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Upgrade from RE-262 to RE-400 => disappointed. Is there a real substitute for the RE-262?

post #1 of 5
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One driver of my beloved RE-262 did stop working. I don't know if it was the cable or the driver, but I wrote to Head-Direct to ask for a repair and they kindly offered a RE-400 replacement for reduced price, as a substitute of the RE-262.

 

I have received the new RE-400 and I don't like them that much. The sound is harsh compared with the sweet RE-262.

 

I would not say that they are bad headphones, but they cannot fully satisfy my personal taste after having being playing the RE-262 for a long time.

 

Is there an alternative that can sound similar to the RE-262 in terms of silky smoothness (yet detailed and articulated)?

 

FYI: I am mainly using them with a Practical Devices XM6 or a Cowon J3


Edited by Pingfloid - 6/18/14 at 6:39pm
post #2 of 5

i have the re262 paired with a J3 and an arrow amp

i also had the re400 and i didn't like it one bit and gave it away in a trade

if you llike the 262 , i suggest you either go for a used re-272 (my fav iem, fantastic highs/mids) or even better go for the re600 which sounds like an improved re262 and is a terrific iem (but it goes for 400$)

i really liked the re600, i just don't think it is 4 times better than an used re262(which goes for 100$)

or you can lurk around here and wait for a used re262 to show up , i bought one used for 60$ which wasn't a bad deal , imho.

the 262 is too mid-centric though to cover all music genres that i listen to , hence the use of the 272 which complements it 100%



 


Edited by proedros - 6/18/14 at 5:26am
post #3 of 5
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Thank you for the comments.

 

The reviews of the RE600 are impressive, but 400$ for earbuds is out of the budget now. I would have to feed a piggy bank for a while.

 

It seems like the RE262 will become a legend because the price/magic ratio was excellent, but I am concerned about buying second hand because they seem to have a very short lifespan. My RE262 did last for about 3 years, and I always took very special care of them. I never played them while walking, always kept them in a box (not a soft bag), and never stretched the cable.

post #4 of 5

there seems to be a re262 for sale here


http://www.head-fi.org/t/719837/hifiman-re-262

post #5 of 5

Try Final Audio Design Heaven IV/V.

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