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post #16 of 33
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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

I have a certain limit to how forward I would want my midrange. By all accounts the SM3 sounds great but no one has offered a SM3 to loan but that's fine with me as I have plenty of stuff to enjoy :) You definitely should have tried all your sources but too late now.

 

It's a good thing you have a pico slim. IMO the RE262 needs an amp since the 150 ohms makes whatever amp it is being powered by have to work quite a bit harder than your typical earphones that are usually 16 or 32 ohms or most are under 50 or so ohms. Joker has been telling me his battery life with the RE262 connected to a J3 is horrible and around 7 hours. That's the reason I don't use it portable although I imagine it wouldn't be much of an issue with my HM601.



Haha yeah, I only had 2 days with them, and half of the time I was at work, so I tried my best with what I could do.  This time of year is a bit rushed as people are going on vacation and such.  Unamped the RE-262 drains life like mad and it sounds only decent, it just needs more power.  However, I do find that having an LOD in the Fuze also kills the battery life, I'm finding it more and more that I got to keep charging it.  Either that or I need a new battery. 

 

Overall, I think the SM3 are great, but part of it is all hype (like anything else here on head-fi),  I was expecting to be blown away from what I've read but found myself saying "well, they sure are different" and can see why people liked them.  I think I was more "impressed" by the RE-262, again, being hyped up by having the past line ups.  Sadly, I have them on loan to HeadCred for the christmas holidays :(

 

If you can hear them great, but you're not missing much, especially since you have customs. 

post #17 of 33

I don't really like the in ear experience, but I have the SM3s hooked up to a home amp and a high-end digital source and it sounds amazing. 

post #18 of 33
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I don't really like the in ear experience, but I have the SM3s hooked up to a home amp and a high-end digital source and it sounds amazing. 



Have you tried using your SM3 with different amps or other sources?

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Have you tried using your SM3 with different amps or other sources?


Yes, I used them straight out of my Macbook's headphone output. The quality was actually pretty good with Ayrewave in memory mode playing lossless files.

 

Of course, with the current source I'm using, it's on another level. The SM3s have responded to every upgrade in my system.

post #20 of 33
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Have you tried using your SM3 with different amps or other sources?


Yes, I used them straight out of my Macbook's headphone output. The quality was actually pretty good with Ayrewave in memory mode playing lossless files.

 

Of course, with the current source I'm using, it's on another level. The SM3s have responded to every upgrade in my system.


Cool?  In your opinion, do you think SM3 fairs better when a source or amplifier?

post #21 of 33

Yes, amping the SM3s definitely helped, but I added a DAC at the same time, so I can't fairly compare amped vs. unamped.

post #22 of 33

262 are one pair of great IEM's .... This is a true winner.Wonder how good these will sound when paired with a cowon J3 ....

 

 

A big thanx to hifiman for doing the 602/262 combo and giving us the opportunity to acquire a pair of these  for only 160$beerchug.gif

post #23 of 33

RE262 and J3 sounds good and don't have any issues with them sound wise. I don't like using right angles when the headphone out on the J3 is on the bottom so if I was to use that I'd look into getting them recabled and terminated into a neutrik straight.

 

The RE262 for $160 or so is indeed a bargain. The earphones by HifiMan usually present a great value esp in the used market and the RE262 is no exception. They are great to my ears and present vocals in a good way although I think I liked vocals on the e-Q7 better but don't have the two to compare.

post #24 of 33

Thanx for another heads-up rawster ! I just pulled the trigger and bought a J3 - time i moved from my sony discman and my cdrs....

 

Now the only question is how well these 2 work without an amp in between them confused.gif
 

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RE262 and J3 sounds good and don't have any issues with them sound wise. I don't like using right angles when the headphone out on the J3 is on the bottom so if I was to use that I'd look into getting them recabled and terminated into a neutrik straight.

 

The RE262 for $160 or so is indeed a bargain. The earphones by HifiMan usually present a great value esp in the used market and the RE262 is no exception. They are great to my ears and present vocals in a good way although I think I liked vocals on the e-Q7 better but don't have the two to compare.


 

These weren't used either , which makes them even better - brand new and 12-month warranty running 100%

 

I wonder which one will be the next Hifiman combo....

 

ps : thanx also for the j3/601 A/B ing , really helpful beerchug.gif

post #25 of 33

Listening to my RE-262s out of my iPod Video 5th gen and a Fiio E7 amp and I'm still impressed. Everything just sounds...right on the 262s.

 

I'm quite content with the RE-262s right now but I'd still love to give the SM3s a listen.etysmile.gif

post #26 of 33
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Listening to my RE-262s out of my iPod Video 5th gen and a Fiio E7 amp and I'm still impressed. Everything just sounds...right on the 262s.

 

I'm quite content with the RE-262s right now but I'd still love to give the SM3s a listen.etysmile.gif



 Hrmm, I wonder how well the E5 would fair with the RE-262, lol.

post #27 of 33

bump , maybe this thread will save someone from paying 3 times the re-262 money for buying the sm3....

post #28 of 33

Got my 262s today and am pairing them with my Arrow amp and Cowon J3.  Won't comment on sound yet until I've had chance to listen properly, but first thing I'll say is the 262s straight into the J3 doesnt pump out much volume, whereas adding the Arrow is like pouring nitro into the mix - beefs the whole thing up to a hugely satisying level.

 

More soon.  Forget the usual Xmas nonsense - this could be the true holy trinity.....

 

post #29 of 33
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For the value of the RE262, especially now for price between 150-160, it is extraordinary.  SM3 are good, but for what is currently available on the market the RE262 are a better deal imo, until they go retail.  Even at retail price they are incredible for their price, at that point it goes down to what sound signature you like.  As I stated before, I prefer the clarity and tonal balance of the RE262 over the SM3.  At retail price I would gladly pick the RE262 over the SM3, but just me.  I think many people have commented on the thick presentation of the SM3 and how it can be considered a bit too much, that's how I felt, but I know many other people who would love that thickness.

post #30 of 33
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Originally Posted by proedros View Post

bump , maybe this thread will save someone from paying 3 times the re-262 money for buying the sm3....

 

Just because the SM3 is more expensive doesn't mean it's a bad product. The RE262 is a good earphone but tailors to a certain sound and I'm sure the SM3 tailors to a different sound. I can guarantee that many will choose the RE262 over the SM3 but at the same time many will choose the SM3 over the RE262. Preference goes a long way here :)

 

Then again I've been quite content with my M2 lately..

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