For my first post I have some questions about my new CIEM and I would appreciate any help.
I recently bought the Ultimate Ears Custom In-Ear Reference Monitors with a Samsung S3 as my main source at the moment until I can afford something better.
The reason I post here and not contact Ultimate Ears (US) is I bought them from abroad and the round trip for a checkup could take close to a month, so I need to be sure before I sent them back.
My questions are about the highs reproduction.
Most reviews I read for them said that if a fault can be found is the unforgiving highs that don’t go well with bad masters.
However I found this to be the case for most recordings, with the most common culprit being drum cymbals (a very splashy sound that just sounds off). Even S sounds in singing voices can be hard to hear, for tracks that I listened lots of times before with no problem.
My previous headphones were the Sennheiser HD 518 (very different I know) that did not have these issues with the same songs.
1) How would I go about in detecting a defect and if possible can I have some recommendations for tracks to check (preferably Spotify so its the same source - on mobile “High Quality” is free) with a specific instrument/time to watch out for.
2) Can this be an S3 issue, an inadequate source for this headphones maybe? I am on stock 4.3 ROM.
Below are some problematic tracks for reference (I can not vouch for the quality of these, just that I listened them before without noticing the issues).
Bokomolech – Capital U
The cymbals are splashy especially at 1:41-1:56 when they are closer together.
Most of the singers Ss (1:02, 1:09, 1:36)
Drake – All me
The hit-hat (I think) sample that comes in at 00:31 is splashy especially when its longer in duration (first time at the end of 00:32).
Also a lot of the Ss from Drake stand out too much (00:22, 00:25, 00:29…).
Archive – Lights
The cymbals for the whole track more noticeable at 15:20 up to the end of the track (15:22, 15:26, 15:29, 15:32…)
I have the flac versions of all of the above with the same issues.
I realize these can be things that were already there I now notice more with the better resolution of the IERMs and not a defect, I’m just trying to find out which is which.
Sorry for the long first post.
edit:bold song titles
Edited by michaelf - 4/15/14 at 7:03pm