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post #166 of 985

Are they flooded with orders or something?

post #167 of 985

With all the group buys coming in from all over? Of course!

post #168 of 985

Let's hope the QC doesn't suffer due to the mad rush.

post #169 of 985
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I've yet to see a poorly done custom from UM. I'd be shocked if they let quality suffer. That's one area where they have really built up a reputation and I don't think they want to lose that. 

post #170 of 985

I'd say that they're not perfect. I did have my SE530 upgraded to 8xBAs of which they completed and sent back around 20th Sept but I had some distortion/freq cutout issues so back they went on 3rd Oct (spent 2 weeks to be sure it wasn't just me, my music, etc.). They had it for about 5 weeks and sent it back to me that they couldn't find my problem and to them everything sounded fine.

 

 

Although the problem is not immediately apparent, upon receiving it back earlier this month I was able to find it again within 5-10 mins. Spent another extended weekend testing and actually recording the distortion via my iPhone's recorder, I sent that recording to Stephen/custom-iem who confirmed it was an issue. So the IEM went back to UM again. This leads me to speculate that they're probably busy with all the promo and group buys that their post production support gets prioritised lower and probably spent less than 5 mins in the 5 weeks to test my distorted IEM.

 

In 2 months, I've sent my SE530x8 back to UM twice, and have had it in my possession less than 3xweeks out of the 2 months (this excludes the original 1 month waiting for the initial order). All up though, I've still not lost faith in UM as they're (should be!!) making a pair of Merlins for me from the Japan Promo & I'm a patient guy. However I would say that my 1st UM experience isn't as smooth as some.

 

post #171 of 985

want

 

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post #172 of 985
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

I'd say that they're not perfect. I did have my SE530 upgraded to 8xBAs of which they completed and sent back around 20th Sept but I had some distortion/freq cutout issues so back they went on 3rd Oct (spent 2 weeks to be sure it wasn't just me, my music, etc.). They had it for about 5 weeks and sent it back to me that they couldn't find my problem and to them everything sounded fine.

 

 

Although the problem is not immediately apparent, upon receiving it back earlier this month I was able to find it again within 5-10 mins. Spent another extended weekend testing and actually recording the distortion via my iPhone's recorder, I sent that recording to Stephen/custom-iem who confirmed it was an issue. So the IEM went back to UM again. This leads me to speculate that they're probably busy with all the promo and group buys that their post production support gets prioritised lower and probably spent less than 5 mins in the 5 weeks to test my distorted IEM.

 

In 2 months, I've sent my SE530x8 back to UM twice, and have had it in my possession less than 3xweeks out of the 2 months (this excludes the original 1 month waiting for the initial order). All up though, I've still not lost faith in UM as they're (should be!!) making a pair of Merlins for me from the Japan Promo & I'm a patient guy. However I would say that my 1st UM experience isn't as smooth as some.

 


I was thinking more in terms of build quality, as far as clear, polished shells without any weirdness like bubbles or clouds. But you are right - build quality implies much more than appearance.

 

That's definitely not a smooth 1st experience. I bet the 3-driver SE530 to 8 driver SE530x8 is more of a complex build than one of their original designs..... but still, if they offer it then they should be able to pull it off successfully. 

 

I hope it all gets straightened out for you soon.

 

post #173 of 985

My Merlins were shipped yesterday and I should get them soon biggrin.gif The turnaround time for me from when UM received my impressions to sending them out was 20 days, so I'm pretty impressed, especially with all these promos around the world. I didn't order on a promo or special deal, it seems like the turnaround time for people who ordered during a promo is longer.

post #174 of 985

Thanks for the great write up! I believe these will be my first custom once I can afford them.

post #175 of 985

So, Merlin or Miracle? This is what I'm looking for: powerful bass response, but with the best possible definition (unlike the muddy SM3's bass), forward/upfront mids, especially vocals ala UM3X/SM3 and the most possible realistic highs. Best possible definition/clarity/details (however I'm a bass-head. But I'm a treble-head too).

 

P.S. Will these benefit from a Silver Dragon cable, or the stock cable is good enough?


Edited by miow - 12/11/11 at 3:52am
post #176 of 985

Miracle for that even all round presentation has bass IF it is in the music, however Merlin has that deep subwoofer type bass but a fraction less treble sparkle, tad laid back mids.

I think Silver cable is quite a good idea as I will be getting it for my Merlin.

post #177 of 985

Never heard the SM3 sorry, but I have owned iE8, & Merlin is way better, Bass is not flabby or bloated just rattles your head basshead.gif

post #178 of 985
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Never heard the SM3 sorry, but I have owned iE8, & Merlin is way better, Bass is not flabby or bloated just rattles your head basshead.gif


Couldn't help noticing the Sony Z in your signature... That wouldn't be the new NW-Z1070, would it?

 

post #179 of 985

 Hi Sorensiim, no I dont have that player, mine is the NWZ-S739F.

Anyone  receive their Merlins yet?

post #180 of 985
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 Hi Sorensiim, no I dont have that player, mine is the NWZ-S739F.

Anyone  receive their Merlins yet?



I've been eyeing that DAP and I'm currently selling off my desktop rig (which gets no use) and plan on ordering Merlins at the beginning of January. When did you order your Merlins?

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