Disclaimer: Flare Audio previously reached out to Headfonia.com to review their full sized headphone, the Flare Audio R1. Flare now reached out once again, but this time they are not offering a full size headphone. This time they asked us to review their newest attempt at the portable market and sent us their newest IEM’s, the R2A and the R2PRO. I asked Ricky to do the review as he is the one who also review the R1.
Flare Audio R2A & R2PRO
Build quality and accessories
The IEM’s arrived to my home in some pretty bare-bones packaging. A simple white box emblazoned with a gold Flare logo on the front. The R2PRO will, when bought, come with 3 sets of comply foam tips and will also come with a Pro carry case. The R2A, being the lesser priced of the 2 IEM’s will come with comply tips and and a drawstring bag only.
Both IEMs have about the same build quality. They’re tiny, but seem pretty durable. I can’t tell you much more as I wasn’t exactly willing to abuse them or put them through any rigorous durability tests. I can tell you that they are very sturdy feeling with the R2A being made of aluminum and the R2PRO made of grade 5 titanium.
Extremely tiny, low profile and providing a very easy fit. I’d have to say that with the provided comply tips both of these IEM’s are easily some of the most comfortable IEMs that I have ever inserted into my ears. I especially love the low profile. They don’t stick out like giant frankenbolts and if you want go to sleep with them in, they lie flat enough that you can be laying on your side and not have a problem with them being smashed into your ears. The only people I foresee having problems with comfort are those who don’t like having to stick IEMs deep into your canals. But these are even more comfortable than the custom JH16 that I owned previously.
A little info
The R2 IEMs created by Flare Audio are an amazing 14mm x 6mm in size using a 5mm neodymium driver. Most drivers seem to be getting bigger, but in this case Flare Audio decided to go with 5mm because they are the size that most closely matches our ear canals, generating less pressure on our eardrums, allowing for a much more long and comfortable listening session due to the lower pressure. Over at Flare Audio they believe that more pressure can actually be damaging to your eardrums, which is also another reason they chose the 5mm drivers. Flare Audio has also designed this IEM to be similarly pressure balanced, like the R1, so as to give the user a smooth and uniform listening session that is non fatiguing. I’d say that they nailed it.
(Side note: Flare Audio has told me via email that braided cable, mic and remote, 90 and 45 degree jacks and over ear cable for artists iem stage use etc are covered by replaceable cable and driver options and available for purchase later).
The way it sounds
Let’s start with the lesser priced of the two IEM’s, the R2A. Though it is of lesser price in comparison to its bigger brother, the R2PRO, don’t let that fool you. It isn’t falling too far behind. The R2A is one of the most natural, most effortless IEM’s that I have ever heard when it comes to reproducing sound. The sense of space all the way around that Flare has pushed from these little 5mm drivers is astounding.
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