RE0 multi-review skip to post #153
Just started listening to these about an hour ago.
I like them a lot so far, so they are worthy of a review, imho.
These are my initial impressions, posted in a different thread, copied here.
I just opened up my RE0 box, I've listened to 10 or 11 ~25 songs so far, but my initial impressions are much higher than with the ER-4PT.
Everything is better than expected so far with the RE0, the cable, the housing (solid, metal), the included tips (I'm using the stiffish shure olive looking ones), and the sound, they sound like soft pillows, like running headlong into a wall of soft, delicate, high quality pillows. These are not a weaker ck10 to me, I can immediately hear qualities of a dynamic driver I sought after in the ck10 at times. The softness and delicate highs (like you want to tap them) are so nice, they just sound like exploding red flowers, or a girl with perfect satin-soft skin, with perfume drinking gin. Yeah, these sonic sine waves are touching the violin strings to my heart quickly.
back to RE0.... just realised I have my Teclast T51 on max volume.... hmm these need some juice to sound good.... but the sound is really melting in my ears and dripping onto my soul strings. Kinda worried what the J-phonic will sound like now Lol.....
Edit: wow if the line between sibilance and clarity is a thin one the RE0 is walking on it, what a perfect treble, jeez I didn't expect this... just goes to show 1000 travel books are not worth the journey.
I'll continue the review later, right now I'm just listening to music and enjoying it :)
Feel free to comment, ask questions, a little OT is fine.
Update 14th of August, 2011:
I removed J-phonic K2 SP from the versus list.
It became too complicated and unfair, they are not rivals.
- J-phonic versus RE0 as a stage monitor, the J-phonic wins outright.
- J-phonic versus RE0 as a music listening IEM, they have different qualities, but this is what the RE0 was designed for, and the J-phonic was not.
The J-phonic is not a musically entrancing IEM, it crushes the RE0 in bass depth and decay for example which is very impressive, and has a better sense of space and a well-tapered tone, but for the pure tone of an instrument and sheer musicality the RE0 is a better IEM if you're sitting on a subway and want to tap your feet to the music.
The J-phonic is designed for stage professionals and does exceedingly well at that, and for some listeners they'll enjoy that tone, personally a stage monitor IEM such as the J-phonic and Shure SE535 are not my favorite IEM's, not even the Shure SE425 which I liked better but I remember listening to it and then listening to the Sony EX700 and thought "ok nevermind", the same thing happens here, as much as I dislike the harshness on the Sony EX700, if I listen to the J-phonic for an hour, the full-on tonality and presentation of the EX700 will have me in it's favour quickly.
I'd like to differentiate between studio monitor and stage monitor, I like studio monitor sound it seems, such as my Sony MDR-V6 and Fostex T-5 headphones, the flat FR of the ck10, the balanced RE0 and RE252, the reference quality A2000X, the clean and neutral signal of the Teclast T51, etc.
If I was a stage musician, I might pick up the SE425 or the J-phonic, in a performing scenario, but as it is I'm just a hobby musician, and even in that setting I prefer listening to full-on tonality and crystalline detail rather than well-tapered equipment with technical depth.
I already have a fairly good feeling for the RE0 and RE252, however I'm going away for a couple days with long train rides and I'm bringing the RE0 and RE252 with me, along with a weak DAP with mp3 music (Sony gumstick 10mW+10mW) and a powerful DAP with critical listening music in Flac (Teclast T51).
So the review shall continue after that.
As far as the J-phonic is concerned, as outlined above it won as a well-tapered IEM with technical depth, impressive bass response and unheard of decay and speed at the same time, but loses out to the RE0 and RE252 in tonality and bliss. If the RE0 is a walk through a park, the RE252 is a walk through a graveyard, and the K2 SP is a walk through a factory.
RE0 versus RE252 versus ______________ ?
Edited by kiteki - 12/4/11 at 6:43pm