Summary: A Little About Myself
I am very honored to have been one of the many chosen that were able to review this unit and I want to thank HeadDirect and HIFIMAN for putting this together. I don’t have a lot of experience with IEMs and so this has been very fun and interesting. I would say I have decent experience with over the ear headphones I have heard many headphones and on a lot of different amps which I hope will allow my review to be a little more informative and useful.
Pros: Amazing Highs, Super Clear Mids, Very Balanced Sounding
Summary: Disclaimer: I've got my RE272 as a review sample for free.
There are more pros and cons in my full review, like
- RE272 bass accuracy is excellent, but I like to have it perfect.
- Soundstage size is good for IEM, but I like to have more.
But this is just a nitpicking, and I do not consider this as a real "negative aspects" (this is how cons are defined here in Reviews section). I rather call this "wishes".
Pros: realism, speed, clarity, musicality, frequency response and extensions, tonality, details, instruments separation and positioning
Summary: Review is in the review thread here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/568515/hifiman-re272-review/135#post_7845383
Suffice it to say, these IEMs are perfect once equalized. No ifs or buts. Nothing I've ever tried matches these.
Even without the sound is great, if a bit bass lean and slightly forward.
Extension is unmatched by any other IEM.
I'd love if the next revision includes a case/pouch (not just jewel case) and inverse channel balanced cable.
Pros: Excellent clarity, soundstaging, texturing and extension all around; comfortable fit; modular cable; good materials; decent isolation with right tips
Cons: Cable hardens, brittle; Somewhat bass lean; need long tips in the other 2 ways; bad tips included (but many); no portable case; slight wind noise
Summary: Thanks to Nankai, aka Fang for the RE272 Loaner opportunity.
Pros: Clarity, detail, packaging
Cons: Bass, too analytical
Sources: MacBook Pro, iPod Classic
Amp/DACs: iBasso D-Zero
Luxury. That's the first thing I thought when I saw the wooden box with a vinyl outside. The top of the box is gold stamped that says "HiFiMAN" and there's a gold colored clasp to open the box.
Summary: I'm relatively new to the IEM scene (I bought RE0's for me and my wife two years ago and have been using them with great pleasure until they were stolen 1 year ago)
I liked the sound signature of the RE0, but I have never taken them seriously as a replacement for my other Headphones. I have used them mostly while on the go with my iPhone.
They were no match for my full size headphones, The highs were more distorted at times and some music just didn't sound right.
Summary: 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.
Summary: The HiFiMAN RE-272 are the best sounding pair of non-customs I've put in my ear. Period.
I wanted to try a pair after reading favorable reviews around these parts, and I'm glad I made the journey.
The bass is slightly accented without overdriving. The high end detail doesn't suffer at all. It's a bit of a closed in sound-- but these are full range earbuds. They have good detail and they're decent at delivering transients.
Summary: My full review on Passion for Sound is here:
A bit light on the bass - tight and clean, but lacking some oomph
Sound is so clean and detailed, but not fatiguing
Staging is excellent - on par or better than much more costly IEMs
Makes music engaging and enjoyable without colouration
Not for bass heads, RnB / Hip-Hop / Electronic (with deep bass) fans
Awesome value of money given their performance
Pros: Magic sound, great detail, non-fatiguing, neutral sound, source-friendly
Class leading sq(among the best of what i've heard).. I would definitely put the SQ as high as the Shure SE-535 & on par with the SRH-940 out of an HUD MX-1
Very coherent presentation - i think this is the most pleasing presentation an analytical listener can get
Clinical yet musical - for this you will have to take a listen for yourself
Clarity that keeps up with speed - the almost no bass sound makes up for astounding clarity that's second to none