Comparison with FXT90 (12/31)
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.
Interesting, Shane.. to my ears, I feel the RE262 has the wider soundstage (much wider, in fact) while the FXT's soundstage is slightly deeper. Again, I found (the type of) fit to be vitally important when assessing this aspect of the sound so I'm not entirely surprised we hear it slightly differently. While the FXT's soundstage width is (comparatively) more confined, I agree that it has a little better instrument separation while the RE262 enjoys better imaging (instrument placement) & detail. I suppose this might be due to the RE262's liquid-y sound which tends to blend, smooth, and air out the sound more than the (comparatively) crisper, thicker FXT.
That unique "blended" signature leaves me stunned though, particularly when I listen to dynamic, complex, layered music. How the RE262 can present it all in such a velvety manner while never sounding congested or overwhelmed confounds me. Pair the right music with an amped RE262 and it's seductive presentation & effortlessness will blow you away again and again. Tonight I was listening to Cantoma's "Out of Town" LP and it was sublime. I'm glad you noted how black the RE262's background is too.. it's definitely noteworthy.. and rivals the black background I hear from my orthos. Like the orthos, I didn't notice the blackness until my ears adjusted to the RE262 sound.
Eric.. nice to read you detailed impressions as you continue to get acquainted with the RE262. I kept mum about it when we were conversing offline but I was wondering what you thought about how drums sounded through the RE262 (especially in comparison to your favs, the GR07). Dynamic drivers are generally revered for their ability to present tonality, texture, and decay in a more natural manner than their BA counterparts.. the RE262 is that theory in practice. Percussion (along with everything else) has a wonderfully lush, natural, lively tonality & texture.. it's certainly one of my favorite aspects of the phone.
Edited by FlySweep - 1/3/12 at 1:17am