Originally Posted by Lurkumaural
Wait, you know my dad??
Ha! That made me chuckle.
Originally Posted by PANGES
Just curious, do the UM Merlins have the same sort of sound as the UE11?
Nope, they are much more controlled/balanced in terms of the bass stepping all over everything else.
Here's the FR chart of the regular Merlin:
Notice how the low frequencies only start rising below 500Hz or so, and don't get really boosted until maybe 200Hz. The IE-8 (for example) is up at least 5dB already at 500Hz and has a much sharper climb from there, cresting around 100Hz and then actually rolling off a bit in the true sub-bass regions. Can you say midbass bloat? I'd guess the UE11 is somewhat similar.
For comparison, here is my Merlin:
I got to choose between the prototype with a less boosted low end, and the final version with more emphasis. I chose the proto because it still has mad kick (up 5dB where it counts) but is still balanced enough to be an all around performer.
I still think UM should sell a version like this but I can see why they don't - it would cannibalize sales from their more expensive Miracle model. So I'm the only one who gets to enjoy it.... lucky me!