Title: Test: beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE
Author: Ulf Cronenberg
Translated from the original German article
The main differences between the iDX 160 and 200 models are the enhanced sound transducers and their rugged housing. According to beyerdynamic the efficiency of the sound transducers has been increased by using fine copper wire and other measures, which you will notice at once when testing the iDX 160 iE and iDX 200 iE one after another. When using the iDX 200 iE with an iPhone using the same selected volume as with the iDX 160, you will notice that it is much louder.
When wearing the iDX 200 iE for a longer period of time, you can appreciate its balance. This is something that all in-ear models from beyerdynamic, which I tested until now, have in common. When listening with them for a longer period of time, it will not cause irritation of the ears: the bass is reproduced very well, the highs are not too sharp and sound very balanced.
It is always difficult to compare different headphones with each other. One song which I listened with different models is „The Pretender“, the opening track from Foo Fighters milestone „Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace”. Right at the beginning you can hear in addition to the E-guitar plucked violins on the left channel, a detail that only better headphones reveal. Here the iDX 200 does not have any problems, even when over-ear models fail with the presence of violin sounds due to their design.
The fact that the iDX 200 iE is minimally different than my previous favourite iDX 160 iE can be seen later in the song, when drums and guitars are added: with the iDX 200 iE the mids sound more present, without being too intrusive. The iDX 200 iE handles two of my personal reference songs very well: Tori Amos‘ Adaption by Lennon/McCartney’s “Happiness is a Warm Gun” on “Strange Little Girls” (2001) makes some loudspeakers and headphones boom with their exuberant bass. The iDX 200 iE forgive the song the bass-heavy mixing. Also Foreigner‘s “Tooth and Nail” on “Agent Provocateur” from 1984, which is a song emphasizing the mids, is no problem for the iDX 200 iE and sounds more pleasant as with many other players. This is exactly what I expect from good headphones when using them on the move: that they are not complicated, balance over- or underemphasized frequency ranges so that all songs are pleasant for the ears. No doubt about it, the beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE will serve you well.
Conclusion: Once again the beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE shows that beyerdynamic knows how to design balanced in-ear headphones.
The iDX 160 iE are very good in-ear headphones, but the iDX 200 iE are still better.