I just got my RE-262's today and my amp. Here's initial impressions....
- Packaging is AWESOME. Very nice little fake leather covered hard case with a latch and plenty of room inside to store all your tips. Not portable however. It's a big box. I'd rather have had a small hard case that would fit in my pocket. I'll be looking at some transportable protection.
- Right out of the box there is an issue with my earphones. I'll probably start a thread, but basically, there seems to be an issue with the right side earphone or the plug, not sure which. Issue resolved, see below.
- Played directly out of my iPhone4, sounds good though a bit thin. Bass is ok, highs are there, mids a little recessed. I know they need amped, so I didn't really make judgement.
- Amp is a JDS Labs cMoyBB v2.03. It's new as well, came in the mail today a long with my earphones and LOD. Great timing since I ordered each item from a different place.
- Plugged into the amp...they sound great. Even with bass boost, they are a little thin in that area. I am going to grab an EQ app for my phone to help with that. Highs are crisp and clear...for some possibly a little bright. But I am a HUGE Grado SR325 fan so it's a good thing for me. I can't remember if it was for these earphones, but I think there's an easy "mod" that can help with that.
- Mids/vocals, pretty up front and in your face and they sound natural and just excellent.
- Soundstage, not really getting a whole lot of that yet. I've only had them amped for about 30 minutes and I haven't tried any tracks that I know will show what soundstage there is.
Of course, these are initial impressions. I've got an hour with these so far, most unamped. Keep in mind too that most reports say the RE-262's need 50+ hours before they start sounding really nice. If they improve from where they are now, they are going to be an excellent pair of IEM's. The amp is the same way...it's not showing its full potential yet as it needs 50-75+ burn in.
So in short, if you are like me and vocals/mids > bass...these will be a great choice other than possible build quality issues.
Oh, and the comment about the included tips not being so great, possibly even a deterent for these IEM's...I am finding out that comment is not far off the mark. It comes with large and medium two flange silicon tips (white ones) and small, medium, and large single flange rubber tips (black ones) and so far, none fit that great. I am new to IEMs, these are my first pair so it could also be me, but it takes a little effort to get them seated well and sealed off and they don't seem to like to stay in place very well.
One other complaint...not sure if all IEM's are like this, but the cable is VERY short. It comes with three extensions, but I'd rather not plug addition sections between my source and earphones. The cables as are, you can't plug them into your DAP and stick that in your pocket while listening to music. The cables need at least 12 more inches (that's what she said), 18" would be even better. Possible recable candidate? Issue resolved. See below.
Edited by ArmAndHammer - 9/27/12 at 5:21pm