HIFIMAN RE800 Earphone Quick Review by mark2410
Disclaimer: I work with HFIMAN so feel free not to believe me if you so wish.
Brief: Solid Gold.
Price: US$699 or £649
Specifications: Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz, Impedance: 60Ω,
Sensitivity: 105dB, Topology Diaphragm, 9.2mm Dynamic Driver, Brass
Housing, Silver Coated, Crystalline Copper Wire
Accessories: You get a handful of tips, though I still find them a
little on the small side. For small Chinese ears maybe? Whatever but
the ones I’m really interested is the inclusion of a couple pairs of
Comply’s so they are what I go to right off. Oh, and the ear guides and
the little case.
Build Quality: Rather nice, the cable is a great big step up on the
original RE600 one, the jack too its some great lump of metal so phone
screens beware. The buds are solid metal too so short of putting them
in a vice they should be pretty sturdy.
Isolation: For a dynamic, very good but…. not quite up to BA levels so
if you have a Tube commute they wouldn’t be my first option but I
repeatedly used on buses and on a couple flights quite happily. Should
be enough for most people in most situations.
Comfort/Fit: Excellent on both counts. Nothing unusual, rounded
symmetrical buds that went in the ear with a shove and that was that.
No venting issues and I wore for several hours at a time with not issues
Aesthetics: I have mixed feelings, I don’t love gold but I do like the
matte sandblasted type finish. I would just prefer they were black or
silver rather than gold but in fairness, I’ve just never liked gold.
Sound: If I had made an IEM for myself, it would be more or less this.
They have a slanted sound signature to the bass and a little subdued in
the treble but that works perfectly for me. If you’re going to listen
to for hours on end you need something easy on the ear and these are.
They are rich and mellow, so smooth and with such clarity they make
everything look effortless and easy. The bass is superb, so sculpted
you can practically reach out and touch it. The mids are a little touch
back in comparison but have such a broad scope, such an incredibly
natural texture and tone to them. Male or female, oh good god and
strings, strings are so fantastically good. The timbre, the tactility, I
cannot just feel the strings vibrating in my hand but I can feel what
it is to be the string like I’m staring into its soul. It’s strange and
freaky that you can just lose yourself into what is nothing more than a
harmonic wave. Granted you need some extremely good quality music to
really abandon the outside world and create your own mini heaven as you
trundle into work or wherever.
Everything sounds so real and dreamy and captivating yet it makes it all
look so completely effortless. It feels so relaxed and confident in
its paragon like virtues you really need to spend time with it and
explore what it can do as it’s so completely non-attention seeking in
its presentation. It is simply wonderful sounding.
Value: Wallet ouch yeah but have a listen then it won’t seem so much.
Pro’s: Sublime. Sonically capable to such a degree, tone and coherence it puts others to shame.
Con’s: Won’t have enough treble for some tastes. Isn’t very aggressive.