HiFiMAN RE272

General Information

RE272 is the top product in HiFiMAN in-ear headphone models. Crystal clear detail, neutral sound signature, wide soundstage, and easy to drive.

Driver Size: 9 mm
Impedance: 20 Ohm
Effeciency: 103 dB
Freqancy: 15 Hz to 22K Hz

Latest reviews

Pros: Forward, resolving, rich, clear mids. Smooth, extended, clear and resolving highs. Very well balanced neutral sound
Cons: Not enough low end presence.
Holds a special place in my collection as it has consistently been my daily driver for several years.  Sad to think if anything happens to my pair I won't be able to get another one.
k186
k186
Hey, don't be disappointed.  I actually really really liked my RE262s while I had them.  My car got broken into and someone stole them, which is why I bought the RE272s.  I DEFINITELY missed the mids on the RE262s.  It's definitely a lot richer, and more intimate on the RE262 than the 272.  But the RE272s bring treble extension that the RE262s didn't exactly have.  If you look at the FR graphs of the two, they are definitely really close in sound.

That said, and like many others on these forums have said.  Is it worth an extra $100?  It depends on how much you need/want the extra treble extension.  In terms of sound quality, I don't think you're gaining $100 worth of improvement.  They are both about the same level of performance imo.  Just a matter of preference between presentations.
TheDreamthinker
TheDreamthinker
Thanks for the kind words...i bought the RE-262 under the assumption that it had reasonable treble. But turns out to be that i am kind of a treble-head and that i listen a fair amount of faster music nowadays.

So the RE-262 did not fit my prefered sound sig in the first place. Things are quite enjoyable, but as soon as more than 2-3 layers of sound are involved, the resolution and seperation plummets. The mids are ok, but sound rather hollow to me due to the lack of treble and bass.
For me they only do carpenters really well.

will be going for a better built, more analytical iem next.
proedros
proedros
262 need a decent amp to shine , but having both 262 and 272 for a long time, i can say that the best thing is to have both as they complement each other

272 is a fantastic iem (my fav iem ever actually since i bought it back in 2010 - i went and bought a 2nd pair as back up) but when i want something more mid-centric i put on the 262

i guess 272 is the tall lean model while the 262 is the short, curvy one

2 >1

 
Pros: Great sound
Cons: Tips can be troublesome.
The 272 would have to be one of my favourite IEM's ever. To get the best out of them I prefer it amped.
The detail these things have is nothing short of outstanding. Bass is quick well defined and refined.
So if you like your bass in ya face....not for you. These are about quality not quantity. Only negative for me was I found the tips did not suit my particular ear shape, so getting the right kinda seal is always fiddling about for a while, but once found and then paired with a decent amp you forget about the hassle.
The 272 is special, Its a sure shame they stopped making these.
Pros: Magic sound, great detail, non-fatiguing, neutral sound, source-friendly
Cons: A little shy on the bass
My full review on Passion for Sound is here:
 
http://wp.me/p1J5zo-70
 
In summary:
 
  1. A bit light on the bass - tight and clean, but lacking some oomph
  2. Sound is so clean and detailed, but not fatiguing
  3. Staging is excellent - on par or better than much more costly IEMs
  4. Makes music engaging and enjoyable without colouration
  5. Not for bass heads, RnB / Hip-Hop / Electronic (with deep bass) fans
  6. Awesome value of money given their performance
Tympan
Tympan
Eectronica sounds great to me with 2-3 db bass boost on EQ. Sub bass is superb, just enough but fit and tip choice needs a little bit of tweaking in the ears to find the proper position. Once you find the sweet spot, they are quite stunning. Not finding the proper fit can result in disappointment, especially for bass heads.

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