Summary: Fang (Head-Direct, HiFiMan) was kind enough to donate some door prizes for our recent Bay Area meet. I was pretty happy to win, but at the time I really had no idea what exactly was in the nice little black box I had won. Turns out it was the RE-262.
Summary: I’m a little late to the Hifiman RE series party but I thought it was time to get this party started and I did with the RE262. Wow! This level of musicality and refinement was not expected.
The RE262 is an odd shaped phone. It is made to wear down or up.
Pros: Lush and inviting midrange; Very musical
Cons: Bulky modular cable; requires and amp to shine
These IEM's come in a pleather casing with a mount for the earpieces as well as 3 adapter plugs (balanced, unbalanced regular polarity, unbalanced reversed polarity), 5 sets of replacement filters and 5 sets of earpieces (1 large bi-flange, 1 small bi-flange, Small olives, medium olives,...
Pros: Lush, Articulate, Well-Extended, Very Reasonably priced
Cons: Comes out of the box with forward mids, should be carefully amped (Though an amp isn't really necessary).
Summary: I was really looking forward to enjoying these. After plugging them in, I quickly realized that there was very little sound coming from the right IEM. I plugged them into my Fiio E11, and wow.
Pros: Great forward mids, tight, controlled base, smooth treble
Cons: Right channel does not work out of iPod Classic on these headphones ony
Summary: I liked them much with instrumental music or whatever that does not require a large soundstage.
Others mentioned that it has a large soundstage for an IEM, i agree. It doesn't have the crisp, lively sound my most of music requires so i sold them.
Pros: Well detailed, never harsh, sweet midrange
Cons: Rolled off treble, not an all-rounder, not as engaging