HiFiMan RE-ZERO Review

| May 29, 2012 | 0 Comments


Price: $99
Wear style: Over the ear or straight-down

In Short: A close-to-neutral headphone whose detail and clarity can compete with top tier headphones. As with the RE-0, be warned that the bass quantity is below average.

Quick overview:

Released three years after the original, the RE-ZERO is a slightly modified version of the RE-0 that was built to be easier to drive for mobile devices. While it is difficult to justify spending $20 more for almost the same headphone, the RE-ZERO is slightly different and comes with a few perks.

The bass is pretty much the same compared to the RE-0 (on the light side) if slightly more full-bodied. While certainly not a focal point of the RE-ZERO, the quality of the bass is very good.

The mid-range is slightly warm but is more filled out compared to the thin-sounding RE-0. Compared to its armature driver competitors, the RE-ZERO is not as crisp but is more relaxing and smooth.

The treble is not quite as energetic as the RE-0 leading to a slightly more relaxed sound overall. Soundstage and imaging are just above average.

One nice feature of the RE-ZERO is that it comes with TRS adapters and was built to match with balanced sources – something average consumers don’t won’t be able to take advantage of but this goes to show that the RE-ZERO has capabilities far more than their price implies.

Specs:

Color Gunmetal
Driver type 9mm Dynamic
Impedance 16 Ω
Sensitivity Unknown
Frequency Response 15-22k Hz
Cable 4′ (1.2m) L-plug + 3” (8cm) TRS adapter (L-plug)
Nozzle size 5.5mm
Warranty 1 Year
Included accessories Single flange (3 sizes) and bi-flange (2 sets) silicone tips, shirt clip, spare filters (5 sets), 3” soft balanced to TRS adapter, hard balanced to TRS adapter
Recommended tips UE Single Flanges, De-Cored Shure Olives, Meelec M11+ Short Bi-flanges

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