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post #421 of 715
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post
 

Lol. Don't stress over it.

Why don't you buy UERM and sell some of your other gears? That's always an option. I do that a lot.


I could, but what if I don't like it? lol. I want to hear it first. I do love the SE846. Best universal I've heard, easily (and I've heard quite a few), but there's always room for improvement.

post #422 of 715
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Originally Posted by vwinter View Post


Yes yes yes yes yes

Yet can be incredibly crisp, while being liquid and smooth. I don't even...
You're not helping!

Ha ha. It's so true though. Depending on the song, UERM can show anything. It's magical. I love acoustic/guitar songs, and nothing I know can render the strings like UERM can. So crisp yet liquid.

 

Lol. I love them.

post #423 of 715
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I could, but what if I don't like it? lol. I want to hear it first. I do love the SE846. Best universal I've heard, easily (and I've heard quite a few), but there's always room for improvement.

If you have UE offices near you, you could maybe stop by. I hear they have demos.
post #424 of 715
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I could, but what if I don't like it? lol. I want to hear it first. I do love the SE846. Best universal I've heard, easily (and I've heard quite a few), but there's always room for improvement.

Meets? Florida has some head-fi meets with UE rep. They have UERM demo. Or if anyone has universal UERM or a Custom UERM that fits universal tips, you can ask to borrow them.

post #425 of 715
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post
 

Meets? Florida has some head-fi meets with UE rep. They have UERM demo. Or if anyone has universal UERM or a Custom UERM that fits universal tips, you can ask to borrow them.

 

Are you sure Florida has some? I've never seen one except the North/Central Florida meet that failed to happen. I was supposed to organize it with MalveauX but he disappeared and stopped updating us on the event. Guess he's a busy guy. I know he still posts here though.

post #426 of 715
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Are you sure Florida has some? I've never seen one except the North/Central Florida meet that failed to happen. I was supposed to organize it with MalveauX but he disappeared and stopped updating us on the event. Guess he's a busy guy. I know he still posts here though.

Hmm. Not sure. I don't really follow all the meets, but I thought I remember seeing few threads about meets in FL. I may be wrong.

post #427 of 715

Yeah there were a few threads but I'm pretty sure no Florida meets actually happened, unfortunately. If I still lived in NY I could have made one of the ones in NYC. Too bad. Hope I can hear a universal UERM.

post #428 of 715
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Originally Posted by Zalithian View Post
 

Yeah there were a few threads but I'm pretty sure no Florida meets actually happened, unfortunately. If I still lived in NY I could have made one of the ones in NYC. Too bad. Hope I can hear a universal UERM.

If this helps you a bit, UERM sounds very close to HD800.

post #429 of 715
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post
 

If this helps you a bit, UERM sounds very close to HD800.

 

Haha. The only decent full sized cans I've owned are the SR60i's and HD25's :(. Quick, someone send me their universal UERMS!

post #430 of 715

Wait for a head-fi meet to come around and hope that a UE rep attends. 20% discount and free impressions! Totally worth it.

post #431 of 715

Only gonna be in the country for a few more months. :P

post #432 of 715
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Originally Posted by thegunner100 View Post
 

Wait for a head-fi meet to come around and hope that a UE rep attends. 20% discount and free impressions! Totally worth it.

Damn it! I should have waited.

post #433 of 715
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post

Just saying this, but I think UERM has one of the best mids I've heard. period.

 

Female vocals SQ was my priority when demo'ing UE's lineup.  The UE18 was, to me, fun and bombastic but the mids were either recessed or just overwhelmed by the "outer V".

 

Once I heard the mids on the UERM, I just smiled, aahh'd, and said "yep, that's it".  Sarah Darling, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, and the litany of singers on the Best Audiophile Voices discs are reproduced superbly.  

 

Rebecca Pidgeon's "Spanish Harlem"?  Come on!

post #434 of 715

I'll trade someone 2 cookies and a gallon of milk for a UERM demo.

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Originally Posted by vwinter View Post

Am I the only one who's heard the UERM that thinks they are wonderfully engaging and musical?

 

Absolutely not.  I find them extremely "musical" and engaging, as well.  Like the Paradox, the UERM is quite revealing, but not unmercifully so.  Their 'brightness' is probably the most misunderstood or over-exaggerated quality.  OOTB, they do sound quite bright, edgy, and somewhat thin in the treble.  After some use, the treble smooths noticeably and a certain weight and fullness in the upper frequencies develops.  Over time, I've found my ears to become very critical of phones that utilize an uneven treble response to coax 'brilliance' or the illusion of 'faux'-detail.  These types of phones can be quite alluring in the short term, but over time and sustained use, my ears grew tired of the lack of linearity.  The UERM simply avoids all this.. for my tastes, it probably has the most pleasing treble response I've ever heard in an IEM.  With the JH13 & UERM, I've basically found my 'desert island' IEMs.  I've basically lost interest in acquiring any more IEMs at this point.  There's a few upcoming ones that seem interesting (the Fostex TE-05 IEM), but nothing I see as a replacement for these two customs.  I honestly can't tell you the last time I ventured over to the 'portable headphone/IEM' subforum, either.  The UERM just gets so much 'right' for my tastes.. and I've owned a lot of well-respected customs before these (UM Miracle, Heir 4.A, etc.).

 

Also.. as others have noted, the UERM's midrange is quite simply, gorgeous.  Very reminiscent of e-stats in tonal purity, clarity, transparency, and possessing that "effortless" quality.

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