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post #316 of 327

First Impressions...

 

Quite unique in its presentation. The vocals are the main attraction and are presented as the centre of everything; floating all over the instruments played in the music...

The BASS! Never heard sub-bass like this before... always there no matter what type of music/genre but surprisingly stands out on its own like its a separate entity.

The treble... yes it can be sibilant in certain songs. But when it is NOT, whoa! It's amazing how it extends; and the transition from mids to highs is mesmerising.

 

In short... this IEM makes almost every song I listen to like it is played live right in front of me. I'm not saying its the best I've heard technically... but presentation wise, I like it!

Stay tuned for my review.

post #317 of 327
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by d marc0 View Post
 

First Impressions...

 

Quite unique in its presentation. The vocals are the main attraction and are presented as the centre of everything; floating all over the instruments played in the music...

The BASS! Never heard sub-bass like this before... always there no matter what type of music/genre but surprisingly stands out on its own like its a separate entity.

The treble... yes it can be sibilant in certain songs. But when it is NOT, whoa! It's amazing how it extends; and the transition from mids to highs is mesmerising.

 

In short... this IEM makes almost every song I listen to like it is played live right in front of me. I'm not saying its the best I've heard technically... but presentation wise, I like it!

Stay tuned for my review.

 

Sounds like you got a perfect seal mate, what tips do you use?

post #318 of 327
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Originally Posted by djvkool View Post
 

 

Sounds like you got a perfect seal mate, what tips do you use?

 

I'm using the UE tf10 tips...

 

What surprises me with the 3X is it plays really well with Heavy Metal. :etysmile:

The odd thing is... I don't find it cut out for EDM (too much sub bass) but I only have a limited collection of electronic music so it's not a concrete conclusion. The bass has adequate speed/decay and sounds really good for most genres; clean and fun sounding. The sub-bass is just too much tho when the recording itself already has emphasis on bass and most of them are EDM or RnB.

 

UPDATE: I'm hearing more and more of the sibilance in the upper midrange but then again, only on particular song/singers. I really only hear vocal sibilance from edgy voices and they are mostly female (some are male with high vocal range).

post #319 of 327

 

Unique Melody 3X Review and Comparisons

 

 

 

 

Hybrid IEM’s are getting more attention these days. I have a feeling that we’re about to enter the golden age of hybrids; the reason is manufacturers are closing the gap to the perfectly balanced sound signature may it be neutral, u-shaped, or even v-shaped. I’m a huge fan of these hybrids because I admire the combination of the natural bass texture from dynamic drivers and the exceptional clarity/resolution from balanced armature drivers. The best I’ve heard so far is the Tralucent 1Plus2 but we all know that it is a top-of-the-line hybrid with a very pricey tag. What I’m really looking forward to are the mid-tier hybrids that are performing better than what their prices suggest. Sony has the XBA H3, Dunu with the DN-1000/2000, T-PEOS brings the H200/H300, Aurisonics’ popular ASG 2, and for this review: Unique Miracle 3X. Djvkool has organised an Australian Tour and I’m quite fortunate to be included. So without further ado...

 

SETUP:   Colorfly C3 > JDS Labs C5

                iMac 2011 > Stoner Acoustics UD110v2 > JDS Labs C5

                16/44 FLAC, ALAC, and 256kbps AAC

 

 

NOTE: The UM 3X pairs really well with the Colorfly C3 because it tames the sub-bass a bit.

 

 

BASS: This defines the entry level for a bass head’s IEM. Sub-bass rumble doesn’t go unnoticed as it’s always there even when not called for. I’d say that this is not suitable for bass enhanced recordings because the sub-bass would mask some detail on most occasions. Most of the time, I find it too much for EDM, Hip-hop, and RnB. However, I do find the quantity just right (borderline) for other genres especially pop and rock recordings in the 70’s and 80’s. Decay and speed is enough to keep up with double-bass kicks in heavy metal but not as fast as T-PEOS H200/H300. As a result I find the other hybrids to be more clean sounding but on the other hand, the UM 3X has more impact and quite visceral. As for the mid-bass, I don’t hear any emphasis because I hear more from the sub bass and the lower midrange. Detail retrieval is quite good when playing bass guitar and drum passages but falls a bit short when things get more complex like in some metal tracks. Timbre is quite natural except for the extra rumble that isn’t normally heard. Listening to live performances really highlights the UM 3X’s bass prowess - full bodied, well textured, layered, with plenty of authority. A great IEM for well mixed/mastered tracks that don’t have any emphasis on sub bass.

 

 

MIDS: I find the mids quite forward especially in the upper mid-range. A lot more forward than the T-PEOS H200 or Noble 4. Timbre, clarity, and detail are very good with vocals sounding full, rich, and quite emphasized. Unfortunately, this bump in the upper mid-range causes sibilance on artists with full sounding vocals in the upper octaves between 3kHz and  5kHz. Instruments sound excellent, full, and rich… especially guitars yet Trumpets and Saxophones are too emphasized and can be hot at times. In spite this limitations, when played at a lower volume plus a well mixed/mastered recording the UM 3X can really sing; thanks to its excellent transparency, clarity, and resolution. The presentation is really nice, with lots of air and the feeling that everything in the mid-range floats over the rest of the sound.

 

 

HIGHS: Treble presentation can be great depending on the quality of the track/recording. The lower treble is a bit edgy and little bit splashy making harsh recordings a lot more aggressive. Fortunately, the upper treble is quite smooth and extends well. So if the music is of great quality, the treble region is pleasant on the UM 3X. Cymbals ring naturally and decay is just a little bit longer than desired. Lots of air in the background providing an excellent presentation of space and adds more character to the UM 3X’s sound signature.

 

 

 

 

IMAGING AND SOUNDSTAGE: Soundstage is quite wide just trailing behind the Dunu DN-1000. Height is excellent with sufficient depth resulting to a 3D-like imaging though still not as expansive as the DN-1000. Imaging is really good with excellent distance in between instruments; making good use of the space in the stage.

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION: The UM 3X has the potential to be a great hybrid; personally I’d like it to have a tamer sub-bass, mid-range, and lower treble. Otherwise, those who like to play around equalisers will find a gem in the UM 3X because the drivers in this hybrid are very capable and a few tweaks can definitely make them sound worthwhile. As a side note: those wondering about fit because these IEMs are HUGE need not worry... I have relatively small ears and yet the design of the UM 3X allows for a snug and tight fit.

 

Special thanks to @djvkool for making this tour happen. Good on you mate!


Edited by d marc0 - 3/27/14 at 9:23pm
post #320 of 327
Thread Starter 

Superb stuff...

 

Now, the last one should be interesting, as @H20Fidelity auditioned the original version, and he will hear the re-tuned version, I'm looking forward to this...

 

:popcorn:

post #321 of 327
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Originally Posted by djvkool View Post
 

Superb stuff...

 

Now, the last one should be interesting, as @H20Fidelity auditioned the original version, and he will hear the re-tuned version, I'm looking forward to this...

 

:popcorn:

 


I took a photo. 




The rest I'm leaving people in suspense for now.  :devil_face:
 

post #322 of 327

 Today I sent the UM 3X hybrid back to djvkool.

I'll say I still wasn't terribly fond of this hybrid second time round, indeed vocal sibilance had been cured a great deal with the revision however as a downside  they sounded a touch veiled than I remember the first version, a bit blurry, there was also something  going on the lower treble which seemed to give a one note effect with many songs, It was a cross between harshness and a mild peak somewhere upstairs I was detecting that would make the treble sound shrill are jumpy. As you can see the others have enjoyed UM 3X for most parts though having heard both versions I think I preferred the first version better (of course minus the vocal sibilance) it seems retuning had cured the direct issue though brought on a few of it's own.

It makes my life hard being fair on something when I am not hearing the magic, I could come in here and say 'yeah UM 3X was awesome', but for me to say that I need to hear it  and I simply didn't. I think retuning was the way to go however for the consumer as the word shaping and sibilance has been settled greatly, so it's much safer overall as a product though not for my preferences overall.

I'd like to thank djvkool for creating the tour and taking the time to change over for the retuned version, also Unique Melody UK for trying their best, I think in itself UM UK took our advice onboard then did something about it shows passion for their work.  UM 3X is not something I would buy personally, though remember my impressions are just one of many, the best way to look at Head-fi impressions is as a whole, how the entire community judge something overall. I suggest people do that rather than take my preferences or impressions as any final word. 

I will give massive points for the build quality of their hybrid it really is a wonderful design/finish. The housings fit me perfectly and seal without any issue I quite like the aluminum nozzle cap on each housing, it's unique and something I'd like to see on other IEM in the future personally. 

~H20  

post #323 of 327
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the honest impression

 

:wink_face:

post #324 of 327

Here is my review on russian, Google-translator will help:)
http://zenitplusmusic.blogspot.com/2014/04/unique-melody-3x.html

post #325 of 327

Unique Melody 3X Impressions

 

 

Big thanks to fellow WA-based @djvkool for generously lending me his personal unit for reviewing even though I'm not originally part of this tour. I feel privileged to be able to have my first listen of hybrid IEMs, hence my noob review even though I'm not required to as I feel obliged to him for his generosity.

 

*I listen at relatively high volume, so my impressions will be based on this. Please be aware that there are differences in impressions at high volume and lower volume as noted by several members.

 

Setup: Samsung Note 3 (Neutron app) > Meier Corda PCStep. No EQ applied.

 

Build:

Superb shell quality with clear housings, could clearly see the insides at the drivers and tubings. Very appealing to look at and nice to the touch. 

Braided cable is good with little microphonics. Cable cinch and Y-split are made of clear plastic tubes which holds on much sturdier than normal standard ones.

Hard metal carry case is really solid. 

 

Fit/Isolation:

Probably that I have small ears (with shallow yet large ear canals, weird huh), similar fit issues with @svyr. UM 3X would not fit flush in the ear but would protrude outwards. Hence isolation is average and comfort isn't great. Driver flex experienced in both ears with silicone tips. 

 

Bass:

Bass hits hard with good sub bass rumble and decay. Bass mask a bit of detail on some songs, but is otherwise well textured and full bodied. 

 

Mids:

Detailed mids with a tinge of warmth, forward with great transparency, clarity and resolution. Since I listen a lot to female vocals, upper mid-range hump causes voccal sibilance which is too prominent for my taste. 

 

Highs:

Lower treble a bit sharp for me especially on poorly mastered recordings. Upper treble is smooth and extends well. 

 

Imaging and Soundstage:

Soundstage is wide and high, with 3D imaging. Gives the feeling of being surrounded in the centre of the performance. Good separation between instruments.

 

Conclusion:

Since I listen at high volume and don't wish to EQ, UM 3X is not for me. However this doesn't mean it won't be suitable for others, as YMMV, especially for those who listen at lower volume. The UM 3X is a very capable hybrid IEM and definitely caught my interest in keeping tabs on the future development of hybrid IEMs! 

post #326 of 327
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Originally Posted by fnkcow View Post
 

Unique Melody 3X Impressions

 

 

Big thanks to fellow WA-based @djvkool for generously lending me his personal unit for reviewing even though I'm not originally part of this tour. I feel privileged to be able to have my first listen of hybrid IEMs, hence my noob review even though I'm not required to as I feel obliged to him for his generosity.

 

*I listen at relatively high volume, so my impressions will be based on this. Please be aware that there are differences in impressions at high volume and lower volume as noted by several members.

 

Setup: Samsung Note 3 (Neutron app) > Meier Corda PCStep. No EQ applied.

 

Build:

Superb shell quality with clear housings, could clearly see the insides at the drivers and tubings. Very appealing to look at and nice to the touch. 

Braided cable is good with little microphonics. Cable cinch and Y-split are made of clear plastic tubes which holds on much sturdier than normal standard ones.

Hard metal carry case is really solid. 

 

Fit/Isolation:

Probably that I have small ears (with shallow yet large ear canals, weird huh), similar fit issues with @svyr. UM 3X would not fit flush in the ear but would protrude outwards. Hence isolation is average and comfort isn't great. Driver flex experienced in both ears with silicone tips. 

 

Bass:

Bass hits hard with good sub bass rumble and decay. Bass mask a bit of detail on some songs, but is otherwise well textured and full bodied. 

 

Mids:

Detailed mids with a tinge of warmth, forward with great transparency, clarity and resolution. Since I listen a lot to female vocals, upper mid-range hump causes voccal sibilance which is too prominent for my taste. 

 

Highs:

Lower treble a bit sharp for me especially on poorly mastered recordings. Upper treble is smooth and extends well. 

 

Imaging and Soundstage:

Soundstage is wide and high, with 3D imaging. Gives the feeling of being surrounded in the centre of the performance. Good separation between instruments.

 

Conclusion:

Since I listen at high volume and don't wish to EQ, UM 3X is not for me. However this doesn't mean it won't be suitable for others, as YMMV, especially for those who listen at lower volume. The UM 3X is a very capable hybrid IEM and definitely caught my interest in keeping tabs on the future development of hybrid IEMs! 

Nice one mate, well done

post #327 of 327

managed to fit Star tips to the 3x :tongue_smile:

 

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