Page 5 – DM100 & DM100E

While these two IEMs seem close to identical, from housing to packaging, they actually surprised me quite largely by having completely different prices. The DM100 is 103000 SKW which is roughly £66 but the E version is not even close at just 39800 or £25. Both using the same technology surely they couldn’t share this much.

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On closer inspection the DM100E has a cheaper looking cable and also features a remote/mic on the cable, recognising that less hardcore enthusiasts will require that. I see this point but others may crave that functionality at a higher level. I have been informed the driver used is the same, just tuned differently.

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Onto build quality and the more expensive is the better, it has a partly metal housing and shares a cable with the DM200H, which is much stronger feeling than weaker remote wielding cable of the E. While the plastic housed E isn’t necessarily much worse, it does have a tackier vibe to it.

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Ergonomic wise these are my favourite of the Dynamic Motion bunch, curving in towards your ear canal and even being able to go over your ear on your desire. The shells are sleek and light and these are a pair I can wear for hours on end. That being said they don’t go as deep as the 008s and also have a rather obvious ventilation which minimises isolation.

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Armature Lean

Funnily enough the sound of these did give me a sense of a what I expect from some single BA IEMs. Rolled off on both ends, tight and fast sound and a bit on the thin side. The DM100 was clearly the better of the two as well, while both seemed to be summarised as bright earphones.

The DM100 was really clean throughout with only the bass seeming to come off just a bit messy at times. The rest of the sound was clear, precise and fast though while you do lack the air movement, body and timbre of most dynamic drivers.  Of all the DM models I have tried this has the freshest and most likeable midrange and that is great when you look at the price tag in comparison. Treble is prominent but not overdone as well, giving this earphone quit a bit of all round ability.

The bass could be a bit more dynamic and deep, and also have better texture. Texture is a lacking area due to being a bit weak and in monotone. While being critical I should mention that the upper mids could sometimes but just a bit hot, never sibilant but just show stealing. I also find the sound to be just a bit “splashy”, even before the treble. My last criticism would be that the overall sound is small in soundscape and thin throughout.

I do however love the detail, that more analytical sound and something that sounds completely unlike anything for a dynamic driver and when you look at the price there is no doubt that this can go forward as a solid option in this sub £100 price range if you are not wanting bundles of bass but love some sharp definition!

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Cut the Price

Going cheaper and getting the DM100E will get you the same technology and looks but does somewhat obviously change the sound. While we still have that balanced armature type sound we get so with a horrendous bass, loosing in all aspects of the frequency range, extension, impact and body and the overall sound while still bright, is now tinny and brittle. The bass actually is so bad that it worries me, its anaemic and makes the music feel lost. The sound is just vacant, making me feel like I am not sealing with the earphones but no matter what tips I use or how I fit them the sound doesn’t changed.

While the speed and treble shine seems quite impressive at such a low price, considering the sound I have achieved at this price this doesn’t cut it to me, save up and remove the E from your DM100!

Measuring Similar

First up DM100….

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and now DM100E…

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Other than the horrible imbalanced in the DM100Es bass, they actually measure very similar, which is surprising based off of my subjective impressions. It seems the DM100E is a touch more V shaped with more bass and treble to boot. I hear the extra treble but not the extra bass. In fact I am surprised by how much bass the measurements show because I am not hearing it in the slightest on either model. I guess because the low THD it just has now body to it, probably no decay either making it sound anaemic.

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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.