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A laughable oversight; A lesson for us all

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Heyas folks! Just wanted to share my story of disappointment that turned out great. Early in the new year I purchased a pair of second hand Ultimate Ears Super.fi 5 Pro off Kijiji. Initially I was excited I was finally getting my hand on these highly regarded, dual b/a driver IEMs that I have been reading about for years; I was expecting greatness. After testing out a few AIFF lossless tracks on my iPod I was left with a feeling of disappointment, and regret. While being incredibly smooth, clean, and punchy, the Ultimate Ears Super.fi 5 Pro just didn't sound THAT great. The right side felt distant (in comparison to the left), and the bass seemed wide. Vocals seemed recessed and weak. I will note that a couple of years ago a triple root canal made my right ear slightly more sensitive, by a factor of .25dB, and I assumed the UE's b/a drivers were exploiting this. Disappointed I put them up for sale on Kijiji. Some of you may be laughing right now, knowing the problem. Believe me, I laughed at myself. Anyway...

 

By chance the night before last I came across a post asking help in figuring out if your speakers/headphones are 'in phase'. Knowing the answer already I decided to read the thread anyway, and am glad I did. For some reading this, you may be asking "Well, how do you tell?" and the answer is simple. If the speakers are properly in phase (positive and negative polarities are matched) sounds like kick drums and vocals should be in the centre of the sound space. If the speakers are NOT in phase, sounds like kick drums and vocals will be projected out to the side of the sound space. Anyway, halfway through the read I went to reach for my coffee and the case for my UE caught my eye. I did a double take followed by a long stare; Did the previous owner plug the cable into the right monitor backwards?

 

I didn't hesitate any longer. I grabbed my iPod, plugged the UE in, flipped the right monitor's cable plug around, readjusted the right guide wire over my ear, and pushed play; Didn't know what was going to play, didn't care. All I can say is WOW! OMFG! The sound from the right monitor was angle inwards 90 degrees. Now the vocals came out with power, kick drums hit hard and punchy! Not only that, but the right monitor now properly compliments the left. What an absolutely amazing difference in sound quality and presentation. Needless to say the Ultimate Ears Super.fi 5 Pro are no longer for sale.

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Thank you for posting about it. We all learn from each other's little mistakes. I'm pleased it works for you now.

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