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post #1546 of 2919
My right side has the cracking/sound cutoff issue too. It's really annoying and I take very good care of my earphones. So I went down to the service centre and they swapped the cable for me. Gonna monitor it and hope the problem won't come back again. Btw I'm using the iPhone cable.
post #1547 of 2919
So far no issues with mine, just sonic bliss. I am going to keep one other IEM as a backup. Everything else is getting sold.

The UE900 is sonic perfection for my ears and I am going to check out of the new gear game for a while (hopefully a long while).
post #1548 of 2919

nice choice dweaver, add impedance and it gets even better. Tape the pinhole and place a needle size hole in it for subbass retention while reducing midbass. 

post #1549 of 2919
Thanks Inks, I have an impedance adapter so will try that with my amp, my amps a bit noisy so using the adapter helps eliminate that issue anyway.

I might try the tape mod but will think about as I am liking the sound as it is.
post #1550 of 2919
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

Thanks Inks, I have an impedance adapter so will try that with my amp, my amps a bit noisy so using the adapter helps eliminate that issue anyway.

I might try the tape mod but will think about as I am liking the sound as it is.

 

dweaver, mind doing a quick rundown on the differences you hear between the UE900 vs. FXZ100?

 

EDIT: Just to explain where I'm at now, I'm looking for something complimentary w/ my 200s... I'm somewhat on the fence with these due to the connector issues and thinking about the FitEar TG334s (I know, totally different class, but maybe those are the end all be all and I'll sell off everything else...)


Edited by bobeau - 2/20/13 at 6:46am
post #1551 of 2919

I'm thinking about getting either the Westone 4R or the Ultimate Ears Ue-900 this week, but I'm not sure what to get. I have the Ultimate Ears Ue-18 PRO and Etymotic ER-4PT with the 4S adapter. So, I don't really need a third high end universal IEM, but I am curious about the sound quality and build quality of the 4R or Ue-900. I love the sound signature of the ER-4PT/S combination and I don't find that the bass power is lacking at all. I do feel the Ue-18 PRO has much bolder and more powerful bass response and I do think it is well balanced, but it can be slightly overwhelming. I use them for live rehearsals in my choir at church.

 

I can get either the 4R or Ue-900 this weekend, but I'm trying to gather as much research as possible. I want something that is more accurate and it seems that the 4R have the edge in this regard, but the Ue-900 is closer to neutrality without being nearly as sterile as the ER-4PT/S.

 

I could be wrong. This is my summation of opinions on the web.

 

Correct me if I am wrong. Which should I go for?

post #1552 of 2919
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Originally Posted by Leslie Dorner View Post

I'm thinking about getting either the Westone 4R or the Ultimate Ears Ue-900 this week, but I'm not sure what to get. I have the Ultimate Ears Ue-18 PRO and Etymotic ER-4PT with the 4S adapter. So, I don't really need a third high end universal IEM, but I am curious about the sound quality and build quality of the 4R or Ue-900. I love the sound signature of the ER-4PT/S combination and I don't find that the bass power is lacking at all. I do feel the Ue-18 PRO has much bolder and more powerful bass response and I do think it is well balanced, but it can be slightly overwhelming. I use them for live rehearsals in my choir at church.

 

I can get either the 4R or Ue-900 this weekend, but I'm trying to gather as much research as possible. I want something that is more accurate and it seems that the 4R have the edge in this regard, but the Ue-900 is closer to neutrality without being nearly as sterile as the ER-4PT/S.

 

I could be wrong. This is my summation of opinions on the web.

 

Correct me if I am wrong. Which should I go for?

My friend was picking between W4R and UE900.

And he picked W4R at the end.

Because W4R is more balanced and better looking (in his opinion).

post #1553 of 2919

Hello bobeau;

 

The FXZ100 has more bass quantity than the UE900 but for me that is all it has in terms of more.

 

The UE900 has good bass quantity coupled with excellent bass detail. The mids and treble of the UE900 are more forward, transparent, detailed, and engaging, The UE900 also has a much better sound stage. I also find it has excellent dynamics at lower volume levels (I am listening to music at 1/4 of the volume available on my smart phone for example as compared to almost 50% with the FXZ100).

 

Some people find the memory wire troublesome and I have to admit I do find it annoying as well but I have kind of grown to like it and am certainly willing to put up with it.

 

I owned a pair of SE215 that cut out on one side, so get the whole the connectors and cutting out concern as it sucks. In fact I avoided this IEM because I was afraid of that issue. But it does sound like the UE issues can be fixed as compared to the SE215 issues where the unit simply had to be replaced when it started to happen. But I do suggest buying from a source with easy return policies just in case you get a pair with these issues.

 

in my case I will use the UE warranty FULLY if I have issues as I will not allow a $400 IEM to languish on the side because it's broken. But so far my pair has been rock solid.

post #1554 of 2919

personally I LOVE the look of the UE900 and prefer it over the W4, but that is just up to each individual. I do find the overal shape of the UE900 to be very comfortable in ear for me as compared to the bean shaped IEM's, but again that is a personal choice.

 

Historically the W4 is more reliable though, looking through this thread and the W4 threads that is abundantly clear.

post #1555 of 2919
The two problems i have with the W4 are tone and wispy highs which make guitars, violins and piano sound wrong. Ue900 is much better in this regard. If you want a non fatiguing and bland sound and don't care about timbre get w4.
post #1556 of 2919
Dwizard it was comments like yours that made me decide to just stick with the UE900. I love how they sound and the thought of changes like your describing if I switched to the W4 would have made added reliability amount to a hill of beans if I end up selling the IEM because I don't like the signature.
post #1557 of 2919

Well,   when it comes to W4 and UE900, they both sound great, neither one is better than the other.  Vocals are great on both.  It's Coke versus Pepsi and you are starting really split hairs when comparing the two.  To say piano and violins and the tibre of W4 is wrong is pure crap.  Bland?  If anything the more flat and neutral UE900 is the bland one.

 

This isn't rocket science, only sound science.

 

If you like your bass and prefer a warmer sound you definitely want the W4.

 

If you like a bit brighter clarity with a flatter, more neutral sound, you want the UE900.

post #1558 of 2919
That's it exactly Spyro, for me I know I like brighter clarity so I just decided to stick with the UE900. I figure the differences between the two are small but at $400 I know I want that difference in signature enough to take a chance on the build quality of the UE900.
post #1559 of 2919

Yes, then stick with the UE900 and take care of them.

post #1560 of 2919
I use their hard box every night and I am using a little brush to clean them almost everyday. Must baby my babies smily_headphones1.gif
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