Altec Lansing iM716 or Head-Direct RE2
Nov 29, 2008 at 3:52 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 18

LeonWho

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I think I've decided on one of these four.

Can someone please rank the following earphones:

1. Head-Direct RE2 ($79)
2. NuForce NE-7M/NE-8 (With Comply T-400 Tips) ($69)
3. Altec Lansing iM716 (No Podectomy) ($69)
4. Ultimate Ears Super.Fi 3 (With Westone ES2 Cable) ($69)

All will be amped by FiiO E5 ($19).


I listen to a lot of alternative rock and punk rock, and quite a bit of pop rock too. I might also occasionally listen to some jazz or soundtrack music.

Sound isolation is quite important because I will be doing most of my listening on a loud school bus.



Thanks a lot!
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Nov 29, 2008 at 5:15 PM Post #3 of 18

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Oh, one more note.
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The Altec Lansing iM716's I can get for $50 with shipping while the Head-Direct RE2's I can get for $79 with shipping (but with a Fiio amp), so if I do get the Altec Lansing iM716's, I have enough money for a decent $30 portable amp. Any recommendations on that?
 
Nov 29, 2008 at 5:54 PM Post #4 of 18

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Eh, c751's for $105?

(Oh, I just noticed HD dropped the price of them, most probably due to the C751's pricing).

Well, it's a real tossup between the RE2 + fiio and the Denon c751's.
I'll try and find my Fiio amp and do a direct comparision as I have both.
 
Nov 29, 2008 at 6:00 PM Post #6 of 18

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Quote:

Originally Posted by chinesekiwi /img/forum/go_quote.gif
Eh, c751's for $105?

(Oh, I just noticed HD dropped the price of them, most probably due to the C751's pricing).

Well, it's a real tossup between the RE2 + fiio and the Denon c751's.
I'll try and find my Fiio amp and do a direct comparision as I have both.



I'm pretty sure it's dropped for Thanksgiving/Black Friday.

As for having $30 for an amp with the IM716, I doubt you can really get anything good with that besides a Fiio lol.
 
Nov 29, 2008 at 6:30 PM Post #7 of 18

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Quote:

Originally Posted by chinesekiwi /img/forum/go_quote.gif
Eh, c751's for $105?

(Oh, I just noticed HD dropped the price of them, most probably due to the C751's pricing).

Well, it's a real tossup between the RE2 + fiio and the Denon c751's.
I'll try and find my Fiio amp and do a direct comparision as I have both.



That would be awesome. Thanks so much in advance.

Hmm. But looking, at the Denon's, they seem a bit out of my budget.
 
Nov 29, 2008 at 9:06 PM Post #9 of 18

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I would get the 716s, get the mod done, and order a FiiO E5 (new model, much improved over the E3, I believe). Own both the modded 716s (47ohm) and the RE2s, and the 716s are a better phone, considering both need an amp to shine. Also, I had the Denons and returned them (found the highs too harsh and the drivers too big). I had a fellow head-fi'er do the mod on the 716s, and she did an excellent job. PM me for details if you are interested (unless you are going the DIY route).
 
Dec 4, 2008 at 1:46 AM Post #10 of 18

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I've decided.

If the Altec Lansing UHP336 is available for $39.99, then I'm getting that. If not, then I'll probably grab the Head-Direct RE1 or RE2, depending on price. Then of course, I'll grab a FiiO E5.
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Quote:

Originally Posted by LeonWho /img/forum/go_quote.gif
I've decided.

If the Altec Lansing UHP336 is available for $39.99, then I'm getting that. If not, then I'll probably grab the Head-Direct RE1 or RE2, depending on price. Then of course, I'll grab a FiiO E5.
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the uhp336s are rebranded super.fi3s while the im716s are rebranded er-4s. It seems like you're sacrificing a lot of sq for price. My stock im716s unmodded driven through a 2g nano did fine. I listen to a lot of punk rock and since there's a lot going on at times most phones sound messy or noisy, with the im716s the instrument separation was very good. I got uhp336s RMAd back from altec lansing and gave them away they simply couldn't compare. RE-2s are supposed to trump the im716s in every way stock, but i'm not too sure about the instrument separation.

btw where can you get the im716s for 50?
 

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