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Unique Melody, a relatively newer company in the custom in-ear monitor world, has brought us a handful of monitors since their arrival. Products range from their dual driver, the Marvel, to their quadruple driver monitor,the Mage. In 2010, the company has introduced a brand new, sextuple driver monitor - the Miracle. Unique Melody says this new model will solve the flaws with their previous flagship, the Mage. At $930 USD, the Miracle is priced $330 up from its predecessor, and we are glad to have it with us today. 

Specifications 
Variation: $40 Charge-Any colour, Any artwork. 
Transducers: Six Proprietary Balanced Armature Drivers 
Configuration: Passive 3-Way crossover (Dual High, Mid, and Low) 
Frequency Range: 18 Hz-19 kHz 
Impedance: 15.9 ohm 
Sensitivity (1mW): 114 dB SPL 
Accessories: Faux Leather Chest Case, Warranty Registration Card, Replaceable braided cable, Cleaning Tool, Frequency Response Graph, Manual 
Price: $970 USD including shipping + ear impressions
 


Packaging and Accessories (8/10) 
As with our previous experience, Unique Melody ships their monitors typically through a 2-day service worldwide as they offer it at a mere $36 USD. While the monitors don't arrive in the most pleasant packaging, which is simply a shipping bag, we thought it was well worth the price as we knew Unique Melody did a fine job packing their monitors. 

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This time around, as the sales price went up, so did the cost in packaging. The Miracle doesn't come in the stiff cardboard box that the Mage comes in. Rather, it comes in a ruby faux leather chest that you might see with the three hundred dollar make-up set that your wife just bought. The chest is relatively large for a carrying case. In fact, this is the largest on the market today with the exception of the carbon fibre box offered by JH Audio. The chest is not just some random case that Unique Melody ran out and bought, because the innards has a soft foam cut out to hold your monitors as well as Unique Melody's logo stitched right into it. There's a small compartment within the chest that is capable of holding all the accessories that come with the Miracle. 

One neat addition to the case is the monitor registration card that notes the manufacturing date, as well as warranty period of your pair of monitors. Typically, Unique Melody offers a one-year warranty for defects in materials and craftsmanship. However, the company often gives their clients a free, and surprising, one-year extension to the period. Overall, a nice addition to have just in case you forget when your monitors run out of coverage. 


Build (10/10) 
During our first experience with Unique Melody, we were absolutely astonished by the build quality that it had to offer. Whether it be the spotless shell, the flawless closing of the faceplate, or the scratch-free shiny coat, the Miracle didn't lack any of the quality that has made Unique Melody famous for their craftsmanship. 

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Despite offering two options for your shell, Unique Melody encourages the full hard acrylic shell over the half acrylic with silicone canal tips as it's got a longer life in comparison. As you can see, our test model of the Miracle arrived in full acrylic suit. We have yet to find a flaw with the craftsmanship of these shells. Whether it be the smoothness or the molding consistency, Unique Melody has hit the target every time. 

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Artwork wise, Unique Melody has taken a big step to getting their artwork right for all their clients. Unique Melody has invested in a photo quality artwork printer for their monitors that's capable of producing much higher resolution artwork compared to past. Unfortunately, we aren't able to demonstrate the new printing system for our test model. However, with the laser engraving and silver confetti artwork that we received identical to the previous Mage, we were thoroughly convinced they have the quality of their artwork under control. 


Cables (9.5/10) 

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Previously, Unique Melody used cables that were manufactured for other companies. For example, at the time we ordered our Mage back in 2009, the company offered the choice of Westone's or Ultimate Ears' braided cable, in addition to their own in-house handmade wires. However, for 2010, they have gotten their hands on some self-designed, professionally manufactured cables.

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Sadly, for the time being, Unique Melody is only manufacturing their cables in black. The good news is, however, that this cable is probably the best cable that is provided with any monitor on the market today. Previously on Compudio, we've had multiple cables from large companies like Westone, Ultimate Ears and Starkey. Unique Melody has managed to produce a cable that is even better than the nearly perfect cables we've tested. Similar to Westone's cable, the difference lies in the termination, the adjusting bead, and most importantly, the weight and softness of the cable. We've mentioned before that we've noticed clear cables tend to be softer than black cables, but clear cables oxidize and turn green after a short period. UM's cable combines the best of both worlds by combining the softness that everyone seeks for and the anti-oxidizing capability that no owner can live without. Overall, we're extremely impressed with the cable. The only shortcoming that we can find is the fact that the memory wire could a 3/4 inch shorter. 


Fit (9/10) 

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With the flawless craftsmanship of the shell, we had a high expectation for the fit and comfort of the monitor. We weren't disappointed. The monitors fit snugly in the ear and flushed perfectly. We found ourselves being able to wear the monitor for hours and hours without having the fatigue and pain we've had with universal monitors. Interestingly, Unique Melody tends to mold slightly shorter canals than other manufacturers, which in result produces a relatively less intense isolation experience. So, if you believe you need the full 36 decibels of isolation that we received from JH Audio's monitor, we'd advise to let Unique Melody know you'd like your canals to be molded slightly longer and wider. 


Sound (9/10) 
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With some brand new crossover drivers, not only has Unique Melody, once again, introduced a new flagship that keeps the tingly high notes and breath taking mids, but this new product has gone beyond and above to give you that extra step in sound quality. 

High Frequencies (9/10) 
Unlike the previous flagship, the Mage, the Miracle uses a dual tweeter design. Despite using the same drivers, there are now two of them so the load or work that needs to be done by each driver is lowered. Therefore, sounds are produced more accurately. The Miracle offers the same signature high frequency response that made UM famous. Compared to the Mage, the Miracle has a much more refined and well toned high frequency reproduction. Notes still come through crystal clear, with lots of detail and liveliness. However, it's much more controlled and you won't feel like it's as overwhelming as some may find in the Mage. One lovely improvement is the instrumental separation. As impressed as we were with the Mage's instrumental separation, the Miracle manages to crank out even more realism and more distinct parts. Every note hit on the piano or stroke by a higher pitch string instrument is produced precisely and emotionally. The frequency extension is broader than before, so higher notes are heard and actually produced without being held back. Decay, or how quick a sound deteriorates after the signal has been gone, is one of the most stunning characteristics of the Miracles high frequency presentation. Cymbals are especially noticed as they don't ring on excessively, but to perfection. Overall, the presentation is now less bright with a smoother flow to it. Hip hop and classical doesn't sound as exaggerated and has a richer tone to it. All in all, highs are sparkling and transparent without being overwhelming and fatiguing. 

Mid-Range Frequencies (9.5/10) 
A brand new driver in the monitor means a brand new way of sound reproduction. During our last review, the Mage presented an amazingly crisp high-mid range that is hands down the best at bringing out vocals. Occasionally, however, the high-mids became overwhelming and too fatiguing for many individuals craving for a long listening period. The Miracle offers a much easier-to-swallow presentation. The mid-range is more balanced, without spikes and peaks throughout the presentation. Tone of the mid-range is not too bright or too warm, giving you a nice balanced tone that sounds very natural and real. Vocals sound especially rich and deep with the Miracle. There's a great sense of detail and emotion heard with the Miracle that you don't get with its younger siblings. Instruments like the french horn, and drums are vivid and solid, with a roaring deep end that gives them a full body sound very similar to if they were played in person. Instrumental separation is distinctively clean. Decay is equally impressive in the mid-range as it is in the high. In fact, I would without a doubt say that the Miracle can be crowned as the new DK (Decay King) of Compudio. Overall, if clarity and clean mid-range with a mind-bobbling vocal presentation are what you're looking for, then the Miracle should become your new partner for your music experience or on-stage performance. 

Low Frequencies (9/10) 
The Miracle's low-end is bigger, better, deeper, and punchier, all in a smaller package. Recently listening to the JH Audio JH11 for extended hours has really taken a place in our minds, where lows are suppose to hit hard. Therefore the first time listening to the Miracle, it just didn't seem right as our minds and ears weren't used to it. However, after some long listening periods with the Miracle, we discovered that the Miracle has a lot of speciality and characteristic that we haven't really heard in a long time. Similar to the Mage, the Miracle houses a lot of precision and control in the low-end. Each bass note from a drum, a bass guitar, a voice or anything you can name the Miracle will tame it and present it to you in an orderly fashion. However, this time around, Unique Melody has given the Miracle a more forgiving low-end presentation. The Miracle gladly accepts hip hop, rock, heavy metal and anything that requires that heart throbbing low-end. The Miracle offers quick, clean and strong punches. It's not as boomy as our recently Editor's Choice awarded JH11, but rather a solid sound that's more refined. A quick frequency test shows that the lows on the Miracle go deep down to the 20Hz without a problem, and that's the lowest humans can hear on average! Compared to the Mage, the Miracle offers a much more satisfying low-end that will capture many audiophiles and musicians. 

Soundstage (9/10) 
The Miracle not only offers an astounding performance from high to low, but the soundstage is very well defined. Instruments are neatly positioned from direction and distance. Drum cymbals are located left and right while snare, tom, and bass drums are right in front--every time. The first time I listened to the Miracle, instruments in the song were just so well positioned and defined that it was as if I was standing right inside the recording space. Depth perception is well portrayed, easily heard and noticed when watching movies. During Avatar, rockets just fly right by you and helicopters sound like they're landing just beside you or flying above. The height and width of the soundstage that the Miracle houses is, without a doubt, one of the best on the market today. It is certainly the best in IEMs that we've had on Compudio. 


Detailed Score Breakdown: 
Stereo Imaging - 9 
Frequency Extension - 9 
Transparency - 9 
Decay - 9.5 
Impact - 9 
Speed - 9 
Clarity - 8.5
 


Conclusion ( 9.5 /10) 
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Being the new flagship of Unique Melody, the Miracle needed to deliver the best and most impressive sound there was...and it did! At first, we noticed the massive $300 price jump from the original $600 for the old flagship, the Mage to the now $930 (before shipping) Miracle for which seems to be just a couple more drivers. However, when we received our set of Miracle, we understood why it costs so much more. You get a premium, faux leather chest rather than a stiff cardboard box. You now get a cable made by Unique Melody themselves, which we found to be even better than leading manufacturers' cable as it's softer and more quiet. The balanced sound of the Miracle left us with our jaws open as it easily handled any genre we threw at it. Moreover, watching movies on them was just a pleasure! The Miracle gave us a sound that just raised the standards of the market. At a competitive $880, it goes head to head with the JH11ES3X, and UE10, which are some of the most competitive leading top-performers on the market today. With a flawless build, a sound that we craved more for, and an exceptionally reasonable price, we just had to hand out another Editor's Award to this "miracle" combination! 

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Thank you MaoDi for your review!

 

And the Miracle is on sale at the moment for $830, which will make it even more competitive!

 

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We are now offering titanium plating embedded into the faceplate as a form of artwork for only $30 extra. 

In my opinion, black words/patterns on top of the faceplate looks the best, but this customer wanted gold~

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Thanks for the review..it was a great read

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this would be my custom of choice if i had the money.

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We are now offering titanium plating embedded into the faceplate as a form of artwork for only $30 extra. 

In my opinion, black words/patterns on top of the faceplate looks the best, but this customer wanted gold~


Is it possible that I request this plating for my Mage? It is not Miracle-exclusive, yes? biggrin.gif

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We are now offering titanium plating embedded into the faceplate as a form of artwork for only $30 extra. 

In my opinion, black words/patterns on top of the faceplate looks the best, but this customer wanted gold~


Is it possible that I request this plating for my Mage? It is not Miracle-exclusive, yes? biggrin.gif

 

Yes, the ti-plating is open for everybody, definitely not Miracle-exclusive even though you made a good suggestion~ jkjk
 

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We are now offering titanium plating embedded into the faceplate as a form of artwork for only $30 extra. 

In my opinion, black words/patterns on top of the faceplate looks the best, but this customer wanted gold~


Is it possible that I request this plating for my Mage? It is not Miracle-exclusive, yes? biggrin.gif

 

Yes, the ti-plating is open for everybody, definitely not Miracle-exclusive even though you made a good suggestion~ jkjk
 


 

Made me lol UM.  I like your sense of humor.


These seem to be probably the king of customs from what I've read so far.

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MaoDi, I´d like to thank you, this review along with Project86 helped me to decide which custom in ear to buy, I am very happy so far, got my Miracle last Friday!

 

Anyway here are some pics of my Um Miracle:

 

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Thanks! Cheers

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Hey Maodi, Will you be reviewing the rooth 8 driver iem as well (since they are both from the seem umbrella company)? A great review by the way! Greetings, Anouk,

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@tulio. Not are problem at all, glad we could help you make a decision. Love your monitors!

 

@Anouk: Unfortunately, no like with this part of the branch. In fact, Rooth seems a little out of place. I have asked their distributor for a direct contact to Rooth, but Rooth wants the distributor to communicate with me instead. Sad to say, this is where everything fell apart. Rooth agreed to sending me the LS8 for review, but what I don't understand is why does the distributor get to decide if I receive it or not. Which is where I stand, without the LS8 as the distributor said no, despite me agreeing to providing the drivers for the monitors. Puzzled, without a doubt I won't be dealing with them unless they give a direct contact email, with direct responses and no third party influences.

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Well, Here we go :D

I just put in my order for a set of Miracles. Can't wait for them to arrive, should be a noticable improvement from my current TF10's.

 

From your experience can you recommend me a good source and amp (if needed) for portable use with these IEM's? I'm currently using an iPhone 4, but would like to get the most out of the investment.

 

Thanks guys, Will post pictures when they arrive.

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After a few weeks of impatiently asking UM for updates (they must be very sick of me by now!) My miracles are here! Picking them up from UM Aus in a few hours, absolutely cannot wait. Impressions and photo's to come!

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*Please let me preface this by saying I'm not (yet) an audiophile with a golden ear and an impeccable understanding of hifi equipment. But this is my humble opinion.

 

Well I have them in my hands now. I've only had a chance to listen to 1 song, and it was a lossy mp3, so I'm not going to comment on anything much to do with sound and signature aside from saying I noticed the difference between these and my TF10's immediately. And all of the below is only initial impressions, keep in mind, they haven't been burnt in and I'm only listening to them on my iPhone 4 unamped, with lossy format music. Stock UM cables. So all of these are only initial impressions.

 

Fit wise, they don't hurt at all, there doesn't seem to be any place that apply pressure that would annoy me, all seems really good. So it may very well be a first time perfect fit scenario, which would be wonderful. BUT, I think (not sure as mentioned only had them in for maybe 5-10 minutes), the right provides a little better isolation than the left, as when listening I seemed to notice that it didn't sound 'centered'. I'm hoping this is only a fitment issue on my behalf.

 

Presentation has been well documented with UM gear, and this is no exception. Lovely faux leather box, metal warranty card with extended 2 year warranty (miracle only I think??) cleaning tools etc. But one thing I wasn't counting on was a carry case. As previously mentioned the faux leather box is a lovely touch and looks nice, but it's anything but practical. It's something that will not sit in a draw for the rest of it's life once I've taken a few photo's of it with the IEM's. But they have included a carry case for portable use which I thought was a nice touch. I'll take some shots of it when I get home tonight. Although I think I'll still use my UE metallic case the TF10's came in.

 

Moulds are perfect, I can't see a single bubble in the shells and I intentionally got different colored tips to see if there would be any separation or bubbles in the join. but it's perfect. As usual with UM. The artwork is pretty close to what I was after. The biggest problem was more me than them, I wanted a reasonably intricate design on a very small scale, and the words haven't really come up as well as I'd hoped. But again this is more due to the size. The larger sections have come out perfectly, and I think their artwork will be really good on future IEM's. A vast improvement over art I've seen from them in the past.

 

I mentioned I wasn't going to say anything about sound signature, but one thing I will very quickly touch on is mid-bass and low end. I was very worried in the last 2 weeks that this section would be 'lacking' for me. Now I'm not a bass-head, but I do like there to be powerful and impacting lows and mid-bass. I was starting to think I should have gone with the JH16's for the extra low end drivers and they are very highly regarded on these forums, I was beginning to think my gamble on UM wasn't going to pay off. And I'm very pleased to say that it was perfect. It's not overbearing, and it's definitely noticeable. But not so much as to draw your attention from the mid highs and high end. Will comment more once I had more time with them. But for not let me just say I don't regret the purchase at all and am very confident these are for me.

 

More to come!

 

Aaron

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Nice work Az good to know you're a happy camper... Let me know about the difference an amp makes with the miracles...

 

Also can you let me know how much a difference there was between your impressions of the demo's and the full custom?

 

Thanks,

 

gav,


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