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post #2581 of 2593
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Originally Posted by Nusho View Post
 

IT seems as if a lot of problems with the HIFiman earbuds are their cabling. Does anyone recable hifiman earbuds? BTG doesn't, for one.

 

vesper audio does (google them for the exact link)

post #2582 of 2593
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Originally Posted by Ivabign View Post
 

Is there anyone who carries a balanced 3.5mm TRRS female to RSA male adapter? In order to use my incoming RE600's with my ALO International? 

 

Oh, and one that is relatively reasonable? ;) 


Don't know if you'll consider it "relatively reasonable" but you can get one at Moon Audio for $65. Just click on the Black Dragon Adapter and use the drop down menus to select length and connectors at each end.

post #2583 of 2593

I'm using the RE400 with the HM601LE, and just today the earphone suddenly developed a loud noisy background.  When I restarted the HM601 the noise disappeared, but came back a little while after.  I think it might be due to static from my clothes getting into the IEM, since it develops when the cable comes close to my pants which can develop static.  I'm going to try it with my X3, as well as my other headphones with the HM601.

post #2584 of 2593

No buzzing background with the RE400+X3, though the cable is still very conductive to static passing from my clothes to my ears.  Maybe the metal body of the X3 discharges the static better than the plastic body of the HM601.

post #2585 of 2593

Just received my RE-600S , so happy :)

post #2586 of 2593

The RE-600 for 200$ looks tempting, but I don't think it is worth it if the build quality is as bad as the RE-400. The RE-400 build quality was extremely bad. One channel kept cutting off. Sometimes it took a week, sometimes a month or two. Luckily the store I bought it from replaced it like 4 times for me. The 5th time they gave me my money back. Got the ety hf5 after them and I find the treble a bit too rough (I EQ it down) for my preference, but they are working well for a half year now. Something I can't say about the RE-400.


Edited by retwisted - 12/13/14 at 4:04am
post #2587 of 2593
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Originally Posted by alpha421 View Post
 

x2.  You lessen the risk of channel issues by removing that adapter.

Actually, looking at my experience with the RE-400, I would probably get the normal RE-600 version. Their 3.5mm connector is really bad. That was the source of all the channel cutting problem I had with the RE-400. I would probably only have to replace that adapter  when a channel cuts, instead of sending the whole IEM back.

post #2588 of 2593

Never had any issues with RE-600S connector, everthing just works fine.

post #2589 of 2593
**moving my post--created a new thread sorry**

[So my RE-400's are going out on me. The cable is failing and it takes a LOT of tweaking to get full sound out of both speakers. Does anyone know the warranty on them? I can't find it on the site. Regardless, I purchased them in April '13 so I'm guessing I'm out of luck.
What do you guys usually do in this situation? Do people replace cables on non-customs? I was thinking dropping another $100 on a pair, or upgrading to something more reliable with more bass, but then what about when they go out too? I can replace $100 IEMs every couple years but if I jump to the $200-300 range that ain't gonna be happening.
Thanks for the advice! Oh, and if anyone has a good upgrade recommendation please share. I love the clarity, lack of sibilance and balance with my RE-400's, but wouldn't mind more soundstage and low end.]

**update** had a recommendation to move my post here and see the cable repair recommendation above (thanks proedros). At this point I'm looking to upgrade, currently have the IE80s and thinking of returning them. They just can't do mids/vocals as balanced and smooth as the 400s and the bigger soundstage+low end isn't enough of a SQ boost to compensate. An obvious rec seems to be the RE-600's, which will match the sound signature I like with a bigger soundstage and supposedly improved low/mid/highs. Doesn't sound like I'll get much of a bass boost over the 400s though, which is ok if I can't have the best of both worlds. At a $300 price point currently to upgrade.
post #2590 of 2593

I tried a new adapter cable for my RE-600 with no luck. The left side is consistently weaker than the right although at times it seems to work properly.

It doesn't seem to be a cable problem from what I can tell. I sent it back to Hifiman for a replacement under warranty. I wonder if I should opt for the RE-600S.

post #2591 of 2593
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Originally Posted by adrift02 View Post

**moving my post--created a new thread sorry**

[So my RE-400's are going out on me. The cable is failing and it takes a LOT of tweaking to get full sound out of both speakers. Does anyone know the warranty on them? I can't find it on the site. Regardless, I purchased them in April '13 so I'm guessing I'm out of luck.
What do you guys usually do in this situation? Do people replace cables on non-customs? I was thinking dropping another $100 on a pair, or upgrading to something more reliable with more bass, but then what about when they go out too? I can replace $100 IEMs every couple years but if I jump to the $200-300 range that ain't gonna be happening.
Thanks for the advice! Oh, and if anyone has a good upgrade recommendation please share. I love the clarity, lack of sibilance and balance with my RE-400's, but wouldn't mind more soundstage and low end.]

**update** had a recommendation to move my post here and see the cable repair recommendation above (thanks proedros). At this point I'm looking to upgrade, currently have the IE80s and thinking of returning them. They just can't do mids/vocals as balanced and smooth as the 400s and the bigger soundstage+low end isn't enough of a SQ boost to compensate. An obvious rec seems to be the RE-600's, which will match the sound signature I like with a bigger soundstage and supposedly improved low/mid/highs. Doesn't sound like I'll get much of a bass boost over the 400s though, which is ok if I can't have the best of both worlds. At a $300 price point currently to upgrade.

Ok, so there's a 1 year warranty on the RE-400 I believe. During that time, they should be fixed/replaced for free.

The RE-400 is such a great earphone for the price, you'd be hard priced to find as balanced and smooth listen somewhere else.

I've recently compared the RE-400 and RE-600 and have mixed feelings about it. I find the 600 noticeably warmer and a significant deviation from the RE-400, having more bass but less treble extension and air.

In other aspects like soundstage and imaging, the improvements are there, however.

Some say the RE-600 is worth it. At the current price point of $200, it is certainly a great buy on its own, but a direct upgrade from the RE-400 it is not IMO.

I absolutely love the RE-400 and I think the mediocre build quality is the lone drawback to an otherwise stellar earphone.

post #2592 of 2593

Normally if i hear about someone have a issue with build quality I usually think they draw the short end of the straw. This however seems to be a big quality control issue they are have with the RE-400 and RE-600. Don't have the RE-400 but my RE-600 seem to doing just fine as of the moment and I haven't had a problem with the adapter. Crossing fingers and hoping for no problem, in the short future that is I don't expect this to last a long period of time (maybe 5+ years)

post #2593 of 2593
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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post

Ok, so there's a 1 year warranty on the RE-400 I believe. During that time, they should be fixed/replaced for free.
The RE-400 is such a great earphone for the price, you'd be hard priced to find as balanced and smooth listen somewhere else.
I've recently compared the RE-400 and RE-600 and have mixed feelings about it. I find the 600 noticeably warmer and a significant deviation from the RE-400, having more bass but less treble extension and air.
In other aspects like soundstage and imaging, the improvements are there, however.
Some say the RE-600 is worth it. At the current price point of $200, it is certainly a great buy on its own, but a direct upgrade from the RE-400 it is not IMO.
I absolutely love the RE-400 and I think the mediocre build quality is the lone drawback to an otherwise stellar earphone.

Very interesting feedback, thanks! If there's one thing the IE80 has shown me it's that I need two things above all else in an IEM: the RE-400's smooth and balanced vocals/mids and its lack of sibilance. The RE-600 seems like a safe bet as far as avoiding a sound signature I won't like (IE80...), but appreciate you setting expectations. I guess the question is -- is there an IEM and could be considered an upgrade from the RE-400? I was looking at the DN-2000 at one point but the reported slightly harsh/sibilant high end kept me away. I basically have ~$300 to burn once I return the IE80 so open to other options in addition to the RE-600. Also the aforementioned cable issues have me a bit shy.
Edited by adrift02 - 12/13/14 at 4:17pm
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