, I still found the bass to actually be very tight with good accuracy behind its punch, I might even go as far to say it was tighter than the RE-400.
The midrange of the H-200 is reminiscent of something you’d see in an Etymotic or something that’s more DF-oriented. It has a nice aggressive personality behind it that allows for a strong detail-based midrange. This especially makes guitars come alive. Up top, the clarity has a beautiful ring behind it that doesn’t go harsh; it’s present and strong, but not over the top. The vocals on the H-200 are present with good dynamic range. Lower-octave lushness is amply present while the upper-octaves give energy and sweetness to each vocal allowing both power and emotion to come across well.
As we head upstairs into the treble, we see the main issues that come with the IEM, not that the treble is bad. The lower treble has a nice, present snap to it that has ample detailing, but doesn’t give that convincing fully extended snap at times. In the upper treble, I found that the detailing was very strong, but not in an aggressive manner. There was a bit of a metallic tinge to the sound unfortunately, and it could be a little sibilant from time to time. Extension into the upper ranges is ample.
I have to say that the build of the T-Peos is very convincing overall. As you’d expect with a premium, flagship model, a carrying pouch is included. This one is leather with a magnetic snap and has the T-Peos name embossed into it. It’s nicely sized and very portable for on the go.
The housings on the T-Peos are machined and constructed out of metal. That said, the housings feel very firm and strong. Two layers of metal are visible on the housing that enclose the three drivers within. The cables disconnect from the housings and have a long strain relief on them. With all said, the housings on the H-200 are resilient and well designed.
As stated, the cable on the H-200 is removable and there are two included in the box. Above the y-split, the cables are identical, just different colored rubber. The cord seems a little thinner than I’d like up here, my only complaint about the H-200’s build. Below the y-split, the red cable continues the rubber scheme. This is a downer for people who require an audio-only cable as the black cable is braided and fabric in this area. The black cable feels stronger than the red, but does have a tendency to tangle.
Terminating either cable is the headphone jack that is angled at the standard 90 degrees. There is a strain relief that comes out of the jack that is amply sized, but some may wish for it to be a little longer. Either way, the strain relief does it’s job well and the gold plating is done to ensure that it resists corrosion.
From both pictures of the housings above, you’ll notice there is an ovular protrusion coming out of the housings. These actually do a great job allowing the H-200 to sit a little more securely in the ear. The T-Peos can be worn up or down as well, but they feel a little better down than up (I still wear up). T-Peos does include various tips with the H-200 to allow you to obtain the proper fit with them. I did run into the issue of driver flex quite a bit on the H-200, more than usual where it could become a slight problem. This issue will be different for everyone though.
The T-Peos can be picked up for 250 bucks. They stand to be a great value in this price range; the quality it offers is up there with the top dogs. The H-200 stands to be one of the best values I can suggest for the price. Not only does it offer top-notch sound quality, it also is built well with overall good comfort; the design isn’t too shabby either. The cables can be swapped in and out so you can go with or without a remote and mic on the fly. T-Peos is also planning on releasing an upgrade, silver cable for use; this can acoustically alter the sound of the IEM.
T-Peos may be a newer player in the game of headphones, but they’ve shown, through the H-200, that they can play with the big dogs. And play they will (comparisons to other IEMs to come). It’s built well and very versatile. The T-Peos H-200 offers a sound that the average-Joe, as well as an audiophile, can truly enjoy finding a nice medium between the preferred sounds.
I’d like to thank T-Peos for the product sample.
Edited by tinyman392 - 8/4/13 at 5:35am