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post #256 of 342

Is anyone have tried those earphones with a Sansa Clip + (without amp) ? 

 

How does it sound, is it good without an amp ? 

 

I got Rockbox on mine.

post #257 of 342
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Originally Posted by Tenaka View Post

Is anyone have tried those earphones with a Sansa Clip + (without amp) ? 

 

How does it sound, is it good without an amp ? 

 

I got Rockbox on mine.

Yes, it works OK, but not great.  After trying a number of different combinations, I found the DigiZoid/Clip+ combo to be the best with these earphones.

post #258 of 342

48 hours burn-in, stock tips, worn cable up, and listening to the Cumulus track direct from MB Air - Exceptional depth and rumble is apparent, mids are maintained. These are not bass-light. Deep drums on Montuno Norteno by Jomed; North African Groove, are as expected  but not as forward as a bass-centric headphone. Listening to this from iPhone and arrow, bass lines stand where they probably belong. Upping bass in the Arrow by one click brings it forward satisfactorily. Second click in the Arrow, bass remains clean, but gets placed forward the vocalist. I am finding that manipulating the combination is instructive and helps cultivate taste.

 

 

Edited:

After listening to same in a bass-centric phone like CKM500, which I love for it's sound versus price, is that the CKM500's signature is preordained. The RE262 starts like a neutral/warm and with an amp (and some amp-supplied EQ) can reasonably take you where you want to go. I am feeling as though the un-amped RE262 is portraying music in the manner it was intended, with instrumental sounds that are natural and taking their proper place in the overall presentation. 

 

Symphonic soundtrack such as Joel McNeely's Last of the Mohicans main title reveal with RE-262 what was ordinarily mushed passages with other IEM's. Different kinds of stringed instruments playing in tandem can be heard.

 

RE-262 reminds me of the time I first heard a live band with a capable PA system and who played music with appreciably balanced instrumentation. Vocals front and center, clear and present. My other IEM's vocals are almost as played out of an old ordinary car radio - hanging in there amidst the music.


Edited by FieldingMellish - 6/11/12 at 3:20pm
post #259 of 342
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Originally Posted by RASeymour View Post

Yes, it works OK, but not great.  After trying a number of different combinations, I found the DigiZoid/Clip+ combo to be the best with these earphones.

Ok thanks. But isn't it too bulky with a Sansa Clip+ ? I'm not a huge fan of portable amp but I'm very interested in the RE262 :D 

post #260 of 342

RE262 is just better with an amp. It's not the same magic unamped.

Best to use a neutral of slightly cold amp.

post #261 of 342
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Originally Posted by Tenaka View Post

Ok thanks. But isn't it too bulky with a Sansa Clip+ ? I'm not a huge fan of portable amp but I'm very interested in the RE262 :D 

Zo2 is much more portable.

post #262 of 342
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Originally Posted by s0lar View Post

RE262 is just better with an amp.  

 

That is not an absolute reality. I have already said it few times:

 

Cowon J3 + RE262  = Cowon J3 + Practical Devices XM6 + RE262

 

The Cowon J3 does not need external amplification to drive the RE262.

There is no difference at all in the sound.

post #263 of 342
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Originally Posted by Pingfloid View Post

 

That is not an absolute reality. I have already said it few times:

 

Cowon J3 + RE262  = Cowon J3 + Practical Devices XM6 + RE262

 

The Cowon J3 does not need external amplification to drive the RE262.

There is no difference at all in the sound.

I said it with J3 + RE262 / J3 + FiiO E11 + RE262 too.

post #264 of 342

I don't have a J3, but it's possible that not all portable players need an amp to make the RE262 shine.

post #265 of 342

Very true, the 262 doesn't shine with my iPhone but it does shine with my CMOY and 2Stepdance.  An external amp isn't always necessary if the DAP's amp section is sufficient.

 

Anybody tried this thing called the VentureCraft Go-Dap?  Not cheap at $365 but it would be less bulky than some of my external amps.

 

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I don't have a J3, but it's possible that not all portable players need an amp to make the RE262 shine.

post #266 of 342
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I've found significant enough difference in resolving ability and clarity/transparency with a high quality measured amp like the O2 or Leckerton uha-6. But this is with any earphone, not just the re262. Something like a Fiio is not improving the quality of signal and in fact I found the iPhone 4 HO to sound as clean and as good as the Fiio e17 and e11; so all you are gaining is really more volume (which is good if your player can't push them loud enough) and a usable bass boost to further flesh out the bottom end to preference. But I can agree, it's certainly not necessary.
post #267 of 342

The reviews on the sound quality of the iPhone are the main reason I switched from a Droid and HM-601 to using the iPhone as my DAP.  With the 262 I do use an external amp so I haven't reduced what the number of items I carry but at least it is now one carrying case instead of two.  I have the 272 but won't get serious about them until my 262 fall apart.  I suppose with the 272 I can set aside my external amps but then I'll miss the magic of the 262.

 

Agreed, it is mainly the levels that increase with the use of a 262 + iPhone + external amp.  Even without the amp I get a sense that the 262 is a special IEM.  Commuting via bus most days, I need those extra decibels to get above background noise.   

 

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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

I've found significant enough difference in resolving ability and clarity/transparency with a high quality measured amp like the O2 or Leckerton uha-6. But this is with any earphone, not just the re262. Something like a Fiio is not improving the quality of signal and in fact I found the iPhone 4 HO to sound as clean and as good as the Fiio e17 and e11; so all you are gaining is really more volume (which is good if your player can't push them loud enough) and a usable bass boost to further flesh out the bottom end to preference. But I can agree, it's certainly not necessary.
post #268 of 342
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I think I'll be picking up the re272 soon.
post #269 of 342
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I think I'll be picking up the re272 soon.

 

Same here. I got a rather tantalizing PM from flysweep.

post #270 of 342

i had the 262 and when it broke i got the 272

 

272 sounds better imo than the 262 , especially in the highs where there isn't the annoying 262 highs roll-off

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