Bought these after reading online reviews on head-fi , so i suppose it was a blind buy. However, these are top quality hi-fi. I bought them to replace some grado sr60i. To my ears they sound much better and build quality is top notch. And bass is good without being overbearing. Separation and soundstage is superb recommended.
They were ok perhaps not as comfortable as my old yamaha,but hey for the price pretty good.
Yamaha HPH-200 Premium Headphones – Black
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I recently purchased these from a private seller on ebay as a new unused item for £50 inc p+p. I had wanted to try open backed headphones and i had considered other options but these stood out due to stellar buyer reviews even though there are no professional reviews out there. Yamaha does have a solid pedigree in quality hi-fi and musical instruments so this fact combined with positive consumer reviews persuaded me to seek out a discounted pair. Currently selling on amazon at a discounted £77 from the £95rrp, i managed to get mine even cheaper thanks to time and patience. In terms of price i do feel these are overpriced mainly due to the build quality which is only average in my opinion. I think £60-£70 would be a more realistic price point for these despite the fantastic sound quality. Another thing to consider is the open design which is best used in a private listening space because these leak sound like nothing else. These phones also have fixed dual cable inputs and so if you damage the cable you can’t just replace the cable, the cups would need to be opened to conduct a repair. Anyway, i’ve broken my review of the principle considerations down as below;sound 5/5: beginning with the most important aspect i found the sound from these as good as expected. The open back design does give a more natural acoustic response than closed back phones.
Now in my fifties, i have been interested in home audio since my teens and spent many thousands on music (vinyl and cd), equipment and accessories over the years: in the main wisely, i believe. Headphones listening is a relatively recent interest and although i have a good quality neco soundlab headphone amplifier, i had never invested in a decent pair of cans to do it justice. Given that yamaha have produced a number of highly rated studio monitors, i was keen to give the hph-200s an audition: especially as, on paper at least, they represent amazing value compared with similar models from the likes of audio technica, sennheiser, beyer dynamic and grado et al. Proved to be one of the easiest and best value purchases i’ve ever made: comfortable (even for extended listening) with no obvious vices and the ability to reveal a wealth of detail. In short, they just felt and sounded right on first listening. Why then, i imagine you are asking, only four stars?. Well, i held back from giving the full five simply because whilst i am familiar with listening to live music and that reproduced through an high quality audio chain, i cannot claim to be an experienced user of headphones and acknowledge freely that there are undoubtedly better available; provided you are prepared to expend the time and energy auditioning them and have pockets deep enough to afford them.
After having had several low budget type headphones, the difference with these is quite remarkable, even on a fairly basic stereo system. There’s a terrific clarity and a great spread between bass, mid and treble. They’re a very comfortable fit on my head, but they are reasonably adjustable. They work well with an extension lead as well.
Yamaha HPH-200 Premium Headphones – Black : Great quality, good price, very impressed. Am using with a yamaha digital piano s52. The headphones are so light to wear and the sound so realistic that i find i have to check that the headphones are plugged in before playing at night to make sure that i don’t wake the kids up.
I got these with my piano which has a silent function. When i first tested it and put on the headphones i initially thought that the electronics had broken and i was hearing the real piano playing rather than the electronic substitute. Suffice to say i am very impressed by these and can’t recommend them enough. I didn’t realise how rubbish my old ones were until these showed me how sound should be delivered to my ear drums.
These are top quality phones for a very reasonable cost. I have compared them to some mid/upper range sennheisers and they come across extremely well. Highly recommended, especially when there is a temporary price reduction.
I love listening to music and have brought and tried over 50 pairs of over, on ,closed open etc from the px100 – sennhesier hd650 and various ultrasone, beyerdynamic, grado, phillips etc etc in an attempt to get the best sound i cani still have 25 in my collection and this little known pair get more than their share of listening time which is amazing considering they can be brought for under $50 these days and are one of the cheaper sets i haveslightly odd pair in terms of being portable and open for on air headphones – not sure what the market is for these as they leak sound so not great for an office or travelling. However for my use of walking they are perfect as you get an open sound, ventilation and can hear some external noisethey are very good in terms of sound stage and easily compete with my sennheiser momentum on ear, hd25, philips l1, harman kardon cl in terms of listening enjoyment. The main weakness for me is that they are very unforgiving of lower bit rate mp3 recordings – give them 320mps mp3 or flac and they are very very good for the price. Lower bit rate sound very badcomfort is good but not the best i have. They are a brighter sounding headphone but do have reasonable bass response on good recordings. They do sound better amped but drive easily direct from potable mp3 or iphonesome people compare these in sound to the grado sr80i – i find that these have more bass response and are not as bright and i prefer these for comfort and sound. If you can pick up a cheap pair would recommend as one to add to the list for listening enjoyment.
Not too tight or too loose, not too bassy, not too bright, not too loud, not too feeble, not too big, not too small. First bit of yamaha audio kit i’ve bought in a long time. I’d forgotten just how good their stuff is. Very fair price for a very, very high quality piece of kit. But they’re leaky, and they don’t have noise cancelling. Not for libraries or the tube.
I’ve tried these with a broad range of genres (aggrotech, pop, electronicore, drum & bass, classical, industrial rock, dubstep etc), and they reproduce the audio as if the artist/midi monkey is in the same room. So so worth nearly £100 (after p&p).
I’m rating this 5/5 for quality, price & comfort; very crisp clear sound with a distinct strong bass. However, please be aware these are open backed headphones & do leak a considerable amount of sound, which is beginning to annoy my wife, who would probably give these ear goggles 1/5(or maybe thats a reflection of my taste in music that she is now being subjected too).
I am absolutely blown away by these headphones they sound awesome better than my no faulty grado 80e headphones which lasted five minutes before they blow an ear piece. I would suggest anybody who enjoys good solid sound reproduction seriously don’t miss out on these headphones they are pure hifi gem.
I’m going to keep this short and brief. I can confirm these headphones are better than the grados, these pick up subtle details that the grados lacked, has a better soundstage. These are easy to drive so no need for an amp.
I think these are quite new at the time of writing, can’t find many other reviews. These were recommended to me as being a better alternative to a pair of faulty headphones i am returning, so i took a punt and bought them. They are on the limit, for me, of being portable, bigger than the akg-q460s i had, but they have a big and open soundstage (they are open backed) and the sound is very expansive, as soon as i heard the first song i was instantly impressed. On my ipod, in conjunction with the ‘equ’ application to tweak sound curves, they have a warm, luxuriant chocolatey sound, certainly with modern itunes plus 256kbps tracks (mostly listen to r&b, rihanna, ne-yo, alcia keys etc), bass is great but also treble, midrange and vocals are great as well with nothing lacking or missing, all this straight out of the box with no burn-in period. The detail is incredible and i can’t see any real detail difference between these and the grado sr80i headphones i had, these are smaller and just as good/better in my opinion, with a warmer sound and bigger bass. There seems to be an incredible amount of detail with classical music as well, way good enough for me, although i am not an expert in this field. I’m listening to janet jackson typing this and she sounds like she’s standing next to me whispering into my ear. If you were blind testing these you would think they cost way more than circa £100.
Amazing pair of headphones, and i especially love them when listening to some 3d audio tracks. The sound is clear – i’m no expert of audio and sounds etc. But i can tell that the output of these is astonishing. Everything about these headphones is great. They’re perfectly comfortable and the length of the cable is more than long enough. My only issue is that even the quietest of sounds will bleed through to the surroundings. I only use these when i’m at home for this reason – in public, every one would be able to hear what i’m listening to, which isn’t what i want.
Although not quite as comfortable as a pair of grado sr-80i’s (the foam is a tad harder) the sound is, if anything slightly better. They seem to have the same response mids and highs (slightly clearer) as sr-80i’s but the bass has less roll off without being overstated. They also look sleeker (though i’m quite a fan of the retro look). They don’t press as tightly, i was able to wear them comfortably from the start, wheras the grados took a month of tear inducing breaking in before they became supremely comfortable. Only time will tell if they retain their ability to stay on my head. Definitely a great pair of cans for the price for home listening (being open back and leaky, even by open back standards, you’d have to be a complete sociopath to wear them in the same room as someone else).
I really like them, i agree with all the good reviews and that is why i bought them. They are very light, very well made and sound great without too much bass emphasis. Only slight negatives, they leak a lot of sound as expected as they are open backed but this benefits the sound, they could also be a little more comfortable but you could say that about most.
I’d tried a couple of pairs of cans before settling very happily with these. Sennheiser hd 202’s which were like putting my head in a vice. Then a step up to the audio technica athws55b. These were equally uncomfy but had a lovely cuddly deep bass, however the treble was teeth splitting. The yamaha’s seem relatively unsung, but they shouldn’t be. They look great, proper portables. The ear pads are about the diameter of a golden delicious and have a very lush velour ear pad. You can rotate the pads out 90 degrees. The cable is substantial and comes with a 2m extension (great for the tv) and an adapter for larger sockets. The sound is very well balanced, with none of the trinity of high, mid or lows out performing each other.
I’ve used a few really good headphones including sennheiser hd-580’s which play with the big boys in terms of sound performance. Whilst i’m not a die hard audiophile by any means, i’ve a decent idea what good phones sound like. The yamaha’s come with a 2m extension cable, a 6. 3mm gold plated adaptor jack. They are comfy and well made, with good quality cable that without the extension is an ideal length for use with a portable player. I plugged them into a pc asus xonar sound card which i know has a very good snr and high quality output for sound. I spent some time playing a huge variety of music styles from heavy bass tupac, to michael jackson, elvis, guns n roses, mozart, trad irish, country, some hip hop, rock n roll to jimi hendrix and even some glen miller. The yamaha’s produced great sounding bass with good clarity and presence without the annoyiing ‘beats’ swamping effect, midtones and treble were clear and bright but well balanced in every genre. Channel seperation was excellent, and even pushing the eq hard i couldn’t get any distortion from them at all. They sound rich, natural and balanced whatever your taste in music might be.
The first pair of on the ear headphones i had bought. Listening from an iphone, it sounded like i was at a concert. And they are pretty comfortable (although didn’t quite fit my head). Problem was i didn’t understand the difference between open and closed back. These open ones have great sound, but i could hear what people near me in the office were saying, and when i turned it up to drown the noise (sociable lad), the rest of the office could hear the music i was listening to. So they get 4 stars but have gone back and i’ll be looking for a closed set of cans to replace them.
The quality is very good such as the price i had it for (around 60£). Really strong headphones and pretty comfy.