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post #196 of 492
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Originally Posted by magi44ken View Post

Thanks for sharing it. Which one sounds more natural in term of tonal balance and timbre when comes to voice and instruments? When you said clinical you mean more clarity and crisp but still natural?

 

They both sounded rather neutral to me. RE400 is a bit too timid/polite and RE600 is neutral yet with the right note weight.

To quote myself in an earlier PM respond :

"RE600 is an overall improvement over RE400 in all genres and all aspects except maybe value for money as RE400 is hard to beat.

For vocal, I can relate to your impression re RE400 where many times it seems too timid and lacks power.It is too flat and too polite in many tracks that need some passion and power

......

RE600 give you sharper attacks and fuller sustain and heavier note weight while keeping a relatively wide and airy transparent presentation. Compared to my other IEMs, I would still prefer TG334 on vocal tracks over RE600, and maybe W4r on pop/rock or more bassy tracks.

However, RE600 is as good or even better at classical or live instrument music than TG334!
Imaging and timbre are top notch
and especially brass and percussion instruments."

Hope this helps.
post #197 of 492

Thanks alot KKC. That sounds very promising. Definitely on my wishlist now beside the H-200.
 

post #198 of 492

Where did you guys get your RE-600 from ?

post #199 of 492

they had them for sale at ACGears in New York City, and I believe there were a few out in China too. but nothing officially for sale at head-direct.com yet, keep your eyes open.

post #200 of 492
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Originally Posted by Audio-Omega View Post

Where did you guys get your RE-600 from ?

I got it from Hifiman directly. They have limited release for those of us who ordered the hm901 way back... I think it was slated to go on sale (at least in China) publicly by end July.
post #201 of 492

I thought they had been released in Asia.  biggrin.gif

post #202 of 492
Thread Starter 
See Addendum #6 of my original review regarding tip choices for RE-600 (and all other HiFiMan IEM's)
post #203 of 492

detailed review thx!

post #204 of 492

 After listening to these IEM's I am still amazed by the sound quality. It seems a long time in coming that a small transducer like this could produce such a large well defined sound. And with such a long time coming, I figured they just couldn't do it, not to this quality of sonic level. Excellent imaging, bass response (depending upon positioning within the ear), layering and transparency. The HE600's also appear to be very good build quality. The section that goes into the monitor is holding up well and is still very solid. Small, light and excellent sounding.  

post #205 of 492
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post

 After listening to these IEM's I am still amazed by the sound quality. It seems a long time in coming that a small transducer like this could produce such a large well defined sound. And with such a long time coming, I figured they just couldn't do it, not to this quality of sonic level. Excellent imaging, bass response (depending upon positioning within the ear), layering and transparency. The HE600's also appear to be very good build quality. The section that goes into the monitor is holding up well and is still very solid. Small, light and excellent sounding.  

 

Yes Jamato totally agreed.

 

Have been listening more and more to the RE600 and really got addicted to its neutral yet mesmerizing presentation of various genres of music.  Classical, Jazz, Vocal, really really surprised by how life like it render all the instruments with excellent timbre and decay just like the real performance.  Everything came some effortless together and nothing is too exaggerated. 

post #206 of 492

I'd be very interested in a direct comparison between the  re-600 and the re-272

i am 100% satified with the 272 and very curious to what an improvement the 600 would be especially considering its hefty price

thanx.

post #207 of 492
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Originally Posted by xphynance View Post

Just back from the NYC event, finally heard the re600. I briefly compared them with my re400 and JH13 (well, I know, this was not fair...) anyway..... my impressions are by no mean comprehensive due to the event situation and short listening time, but I am doing my best.

 

re600 sounds really nice, but not enough for me to swipe my credit card for now, here's why:

 

hpp1 -> re600 / re400:

they are very similar in sound signature, balanced through out the range. To my ears, re600 have slightly wider and deeper sound stage, a more details and extended treble but not too much(re400s are already excellent), the bass seems to have more body and flesh, again, not much, but noticeable if you hear carefully. Overall, the difference is there but not that big

 

hpp1 -> re600 / JH13:

JH13s have deeper sound stage and instrument separation, I could not hear clear difference in the mids of those two, but the highs and bass are different. JH13s have more bass in quantity, but I felt re600's bass is slightly tighter. they are both very fast. And re600 have well extended highs, even further than JH13 to my ear, but in comparison, I like JH13s more because the highs from re600 are sometimes too sharp for me. 

 

hm901 -> re400(SE) / re600(Balanced):

here is where re600 beats re400 in a wide margin, it is a whole different animal in the balanced mode. Extremely rich in details and super transparent on the balanced re600s, the vocal is more colorful. Sorry for not being able to say more bout the balanced re600s on 901, only listened to 1 song and did not have chance to plug the JHs in 901 due to the angry waiting people in the linedeadhorse.gif

 

Also, the hpp1 can not drive HE300/400/500 to the same league as re600s, this little baby sounds way better out of my hpp1. 

 

I finally decided to stay with my current rig and save the money for hm901+balanced card since I do not have enough fund for the 901 combo for now, but I will seriously consider the hm901 with the balanced amp card and re-cable my JH13s in a few months.


^^^this short audition of the re-600, where it matches up very well against the jh13, really seems to speak well for the re-600.

post #208 of 492
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Originally Posted by Kunlun View Post


^^^this short audition of the re-600, where it matches up very well against the jh13, really seems to speak well for the re-600.

The re-600 does stack up well with my other totl universals. I also think xphynance's impressions matched mine especially re HM-901 balanced amp + re-600.
post #209 of 492
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Originally Posted by Kunlun View Post


^^^this short audition of the re-600, where it matches up very well against the jh13, really seems to speak well for the re-600.

Impressions like that make me feel deaf. frown.gif
There was enough ambient noise that I wouldn't feel comfortable saying anything about large differences in detail levels or even absolute extension in the highs at those performance levels.
post #210 of 492
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Originally Posted by vwinter View Post


Impressions like that make me feel deaf. frown.gif
There was enough ambient noise that I wouldn't feel comfortable saying anything about large differences in detail levels or even absolute extension in the highs at those performance levels.


Well, one way to look at it is that iems are often used outside or on commute. So, it's valid to say that in real-world usage one earphone competes well with another, as long as the context is made clear to the reader. Not every comparison has to be alone in a silent, dark room, fondling audio equipment.

 

One issue I can see though is that people may not have had much time with the re-600 at the audio store event you guys attended. The worst/funniest example is the dude from earphonesolutions giving an incoherent "review" of the Shure se846 having heard them for 3 minutes (plus bad comparisons with other earphones!).

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