Excerpt: The 48" cable is a little long for shirt-pocket use, though it has a sliding collar to help with cable dressing. It ends with a straight 3.5mm stereo jack plug—I prefer a right-angle plug because it puts less strain on the contacts of an iPod's output jack when pushed from the side.
Conclusion: The Phiaton PS 200 is a nice-looking, nicely presented pair of in-ear headphones—the supplied case allows the cable to be neatly spooled—but whether or not its bright, rather lightweight balance will bother you will depend both on the music you prefer and on a personal audition.
Summary: Recommendations: TX100 Comply foam tips (MUST), wear it over-the-ear
Avoid: Too high volumes, default tips
Out of the box they sound a bit harsh, but we can feel its pleasant soundstage. After 20 hrs of burn-in (driver) harshness reduced significantly but it bothered in quite a few recordings.
Pros: Sparkling highs, excellent mids, good bass and beautiful soundstage
Cons: too much highs (for some) especially at high volumes
Summary: Disclosure: my hearing is not the greatest. I find myself tweaking equalization to around +3 dB starting at 8 kHz, and up to +8 dB at 10 kHz. I still have somewhat critical tastes, but not what I'd consider "audiophile-level".
Pros: Natural soundstage & imaging, good treble extension, smooth midrange, great for jazz & classical
Cons: Light bass and fatiguing treble with stock tips, poor cord strain reliefs, finicky ergonomics
A silver housing, accented by a black nozzle and a black "fan blade" back, gives the PS200 a unique look. The fan blade back has a look similar to a jet engine (although this visual cue has no real impact on the acoustics of the earphones).
Pros: Nice style; sweet sound; very comfortable to wear; nifty carrying case.
Summary: Fit and finish
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.
Pros: airy and wide soundstage, great speed and detail, well built and cool looking
Cons: slightly large, bass isn't very powerful, may be too bright for some
Conclusion: Superior industrial design, a perfectly configured case and natural-sounding highs all recommend the PS 200. But like a lot of high-end audio equipment, be aware that the price tag definitely outshines the strictly incremental increase in sound quality.
Pros: Superb traveling case; attractive and durable metal housing; comfortable silicon tips
Cons: Overpriced relative to sound quality; lacking adequate bass
Phiaton Primal Series 200 Earphones in Review – Mini Jet Engines
6 July 2009
Conclusion: In the End, Phiaton’s Primal Series 200 In-Ear monitors (or earphones) astonish me. They really bring out the “feel” and emotion of Celtic Woman. They simple rock with… rock, metal, and pop music I had.
Pros: Good Looks, Non-Microphonic Cable, Good instrumental separation, Fantastic high and hid band frequency, High quality build and materials, Very Comfortable
Cons: Lack of Accessories, Subtle low band frequency