I was really disappointed to see the re-272 discontinued. Once mine broke in, they were--to my ears--almost perfect (listening mostly to uncompressed files through an iPod Classic > Headstage Arrow 4g). With gain set to 2 and bass to 1 on my Arrow, the re-272 has all the bass and energy I need, plus that absolutely gorgeous mid and treble. I wear them exclusively over the ear, so I wish there was a version with a dedicated cable for that style so I could avoid the bulky (and expensive) connector. Other than that, big thumbs up from me.
The cable on my first pair hardened, cracked, and shorted out within a year, but HifiMAN replaced them on warranty without any trouble. I was disappointed by the lack of durability, but this new pair should last me for at least another year or so.