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SoundMAGIC HP200 Headphones

SoundMAGIC HP200 Headphones

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I am writing this review as i am listening to the headphones to give an account of how they actually perform. The build quality and the headphone bag included are pretty good but what matters most is the sound quality. Now these headphones are offered as an open back headphones and to be honest - it is not. The design sure looks open back but when you listen to the soundstage, it quite compressed like a closed back headphone. These pair of headphones are neither monitor headphones if you are looking for one - the sound is pretty coloured on the warm side with lots of bass. The problem with this headphones is the balance of the sound it reproduces. The bass is strong drowning the trebles and the vocals overpower everything else but the worst part is that the high frequency trebles are sharp and high pitched rather than controlled and this can cause discomfort especially for tracks with shimmering sounds.
I bought this headphone after reading few reviews that they sound like the Sennheiser HD 650 with the same frequency response but with 1/3rd the price. The Sennheiser headphone has very good reviews from audiophiles alike but i have not yet tried them out since they are outside my budget. The comfort otherwise is great and feels solid for a reasonably priced headphone.
Bottom line is please don't buy this headphone without trying at a store first. I bought it here at Massdrop, bore the additional costs of shipping to India, just to find out that they actually suck. A lot.
Full bodied sound? No way!
I burned in the headphones for 120 hrs straight before this review. Below is the equipment i used.
Schitt Audio Modi DAC Schitt Audio Vali Amplifier (Tube)
Regards, Sujoy Ghosh
DON'T BUY. First the cable started shredding within 8 months. Just crumbling. I put some cable wrap around it and went on. Today the plastic holding the cans to the headband just broke while picking them UP. These just sit on my computer desk, have never travelled, been in a bag or anything, just sitting on a desk. No kids, nothing but a year's age and they're disintegrating. Pictures included.
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Here is a picture of my break. It looks like it happened in the exact same location. This seems like defective manufacturing.
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Incy
just poor design, that thing's not strong enough to hold those big cans. Get some epoxy and glue/strengthen it, mine are still working, though pretty ugly!
Just got an Oppo HA-1 amp recently, boy do these sound great with a good DAC/amp, really livens them up, good sound stage and separation, just hit the request button to help bring it back for anyone who wants a pair.
Frogmeat
Sorry but in my experience they sound horrible. Too much treble, muffled mid range and closed soundstage. I use a Schitt DAC + AMP.
Buyer BEWARE: my pair of these phones had a problem with the plastic holding the earphones in place (broken in two places). MASSDROP refused to honor the warranty on the grounds it was "wear and tear." The headphones are not operational with this defect. I'd rather pay full-price through a retailer who'll honor the warranty, rather than save a few bucks in the short-term for a useless warranty.
I really wish this would drop again. Every review I've read of it is glowing.
Pyritenotgold
I own a pair and they are an excellent set of cans. Right up there with Beyer DT880/990s and the Senn 600s/650s (I also own the 650s).
Good news group. We’re glad to report that all of the orders have been shipped out from our warehouse and are now on the way to you. Please allow 24-48 hours for tracking to get into the shipper's system and start updating.
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Well, its almost one week since i got mine with enough burn in, stock pads and critical/relax listening; I found it's definitely ~was 3x now 10x~ better than m50. Such an excellent upgrade for a few bucks more. Thx massdrop and his community.
I'm enjoying the hell out of these HP200. Replaced the sweaty pleather pads with plush alcantara pads for a deeper soundstage and better comfort. Thanks, Massdrop!
Quick update for the group, the shipment of HP200s arrived late this afternoon. The group's orders are packed up and awaiting shipment early Monday morning.
We will update the group as soon as the orders are on the truck and on the way.
Thanks for your patience and expect an update from us on 5/11 or sooner if something comes up.
Mine came in today, time to try these babies out.
Thanks again for joining this drop! With your help we were able to make it successful for the community. We've just submitted the group's order with the vendor for the SoundMAGIC HP200 Headphones and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where our warehouse team will break it up into individual orders and ship them directly to you! The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 4/27.
Rest assured that we we will provide you all with updated information regarding the status of your order throughout the process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 5/8.
***Edit***
Correct ship date is 5/8. We are going to receive a batch of these today and will be shipping them out shortly. We are still waiting on the second batch, but expect it to arrive inline with the expected ship date (5/8) in the drop description page.
Wish this was shipped internationally :(
Hopefully SM has fixed their quality control, I've been well noticed about the worn cables, unbalanced volume left/right and if you drop them 2ft off the ground it dies, etc...
nvm, i would better save $40~50 for next Fidelio X2 drop, meh. Already cost 1/3~1/4 of another wonderful headphones which is too much for accessories. BTW I want to spread a word about PA2V2 headphone amp which I just receive today and I'm in love with it. If you don't have an amp or want to try new one I would say hurry up and grab one PA2V2 amp NOW, don't hesitate you will appreciate it as do many head-fiers.
Are they using the forwarder again for shipping to Canada on this item?
Does anyone that picked up the SRH Alcantara replacement pads feel that it actually sounded better with the stock pads? I see they're about $50 and am hoping to gain solid assurance for folks that it is definitely worth the purchase in re to sound improvement and that folks feel it was definitely worth the cost. tks
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Who's the manufacturer?
Joeybgood
brainwavz. a quick google search 'hm5 velour' and plenty of results come up.
So, this is my first drop, and we made the lowest price. What happens now, we wait until the drop ends to get as many people on, then they get ordered? I don't know if my nerves can take that, I wanna hear these now, lol!
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Frogmeat
As a member who has joined many a drops in his time, let me give you one piece of advice. You dont buy from massdrop for the turn-around time. Thats why you REALLY have to be sure the price is just too good to pass on, because a wait time of a month or more is very common. Whenever massdrop gets the product in there warehouse and sorted, they get it to your door in days, but getting to that last step sometimes takes quite a while, so get comfortable and forget about your order in the mean time lol.
twibmassa
Will do, lol. I have a pair of Philips SHP9500s I'm still breaking in, so no hurry anyways. Those are some nice phones, especially for the price, if anyone wants to know.
Can someone make a video of how to replace the ear pads? I've never done it before? Is it all the same to all headphones? I'm afraid I would destroy something.
Just out of curiosity, how did you know that Shure Alcantara replacement pads would be compatible with these cans?
Joeybgood
Seems like Headfiers have recommended it: http://www.head-fi.org/t/703175/review-soundmagic-hp200/60
wondering if it is possible to have these forwarded to Cape Town, South Africa? if so any ideas on how much that would cost?
I agree. Bought these on the 1st drop. Still my favorite sub-500 set I own or have listened to. I too put shure alcantara pads on mine. Compared to senny 598's k7xx q701 vmoda m100 and several others.
These are one of my favorite headphones. With the SRH 1540 pads, these are probably my favorite headphones under $400.
eJecta
just curious to know what else have you compared them to and why you consider them better
Thesheik137
Hi, sorry for the late reply. Comparison to AKG K7XX, AT MSR7. The HP200 is more versatile than both.
30 mins research made me want this baby badly along side with Fidelio X2, go people go \m/ come join us thx
How would these compare to the Sennheiser HD598s? I have my finger on the buy button on the 598s, and now these show up at the same price. Thoughts and opinions welcome! (If anyone wonders, I have the HyperX Cloud headset and Sennheiser Momentum In-Ears as my daily (and only) drivers.)
brytur
This is comparable to HD650, better than 598s.
Is this worth an upgrade from HD598's?
moukimokyu thanks! what a shame, they would cost me almost as much as HD598 with shipping, only that they are so much better.
Can someone provide some comparisons between HP200 and Fidelio X2 or Beyer's DT880 ? Thanks.
Will this have international shipping? The price is a steal!
Gasturbat
If I remember correctly, Massdrop's agreement with Soundmagic means they can't ship their products outside of the US.
We’re happy to report that all of the orders have been shipped out! Please allow 48 hours for these to get into the shipper's system.
Thanks again for the support guys. Make sure to share your experience with the SoundMAGIC HP200 Headphones on Massdrop.
If there’s anything else we can do to make your Massdrop experience better, feel free to email us at support@massdrop.com.
We placed the order for The SoundMAGIC HP200 Headphones shortly after the drop ended.
Our vendor will be preparing it for shipment.
The moment we receive confirmation regarding the shipping schedule from the vendor, we will provide you guys with updated information.
Expect an update from us on 11/26 or sooner if something comes up.
Cheers!