Sivga M200 Review
Sivga prides itself on having options for a wide variety of prices, and its new M200 is a fantastic example of that. While Sivga is better known for its line of wooden over-ear headphones, such as the P-II or the SV023, they also produce in-ear earphones, such as the M200. At $49, the M200 is a relatively budget-friendly option that sivga claims can produce HiFi quality audio. Today, I’m going to put those claims to the test.
What’s in the Box
- Sivga M200 Earphones
- Carrying case: 1pc
- Sponge covers
Look and Feel
The packaging on the M200 is simple and easy to navigate. The addition of included accessories such as other ear foams and hooks is a nice touch. I understand that Sivga was going for a more retro design reminiscent of the original Apple Earbuds, and that’s a very deliberate design choice. The larger housing of the earbuds gives it a different feel than I’m used to, but this is a matter of preference and I know many people that prefer it. The larger style is largely unused now, so a good-sounding earphone with this fit will satisfy a specific niche. The earph0nes themselves feel durable and the protective case is high quality.
The Sivga M200 has a frequency response of 20 Hz – 20 kHz and an impedance of 32 Ohms.
The style of the M200 has a great effect on the soundstage. Rather than having the sound isolated in your ear, it’s like a small speaker playing next to your ear. This gives you a much more open and natural sound while still giving appropriate separation. There isn’t an insane amount of width, but the M200 can still convey the stereo image with good accuracy. There isn’t much isolation, but that too has an interesting sound, almost like using an Ambient Aware function on a TWS earbud. The dynamics are also solid and you won’t have trouble driving these without an amp.
The low range is subtle on the M200. There are lows on the M200, however, they often leave me wanting more. You can crank the volume to make the lows more audible, but that isn’t always ideal. While there are lows and they have a nice timbre, they could use a lot more presence. This is partially due to the design, making it so the lows aren’t directly in my ear like I’m used to.
The mids are the strongest region in the M200. I can hear details and lead parts are given a nice brightness that brings out powerful mixes. Songs with clean mixes are given a nice treatment, but the M200 also shines with more distorted mixes with some grit. Genres with heavy compression and distortion sound strong in the M200 and I liked how the mids can add a tasteful amount of bite to anything I listened to.
The high provides a good tone and a nice layer of detail to the sound. They’re what I would expect from an earphone at this price point and they do a good job of not cheapening or detracting from the sound. That being said, they don’t grab my attention or wow me in any way necessarily. They’re very neutral.
Admittedly, I haven’t worn a pair of earphones like this since Apple discontinued the style in the late 2000s, and I didn’t listen to them with the same level of critical analysis that I do now (I was 12). That being said, revisiting this style with the M200 was interesting. I enjoyed the sound and these are some of the best large-scale housing headphones I’ve used, and they come at a great price. Sivga knew what they were doing when they made these, and they did a great job creating the M200.
You can buy the Sivga M200 at Audio46