I have a dream since months ago after read Golden-Ears AKG K550 review in last year to get this great stuff. And eventually I got it a few days ago with FiiO E07k USB DAC/Mobile headphone amp. Australia's greatest music gear producer AKG made this K550 model as people known it to reference headphone. By review of Golden-ears', frequency response is no clear and it is definitely close to reference standard.
Before it brings to me, my primary headphone was a little cheap model of K142HD. and it was enough to hear my lovely songs with FiiO E11 mobile headphone amp.
AKG K142HD - It brings to me a little bit pain for wearing in long time to fall in listening music by stiff cup cushion. Also its cup size not seems full-size. Weak assembly of each part of headphone makes me take it careful in all time. Of course it is for in-door only and open headphone,
K142HD sound is good for me (if it used with headphone amp) to listening my almost favor rock/metal and symphonic musics. Little lacking high frequency is comfort to make its volume to higher in safety level for my ear.
AKG K550 has super clear high frequency and really great-perfect fitting. Large ear cup makes no stress in long time listening music. I can't believe how closed headphone became a reference model, but it's true. Construction is durable. No air holes in outside of headphone shape. Simplified design and light weight becomes to great comfortable fitting.
First time of experience in listening music was so impacted to me. What a shiny sound ! I can feel like sound becomes to visually shines like a scene of movie. It was a perfection of sound that ever I never experienced before in headphones.
Behind of this perfection, there's also has dark side. referenced audio frequency hears actually boosted in higher frequency. So it makes me quickly tired than other headphones like boosted in lower frequency level. Like T-PEOS H-100 prototype, high frequency audio feels like to sibilancy distortion. It may cause of some people can't use this perfect headphone - Like there's no balance, not a good stuff - even it designed to reference.
One more negative, This is not for designed to going out. Not for on-the-go. But ironically AKG made it for mobile: K551 - just adjust cable length with iPhone compatible control unit. Actually K550 cable length is 3 meters and it could be possible carrying on-the-go with cable rolling up stuff. In case of using mobile headphone amp, my choice will be not so free: It will all in my bags and my shoulder also busy.
SO. I'm not recommend to use it for outdoor. Just listen your music in your quiet room with restful state.
Finally if I could make it score, I will give it 5/5 starts. Yes 100% perfect in price and performance, everything. And I recommend this stuff to "MUST HAVE ITEM" in your music life if you love to listening in detail.
Since 2013, Shin-woo Tech (SWT) has changed their brand name to T-PEOS. And new triple hybrid ( Twin BA and Dynamic Driver ) IEM is on last tuning for launch to World-wide market. This model is high-end product of T-PEOS inherit H-100.
Last days ago, pre-release tuned H-200 delivered to beta-testers. and I was one of them. Previously few months ago, I have chance to testing Engineering Sample of H-200, and it was used to exhibition of Japan-Audio. In that time, H-200 was not tuned well. so I need to use my mobile headphone amp, FiiO E11, to hear music clearly. H-200 ES was not so good in middle-range frequency. It felt like behind of fog. So I need to endure for next sample.
Eventually, T-PEOS H-200 going to final-goal. With me, most beta testers are got pre-release sample for a few days to testing. And I can see something happening in few months to T-PEOS. Now see more details.
Shelter leather case
A months ago, there's nothing like magnetic closing leather case. T-PEOS effort H-200 to high-end model of them.
Magnetic closer was comfort to keep H-200 into shelter. Easy to store IEM and take out. Inside of leather case was used velvety cloth.
Each parts of IEMFirst impressions of H-200 ES was looks like "Now it is in development". Brass body not coated and rubber material structure painted as Sky-blue. detachable cable connector was looks like monster and cable was also something strange to me.
Now in front of me, here's pre-released sample of H-200, and its brass body coated with tungsten. detachable connector, cable and 3.5pi connector shape changed.
H-200 has detachable connector and cable, so it makes possible to change your favorite cable like 'Normal cable for music' or 'Headset cable for iPhone and Androids'. and basic headset cable was same like H-100 cable. Fabric-coated lower cable and metallic outfit stopper was same. but important evolution was in cable pliability. H-200 has more softness than H-100 cable. it was easy to bend and easy to be demobilized.
Headset mic is compatible with most of US-standard 4-pole 3.5-pi connector. I can control my iPhones to talk,play/stop music. by hold down button, Siri answered to me.
L-type 3.5-pi plug was good decision. Previous models of T-PEOS doesn't adopted L-type plug. it was bad position to People who using almost of iPhone and Android devices. But this time, T-PEOS finally adopted L-plug. We can shout to "Yeah!" and we can expect its durability elevated.
H-200 housing used brass. It's lighter and stainless steel of H-100. Housing volume has increased but weight gone to half.
It used detachable connector. its coherence was tight. but I can see small crevice. It seems be enhanced to before official release. Housing structure was so nice to me. it looks like metallic craft-work.
And Silicon-tip has improved, wearing feels more stable and material changed to hard. My dissatisfaction of H-100 was this silicon-tip. but now H-200 doesn't need to find more comfortable silicon-tip.
H-200 ear-wax guard mesh is not a kind of metal. it looks like fabric. I don't worry about this, But some people may think this need to be changed or enhanced. It's up to T-PEOS.
Evolution of H-200H-200 is next version of H-100. Twin BA and dynamic driver used for harmonic and well balanced to deep bass. Absolutely improved mid and low frequency makes its harmonic to perfect. Compare with H-100? It's evolution. H-200 filled most of less-issues from H-100. Enough as you can imagine if have H-100 or heard that sound.
Y-type cable is same like H-100 and stopper also. but cable material is smooth than before.
IEM unit is not so small. It seems little bigger than H-100. But If you have experience about Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3, wearing is enough to listening music. And H-200 also has over-average fit. but Ear-rounding fit impossible by DC connector structure. this is negative position to enjoying ear-rounding fit people. T-PEOS need enhance this negative issue to making possible to new DC connector design for ear-rounding fit.
As above picture, you can compare each different products of IEM. From left, UE700, H-100, H-200 and Aurvana IE3.
Testing conditionI used Apple devices for compare to H-200 and H-100. iPod touch 4G excepted in this comparison by higher output impedance. Such like multiple BA products are sensitive in audio source device's impedance. H-200 also seems like that. higher impedance makes sound to less-bass. I heard same song in iPod touch 4G and iPhone 4, It could be sense to easy.
So in this testing, I used iPhone 5 and 4 to hearing my lose-less encoded audio source from my CD. Audio format used ALAC and these sources are created in iTunes 10. Mobile head-phone amp not used in this test.
|With iPad mini, it was perfect !|
ListeningI have tested H-200 with my ALAC audio sources with iPhone 4 and 5. With album cover art, explained some notices of H-200 result.
Neujahrskonert 2013 ( New year concert 2013 )
In this year, 2013, I need refresh myself to listening bright musics. So I chosen this CD in January in local music store. Sound of "Wiener Philharmoniker Orchestra" was enough to listening with H-200. People making noises, preparing play, coughs and people's laugh in most of tracks. Even sensitive string noise of instruments are one of H-200's sound. Improved mid-to-lower frequency are enough to enjoying music.
*No album cover art in this time by not published to world-wide global market*
"Grand' Opera" title published in South Korea only. So I couldn't get album cover art. It contains various opera musics in 4 CD. First recorded in analog and remastered in digital and published, too. I can hear white noise in all tracks with H-200. Voice of vocals are so powerful and definite. Definition of voice is really big feature of H-200 from H-100.
This CD is package of - rest in peace - Karajan's best 100 musics. Published in South Korea only by EMI. From simple to orchestra, all of great musics are enough to enjoying with H-200. Definition of sound much better than H-100. High frequency is feels less than H-100. It seems reason of tuned for well balanced in all-round frequency response.
From the movie, highlight cuts into audio tracked. Each actor's voice and background orchestra well mixed into each tracks. Not much like professional musical, but it's enough to reminds movie scenes. Warner Bros. well recorded actor's voice and H-200 well replayed.
As I know, this album is soundtrack of "The Score". but never seen in South Korea. But I love this CD to enjoying while reading some books. Sedate to magnificent playing is lovely sound to me. H-200 replayed its features well.
But there's some weakness found. Hard sound, like drum beat, not appears to definitely. It's like little boosted or one step backward. In kind of symphonic metal, in case of complex instruments are at session, H-200's bass seems to need more definition.
ConclusionThis H-200 is not released sample for market. It left to last tune for good performance. T-PEOS will make it better, and we could see H-200 on market as soon as. I don't have experience of AKG K3003. And VSonic GR08 is still in shadow. Triple hybrid IEM maybe the blue ocean of middle to high-end mass production. UE Triple.Fi 10 and UE900 are not Triple hybrid IEM. We are standing in the way of many choices. What do you like, What you will choose, it's up to you. If I have chance to buy new triple hybrid IEM, choice will T-PEOS H-200.
And H-200 still has improvement points like bass-definition, variable DC cables, connector finishing and peoples's much different of mass demands. I hope T-PEOS take good improvements to make H-200 to Best of triple hybrid IEM products.
T-PEOS (The Premium Of Shinwoo) requested beta-testing to me for D-200 series. D-200 is a low price mid-high quality dynamic driver used in ear headphone included phone mic and control button (vi or ip).
Before read my review, this product is not released on market. There's no packaging and manual. please consider this issue.
I got two different shape model of D-200 from T-PEOS. D-201PR and D-202PB is same model but has different shape for various needs. these products are compatibles to phone call with iPhone and Androids. 4-pin 3.5pi US-standard connector used.
A defect point is 3.5pi connector housing is too thick for use in most of metallic bumper cased iPhone or Android phones. If you are using metallic bumper case like Vapor series or El3ctron and Cleeve, it not be possible to perfect inserting.
Cable is flat-anti-tangled rubber based material.
There's two different colors, each D-201 and D-202.
Phone call mic is placed on right side of cable from Y separation. it has a button to control play/stop music, receive/release call and voice command or Siri(above iPhone 4s) activation.
Dynamic driver used for 8mm neodymium magnetic. Housing seems to be stainless steel. and black pearl coated. and laser masking for indicates L/R with T-PEOS logo. Each different T-PEOS logo masked on D-201 and D-202.
Silicon tip (or cap) is used for general-purpose and easy to getting one like most of in-ear headphones. D-200's silicon tips are not so soft. little solid for perfect fit on your out side of canal.
Cable is also little solid and elastic. So if you are use at outdoor, take care about touching noise when you in listening music or phone calling. but it is so good at durability.
And different color matched models seems to be released on market. (See below matches)
Audio quality is depends on who will listen, what music or audio for listen. watch below graph. refer to Golden Ears measurement of AKG K-550(yellow and green) and T-PEOS D-200 (blue). I have mixed both different measured graph at one.
D-200 has a lot of bass from under 1KHz. it means you can feels more heavier than referenced stuff like AKG K-550 headphone. 1 to 5KHz, this area is not so improved like reference, but 5 to 10KHz is shifted. it means you can hear more high frequency area.
In my case, it hears heavy bass with not-bad high tones. Don't need worry about bass masking. bass is not so overwhelming to mask another frequency. you can hear mighty drums and heavy distorted heavy metal guitars with good hi-hat, snare and cymbals.
When you having phone call, voice hears really clear. mic performance is enough to send my voice.
D-200 price will release to $20 ~ $30 USD on market. Do not expect its performance will take over expensive stuffs. But compare with almost $40~50 USD stuffs, you will better to choose this series. It has enough merit for price to good performance.
In South Korea, One dictator's daughter is run for the presidency. She also well known as "Note princess". The Note princess, it come to reason of nothing can do without any note/notice from her blind brief slaves. Since dead of Jeong Hee Park - dictator of South Korea - South Korea has a sickness by brainwashing. Dictator's government did brainwashing project to South Koreans by take over all mass medias like news papers, TV and radios.
New York Times announced her as "In a Rowdy Democracy, a Dictator’s Daughter With an Unsoiled Aura". The unsoiled aura - it looks like " a clean dictator doing Democracy movement". what a comedy? Brainwashed people (almost in age of 50 to 60) actually following her as like zombies. There's nothing like reason, humanity. just doing like washed brain command to praise her.
In past of South Korea, there's many dictators. and they always made local feelings to hate each others : West and East. Almost of dictators are from east, we call there as "TK : TaeGu, KyungSang do". specially M.B Lee - a ratty man who wanna be become a custom play like J.H.Park - government made modern autocracy in South Korea. Without any money, there's nothing. people became slaves for the rich. Police and Law is a weapon for keep safe for the rich. not normal people. The human rights fallen to the hell. Mass media lost their integrity. Democracy movement gone to jail. there was no human rights in 2000's.
The big brother company trying kill small companies. take important technical information, then waste. just easy. Government is big brothers' side. they don't need small company 'cause big money always sponsored from big brothers. so easy.
Half of nation became zombie. and it's continue to keep autocracy for their rich by Sae-Nuri-party (Han Nara party). Ugly people still trivial to them like well trained zombies. perfect brainwashed zombies are automatically fights to Democracy movement. How it is so nice ? Just keep watching fight each other. nothing to be controlled more. they were brainwashed.
In the end of 2012, we have new Presidential election. it is kind of fight democracy and autocracy. brainless note princess is a puppet of power of dictators. She doesn't having conversation with others, no combination, don't understand what is human rights, what is legal. what is illegal. without note, it is a marionette, old spinster. People need wake up for their human rights. fight for the democracy again. be not a zombie. be not a pit bull for fight autocracy.
Remember. how many people gone to fight for the democracy. Do you want to be a zombie of dictators? it's up to your vote. open your eyes of inner spirit. choose the right. Democracy belongs to right vote.
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ShinWoo Tech is historic audio parts producing company in South Korea since 1986. They are started to producing audio parts for Nokia TMC and professional in tuning detailed audio products.
In 2012, ShinWoo Tech(SWT) planed to making new generation in-ear headphone for personal music listening with Golden Ears(GEN). GEN is a large audio products measuring community in South Korea. Since 2012, GEN started to put their certification mark for Hi-Fi audio quality products.
This is not a public or official certification, but people who loves Hi-Fi audio quality music devices or products will knows this golden tag on out side of any products.
And T-PEOS H-100 is a first certified product of GEN's.
What Hi-Fi ?Check following measured graph pictures.
1st, Frequency Response Measure:
In case of in-ear headphone (earphones) are not easy to making for Hi-Fi audio frequency as flat and linear.
2nd, more detailed Frequency Response.
3rd, Perceived Frequency Response.
Finally, Cumulative Spectral Decay.
Storing box.H-100 didn't used PVC or rubber.
Real wood case will be on your hand if you bought this really nice product.
In a box, (if you have removed sealing tag) there's inner protecting PVC shield. you can pick out them easily. * and following picture's PVC package is not for commercial version, this is for reviewer's prototype version. do not refer to released commercial product image *
H-100 in-ear headphone.
A soft formed carrying case with strong hanging clip.
4 differential sized double typed silicon sleeves(tips), totally 8 sleeves.
An Airplane dual plug gender
An Anti-drop down neck chain.
A swiping brush. (Release version color changed to black)
Manuals with a guarantee card (I don't know how it applied for English or Japanese language)
Appearance of H-100
H-100 has full metal housing for durable and anti-leaking audio.
Cable used partial fiber coated, non-PVC and ROHS complied materials.
Metal housing applied Knureing cutting for visual and picking up easily.
Fiber coated cable is not comfort to bending or untie from rolled in carrying case.
From separated ring, near neck double cable has not enough length if you like to rounding fit with auricle, if you had ear rounding fit, separating ring will placed under your jaw.
Connecting plug in iOS devicesIt is enough and comfort to connect any modern iOS devices in 3.5pi plug hole.
And it will be same on any Android devices.
Finally, this is enough to most of iPod and iPod touch, iPhones. they are Okay for using this in-ear headphone.
Audience with UE600, UE700
With UE600 and UE700, it was tested to how different between UE series and H-100.
Tested with iPod touch 4 (iOS 5.1.1, jailed) and set EQ to none(flat) for the fairness.
Listened these music albums for how feeling comes to me.
Specially deep and balanced bass was not so hard, and little boosted high frequency makes music little sharpness. Totally H-100 is seems like a reference level Hi-Fi in-ear headphone.
If it used to foamed sponge in sided silicon sleeve (tip) used, you can hear more bass. it isolates more noises from out side headphone and increases deep bass into your canal to the tympanum.
H-100 is better balanced than UE700.
In FR graph, even it better than AKG K3003. (refer to following measured FR from Golden Ears)
T-PEOS H-100 is virginal product for ShinWoo's own name brand. It need to be enhanced for comfortable inserting into ear canal 'cause silicon sleeve (tip). And little short neck side cables need to be extended for comfort fit of ear rounding. Little heavy housing also need to be more light weighted.
Even these defects, H-100 is a strong and reference leveled in-ear headphone at similar price products.
If you have chance to listen music in local shop with this ultimate valued one, do not lose that chance. it will be comes to up for strong impact what you have listen.