heh. idk what to say.
So I Received my universal Mentor today
here's the head-fi photo album link above - you can reference the pics for the details below from it
here's an embedded pic
UM did keep their promise and ship in time for CN NY. Stephen provided tracking when shipped and inquired about the order after it arrived.
Thank you Stephen (and errr for selling me knowing how picky of a customer I am)
it's really warm today - 42 degrees (not Fahrenheit) - not sure if I'm getting a good seal in warm weather and I've had things sound odd in extreme heat to me before. (e.g. slipping seal and disappearing isolation while seemingly having seal).
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probably ignore these: I'll try in when it's cooler tomorrow morning (I hope it is). I did a bit of tip rolling and isolation (because of the seal?) is less than the larger and deeper insertion JH16FP universals (well, small customs from someone else that fit me as universals
) but i hope when it cools down it should improve.
Comfort wise Mentor seem pretty good though, but again - not sure about seal/short nozzle and insertion depth. So far when I get a decent seal, I need to turn the bass up - 5-6 DB, and 7-8k - minus 3-4 db. The fun bit - is this is what I had to do for DN-1000 and AX60 too (even for H200 and Merlin bass, but not touching 5-10k at all). Either it's something with shallower insertion IEMs for me, or weather. I disliked the JH13 demo because of the 'detailed upper mids and treble and mids to sub-bass volume ratio
. I suspect I just prefer the Merlin or JH16FP fun type tuning re upper mids and highs. The other thing is - for the more detailed type tuning I tend to listen at lower volumes as I find the perceived treble tuning more integrated with the sound (as in - you can't rock with them on some recordings
I really like the new cable (it's supple, thicker but still not stiff and doesn't conduct sound when bumped. the y-split length is either placebo longer, or longer than the original UM westone style cable and I personally think the ysplit-less design will last longer (vs the annoying hard black plastic splitter)).
I've included some size pics to a small custom or large universal jh16fp - whichever way you like to think about it.
my UM case twists smoothly
What I didn't like so far: (and look when it says minor - it's subjective for me. what I really mean - it should be perfect and flawless)
a) (minor) Personally I have a lot tips so not a problem for me. If it's your first IEM though, and for a 1500 AUD IEMs could probably include a larger set to pick from than the 4 included
[given fit is crucial and what not]... No, really. Aside from the standard set of silicone ones. Surely they cost $5 per 100 pc where UMLab is. Anyway.
b) (major OCD - probably doesn't bother most people) now to more constructive criticism
second - I've been over this before with UM. Why do I keep getting shipped semi-transparent faceplates when I say opaque black ^< if you guys haven't seen someone lose their marbles over faceplate black opacity levels before - here it is.
<--- opaque black. pretty.
- transparent black - that is apparently opaque. come on guys - when I asked you made it happen before .
mentor it's not really opaque if you can see the driver... Why revert now?
opaque black on the official site.
not quite opaque for the right faceplate in skildit's pics http://www.head-fi.org/t/696358/unique-melody-mentor-debut-in-tokyo-e-earphone-festival/90#post_10162643
. Just .... ugh.
I DON'T want to see a driver sticking out of the faceplate. and people will as usual 'oooh man stop nitpicking' .
Opaque black should be opaque. You know how people complain about bubbles - that's like a giant ugly bubble in the middle of the faceplate for $1500 IEMs. grrrrrrrrrrr /endrant
c) (minor) the IEM body is actually dark BLUE in brighter daylight. not Transparent black errr, it was meant to be lol
d) I did a bit of tip rolling and isolation is a bit disappointing (say for the train for quiet music) - med comply Tx500, single F silicon of 3 sizes and types, double F silicone. Although I suppose, I'll reserve my impressions on isolation for colder days
e) yes, as http://www.head-fi.org/t/696358/unique-melody-mentor-debut-in-tokyo-e-earphone-festival/90#post_10162643
skildit mentions the larger cables don't fit recessed phone cases, but that's hardly news for people with this type of plugs . Funnily enough viablue plugs and the like seem to also be incompatible with recessed sockets or these sorts of cases(the bigger the plug 'the better it is' (is probably what people who make them are thinking
f) the milling on one of the nozzles is dodgy (mostly one of mine). Sure you don't see the nozzle, but when you change tips every year you can see someone's hand slip when doing it. several times. grrrr. QC ?
g) for the memory wire metal bit in the cable - you can see it's blackening in bits or rusting or something.Edited by svyr - 1/14/14 at 7:18am