Phiaton PS 200
The Phiaton PS 200 'Primal Series' isolating in-ear headphones balanced armature tweeter/ woofer array delivers spectacular sound. The lack of background disturbance ensures quality listening without having to overcome ambient noise with sheer volume. Plug in to your iPod or MP3 player -- or any other mobile music device -- and enjoy clean bass, excellent vocal mid-ranges and fabulous upper high-range fidelity from your quality 'lossless' digital audio files on the fly. Hooray for quiet listening anywhere!
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- Easy-to-wear design even for newcomers to in-ear headphones
- Great warm-toned sound quality with well-proportioned lows/mids/highs at all frequencies
- Deeply-engineered Phiaton style delivers unique looks with great ergonomics
- Perfect choice for iPod, iPad, laptop and MP3 music
What's In The Box:
- Phiaton silicone eartips 3 sizes - S/M/L
- Owner's guide
The ultra-lightweight Phiaton PS 200 [Primal Series] isolating in-ear headphones deliver great musical detail and a spacious sound as ambient background noises just fade away. The advanced balanced armature tweeter/ woofer array delivers spectacular sound quality with an especially well-detailed sound in the upepr mids & highs. The PS 200 comfortable in-ear fit minimizes background distractions and ensures a blissful private listening experience without having to overcome outside noise with sheer volume. Hooray for quiet listening anywhere! Plug in to your iPod or MP3 player -- or any other mobile music device -- and enjoy cleanly detailed, non-bloated bass response and fabulous upper high-range fidelity from your Lossless or uncompressed digital audio files during your on-the-fly journeys.
The Phiaton PS 200 provides soft silicon eartips in 3 sizes (S/M/L) for the most comfortable in-ear fit and for best sound quality performance -- try them all! The free 1-year manufacturer's repair or replacement warranty covers all defects and is serviced directly through Phiaton Headphones located in Irvine California only when purchased from authorized Phiaton dealers -- like HeadRoom!
- Sensitivity: 95dB
- Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year
- Headphone Type: In-Ear
- Weight: 5 grams w/o cord
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 39
- Detachable Cable: No
- Cord Type: Straight Y
- Coupler Size: Small
- Ear Coupler Type: IEM
- Isolation: -15dB ~ -20dB
- Microphone: No
- Driver Type: Balanced Armature
Posted by CerealKiller from Los Angeles, CA on 2011-12-15
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Comfortabe, accurate sound, good noise isolation and designed well.
Cons: The chord seems fragile, especially after the Y split. They are also a little overpriced.
I own the Shure e4c's and had a pair of Sennheiser CX500B's. The Phiaton's beat both in terms of sound quality and overall comfort.
They are more natural and warm sounding than the Shure e4c's and have a more balanced/accurate sound than the Sennheiser's; less bloated bass.
I prefer to loop the chord over my ear and behind my head when wearing them. It eliminates all microphonics when walking or doing activities and it keeps the chord out of your way without a clip; I put the chord under the back of my shirt. Very handy for daily use. They are also far easier to remove and insert than the Shure e4c's. That makes it much easier to wear out and about.
The case it comes with is also really nice and well made. It stores the plane adapter and 2 extra sets of eartips nicely. It also keeps the earbuds and chord well protected.
My only real complaint is the chord that comes out after the Y split. The chord leading up to it is 2-3 times thicker and also much more durable. After the Y split though, the chord seems fragile and thin. I already have a few kinks in the chord just from normal use; just packing it up or using it normally. There is no real damage to it yet, but I can see it breaking easily if you are not carefull.
The Shure's I own are made far tougher; thicker chord, tougher/thicker L jack, and overall better build and durability. The Sennheiser's are similar in terms of build quality; the chord was more adhesive though and got stuck to my shirt alot. Pretty annoying.
Overall, I think these are a good purchase if you want accurate sounding in ear monitors with no microphonic issues and are very comfortable to wear.
If you plan on exercising or being heavy handed with them, plan on buying a new set pretty fast though.
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Posted by CA from New Jersey on 2011-12-11
Recommend Product: No
Pros: Provide a Good Seal,
Cons: No bass, Non-Impressive sound quality.
However, that's where the good ended. I noticed that there wasn't any bass presence, but I brushed it off at first, figuring they just had to be broken in. A month later and it doesn't sound any different. (I should note that I'm comparing the bass to my Sennheiser 448's. The Sennheisers have more bass).
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Posted by 12345142 from Toronto, ON on 2010-05-06
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: great detail and accuracy, airy, non-congested sound, comfortable and well-built
Cons: bass isn't terribly strong, may be too bright for some
The PS200 fits well in my ear canals, although the body is on the large side. Because of this, they constantly push against my antitragus, making it sore after a while. However, I doubt this will happen to other users. Isolation is quite good; they isolate about as well as my ER6s, despite using single-flange tips. However, the tips are quite thick, and don't squish down quite as easily as the ones supplied with my other earphones.
The earphones’ build is no less than what I would expect for $250. The ‘jet engines’ are solid aluminum, and the cable is mostly well relieved, except for the Y junction. However, although it hasn’t caused me trouble, the strain reliefs aren’t molded directly onto the cable. Nonetheless, the cable feels very strong, and is not likely to fray. In addition, the microphonics are very low. With the cord hanging down, I get about as much cable noise as the Monster Turbine, with the cord over my ear.
The source I'm using for this review is my NuForce Icon Mobile's DAC, connected by USB to my ThinkPad, with Foobar2000 - not Windows Media Player, of course, which applies some nasty compression. My ever-expanding music collection is, as of now, 100% rock and variants of rock, from Vampire Weekend to Franz Ferdinand to Queens of the Stone Age. Sorry that there's little genre diversity here, but the PS200s perform best with these genres for sure.
Detail, clarity, separation
I'm quite satisfied with the PS200, as they do exactly what I was looking for, as they manage to combine most of the merits of my other two earphones: more bass while preserving detail and clarity. Details are easy to distinguish and well-resolved, just as much as the ER6s. Instruments playing harmonies in the background are easily distinguishable. I can easily tell exactly which notes pianos are playing, which is no small feat as they’re buried under guitars and vocals. Individual strokes on a drum are each nicely separated as well. No attribute of the music is overemphasized, unless it was mastered accordingly. I haven’t heard the ER4s, which are renowned kings of detail retrieval, but the PS200s are no slouch in this area – actually, they’re very good.
Separation between instruments is also good, and it is easy to pinpoint the source, even during busier sections. That being said, though, I actually think the ER6s have even better separation through an amp. The detail and speed Etymotics produce is simply phenomenal, but it’s not a huge difference that I miss much. Being a balanced-armature earphone, the PS200s’ transient response is very fast; however, it’s not the fastest. While they’re definitely more responsive than the Turbines’ dynamic driver, there are still my ER6s and the breathtakingly fast Klipsch X5s, which I tried at a store. (As for the X5s, though, I believe the PS200s give better sound for the same MSRP as I disliked the X5s’ treble rolloff.)
The PS200s throw a very good soundstage for an IEM. It feels quite wide, not to mention slightly outside of the head, creating an atmosphere which other earphones cannot muster. Music is less boxed in, with space created between instruments which goes a long way towards making music sound more alive. Although I’m not big on movies, I found that during various clips the open soundstage really helps improve the experience. However, although the soundstage is wide, its overall depth is somewhat lacking. The PS200s don’t extend to, say, the far reaches of a concert hall.
Moving on to the frequency response, I would say the PS200s are a fairly balanced-sounding earphone overall. That aside, though, they’re quite a forward sounding pair as well.
Starting with the low frequencies, the bass is definitely noticeable, but isn’t over- or underemphasized in any way. In short, it fittingly provides a base for the rest of the music. Several earphones have been described as such, and the PS200s are no exception. That’s not to say the bass response is uninteresting, though; there’s a good deal more than the ER6s for sure, making the ER6s sound piercing and dull. Notwithstanding, the bass is still much lighter than dynamic earphones, although transient response is much faster. If you like hip-hop, don’t get these; the deep beats of hip-hop need slow decay to truly settle in. As for rock, the bass is superb; quick successive bass drum hits, especially those of Neil Peart and Dave Grohl, are easily defined and inuntrusive. The PS200s’ bass detail does not disappoint either; bass guitar is easily discernible, despite being buried under other harmonies. One complaint is that compared to the Turbines, bass instruments and drums have less body and fullness.
The middle frequencies of the PS200s are quite pronounced compared to other earphones, but nothing like the SE530s, another mids-loving earphone. The former tends to emphasize crispness and edge over the latter’s smoothness. Vocals are a real treat with this earphone, and sound airy and natural, but never forced. The PS200s are not forgiving towards sibilant vocals, despite handling them better than the ER6s. With midrange instruments like guitars more prominent in rock music, the sound is more vivid and active, but can be fatiguing as well. Despite very limited time spent with Grados, I would say they have a fairly similar sound signature – but don’t take that for granted.
The PS200s’ treble definitely has a lot of energy, making cymbals sizzle and hi-hats sparkle. In rock music, there aren’t a lot of instruments in the upper treble, which is mostly dominated by percussion. However, I feel the treble definition is especially good at this price point. This, and treble extension, are where the Turbines suffer the most. They sound dead and bloated compared to the PS200s. In addition, the treble is much better controlled. Whereas the ER6s had a tendency to ‘spike’ the treble at odd points, creating what I can only describe as aural pinpricks, the PS200s do not. Everything sounds very accurate and true to the music. I should add that the PS200s prioritize the snap of percussion over the succeeding resonance, which some may not like.
Overall, I believe Phiaton has hit the nail on the head with the PS200s. I haven’t heard any more expensive IEMs, but notwithstanding, there’s nothing the PS200s blatantly do wrong, and a lot of things they do right, as long as you don't expect too much bass.
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