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Phiaton Moderna MS 200 hands-on

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Phiaton Moderna MS 200 hands-on
The last time we checked out a pair of headphones form Phiaton, it was none other than the very expensive, yet feature filled, wireless Bluetooth pair in the PS 210. Well folks, as much as we’d like to find something a bit more easy on the pockets with their newer stuff, it’s not happening this time around, as the Phiaton Moderna MS 200 earphones sport a very wallet busting price point of $150. Without question, at such a premium price point, we expect nothing less than soulful tones that would make us feel as though we’re a part of the music.

In a world where Beat headphones are all the rage, the Phiaton Moderna MS 200’s design draws many comparisons because of its red flare – well, to be exact, a “red-hot carbon graphite fiber design.” At the tip of the earphones though, its distinctive bold styling does stand out for its ergonomic “half in-ear” design that proves to be snug. However, it becomes a tiny bit irritating after a period of time digging into the depths of our ear chamber. Nevertheless, its interesting double-shelled body is actually mentioned to achieve a certain purpose – and that’s to contain sound and minimize reverberation.

Relying on a red tangle free oval shaped cable, we’re still finding it to be prone to the usual jumbled mess as we take it out of our pocket. Of course, there’s a microphone and multi-function button, which gives us the ability to accept/reject calls and pause/play music tracks on the go. However, it lacks any controls for volume adjustment or track forward/reverse. Overall, we have to say that the Phiaton Moderna MS 200 definitely has an intimidating design of sorts – especially when you take into consideration its dual-chamber and 5 tuning points in each earphone.

Using an iPhone 5 to listen to some tunes using the Moderna MS 200, we’ll give it the credit for producing some likeable deep bass tones that give the quality some much-needed pop. In comparison to other headphones we’ve checked out, such as the Velodyne vPulse In-Ear Headphones, it doesn’t quite hit the same super deep bass tones that blow us away with Velodyne’s offering. Still, the audio clarity is maintained with both low and high pitched tones. Finally, it’s perfectly usable for phone calls, since its volume output is extra potent and audio quality is rich and superb with minimal distortion.

Seriously folks, it’s hard to justify picking these up for $150. If you’re an audio junkie, there are a handful of other alternatives that we’d recommend for even less cost to you – such as the Velodyne pair of headphones that are at $89 a pop. On top of that, its overall quality doesn’t enamor us as much, though, it’s still a pretty good pair of headphones on its own with the quality it puts out. If being different is your kind of thing, and money isn’t a problem, then these pair of headphones will no doubt suit your unique taste – even more when they have this hot rod look to them.

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posted on 17 Jan 2013, 01:48

1. cripton805 (Posts: 917; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Looks like the headphones I would buy for $1 on the streets of LA out of a plastic bin.

$150 dollars for any headphones is ridiculous. The mark up on all these puppies is probably rediculous on top of the rediculous mark up the manufscturer already puts on them. Its a double whammy.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 02:03

2. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Dude, you're embarassing yourself here.
I don't know about these, but Phiaton use to produce good headphones.
It may seem ridiculous to you, but some people actually love to have good audio. I, myself, as an audiophile, have spent a lot of money on audio products.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 12:02

8. cripton805 (Posts: 917; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Does it look like Im complaining about sound quality or something? Ive $60-80 headphones later end up in the clearance section for $20-$30. Im just saying the mark up on these things are BS.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 02:13

3. SleepingOz (unregistered)


I have listened to the Volodyne vPulse and I must say that I was really surprised.The bass are amazing! It's really good for its price range but I'll recommend the Klipsch S4 over it. The S4 has a more balanced sound.

BTW John, I really appreciate your reviews about headphones. I hope there'll be more for this year.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 02:41

4. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


Anybody know of good Bluetooth inear headphones?
Same as these but better

http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Bluetooth-Earbuds-Headphones-Microphone/dp/B007LOLVLU/ref=sr_1_13?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1358412024&sr=1-13&keywords=bluetooth+stereo+headset

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 07:24

7. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 253; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


i have not tried any bluetooth buds, but my friend has a Sennheiser PMX 60, they go for 60 bucks and I like their sound for the price tag, but definitely not as good as the higher end ones

btw, with wireless you lose sound quality, this is a risk you should keep in mind

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PMX-60-Lightweight-Headphones/dp/B00009LI55/ref=sr_1_28?ie=UTF8&qid=1358428808&sr=8-28&keywords=sennheiser+bluetooth

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 12:07

9. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 253; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


Edit: apologies, the bluetooth headphones my friend is using is the mm100 not the pmx60..sorry again

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 05:26

5. andro. (Posts: 1944; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Soundmagic e10's,why look at any other earphones. Every review online raves about them and at 30 bucks a pair they are rated higher than many big name brands 120 bucks alternatives. They really do sound top level for their price

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 18:30

10. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


Not Bluetooth

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 06:32

6. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 253; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


I just ordered my Creative Aurvana 3s for 90 bucks from Amazon, cant wait to get my hands on them...
i thought of the klipsch x10, TFi10, but i found the valu of the aurvana hard to beat...here you go guys, this is a useful comparison list:

http://cdn.head-fi.org/c/c1/1045x7849px-LL-c1df870e_IEMchartljokerl.png

sourcelink:http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-268-iems-compared-dunu-dn-17-dn-18-updated-01-15-13

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