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post #661 of 682
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Originally Posted by randomirishlad View Post
 

So it turns out the sound in my right re-400 driver was just the cable messing about, as it seems is pretty common with this IEM. But now the right cable housing has come completely off http://i.imgur.com/15GLrN4.jpg Most likely due to me wearing them over ear style with comply foam tips. I must have been to rough when rolling the tips into a cylinder. Any idea how to fix this? I really don't want to return them to hifiman as they took 4 weeks to ship to Ireland and the return shipping would cost me money I don't have atm.

They likely just use a strong bonding adhesive of some sort.  Does the strain relief fit relatively easily back into the hole on the driver housing?  My recommendation would be to use some Epoxy which should be available at any craft or hardware store.  Just put a tiny bit around the upper tip of the strain relief then push it back into place.  Epoxy takes about 5-10 minutes to set where it completely hardens and then 24 hours or so to fully cure.

post #662 of 682

Just tried these for about a week. Liked them a lot for the price. In a perfect world they would resolve more detail. I found it a little hard to close my eyes and listen to what one musician is doing in a track. Over all balance was spot on however. I've tried a lot of $99 phones, and these are the only ones without any noticeable peaks in the high end. I did end up returning them for a set of ER4S, which I know isn't a fair comparison at 3x the price, but I'm loving the resolving ability of the Etymotics. 

post #663 of 682
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post
 

Yes, their customer service is very good and they'll likely just have you send them back for a cable repair/replacement, or a new pair.  I think you only need to send the IEM itself back, but ask when you email them.  customerservice@head-direct.com

Just happened to be looking around and have almost come to the conclusion that the RE400 has better resolution than my 7550;however, I see the recent cable/speaker complaints and it reminds me of my 262's in which one speaker died after 2 months, got a new pair then similar problem and finally got another pair all under warrantee.   Then I also had a 601 go bad within a few months of purchase.   My conclusion is that their customer service had "better" be good, LOL, because their quality control, build and parts I still think are still poor.  

 

Very glad also for the referral for another IEM repair with Vesper Audio, cause Brian is currently too busy with school anyway(according to the message on his site).   I did want to share a product that I haven't opened yet that may prove useful for plastic repairs  and possibly cords(I got it for a broken socket in my AS2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fOSo_EN-y4

 

 

post #664 of 682

Cool! Any product with ice climbing equipment, audiophile gear, and alcohol consumption tools on the package is a "must buy"

post #665 of 682
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Originally Posted by Inks View Post

Try Vesper Audio, they infanct have done it.

Just tried to reach them, their email address didn't go through.   Are they out of business?  Are they in Russia?   Somehow shipping back and forth would probably be cost of half the IEM??

Here's the address I used:   info@vesperaudio

post #666 of 682
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Originally Posted by soundbear View Post

Just happened to be looking around and have almost come to the conclusion that the RE400 has better resolution than my 7550;however, I see the recent cable/speaker complaints and it reminds me of my 262's in which one speaker died after 2 months, got a new pair then similar problem and finally got another pair all under warrantee.   Then I also had a 601 go bad within a few months of purchase.   My conclusion is that their customer service had "better" be good, LOL, because their quality control, build and parts I still think are still poor.  

Very glad also for the referral for another IEM repair with Vesper Audio, cause Brian is currently too busy with school anyway(according to the message on his site).   I did want to share a product that I haven't opened yet that may prove useful for plastic repairs  and possibly cords(I got it for a broken socket in my AS2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fOSo_EN-y4




Brian actually ismt doing the re400 anymore he said theres a high rate of failure
post #667 of 682

that's one of the problems of fixed cord IEMs, if the cord goes bad you're out of luck.   Many 'fiers only get detachable cable IEM's now, unless you can repair yourself, LOL.   Its really too bad that something can sound so good at $100,  but if there is a px then its a total loss.   So 3yr Squaretrade warrantee's help- at least in my case they have.  Looking back on my past IEM's I realize its actually cheaper in the long run to buy a CIEM, and there are some now under $400.   May times they can be repaired by the manufacturer.    I'll bet if theres a poll on IEM's, the life expectancy is only 2yrs average if that, until there's a cord problem or a actual speaker problem.   It would be interesting to see a poll on CIEM's and how many can be repaired vs IEMs.  

post #668 of 682

I have read about that Sugru stuff but not tried it myself.  Seems promising and for multiple uses though!  I've had good luck with my HiFiMan products so far but I'd say they could work on the QC a bit more before the products go out the door.  I guess there's only so much you can do and it may be due to limited resources.  I agree on your statement about cIEMs potentially being a better investment in the long run, but I've been trying out several things just to get a better grasp on what sound I'm ultimately after.  Honestly I do want to get a cIEM down the line, and I've had my eye on Custom Art's Music series.  The total investment in his Music One with everything I'd want is about $400 which is very reasonable.  Detachable cables are always ideal for reasons stated before, and I'd be making my own cables eventually so it's a matter of finding an IEM or cIEM that works for me soundwise with that feature....I'll get there eventually.  Until then, the RE-400 has been great and it really is a lot of bang for your buck.  I've not invested a ton in IEMs overall that I wasn't able to mostly recover (trying something, then selling or trading to get another to try, etc.) but finding a good cIEM is certainly my endgame but I'll still keep some universal around.  I've got a BA200 arriving tomorrow which will be my first long trial of a BA-based IEM :o we'll see how they compete.

post #669 of 682

Hey Modulor. Have you tried the ER4? It's sounds like the RE-400 (flat and balanced) but with much more resolving ability, and you can get custom molded tips. This is the route I finally decided on after getting a pair or cIEMs that I didn't like. (OK, to be fair they were reshelled TF10s). I had originally thought I wanted to save up for a top end pair of cIEMs, but the ER4s are doing it for me.... not to mentioned they are easy to sell, unlike the customs.

post #670 of 682
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Originally Posted by Chadwide View Post
 

Hey Modulor. Have you tried the ER4? It's sounds like the RE-400 (flat and balanced) but with much more resolving ability, and you can get custom molded tips. This is the route I finally decided on after getting a pair or cIEMs that I didn't like. (OK, to be fair they were reshelled TF10s). I had originally thought I wanted to save up for a top end pair of cIEMs, but the ER4s are doing it for me.... not to mentioned they are easy to sell, unlike the customs.

well the re400s aren't necessarily flat, they still have that extra warmth in the midbass, so its not exactly linear in that aspect. 

 

its balenced but balenced is all relative lol i have the gr07 be which are still considered balenced as well but its more v shaped than the re400 sooo that word gets thrown around a lot, its lost a lot of its meaning to me

post #671 of 682

OK fair enough... i actually didn't notice much extra warmth in the re-400, but I'm sure fit and expectations make a big difference. That said, the response was at lease smooth, but maybe not flat. I didn't notice any resonances or sharp peaks in the frequency response the way I have on many other $99 phones.

post #672 of 682
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Originally Posted by Chadwide View Post
 

OK fair enough... i actually didn't notice much extra warmth in the re-400, but I'm sure fit and expectations make a big difference. That said, the response was at lease smooth, but maybe not flat. I didn't notice any resonances or sharp peaks in the frequency response the way I have on many other $99 phones.

agreed its very smooth and with the right tips it can sound even a bit bassy (reminds me of the mdr 1rs smoothness) but on paper it measures better than that headphone

 

like the sony hybrids

post #673 of 682
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Originally Posted by Chadwide View Post
 

Hey Modulor. Have you tried the ER4? It's sounds like the RE-400 (flat and balanced) but with much more resolving ability, and you can get custom molded tips. This is the route I finally decided on after getting a pair or cIEMs that I didn't like. (OK, to be fair they were reshelled TF10s). I had originally thought I wanted to save up for a top end pair of cIEMs, but the ER4s are doing it for me.... not to mentioned they are easy to sell, unlike the customs.

I have not yet, but I have heard the HF5 briefly.  I think based on what I've read, they may be too analytical/thin for my taste but I suspect when I do hear them I'd still be blown away by their resolution and technical capabilities.  Plus, the even deeper insertion may not work out for me.  The HF5 was the first BA IEM I heard and I thought it was really great at it's price point but I wanted a bit more body.  I'm personally after a bit of warmth and fullness (not excessive of course) and less brightness but all while retaining a good level of transparency, resolution, and tonal balance.  Really there's a laundry list of traits I'm after (I'll spare everyone) but some take precedence over others of course.  There are a few things I listen to that the more resolving and picky Etys would just butcher anyway.  I'd say the RE-400 is warm-neutral and a bit mid centric, but they overall seem smoother and more 'correct' so to speak for my personal tastes...I may have treble sensitivity so take that with a grain of salt :p They almost never point out sibilance or make things like cymbals splashy to me.  So far the BA200 has been great much like the early impressions of the RE-400, but I'll need some more listening time comparing the two before I make any determinations on which is more preferable and why.

 

I have considered custom molded tips, and that may be a safer option in the long run to get those along with a universal.  cIEMs have always kind of scared me off after some consideration, I keep going back and fourth with the idea but if they don't work out it's a much bigger loss.  At least with custom tips, they can easily be swapped out.  I'm sure the cIEM will come when I have a more disposable income haha.  But most likely I will find a universal I like alot that I will end  up investing in some custom tips for to try that type of fit, before committing to any custom...and may just be fine with that as you are.

post #674 of 682
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Originally Posted by soundbear View Post
 

Just tried to reach them, their email address didn't go through.   Are they out of business?  Are they in Russia?   Somehow shipping back and forth would probably be cost of half the IEM??

Here's the address I used:   info@vesperaudio

 

send them a skype request - they will get back at you

post #675 of 682
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Originally Posted by proedros View Post
 

 

send them a skype request - they will get back at you

thanks!!!   I actually finally reached them using their web contact form.   They were extremely nice and offered a low fee of around $30, but after figuring out total cost with shipping I decided to go with a new one from Japan through Tenso, haven't finalized the order there yet, but hoping it will be no more than $60 total, its $105 or about that for total off ebay.

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