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[REVIEW] HifiMan RE400 ‘Waterline’ – The New Reference

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  1. ClieOS Contributor
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    Meier Audio Corda StepDance and 2StepDance. The 3rd generation is called QuickStep
     
  2. Pianist
    ClieOS, what do you think about the dynamics and resolution of RE400 compared to its predecessors?
     
  3. ClieOS Contributor
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    It definitely has the best dynamic of HifiMan so far to my ears. Resolution is above average but don't come close to that of RE272.
     
  4. raisedbywolves
    does the bass scale well with eq or amping? that's the only thing i'm concerned about.i want a good all-around new set and i'd like my music to be relatively uncolored but still have enough bass there for when it calls for it in order to make the music sound fuller.
     
  5. Phosphenetre
    Thought I'd post here instead of crowding your concise IEM comparison thread, how do the RE-400 compare to the GR07 MkII and Ortofon E-Q5 in detailing? Also, which is the most tonally neutral of the three?
     
  6. Berkovajazz
    Thank U:)
     
  7. ClieOS Contributor
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    EQ - yes; amping, not so much. RE-400 doesn't seem to be very sensitive to source and quite easy to drive, so it doesn't show much improvement with more power. I don't find it needing more bass (though I am admittedly not much of a bass lover), but it already has quite a deep reach so boosting the quantity isn't an issue.
     
     
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    As far as neutrality goes and overall detail, I'll say GR07 MK2 > e-Q5 > RE400. RE400 actually has better upper treble extension than e-Q5, but it doesn't highlight them as much in the presentation, e-Q5 on the other hand tends to draw out the lower end treble detail. GR07 MK2 is by far the most balance between them. However, RE-400 does has better mid range detail. Personally, I'll put GR07 MK2 a little head of the other two, while e-Q5 and RE-400 are close to being on par.
     
  8. proedros
    so you're saying that a 100$ IEM (RE-400) equals a 250$ IEM (eq-5) ?
     
    wow
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  9. Inks


    I don't get why so many get caught up in price differences.Higher pice doesn't imply better performance. Matter of fact, many of the 1000$+ universals are by no means higher than all the cheaper stuff IME.
     
  10. ClieOS Contributor
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    Not that much surprising because I believe Fang's does intent for RE400 to 'crash the party', so to speak [​IMG]
     
  11. Pianist
    ClieOS, would you say RE-400 is superior to Phonak PFE single driver in sound quality? What about RE-400 versus Ety ER4? Honestly, I am getting tired of single balanced armature dryness and its lack of the effortless treble extension compared to good dynamics.
     
  12. Pianist
    ClieOS, would you say RE-400 is superior to Phonak PFE single driver in sound quality? What about RE-400 versus Ety ER4? Honestly, I am getting tired of single balanced armature dryness and its lack of the effortless treble extension compared to good dynamics.
     
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    e-Q5 is good, but isn't worth its price IMO. I think even RE0 could beat it in many ways.
     
  13. ClieOS Contributor
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    I'll say it is overall better but I am not sure it will be helpful to you. PFE and ER4 are much closer to being reference sounding then RE400 will even be. They are definitely not a match sound signature wise.
     
  14. Phosphenetre
    Thanks ClieOS, I'm really starting to get a good idea of what to go for. In terms of treble extension, presence and detail then, the GR07 tops both the E-Q5 and RE-400?
     
  15. ClieOS Contributor
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    Yes. RE400 has good extension as well, but it is not quite on the front as GR07.
     
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