While the M200 appear to be the follow up to 2012’s EPH-100 (note the lack of an ‘M’ here), their bright, curvy shells and silver logos bearing Yamaha’s triple tuning fork design are more reminiscent of the company’s premium over-ear headphones, the Pro 400. Either comparison bodes well for Yamaha’s newest flavor, as we dug both headphones when we had a chance to test drive them, even giving the EPH-100 in-ears an Editor’s Choice award.
Touted features for the M200 include sound tubes constructed of beta-titanium alloy (something Yamaha labels a first for this headphone genre) designed to flex fit to better conform to your ear canal, as well as a tangle-resistant cable, and grandiose 16mm drivers set in acoustically-ported housings. Those big, bad drivers help the M200 reach an impressive 20Hz-20kHz claimed frequency response for “clear, full-range audio reproduction.”
As for the new EPH-M100, the company’s more affordable version employs a strikingly similar design to the M200, including the same housing design and large-caliber drivers of the M200 — only with slightly pared-down components. The EPH-M100 sits at the more friendly price point of $100.
Features for both new models include an in-line three-button mic piece for iOS devices, as well as five sizes of removable ear tips to match a wide variety of ear sizes — two more sizes than the vast majority of in-ears in their class. Like most premium in-ears, both new models also come with a gold-plated quarter-inch adaptor, and a carrying case.
The EPH-M200 and the EPH-M100 will be available to take home for your very own next month.