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Auglamour F200 Review

Ever since I saw the Auglamour R8, the company’s first mainstream IEM, I was captivated by its design language. A seamless blend of organic curves and hard edges made me wonder why I’d never heard of them before. The R8 kept it simple with a metal shell and a single dynamic driver. This formula worked well and I really enjoyed the R8 as a result. Since then, I’ve heard the RT-1, another metal-clad IEM, and now, today, the F2000. Is this IEM as good amongst its peers as its older siblings were?

You can find the F200 for sale here, on Penon Audio, for $19.90

About My Preferences: Heads up, I’m a person! As such, these words are my opinion, and they are tinged by my personal preferences. While I try to mitigate this as much as possible during my review process, I’d be lying if I said my biases are completely erased. So for you, my readers, keep this in mind:

  • My ideal sound signature would be an extended sub-bass with a leveled, but textured, mid-bass.
  • I have a mild treble sensitivity.

Source: The F200 was powered like so:

LG V40 -> earphones

or

Hidizs AP100 3.5mm out -> FiiO A5 3.5mm out -> earphones

or

HiFiMAN SuperMini -> earphones

or

PC optical out -> HiFiMe SPDIF 9018 Sabre DAC 3.5mm out -> earphones

All music was served as MP3 @320Kbps or as FLAC.

Tech Specs

  • Product material: MIM zinc-magnesium alloy
  • Drive unit: 10mm Graphene diaphragm actuator
  • Sensitivity: 105±2dB/Mw
  • Frequency response range: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Input impedance: 24 ohm
  • Length of the cable: 120cm

Sound Signature

Sonic Overview:

The F200 has a simple V-shaped sound signature. It does well to keep within the bounds of its driver, not overstepping into sonic territory beyond its capabilities. It’s clear that Auglamour knew very well the budget nature of the F200’s driver and tuned it with that in mind.

Sonic Breakdown:

Treble: Songs used: In One Ear, Midnight City, Outlands, Satisfy, Little One, Show Me How To Live (Live at the Quart Festival)

The F200’s treble is about as extended as one might expect from a Chi-Fi $20 IEM. Its reasonable for the price, in reference to the competition, but doesn’t run away with any accolades. I was, however, surprised with how much detail the F200 was able to capture with its more limited articulations. I was satisfied with the F200’s performance in Little One and Show Me How To Live, and I did not experience any sibilance in Satisfy, my benchmark for detecting harsh and unbalanced treble spikes.

Midrange: Songs used: Flagpole Sitta, Jacked Up, I Am The Highway, Dreams, Too Close, Little Black Submarines

The midrange that the F200 is outfitted with is recessed behind the F200’s treble and bass. It has a warm tilt that leads to it filling out dryer mastering styles, such as that of Flagpole Sitta, well. The F200 has a preference for male vocals due to its warmer nature.

Bass: Songs used: Moth, Gold Dust, In For The Kill (Skream Remix), War Pigs (Celldweller Remix)

The F200’s bass follows the general outline of most consumer V-shaped IEMs: an elevated midbass that slopes downwards into a slowly diminishing sub-bass. It does so without creating too much midrange bleed or messy enunciation. Genres such as Dubstep, Hip Hop, and Rock are well suited to the F200’s wetter lower register presentation.

Packaging / Unboxing

Build

Construction Quality

The F200’s shells are built out of a magnesium-zinc alloy, one that feels light and cool to the touch. It has a semi-matte finish that makes it look and feel a little more premium than your average $20 IEM.

The F200’s nozzles are a little better than what you’d expect from a budget product. While it does have a plastic lip, the nozzle has a metal-plate debris filter affixed just below its ridge. Most budget IEMs opt for the cheaper metal mesh option.

Auglamour outfitted the F200 with a pretty good cable, for its price. The cable feels sturdy in the hand and has stress relief where it matters most. It features a mono-button mic/control combo unit clad in a matte black plastic. The 3.5mm jack and Y-splitter are housed in the same zinc-alloy as the driver-housings.

Comfort

The F200 was plenty comfortable to wear for an extended period of time, given my fairly average ears (both in shape and size).

Accessories

Inside the box you will find:

  • 2x pairs of spare eartips
  • 1x set of earguides
  • 1x semi-hard carrying case

I’m surprised that Auglamour was able to even fit this many accessories into the budget for the F200 after considering the fairly high-quality construction it also packs in. What you get with the F200 seems to be a little more than what you pay for.

Comparisons

1: Rose North Forest ($25)

The North Forest is a more bassy IEM. It has a little more upper-treble emphasis, but does so by simply making itself more V-shaped. The North Forest’s bass is more mid-bass-centric than the F200’s is. The F200 will suite listeners who prefer some warmth, but still balance, while the North Forest will suit those who want much more warmth and bass.

2:KZ ZSR ($30)

The ZSR is a more even IEM than the F200. It has a much higher level of treble presence and less bass responsiveness. Its midrange is cooler than that of the F200, bringing forward more of the upper-midrange and reducing, relative to the F200, its lower-midrange's presence. This posits the ZSR as a much more “business-first” IEM than the F200 which plays to a more “fun” presentation.

Summary

In conclusion, the F200 is another reasonable pick in the $20 price point. It does well in comparison to its peers, and positions itself as an easy-to-listen-to IEM that carefully implements a standard V-shaped sound signature. Its great build quality, for the price, combined with its above-average accessory package in this bracket makes it stand out a little more from its more sparsely-equipped peers. All in all, the F200 is an IEM that you probably won’t regret picking up if you need a new pair of beater IEMs. For $20, its hard to go wrong.

As always, happy listening!

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