I'm new here. I currently own a pair of sennheiser cx300 II which I'm very satisfied of, for the audio quality delivered compared to what I paid (£12 at amazon UK!!), I think you can't find a better deal. They have very good bass and overall quality, what bothers me a little is that I'm not 100% satisfied with the soundstage and mids/highs. The sound in a way tends to be a little centered for my taste instead of surrounding you plus vocals or guitar could sound metallic, not really metallic but non that clear/real. The big problem about this hp is also that the 100-250hz range is extremely loud that really ruins the sound, but my creative zen took care of that with the EQ otherwise I seriously wouldn't be able to hear my music.
I've been thinking about the Head Direct/HIfiman RE2 for about 1 year now, I liked the "official" review and sound perfect for me and my budget. It troubles me that it's from 2008 and something better (for the money) could have come out in the meanwhile and the updated mini review didn't make it look that good.
I'm NOT a heavy bass lover, infact as I said I turn it down on the cx300. I prefer much more quality, soundstage, clarity, fidelity of the overall audio than heaving bass but I also love a warm sound.
Will the RE2 be an upgrade in quality compared to the CX300?
I'm using a Creative Zen. Budget $35-40.