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post #46 of 60
cool, though I was hoping for it to be small like the 4rp, so I can use stock olives instead of my modified ones that I use for the RE0.
post #47 of 60
Larry -- just read your review. Very thorough and thoughtful. Impressive.

I just received a pair of RE-252 and I'm looking forward to hearing how they develop. I'll get the Bing Audio Test CD and experiment.

I've become so accustomed to the comfort, instant "pop-in" seal and great musicality of my (custom-molded) Westone ES2 that it's a challenge acclimating my tiny ear canals to rubber-tipped universals. The large "olive" tips are best so far, tho' it takes a lot of effort to get a "just right" seal.

After just a little casual listening, they do seem more detailed and HF-extended than the ES2, but I miss the LF impact and robust warmth of the ES2 and wonder if the 252 will develop at least a little more depth and weight.
post #48 of 60
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Larry -- just read your review. Very thorough and thoughtful. Impressive.

I just received a pair of RE-252 and I'm looking forward to hearing how they develop. I'll get the Bing Audio Test CD and experiment.

I've become so accustomed to the comfort, instant "pop-in" seal and great musicality of my (custom-molded) Westone ES2 that it's a challenge acclimating my tiny ear canals to rubber-tipped universals. The large "olive" tips are best so far, tho' it takes a lot of effort to get a "just right" seal.

After just a little casual listening, they do seem more detailed and HF-extended than the ES2, but I miss the LF impact and robust warmth of the ES2 and wonder if the 252 will develop at least a little more depth and weight.
The do develop a little more depth and weight with burn-in, but they stop at about the level of bass you get with the Phonak Audeo PFE at around 200 hours. I find them to sound fuller and more immersive than the Phonak, but they wont hit like the ES2 or UM3X or X10.
post #49 of 60
Those who don't know, the RE252 for black friday are $99USD 48hour sale.
post #50 of 60
I think I may just purchase the RE0. Damn there are multiple purchases I want to make because of their sales but I think I am definately gonna settle for the RE0 over RE252 unless the RE252 are a bit better. The HifiMan EF 2 amp and Qinpu A3 are so damn tempting! Now to start a new thread on which to choose
post #51 of 60
the RE0 edges out for me because it can be worn over the ear. also, your wallet will thank you because it is infact $20 cheaper which may not sound like much, but still isn't anything to bat an eye at.

at this price the RE252 is cheap, but it is still 25% more expensive than the RE0, just something to consider...

i thought long and hard about picking up the RE252, but decided against it. i'll wait until head-direct (Hifiman) releases an over the ear design for my next upgrade.
post #52 of 60

Headphone Addict,

  Thank you, for the great review of the HiFiMan RE252.

 

  I am looking for an IEMs for air travel. I usually use the DT250 250ohm (non-pro) headphones with an IBasso D4 with a Topkit.  I am looking in the $100-$200 range, I enjoy an accurate midrange, large sound stage and transparency.

 

Would you recommend the RE252 to pair with the D4?     I see that you also have the Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10 Pro and they are less the $200 online.  Any other recommendations for an IEM to pair with the D4?

 

 

Thank you!

 

post #53 of 60
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Headphone Addict,

  Thank you, for the great review of the HiFiMan RE252.

 

  I am looking for an IEMs for air travel. I usually use the DT250 250ohm (non-pro) headphones with an IBasso D4 with a Topkit.  I am looking in the $100-$200 range, I enjoy an accurate midrange, large sound stage and transparency.

 

Would you recommend the RE252 to pair with the D4?     I see that you also have the Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10 Pro and they are less the $200 online.  Any other recommendations for an IEM to pair with the D4?

 

 

 

 

The D4 with stock opamps or upgraded opamps works well with the Westone 4, Westone UM3X and the newer RE262 (in order of preference).  The triple.fi 10 Pro are not bad either, but they don't fit my ears very well and I don't use them much anymore unless I need the microphone.  I think the TF10 Pro midrange is not "alive" enough for me as well.

 

post #54 of 60

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The D4 with stock opamps or upgraded opamps works well with the Westone 4, Westone UM3X and the newer RE262 (in order of preference).  The triple.fi 10 Pro are not bad either, but they don't fit my ears very well and I don't use them much anymore unless I need the microphone.  I think the TF10 Pro midrange is not "alive" enough for me as well.

 



Headphone Addict,

  Thank you!  You have been great.  I will look up your recommendations.

-Mark

 

post #55 of 60

Hi Headphone Addict,

  I went ahead and ordered the RE262, thanks!

 

-Mark

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Hi Headphone Addict,

  I went ahead and ordered the RE262, thanks!

 

-Mark


Note - I did feel the RE262 need longer burn-in to open up than the RE252 did, so run them for a week or more with music at moderate volumes.  They also sound a lot better with an amp than un-amped, and with the D4 they are completely fatigue free and remind me of my HD600.  A very nice IEM for the price.

 

post #57 of 60

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Note - I did feel the RE262 need longer burn-in to open up than the RE252 did, so run them for a week or more with music at moderate volumes.  They also sound a lot better with an amp than un-amped, and with the D4 they are completely fatigue free and remind me of my HD600.  A very nice IEM for the price.

 


Headphone Addict,

  Thank you!  The RE262 will be here next week, I will let them burn in and tell you what I think.  Excited to hear an IEM that is reminiscent of the HD600 !

 

 

 

post #58 of 60
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Headphone Addict,

  Thank you!  The RE262 will be here next week, I will let them burn in and tell you what I think.  Excited to hear an IEM that is reminiscent of the HD600 !

 

 

 


Actually, the 262 might be closer to an ATH-AD2000 due to a little more prominent midrange and a little less prominent bass than HD600.  My favorite portable amp for these is my Pico Slim or my opamp rolled D4, and then my XM5 with bass boost.  For some reason it's a little more bland sounding with my 801, DACport or SR-71b single ended (I've got one of the early models without the balanced TRRS plug).  As for desktop amps, the 262 sound best with my DACmini which beats all the portables.

 

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Actually, the 262 might be closer to an ATH-AD2000 due to a little more prominent midrange and a little less prominent bass than HD600.  My favorite portable amp for these is my Pico Slim or my opamp rolled D4, and then my XM5 with bass boost.  For some reason it's a little more bland sounding with my 801, DACport or SR-71b single ended (I've got one of the early models without the balanced TRRS plug).  As for desktop amps, the 262 sound best with my DACmini which beats all the portables.

 


They just keep sounding better and better, how is that possible?  I have had the RE262 for a little over a week, was not so excited when I first got them, but they keep warming up.  I used to think break in was rubbish, but they keep sounding better and better.  

 

Headphone Addict you are correct they have a similar SQ as the HD650, laid back, not too bright and not too boomy with a nice midrange and soundstage. 

 

Thank you!

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The D4 with stock opamps or upgraded opamps works well with the Westone 4, Westone UM3X and the newer RE262 (in order of preference).  The triple.fi 10 Pro are not bad either, but they don't fit my ears very well and I don't use them much anymore unless I need the microphone.  I think the TF10 Pro midrange is not "alive" enough for me as well.

 

 

...Well I was really starting to enjoy the RE262 and this morning the left ear went out, have tried the connections and left side still dead.  Disappointing, less than 30 days.  Going to return and look into the Westone UM3X.  

 

Thank you for your recommendations    

 

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