For me the stock RE262 have a much warmer sound than the TG334, this is why I prefer the RE262 with the foams removed, brighter and more sparkle. However, from my memory, they are still warmer than the 334, due to the roll-off treble, there isn't much of treb energy in them. The RE262's mid is also more mellow, both are smooth and great with vocal, but the 334 has a more neutral tone which covers a wider range of genre, definitely much more versatile. The bass on 262 is looser, less quantity, 334 have punchier bass, more impact with better attack and speed, I would say that the 262's bass is a bit slow for me. The sound signature of the 262 as a whole is more relax, more mellow, quite intimate with female vocals as well, kinda like a tube amp sound IMO, they are just not as engaging as the TG334 to me. Other aspects such as detail, soundstage, imaginng, extensions, there's pretty much no competition, the 334 have the upper hand.
Well that's a comparison from my memory, my RE262's cable is broke and I don't touch them anymore, the last time I heard them was like 2 months ago
Thanks. I wasn't expecting the RE262 to measure up to the 334, but was merely curious about its sonic signature compared to the 334; I guess I've been looking for a relaxed counterpoint to my generally revealing and clarity-oriented earphones. The high impedance and good FR (for a dynamic driver) drew me in. The only thing that really worries me is that quite a few people have said that the 262's bass is slow, and I don't like slow bass. In general, I forgive dynamics for their slowish nature, but hey, I found the 334's bass to be "slow"!!!
I also find the 334 pretty mellow and relaxing already (is there something wrong with my head? ) --- if I can find a "mini-334" I'd be happy. It doesn't need to have that absolute blackness and sheer midrange precision, but if it shares the general flavor (but hopefully with a bit less bass impact) I'd be happy.