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So my RE-0's just died... Need some recommendations.

post #1 of 3
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After about 2 years my RE-0's left channel went out, and this time it appears it is for good :(

 

So now I am looking for a replacement, and while i was totally ok just getting another pair I see they discontinued them. So now I am back at square one, looking for new IEMs, but I realize that I just won't be able to try all of them. Which is where i need you!

 

I would guess my musical tastes are important, for the most part I listen to Electronic (Deadmau5, Daft Punk, Disclosure etc.), Some top 100 Stuff (Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Drake, Bastille, Foster the People), and some Rock / Metal (Boston, Metallica, Van Halen), also some slower relaxed stuff (The XX, Washed Out, The Chain Gang of 1974). 

 

In general I like a warm sound, with a good amount of bass. Not a ton mind you, but I definitely would like more than my RE-0's had. I love the treble of the RE-0, but i feel the midrange was a bit recessed and the soundstage was a bit small. I also had major issues with the cable and fit of the RE-0's and would hope to get something better.

 

Right now I am looking at:

RE-400

IE-80

 

That list is quite short, and am wondering if there is some that I am missing. I would like to keep this under $200, but i suppose that can change. I plan on using these mainly on a phone (HTC One) but I do have a Fiio E17 that I use for my HD598's and could use. Would prefer no amp though.

 

So any ideas? Thanks in advance.

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Sony XBA2 with the 2 drivers are really nice, excellent bass, & good accuracy for under $100. With your setup I see no reason to go for anything more high end as it would only make you want to upgrade your DAP etc. (I love my Westone 4's but they're way over your stated budget & total overkill for your setup.).

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Well, I don't want my player to be a limiting factor. I have a headphone amp and could upgrade if needed. I would like a upgrade over the RE-0's. Aside from the XBA2's are there any others you can think of?

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