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I really like what I see there. So excited! Mine should be shipping any day now...
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Edited by Marcus Jang - 5/8/13 at 11:39pm
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Originally Posted by Bazirker View Post

I really like what I see there. So excited! Mine should be shipping any day now...

Indeed! The one who lent my pairs (HUE) has done a phenomenal job taking pictures and measuring. Also they just left from his hands, so now the wait begins once more.

I hope yours get in your hand soon! I already miss them, and it's been just 4 days.
post #94 of 190

For those of you in the states, how long does UM's return shipping usually take?

 

Edit: to answer my question, Stephen Guo has told me CIEM's are shipped via FedEx express, taking roughly 3 days to get here.


Edited by Bazirker - 5/9/13 at 8:51pm
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I received my Merlins just under a week ago and wanted to listen to them for awhile before I posted my impressions.  I hope to post a detailed review once/if I get the free time it'd take, but this will have to do for the moment:

 

First, the fit seems like it's great.  My right and left ears feel a little different, which I wasn't expecting.  I think a ended up with a slightly tighter fit in my left ear, although if that's good or bad I have yet to determine.  It's a bit harder to break seal in the left ear, but the right is more comfortable (not to say the left ear isn't comfy, but the right ear is comfy to the point it's like I don't even have a plastic tube shoved in my ear canal.)  What is most important is that I have a good seal in both ears, and I do.  Pretty much the only thing that consistently breaks seal is an ear-to-ear smile.  Honestly, I had the expectation that I would have fit problems and need to send my phones back for refit, but I think I've lucked out and ended up with a great fit on the first shot.  The comfort and fit is such that I doubt I will even purchase another pair of universal IEM's.  These do not make my ears sore, even after wearing them for hours.

 

Build quality figured in to my purchasing decision, and UM did not disappoint: build quality is top notch.  I'll post pictures later, but for now I'll' say my CIEM's arrived exactly how I ordered them and I think they look amazing.  No bubbles, no blemishes.  I don't think I could find a single negative thing about their appearance.

 

Interestingly, my thoughts over the past week have been "yeah, these sound pretty good, but not light years ahead of what I currently own."  At least, I thought that until I pulled out my DT990's and Atrios today for a quick comparison.  Simply put, having gotten used to my Merlins over the past week, my other phones sound like crap now.  The Merlins handily win in just about every respect, especially clarity and definition.  The DT990's keep pace somewhat, but the Atrios are just done.

 

Highs and mids are tasty.  I was concerned that the treble wouldn't have enough sparkle for me, and I think the Merlins have it just about perfect for my tastes.  There is no hint of sibilance and I have had no trouble with fatigue, yet I find sufficient energy delivered from the highs.

 

The most difficult part of the Merlin's sound for me to describe is the bass.  I am a basshead, and most of the music I listen to is heavily dependent on low end punch.  I bought the Merlins specifically for their dynamic driver assigned to handle the rumbles and booms, and that it does.  However, I can't manage to quantify how much bass I hear.  That driver is always vibrating, always rumbling, pumping out the mission-critical oomphs and unce-unce-unce-unce's, but it does so without dominating the mids or treble and has absolutely zero bleed into the midrange.  I think my brain is so used to quantifying bass within the context of it dominating the other frequencies that when I hear it distinctly and independently from the higher kHz ranges as the Merlin presents it, I can't quite figure out how much or little bass there is.  However, I can absolutely attest as to the technical proficiency of the bass, which extends waaaaaaaay deep down and shows little to no signs of bloating.  Impact and decay are both right where I like them: quick enough to be punchy and energetic but slow enough to be organic and realistic.  At present, I am definitely satisfied with the quality of the bass.  I'll probably have to do some A/B tests with my other phones if I want to formulate a strong opinion regarding the quantity of bass, but at the moment, I like what I hear and I think I'm going to end up concluding that the bass quantity is happy-making as well.

 

All-in-all, I'm pretty satisfied and I think I'll be even happier with these as I get to use them more.

post #96 of 190
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Originally Posted by Bazirker View Post

*a long impressions about Merlin*

 

Congratulations!

 

Heh, your fit seems to be similar to mine. My right one is also a bit more loose, somewhat easily breaking the fit if not inserted deep enough.

 

Yes, The Merlin is really good IEM. I was also expecting it to have some more warmer, darker sound signature, but it actually didn't. I guess it's because it has boosted sub-bass, while not so much boosted bass, as you can see on the measurements done by HUE. Or maybe it's because I use silver cables, which has about an Ohm less impedance than the stock one, making the bass to go down a bit.

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Great news and inpressions Bazirker! I'm very glad to hear you are enjoying them and the bass is to your liking. I think they have pretty great vocals too and a nice tall soundstage. Cheers!
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Originally Posted by Marcus Jang View Post

Congratulations!

Heh, your fit seems to be similar to mine. My right one is also a bit more loose, somewhat easily breaking the fit if not inserted deep enough.

Yes, The Merlin is really good IEM. I was also expecting it to have some more warmer, darker sound signature, but it actually didn't. I guess it's because it has boosted sub-bass, while not so much boosted bass, as you can see on the measurements done by HUE. Or maybe it's because I use silver cables, which has about an Ohm less impedance than the stock one, making the bass to go down a bit.

I was also expecting a somewhat darker sound, and I'm quite pleased that the Merlins are fairly neutral on my equipment on the dark/bright spectrum. I'm using the stock cable.
post #99 of 190

Nice impressions Bazirker - tha't quite the same what I think of the Merlins. Maybe my bass impressions are a bit different - although I love it, I miss a bit the feeling of the Atrios bass. But all in all Merlins are the winner hands down.

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Guys!can you help me with the comparision between the soundstage of merlin and mỉacle?
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Prior to purchasing my Merlins, I read that the soundstage of the Merlin and Miracle are similar. Never heard the Miracle myself though.
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A few photos of my UM Merlins (got them about 1.5 weeks ago), cable is Whiplash TWag2 Gold OM:

 

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And a couple of photos of Merlins with my other audio gear:

 

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My English is not so good that I could write detailed review, also Merlin is my first CIEM, so kinda still didn't form final impressions about them... but I can definitely say that they are much better than Westone 4 in terms of sound, also they are much "lighter" sounding than Westone 4 (to the point that just can't listen Westone 4 right after Merlins... I have to get used to sound of Westone 4 after listening of Merlins for about 30-50 minutes so that Westone 4 become enjoyable souding to me... so Westone now is in their case and waiting for someone (from Russia) to buy them...).

BTW I'm not really a fan of portable audio, decided to mare upgrade of my portable rig only because that my home HP rig is now kinda "finished"... of course it still can be upgraded, but the cost of that upgrades will be too much for me for the moment... so decided to "play" in portable, so decided to go CIEM and make an order of Merlins, while waiting for them I changed HM-601 SPbMod on DX100 and also bought TWag2 Gold cable...

As for my impressions of sound... Merlins didn't gave me any WOW-effect (not that I was waiting for it, but things happens...), yes they much better than any IEM that listened, but when I compared them directly to LCD-2 rev.1 and LCD-3 (when I was at listening session at my friend place) it was clear as day that both LCD is in different (much higher) class compared to Merlins, the only thing that was "better" (for someone it could be worse) on Merlins is "punch" effect in midbass region, actually I'm kinda interested to directly compare Merlins with Denon 5000/7000, because I think the sound signature may be kinda similiar (I listened to Denons a long time ago and not for long, so might be mistaking on this...). Also directly compared Merlins + DX100 with my home HP rig... it didn't take long, not much to say in this comparission... just say if comparission taked longer, then my Merlins might go to garbage can... don't take me wrong, Merlins is very good HP for the form-factor, but everything is relative, so just will not going to compare my portable and stationary rig anymore, because portable is sound muuuuuuuch worser to my ears... IMHO.

BTW, while I compared Merlins to LCD and SR-009 I had an impression that Merlins kinda "ligher" on mids and highs... of course LCD is not reference in this aspect, but I think that SR-009 might be close to it... it's not "light" in terms of brightness (which I undestand as something not pleasant, basiccally it's frequency responce peaks to me), it's more like timbres is more high on Merlins compared to SR-009... If we talking about timbres, I also mention that I think the best timbres Merlins have on vocal, other timbres are fine, but worser than vocal... Still have to mention that Merlins have a peak, that on some tracks kinda bugs me, it's in the zone of ride cymbals, not that it's unlistenable, but still... but all this impressions is with TWag2 Gold cable, I listened a little Merlins with a stock cable, the stock is just awful in terms of sound compared to TWag, so don't want to listen with stock cable ever again, but in that short period of time that I listened Merlins with stock cable it seemed to me that the sound was much "darker" than with TWag2 Gold, so probably try some good copper cable with Merlins (probably in a week period of time will be having TWcu2), maybe it will gave a little different impressions of sound of this CIEM's...

 

P.S. Sorry for such a random thoughts and my bad English...


Edited by DragonOwen - 5/20/13 at 2:26am
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Merlin vs Stax SR-009, isn't a fair fight normal_smile%20.gif

 

Um uk send me a picture of my merlin, I will get my pair during the week (9 weeks of waiting) and will make a quick review and a bigger one in a month when I will get my DX100 and made a DIY iem copper cable for it!

 

 

 

post #104 of 190

Great impressions DragonOwen! You have one hell of a setup too.

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Originally Posted by BooBoo91 View Post

Guys!can you help me with the comparision between the soundstage of merlin and mỉacle?

 

Merlin feels wider to me but Miracle is more coherent. 

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