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post #31 of 2011
@ClieOS, YGPM regarding this and other stuff
post #32 of 2011
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Originally Posted by Calexico View Post
I'd like to point out that the RE1 and RE0 pretty much tied in everything with your current rating system (except for soundstage, which RE1 won) so yeah, I guess this is partially why you are going to revise your rating system?
Indeed. The current rating I employed isn't detail enough to show subtle difference like a 9.6/10 vs. 9.3/10 (both will be given four and a half stars rating), which is why I introduced a ranking list in the end of my original multiple comparison thread to compensate for the shortcoming and hopefully gives the reader a better sense of comparison. After all, the original system isn't meant for such a large sample size (the thread started with only 2/3 as many IEM as now, which is what the system is intended for).

If you must know, RE0 will be ranked #3 after SE530 in SQ and #4 after TF10 in value.
post #33 of 2011
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[UPDATE] *also included in the original post

Here is a mod you can try on your RE0 - it is the same mod as the RE1 mod I described before. Basically, you remove the foam inside the nozzle (behind the mesh-like filter) to improve the SQ.

SQ wise, you will find that the mid range is no longer recessed. It has moved forward and became quite lively. The soundstage is also improved, capable of matching (and even a little surpassing) TF10. There is even more detail than before, but comes with a downside - you will detect a very slight hint of sibilance on bright music on higher volume now, but nothing terrible.

I have said it before^ that I would rank RE0 below TF10 and SE530 on SQ, but with the mod I'll probably rank it higher than SE530 and place it very close or even on par with TF10.
post #34 of 2011
I removed the shabby paper filter of my X3i, they sounded better without it. However, they were more sibilant after that, so I used the metal mesh from other phones instead, which brought it all to good balance, and quite a bit better sound than with the paper, or completely open.

How-to: Recabling the CrossRoads MylarOne X3i and XBi - Headphones - abi>>forums

Maybe something like this could work for the RE0 as well?
post #35 of 2011
Thanks for the review ClieOS. The RE0 w/ RE1 Mod is very interesting indeed. How would you compare the overall bass performance of the RE0 (w/ FiiO E3) vs. SF5Pro?

Gritt
post #36 of 2011
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Never listened to a SF5pro before so I can't really compare them. However, I do want to comment that E3 does pair well with RE0, giving the bass a warm body which is not there originally. With the E5, the bass doesn't get warmer but it does kick harder.
post #37 of 2011
When you're using the E5 are you turning the bass boost on or have it off (flat mode)?
post #38 of 2011
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With RE0? Bass boost on, always. It gives RE0's bass a better body. The bass gets even better with E3, just not as controlled as E5.
post #39 of 2011
they're on sale for 159.99 at head-direct. If they change their ebay store price to 159.00 coupons can be used to get these at for like 130 dollars... good price?
post #40 of 2011
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post
Never listened to a SF5pro before so I can't really compare them. However, I do want to comment that E3 does pair well with RE0, giving the bass a warm body which is not there originally. With the E5, the bass doesn't get warmer but it does kick harder.
Hi ClieOS,
Thanks for the reply. My previous experience with IEMs is confined to EP-630 and SF5Pro (only a brief 2 hour listening session), so those my only reference points when it comes to SQ. Your review stated that the RE0 bass performance was only better than the average IEM, does using E3 and/or E5 increase this substantially?

Gritt
post #41 of 2011
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they're on sale for 159.99 at head-direct. If they change their ebay store price to 159.00 coupons can be used to get these at for like 130 dollars... good price?
I'll say it is almost a steal.
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Originally Posted by Brabus9999 View Post
Your review stated that the RE0 bass performance was only better than the average IEM, does using E3 and/or E5 increase this substantially?
What RE0 bass lacks isn't speed nor impact, but body / fullness, and E3 does somewhat 'fixed' that problem. Lets just say the overall result is quite favorable.
post #42 of 2011
How do they sound un-amped?
post #43 of 2011
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Originally Posted by schneller View Post
How do they sound un-amped?
Quite well, but you will need to turn the volume up a bit.
post #44 of 2011
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post
What RE0 bass lacks isn't speed nor impact, but body / fullness, and E3 does somewhat 'fixed' that problem. Lets just say the overall result is quite favorable.
Just what I needed to hear. Thanks.

Gritt
post #45 of 2011
Someone wanna meet up with me in Utah with a pair of these to compare them to ER4p?
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