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post #16 of 24
And please tell us your impressions then.
post #17 of 24
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I would probably try UM3 as an Ety upgrade, if I never listened to UM2 before.
The UM3X's are an upgrade on UM2 in all respects. So judging the 3X by UM2 is not a very good idea.

The sound signature is warm, smooth, full, quite the opposite of the Ety's, but still retains very good detail level and positioning (comparable to ER4S), and a much fuller yet controlled bass (which the Ety's can't really compare). Best midrange in all noncustom IEMs I've heard.

And I've owned the UM2s, ER4S, ER4P, and W3, and now UM3X. I'm happy with them.
post #18 of 24
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Fuller, punchier and deeper. Not a lot, but the difference is here.

RE: UM3 - FWIR, they unlikely will satisfy Ety lover well. I have an opportunity to try them, but I am not even willing to. The descriptions I read told me that it is more like opposition to Ety.

If I ever will upgrade from my custom tipped Ety, this will be JH13.
Well they're definitely on my list. I'm actually curious to try a warmer sounding IEM (one of the reasons I had an interest in the Shure SE530. I looked and can get them for right under $300 which seems to be a great deal.

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Amazon has the UE Triple.fi for $266. including a $80. rebate from Logitech. I like the Triple's a lot and they are a bargain at this price. They are being marketed by Amazon so should be easily returned if fit or sound are not to your liking.
Sandy.
Where's this deal? I only see them from amazon for $346.

EDIT: NVM lol, I just saw the rebate thing. I'm not fond of MIR's. The wait is usually not worth it IMO, but thanks for that heads up!

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Then be the first to try Grado GR8 IEM for $299! Your sound, your budget - just Great!

Grado GR8 In-Ear Earphones
I actually saw those today and am very interested in them, though I'm skeptical. I hate being a new adopter of a product lol.
post #19 of 24
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The UM3X's ... quite the opposite of the Ety's...
This is what I read and this is why I am not interested to try them, not due to the my UM2 experience.
post #20 of 24
I am no audiophile, but one thing I can tell you is that coming from SF5P, UM3X is far more comfortable. Especially for glasses wearer. But the sound stage is rather disappointing.
post #21 of 24
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quite the opposite of the Ety's...Best midrange in all noncustom IEMs I've heard.
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This is what I read and this is why I am not interested to try them, not due to the my UM2 experience.
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the sound stage is rather disappointing.
Not the opposite of the Etymotic. I really liked the ER4S when I owned it. I considered it to be a very good reference product, something that tells you what an IEM should sound like.

I have the UM3X and like them. Do they sound the same as the ER4S? Nope. Are they very good? Yep. Are they better then the ER4S? Holistically, yes. The ER4S does certain things great. The UM3X does certain things great. Neither are perfect.

The sound stage of the UM3X is ok. It's not amazing. It's not bad either. Locational cues are fuzzy, but there's a good sense of depth and placement. It's simply not an exact spot. The ER4S was really good for stage space and offered an excellent sense of location. Not a lot of products are as good. I have the TF10, and locational cues are dead on. It has pinpoint placement, but the stage is flawed seemingly from a lack of dynamic range. Close information is loud. Far information is moderate when it should be very quiet and subtle. Everything is shoved really close and the stage depth feels walled in because of it. It's weird. I don't know how the SF5P compares, though. I'm just assuming it's like its bigger brother. Excellent placement plus excellent depth seems to be a tough trick to pull off well.
post #22 of 24
The OP should check out the IE8s. They are warm and have a wider soundstage than anything else mentioned in this thread. It absolutely shames the UM3X. You also won't need any bass-boost turned on with the IE8s and they are one of the few top-end IEMs that can be worn with the cables down so there is ZERO chance of having noise when wearing glasses.
post #23 of 24
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Thanks guys for all the replies, but I think I've decided to actually upgrade my full-size headphones first.
post #24 of 24
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The OP should check out the IE8s. They are warm and have a wider soundstage than anything else mentioned in this thread. It absolutely shames the UM3X. You also won't need any bass-boost turned on with the IE8s and they are one of the few top-end IEMs that can be worn with the cables down so there is ZERO chance of having noise when wearing glasses.
I've heard that before but what do you mean by wearing them with the cables down? I'm looking to buy these.
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