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um2 with treble booster sounds better than se530 ?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Well, that is what I found out these days.
um2 sounds perfectly balanced with treble boost on an ipod classic.

anyone has the same experience with um2? or how do you eq your um2?

eqing these IEMs is a lot of fun(they are so sensitive to eq settings).
post #2 of 17
so i'm not the only one finding treble boosted UM2 sound good. Normally i EQ highest frequency by +3 or +4 on my D2. It actually fixed the high freq rolloff, with affected instruments (cymbal, etc) sound clear and quite detailed.
post #3 of 17
the se530 is one of the finest IEM's at responding well to EQ, you might find the se530 is just as easy to EQ perfect.

isnt the um2 already harsh in the high department? thats the general fealing people express about them
post #4 of 17
UM2 high harsh? my experience with them is that it's almost non existent, very thin haha.
post #5 of 17
Yes, with good EQ capability, UM2 will sound as good as SE530. Not sure about better but some people prefer it because UM2 is a little creamier and natural sounding. I use these two IEM interchangeably on a daily basis and I find the difference to be:

Bass: UM2 slightly heavier but easily controlled through EQ.

Midrange: Nearly identical = Excellent!

Treble: UM2 slightly less detail but smoother and more natural sounding. Sometimes SE530 sounds a little honky/nasally to me (some recordings). Almost a wash or very slight edge to SE530. UM2 has tons of clarity.

Soundstage: SE530 slightly larger but UM2 more up front and in your face creating a very engaging experience.

I've always thought UM2 is about 85-90% of what SE530 was. I expect Westone 3 to be the undisputed KING of universal IEM's.
post #6 of 17
The UM2 is not harsh at all. The consensus view is that they are warm sounding with a bit more bass than treble.

It's just the sound I wanted.
post #7 of 17
I just got a pair 5 days ago and have been doing the trable boost option on my nano. It is perfect, sounds better than my full size q40 M-Audio Headphones. I also like that it is slightly smaller than the 530. Really comfy, best IEM i've ever had. Haven't owned the 530 though.
post #8 of 17
I use the Electronic setting on my Classic, straight with no amp. I think the UM2 sounds great on this setting
post #9 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by jinx20001 View Post
isnt the um2 already harsh in the high department? thats the general fealing people express about them

Who thinks the UM2 are harsh in the high frequency range? I've been using my UM2 at work for hours at a time playing all kinds of music, and my ears feel completely comfortable at the end of a listening session. The UM2 makes my ER4P seem a bit harsh.
post #10 of 17
they are opposite of Harsh... very warmy..although less warm than UM1.

in UM2 the highs are quite detailed without being harsh or emphasized.


cannot comment on Shure..never understood them
post #11 of 17
Are UM2 good for rock, metal music? I used to try Shure SE530 and they're pretty good. But in here, SE530 are $100 more than the UM2.
post #12 of 17
Yea, UM2 is pretty warm, should be good for that.
post #13 of 17
UM2s or SE530s go great together with electrnoic dance music to listen from ipod classic without using headphone amp?
post #14 of 17
Correct. They are both very efficient so an amp adds very little.
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
after using treble booster on my um2 for a while, i found them too much bass heavy and eat up the higher frequency on eq settings like electronic acoustic jazz classic or rock.
i guess treble booster might be the perfectly balanced eq for these phones.
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