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post #2506 of 4281

I have that exact pairing. Fiio X3 + UE900 = Heavenly bliss as angels sing around you.

 

So this is my fourth or fifth listening session with them and they sound amazing now. Initially I thought they sounded a bit veiled and too sharp in the highs with messy bass. After a few two hour sessions they're wonderfully balanced. They're quite transparent and focused, even more so than the W4R and SE535. I don't detect much mid-recess. I would say the U-shape is very mild here, it's nearly neutral with just a very gentle lift on both ends. I think I could argue that the mids are nuetral, just not upfront like the SE535. Voices have nice seperation and clarity. I think I'm keeping them to complete my mid-fi IEM trilogy.

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I was thinking of buying a pair..ive been thinking about a pair for a long time now..im just so worried about the built quality ,,has it got any better then all the posts ive read a while ago? im so close to pulling the trigger or trading for a pair,,i have the w4r and the 535 and the 4ai and I really like all of them,,is there room for these to do ya think?? thanks in advance..

post #2508 of 4281
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Originally Posted by pacman46 View Post
 

I was thinking of buying a pair..ive been thinking about a pair for a long time now..im just so worried about the built quality ,,has it got any better then all the posts ive read a while ago? im so close to pulling the trigger or trading for a pair,,i have the w4r and the 535 and the 4ai and I really like all of them,,is there room for these to do ya think?? thanks in advance..


Had the exact same worry about build quality. All them bad reviews floating around. IMO? On the pair I received the build quality is very nice. Looks/feels solid and well constructed. Now... I've had them for like a week? So I have no idea how they're going to hold up in the long run, but I would be surprised if they fell apart suddenly. They just don't have that cheap kind of feel or anything.

 

As for a place between the SE535 and W4R. You don't really need them of course, but assuming you've got the cash to splash around. The UE900 can be the "fun" one out of the 3. W4R is all business, no non-sense neutral. SE535 is all about lush mids/voices without any treble fatigue, the prince of darkness. UE900's brings more treble energy and has a good PRaT to them IMO. They're pretty fun.

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Originally Posted by MoonYeol View Post

I would say:

1) The UE900 stock is pretty bassy but not basshead material. If you feel like you don't get enough bass, blocking the pinhole is only going to make it worse. Make sure that it isn't already blocked. Try other tips for maximum bass response, I feel that comply tips don't enhance bass quantity. It does however give kind of a unique "comply"-texture to the bass.

2) The upper mids are veiled or subdued compared to more neutral sets. However I understand if many like them for rock/metal etc. I find guitars to be slightly too thick and to lack bite. Strings to be a bit dull and brass to sound a bit muted. But that's just my preference. If you're coming from way more laid back and bass heavy sets, the sound will most likely be a bit boring and very clear. If you think that the sound lacks power, what part of the sound do you feel is lacking? Bass? Edge/aggression?

 

I assume you are talking about bass quality, not quantity?  With an exception of leaving that pinhole alone, I tried different tips including comply, and even got replacement cable without flex wire which helps with fitment over the ear.  UE900 have very detailed bass, but after I listen to my other headphones (M-80, M-100, ATH-M50, CX985, and current loaners MOMENTUM and Beyer COP) - the quantity of bass is as neutral as it gets :(  I feel even my UE600 with a single armature driver has more bass than UE900.

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Had the exact same worry about build quality. All them bad reviews floating around. IMO? On the pair I received the build quality is very nice. Looks/feels solid and well constructed. Now... I've had them for like a week? So I have no idea how they're going to hold up in the long run, but I would be surprised if they fell apart suddenly. They just don't have that cheap kind of feel or anything.

 

As for a place between the SE535 and W4R. You don't really need them of course, but assuming you've got the cash to splash around. The UE900 can be the "fun" one out of the 3. W4R is all business, no non-sense neutral. SE535 is all about lush mids/voices without any treble fatigue, the prince of darkness. UE900's brings more treble energy and has a good PRaT to them IMO. They're pretty fun.

 

If you have SE215 or listened to it before, can you comment if its has more (quantity wise) bass than UE900?  I know it's orange and apples comparing quad driver design to single driver design, but SE535/W4 always come up in a discussion about UE900 in content of "neutral sound" comparison.  While I keep hearing that SE215 has more bass than SE535, so just curious about it.

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Originally Posted by pacman46 View Post
 

I was thinking of buying a pair..ive been thinking about a pair for a long time now..im just so worried about the built quality ,,has it got any better then all the posts ive read a while ago? im so close to pulling the trigger or trading for a pair,,i have the w4r and the 535 and the 4ai and I really like all of them,,is there room for these to do ya think?? thanks in advance..

I am gonna disagree a little with M-13.  While UE900 has really nice deep sub bass,   overall.....W4 bass is more quantity as well as more layered and textured.  Midrange is sensational.  More lush than SE535 which I had all summer long.  Treble is similar but I believe W4 extends just a tad high.  UE900 seems to cut off sooner making it overly smooth and non-fatiguing.

 

UE900 is CERTAINLY more neutral than either W4 or SE535.

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If you have SE215 or listened to it before, can you comment if its has more (quantity wise) bass than UE900?  I know it's orange and apples comparing quad driver design to single driver design, but SE535/W4 always come up in a discussion about UE900 in content of "neutral sound" comparison.  While I keep hearing that SE215 has more bass than SE535, so just curious about it.


The SE215 are TERRIBLE for music. I still have them and use them on my treadmill when watching movies/shows as I walk. Voices are okay and the Shure olive tips provide good isolation. For music the SE215 bass is SUPER colored. It will smack you around with overly done bass. Upper-mids are scooped out and treble is nonexistent. Not sure why these are recommend at their price bracket. I was kind of shocked when I first got them. If you want better bass than SE535, look to headphones or the SE846?

post #2513 of 4281
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post

I assume you are talking about bass quality, not quantity?  With an exception of leaving that pinhole alone, I tried different tips including comply, and even got replacement cable without flex wire which helps with fitment over the ear.  UE900 have very detailed bass, but after I listen to my other headphones (M-80, M-100, ATH-M50, CX985, and current loaners MOMENTUM and Beyer COP) - the quantity of bass is as neutral as it gets frown.gif  I feel even my UE600 with a single armature driver has more bass than UE900.
You need to use the right tip. The UE900s are very tip dependent
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Originally Posted by spurxiii View Post


You need to use the right tip. The UE900s are very tip dependent

 

Which one would you recommend?

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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post

Which one would you recommend?
I make my own using Moldex Spark Plugs
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Hmm...I really love the sound but the housings are making my ears sore.


Edited by KetchupNinja - 12/7/13 at 1:17am
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I like meelec balanced tips with almost all iems that are a bit bass heavy. I realised that all 3 of my mid tier iems; ASG-2, UE900 and FA-4E have strong bass and scooped out upper mids. I find that the meelec balanced tips reduce mid bass and bring the upper mids forward. But that's my preference. I don't know of any tips that bring out more bass. My guess would be single flanges are the way to go. But I had kind of a hard time getting a good and consistent fit.

As far as fit goes, I took the tubes from a pair of comply tips to make the nozzle fatter and then fitted the tips over them. Gives me an easier, faster and more secure fit.
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Originally Posted by KetchupNinja View Post
 

Hmm...I really love the sound but the housings are making my ears sore.

Same here, but I have been using them for a week now and it is getting better. I also found a trick to ease the pain, put them in and rotate them a bit forward. It works for me.

Having said that, they are nice earphones but I am not really blown away. 

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I've owned and used these headphones for the past 5 months but it's only been in the last several weeks that they're becoming unbearable with really bad sores in both of my ears. I'm not sure what's changed or why it's only been in past several weeks but I keep trying to re-arrange the wire but nothing seems to ease. I wear them up to 40 hours per week so probably doesn't help but nothings changed in the past 5 months and I've always used in-ear headphones for up to 40 hours per week for the past 6 to 8 years without issues like this. I never had any issues in first 3.5 months I've been using them no sores nothing till now and they irritate and hurt like a bi*tch that I really feel I have to discontinue use to give my ears chance to heal.

 

I think it's due to the housing like others have mentioned. Affected areas of my ear are Antitragus & tragus.. Look at ear diagram below to see

 

I'm using the small black caps not extra small but small and my right ear tragus seems much sorer then left ear Any advise ?

 

http://pichoster.net/images/2013/12/08/Capture.jpg


Edited by swiftkidd - 12/7/13 at 11:58pm
post #2520 of 4281

Spoke to someone at Logitech as I was hoping to buy them direct. They tell me they have been discontinued...is that correct?

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