hmm even though i just bought the pk3, im really tempted to buy the re-2 now that it's $39.. would it be dumb to have both? i kinda wanna see what IEM's are about .. but i was thinking of getting the PFE's in the future... should i get these instead?
I do know that I could be happy with an RE2 and an E5 or T4 amp if I was on a small budget and needed a decent portable iPod rig. VS the other IEM I mentioned in the review: The extra detail is appreciated over the un-amped NE-7M which are smoother sounding but maybe hiding a little detail due to that quality. The IM716 that I have didn't sound very good stock, so while they may sound better amped than the RE2 they are no longer made and they must be "de-podded" to sound good (and the IM716 still suck out of an un-amped iPod headphone out). An ER6i will probably sound very similar to these but cost almost 2x as much - I wish I still had my ER6i to use for comparisons like these, because the RE2 might actually have more bass than an ER6i (I can tolerate these from iPod headphone out, unlike the ER6i). I did compare them to the JVC Marshmallow and while the JVC have more bass they are harsh and edgy and unrefined compared to the RE2. The JVC Aircushion that I compared to these suffered from a sucked out midrange that needed EQ, so these beat those as well. I've owned a genuine pair of CX300 before, and they were horrible and could not compete with these in any way. The Denon C700 (I paid $199 2 years ago) have a muddier bass and harsher treble as well, so I'd pick the RE2/E5 over those except for very quiet listening with the C700 where they are tuned to sound like a loudness control turned on, and then they would be a closer match.