Current testing methodology is v1.2
June 14, 2021
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6.3 x 2.95 x 1.38 in
BLON is a Chi-fi brand famous for its BLON BL-03 – a heavy-hitting budget IEM that moved opinions throughout the community, with some praising its performance and some hating them.
It’s a mixed bag, but since the BL-03’s release, the brand has continued to churn out new models and products, with some gaining positive feedback while others not receiving similar levels of attention.
The BLON Z200 is yet another product from the brand, with promising graphs, that begs whether it’s a worthy successor or another failed attempt. Let’s see how it performs!
Impressive looks with disappointing performance.
The BLON Z200 is another IEM that BLON produced with the hopes of getting the same hype they’ve gotten with the BLON BL-03.
However, the Z200 came short and had a lot of issues that shouldn’t have passed through the final stages of the Z200’s design.
While still an enjoyable pair of IEMs, I wouldn’t highly recommend getting these IEMs as their performance and poor tuning don’t justify their price.
- Driver: 10mm Carbon Diaphragm Driver
- Cable: 3.5mm straight plug/ non-detachable
- Frequency: 20-20,000Hz
- Impedance: 32Ω
- Sensitivity: 102±3db
What’s in the Box?
- BLON Z200 Earphones
- 3 x pairs of silicone ear tips (S, M, L)
- Canvas carrying pouch
- Instruction manual
Stuff I like
- Great design and build quality
- Easy to drive
- Decent imaging capabilities
Stuff I like less
- Poor fit and seal
- Non-detachable cable
- Metallic timbre
The BLON Z200 is packaged in typical BLON fashion. It came in a tall white carton box and accessories, including a drawstring canvas pouch and three pairs of ear tips.
The aesthetics of the Z200 did appeal to me and it was one of the reasons why I decided to check it out. It’s available in two color variants: black and purple. I chose the latter as it worked well with the gold crescent moon highlights on the faceplate, and I think it looks better in person.
I was taken aback when I realized that the Z200 came with a non-detachable cable, which greatly worries me. It messes with the IEM’s reliability since you can’t replace the cable without doing extra measures if you happen to damage it.
For its price, I was expecting it to have a detachable cable as a standard feature.
The BLON Z200 has a zinc alloy shell, making it significantly more durable than most IEMs with polycarbonate shells.
The shape design is well thought out. However, I need to mention the short nozzle tips, which make it hard to get a good seal.
The cable is a 4-core OFC cable with gold-plated 3.5 mm straight plugs. The fact that it’s non-detachable is a letdown since it hinders the aspect of customizability. It can also create problems as there’s no way of replacing the cable when it gets damaged.
The ear tips are of average quality, although I’d like to point out that for how much they cost, BLON should’ve included a few pairs of flange ear tips to compensate for the short nozzle that the earphones have.
Fit and Comfort
Although the zinc alloy shell had an unconventional shape, the BLON Z200 is pretty comfortable. Overall, it was easy to get a great fit on the ears.
The problem area lies with its nozzle which is pretty short. This makes it hard to get a good seal since they don’t get deep enough in your ear canals. I decided to do a bit of ear tip rolling to get the best fit possible using a large-sized pair of foam ear tips from my KZ ZVX.
If you’re planning to purchase the Z200, then prepare to get frustrated with getting a good seal with the stock ear tips. I recommend looking into some flange ear tips to get a better fit.
The ear hooks on the cable were decent and provided a good fit without causing unnecessary strain to the ears, even when worn for extended periods.
Regarding the sound, the BLON Z200 has a V-shaped sound signature. It was no surprise that it has tons of bass, as it follows in the footsteps of the BL-03.
However, it failed to reach the same level of hype and performance and this is evident when I tested the Z200 on some tracks.
The bass on the BLON Z200 is very impactful, with a lot more mid-bass while still having adequate sub-bass. It has a quick and tight response, and the mid-bass is punchy.
Sometimes it has excessive amounts of punch that can cause the mid-bass to bleed onto the already recessed mids, which isn’t good since it makes the mids and the lows sound veiled and muddy.
Since the BLON Z200 has a V-shaped sound signature, the mids are recessed in presentation. When you also consider that it suffers from midbass bleed, you get poor details on the mids making vocals and instruments in the midrange lose clarity and definition.
The upper midrange, however, keeps up with the demand of the tracks. Even with all the problems mentioned, it manages to make female and male vocals stand out from a busy mix.
The treble of the BLON Z200 has a metallic timbre, making them prone to peaking and can sometimes cause harsh frequencies.
The treble still manages to sneak in some micro details in the mix but often gets overpowered by the bass since the tuning on the bass is all over the place.
When listening to more mids/treble heavy tracks, upon observing the treble, they tend to sound thin and often get pushed back by the bass.
I’ve tested the BLON Z200 on different genres of music to get a proper understanding of how they sound and here are my findings.
- Metal / Rock – Due to the V-shaped sound signature, guitars lacked a bit of body, especially on the mids. However, they had a thick low-end presentation evident on the chugs. The vocals were overshadowed when the tracks got busy, which ruined my listening experience. The treble revealed some details, but since the midbass bleeds throughout the mix, it was easy to miss them. Tracks used: I Don’t Love You (My Chemical Romance), All The Small Things (Blink F182), Ignorance (Paramore), Cold (Korn), Cliffs of Dover (Eric Johnson)
- Pop – The bouncy nature of the tracks worked well. Since the Z200 has a tremendous amount of punch in the mid-bass, it colored the sound to make it more enjoyable and energetic. However, the metallic timbre of the treble was a problem, and the mid-bass bleed caused some weird gliding sound. The vocals, yet again, lacked body and the only way it could cut through the mix is because of the upper midrange frequencies. Tracks used: Snooze (SZA), Neverita (Bad Bunny), Yours (Maye)
- Hip-Hop – Hip-hop is known for its heavy-hitting low end, and the BLON Z200 takes it to another level. The added oomph from the juiced-up mid-bass and sub-bass added a different coloration to the tracks. While it still retains the flaws I’ve mentioned, l even forgot that they’re present because of how immersed I was in the tracks. The Z200 gets a passing mark for me in this genre. Tracks used: LOVE. (Kendrick Lamar, Zacari), sdp interlude (Travis Scott), I Wonder (Kanye West), Superhero (Metro Boomin & Future)
- R&B / Soul – The recessed mids placed the instruments behind the male and female vocals, which can work for some. In this genre, the upper mids did the heavy lifting by adding texture to the overall presentation of the mid frequencies. The tracks I’ve used for this genre helped reveal the imaging capabilities of the Z200, which was quite a surprise to me. Tracks used: LA FAMA (Rosalia, The Weeknd), Blessed (Daniel Ceasar), Moonlight (Kali Uchis), Traingazing (Sam Wills ft. Honey Mooncie)
After testing and going back and forth through different power sources, I can say that the BLON Z200 is a step down from the BLON BL-03.
Although having identical graphs, which got my hopes up, they still performed differently. The Z200 could’ve been a great successor to the BL-03 if only BLON had tuned it properly.
The BLON Z200 has bass head levels and a decent depth in presentation but with its uncontrolled nature, especially on the mid-bass, it’s a wiser choice to go for the BLON 03.
A man of many interests, Querho is passionate about discovering new things that stimulate the mind. When he is not writing about the things he is passionate about, Querho can be found making music at his home studio.
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