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post #76 of 120

Sounds to me like you were expecting a more balanced colored sound from RE-400B.  These are considered to be neutral, revealing, though more on a warm side without to much of in-your face high frequencies.  I really enjoy their sound, and they are in a class by itself as my new "reference" headphones.  I love my W40 and ATH-IM03, but I can't get the same level of details from those.  If anything, I would compare RE400B to Ety's, but a bit warmer.  As a matter of fact, I'm getting a regular RE-400 just so I can enjoy it with X5 and be able to compare to other IEMs in my collection.  Because of RE-400B being balanced, even with adapter it will need quite a volume boost to listen from a regular DAP (assuming balanced headphones swing +V to -V so V is cut in half, instead of going full swing from V to the ground).

 

So, I can only suggest that either you don't have a good eartip fitment or just not used to neutral sound ;)

post #77 of 120
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^ +1

post #78 of 120

I've really been tempted to pick up a pair of RE-400 to compare them to my Ety HF5.  Its probably my current favorite for listening to classical music, quite crisp and articulate.  A slight bit of warmth however might be more to my taste...

post #79 of 120
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post
 

I've really been tempted to pick up a pair of RE-400 to compare them to my Ety HF5.  Its probably my current favorite for listening to classical music, quite crisp and articulate.  A slight bit of warmth however might be more to my taste...

 

I personally prefer RE400B over HF2 I used to have (the same as HF5).  The less intrusive ear fitment of lightweight RE400 is a big plus (HF2 triple flanges were great for earwax removal lol!!!), and warmer sound signature of RE400 is easier on my ears for extended listening period.

post #80 of 120
I'm so sensitive to iem tips that I'm using comply isolation and find em comfortable enough. I've read the re400b outperforms the standard version. Its too bad it costs 250 to find out.
post #81 of 120
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post
 

I've really been tempted to pick up a pair of RE-400 to compare them to my Ety HF5. 

If temptation persists, I have these right now : )

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/716228/hifiman-re400b-iems-balanced-model-or-non-balanced-mode#post_10519468

post #82 of 120
Hehe, if I can find a good deal on a used HM700 minus the IEM, I'll certainly speak up
post #83 of 120
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

I've read the re400b outperforms the standard version.

RE400b definitely do in balanced mode (I used to have the regular RE400)

When run in non balanced mode, I don't remember the original RE400 to sound identical either, sightly different. I noticed the cable is different...

post #84 of 120
I'm getting a regular RE400 this week, and will do a write up on differences with RE400.
post #85 of 120

Got also this device yesterday. Tossed RE400 out of window and using this with Grado GR10 babies;)

post #86 of 120
Lol, remove them from lawn and ship them and the adapter to me
post #87 of 120
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Originally Posted by JanPro View Post
 

Got also this device yesterday. Tossed RE400 out of window and using this with Grado GR10 babies;)

I can't wait for you to get the 1Plus2 (I'll be on the other side of your window)

post #88 of 120

I will say, I bought the HM-700 after about 2 weeks of its initial release and I am so glad I did. I was really skeptical because there was hardly any information or reviews online about it. So I took a leap of faith with and figured I would give HiFiMAN a shot, and It has been a great! I don't consider myself an audiophile, but I am a musician and have been involved with music and in-depth listening for years now. I never had the budget for hardcore high fidelity products, but I still love a nice bang for buck type deal. And this one is a steal. The UI of the device could be a little better.. but for what it is, it serves its purpose well! Also, the RE-400b's are AMAZING for the price. I'm glad I picked this thing up when I did, because there is no going back to regular old mp3 players!

post #89 of 120

I'm not that much of an audiophile, but I was wondering if someone could answer my question(s) about this DAP. I use etymotic hf5-s and I've been using Cowon i10 for a long time now and I'm quite sure it's about to die soon. I found some deals for hm700 (with re-400 included). Will it pair well with other ('unbalanced") headphones/IEMs? If the re-400 is as good a match as everybody says then I can leave hf5 for noisy travelling environments.

post #90 of 120
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Go for it, totally worth it. Yes, other iems and phones sound good with it too. FX850 sound great with HM700

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