Musical Fidelity MF200B
Balanced headphones for the budget-conscious listener
£250 Manufacturer Musical Fidelity, musicalfidelity.com
Impedance 64ohm Cable Length 1.3m Plug Type Four-pin locking connector
Musical Fidelity makes a range of higher-end audiophile hi-fi components and the MF200B is its latest release, aiming to bring balanced headphones to the more cost-conscious end of the market.
Balanced headphones use separate left and right sides of the stereo image rather than the ‘crossover’ found in most, unbalanced models. The idea is that maintaining the purity of each side leads to a clearer and more accurate soundstage. A consequence of this is that these headphones have a fourpin docking connector and so must be used with a compatible, balanced amp. Be aware that they will not work with a regular headphone port.
The two sides of the headphones extend but even fully extended might be uncomfortably tight for larger heads. The cable is long and sturdy and, as noted, needs to be connected to a balanced amp. We used the company’s V90-BHA model which is compact and can be connected to a computer or a hi-fi, and does also have a regular headphone jack. There was plenty of volume and the bass end was rich and well-focussed, more so than expected from quite small, on-ear cups such as these. The mid range, however, felt quite harsh and overemphasised. Hollin Jones
The balanced design separates stereo channels for a more accurate soundstage. A decent set of headphones, but outperformed by unbalanced models with a more even sonic character.
Great stereo soundstage
Rich and focussed bass
Overly bright mid range
Requires compatible amp