HEAD-DIRECT RE0 In-ear Headphones

Average User Rating:
3.97143/5,
  1. Racer24
    4.5/5,
    "The best $100 you can shell out"
    Pros - amaing sound for little cost
    Cons - very very small iems
    I've had these areound for a while and absolutely love them, IMO its the best $100 a headphone freak can spend. I was really happy with the bass response and they're practically weightless. 
  2. garypaul1256
    4.0/5,
    "Wow"
    Pros - Short burn in time, Full sounding, Small
    Cons - Low end weak, sound isolation is not the greatest, rubber tips but no foam offered
    Well I searched and searched everywhere I could to find a replacement for my Shure E2c's and with a little skepticism I went with the HiFi Re0s. I couldn't wait to try them out. I didn't really believe in the burn in time for buds but to my dismay these needed a few hours to really get the full body sound. I also had to replace the rubber tips with Comply foam from my local Radio Shack for a mere $15. So total I have spent $99 on these and I am happy to say I will be looking to purchase these again when need be. I was really worried I wouldn't find what I came to really enjoy from my E2c's. The E2c's had great bass and great sound isolation. The Re0 have a more full natural sound for less money. So i rated the value high but the isolation low because of what the E2c's provided. Comfort is only 3.5 because of having to go out and purchase after market tips. They are now stellar and fit better then my E2c's did, which I thought could never happen. Audio quality is only a 4 because I know there are better buds but for more money. The design is small and compact and so far seem durable, but the only worry is the cord is your basic quality. These are very affordable even for the average listener. These come highly recommended from me but who am I?
  3. beebot
    3.0/5,
    "Great phones, shame about build"
    Pros - CHEAP, awesome mids and HF, soundstage
    Cons - build quality, bass, need amp, cables
    I got these in a parcel on the 13th after reading the reviews on Head Fi and elsewhere - (nearly all comparing them very favorably to much pricier options). The left headphone fell apart within one week of usage. Still waiting to hear back from the seller to see if I can source a new pair. So I'm back to using my Audéo PFE 112's for now... (no bad thing).
     
    Bear in mind that I've only owned these for a week so far.
     
    Sound Quality
    The sound quality Is great for something in this price-range. This has already been said many times before so I won't go into too much depth, but the mid to high end is VERY detailed. They lack warmth and come across as very analytical IEM's quite similar to a pair of Etymotic ER-4P's, but  if possible, more detail in the mids - however, I'm no basshead but I found them overly cold/flat. I was forced to tweak the EQ.
     
    After browsing head-fi I tried removing the filters and foam from within the body. This served to make them overly sharp at the high end and found that replacing the filters but leaving the foam out helped reign them in. I found using foam TX400's also helps with the bass (even though seal is inferior to the silicone caps). I believe this really helped the sound and makes them slightly warmer.
     
    The sound-stage is impressive and very wide open. These are great (after modding - much much better) to listen to Classical and Jazz, even classic/proggy stuff - hammond organs really shine. Brass is awesome - I tested with:
     
    • King Curtis (Live at Filmore West) - Memphis Soul Stew(ALAC)
    • Charles Mingus (Let My Children Hear the Music) - Adagio ma Non Troppo (ALAC)
    • Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat Minor Op. 144 (1974) II- Serenade (Adagio) (FLAC)
     
    All of the above sounded great. Crystal clear and wonderful clear separation between instruments and vocals nice fast attack. The funk was somewhat removed from King Curtis though... and similarly in other more bass heavy tracks.
     
    Bass is detailed, not nearly as terrible as indicated in some of the reviews I've read it does seem lifeless - I found this depends heavily on the seal you get with which tips you choose.... I ran these through several amps. I used them on my imac through a mini 3 at home - this added a bit of warmth and helped out the bass. When on the move I found the E5 is a good (cheap) option to add a bit more drive - foam tips helped the bass here - however, I think they would benefit from a nicer amp.
     
    Build/Comfort
    I initially used the double flange silicon tips (which are huge) - these isolate exceptionally well, but after switching to the TX400 foam tips, I'm not going back.
     
    I have to mention that these fell apart on me after 1 week. The left ear has also started to crackle in more bass heavy notes, but I blame dodgy E5 amplification for that - they were fine on my home amp.
     
    Even with the quality of sound - if any headphone falls apart after a week of use I'm afraid it's a write-off. I could just be unlucky though as others don't seem to have had the same bad luck.
     
    To be fair - it's just a superglue fix, but if I was out on the move and this happened, then it potentially could have ended up with the wires pulled out or worse. So far these have the worst build quality of any headphone I have ever owned - the cables have a weird memory to them (and they are kind of crappy cables at this price) - the newer version which I have has a banana shaped jack.
     
    Overview
    After playing with them and hearing the sound change (positively - I'm sure they got a touch warmer) after a week of  burning in and constant wear - I'm in agreement that these are a nice set of IEM's. If you get a 'good pair' and they don't fall apart on you, then great. However, I think they seem to be getting too much praise for what they offer. I'm certainly glad I didn't pay the full launch price for them.
     
    I for one will be sticking with my PFE's for a while - they are far superior IEM's for very little more in price and it's preference I'm sure, but they seem to have a nicer quality and mellower bass. I'm honestly hoping for a full refund rather than a replacement set - but they'll make a nice backup pair if I get a replacement.
  4. keanex
    3.0/5,
    "A big let down"
    Pros - Price, Clarity, Soundstage
    Cons - Comfort, Bass, Fit, Quality
    This review was written from the perspective of the average user, someone who will buy these for iPod use. I did not use an amp for this review because the average user more than likely won't have one.
     
    Packaging:
    Came in a hard plastic case, wasn't a fan of the yellow, but everything necessary came, including various ear tips. Not the best packaging, but it wasn't bad.
     
    Comfort:
    Before I had the RE0 I owned the Apple Dual Driver IEMs and various earbuds, even Skullcandy (don't ask why) and compared to them the RE0 ranked one of the worse. The first gripe is the terrible design of the IEM itself, I can't imagine anyone could have though it was a good idea to put ridges on the metal that is in direct contact with the ear. I've heard numerous complaints of irritation caused by the ridges, including myself. A friend suggested to try the double flanged tips. I tried but they were horribly flimsy and the sizes given were either too big, or too small. I generally fit in mediums, so I found this weird. I resorted to the basic tips. After fighting to get a decent seal, irritating my ear in the process, they were finally in and secure, though they were the least comfortable IEM I had ever had in, yes worse than Skullcandy.
     
    Design:
    The ridges make another appearance here. I want to reiterate, who thought the ridges would be a good idea? The cables were as thin and frail feeling as the Skullcandy's I had used in the past, which definitely isn't a good sign. The Apple Dual Driver IEMs cable certainly felt much sturdier.
     
    Sound:
    This is where the RE0 get the most praise, and I admit, they do sound pretty good. They sound was reminiscent of my Ad700, but for some reason not as fun to listen to. These are very cold sounding headphones, analytical if you will, in my opinion. I can't say I had fun listening to any genre on these, though, and I repeat, they do sound good.
     
    The mids and highs were clear. There is no disputing this. For the price I think they may be the cleanest sounding IEMs in this department. The lows were very unimpressive. You could certainly hear them, but there was no feeling to them. The extension on them was non-existent. The bass was punchy, but very thin. 
     
    The soundstage was pretty decent for an IEM of their price I must say, probably the best in this price bracket. No complaints here.
     
    Isolation was nothing special here. I could hear my surroundings alright with no music playing. Microponics aren't  too bad compared to others.
     
    Overall the headphones left me with an analytical feeling. I felt like I was dissecting each track, which made music listening very boring. These are also not good for varied genres, anything with distortion or heavy bass was unlistenable for me, the RE0 simply sucked all of the life out of them. They didn't really shine with any genre, but clean music sounded alright on them.
     
    Value:
    For the price these are not bad, but they are blindly recommended over much better choices. There are far more comfortable IEMs with a better build feel to them for under $100. Sadly though those IEMs MSRP for ~$100, these retailed for $250 at launch. For $79 I think they are fairly priced, but certainly don't deserve the praise they receive in my opinion.
     
    Please keep in mind my ratings are in comparison to similarly priced IEMs, not $1,000 IEMs.
  5. El Pino
    4.5/5,
    "Beautiful sound of Made in China"
    Pros - SQ
    Cons - construction
    Pleased by the sound quality, almost perfect with Mini3. After three months I had to return it back, bad contact inside right driver I think. The cable is really tiny. Hope I'll see it soon in better condition.
  6. Toks
    4.5/5,
    "Excellent sounding IEM"
    Pros - Bass quality! The bass is not biggish but very realistic! The best sound I heard with Jazz and Blues. Also crisp and nice highs.
    Cons - Sometimes the mid misses body with poor recordings, (voices)
    I really like the sound of this buds but the right channel stopped working after just one month without any reason. I think it's the same problem, others also described in the forum. I emailed Head-direct and asked hem what to do. Since I thought it was a cable break in the right ear itself, I openend it (to fix itt myself). After seeing that was not the issue I hoped they still want to take a look at it. After a good and friendly conversation by email I'm added to the replace warranty plan. Even after saying I opened them by myself (normally the warranty voids). I really appreciate the service they give. Now awaiting the replacement to write a review.
  7. Cleric
    5.0/5,
    "absolute steal"
    best bang for the buck, nothing else comes close for the price.
  8. yossi126
    3.0/5,
    "RE0"
    Cons - Microphonics, cable
    Average comfort, amazing value. Sound that belongs to 200$ range.
  9. shawn_low
    3.5/5,
    "Best bang for buck single-driver IEMs."
    Pros - CHEAP! Clarity.
    Cons - Build quality. Thin cables
    There's so much said about these.
     
    I was positively enamoured with my Etymotic ER4Ps. I still am.
     
    But I picked up a pair of RE0s cheapish. And sold my ER4Ps because these were half the price and almost as good.
     
    The RE0s are smooth, clear, fast.
     
    The only knocks against them are:
     
    1) the fit of the different tips. They aren't as good in isolating sound as the tri-flange on the Etys. Also, I haven't found a perfect fit with any of them. And some are a real pain to put on.
     
    2) The cable is really thin and feels fragile. I can imagine they wouldn't last if they got caught on something and yanked.
     
    Otherwise, price-perfomance ratio puts these way ahead of single-driver designed IEMs.
  10. luvs2squizz
    5.0/5,
    "Re0 - Great sound, amazing value"
    Pros - Clarity, Flat response
    Cons - Microphonics, Flat response
     
     
    Just got my re0's today and all I can say is WOW, THAT'S CLEAR!
    Definitely clarity is the name of the game for these babies, along with a flat, natural response
    I find these don't improve my music, as the sr-60 sound does, or take away from the music, as (I feel) the es7 sound does, but instead these reproduce the music just as the artists made it, and although it may be a bit revealing I find it retains all the personality of the music while not emphasizing any of it, and that flat response allows all the amazing clarity to come through, and, coupled with the great isolation, makes these babies sound just like a Bose ad! [​IMG]
    I listed flat response as a pro and a con because for some a flat response can be a very bad thing
    Microphonics are there, but not at all bad as long as you're standing, sitting down it gets bad, but you're not listening to these while you sit, are you?
    All in all VERY nice sounding, I find the build quality good despite what some people have said.
    Traded for a-t es7 which were bought used for $45