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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.