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Over-Ear item created by jacksonchansf, Jun 12, 2012
Pros - Bass is punchy and fun, playful soundstage, price to performance ratio
Cons - None at this price
I already had Sennheasier HD 25 iis which are great on-ear headphones but i wanted to try these after a good experience with the Yamaha EPH-200s. I really enjoyed the Yamaha house sound and these didn't disappoint.
I'm more about the sound, but build wise they are really good quality. The white set are really aesthetically pleasing and quite trendy. They are light but well made and I'm not scared they'll break easily. They are super comfy and the pads rest just nicely on your ears. They are quite easy to get a good fit too.
Sound - these are quality sounding earphones. they have a unique smooth, open and detailed sound coming out of them. Instantly you'll hear how BIG the sound is. There is great depth and width to the soundstage. Unlike more analytical brighter headphones which pick out details easily but sometimes lose the "fun" factor of listening to music, these still pick out plenty in your music. BUT in a different way. Their open sound and the way instruments and vocals are placed in and out of your head let you hear details in your music that you haven't heard before. again, it's not an in your face type.. it's more subtle which helps you still enjoy and engage with your music without being forced to hear microdetails in a more pin point nature. Instruments and vocals are very intelligently placed and it's great being able to hear music in this way.
Bass - Punchy and with great resolution. Really dynamic. enough punch to really maximise that fun factor, and never overdone or exaggerated.
Mids and highs - Instruments sound VERY organic and natural. the timbre is very impressive. I haven't heard instruments this good and I have LOTS of IEMs and headphones, some three times more expensive. these have been tuned excellently to really help you engage with your music and hear everything at the same time.
I never really buy into "burn in", but these definitely improved after a couple days of listening. even though they sounder good out of the box, it was like a veil was lifted after a couple of days. this improved clarity and really improved the highs. This further aided the big soundstage.
Compared to my Senn HD25iis.
The Senns have bass that is maybe has a tad more weight and resolution and is slightly more impactful, but can sound quite clinical at times. Bass on the Yams is a tiny bit smoother but still with great resolution and punch.
Mids and highs on the Senns are again brighter which may make them sound clearer, but again you can see why DJs like them as they are quite analytical. Detail is more in your face, with the Yams it's married in with the music.
Soundstage - The Yams are FAR wider and more holographic. Senns can sound very congested and narrow. The music is fixed in your head, whereas the Yams have it placed around it and with fantastic precision. Again this makes them much more fun to listen to. Live music sound great with the Yams, as does movies. I watched the new Star Wars with them and it was wonderful. i guess gaming would be good to.
Please remember that the Yams are open eared so music does leak. Not as loud though as full size sets though. in fact even at high volume they don't leak sound to much so don't worry about others being interrupted.
I like both, but prefer the Yams for enjoying and relaxing with my music.
Pros - Great Sound stage, Extended and thumping Bass, very light clamping on the head, very comfortable
Cons - Velour pads may be itchy at first
Amazing Headphone! I got this from a deal which only costed me $60 including shipping. What a steal!
I'm a uni student and is very interested in audio and headphones. I currently own the ATH-M50 and the Focal Spirit One which both I enjoy a lot. However, in receiving my HPH-200, I found myself picking up less of my other two headphones.
The build of the HPH-200 is not bad at all, however it is not as nice to look at as the M50 or the Spirit Ones. The construction is rigid and doesn't seem to make any cracking noise as i stretch the headband which I sometimes can find on my M50s.
This headphone is very comfortable, light on the ears and the velour pad have some nice soft padding. The velour pad can get itchy at first, but I found myself quickly adapting to it and does not feel a thing now after 2 weeks of use.
I pair the HPH-200 with my AUNE T1 DAC/Amp and play flac, wav or ape from the mac pro. I love to listen to jazz and i think in my opinion the HPH-200 is very capable in this area and much more enjoyable than the M50 and Spirit One.
HPH-200 got some very good bass, well extended, goes very deep and has a nice powerful thump to it which I have not heard before. It is not muddy at all and does not get in the way of the mids and vocals.
The vocal sounded a bit far away at first when the headphone was not burnt in. One thing to note is that these headphones really needs to burn it as I found dramatic changes. At first the mid sounded very cold and does not make the vocal appear. However after about a week of listening, the vocal really shines and, but I still think it is not forward sounding as is the M50. Also, I found listening in complete isolation makes a lot of difference and I was able to listen to a lot of small details in tracks.
One thing I can say is that it is not fatiguing unlike the M50.
Wow! The sound stage is phenomenal! It has a very wide sound stage, instruments are separated very clearly. The depth is there but to me was not the wow factor. Lastly, the height, i didn't even know it could exist in headphones.
I am not an audiophile, but I reviewed this completely in my honest opinion. For the money, this headphone is unbeatable! For anyone who wants to try out open air headphones, but does not want to pay the premium price, this headphone is the way to go! 10/10!
Pros - Generously extended bass for an open can, good detail, good soundstage, I forget it is on my head (velour), portable.
Cons - Can sound veiled or heavy if you come from bright headphones, jack of all trades (master of none).
My audio chain is MP3@320 or FLAC > HiFimeDIY USB Isolator > HiFimeDIY Sabre U2 > Fiio 6" cable > Objective2 w/ 16v 400mA adapter > HPH-200.
If you are looking for a ~$100 on ear open can that has detailed but punchy bass (a rarity), a nice soundstage (nothing to rant about), and a well tuned mid-high range these are your best bet. They will probably pair best with a neutral or cold amplifier... Otherwise I think the bass could be unbalanced. It doesn't seem to bleed into the mids. Sibilance only shows up if it is not dealt with by the musician's mixing team.
The HPH-200 can handle pretty much every genre acceptably. Their utility keeps them from excelling at particular things... though the bass can get that crunchy edge for low electric guitar tunings and electronic music.
Comfort with the HPH-200 is good - velour! It beats the tar out of similar on ear headphones (hem, Grado).
The closest comparison I have is a Grado SR80i, which makes some vocals more smooth/lush at the expense of bass response and comfort. I'd pick the HPH-200 over the SR80i for everything that isn't all about vocals.
Buy it if you can.