So the re-400 arrived and i compared them to my ue900.
Short version: The UE900 walk all over the re-400, but for 100 bucks the hifiman is incredibly good.
If anybody is interested, i will post more details.
My re-400 haven't arrived yet so i had some time fooling around with the UE900.
If you take a look at rin chois blog http://rinchoi.blogspot.de/2012/10/ultimate-ears-part3-in-depth-analysis.html
The UE900 have emphasised upper bass and veiled lower mids, which for example if you listen to Metal makes the Bass Drum and Bass Guitar a little bit bloated and decreases detail in the mids (e.g. there is a guitar solo but the low frequencies bleed over it). By blocking the Pinhole and adding resistance to the signal path, the Bass decreases and the mids increase and you end up with a nearly perfectly flat IEM.
after modification it looks like this:
I can confirm the effect, although it is not as much of a difference as it looks on the graphs, and i look forward to comparing the modded UE900 to the re-400!
I took the graphs from rin chois blog which is dead but if i should remove them, please tell me.
Hi, From my experience, UE900 is tip depended in sound signature. If you really want to make them flat-neutral, I suggest you try JVC Spiral Dot or UE TF.10 tips (which are the same tips). No need to modify them. UE900 have veiled upper mids in 2k-5k not lower mids. In my opinion and practice, there are nothing interested in 2k-5k region for Metal music, except for vocal. From what you are saying about metal music, looks like you prefer more open (less warmer) and more aggressive sound (less smoother mids). I don't think that any mods or tips give you from UE900 what you a looking for. I can only suggest you try UE900 with SPC cable, for example with FiiO's cable, but even cable makes them just a little more aggressive.
Here is the UE TF.10 tips:
That looks like the 900 because of the black connector, not the 900S
I could be wrong. I do know that I purchased the 900s used off of a head-fi member and mine are a unibody.. the connector is not black, it is blue and molded into the IEM body.
Like I said, there's a period where the UE900 was in the UE900S box. It seems to have mostly passed now: I bought a unibody UE900S 6 months ago or so.
I don't think that you should worry about that it's not a unibody version. Even unibody version can be broken, I can't even imagine how they do that, I saw this picture on instagram :)
To gain some funds I might be selling my UE900. Somebody in here interested before it goes on sale on Head-Fi?
Original 900, comes with most accessories. Foam tips are used so you won't want those I guess
I have a extra original black cable from the 900S which I can throw in.
Please contact me via PM if interested.
i dont know if i should buy the ue900s on amazon. I want something silky smooth mids and i heard they send out ue900 instead of the ue900s
I hate dull boring sound on my re 400 and i heard these and the re 400 sounds kinda the same