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post #3541 of 3549
Is there anyone here who got UE 900s with unibody? If yes, it would be nice to hear some details: from where, how is the sound (especially comparing to 900s without unibody.)
post #3542 of 3549
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Originally Posted by lawrecedent View Post

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Originally Posted by MoonYeol View Post

They're good. If they work. Not exceptional but good.
What in your opinion is better? Always on the lookout for the next purchase 😉

In my opinion. FA-4E Xb. They are pretty much rock solid, an upgrade from the UE900 in all departments. Maybe the treble is quite even but otherwise a significant upgrade. Made me rethink my UE900's value. And after I heard what the FA-4E had to offer, I felt more like the UE900 were a $200 pair of in ear monitors rather than $400. Thomann.de also has 3 years warranty. Though shipping is a bit steep when you're not in EU but they deduct taxes so that you won't pay double taxes.
post #3543 of 3549
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Originally Posted by MoonYeol View Post

In my opinion. FA-4E Xb. They are pretty much rock solid, an upgrade from the UE900 in all departments. Maybe the treble is quite even but otherwise a significant upgrade. Made me rethink my UE900's value. And after I heard what the FA-4E had to offer, I felt more like the UE900 were a $200 pair of in ear monitors rather than $400. Thomann.de also has 3 years warranty. Though shipping is a bit steep when you're not in EU but they deduct taxes so that you won't pay double taxes.
Thanks for the advice, might have to look into getting a pair, am I right in thinking they don't have removable cables?
post #3544 of 3549
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Originally Posted by lawrecedent View Post

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Originally Posted by MoonYeol View Post

In my opinion. FA-4E Xb. They are pretty much rock solid, an upgrade from the UE900 in all departments. Maybe the treble is quite even but otherwise a significant upgrade. Made me rethink my UE900's value. And after I heard what the FA-4E had to offer, I felt more like the UE900 were a $200 pair of in ear monitors rather than $400. Thomann.de also has 3 years warranty. Though shipping is a bit steep when you're not in EU but they deduct taxes so that you won't pay double taxes.
Thanks for the advice, might have to look into getting a pair, am I right in thinking they don't have removable cables?

2 pin standard removable. Flush sockets.
post #3545 of 3549

Just received a pair of UE900s directly from UE.  I have been less active on the Head-Fi boards in recent history because I've gotten more into speaker systems (especially tubes and vinyl), but I found myself in need of a better set of IEMs for travel and live monitoring.  I hope you'll indulge me in a few thoughts on these new phones as they compare to my much used and abused Super.fi 5 Pros (whose performance and durability prompted me to stick with UE).

 

I've only been listening for a couple of days, but here's some initial impressions:

 

Packaging/accessories:

Very nice.  Good looking box art, great box-within-a-box unpacking experience.  Tons of tips types and sizes to tune the 'phones to my head.  Two cords (one with mic and vol control).  Nice hard travel case and a pouch.  In terms of accessories, especially the cable quality, these blow away the Super.fi's as well as most other consumer electronics I've purchased in recent history.  Apple-level experience.

 

Isolation:

Still trying tips, but as good as any other IEMs I've used.  Had a couple of flights to listen to them on and they did a very good job of blocking the engine drone.  Can't hear myself typing this right now.

 

Sound:

Treble is very sweet without the graininess I sometimes get with the older UEs.  Kick drums have a lot of complexity to the harmonics and cymbals are very natural.  Good 'air' and ambience where it's in the recording.

 

Timbre in the mids is spot on.  Strings sound natural, as well as woodwinds (two of the harder things to get right, in my opinion).  Sax is especially very satisfying.

 

Bass digs deeper than the Super-Fi's.  I miss the impact of a good 12 or 15 inch driver in a properly sorted speaker rig, but that doesn't fit in my carry-on.  Still playing with tips to tune things to my liking, but it's so near ideal now that this is really an exercise in geekery.

 

Some spooky details here and there with live recordings (voices in the audience, room sounds, etc).

 

Balance is very, very good.  Always felt the mids were a bit scooped with the Super.fi's.  Even with some hardcore bluegrass, things are not getting congested.  

 

I definitely need to step up my codec game.  Mp3's sound pretty terrible up against loseless files.  

 

Durability:

I see some noise being made on the board about older revisions and repackaging, but more suspicion than substantiated fact.  I've had the Super.fi's for probably close to a decade and never experienced any issues (did replace the cord a couple times, mostly due to abuse I've inflicted).  I don't have any reason to doubt the UE900s durability at this point.  If they're up to the standard I've experienced from UE (as well as many Logitech products), I think they'll last a long time.

 

I will be using these as monitors in performance settings, too.  I do not plan to take it especially easy on them and will report back with issues.

 

Conclusion:

I used to be very into headphones (still own some Grado 325s, Senn's, and the Super.Fi's, along with amps I've built over the years).  I'm more into speaker systems now that I'm a home owner and without children.  That said, I travel a lot and I work in the music industry so I've heard a lot of audio systems (earbuds to multi-thousand watt PAs).  These are the best IEMs I've used and do some things better than my big tube amps and speakers can.  Pretty ding dang good when portability is a factor, I think.  

 

$400 is a lot for a pair of headphones, but an absolute value when you compare them to what it would cost to get the same level of balance and detail retrieval from speakers (live monitoring or home playback).  I'm very impressed with the UE900s.

 

Sources: iPod Classic, MacBook, Profire 2626, Android phone (cringe)

post #3546 of 3549
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Originally Posted by Sodacose View Post

Just received a pair of UE900s directly from UE.  I have been less active on the Head-Fi boards in recent history because I've gotten more into speaker systems (especially tubes and vinyl), but I found myself in need of a better set of IEMs for travel and live monitoring.  I hope you'll indulge me in a few thoughts on these new phones as they compare to my much used and abused Super.fi 5 Pros (whose performance and durability prompted me to stick with UE).

I've only been listening for a couple of days, but here's some initial impressions:

Packaging/accessories:
Very nice.  Good looking box art, great box-within-a-box unpacking experience.  Tons of tips types and sizes to tune the 'phones to my head.  Two cords (one with mic and vol control).  Nice hard travel case and a pouch.  In terms of accessories, especially the cable quality, these blow away the Super.fi's as well as most other consumer electronics I've purchased in recent history.  Apple-level experience.

Isolation:
Still trying tips, but as good as any other IEMs I've used.  Had a couple of flights to listen to them on and they did a very good job of blocking the engine drone.  Can't hear myself typing this right now.

Sound:
Treble is very sweet without the graininess I sometimes get with the older UEs.  Kick drums have a lot of complexity to the harmonics and cymbals are very natural.  Good 'air' and ambience where it's in the recording.

Timbre in the mids is spot on.  Strings sound natural, as well as woodwinds (two of the harder things to get right, in my opinion).  Sax is especially very satisfying.

Bass digs deeper than the Super-Fi's.  I miss the impact of a good 12 or 15 inch driver in a properly sorted speaker rig, but that doesn't fit in my carry-on.  Still playing with tips to tune things to my liking, but it's so near ideal now that this is really an exercise in geekery.

Some spooky details here and there with live recordings (voices in the audience, room sounds, etc).

Balance is very, very good.  Always felt the mids were a bit scooped with the Super.fi's.  Even with some hardcore bluegrass, things are not getting congested.  

I definitely need to step up my codec game.  Mp3's sound pretty terrible up against loseless files.  

Durability:
I see some noise being made on the board about older revisions and repackaging, but more suspicion than substantiated fact.  I've had the Super.fi's for probably close to a decade and never experienced any issues (did replace the cord a couple times, mostly due to abuse I've inflicted).  I don't have any reason to doubt the UE900s durability at this point.  If they're up to the standard I've experienced from UE (as well as many Logitech products), I think they'll last a long time.

I will be using these as monitors in performance settings, too.  I do not plan to take it especially easy on them and will report back with issues.

Conclusion:
I used to be very into headphones (still own some Grado 325s, Senn's, and the Super.Fi's, along with amps I've built over the years).  I'm more into speaker systems now that I'm a home owner and without children.  That said, I travel a lot and I work in the music industry so I've heard a lot of audio systems (earbuds to multi-thousand watt PAs).  These are the best IEMs I've used and do some things better than my big tube amps and speakers can.  Pretty ding dang good when portability is a factor, I think.  

$400 is a lot for a pair of headphones, but an absolute value when you compare them to what it would cost to get the same level of balance and detail retrieval from speakers (live monitoring or home playback).  I'm very impressed with the UE900s.

Sources: iPod Classic, MacBook, Profire 2626, Android phone (cringe)
Good to hear more love for these great earphones! Hopefully they've got their act together over build issues and they'll go the distance. Happy listening.
post #3547 of 3549
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sodacose View Post

Just received a pair of UE900s directly from UE.  I have been less active on the Head-Fi boards in recent history because I've gotten more into speaker systems (especially tubes and vinyl), but I found myself in need of a better set of IEMs for travel and live monitoring.  I hope you'll indulge me in a few thoughts on these new phones as they compare to my much used and abused Super.fi 5 Pros (whose performance and durability prompted me to stick with UE).

I've only been listening for a couple of days, but here's some initial impressions:

Packaging/accessories:
Very nice.  Good looking box art, great box-within-a-box unpacking experience.  Tons of tips types and sizes to tune the 'phones to my head.  Two cords (one with mic and vol control).  Nice hard travel case and a pouch.  In terms of accessories, especially the cable quality, these blow away the Super.fi's as well as most other consumer electronics I've purchased in recent history.  Apple-level experience.

Isolation:
Still trying tips, but as good as any other IEMs I've used.  Had a couple of flights to listen to them on and they did a very good job of blocking the engine drone.  Can't hear myself typing this right now.

Sound:
Treble is very sweet without the graininess I sometimes get with the older UEs.  Kick drums have a lot of complexity to the harmonics and cymbals are very natural.  Good 'air' and ambience where it's in the recording.

Timbre in the mids is spot on.  Strings sound natural, as well as woodwinds (two of the harder things to get right, in my opinion).  Sax is especially very satisfying.

Bass digs deeper than the Super-Fi's.  I miss the impact of a good 12 or 15 inch driver in a properly sorted speaker rig, but that doesn't fit in my carry-on.  Still playing with tips to tune things to my liking, but it's so near ideal now that this is really an exercise in geekery.

Some spooky details here and there with live recordings (voices in the audience, room sounds, etc).

Balance is very, very good.  Always felt the mids were a bit scooped with the Super.fi's.  Even with some hardcore bluegrass, things are not getting congested.  

I definitely need to step up my codec game.  Mp3's sound pretty terrible up against loseless files.  

Durability:
I see some noise being made on the board about older revisions and repackaging, but more suspicion than substantiated fact.  I've had the Super.fi's for probably close to a decade and never experienced any issues (did replace the cord a couple times, mostly due to abuse I've inflicted).  I don't have any reason to doubt the UE900s durability at this point.  If they're up to the standard I've experienced from UE (as well as many Logitech products), I think they'll last a long time.

I will be using these as monitors in performance settings, too.  I do not plan to take it especially easy on them and will report back with issues.

Conclusion:
I used to be very into headphones (still own some Grado 325s, Senn's, and the Super.Fi's, along with amps I've built over the years).  I'm more into speaker systems now that I'm a home owner and without children.  That said, I travel a lot and I work in the music industry so I've heard a lot of audio systems (earbuds to multi-thousand watt PAs).  These are the best IEMs I've used and do some things better than my big tube amps and speakers can.  Pretty ding dang good when portability is a factor, I think.  

$400 is a lot for a pair of headphones, but an absolute value when you compare them to what it would cost to get the same level of balance and detail retrieval from speakers (live monitoring or home playback).  I'm very impressed with the UE900s.

Sources: iPod Classic, MacBook, Profire 2626, Android phone (cringe)
Hopefully the UE900s sound signature doesn't differ too much from the old trusty UE900! : )
post #3548 of 3549

Thanks for the comments!  Currently in the hunt for a portable DAC that would play nice with my iPod or Android and the UE900s.  Any recommendations are very welcome.

post #3549 of 3549
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Originally Posted by Sodacose View Post

Thanks for the comments!  Currently in the hunt for a portable DAC that would play nice with my iPod or Android and the UE900s.  Any recommendations are very welcome.
Fiio e18 sounds great with my Note 3 but it's a bit of a beast size wise (ironic I know when I have Dom jolly's phone!)
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