I've had a pair of RE0's for almost a year. I bought them after reading rave reviews about how they are 'absolute gems' and the 'best iems for under $200'
I listen to a pretty wide range of music - jazz, classical, rock, metal, and some admittedly bass heavy music like dubstep and funk. I'm a musician and I consider my hearing to be fairly good.
Every time I listen to another pair of phones, whether it be my ms-1i's, pl30's or hd480's - I come back to the RE0's and can't help but notice how 'thin' they sound in comparison to virtually anything else. I guess some people describe this as being 'analytical', but for me they just seem a bit distant and unenjoyable, almost lacking certain frequencies all together, especially in the low end. I've tried all different tips, amps, sources and eq settings, but I've finally just accepted that maybe they aren't for me. Granted they are quite detailed especially above 5k hz and generally give a reasonably flat response (except a major perceived dip below 120hz or so, and again at about 500-600hz), but they still aren't neutral enough to be used for professional monitoring or anything of the sort... and the high end detail is not so amazing that it's completely out of league with something like the humble pl30.... but most importantly - the majority of music just doesn't seem that enjoyable through them in comparison to other phones.
Am I alone in thinking that they aren't all that great? Have people just been swept along with the rave reviews in some sort of subjective shitstorm of bizarre obsessive audiophilia? or do people genuinely value this particular quality of sound for some reason?