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I'm pasting here the feedback I gave to another member 6 months ago. In short: I don't use the IE800 since I have the Merlin.

 

- I look for a musical and living experience. I don't really care for neutral. 
- Both models have a similar, V-shaped signature
- Both models have boosted bass, however the bass on the IE800 is more powerful or dominant. It's really hitting hard and has a strong mid-bass hump. Bass on the Merlin is more deep-bass focused, so it does not hit as hard and does not have as much thump. However it results in a more natural sound; it was accurately described as "acting as a third party" (sometime I have the impression it is located a bit further the musicians). IE800 has the more "club-feeling" (*** edit: bass quantity varies with your DAP: lots with AK120, less with DX50)
- Vocal takes the center stage on the Merlin (it's actually a mid-focused monitor ***edit: now I find the mids a bit recessed)  while it's a bit recessed on the IE800, where the bass steals the show. Both mids are liquid and sensual, but clearer on IE800
- Treble is sparkly on both, but it's a bit thin, splashy (think razor-shaped) on the IE800 and more forward on the Merlin
- Both have great soundstage. Merlin has the largest, with great height
- IE800 is more coherent and has a nicer presentation overall. With the Merlin I sometimes feel the band plays in an empty concert hall (***edit: not anymore). IE800 is a bit more intimate
 
I spend most of my time with the Merlin which has better technical skills (esp. instrument separation) and delivers better performance across bass-mids-highs , but I was stunned by the IE800 when I first heard it. Maybe because I never heard anything better at that time.
 
Both are somewhat relaxed, if you want the feeling that someone put speakers 30cm near your ears, try JH13/16.
 
I recommend the Merlin for overall SQ/comfort. It pairs well with AK120.

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Look what came in today!

 

post #1008 of 1136
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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post
 

Look what came in today!

 

Nice! Should be receiving mine later this week as well. Hope you enjoy them!

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Originally Posted by DeepGroove View Post
 

I'm pasting here the feedback I gave to another member 6 months ago. In short: I don't use the IE800 since I have the Merlin.

 

- I look for a musical and living experience. I don't really care for neutral. 
- Both models have a similar, V-shaped signature
- Both models have boosted bass, however the bass on the IE800 is more powerful or dominant. It's really hitting hard and has a strong mid-bass hump. Bass on the Merlin is more deep-bass focused, so it does not hit as hard and does not have as much thump. However it results in a more natural sound; it was accurately described as "acting as a third party" (sometime I have the impression it is located a bit further the musicians). IE800 has the more "club-feeling" (*** edit: bass quantity varies with your DAP: lots with AK120, less with DX50)
- Vocal takes the center stage on the Merlin (it's actually a mid-focused monitor ***edit: now I find the mids a bit recessed)  while it's a bit recessed on the IE800, where the bass steals the show. Both mids are liquid and sensual, but clearer on IE800
- Treble is sparkly on both, but it's a bit thin, splashy (think razor-shaped) on the IE800 and more forward on the Merlin
- Both have great soundstage. Merlin has the largest, with great height
- IE800 is more coherent and has a nicer presentation overall. With the Merlin I sometimes feel the band plays in an empty concert hall (***edit: not anymore). IE800 is a bit more intimate
 
I spend most of my time with the Merlin which has better technical skills (esp. instrument separation) and delivers better performance across bass-mids-highs , but I was stunned by the IE800 when I first heard it. Maybe because I never heard anything better at that time.
 
Both are somewhat relaxed, if you want the feeling that someone put speakers 30cm near your ears, try JH13/16.
 
I recommend the Merlin for overall SQ/comfort. It pairs well with AK120.

Great!Thanks for that! This is the kind of description I was looking for! 

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Today i went to demo the miracle, it seems the bass is just too few in the miracle. the se846 had turned me into a basshead i think (AND huge LOVE in forward mid).

 

However, i am deeply attracted by the sound signature of hd600 and hope to recreate it from a CIEM.

 

I am fairly amazed by the dynamic and deep bass by merlin, and the details and layering in miracle, but i still miss the slightly forward mid in my hd600 so much(which i find less forward than the 846 but still acceptable and less fatigue), which i find both of them are still a bit recessed for me. Can mentor fix my problem? since hong kong has no demo of mentor.

post #1013 of 1136
Finally, I made my choice today and placed my order of Merlin in a local shop.

As I had an ear wax problem before,and with a different ear tip on the demo, I think Merlin is quite up to my taste and the vocal is up to my standard.I can't wait to see when my Merlin will be finished!!! P.s. I live in Hong Kong so fingers crossed for a quick production.

However, worth to mention that the jh16pro I demo today would be the first earphone I can't wait to take away from my ears, they gave me a very strange feeling that I can't bear it even I quickly switch between different genre of songs hoping to change my impression to them. The fit was good though, it's just strange.

Btw, hope the final product of Merlin will be less fatigue though,I can't help tuning up the volume listening to them. Live records sounds exceptionally well from them which is just perfect! Love it!! However, good and non-plain records are really needed to show its power, the old mono records or plain records just cannot show themselves well in the soundstage like they are only using half of it
post #1014 of 1136
White Lotus, those look awesome!!! What do you think of the sound?

(My phones took a little while for that bass to start to mature and have a presence.)
post #1015 of 1136
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Btw, hope the final product of Merlin will be less fatigue though,I can't help tuning up the volume listening to them. 

 

The only fatigue which can come from the Merlins is the "sucking" bass at high volumes! But if you are a basshead, it means you love that :)

post #1016 of 1136

Finally received my Merlin's today. Perfect fit and immaculate build quality. They sound absolutely amazing! 
Will post pictures later. :L3000: 


Edited by aLm0sT - 5/6/14 at 10:55am
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Here they are:

 

       


Edited by aLm0sT - 5/6/14 at 3:32pm
post #1018 of 1136
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Here they are:

 

       

 

Oh wow. Great design!

 

How are you liking them?

post #1019 of 1136
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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post

Oh wow. Great design!

How are you liking them?

Thanks! I absolutely love them! Have been listening to these since I got them.

I also have a pair of SE846 on their way. Will be interesting to see how they compare.
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Originally Posted by aLm0sT View Post


Thanks! I absolutely love them! Have been listening to these since I got them.

I also have a pair of SE846 on their way. Will be interesting to see how they compare.

 

Oh! I'd love to hear your comparisons.

 

Just thought I'd ask - and this question goes for everyone - 

 

What do you drive the Merlins with?

 

Their low impedance is becoming a slight issue for me, they are incredibly source fussy.

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