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post #31 of 63

I really like the RE-400 and I'm glad I took a chance on them because I remember awhile back I asked you how they were and you said I wouldn't like them as they're more analytical than what I normally listen to.  These aren't analytical at all, they're just a detailed smooth IEM like Hifiman do and I really like the treble that's very detailed and present but not at all harsh and the bass is much improved over the RE-262 and other old Hifiman IEM's.  

 

I haven't used the RE-400 that much because of how much I'm listening to my HE-400 which are getting me into open-back orthos more than IEM's now as I think they sound better than equally priced IEM's and the HE-500 is next on my list.

post #32 of 63
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Originally Posted by Techno Kid View Post

I really like the RE-400 and I'm glad I took a chance on them because I remember awhile back I asked you how they were and you said I wouldn't like them as they're more analytical than what I normally listen to.  These aren't analytical at all, they're just a detailed smooth IEM like Hifiman do and I really like the treble that's very detailed and present but not at all harsh and the bass is much improved over the RE-262 and other old Hifiman IEM's.  

 

I haven't used the RE-400 that much because of how much I'm listening to my HE-400 which are getting me into open-back orthos more than IEM's now as I think they sound better than equally priced IEM's and the HE-500 is next on my list.

 

How does the RE-400 compare to the RE-262?

 

I see that you've got the HD-600 and would appreciate your thoughts on the sound signature with the RE-400.

 

Steve

post #33 of 63

I have a question. What is the HiFiMAN sound signature? I'm used to a Sennheiser sound, would I enjoy their brand. Plus these IE's look very good, I need a new pair. 

post #34 of 63
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I have a question. What is the HiFiMAN sound signature? I'm used to a Sennheiser sound, would I enjoy their brand. Plus these IE's look very good, I need a new pair. 

 

Well, I've only heard the RE-400 and RE0, so I can't give a definitive answer, but they tend to be towards the neutral side of things. 

post #35 of 63

So whats your opinion on the RE-400?

post #36 of 63
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So whats your opinion on the RE-400?

 

It's actually an extremely great IEM, a great value, a great sound.  It's tuned towards neutral with a slight bass roll off, so if you need big bass, it's not the way to go.  I did also write a more comprehensive review on it: http://www.ifans.com/blog/70440/

post #37 of 63
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It's actually an extremely great IEM, a great value, a great sound.  It's tuned towards neutral with a slight bass roll off, so if you need big bass, it's not the way to go.  I did also write a more comprehensive review on it: http://www.ifans.com/blog/70440/

Nice Review!

post #38 of 63

Nice review!  I read it a while back and bought a pair and I have to say I am extremely happy! Thanks!!

post #39 of 63

I am loving mine....I took a gamble on them.

 

I only wanted to spend no more than $150 on a pair of iem's, so I took a chance on the RE-400.

 

I thought I may have to buy and sell a few pair until I found what I wanted, but fortunately these are working great for me....love them to death.

 

Paired with a BSG CMOY and a  8GB Sansa Clip Zip with a 16GB memory card....playing flac files on the go.

post #40 of 63

The sub-bass starts its roll of probably around 100hz so rather early and it gets quite steep as well and I do not feel like I am getting some of the deeper frequencies that other IEMs like

 

I think almost every reviewer said that these IEMs goes down to 20Hz flat, maybe you got a bad pair?

post #41 of 63
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I think almost every reviewer said that these IEMs goes down to 20Hz flat, maybe you got a bad pair?

According to this graph bass starts to roll off at ~200Hz albeit very gradually:

 

http://en.goldenears.net/index.php?mid=GR_Earphones&category=112&document_srl=19626

 

I would never get these for "sub-bass".

post #42 of 63
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According to this graph bass starts to roll off at ~200Hz albeit very gradually:

 

http://en.goldenears.net/index.php?mid=GR_Earphones&category=112&document_srl=19626

 

I would never get these for "sub-bass".

 

The measurements here tell a different story. I am pretty sure that the Golden Ears pair was either defective or not fitted properly.


Edited by Pianist - 6/21/13 at 8:20pm
post #43 of 63
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The measurements here tell a different story. I am pretty sure that the Golden Ears pair was either defective or not fitted properly.

 

Different compensation curve.  GoldenEars compensates with respect to the 6 dB effect. Their Raw actually closely resembles Rin's. 

post #44 of 63
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The measurements here tell a different story. I am pretty sure that the Golden Ears pair was either defective or not fitted properly.

 

 

Looks the same to me. Roll off closer to 100Hz than 200Hz. Either way, sub-bass is a definite weak spot. Still a great iem for midbass and above. Just want to alert people to its strengths and weaknesses. No iem is perfect. Every single one has an achilles heel.

 

EDIT: I own a pair and what I hear matches both charts. I like them a lot. But i would never recommend anyone get them for subbass. If subbass is a priority, I would look elsewhere.


Edited by JohnnyAppleseed - 6/21/13 at 11:18pm
post #45 of 63
To improve subbass cover the bottom vent with tape but then punch in a needle hole to let some air out. Bass response becomes much better, very subbass oriented, probem is, you get a midrange peak which makes it a bit honky lol
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