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post #1351 of 16802
Got my RE262 today. The fit is perfectly fine. Initial impressions are good since I'm using my phone and VBR mp3s. The 2 weaknesses of mp3s, bass and treble extension are the only complaints I have currently. Assuming these are fixed with better power and losses sourcing and better DAC, these appear to be an excellent choice. I'll also try more tips but the black double changes seem to be doing a good job.
post #1352 of 16802

with me the stock blac tips do wonder, i tried the sony hybrids and the FX700 tips as well as the double flanges  ...nothing beats the stock black tips !

post #1353 of 16802
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

Got my RE262 today. The fit is perfectly fine. Initial impressions are good since I'm using my phone and VBR mp3s. The 2 weaknesses of mp3s, bass and treble extension are the only complaints I have currently. Assuming these are fixed with better power and losses sourcing and better DAC, these appear to be an excellent choice. I'll also try more tips but the black double changes seem to be doing a good job.


 

Regarding bass and treble extension, YMMV, but mine seemed to have improved noticeably with burn in as well. It is definitely not a treble focused IEM, but the treble extension is there, despite that fact that it is not in the foreground.

 

Yours came with black double flanges? I thought the double flanges that came with the RE262 were white.

post #1354 of 16802
I got these from another headfier in trade. He lost one of the double changes included with the RE262 so he included the double changes from his M9s. These only have a could of hours on them so far. I'm looking forward to getting these home to a proper amp, DAC, and source files in an hour or two.
post #1355 of 16802

I use similar tips but the other biflange tips from the M9. They are a bit softer than the black ones but still quite nice. I've tried both and they sound slightly different but both good.

 

@singh: The cable does have microphonics but it can be solved for the most part in a couple of ways. I use a shirt clip but not the one it came with since I tried putting it on and it broke almost instantly. I also made a chin slider so I don't use the one it came with since it is too resistant when trying to adjust it. I also wear it over the ear. That removes most of the microphonics although I don't use them outside.

post #1356 of 16802

.. double posted..


Edited by DaEMoNteNTAcLe - 11/29/10 at 4:39pm
post #1357 of 16802

consider me as one of the lucky (or unlucky?) people that got almost perfect fit on ck10 with its stock tips, imho it does best compared to sony hybrids or complys.

it does took me about 3 month fiddling to figure out how to wear them proper, otherwise i always have to be pressing the iem to my ear..

 

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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

As much as I like the CK10 no way does it have better bass than the e-Q7 and the treble is anything but smooth. The peak make cymbals sound not as good as they could be.

post #1358 of 16802

Joker, just wondering if you are fortunate enough to take advantage of the recent TF10 deal?

 

I got my pair today, and I'm currently A/Bing the TF10 with my SF5 pro with one in each ears right now. I'll give an impression once I burn in the TF10 a bit more.

post #1359 of 16802

|joker| already owns the TF10 as far as I know. He just can't stand the fit issues long enough to complete his review of them :P

post #1360 of 16802
More time and different amping with the RE-262 revealed a better signature. I'm quite impressed with them. I think they are similar to my HD600 in that they are very good, but still have room to go. The tonal balance is good, but lacks clarity in the upper end (also similar to HD600). The 3D headstage is quite present and superior again to any full size headphone I've ever worn. I really see this as my new direction. The HE-6 just isn't doing it for me.

Unfortunately even with a fairly high impedance (150ohm) and low sensitivity (95db) I still get substantial hum from my MKVI so the best amp I have for these presently is the built in amp from my Shanling CDP, which doesn't sound amazing, and couple that with the subpar DAC it also has inside and I really can't say for sure where these IEMs will go. Listening through the hum on the MKVI shows much better treble clarity, but the hum is too distracting for detailed analysis.

I'm really hurting for an amp here since I can't use my good DAC with my current situation. Ah... choices choices...

By the way does anyone have the official resolution of this IEM? It certainly feels like it has more headroom than the M9 which according to the website cuts off at 20khz. I don't believe it for a second, however.
Edited by Maxvla - 11/29/10 at 9:14pm
post #1361 of 16802

Another IEM with similar signature, but with more clarity overall would be the e-Q7 (or the e-Q5). The GR10 looks promising too, but I haven't heard it myself.

post #1362 of 16802
Even with the experience of only 2 IEMs I don't think it will get much better than these RE-262 without going custom. I need to get an amp squared away then I will consider a higher end universal or take the plunge into customs. I'm quite curious about Justin's X2 with DAC since it is attractively priced, but I'm also eyeing the AudioLab 8200CD which is a transport and 32bit Sabre DAC I could pair with something like a GS-1 or WA6.

I've been blessed to have this Little Dot MKVI which was perfect for my uses until now. I never had any second guesses with regard to amping, but it simply won't do for efficient IEMs.
post #1363 of 16802

Have you taken a look at some of Audio-GD's offerings? I have the Audio-GD Sparrow, which is one of their cheaper DAC/Amps but I have little to no hiss and it has great synergy with the RE262. IMO, Audio-GD offers great performance/price ratio. They have a lot of other higher-end stuff as well which I imagine would only scale up that much better. From what I've observed, feedback has been overall great for their stuff on head-fi.

post #1364 of 16802
The only thing I've seen about Audio-GD (and I haven't gone looking) is how people say they use too many parts and it drives the cost up. I'll give them a look, but I can't say I will seriously consider them.

Oh, by the way, I've found I prefer the gray biflanges with the RE-262 as well. The white ones were absolutely terrible, and due to the strange shape of this IEM I can't use the smallest single flange like I would prefer. The IEMs just don't clear and give enough insertion depth to make a good seal. I get almost no bass.
Edited by Maxvla - 11/29/10 at 9:42pm
post #1365 of 16802
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Originally Posted by mootookang View Post

Joker, just wondering if you are fortunate enough to take advantage of the recent TF10 deal?

 

I got my pair today, and I'm currently A/Bing the TF10 with my SF5 pro with one in each ears right now. I'll give an impression once I burn in the TF10 a bit more.


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Originally Posted by Hero Kid View Post

|joker| already owns the TF10 as far as I know. He just can't stand the fit issues long enough to complete his review of them :P


Yep, the TF10 is one of my oldest high-end IEMs - I just haven't gotten around to reviewing it (and post all of my other UE reviews). I definitely liked the fit of the SF5Pro better when I had them but in terms of sound it's no contest IMO. 


 


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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

By the way does anyone have the official resolution of this IEM? It certainly feels like it has more headroom than the M9 which according to the website cuts off at 20khz. I don't believe it for a second, however.


There's no official response specs for the RE262 AFAIK. Glad you like them though.

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