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post #586 of 599

Auditioned the Miracle and the Mentor yesterday, and the Mentor flat out sounded so much better than the Miracle. I've never been a fan of sparkling highs, which tended to sound a little too sibilant to my ears.

 

The Mentor had a very coherent sound, with lush highs, warm mids and a well controlled low-end. They weren't as boomy as my Westone 3s, but the bass was nicely extended.

 

Anyway, I took the plunge and will order the UM Mentor next week. That's how great they sounded to my ears.

 

Nevertheless, for you Mentor owners, what's the best portable amp that you are pairing with your DAP? I'm currently using a Fiio D6 (Fer-de-Lance) or a Fiio E11 with an iPod Classic. I'm considering either a Fiio E12 or a Headstage Arrow 5G at the moment. Thanks in advance. :)

post #587 of 599
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Originally Posted by Malevolent View Post
 

Auditioned the Miracle and the Mentor yesterday, and the Mentor flat out sounded so much better than the Miracle. I've never been a fan of sparkling highs, which tended to sound a little too sibilant to my ears.

 

The Mentor had a very coherent sound, with lush highs, warm mids and a well controlled low-end. They weren't as boomy as my Westone 3s, but the bass was nicely extended.

 

Anyway, I took the plunge and will order the UM Mentor next week. That's how great they sounded to my ears.

 

Nevertheless, for you Mentor owners, what's the best portable amp that you are pairing with your DAP? I'm currently using a Fiio D6 (Fer-de-Lance) or a Fiio E11 with an iPod Classic. I'm considering either a Fiio E12 or a Headstage Arrow 5G at the moment. Thanks in advance. :)


I found the Mentor is very easy to drive, I use it with my AK no amp.

post #588 of 599
I agree that they are easy to drive. Tested them from an iPod Classic and my phone and they sounded great already.

Anyway, I'm about to head down to get another crank at the Mentors. I think I might be really poisoned after tonight!
post #589 of 599
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Originally Posted by Malevolent View Post

I agree that they are easy to drive. Tested them from an iPod Classic and my phone and they sounded great already.

Anyway, I'm about to head down to get another crank at the Mentors. I think I might be really poisoned after tonight!

Please do and let us know how it sounds with or without the amp.

post #590 of 599

More impressions!

post #591 of 599

I visited my local headphone store to demo the Mentors again, and boy, was I impressed.

 

Along with the Mentors, I auditioned the universal UM Miracle and the SE846. I tested them straight out of an iPod Classic (7G), an Android phone with Poweramp, and the iPod Classic amped with an iBasso D6.

 

Without amping, the Mentors had a full, powerful sound that really wowed me. Overall, the bass was strong but controlled, the mid-bass punchy and exciting. The SE846 had just as much bass, but it sounded a bit more congested than the Mentors.

 

The presentation of the midrange was superb. With some of my choice rock songs, vocals were clear, and instrument separation was top notch. I felt that the Mentors were a little v-shaped, but the mids didn't take a back seat to rest of the sound.

 

Treble was well extended, and here is where the Mentors really excelled. I am not a big fan of strong treble, but with this IEM, the highs were delivered with a lot of clarity, without sounding grating to my ears.

 

Amped with my D6, the treble were boosted quite a bit, which resulted in some harsh highs on some of my rock and dance tracks. There was a slight gain in bass quantity, but this also resulted in a slightly more boomy sound on bass/beats heavy dance tunes. The midrange however retained much of its melodic tone.

 

Overall, the Mentors delivered a very coherent sound, which was full and exciting. With strong but well defined bass, clear and controlled highs, and a beautiful midrange, this was really a treat to my ears, with or without an amp.

 

In comparison, the Miracles sounded too flat. It had oodles of clarity but none of the fun.

 

Ultimately, I ended up buying the Mentors. This is my first CIEM, and I am eagerly awaiting the day I get my hands (and ears) on them.

post #592 of 599

you know what is funny?...

 

i went back to use the  Mad Dog 3.2 as a headphone, not to listen to music though..... i had TH900 twice and i sold it twice!!   why?

the CIEM technology became super! the way the Mentor present the bass, treble is fun!! and the mids are so dreamy , the over all soundstage and presentation wins hands down for me,

some people might go  and tell me to get good amp/dac for it?  i had the WA7 which is a super option for the TH900 and ofc i did try it with many other amps, for a DAC i go the  X-Sabre


still the Mentor does it and win!!  really epic ;3 

maybe i am bias or a  ciem guy who knows...  but if you had both and went for the CIEM then i won't blame you

btw i use my CIEM on the desktop and not portable :P   my setup is Portaphile 627 (better than pico power!!) and X-Sabre 


who else like CIEM over headphones? :P 

post #593 of 599
You're right on the money Shini...

Now I have some money to spare ^_^

Contemplating...

1. An uber cable for my Mentor (DHC Complement3, TWau Reference or HPL Audio's 6 strand silver+gold)
2. Paradox Slant or HE-560 to complement my portable setup

Decisions..decisions...
post #594 of 599

i will order Toxic Cable Black Widow ;3 the Silver Widow is my favorite, yet the black widow is for when i am in the mood for it :P 

i am kind of a paranoid so i am afraid of cable swapping, don't wana hurt the sockets XD   so don't be surprised if i bought another Mentor for that hehehe

post #595 of 599

:)

post #596 of 599

The TWau ref OM iem cable is very good,  It is very comfortable, it sound transparent and add smoothness to the high, sometimes when using balanced out on the AK240 the Mentor sound a bit harsh with some type of music.

post #597 of 599
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Originally Posted by Shini44 View Post
 

i will order Toxic Cable Black Widow ;3 the Silver Widow is my favorite, yet the black widow is for when i am in the mood for it :P 

i am kind of a paranoid so i am afraid of cable swapping, don't wana hurt the sockets XD   so don't be surprised if i bought another Mentor for that hehehe


So you buying another pair Mentor just because you don't want to loose the sockets? :confused:

post #598 of 599
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So you buying another pair Mentor just because you don't want to loose the sockets? :confused:

i am afraid that i might damage the sockets over time, and i live like far away so fast fixing options are 0 here... :<  i am sure taking the risk not worth it right?   

beside i reached the game, no other CIEM interest me anymore , got the best amp/dac,   so why not ;3 

post #599 of 599
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Originally Posted by coolmingli View Post
 

The TWau ref OM iem cable is very good,  It is very comfortable, it sound transparent and add smoothness to the high, sometimes when using balanced out on the AK240 the Mentor sound a bit harsh with some type of music.

 

I'll probably get a replacement cable as I'm not too fond of the stock cables. I believe it's similar to a Westone Epic cable; they were good at first, but after a short while, the braids started unravelling. What options should I consider (if any) if I would like to retain most of the Mentor's sound signature, with a slight bass enhancement to make it more punchy?

 

Anyway, I can't really wait to get my hands on my Mentors. It's going to be a long 4-6 week wait!

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