Well, all I can say is Joker, you da man. These are a fantastic pair of IEMs for $45 ($33 plus $12 shipping via ebay), without a doubt. I never heard the REOs, but out of the box, I am impressed. I have them hooked up to my S9, with BBE Viva 2 (which has a little more bass than the usual Viva) and they are really, really detailed little buggers. At first, they sounded a little weak, but I realized I needed to push them in a little deeper (using standard clear silicone sleeves that came on them). Went to 2-3 of my favorite audition tracks (Hotel Califiornia live, New Kind in Town, Patricia Barber's Ode to Billy Joe, The Roots' Dynomite, etc.), and I am very impressed. They are not the same sig as the S4s, which I still like very much, for I was going to sell them out of hand because of that TF10 frenzy yesterday. But now, I am definitely keeping them as part of the low-budget, hifi corral (im616, ADDIEM, PR1, S4). Thanks for the review. I sure am glad I didn't succumb to the RE0 allure.
It really is amazing what these companies can make for squat these days, really.
Do they improve with some burn-in? I will have to go back and reread you initial review.
Thanks again. I can second Joker's recommendation on these phones (and jant71 too), they are fantastic for the price, based on my limited experience listening to them so far. I am going to stick them back in and keep listening for now. I want to find out if they hiss with the Amp3s I have. Hope not.
I'd be interested to hear your impressions with the Amp3. I don't recommend buying an amp just for these because it really drops the price/performance ratio, but if you already have one around these play very well with some added juice. They aren't nearly as efficient as a lot of similarly-priced dynamics. They do benefit from burn-in, but not as much as, say, the S4 or the Im-590s.