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Originally Posted by PXSS View Post

All,
Here is the response I got from Mike Dias, the Industry Insider for UE here in head-fi regarding production and build quality issues.
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Thank you for reaching out. And please feel free to publicly repeat this. There are no plans whatsoever to stop the 900's. The recent sales were for the holidays and since we so vigilantly watch MAP pricing, we wanted to make sure that people who were on the fence had the chance to pick up a 900.

Also, if anyone has any build issues or problems that have not been resolved through the proper channels, have them pm me directly and I'll personally work on making sure they are satisfied.

Many thanks,

Mike

Hopefully this will put the rumours of them getting the axe to rest once and for all.

 

Ok, that settles it. My 2nd, brand new pair is going up for sales again. No use in keeping them if they're not going to replace them with something more awesome since I already have a pair in use (however bought here so no receipt).

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I guess not discointusing them makes sense somewhat because if they're having quality control issues, and if they are able to fix these QA issues by using different glue or materials or paint, it'll be cheaper than redesigning the entire thing and launching a new product.

 

One thing people seem to agree on is that the UE900 does sound quite nice when working properly and not falling apart. LOL. Mine has been holding up solid as rock so far, so I'm thinking it's problem free. It feels very solid and nothing has faded or come loose from daily use.

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Mine is rock solid, the only problem i found is that you have to take a hammer to it to disconnect the cables (metaphoricly).

 

And the other problem is that they cant hold a candle to my SM3 v2, so im probobly going to put them on the for sale section.

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Originally Posted by Aevum View Post

Mine is rock solid, the only problem i found is that you have to take a hammer to it to disconnect the cables (metaphoricly).

And the other problem is that they cant hold a candle to my SM3 v2, so im probobly going to put them on the for sale section.

Mine pulls out quite easily. Wonder why
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I still can't seem to take the cable off them.. At first I was scared of pulling too hard, but now I have tried pulling as hard as I can and it just won't come off!!
Are you supposed to twist and pull or just pull??
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My cables snap off quite easily. I'm thinking more issues related to quality control that needs to be fixed. LOL.

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I still can't seem to take the cable off them.. At first I was scared of pulling too hard, but now I have tried pulling as hard as I can and it just won't come off!!
Are you supposed to twist and pull or just pull??

 

Just for the heck of it, do a few full 360deg twists to make sure nothing got stuck in there (specks of dirt or maybe finish of the connector had a few rough spots).  Then, hold the wire connector with two fingers and headphone housing with 3 fingers (between thumb, index, and middle), and apply some force to pull it apart.  Hopefully that will do the trick!  Just make sure you are NOT pulling on the wire.

 

 

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I had a UE900 starting 1334 which broke when trying to remove the cable. Replaced now with a new one.

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Just got home after a 30 hour trip but I could not resist myself. Initial impressions are good. Packaging is impressive. I do not think my cables are from the new batch as the earphone connectors dont seem gold plated.

As the song plays on, I feel like these might not be for me. They sound very thin straight out of my iphone. The bass is there, I can feel the sub-bass reaching quite low but something feels off. Might be the lack of sleep, cold weather, improper seal, lack of burn in or lack of amping. Will leave them to burn in for the night and do some critical listening in the morning and comparison to my sister clear SE215s if she didnt take them with her. Will post results after the weekend ;-)

Update1: SN starting in 1242 and currently listening with the blue cable.

Update2: Shamefully, I think my pair may be from a bad batch. I laid them aside last night and went to bed. Was going to switch cables this morning from blue to black and noticed the left side connection between the cable and driver is very loose. The connection on the right side is a little lose but not nearly as bad as the left side. I will hold on to these for a while and get them replaced in a couple of weeks hoping to get a fresh batch pair...
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Originally Posted by PXSS View Post

Just got home after a 30 hour trip but I could not resist myself. Initial impressions are good. Packaging is impressive. I do not think my cables are from the new batch as the earphone connectors dont seem gold plated.

As the song plays on, I feel like these might not be for me. They sound very thin straight out of my iphone. The bass is there, I can feel the sub-bass reaching quite low but something feels off. Might be the lack of sleep, cold weather, improper seal, lack of burn in or lack of amping. Will leave them to burn in for the night and do some critical listening in the morning and comparison to my sister clear SE215s if she didnt take them with her. Will post results after the weekend ;-)

Update1: SN starting in 1242 and currently listening with the blue cable.

Update2: Shamefully, I think my pair may be from a bad batch. I laid them aside last night and went to bed. Was going to switch cables this morning from blue to black and noticed the left side connection between the cable and driver is very loose. The connection on the right side is a little lose but not nearly as bad as the left side. I will hold on to these for a while and get them replaced in a couple of weeks hoping to get a fresh batch pair...

Mine is also 1242, so far no issues, though I did notice out of the box the sound was cutting in and out.  I wonder what you think of them vs. the SE215. I hope they will grow on me, it has not happened yet.

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Mine is also 1242, so far no issues, though I did notice out of the box the sound was cutting in and out.  I wonder what you think of them vs. the SE215. I hope they will grow on me, it has not happened yet.

I have the UE900 and my wife has those Shure's and there isn't a comparison btw the two. The Shure isn't as detailed and the bass is definitely lacking. Even my non audiophile wife noticed. Tho having said that there are two separate sound signatures. Perhaps you prefer the sound of the Shure's. If you do I suggest trying the 4XX series or the 535 which are in the same league as these.

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I have the UE900 and my wife has those Shure's and there isn't a comparison btw the two. The Shure isn't as detailed and the bass is definitely lacking. Even my non audiophile wife noticed. Tho having said that there are two separate sound signatures. Perhaps you prefer the sound of the Shure's. If you do I suggest trying the 4XX series or the 535 which are in the same league as these.

Thanks very much for the info. I find the UE 900 to be good but I am just lacking something, can't pin point it yet though.

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I have the UE900 and my wife has those Shure's and there isn't a comparison btw the two. The Shure isn't as detailed and the bass is definitely lacking. Even my non audiophile wife noticed. Tho having said that there are two separate sound signatures. Perhaps you prefer the sound of the Shure's. If you do I suggest trying the 4XX series or the 535 which are in the same league as these.

Thanks very much for the info. I find the UE 900 to be good but I am just lacking something, can't pin point it yet though.

 

FA-4E XB. I think it's what the UE900 should be. More of everything in some ways. Just... better.

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I have the UE900 and my wife has those Shure's and there isn't a comparison btw the two. The Shure isn't as detailed and the bass is definitely lacking. Even my non audiophile wife noticed. Tho having said that there are two separate sound signatures. Perhaps you prefer the sound of the Shure's. If you do I suggest trying the 4XX series or the 535 which are in the same league as these.
Thanks very much for the info. I find the UE 900 to be good but I am just lacking something, can't pin point it yet though.
My sister is currently travelling and she took the SE215s with her. I am in the process of getting my UE900s replaced as I think the thin sound I heard before was due to a bad connection/seal/defect. Both sides start cracking, hissing and cutting off when I get up and walk around, plus I feel that I am not getting a proper seal with the stock tips.

I will post my impressions along with a comparison towards the end of the month once I get a non defective pair.

Comfort on these is quite good. The rubber tips are more comfortable than shure olives but they dont seal as well and the cold weather has the comply foams hard as a rock so I'm not too keen on trying them out though they might be better sound wise. As far as lying down on one's side, I find that these stick out slightly more than the SE215s but I am yet to make a head to head comparison.

I really want to like these. The amount of detail I get from these is amazing but I can't say much more until I get a non defective pair that I know is performing as it should.
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Yeah, I don't hear thin sound but I did have some connection concerns at first. It's ok for now. I find the fit so so for me. I don't have big ears and some days the inner part of my ear is just sore for some strange reason. I usually just try to re-adjust them while I listen but it's annoying sometimes. 

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