Page 4 – DM008P

Translating to £80 from its native 129,000SKW the DM008P seems like a standalone in the DM series. It has its own packaging, its own aesthetics and its own patented driver technology. Worth noting as well is that my DM008 is the updated P version, which is actually a little special with a completely aluminium housing and not an ounce of plastic. While it uses the same driver apparently the housing material helps sound and it is also tuned better (differently?).

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While I appreciate the build and some design queues of this model, I don’t like how it gives me nostalgia of when I owned some iBeats. The flat cable, shiny shells and even channel identifiers all whiff strongly of Dr. Dre’s brand. I have never been one for flat cables, and have been happy with the trend of them weakening in the last year or so. Silly cable aside the housing of these are fantastically constructed, smooth to the touch and polished to sparkle. Even with a lack of removable cables which I find saddening across the board with Dynamic Motion, the way the cables enter the housing to shape out whether it is the right or left monitor is quite cool.

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The tubular design of 008 is actually quite thin, not like an Etymotic but still able to insert rather deep into your canal. This provides better isolation than the DM200H and also makes finding a seal easier. In terms of comfort these are pretty standard. Being metal you can feel their presence, but they aren’t unpleasant to wear.

Getting Punchier

We are on the borderline of a bassier sound with the DM008P but I feel like things have tightened just south of one. Bass seems to be tauter and hit a little harder while still maintaining some element of depth to it, just not quite on the extension level of the current flagship from the Korean outfit and conserving the idea with the power dynamic getting low, I don’t think it did a great job in that aspect.

The midrange was sadly a little disappointing as well, with lower mids feeling excessively out of the mix and low quality.

I don’t understand that without a bloated mid-bass while we still have a veiled lower midrange?  That being said the bass is still pretty similar to the DM200, no definition or distinction and then different elements of the bass all sound the same.

Treble seems fair and doesn’t really do a lot in any direction, giving a taste of sparkle and solid smoothness.

While this has balance through the frequency range, I have never once found anything special about this model. I just go through the motions with it, as it does the same with my music. It is like a worse version of the DM200H, as bland, but not as technically as impressive.

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Graphing

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We can see the fairly rolled off bass here, actually going down from the peak of the slight mid bass bump at 250Hz. It’s a gradual roll off but one nonetheless. Good channel balance!

A Better Beats

If you like the design then the sound won’t let you down but if absolute sound is what you’re after then I know there are better options to get right now. It is a cruel hobby in this respect because with so many options some just won’t ever make the cut, and thats who I am feeling here.

Lets give BDD a Chance!

Sonny Trigg
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  • Francis Khor

    After reading your review of the Dynamic Motion DM200H, you left me wondering if you have received a faulty unit because what I’m hearing is a direct opposite of your review. If that’s the case you should get another proper set and have another listen because at the asking price of the Dynamic Motion DM200H I couldn’t find anything that sounds better. I actually spent 2 days at E-Earphone Akihabara Tokyo and was prepared to shell out top dollars for a top of the line universal fit IEM. I of course did the usual and started testing all those high end reputable brand multi-drivers IEMs (some up to 12 a side….lol) that cost no less than $1500. After spending time testing all these “high end” IEMs, I was not particularly impressed with any of them as I’ve also owned several good IEMs like FitEar TG334, Etymotic ER4PT, Phonak PFE022 (with grey filter), Phonak PFE232 and headphones like Audeze LCD-X, Sennheiser HD600 amongst others.

    I took a break and then stumbled upon the DM200H and I thought I’d just amuse myself and see how bad a $250 IEM from an obscure brand can sound. In fact I’ve never even heard of a company named Dynamic Motion before so I was merely trying to have a good laugh at it and boy….was I in for a big surprise. The DM200H left me speechless the moment I put the IEM in my ears. I couldn’t even believe what I hear and I have to check with the sales guy if the listed price is correct. In short, it totally blew me away with it’s end to end frequency extension, it’s transient dynamics especially on drums and percussive instruments, it’s wide sound staging, it’s tight and fast bass response, it’s superbly detailed high frequencies that reveal all the micro details that’s been missing from even far more expensive IEMs. I of course bought the DM200H on the spot and the rest is history. Moral of my personal experience is never to judge an IEM based on the obscurity of the company or price. Listen and judge the IEM based solely on the sound quality that it reproduces and put all your other prejudices on brands and price aside.

    • Hi Francis,

      Thanks for piping in with your experience of Dynamic Motion. Firstly I am glad that you found the IEM for you, it seems like it does the trick for you just amazingly and thats the most important thing.

      However as you have already mentioned the way you describe it is certainly very different to what I am hearing, for me there are so many cheaper options that do a lot of things better and I would not want to recommend it. Josh also had the same thoughts so it isn’t just me going mad. Things certainly don’t add up but I don’t think mine were faulty mind you. If one of the channels had a driver failure I would have seen in the measurements and they didn’t sound broken or unlistenable just not up to scratch with the current best in the price range. My pair may have been before the release of the model so maybe they changed a few things based on my feedback, thats the best thing I can think off! I will have to inquire to see if anything did happen.

      • Francisk

        Hi Inearspace, it would be good if you can double check with Dynamic Motion if there’s any retuning of the DM200H drivers of the pre-production unit that you received because the description of your pre-production unit is too far off from what me and many of my experienced friends have concluded with. A little bit of changes here and there on the pre-production unit is acceptable but the difference described on your review unit is like North pole and South pole difference from our conclusion of our retail units. I swear me and my friends are not crazy too because some of us are actually professional musicians who does music for a living and one of them is a studio engineer. I hope you can get the confirmation from Dynamic Motion regarding your pre-production unit soon.

  • MUDr.Nudl

    I would appreciate if you could check that they didn’t sell v2 in stores instead of your pre-production unit.