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T-Peos Appreciation and Discussion Thread (updated with new Altone Series)

post #1 of 127
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I always wanted to create a thread dedicated to all of T-Peos products.

 

This thread will be free to flow naturally and talk about any T-Peos products in terms of impressions, comparisons, etc.

I am not being paid by T-Peos but I have received a good amount of different products for auditioning and reviewing from them within the past year. I felt very privileged and will be forever grateful for those opportunities. I have been writing most of my reviews in my limited Korean language skills for Korean audiophile sites but would like to put in some more effort in writing and posting them in English here at head-fi.

 

For those who don't know, T-Peos is a Korean micro-speaker r&d company which went under the company name of SWP Shinwoo Electronics. They went into the earphone business April of 2012 and established their brand name in March 2013 releasing an impressive range of dynamic, ba, and hybrid in-ears. On average, they have been releasing a new product every 2 months, developing each product in half the time it normally takes for most audio companies. They are known in Korea for their unique sound signature and cost effective products. Their aim is to deliver great sound at the lowest consumer price possible and although I have received more T-Peos products than I have actually purchased, I really do feel that this is their aim with each T-Peos product I have experienced.

 

H-100 II (1 DD + 1 BA)

 

Black & White (1 DD + 1 BA)

 

-Update-

 

Here are some preview pics of the newly released Altone series here in Korea. I am yet to know if they plan to release these overseas. I apologize for not updating this in a while.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make things a bit more clear...

 

Altone 150 - Name was changed from Altone 100 to Altone 150 to avoid confusion I'm guessing. I will explain later. The Altone 150 is a single 8.6mm dynamic driver iem.

 

Altone 250 - This is where a lot of the confusion is. The original Altone 200 talked about here on head-fi could be seen as a prototype to the prototype? Like a pre-prototype for the Altone 350. The Altone 250 is a totally different product. Before, they named this double hybrid the Altone 200 here in Korea. Since this will confuse people with the triple hyrbid Altone 200 released overseas, I'm assuming they renamed this one to Altone 250. Once again, The Altone 250 was renamed from Altone 200 but this is not the same as the one released overseas last year. This is a double hybrid featuring a Knowles ED single ba and a 10mm dynamic driver.

 

Altone 350 - This one can be seen as the revised version of the Altone 200 released overseas since it is a triple hybrid featuring two TWFK ba drivers and a single 10mm dynamic driver. It is the flagship of T-Peos. Previously, it was called the Altone 300 but hence all the confusion, I'm assuming was renamed to the 350. I was told by T-Peos that the 350 were a revised version of the previous flagship, H-300. They have considered the feedback of it's users and have retuned it's drivers and came out in a new attractive design as the Altone 350.

 

The Altone 150, 250, 350 are all detachable and are able to take other cables that T-Peos sells. I am aware that there are aftermarket cables seen on other threads. Compatible with H-300, H-200 cables.

 

I hope this clears up some of the confusion.


Edited by jonyoo - 2/24/15 at 7:04pm
post #2 of 127
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I will start this thread off by posting photos of the latest I have received.

This is the sample product I received which will replace T-Peos' first hybrid in-ear H-100 and will be released next week as H-100 II.

There is no difference in terms of sonic qualities and characteristics with the first H-100. Their aim for this product was to redesign and eliminate any unnecessary manufacture processes to cut down on production costs while retaining the original sound signature. Therefore, being able to sell the same great sound at a cheaper price. The CEO of T-Peos let me on in a rumor that it may be close to half the price of the original H-100. I am quite sure there will put up a presale announcement in the sponsor announcements and deal forum soon. Anyways, just wanted to start this off by sharing this with you guys. I will be posting more information soon. As for now enjoy the photos :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #3 of 127

Very good thread this jonyoo, well done mate

post #4 of 127

You guys really think Tpeos H-100 sounds good?

post #5 of 127
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Originally Posted by zamorin View Post
 

You guys really think Tpeos H-100 sounds good?

Well, so far, I am unable to find earphones that can match up to it's cost effectiveness. I am always open to try new things and T-Peos has amazed me each time with their new products. If there are any two driver hybrids that cost $70 and sound better than this, let me know.

post #6 of 127

I paid $130 for it. Compared with the GR07 which costs almost the same, I find GR07 better on all fronts except for the deep sub-bass. The biggest issue for me had been the overwhelming treble. Other than that, the built quality of the H-100 is fantastic. Tpeos should really have toned down the treble.

post #7 of 127
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Originally Posted by zamorin View Post
 

I paid $130 for it. Compared with the GR07 which costs almost the same, I find GR07 better on all fronts except for the deep sub-bass. The biggest issue for me had been the overwhelming treble. Other than that, the built quality of the H-100 is fantastic. Tpeos should really have toned down the treble.

I am aware many people have an issue with it's treble presence, but there are also many other people who really appreciate it's brightness. They are rereleasing the H-100 at almost half the price of what you paid for with a couple non-sound changes to make it more budget-friendly and more available for people who are looking for great performance for under $100. I think this might be one of the bang for buck deals of the century.

post #8 of 127

Some people like the treble hot, to me, T-PEOS' problem is the upper mid peaks

post #9 of 127

With the price of T-Peos H100J in Korea about 45$ (lowest), maybe it is the cheapest hybrid IEM until now. 
I hope there will be a thread for all of Korean earphone/headphone brands: LG, Samsung, T-peos, Xacarero, Dynamic Motion....

post #10 of 127
Interesting thread! Subbed! smily_headphones1.gif
post #11 of 127
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H-100 -> H-100 II changes

 

-Housing design (still the same material SUS 303 aluminium)
-A two tone (black and red) flat cable what they call "micro groove" for tangle free use and less microphonics

-L type plug

-Mic and remote function for compatible with smartphones

-Package design will not be nearly as nice with the previous H-100 but this is to make the product itself more affordable for general consumers.

(excuse their typo in the image below, they meant to say foam tip not 'form tip' lol)

 

Now here is the biggest change:

I remember the last H-100 being priced at $150.

These will be put up for sale next week for 69,000won here in Korea which is roughly $70.

For international sales, I'm pretty sure it's likely to expect a price between $70 to $80 which is basically half the price for the same sound!

 

 

*images taken from T-Peos

 

For those who don't know, these are hybrid with a 8mm dynamic driver and the single BA driver is WBFK series from Knowles.

 

Comfort/Isolation

There are no discomfort issues however, the new cable has a little bit of weight on them compared to the last ones but at least it has eliminated some of the microphonics which was a big issue to me. Because the cables are slightly heavier, there is a big of a tugging down feeling. The problem with that is it changes the depth/angle of the insertion which drastically changes the sound especially when moving, not much of a problem if you're sitting still. It's nothing a bit of foam tips or a cable clip can't solve though. If you have smaller ear canals, it might not even be a problem for you. Unfortunately, mine are large even some large silicone tips don't fit.

 

Speaking of tips, I highly recommend using the previous H-100 tips with these or the tips that came with the H-200. I'm talking about the one's that are black with the color on the inside like in the photo that I posted earlier in this thread. You should get better results with more clear and extension in the highs and lows. I think Sony used similar tips as well. Well, this goes for all T-Peos products actually. Well thats my tips on tips.

 

Sound

As for sound, they are suppose to sound the same as the previous H-100 as the drivers and interior build is identical. These were also mean to have a fun V-type sound.

Nonetheless, here are my impressions.

 

Highs

My latest experience with T-Peos hybrid was the H-300 and I immediately noticed that these have a lot less overall treble presence. I wasn't able to notice a bad peak anywhere in the highs. Very crisp and clear highs and really like the extension on it. When I listen to certain tracks in rock I have a tendency to like the high hats sound a bit unnaturally higher and these can  do that even EQ if need be so I was quite satisfied with it. These also helped me notice how much my sonic preferences changed over a year. Last year when I heard these, it sounded sharp to my ears and irritating. Right now, I'm loving it.

 

Mids

Starting off with the vocal range, I noticed a slight peak in the 2~4kHz range and a dip in the 1kHz and it wasn't anything a little bit of EQing couldn't fix. The peak in the upper mids is where most of the sibilance comes from as well. One thing I wouldn't recommend listening with these is any type of hard rock genres. Hardcore, metal, anything that has that thick heavy electric guitar distortion or overdrive is a no no for these. It just sound messy and muffles up the vocals. Stick to music that goes well with a fun v type signature. Up to some indie and alternative rock might be ok but I'd stay away from the heavy stuff cause it will sound like an old radio. Was that too harsh? Rest of the instruments whether computer generated or not are produced nicely and separation is above average.

 

Bass

I have never been able to dislike the bass in any of T-Peos's products. I guess having no cons is a pro. Always admire that deep sub bass rumble as well as the tight and impactful sound of the kick. Whether you're listening to pop, club, house, electronica, r&b, trance, techno, jazz, acoustic I really like how these present the bass. I found these very appropriate for Korea's market as k-pop and electronic is the most popular genre here.

 

Now remember these use to be $150 but are now being priced at almost half the price. It won't be fair to expect anything above the $200 price range although they are often compared to products much more expensive than that. I don't find these superior to the H-200 or the H-300 but are still give off a sound that I can admire and could get use to. I am just so surprised at how cheap these are going to be sold. I can say with the most confidence that there is nothing that sounds better than this in Korea at least at $70. I hope many others will take advantage of the presale opportunity that is to come soon and admire what T-Peos has to offer.

post #12 of 127
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Originally Posted by Tarnum View Post
 

With the price of T-Peos H100J in Korea about 45$ (lowest), maybe it is the cheapest hybrid IEM until now. 
I hope there will be a thread for all of Korean earphone/headphone brands: LG, Samsung, T-peos, Xacarero, Dynamic Motion....

 

I think this is the closest thread to that :) Not exactly audio related discussions going on all the time though..

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/681341/the-korean-thread/195#post_10424607

post #13 of 127
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Originally Posted by jonyoo View Post
 

I am aware many people have an issue with it's treble presence, but there are also many other people who really appreciate it's brightness. They are rereleasing the H-100 at almost half the price of what you paid for with a couple non-sound changes to make it more budget-friendly and more available for people who are looking for great performance for under $100. I think this might be one of the bang for buck deals of the century.

Ya, I agree, for that price, its good value.

post #14 of 127

I was approached my T-PEOS to sample one of their new H-100 II products.

Just some quick first impressions...

I must say it's a pleasant sounding hybrid, especially for the asking price, $70-$80?. To my ears it's rather balanced from the bass, mids, highs but with a clean brighter tonality, expansive soundstage and impressive separation. There's a slight upper-mid-range push which extracts detail well, best of all it's controlled unlike other IEM I hear which just come across as harsh. It 's a touch grainy but not to an extend which hinders the presentation  Again, fans of  DBA-02, Rockit R-50 and Brainwavs B2 should be looking into these, And don't be worried about the treble being strident is controlled on this earphone upstairs. 

I must say I really really like the cable and housing design, it appears T-PEOS snuck over to Sony H3 warehouse and borrowed some of their cabling, build is far above that of a $70 earphone. Usually when I hear a lower priced IEM these days it's hard to impress me, but these are really nice..





 

 




I'm going to let them run in for a while (in my ears actually) because I'm enjoying them quite a lot.

I'll report back in a few days with some second impressions.


Edited by H20Fidelity - 5/22/14 at 12:54am
post #15 of 127
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post
 

I was approached my T-PEOS to sample one of their new H-100 II products.

Just some quick first impressions...

I must say it's a pleasant sounding hybrid, especially for the asking price, $70-$80?. To my ears it's rather balanced from the bass, mids, highs but with a clean brighter tonality, expansive soundstage and impressive separation. There's a slight upper-mid-range push which extracts detail well, best of all it's controlled unlike other IEM I hear which just come across as harsh. It 's a touch grainy but not to an extend which hinders the presentation  Again, fans of  DBA-02, Rockit R-50 and Brainwavs B2 should be looking into these, And don't be worried about the treble being strident is controlled on this earphone upstairs. 

I must say I really really like the cable and housing design, it appears T-PEOS snuck over to Sony H3 warehouse and borrowed some of their cabling, build is far above that of a $70 earphone. Usually when I hear a lower priced IEM these days it's hard to impress me, but these are really nice..
 

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Thanks H20 for your impressions! These were officially launched in Korea just a couple hours ago. I think I will be buying one or two to give to friends as gifts. Currently, they're receiving a lot of mixed feedback here in Korea. Donno why there are so many people here saying the new logo and the earphone itself reminds them of the male's reproductive organ. Koreans can be really immature at times. Anyhow...oh no just ended up buying 6 for each member of my family.

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