Rare and Collectible: HiFiMan RE252
Will Ship To: Anywhere
Up for sale are the beloved RE-252:
- HiFiMan RE-252: $108
Just got them from an anonymous but well-respected head-fier from his eBay listing:
Since I just got these a few days ago, the condition is exactly the same as described in the original listing. So please visit that for more photos and detailed descriptions about the cosmetic flaws on the rubber housing.
Prices include CONUS shipping. International buyers please add $10 for additional shipping fee. Accepts PayPal personal or buyer adds 4% (Amazon payment is free BTW).
Thanks for looking!
Any particular reason as to why they discontinued it kiteki? I can't imagine why, considering the RE252, RE262, and RE272 (their current flagships) share little to no resemblance in the way they sound. It's for that very reason that between the three, I personally prefer the RE252. For starters, I'm hearing details like never before, and don't know whether it's due to their technical capabilities, or whether it's the combination of their unique signature/presentation (as compared to the 262 and 272) that makes it easier for my ears to appreciate said details. Regardless, for my ears, between the RE262's mesmerizing mids, and the RE272's pleasantly bright signature (in comparison to the 262's warm and sweet sig, that is), and now the RE252's exquisitely balanced, yet detail oriented sound, I'd have to say the latter drew me in the quickest, grew on me the fastest, and left me wanting to give nearly all my tracks a second listen, just to be hear the nuances I'd never before paid such attention to. Not to mention, their synergy with the Zo amp easily rivals that of the EX1000 . . . .
RE252 does have a unique presentation though and I can see how some people may find them special. They have this interesting edge to their sound that gives the impression of really good articulation. But I found them a little harsh sounding in the lower highs somewhere . . . . HOWEVER, when I had RE252, I compared it to my FA-003 cans and found RE252 to be superior sound quality wise, although I preferred the signature of the FA-003. But then when I had FA-003 and RE262 at the same time, but not RE252, I preferred FA-003 to the RE262. So go figure. In direct AB comparison I might easily prefer RE252 to the 262 because I do like a balanced sound and RE252 is definitely more balanced between the mids and the highs than RE262 . . . .
RE252: This is one of the more "correct" earphones on the market. Other than the ER4S, this has really been the only other reference level earphone I've owned. When I think of a reference level product, this is what I think of: outstanding balance, detail, revealing, uncolored, controlled, refined. It present information in stark truth and doesn't try to make things pretty or fun. It just shows you what's there, like it or not. I may not call it 100% perfect because, well, I don't like how constrained the driver is. That limits what it could do meaning it could be better than what it is currently, and shortcomings are noticeable. Yet outside of that it is very, very good but also very, very plain. It's a love-hate thing.
The RE252 has excellent timbre in classical music, and a good rawness in alternative rock, the overall sound-quality is good and even (with a slight mid-focus). The RE252 has slightly more bass impact than the RE272 With the RE252 now discontinued, the highlight of the Hifiman series is definitely the RE272, I hope it comes down to a more accessible $199. . . . The RE252 deserves an honorable mention as a very accurate IEM in extension, balance and timbre, with a unique shell seen on no other IEM to fit very well in the ear like a custom IEM. . . .
Edited by ulogin - 6/19/12 at 6:45am