Right now I don't like the way the RE0 fits in my ear. It doesn't make a lasting tight seal, and the isolation isn't very good (compared to my old Shure). Does the DBA-02 fit well? How's the isolation?
I don't like the amount of bass I get with my RE0. In a quiet environment the bass is fine, but still a bit shy in quantity than I'd like. In a noisy environment such as outdoors and subway, the bass is non existent, literally. In foobar2000 I need a 10dB boost in bass for my RE0 to sound to my likings, and I think I'd need a 20dB boost in bass for outdoor listening.
I know that the DBA-02 has more bass than the RE0, but it is not bassy. I've heard of the SE530, and it has the perfect amount of bass I'd like in a pair of earphones. How's the DBA-02's bass compared to the SE530 in terms of quantity?
Lastly, how's the durability of the DBA-02? The previous Shure's and the RE0 were pretty fragile, with none of them lasting for more than a year. For my next earphone I'd like it to last a lot longer than that. Since the DBA-02 has a straight jack, I plan to use it with an extension cable so the DBA-02's jack isn't moving at all. Is this a good idea to increase the lifespan of the DBA-02?
Oh and BTW, if you think there is a better pair of earphones <$200 shipped to Canada, please mention it. I've been off Head-Fi for months, and I don't know if a new killer model is out. My listening preference is an extended (even tipped) treble, and hence the RE0 and DBA-02.