Using the provided comply tips, you insert them into your canals and once inserted, the intimacy of the music hits you like nothing you’ve ever heard. Like you’re completely encompassed by the music, while everything stays in keeping it right where it should be. The R2A is really well balanced in staging, with equal parts width, height and depth. Purity and clarity like you’ve never heard from any IEM before.
The treble is pretty laid back sounding. Things like cymbals crashing aren’t right in your face, but still maintain a sense of realism throughout whatever track you are listening to. It’s a very non fatiguing sound that allowed me to listen to them for hours on end, which I love because I am sensitive to sibilance.
The mids on the Flare Audio R2, while being forward sounding and very lush, still know their place in a track, not getting in the way of anything else. As far as vocals go, I’d give the edge to male vocals, but not by a huge margin. Listening to Brian McKnights Back at One was like nothing I’d experienced on any other IEM’s.
The Bass… this is THE BEST BASS I have heard from any IEM. Not over exaggerated or over emphasized but it still digs deep, giving you that nice thump that you like to hear when a track calls for it. It’s textured and has a bit of a crunch to it down low. It makes everything else that I have listened to and owned sound muddy and undefined down low. This is the new standard by which I will be judging all bass, on IEM’s at least.
The R2PRO is the bigger brother to the R2A, and both share very similar sound qualities. The R2PRO is just as natural and effortless sounding at musical reproduction as the R2A. Reproducing music with a purity and clarity that I’ve yet to hear from anything else that I have listened to or owned personally. The difference between the two IEM’s, to my ears, is that the R2PRO seems to reproduce things a little bit more accurately than its sibling, playing recordings exactly as they should be heard, whereas the R2A is a bit more on the forgiving side of things. The R2PRO is even more balanced than the R2A, if that is even possible. It provides the same intimacy, but seems to be more accurate as far as depth, width and height go when it comes to staging, offering more detail than the R2A, and an even more accurate representation of the music you are listening to.
The treble on the R2PRO is laid back, just like the treble of the R2A, but it does seem slightly more present, giving just a hint of shimmer to certain songs that provide that experience. The midrange on the R2PRO is just as lush and forward sounding as its little brother, but it isn’t overpowering in any way. Vocals are, again, about equal, neither gender really holding itself over the other, but beautifully portrayed in their sonic reproduction. The bass on the R2PRO is phenomenal. Tight and accurate, but with less quantity and more quality than the R2A. It still digs deep and gives you a true bass experience like no other IEM before it, and can more than compete with IEM’s twice its price, in my opinion.
Don’t let these IEM’s unassuming appearance fool you. They are a pair of absolute unassuming gems in the IEM world, and a steal at the Kickstarter price of 79 pounds for the R2A and 225 pounds for the R2PRO. I think they’re well worth the investment, and they’ll be a main staple in your IEM repertoire, should you give them a chance.