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post #46 of 923
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Hard to take photos of such dark IEMs. But here's and explanation, the Crossover circuit board is placed at the very top of the Monitor, as you can see on the first page. Below are the two low freq drivers (Knowles CI22955), below is the high/mid driver (TWFK). There is only around .5cm of tubing that goes over the soundport of the drivers and holds the filter, the rest of the way is a solid acrylic channel.



post #47 of 923
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If Otterbox made a smaller version of this case, it would be awesome pocket carry case.



-Ed
That's great think! I myself would prefer a otterbox1000, but shrunk down to about 40%.
post #48 of 923
Look, how smooooth the surface is. Impressive. Are they REALLY made in China?

Photography tip: To make dark thing brighter, just overexposed them. +2EV should be nice.
post #49 of 923
It's rather sad seeing how the country where paper and gunpowder came from has been reduced to one with such a bad reputation...

Anyway from the pictures I've seen of UM customs the shells look like an extremely clean and wonderful job! Even better than the other custom companies.

What kind of plugs are those on the custom? Are they UMs own plugs or are they compatible with other ones?
post #50 of 923
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Look, how smooooth the surface is. Impressive. Are they REALLY made in China?

Photography tip: To make dark thing brighter, just overexposed them. +2EV should be nice.
Thanks for the tip, but what i'm saying is that it's hard to take a picture through something this dark. Over exposing it won't show the insides.
post #51 of 923
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It's rather sad seeing how the country where paper and gunpowder came from has been reduced to one with such a bad reputation...
When I was a kid, Japan had the same reputation for cheap electronics. How things can change... Though to be honest, things may not change so fast in China, which still produces a lot of cheap knockoffs -- something Japan quickly couldn't do anymore, for lack of cheap labor. China is a country of contrasts: it produces cheap stuff and expensive items, but is known mostly for the former because the latter appear under American and European brands. That's also why Lenovo taking over IBM's Thinkpad line was so big: it showed very clearly that China wasn't going to stick to that model forever.
post #52 of 923
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Unfortunately, because The Mage is a quad driver, and only costing $570 USD approximately, UM has said that it would be impossible to offer the Mage at the same affordable price if they were to include the accessories that come with their other monitors which would be a large Aluminum case, Carrying pouch, Cleaning wipes, Cleaning tool, 1/8 adapter.

Yes, it's unfortunate that there aren't many accessories, but hey look on the bright side. This is the cheapest pair of Quad driver customs on the market today, it's $600 cheaper than the UE11.
then again the accessories r kinda a necessity for most users.. aluminium case, cleaning tool n perhaps adaptor shud b included.. since the price is already so low i dun think many ppl would b unwilling to fork out slightly more..

actually i was wonderin would the clear shells b subject to yellowing/colouration after time?
post #53 of 923
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Thanks for the tip, but what i'm saying is that it's hard to take a picture through something this dark. Over exposing it won't show the insides.
Here is my unrealistic suggestion.... Use X-Ray, CT or MRI scan he hhe heh

Or, put the IEMs on white paper, or, on LCD with white background, so the light can go through the transparent shell.

Anyhow, the UM Mages look very gorgeous.

Good luck...
post #54 of 923
Man, I just bought the UM3X not too long ago, after seeing the UM Mages, upgrade bug is bitting me again. I was gonna build a full 7.1 system based on Martin Logan in Taiwan, come to find out there are no local importer here and decided on full Usher set up. By going to Usher set up, it frees me up so much more cash to dispose on other toys. Can't wait for the review and comparison against JH, I travel to China quite often and if the reviews is as good as the price point, I might have to get my impression done and drop it off next business trip.
post #55 of 923
MaoDi

shigzeo had mentioned that his JH13Pro's connector's pin have been bent. Others also complaint about the 'green' oxidation in the cable. So, is there similar problem with your Mages?

Thank you;
post #56 of 923
One of my friend has been poisoning me with this for long time. He owned of these early production quad BA IEM from them. I guess i gonna reconsider this as an upgrade...
post #57 of 923
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MaoDi

shigzeo had mentioned that his JH13Pro's connector's pin have been bent. Others also complaint about the 'green' oxidation in the cable. So, is there similar problem with your Mages?

Thank you;
Cables pin gets bent if not taken care of properly, it happens to all manufacturers' custom monitors. There are only ways to reduce the risk like UE has made the socket recessed. All clear/transparent cables turn green after awhile.

The Mage comes with clear or Black cables, the clear one will turn green.
post #58 of 923
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One of my friend has been poisoning me with this for long time. He owned of these early production quad BA IEM from them. I guess i gonna reconsider this as an upgrade...

Actually, THE SAME FRIEND also poisoned me too. And look how good is the built quality.... and, another hole in my wallet, by next few months he heh he

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Originally Posted by MaoDi
Cables pin gets bent if not taken care of properly, it happens to all manufacturers' custom monitors. There are only ways to reduce the risk like UE has made the socket recessed. All clear/transparent cables turn green after awhile.

The Mage comes with clear or Black cables, the clear one will turn green.
Thank you for the clarification. Mmmm... I am thinking to make my custom 'UN-detachable', or for extreme, GOLD cable. mmm.. I don't know yet.... But, I hope the cables, connectors or sockets can last very long time.
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post #59 of 923
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Actually, THE SAME FRIEND also poisoned me too. And look how good is the built quality.... and, another hole in my wallet, by next few months he heh he
LOL. I think i will do that too, by the end of the year. Maybe we can arrange and send the ear impressions together to mainland
post #60 of 923
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Around $575 USD depending on exchange rate.
Dual drivers: $425
Quad drivers: $575

Compared to American products (Livewires, UE4, JH5...), the duals aren't so cheap, but the quads are. These monitors don't follow the American market scale. Inside the UM line, it makes the duals a very poor option -- and of course, the quads a very attractive one. When can we expect the octos for $875?
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