Originally Posted by shotgunshane
Comparison with FXT90 (12/31)
Isolation is better on RE262, although I do use different tips between the two which could contribute to some difference but overall I think the RE262 housing body helps to block out more noise.
Source Nano 6g with LOD to Fiio e6
Vocals are placed closer and guitars are pushed more forward with RE262. Treble has more presence in the FXT90 and is an overall brighter phone; distortion guitars have much more bite. The treble of the RE262 seems a little weightier and perhaps more accurate sounding for cymbals. I have to use EQ2 on the Fiio to get as much bass quantity out of the RE262 but with the added bass of the E6, the RE262 can match the un-eq'd JVC's in quantity and was already a match in quality.
The FXT90 is wider in soundstage but RE262 is just a bit deeper, which is saying something as the JVC is already deep. Instrument realism is superb on both but I give the nod to the JVC’s; it’s just fantastic. The RE262 has a blacker background and with the combination of a more intimate vocal, can make for a very seductive effect with the right music. I think both are transparent and clear phones but with the blacker background and greater focus on mids, the RE262 wins the battle in transparency.
The differences in technicalities are minimal but tuning is pretty different between the two. They are both fantastic bargains for their going rate of $150 or less and both have become my favorite universals of any I've ever owned.
Hey, thanks for your in depth review Shotgunshane.
I have a couple of questions for you. I'm looking for an uprage from my Etymotic ER6i, the only pair of decent IEM that i've owned. I would be using them in the office (open space) most of the time where i listen mainly to tranquil electronic music like ambient, chillout, Café del Mar, ... But when i go on a trip i would be using them for all different types of music: dance music, house, reggae, rock, drum and buss, ... I do not listen to classic music. And important for the moment, i will not be using an amp.
What do you think will be a better 'allround IEM' for my kind of music taste: the JVC or the RE262? From what i've read it seems that the JVC is easier to drive without an amp, what is your opinion?
In other words: do you think it's better to buy a more 'fun' phone (JVC) as allround and maybe giving in a bit on quality for the chill music or a more neutral one (RE262) and giving in a bit on the rock/dance part?
For what it's worth, my experience with the ER6i has been very good.
thank you very much for your reply!