Originally Posted by Coq de Combat
While it was simply amazing for vocal music, or acoustic music (listening to some unplugged records through the RE-262 gave me the chills, it was that good for that kind of music), it did no wonders with EBM or synthpop or any music like that. The sad part is that the older I get, the more electronic my music taste gets. Listening to old Alphaville or Orchestral Maneuvre songs sounded hollow and lifeless to me, and gave me a bit of claustrophobia because of the slightly recessed highs.
I can certainly see how it may not be the best for some genres. I don't see the RE262 being that one, "do-everything" phone someone has for all their genres (something a monitor is better suited for, if neutrality is also important). The RE262 is versatile but the tuning & presentation is certainly specialized & unique.. that is a gift & curse for some. I listen to a lot of electronic, downtempo-y type of stuff with it and love it. For acoustic jazz/folk & vocal stuff, it's arguably one of the finest phones out there (regardless of price). What I like is that it's very clear but it's coloration presents those genres with an absolutely intoxicating flavor.. like nothing I've ever heard before.
I highly recommend ClieOS' foam mod for those who want to get a little more out of the treble. It's not going turn the RE262 into an Etymotic or anything.. but you'll hear a little more sparkle, air, and crispness up top. It takes a few tries to get right but once you do, I found it very rewarding. Rest assured the velvety sound remains fully in tact, though.
For those who might find mids too forward with the HFM biflanges, I recommend switching to one of the the stock, HFM single flange tips. I typically listen to the RE262 with the HFM biflanges but accidentally shipped them to the next user on the HiSound Golden Crystal loaner tour. The (shallower fitting) single flanges push the mids back a slight bit so it's more in line with the bass and treble. You'll get a slightly more natural fq response without losing clarity or dynamics.. plus the bass and treble will have a little more presence.
The cherry on top? The soundstage widens a bit too. The RE262 soundstage is already something magical.. but I've yet to pick my jaw off the floor hearing it with the single flanges
Edited by FlySweep - 12/28/11 at 4:27pm