post #61 of 112
3/18/09 at 10:57pm
RE0 is utterly neutral and transparent, letting you listen straight to the rest of the chain. It does not need powerfull amping, but benefits of quality one.
PK1 is colored by V-shaped frequency response and have its own charming character. Its sound sig reigns over the rest of the rig. It benefits from additional power a lot.
You may find more info (mine and some other head-fiers PK1 reviews) following the link in my sig.
Yeah, I know I have the PK1 right now and I love them. Sounds like PK1 sound sig would still suit me better than RE0.
Wow... might have to try the RE0.
Anyone have reviews for RE0 vs PK1 purely SQ wise?
Hmm, I don't get the love of the RE0. I understand why they're liked, but loved, I don't get it.
Every earphone I've used I prefer over the RE0, even my Vibes which on a relative scale should be junk and is several levels down on some of the other earphone's I've tried. This is exactly why I sent mine back, because I could toss on my Vibes, listen, and say I like these better and these do things better then the RE0. How could I justify the RE0 after that?
The RE0 and OK1 are so vastly different from each other, large contrasts from each other. To compare them is more of a choice in personal preference. Even my comments above are personal preference.
RE0 - not transparent (one thing I wanted and didn't get)
RE0 - highs are not great, extended - yes, well defined and meaningful - not so much (one thing that bugged me)
RE0 - amp is beneficial, does lack some control and definition without.
OK1 - where's the mud? I can't find it.
OK1 - well presented highs, better then the RE0 (in my opinion), aggressive but far from harsh, more then some people will find comfortable, highs are better then the ER4S.
OK1 - assume unamped as well, can agree that they can be bright with lacking bass without an amp. They really need an amp to stay tonally even.
OK1 - agree that the RE0 will come across softer, more laid back, OK1 needs an amp to fill out and sound balanced above quiet levels
kostalex, seriously? I know you've used a ton of headphones too.
I really don't get it. It completely escapes me what you guys see. The ER4S is incredibly good, and you know it the instant you use it. The Phonak PFE is really good and instantly impressive to any first time listener. The OK1 is really good, albeit with a metal driver sound signature that may not fit some. The RE0 has me going ??? I tried to like it. I listened to a LOT of music, a wide variety, tried with and without the foam, EQed, and really tried to run the gambit. It's good and does certain things really well, but it never came across as an amazing earphone to me. It didn't create amazing sound. There was never an "oh my god, these are really special" kind of moment with them. Well, I was impressed with the range of frequency response on them. That is special and unique to them alone. After that, I just don't see what's there that you guys find amazing.
I'm not trying to fight your opinions, but I am really quite curious what you guys hear in them that gives you that "oh my god, these are really special" kind of feeling. How do you say they are better then the OK1 or right there with the ER4 IEMs. I can listen to the RE0 and the low ranked PK2 back to back and say the PK2 is better. I can listen to the PK2 and OK1 and say the OK1 is on a whole other level above the PK2. I just go back to why is the RE0 so great?
...There are a lot of cans which shine in some areas and fault in others...But there are few cans which do nothing wrong and RE0 belongs to this camp. Moreover, I never heard the more transparent headphone before.