Detailed + Forgiving + nonfatiguing?
Is this a real combination?
I liked the silky smooth mids and forgiveness of my Re262, but the detail of my HF5.
Unamped or with a JDS Labs c421, what are my options under $200?
FA Tandem is probably the closest, other than that, you have to spend more than $200 and get SM3 v2
May be RE-400?
Here is what Tyll wrote about it:
Overall, I would still classify the RE-400 as a neutral earphone with just a hint of warmth. The midrange is clear and well-positioned, neither recessed nor forward in the presentation. Detail resolution is excellent and the overall sound is very transparent. The top end, similarly, is present but far from overbearing. Instead, it is delicate and refined. For an accuracy-oriented earphone, the RE-400 is rather smooth and forgiving—it is more tolerant of sibilant recordings than, for example, the Etymotic Research ER4.