I have only heard about a few products from BLON, but I have yet to try out any of their IEMs. Some of BLON’s budget IEMs have been quite popular, and I’ve seen a lot of them attract some significant acclaim. Now I can finally hear for myself what BLON IEMs are all about with the Z200 arriving at my review desk. Does it garner the same acclaim?
What You Get
- Z200 Earphones
- Drawstring pouch
- Extra ear tips
- User manual
Look and Feel
If there is anything to outright love about the Z200, it is the design. Its face features some pretty moonlight artwork on either a black or blue surface. This is a singular aesthetic that is not only striking but ergonomic in its build. A sophisticated design that feels as great in the ear as it is to gaze upon.
The Z200 uses a 10mm driver with a carbon diaphragm. This is a third-generation driver that aims to enhance the transient response of each frequency and improve overall performance.
- Frequency response: 20-20KHz
- Sensitivity: 102dB
- Impedance: 32Ω
Recently I have heard some twenty-dollar IEMs that have made a great impression on me with their soundstages, such as the Moondrop Chu and the 7HZ Zero. I wanted the Z200 to give me the same impressions, but I thought the image was too thin. The spacing of the sound elements doesn’t invoke much immersion, but the positioning within the stage is at least competent in showcasing clarity. Its stereo field is well organized but limits itself with an interior headspace, placing the individual frequency ranges in a tighter soundstage. This is a standard stereo image, and the Z200 does an excellent job.
There is definitely some boost in the bass that lends itself to a gratifying tone. It booms and punches, alluding to a deeper resonance. The sound signature is lifted up significantly by the bass’s power, and while it’s exciting to listen to, the bass isn’t exactly the cleanest response. Its timbre isn’t completely muddy, but it does seem inarticulate. While adding some weight and fullness to the sound signature, the lows are still more surface-level in their fidelity.
You’re not going to get the greatest presence from the mids, but the Z200 provides enough to chew on for a twenty-dollar IEM. A lot of the fundamental frequencies in the mids are considerably recessed, resulting in a lot of cloudiness with the midrange. There’s still some good presence in terms of texture, but nothing pops musically.
Even with its noticeable flaws, I thought the treble gave the Z200 its best qualities. There’s some nice resolution in the highs that displays great extensions for the price. It is detailed in its crispness and light sparkle, highlighting vocals and cymbals with exquisite flavor. The highs here only lack more complexity in their details, but it is hard to complain while the tone of the frequencies appears this sweet.
While I am not hugely impressed by the BLON Z200’s sound signature, for twenty dollars you really can’t go wrong with this as an option. It definitely has one of the best builds for the price and even though you can’t remove the cable, BLON gives you a good stock one with or without a mic. If good enough and affordable is all you’re looking for, the BLON Z200 is a solid option.
The BLON Z200 is available at Linsoul.