HiFiMan - RE 272 - In-Ear Stereo Headphones
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- Dynamic, in-ear stereo headphone
- Large 9mm driver
- Neodymium magnet
- Balanced four-pin mini (female) to regular mini (male) adapter
- reversed phase (L/R) balanced four-pin mini (female) to regular mini (male) adapter
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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. I am not down with all the audio terms, so I can only hope that someone will find this review useful. Thank you again and happy listening!
When I received this unit I was surprised by how nicely the case looked, the pictures don't do it justice and everything is packed nicely in the box. However it looked like it was already opened I don't know if you guys test them before sending them out or not? But everything appears in great condition and the headphones themselves are very appealing to the eyes.
Sound (With Burson 160 - MS II+)
The highs are well done, not too bright, musical and a little forgiving, this works great for jazz music and classical as well as older rock. I've found that it has a good center image with a lower mid field type soundstage it seems to be very dynamic in its soundstage though. One moment it can be very close and intimate if the music calls for it and on other tracks can have a pretty decently large soundstage, for the most part however it seems to sit in the lower midfield to me. Very smooth,detailed, and well balanced mids very good for vocals like Norah Jones,Patricia Barber, even male vocals sound astonishing, such as Tom Waits Etc.Read more ›
Almost every review I read about the RE-272's are frustrated people who complain about the lacking bass and the volume not being loud enough. Trust me, these IEMs can produce a wider range of bass than anything in the price range, but there is no such thing as a dynamic in-ear that is going to out of the box. The required burn-in time is 150 hours, and trust me, the difference before/after burn-in is immense. Especially with low end. If that isn't enough bass for you, well, then you don't want to listen to accurately balanced music, and that's totally fine and subjective. You will save yourself a lot of money by not being a snobby audiophile!
But please, for the love of god, follow the instructions and burn these things in before sending them back and giving them a bad review!
Sound is incredible after 90+ hours very detailed neutral with just right amount of bass.
It is not true that these have no bass at all!
Too bad that they are discontinued I was planning to get a backup pair just in case something happens to my pair they are so incredibly good sounding with any kind of music. Value of these is incredible considering the price.
Thanks for these HiFiMan you are now my Nr.1 brand for headphones!
The headphones are also very sensitive*, so you might be able hear some circuitry noise when using them with cheaper players, cell-phones, and sound-cards. Luckily, on the the player that I use (SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip), the noise is barely audible and completely unnoticeable when any sound is playing. On my smart-phone (HTC Desire from 2010), the noise is too annoying not to notice.
The headphones also have very low electrical impedance*, but since the impedance doesn't vary very much over the frequency range, this shouldn't be much of a problem.
The headphones also don't isolate against external noise as well as other headphones I own (Audeo PFE 121; Logitech UE600), but considering their improvement in audio quality, I think this is a fair trade-off. As long as you're not using these in extremely noisy environments, this shouldn't be a problem. When using them at home, this won't be a problem at all.
Overall, since these headphones provide audio-quality similar to large full-size headphones, I don't see a reason to prefer carrying around regular headphones unless you really don't like the feeling of having something in your ears, but if that's a problem, there's lots of different types of tips/sleeves that you can try.
I can't give these a full 5 star rating because they still have that unnatural boost in the 2-4kHz region that most headphones unfortunately seem to have. This is an annoyance but not a big problem since parametric equalizers are widely available these days. On my desktop computer, I use the "leet_equalizer_bw2x2" LADSPA filter for a system-wide EQ.Read more ›
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Sweet mids, infatiguing highs, and nice bass response (though, if your a bass-head, stay away).
analytical but forgiving.. still good enough. Read more
Terrific IEM . Great value for money. Too bad these are being discontinued.
Had RE-Zero , RE-252 , RE-262 , EQ-5 before - these are beter than all of them. Read more
When I received the 272's I plugged them into my 7th Gen Nano -intending to listen to a Jazz piece or two in order to compare them to my Klipsch. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by Goodyear Travels