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Sure, the R3s are kind of chunky and weird looking, but I actually like that about them - they're not afraid to be different, and the little silver capsules are quite endearing. Yes, the Kefs are also equally standout in their looks, I don't dispute that. But crucially I can put the R3s in my ears easily, using the stock tips they come with (haven't even tried the other tips in the box yet) and they are like egyptian down pillows compared to the medieval stretch racks of the M200s. Once in, they are virtually invisible to feel, being lightweight and not requiring a deep canal-molesting insertion. The M200s did my nut in with their fit requirements (could never get a tip with good enough compromise between seal and sound) - yes they sound pretty good, but it wasn't worth the hassle in the end.

Plus - and this is a big plus - I get no driver flex so far with the R3s, whereas my Kefs blew out on me within a week of owning them. Shoddy really.

 

Not arguing with you.. I had the same problems with fit of the M200's. But that was until I tried the Comply Tx500's on them. Comply's are a bit of a pain to get into the ears, but man, do the M200's now fit nicely, and sound awesome. I'm glad I persevered. Also, no driver flex problems. Regardless, the R3's look good (well, not sure about the looks, but you know what I mean).

 

@d marc0: I've been meaning to also say that your photos are very cool. Nice!

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Thank you for sharing your journey (...and not just the destination :). May I ask what kinds of metal you listen to?

 

The H-200 are on their way right now. Bought them from another head-fi member. I'm hoping they'll pair well with my shiny new ZX1. :)

 

Congrats on getting the H200! You'll definitely love them with metal.

 

I personally listen to thrash, progressive, a bit of numetal, speed metal and old school glam metal. Just some of my favourites:

Pantera, Lamb of God, Trivium, Metallica, Megadeth, Newsted, Tool, Dream Theater, Helloween, DragonForce, SOAD, LInkinPark, etc...

 

 

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Not arguing with you.. I had the same problems with fit of the M200's. But that was until I tried the Comply Tx500's on them. Comply's are a bit of a pain to get into the ears, but man, do the M200's now fit nicely, and sound awesome. I'm glad I persevered. Also, no driver flex problems. Regardless, the R3's look good (well, not sure about the looks, but you know what I mean).

 

@d marc0: I've been meaning to also say that your photos are very cool. Nice!

 

Yeah, if one manages a good fit with the M200 they are magnificent. I also noticed that on my second unit, there is much less driver flex compared to my first which in fact died for no apparent reason. So just like any other IEMs out there, some batches are bad but most of them should be fine.

 

Thanks Wayne! I'll keep on posting great photos for you guys.

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Considering there isn't any recent complaints about the m200 at head-fi, most likely it's the first batch inconsistencies.

As for the R3, they're built like a tank. Haven't heard any problems about them yet...
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Considering there isn't any recent complaints about the m200 at head-fi, most likely it's the first batch inconsistencies.

As for the R3, they're built like a tank. Haven't heard any problems about them yet...

 

All these talk about how good it is...I'll have another go in trying to fit it in and stay in...

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All these talk about how good it is...I'll have another go in trying to fit it in and stay in...

If it's the R3's, they are worth all the fiddling and hassle. Make it work for you and you'll be rewarded in return.
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If it's the R3's, they are worth all the fiddling and hassle. Make it work for you and you'll be rewarded in return.

 



Couldn't agree more. As i've said before, my R3s have been zero hassle really - I'm back to using the stock medium single silicone tips that it came with and on my daily walking commute (45 mins each way), I have no discomfort or microphonic issues, and the sound is soooo lovely. I'm a happy camper, especially as they cost me about a third of the M200s (got a great deal via a well known auction site, but even at the £80 rrp these are roughly half the price of the Kefs, so a complete bargain if you ask me).

By the way D marcO, you don't know me but those M200s you got were mine!

Oh, so you're proedros' friend? Cool! Pleasure to finally meet you mate. When that M200 died, I was really worried. Fortunately, KEF customer service is great. They took care of my situation really well.
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Oh, so you're proedros' friend? Cool! Pleasure to finally meet you mate. When that M200 died, I was really worried. Fortunately, KEF customer service is great. They took care of my situation really well.

 



Yeah, me and Proed go way back. Good to meet you too! Great thread you got here - one of the best.

Despite Kef's CS being great - for which I am glad, on your behalf - the reason why I am so down on the durability of the M200s is that the pair you got from me were a replacement for my original faulty ones. That yours then went and died in exactly the same way sends alarm bells ringing for me, to the extent that I am wary of going near that model, at least until Kef announce a replacement or upgrade for it that appears to be better designed.

I could be being extra sensitive, but the M200s are strange beasts - on the one hand, their design is such that they make the user go the extra mile far more than other IEMs I've tried (and I've had tons of the things) to get a decent fit. My ears never really thanked me for the pain I inflicted on them. But then on the other hand, if you do get a good tip selection that allows you to fit without too much pain, the sonic rewards are ample.

But are those rewards greater than those you can reap with other IEMs out there - such as the R3? The R3 is another 'weird' looking design that requires a bit of effort compared to your standard stick-in-ear jobs, but they're not at all tricky for me and placed next to the M200s they are a walk in the proverbial park. Factor in Brainwavz being old hands at the game and the driver housing, cable and strain relief quality of the R3s, not to mention a 2 year warranty, all at half the price of the KEFs, and well.......

I dunno, Can you think of ways in which the M200s beat the R3s? Bass maybe, but then I always had a twinge of suspicion that the bass of the M200s was slightly too overpowering for my tastes, leading into a thick mid range that was a tad too stodgy to really blow my mind.

 

Thanks mate! :beerchug:

 

As for the M200's advantage over the R3's... I still personally prefer the R3 in most aspects. Although despite my preference, to my ears the M200 is a little bit more refined or mature sounding than the R3. Unfortunately there are also flaws in it's presentation that's why I prefer the R3 overall.

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If it's the R3's, they are worth all the fiddling and hassle. Make it work for you and you'll be rewarded in return.

 

Yeah, unfortunately the memory wire is kinda blended into the cable, so I can't cut and peel it out 

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Yeah, unfortunately the memory wire is kinda blended into the cable, so I can't cut and peel it out 

What a predicament. Have you tried just folding them 3 times to reduce the length. It doesn't look good but does the job.
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Has anybody recabled them? 

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I don't think anyone has... I surely wish I had the skill.
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I mean it can;t be so hard for someone who has experience with cable making right? 

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Yeah, I've been looking for one for the longest time. I have my 2nd mh1 on stand by for recabling. Even tried to ask a few eBay cable sellers but to no avail.
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Guess I'll have to pester my neighbour about that shortening of the memory wire...been about ten days since I gave them to him.

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