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Originally Posted by CEE TEE View Post  I use a voice cable and all voice cables are black. :p

 

Pourquoi? Is it the matte style one like the UE900/UE4 cable?

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At the risk of getting flamed by anti cable people I will post this anyway.  I have noticed a slight difference in sound coming from the 48 vs 64" cables.  Now whether this is due to the difference in length or just a slight difference in the cable manufacturing is anybody's guess.  My A-B impressions are that the 64" cable takes just a tiny amount of the razor sharp edge of high end resolution away from the sound.  Violins lose a tiny bit of that scratchiness of the bowing, etc.  That being said, does anybody know of any good aftermarket cables that will fit the connectors on these, or should I just stick with the 48" black cable?

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Originally Posted by Joelc87 View Post  At the risk of getting flamed by anti cable people I will post this anyway.  I have noticed a slight difference in sound coming from the 48 vs 64" cables.  Now whether this is due to the difference in length or just a slight difference in the cable manufacturing is anybody's guess.  My A-B impressions are that the 64" cable takes just a tiny amount of the razor sharp edge of high end resolution away from the sound.  Violins lose a tiny bit of that scratchiness of the bowing, etc.  That being said, does anybody know of any good aftermarket cables that will fit the connectors on these, or should I just stick with the 48" black cable?

 

You can probably get the cables from Unique Melody that fit their UE-copycat sockets, but they AFAIK the cable costs more than ordering from UE themselves ($50 vs. $39, IIRC) and it's not like it's any better.

 

Few people make UE-custom compatible pin connectors; you certainly won't find a "bigger" aftermarket builder making them, such as Whiplash, ALO, DHC, etc. You'd have to order the DIY ones from somewhere like Lunashops (http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=2322) or get your cable builder to source them for you (they might get a better price than what Lunashops charges online). Someone like Ted Allen (Ted's Headfood) or Christian Oliver (plusSound) can probably work with you to build a nice quality and relatively affordable (<$100, maybe?) aftermarket cable that fits UE CIEMs.

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One thing I will say about these is, while they are low impedance and quite sensitive, they do require a decent bit of current.  Most IEMs sound good unamped straight out of ipods, or other DAPs but I've noticed that these, while they don't sound BAD out of a DAP, they don't really sound a lot better than other IEMs until they have an amp with some decent current and voltage swing driving them.  Bass and Treble extension suffers a bit.  To me it sounded like they had somewhat flat weak bass, and sort of smoothed over treble, didn't quite have that scratchy razor sharp "resolve every last detail" treble that they're capable of.

 

Just some quick thoughts is all, hope you're all enjoying your UERMs.

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