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post #1951 of 3518

Try taking a VERY slightly dampened q-tip to the connector pieces, then use the dry end on it afterwards. I've had to do that to my SE215 once or twice, and they use the same connectors.

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Originally Posted by akeemali View Post

I'm just loving my UE900, it delivers my sound signature preference to all types of music that I've thrown at it. However, I am rather unhappy about the shorting out of sound in the right earbud! I have now tried the rotate, reconnect cable trick a few times and seems to have worked. I'll be unhappy if it comes back because that means these would have to go back for  a replacement!!! What a shame for such a lovely pair of buds. Love them, SQ wise.

 

A question: has anyone tried to use this with HeadStage Arrow Amp? What's your conclusion/opinion? Many thanks for any feedback.

post #1952 of 3518

The mod is explained in the quote. I'm quite skeptical that it was an intended design. If so why wouldn't they just cover the bore themselves? Or just remove the bore?

 

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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post

 

The sound does change, and the change really deals with the tiny pinhole bore.  You can either keep listening and wait for it to fill up on it's own.  The result will be gradual, but audible (it sounds and feels like burn in).  Or you can fill it yourself, some have tried tape (no clue how they got the tape to work properly :p), others fill it with wax.  This will cause the bass levels to drop drastically if you fill the hole yourself, you've been warned (they drop to an almost neutral level with a small emphasis on the upper lows) :p  If you let it fill naturally, it will take a few weeks to fully complete (two may not even be enough for the full effect).  

 

Raw graph left, compensated graph right.  

 

 

 

The pinhole effect is actually quite large.  It's about a total of 5 dB down for the entire spectrum from 50 Hz on up.  This is really what creates the canopy over the rest of the range and makes these overly bass heavy.  We're still unsure if it was deliberately done like this.  

 

There obviously is a third option, and that would be to return the IEMs.  

post #1953 of 3518
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Originally Posted by Demonic_Pope View Post

The mod is explained in the quote. I'm quite skeptical that it was an intended design. If so why wouldn't they just cover the bore themselves? Or just remove the bore?

 

 

Well, then you have a lot of explaining to do with the coincidental neutralness of the bore being completely covered...  That is just too large of a coincidence for me :p  That's all I'm saying.  I don't know if it was intended or not, if not, that's a huge coincidence that it just turns out to turn neutral with wide extension.  

 

There is also the third possibility, it originally was intended to be completely neutral.  Then somewhere towards the later stages of development decided that they wanted more bass response or even to make it so that the IEM is less fatiguing.  Add in the bass bore to allow more warmth in. 

 

The possibilities are limitless.  IDK if the bore being filled was part of the initial design.  I have doubts like you do, but the coincidence seems too large for chance.

post #1954 of 3518
how to clean up the pinhole, for those liking the original bass?
post #1955 of 3518
Gave these one more test run for a couple of songs last night. They are definitely good IEMs, the imaging and soundstage are deserving of their price, but the tonal balance just isn't lush enough for me. Mine are for sale or trade if anyone is looking for a pair.
post #1956 of 3518
Earwax makes the sound more natural, duh :-P
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Originally Posted by Demonic_Pope View Post

The mod is explained in the quote. I'm quite skeptical that it was an intended design. If so why wouldn't they just cover the bore themselves? Or just remove the bore?
post #1957 of 3518
Did some other tests with various sources and did the mod too

I still don't like the sound.

Definitely not for me !

Too much veil.

Will send it back to amazon tomorrow.
post #1958 of 3518
Never mind false alarm!
Edited by loxxrider - 5/20/13 at 1:19am
post #1959 of 3518

Hey all,

I recently lost my Westone 4's and am on the hunt for a new IEM. 

I found a pair of UE 900's for about 1800 RMB in Shanghai. That's about 292 USD. I'm really tempted to buy them since I'm on vacation in China right now. The store is also pretty legit since my cousin recommended it and purchased a $500 headset there before. Regardless, I still feel apprehensive buying electronics in China. Are there records of fake UE 900's?  The box is in Chinese. Is there anyone that would advise against me purchasing a pair here? The price is lower than any I can find in the US.  

 

On another topic, how do most people feel about the UE 900's as compared to the W4's? I owned them for about 2 years and am super used to its sound. I'm looking for a similar level IEM that is a bit more "fun" to listen to.  The W4's were awesome but nothing really stuck out after a while. 

post #1960 of 3518

I'd say they are on the same level, but the W4 is a little bit more flat to my ears (at least with the pinhole unfilled in the UE900). The UE900 has awesomely extended bass. You might find the treble to need a bit more sparkle, but I like it as it is non-fatiguing (I feel the same about the W4). Overall, I think the UE900 is an alternative to the W4 which has more PRaT which is truly a great thing! It just has something fun about it while still staying relatively flat... to my ears at least.

post #1961 of 3518

Brilliant tip. Thanks, it works!

post #1962 of 3518
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Originally Posted by dqope21 View Post

Hey all,
I recently lost my Westone 4's and am on the hunt for a new IEM. 
I found a pair of UE 900's for about 1800 RMB in Shanghai. That's about 292 USD. I'm really tempted to buy them since I'm on vacation in China right now. The store is also pretty legit since my cousin recommended it and purchased a $500 headset there before. Regardless, I still feel apprehensive buying electronics in China. Are there records of fake UE 900's?  The box is in Chinese. Is there anyone that would advise against me purchasing a pair here? The price is lower than any I can find in the US.  

On another topic, how do most people feel about the UE 900's as compared to the W4's? I owned them for about 2 years and am super used to its sound. I'm looking for a similar level IEM that is a bit more "fun" to listen to.  The W4's were awesome but nothing really stuck out after a while. 

You can reference prices listed on Taobao here, you can see the price varies a bit. Taobao is just like Yahoo Shopping and is the largest online shopping store in China, but I am not saying that you cannot run into unscrupulous sellers just like other online setup. Standard price is RMB2,999.

A picture of the box here but I doubt it would help you I'm afraid: http://img2.zol.com.cn/product/101/145/ce9ttsc9uq0dE.jpg
post #1963 of 3518

To revive a little love for these guys:

 

I just got Gilly's pair in the mail and I'm more than blown away. I'm 10 songs into my "New Headphone Mix" and out of those 10 songs, the 900s have revealed things in 7 of them that I've never heard. There is so much separation and detail that I can't wait to dig into some old songs to see what I've been missing out on.

 

River of Dreams just came on and the percussion behind the band is just earcandy! Logitech has really hit a home run with the UE900s.

post #1964 of 3518

Nice! I just put mine in today for the first time in more than a week. I've been listening to the HD650 and LCD-2 exclusively to compare them for the last week. These UE900's don't really give anything up to them other than the sense of space given by the big cans. 

post #1965 of 3518
Still love mine too smily_headphones1.gif. This thread gets more of the complaints about shorts than love about the sound. Not that the QC issues are not valid though as nobody likes that type of issue...
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