Phiaton PS 200 Primal Series Earphones review: Phiaton PS 200 Primal Series Earphones

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Phiaton PS 200 Primal Series Earphones

(Part #: 12473) Released: Mar 1, 2009
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The Phiaton PS 200 Primal Series Earphones offer a cool, durable design and a clear, balanced, and warm audio response.

The Bad The Phiaton PS 200 Primal Series Earphones are expensive and bass response may be too subtle for some.

The Bottom Line The Phiaton PS 200 Primal Series Earphones offer a stylish, durable design and balanced audio response, but the high price and subtle bass may turn off some potential listeners.

7.0 Overall
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0

Phiaton gave us a nice surprise last year with its anything-but-ordinary MS 400 Moderna Series headphones . This full-size set features an eye-catching red and black design with uniquely patterned earcups and plenty of extras in the box. The company's flagship earbuds, the PS 200 Earphones, are no different. Like their bigger sibling, Phiaton's littlest headphones feature stylish touches, a slick carrying case, and solid sound quality, but potential consumers might have trouble swallowing the $249 price tag from a relative unknown in the headphone market.

We will say this, though: anyone with an eye for style will have trouble glossing over the Phiaton PS 200 Primal Series. Each earpiece is contained within a conical black and silver casing that brings to mind a mini jet engine. The ends have a textured, fan-like insert that accounts for this funky look. The tapered design of the earbuds works well with the shape of the ear, and Phiaton includes several sets of standard silicone tips for help with fit, but not all users will find them comfortable. It would have been nice to find a larger variety of sleeves in this price range. On the plus side, the package includes a high-quality, hard-sided carrying case with an integrated cable-management system and storage for the eartips.

Descending from the PS 200 earbuds is a black Y cable that meets at a brushed metal accent where you'll find a slider for tangle prevention. The cord is impressively thick and measures just over four feet on the whole. At the end is a standard 3.5mm straight plug. The earphones lack any other features of note. Again, at this price point we would have liked to see some more extras, such as an optional mic for use with music phones or an inline volume attenuator.

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