B&W quick impressions
They have launched these hybrids targeting the general market in Korea where the trend is with pop/digital music and they have explained that their aim was to have the B&W appropriate for that trend. So to be fair, I listened to a lot of K-pop with this. Sigh...I won't diss on K-pop.
I actually found the fit on these a lot more comfortable in my ears compared to the H-100II. Possibly because it has a larger housing. The H-100II's small housing feels flimsy in my ears even with the right tips. The housing this time is of similar materials with aluminium and brass. They are just as light if not lighter than the H-100II. The cable is again the 'micro groove' cable and as I have mentioned before, they are not the best with microphonics but I feel they are acceptable considering its price range.
I felt that the overall sound is very different to the hybrid products that T-Peos is currently offering. These are not on the bright side and it feels T-Peos has focused on the lower mids and upper~mid lows on this one giving it a fuller sound. Out of the T-Peos products I have been able to try so far, after the DD-200, I consider the B&W their second basshead in-ear.
Many people have complained about the sibilance and sharpness that they felt with the H-100II but that is no longer there with the B&W. It felt weird because I was so use to the refreshing highs on the other hybrids. Although present, they are nowhere near as being clear and quite often I felt they were a bit muddy. The highs are a lot softer on the ears and I feel that non-audiophiles will be lot more accepting of it.
If you're coming from T-Peos' other hybrids you may feel that the vocals are veiled on these. High~mid vocal range sounds recessed and the lower end is easier to hear. With all the vocal effects added in Korea's popular music with auto-tune and what not, it actually sounds better to me that way. Listening to Psy's new hit 'Hangover' it makes Snoop Dogg's voice sound deeper and gives it that 'ganji' as Koreans would say, which kind of translates to the English slang 'swag'. Mid and midbass has been increased giving those digital effects and synthesizer sounds more impact.
With the H-100II I said that the bass was appropriate with the popular music trend but I want to take that back. The B&W's bass is a lot more in quantity and the kick has more impact. Sub-bass and the rumble is easily recognizable and sometimes feels that it is overpowering. But that's usually what the general public like.