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HiFiMan (Head-Direct) RE0 Unboxing and Initial Impressions

February 2, 2010

Earlier today, I received my Head-Direct RE0 In Ear Monitors (IEM) which I ordered early last week to replace my aging V-Moda Bass-Freq earbuds which decided to call it quits shortly before then. So, I recorded a short “unboxing” video which I’ve uploaded to YouTube and will be shared below.

After my Bass-Freq earbuds decided to call it quits, I did a bit of research into the world of portable headphones, coming up with a number of positive candidates in the process. My search turned up quality portable headphones from a number of manufacturers both familiar (Ultimate Ears, Klipsch and Shure) and not so familiar (YUIN and Fischer Audio) and after reading reviews on a multitude of portable headphones, I finally decided on the Head-Direct RE0 IEMs.

A few of you may know Head-Direct and they’re pretty famous in the audiophile community for being one of the leading importers of headphones and other audio accessories from a number of small overseas companies, some of which I’d never even heard of before venturing to Head-Direct’s site (YUIN being chief among those).  As it turns out, Head-Direct decided to venture into the highly populated IEM market themselves and begin selling their own RE line at varying levels of quality. Among the highest of these was the RE0s which, until the fairly recent release of the RE252s, were the company’s flagship IEMs. I checked out a number of reviews on the headphones before making my decision and saw that they were very close to the top of their class and could easily hang with some of the best on the market, even those which cost 2 – 3 times more than the RE0s themselves. After going to Head-Direct and seeing that they were on sale for $79 (down from $169), I was sold and placed my order.

So, I’m pretty sure you’re wondering if these things live up to the hype. So far, I have to say yes. I’ve listened to a number of songs on them already such as Wale’s Contemplate, Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven and 2Pac’s Temptations and they all sound great. I instantly noticed that the sound is, above all, transparent. The clarity in the sound signature jumps to the forefront the instant music begins playing and is immensely satisfying. After listening to my V-Modas for as long as I have and comparing them to the RE0s, they’re far muddier and less…open. The low end on the V-Modas is satisfying, but it really can’t compare to the RE0s and honestly, I didn’t expect them to, given how inexpensive they are (about $20) in comparison.

Now, I haven’t heard a great number of the more expensive IEMs so I can’t vouch for the quality of the RE0s just yet in comparison but I can say that they have impressed me right out of the box and, considering that IEMs with dynamic drivers such as the RE0s sound better after they’ve been broken in for a number of hours (10 – 50 is usually enough but some audiophiles say they need upwards of 100 hours to sound their best), things can only get better from here. I haven’t even listened to them with my portable headphone amp yet so I can tell that I’m in for a treat when they’ve been broken in and I listen to them amped.

As of now, I’d give the RE0s a high recommendation. This should be taken with a grain of salt seeing as I’ve only had a few minutes’ worth of listening time with them thus far. At the price they’re currently available for ($79), I honestly can’t see how you can go wrong with these as they offer exceptional depth and clarity even now, before they’ve been broken in and settled into their final sound signature. So, if you’re interested, you can check them out here. Keep in mind, however, that this is marked as a “Christmas Sale” and Christmas has obviously been over for a long time now. It’s highly likely that this sale price isn’t going to last for much longer so get them while you can!

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PlayStation Home Beta Video Tour

December 6, 2008

Part 1

Part 2

I’ve taken the liberty to record some footage with my digital camera straight from my TV screen to give all of you out there a better idea of what to expect once the public beta launches. The video has been split into two parts and I’ll update this post once the second half has been finished and uploaded for your viewing pleasure. Alright, enough talk. I hope you enjoy this brief look into the PlayStation Home Beta!

UPDATE: Part 2 of the beta tour has been uploaded and posted for your viewing pleasure!

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Video Blog 6

June 8, 2008

In this latest edition of my Video Blog, I discuss many of the writing projects I’ve been hard at work on as of late. I also give a few early impressions of two games I will soon be posting reviews for, Lost Planet: Colonies Edition and Grid (Race Driver: Grid for my European viewers).

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Street Fighter IV Is Looking Good!

June 3, 2008

Back when the first footage of Street Fighter IV appeared on the internet and screenshots were unveiled many months ago in an issue of EGM, I had pretty much written this game off, turned off by what I considered a poor art style. I wasn’t the only one who cried out in despair, as many Street Fighter fans flooded message boards to express their distaste of the new character designs and general disdain with the look of the game.

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Well, my opinion on the game has changed significantly having watched the video you see above. Everything I had complained about has been thrown out of the window and I can now say with confidence that I like the new art style. Everything looks incredibly polished and smooth. Animations are fluid, the many graphical effects such as Ken’s Shoryuken and Crimson Viper’s various elemental blows look great, the backgrounds appear well detailed and the characters themselves look better than ever. While they still appear a tiny bit bulky, the fluidity of their movements and attacks make them look great in action.

It’s amazing the difference a few months of polish can do for a game, because compared to its earlier showing, this version of the game looks worlds better. The inkblot and exaggerated paintbrush style used in the cutscenes and smattered here and there during actual gameplay seems to have worked out well and is visually striking. Needless to say, I’ll be keeping my eyes on this one until it drops this fall for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.

New character screenshots (including a few of the final boss) after the break.

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Video Blog #5

May 20, 2008

Yep, I’m finally back on the video blogging scene with my fifth Video Blog. I’ve got a new digital camera with a built in microphone (I picked it up for my trip to EA) so the quality is a lot better this time around than it ever has been when I was using the Xbox Live Vision camera.

In this short new video, I discuss my impressions of GTA IV, some Gran Turismo 5: Prologue commentary, throw in an outtake and overuse of the phrase “without further ado…”. So, check it out and tell me what you think.

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GTA IV Trailer – Niko Bellic

April 26, 2008

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Oh Rockstar, how you tease us so! With your latest opus, Grand Theft Auto IV, hitting stores in less than three days, you continue to dangle tantalizing bits of GTA info before us every so often to keep us aware of its so close but oh so far April 29th release date and our hype-o-meters constantly peaked.

In this latest trailer, Rockstar takes time to once again introduce us to the character we’ll be controlling during our adventures in Liberty City, Niko Belic. This trailer gives you a brief, but telling, look into Niko Belic’s background and motivations as to why he’s chosen his life of crime.

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Everyone’s a Rat – Final GTA IV Trailer Before The Game Releases

March 28, 2008

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Here it is folks, the final GTA IV Trailer before the game releases on April 29, 2008 for the Xbox 360 and PS3. I’ll be posting my reactions to the trailer in a separate post some time in the very near future so stay tuned.