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Hifiman IEM's: RE-400 and RE-600

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  1. AstralStorm
    RE-400 should arrive here tomorrow. I can directly compare to RE-ZERO and Brainwavz B2, both in best configurations. (First: elliptic Samsung/Fostex ear tips M/S sized, filterless, equalized; Second: Comply P, equalized)
    And obviously I'll see if these get better when equalized. Didn't I say equalized enough? If no, then I'll provide the equalization curve.
    Any noticeably obvious mods will be applied too.
    I have RE-272 and RE0 relatively fresh in memory too. (less than two months; and have the eq curve for RE-272 stored)
    Of course I'll compare the RE-400 unequalized first to check if they actually need it or benefit much from it. (Much like B2 and SE-5 do and RE-ZERO in filterless config require.)
    Also for uneven matches: HE500 (yes, vs orthodynamic headphone, heh; same box) and SE-5 (vs $1300 custom IEM, which I'm not that fond of; also equalized).
  2. proedros
    grab one new at amazon.com  for 199$
  3. ClieOS Contributor
    Sibilance? I never heard any sibilance in HifiMan's IEM. I can understand if sibilance is described on RE272 or RE0 because of their relative brightness (though they are far from being sibilant), but definitely not on the RE400 or RE600. Besides RE1 and RE262, these two new models are some of the smoothest IEM HifiMan makes. If you really want to know what sibilance is, try Final Audio Design (well, half of them anyway). It is like poking a needle into the eardrum. In comparison, HifiMan is very far from being sibilant.
  4. Swimsonny
    agree completely, no sibilance to my ears. the only person who found sibilance is tinyman so maybe he is sensitive at a different frequency!
  5. munchzilla
    hmm is that so? I was told earlier in this thread that RE-400 is about as sibilant as the Phonak PFE with grey filter, which I found to be a bit hissy with some of my less nice recordings. I really like those recordings though, and had no problems whatsoever with the HE-500 on those. nor some other full size cans, but it's quite difficult to compare that way.
    the thing is just that I have had so much problem with longer term fatigue in almost all IEM/headphones I've tried, with a relatively low number of exceptions. (a couple of STAX, Sennheiser HD 650 and "below"/Momentum, HiFiMAN HE-500 to name a few full size, Sennheiser IE8, Westone UM2X as IEM's)
    I need something that does not leak sound and does not cause fatigue but is still really good sounding, and I use them for rather long periods of time. it's proving to be quite a challenge so far [​IMG]
    budget is not the biggest issue but I was hoping to not spend too much.
    anyway, have you heard the Phonak PFE and can comment on RE-600/400 fatigue (mainly sibilance) vs the PFE grey filter? [​IMG] just to see if opinions are similar.
    example song that I tried on the Phonaks. had no problem with HD650, HE-500 or Sennheiser Momentum.
    thanks a lot!
  6. ClieOS Contributor
    I have PFE for years, but I don't consider it to be particularly sibilant. Sibilance is to me the excessiveness of sss... and zzz... There is suppose to be some s and z on recording and the IEM should reproduce them correctly. Sibilance is to me the unnatural occurrence or prolongation of s and z, which is something I find on EX700 or Adagio V, but not on PFE grey filter or RE400. If all the s and z were suppressed, the vocal will only lose its detail and sounds dull (and sometime dark). If they are more than normal, it will turn gainy, Too much, then it will be piercing. However, if you are looking for a fatigue-free sound, then I can understand why you don't want any of the s and z. In that case, I don't think you will find RE400 or RE600 to fit your need. I'll suggest to you TDK BA200 instead.
    p/s there is no such model as UM2X. You mean either UM2 or UM3X.
  7. tinyman392

    Swim, you took that out of context. I was talking to someone who was sensitive to sibilance. He found the PFE1xx to be sibilant, so I cross referenced the "sibilance" with the PFE. Although I don't find either particularly sibilant, I can understand people who are sensitive to it to find the RE400 sibilant. I merely walked outside my own persona and tried to step into the shoes of someone who was sensitive to it.

    EDIT: I could have sworn I said I didn't hear sibilance in the RE400 personally, but could understand others that would.
  8. JohannLiebert
    So, do you think the RE600 is an overall upgrade to the RE272 in terms of detail and soundstage? Or more of a sidegrade?
  9. shotgunshane Contributor
    I found the re400 so polite, I can't imagine someone having sibilance issues with it.
  10. munchzilla
    ah, well the recording never sounded sibilant on my HD600/650's and when I tried it with some of my other headphones I did find it a tad sibilant. worked really good with most other recordings, but I'm not able to have some of my favourite albums re-recorded [​IMG] no, okay. I can agree with you a bit there about sibilance. just never had the problem with a lot of headphones so it was a bit annoying. so many headphones seem to have elevated treble now.
    well I might just be overly sensitive to sibilance/treble... [​IMG] but at the same time I can find something like Sennheiser HD650 a bit too tame, with not tight enough bass for my liking. HE-500 on the other hand hit a lot of sweet spots for me.
    either way, I really wish I could demo them. it might sound weird but RE272 didn't really have that problem for me, and you say RE-600 are... more or less bright? I didn't quite compare them side by side so I might have been extra tired at some point though... so take it with a grain of salt. [​IMG]
    will check out TDK BA200! thanks
    really looking for something with decent bass, nice smooth mids for vocals, preferably a bit forward, as well as a nice treble that doesn't pierce.
    thanks again! (and yeah, UM2 RC it is... sorry about that)
  11. ibuckeye
    I own the 262, ZERO and now the 400 so I'll post my thoughts later this week. The 400 is not sibilant at all. I got rid of the Vsonic gr07 for being too sibilant, but this one is smooth as they come. I am in love with the new design, btw - best comfort and isolation I've had among the hifimans thus far.
  12. ibuckeye

    Thanks for the pic and heads up on these models a few months ago in my thread, ClieOS. What tips are you using? The ones they ship with (shown in your pic) were very comfortable and isolation was surprisingly fantastic, almost like an etymotic.

    Ps. Sorry for the double post, not sure how to multi quote on the ipad.
  13. Gozzer
    My Re-400 just shipped today, and I still have my RE-0 and 262's. 
  14. ClieOS Contributor
    Two different beasts. I haven't really heard any IEM that can beat RE272 on detail retrieval, and its soundstage is rather good for an analytical sound. RE600 in comparison has almost the opposite sound. Instead of focusing on being analytical and more or less sterile like RE272, RE600 is liquid and musical. The main focus is on the mid and bass. Soundstage is obviously small because of its forwardness but it has a fairly 3D quality in it. It is more enveloping than it is open-ended.
    I won't say one will trump the other on everything since they both have their own strengths. You can call it a sidegrade but to me the comparison itself is apple and orange.
    Sound like you are describing BA200 to me. Hopefully you will like it.
  15. Dat bass
    Cat got ahold of my 262 and chewed on the wire badly, just got an FiiO E11 for it this past friday. :frowning2:
    How is the RE400 in comparison to the 262 if I can't find a brand new replacement?
    Here's hoping crutchfield or AA doesn't sell out of their remaining supply for the 262 by next weekend.
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