See Audio Yume/Anou

zacca113

New Head-Fier
A review of the SeeAudio Yume
Pros: Pinpoint accurate tonality
Amazing fit
Smooth sounding and not sibilant
Cons: Sounds boring
Not the most technical IEM
Leaves something to be desired
Quick backstory: The Yume is tuned to the Harman Target Curve@2020, which can’t be found online, but the one from 2019 was neutral with a slight sub bass boost. Thank you SeeAudio for sending out this review unit!

Packaging/Accessories

The Yume comes in a waifu box sleeve which looks pretty nice. The box inside is black on black, and it comes with four sets of silicone and foam tips, in addition to a black hockey puck case which houses the cable. The tips aren’t the best, both sonically and physically, but they work.

Build Quality & Fit/Isolation

The Yume literally looks like a gem! It’s made of resin and is surprisingly light, but is built well and doesn't feel cheap. The copper cable is really great too. It isn’t overly thick or thin, and isn’t stiff so it flows nicely. The Yume fits really well, no joke they feel like CIEMs and don’t budge at all. Isolation is solid and comparable to HillAudio Altair R. A/PaiAudio DR2. I can barely hear people talking around me.

Bass

The Yume is definitely not a basshead IEM. I’d say the bass on the Yume is “just there”. Sub bass is somewhat lacking most of the time and doesn’t slam hard, but is definitely present when called for. Mid bass is a bit thin too.

Mids

The mids on the Yume are SUPER realistic. They don’t pack as much clarity as the HZSound Heart Mirrors where it’s in your face for example, but they sound good. Acoustic guitars and other similar instruments really stand out (the intro to Sober to Death by Car Seat Headrest shocked me lol), and imo this is the main reason why people should even consider buying the Yume

Highs

Highs on the Yume are very inoffensive and nowhere near sibilant. Treble extension is… eh. Technicalities aren’t its strong suit and it gets boring to listen to sometimes, as is the case with nearly every other Harman tuned IEM (cough cough mh755). It’s not bad at all, its just barely there.

Soundstage

Soundstage is meh, it’s better than average, and is more tall than wide but that’s about it. Nothing interesting to see here.

Imaging & Separation

It’s good. I can pick out instruments in complex tracks with relative ease. This was the second aspect of the Yume that stood out to me, with the tonality taking first place. You know that “woah” effect you get when you listen to good headphones for the first time? The Yume gave me that feeling, but it only hit me when I tried to listen for it.

Tonality

This is the main reason why anyone should even consider the Yume. Tonality is so accurate that it sounds boring as hell. I’ve never heard of an IEM that sounds as boring as the Yume, which makes it perfect for those who want to use it for audio monitoring or want a “flat is justice” IEM.

Conclusion

The Yume has amazing tonality, mids, imaging and instrument separation. It’s perfect for someone who’s treble sensitive, loves the Harman Curve or wants an audio monitoring IEM. But unless you’re sure that this is the IEM for you, I’d suggest you look elsewhere. It’s not particularly dynamic or technically competent, and I’m not a fan as it sounds really boring. IMO you could do better for $170.

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Meloman54

New Head-Fier
SeeAudio Yume
Pros: Rich configuration
Beautiful appearance
Comfortable shape and fit
High-quality cable
Cons: There is additional aggression at high midrange frequencies, which can be tiring
Low frequencies do not have sufficient speed
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The package is an impressive size of headphones in purple and pink tones, on the front part of the super cover there is a girl in the anime style with the name of the headphones.
On the reverse side are indicated: the frequency response graph and characteristics.
Under the dust jacket there is a black box itself, where there is a very interesting moment, an eye is stylized on the side, which just characterizes the slogan "See through your ears".
In general, a beautiful package of beautiful headphones, will be well suited for a gift.
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Inside
We are waiting for a rich set of headphones themselves, wires to them, two sets of different attachments and a round metal case.
Now let's talk about the sound.
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Low frequencies are very pleasant, they sound natural, there are not very many of them and not a little, when you need to feel a good blow.
Perhaps the bass does not have super speed, but it has good mass and elaboration.
The middle frequencies, as can be seen from the frequency response graph, are somewhat drowned here, nevertheless, the vocals and guitar parts are read perfectly.
As for the high frequencies, everything is not so rosy here, there are noticeably more of them than low and high frequencies.
That is, there is some emphasis. In particularly fast moments of music, they can break into "porridge", lose resolution, distortions occur.
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Also, because of this fact, it is quite difficult to listen to headphones at a volume above average.
Despite the small resistance in 32 ohms and the sensitivity of 106 Decibels, headphones still need a good amplifier to really open them. It is desirable to have a darker sound in order to smooth out the sometimes aggressive sound a little, but this is a matter of taste.
In general, it is difficult to say that the headphones correspond to the Harmann settings, but they are worth your attention, at least in appearance, configuration, excellent fit in the ears.
I would recommend these headphones to people who love very fast genres of rock, metal, electronic and pop music.

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sayafarid

New Head-Fier
See Audio Yume - The Debut
Pros: Tonality
Detail retrieval
Overall tuning
Cons: Average technicality
Somewhat confusing layering

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Intro

The 1+2 hybrids have been made for quite a while now and there’s a lot of different tunings being offered using the same driver configurations in the market. So what makes the Yume any different from the others? Would it be ‘meh’ or would it trumps over all the other similarly configured hybrids out there? It is interesting to see how a ‘new’ brand name would approach the almost overly saturated IEM space and this debut IEM by See Audio should not be looked down upon. Why? Let’s find out…

Packaging

First off, I’m not really a fan of the waifu-themed box sleeve. Yes the colour choices are attractive and it is eye-catching to be displayed on your shelf (it gives a different kind of vibe) but that particular theme is just not for me. The box itself however is more of my liking with its black on black printing. Inside, the Yume is nestled comfortably in its foam slot cut-out along with the black metal carry case resting next to a complete set of eartips, enough for the majority of people.

Fancy box sleeves aside, the IEM itself; the Yume is beautifully built. Sporting the universal custom shell design, it is made of resin and is fairly light despite the purposedly designed half-filled cavity. The smoked translucent shell is a feast to the eyes for those who love to peek at the drivers inside and the faceplate really does complete the looks. The glittery dark green complements its somewhat embossed-chrome logo printing. The fit is perfect for my ears and the stock cable while average, they are supple to the hands and behaves very well.

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Functions & Specifications

  • Material – Resin
  • Transducer Type – 1x 9.2mm Liquid Silica Dynamic Driver, 2x Knowles Balanced Armature
  • Sensitivity – 106dB SPL/mW @ 1kHz
  • Impedance – 32ohms @ 1kHz
  • Frequency Range – 20Hz to 20kHz

What’s In The Box

  • See Audio Yume
  • Silicon Eartips (XS, S, M, L) x1
  • Foam Eartips (M, L) x2
  • Hockey Puck Carry Case
  • Replacement Nozzle Filters x2
  • Rinko Stickers

Sound & Tonality

See Audio Yume was tuned to have a sound signature which follows closely to the Harman target curve and supposedly an all rounder for most music genres. They are in fact a fantastic IEM once you put them in your ears. Tonality can be considered natural and timbre is just about right with somewhat typical OK-ish hybrid coherency (unless you’re really nitpicking on this part, it’s not of a concern). It is by no means groundbreaking but rather a more polished presentation of what a good hybrid IEM should sound like.

Source Used

Xduoo X2s > Xduoo XQ-10 > See Audio Yume
Hiby R2 > iFi Micro iDSD Black Label > See Audio Yume

Bass

Sub-bass is powerful but not overly dominant on the Yume. The rumble is done just right with enough presence to make it an intriguing listen. Mid-bass is punchy, impactful and clean which makes it quite versatile without being boomy nor sounding bloated. Upper-bass is lean, detailed and textured. There’s no significant bleed towards the lower mids…just a good mature bass and they are annoyingly addictive. I’ve found myself cranking up the volume on these just to get more fun out of it…and it gives you exactly that.

Mids

Transitioning to the lower-mids, the Yume sounds lean and clean. There is slight warmth carried over from the upper-bass which really helps with the tonality here. The mids is forward, transparent and detailed. While not being the most revealing mids, they are great considering the micro details and timbre are complementing each other very well despite can be hollow sounding at times (rarely, depending on tracks). Upper-mids can be somewhat tinny-bit thin but are never shouty which renders them to be almost perfect.

Treble

The lower-treble is pleasantly inoffensive. There’s no annoying edginess, not dull sounding and definitely no sibilance…just carefully tuned to tread between the lines. Treble however can get a little bit peaky but still nowhere near being alarming and is detailed. The sparkle is just right and the shimmer is somehow controlled despite the sometimes intrusive peak. The upper-treble on the Yume could do with a bit more air for nuances but then again it will definitely risk the already good overall treble response.

Soundstage

It is fair to say that the soundstage on the Yume is average at its best. They are slightly wider than deep but are pretty evenly distributed and what impressed me is their height. For what it’s worth, it manages to present a quite tall soundstage which gives the overall soundstage perception to be almost holographic. Layering is OK but can sometimes be a bit confusing. (YMMV)

Imaging & Separation

Imaging is precise to say the least and separation on the Yume is fantastic for the price. Everything is very well presented despite the sometimes confusing layering. By this I mean sometimes cues are percepted to be nearer than it should be, and farther when it shouldn’t. I would say that they perform excellently in this regard which actually makes them capable for some technically-inclined duty.

Driveability

The good news is that they’re not demanding of powerful sources. Most portable devices will be able to drive them pretty well. The bad news is they do scale with more power. So, that’ll leave some of us longing for that extra oomph! But fret not, even a dongle dac will do just fine to make the Yume reveal its true colours.

Synergy

The Yume will pair well with most sources with very minor changes, slightly affecting the already excellent transient response and even less on the overall sound signature. They can be ‘fun’ sounding with warm sources and can also be somewhat analytical sounding with close to neutral sources but are very enjoyable regardless what source you plug them in.

Comparison

HillAudio S8 (1DD, 2BA – Balanced Filter)

Back in the days, the S8 is probably the most pleasing IEM to listen to. Along with the tunable nozzle filters, it is among the very versatile IEM at the time. The bass is much more emphasized on the S8 with more rumble but suffers from a very slow decay which bleeds into the mids. The mids is lush sounding and warmer on the S8 as compared to the Yume. Treble however can be a bit metallic-ish sounding with sometimes offensive peaks on the S8 which renders the Yume to be a more refined, well tuned IEM.

On to technicalities, the Yume just blows the S8 away in every audible aspects. Soundstage is ever so slightly larger, layering is more defined, imaging and separation is excellent on the Yume in comparison to the S8. With that being said, it shows that the Eastern companies (in general) have indeed improved upon the tuning of their products and it is a very wise move in order to keep bringing something fresh, technically competent products on the table.

Moondrop Blessing 2 (1DD, 4BA)

Retailing for almost twice the asking price, the Blessing 2 is a honestly different IEM altogether along with a different approach on the sound signature and a more bad ass technicality. Bass is leaner, cleaner and more textured on the Blessing 2. Mids is transparent, more revealing of micro details and thinner sounding on the Blessing 2. Treble is livelier, airier and more nuanced on the Blessing 2 at the expense of it getting a bit hot. But for tonality, the Yume sounds more balanced and more pleasant overall.

The technicalities on the Yume is, like I said earlier…competent. No it won’t trade blows with the Blessing 2 but more of a benchmark on what a tehcnically capable IEM should deliver. Alas, the soundstage on the Blessing 2 is wider and taller but the Yume is perceptibly slightly deeper. Imaging is similarly precise but separation on the Blessing 2 is superior. Remember the somewhat confusing layering on the Yume? The Blessing 2 does not suffer from that.

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For Who?

In my opinion, those who are fans of the ‘Harman-Target’ curve will definitely adore the Yume. Despite some minor nit-picking technical quirks, they do sound great. Needless to say that with the asking price, you really do get more than just a fancy packaging/unboxing experience…you also get a very competent IEM to add in your collection.

Verdict & Stars

I would say that the Yume will probably be the most valuable price:performance purchase and will put you in a pause for quite a while before you start looking for replacements. And it is suffice to say that the only way you will be satisfied after the Yume is with the upper-tier offerings. Yes, it is that good. Let’s just hope that the Yume is not a one-hit-wonder from See Audio.

5 Stars

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ywheng89

New Head-Fier
SeeAudio Yume Review
Pros: Prominent vocal
exquisite design
Realistic timbre
Cons: A little picky in terms of genre
nothing much at this price point
SeeAudio Yume Review

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Source

Tidal -> Venture Electronics Odyssey HD Dongle -> SeeAudio Yume
Cayin N3 Pro(Solid State Mode) -> SeeAudio Yume

Sound

I will do a breakdown as follows in describing how it sounds.
*Throughout this review, stock cable and stock eartips are being used to describe the nature of this IEM as accurately as possible based on my listening sessions without the attempt to alter the signature by cable rolling or tip rolling.

Bass

The presence of the bass is just enough in my opinion. I’m always going after quality rather than quantity. Sub bass extension is good as expected from Harman tuning, but of course the sub bass rumble is very mild and it is there to make the overall listening experience enjoyable. Personally, the presence is enough for me. No complaints about the bass.

Mids

The mids are smooth although the vocals seem to be quite prominent.
That is when it is running on VE’s Odyssey HD dongle. Switching it to Cayin’s N3 Pro and it kinda tone down a little probably due to the colorization from N3 Pro itself as the signature is not neutral to begin with, but it sounded good on both the dongle and DAP. It’s all down to personal preferences when it comes to the signature i suppose.
The timbre is also very realistic and does not sound metallic or cold.


Treble

As expected from a Harman Curved based tuning. The treble is well implemented and not sibilant at all. Jpop Anime tracks in particular such as Unravel(Tokyo Ghoul) by TK, Kaikai Kitan(Jujutsu Kaisen) by Eve they sounded very dynamic and with just enough sparkles to not cause it to be sibilant. These two tracks, if being played on a sibilant IEM, is a really horrible experience, but Yume nailed it!

Soundstage/Imaging/Separation

There is nothing much to shout out about the soundstage. I would say it is pretty average. Not too wide or nor too narrow that it made you feel “boxed” in.
Instrument separation is quite impressive in my opinion. I will usually play anime JPop tracks to test this as usually they have a lot of background instruments playing at the same time. KaiKai Kitan(Jujutsu Kaisen) - Eve, Unravel(Tokyo Ghoul) - Ling. Instrument positioning can be pinpointed accurately. Transition between left and right channel and vice versa is well implemented to give a good sense of separation and imaging.

Driveability

Tested on both the Cayin N3 Pro and VE’s Odyssey HD dongle, both of them can drive the Yume to its full potential without breaking a sweat. On the Odyssey HD plugged into Windows 10 laptop, volume level at 12 is good enough to enjoy Yume in its full potential. Cayin N3 Pro on the other hand is of course much more powerful than Odyssey HD, on medium gain and 35/100,it is enough to drive Yume for an enjoyable experience.

Specifications

Impedance 32Ω.
Sensitivity 106dB.
Frequency Response Range 20Hz-20kHz.
THD+N <2%.
Termination Plug 3.5mm.
Connector 2-pin 0.78mm
Driver 1DD+2BA
Cable 5N OCC



Final Thoughts

Overall an enjoyable IEM that puts a lot of emphasis on the vocals especially. Jazz, or tracks that focus solely on vocals is heavenly, for everything else, it is quite picky when it comes to genre. There are some tracks where it excels as I mentioned above, but some it just failed to meet the expectation. I wouldn’t say that this is an all rounder IEM, but if you are looking for something that you can just hook up and not EQ anything like i do, this might be for you. You need to look elsewhere if you are looking for an all rounder.

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*Disclaimer
This unit is sent to me as part of Malaysia’s Yume Review Tour in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. I thank SeeAudio again for this opportunity.

AhHuiReviews

New Head-Fier
First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Seeaudio for giving me this review unit and giving me the opportunity to review the yume.
This is the most premium IEM I've tried.

Introduction:

SeeAudio is a company run by ex-QDC employees. Their debut IEM, the Yume, is a 150$ usd IEM with a 1DD+2BA configurations. it have caught the attention of many people as being tuned to the Harman 2020 targets.
Is the attention totally worth it after all these months? Let's find out.

comfort :
It is comfortable for me, I can listen for long time session.

packaging :
The package is pretty large, but it is really attractive, with photos of anime beauties. There are two set of eartips(foam and silicon) ,an introduction manual along with a metal casing .

build :
Build-wise, it is beautiful and substantial with a CIEM feel and look.

sounds :
The bass is lean and fast. I quite like the bass here for its’ clean presentation and won't bleed into the mids. However, I would the bass to be thicker as I find it too lean at times.

As for the mids, I find the mids to be lean and vocal focused. Female vocals sound upfront and intimate. Moving on to the male vocals, it is also forward sounding. I enjoys the male vocals for the crisp and detailed sound delivered. I love the mids here as I am a huge fan of vocals and the SeeAudio Yume definitely performs in this region .

As for the highs, I find that the treble is smooth and non-fatiguing. What I like about the treble is that when I listen to songs like Good Day - IU, the final part of IU voice is smooth instead of glaring. However, I think that the treble extension could be improved on. But with its smoothness, I'm satisfied.

Soundstage wise, I really like the Yume's Soundstage as it is tall and deep. When listening to songs by the Taiwanese girl group, S.H.E, I could feel the forwardness of the singers’ vocals and at the same time, feel the sense of stage around them. Soundstage here does not feel narrow or constrained. However, I think it'll be better if the soundstage is to be wider.

Now, let us look at the imaging , it is also pretty good. I can pinpoint where the singer is located on the stage. Not forgetting to mention, the instrument separation is great! Making it an ease to pinpoint where the instruments are coming from.

In conclusion , if you enjoys the harman curve tuning , with the characteristics of being vocals-focused and neutral sounding, you will certainly enjoy it . In my opinion, It's worth trying at the sub 150 usd price tag .
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bryaudioreviews

New Head-Fier
Is This The Yume In My Dreams? 🐏 - SeeAudio Yume Review
Pros: - great Harman tuning
- clean sub-bass
- B2:Dusk like mids
- intimate vocals
- inoffensive treble
- decent soundstage and imaging
- amazing unboxing experience with great accessories
- amazing fit
- smooth tonality for long listening sessions
Cons: - bass lacking with stock tips
- not the most dymanic and detailed
- transients could sound smeared at times
SeeAudio Yume is an IEM that has been pretty hyped when it first came out a few months ago. From what I know, SeeAudio a company that is rumoured to be founded by ex-QDC employees, and they've come up with Yume as their entry-level IEM.

Yume is a $169usd hybrid IEM with a 1DD/2BA configuration. Upon opening its beautiful designed box, I am presented with a case, a copper 3.5mm cable, 2 sets of tips (Silicon and Foam), and the IEM itself. Giving credits where it's due, I find the unboxing experience and accessories set to be stunning at this price point. Loved every second of unboxing the Yume. No complaints here.

With that out of the way, let's start the review.


*Disclaimer: This review is done using BGVP a08 tips and stock cable. Why? Read on further to find out......


PROS ✅:​

  • To put it simply, Yume is smooth, lean, and vocal-focused. I would describe the sound signature here as "neutral with sub-bass boost", aka Harman.
  • With a08 tips, the bass here is punchy, slightly meaty, and deep. Just like every other Harman-tuned IEM, it is more sub-bass-focused than mid-bass. Which, for the most part, is appreciated as it ensures that the mids aren't bloated or coloured by the mid-bass. Sub-bass sounds clean, with good texture and decent slam. However, with stock tips, Yume's bass is lacking. It just lacks that tightness and punch that I expect from a DD bass. I highly recommend BGVP a08 tips to add that thickness and fullness that it needs.
  • The midrange is the star of the show here. It is seriously reminiscent of the B2: Dusk. And after A/B testing them, I was right. They are NOT IDENTICAL, mind you, but they are similar enough where I think it is necessary to mention (give credits where it's due).
  • I would describe the midrange here as having "B2: Dusk-like" leanness, but smoother and just a smidgen bit warmer. Vocals here are slightly emphasized, with vocals sounding forward, intimate, and smooth. Do keep in mind that with a08 tips, mids become thicker and fuller. Combo this with its smooth and vocal-forward tonality, and you are seriously in for a treat. With stock tips, note weight is thinner and leaner. Again, a08 tips recommended.
  • As for treble, as expected from Harman, it is as inoffensive as it could get. Treble here is smooth and non-fatiguing with no weird peaks. Treble heads might find the treble here to lack sparkle and excitement at times, but other than that, the treble here is executed really well.
  • The soundstage here is more tall and deep than wide.
  • The imaging is pretty decent. Images pretty well within the space that it is given. Image separation is good too.
  • Not to mention, the unboxing experience is stellar with great stock accessories. Love the design of the box, love the design of the IEM, love the case, love the cable.
  • This is also one of the best-fitting IEMs that I've tried. Seriously fits me like a glove. Really good fit.
  • Overall, Yume has a smooth tonality that I love as I find it very relaxing and easy to listen to for long hours with no signs of fatigue. Pair this with its vocal intimacy, and you get an IEM that's just perfect for those days where all you want to do is relax and listen to soothing music.


CONS ❌:​

  • With stock tips, the bass here just lacks that tightness and punch that I expect from a DD bass. I highly recommend BGVP a08 tips to add fullness and thickness.
  • Not the most dynamic sounding IEM
  • Not the most detailed or technical IEM. Detail freaks, look elsewhere.
  • Transients are smooth. Sometimes could sound smeared. Wish it could be snappier at times.
  • Soundstage isn't the widest
  • Timbre can be somewhat grainy with stock tips.
  • Stock tips could be better. It'll be great if these come with BGVP a08 tips OOTB.


WHY YOU SHOULD USE BGVP A08 TIPS INSTEAD OF STOCK SILICON TIPS 😎:​

  • With stock tips, note weight is thin, the bass is lacking with body and punch, and mids, too, lacks body.
  • BGVP a08 tips add the thickness and fullness that the Yume needs. After changing the tips to BGVP a08 tips, everything becomes better. Bass is thicker, fuller, punchier, and mids/vocals sound thicker and fuller... You get all these improvements to the sound while still maintaining Yume's overall smooth and relaxing tonality. Also, these tips are only $2usd.


IN CONCLUSION:​

As expected from a Harman-tuned IEM, SeeAudio Yume exhibits a smooth tonality that is relaxing and very easy to listen to for long hours. Not to mention, the fact that its tonality reminds me of my Blessing 2: Dusk (which is 2x the price of Hume) is a serious feat.

There's a reason why reviewers like Crinacle and Precogvision gave these a very high score for its tonality... And that is because the tonality here is executed very well.

If you are looking for a Harman tuned hybrid under $200usd that is vocal-focused, smooth, and lean...

The SeeAudio Yume might be it.

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NymPHONOmaniac

Headphoneus Supremus
Safe and Sound
Pros: Natural Timbre, Smoothly balanced tonality, fast yet inoffensive treble attack, beautiful vocal, fatigue-free, good imaging layering, clean bass with boosted extension, nicely nuanced texture, nice packaging and accessories.
Cons: Not the biggest or most airy soundstage, lack a bit of weight and body, kick drum lack energy and presence, might sound too laid back for some, instrument separation lack space,
--SEEAUDIO YUME POST-HYPE REVIEW--
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TONALITY: 8.5/10
TECHNICALITIES: 8.5/10
CONSTRUCTION&DESIGN:8.5/10
SOUND VALUE: 8.5/10

SEEAUDIO
are newcomers in the International ChiFi market but have made their hands before by collaborating with QDC audio company that have lot of experience with multi-BA IEM tuning. The Yume is their entry-level IEM, and it gets inspired by Harman target response for tuning which is rare but not exceptional because company like Moondrop and Tanchjim follow a similar tuning vision.

Priced 170$, the Yume is a Hybrid UIEM that use a unique ''Liquid silicone diaphragm'' dynamic driver in tandem with 2 Knowles BA (29689-33518). As a big fan of the Knowles 29689 balanced armature used in my beloved Hisenior T2U for mid-lower treble, I really want to give the Yume a try to hear what an extra DD can achieve with such promising drivers choices.


Now that the hype calms down a little, it's time to judge if the Seeaudio Yume have stand test of time or if it was just an ephemeral best-seller we should forget.

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PACKAGING is very nice and playful. It even includes funny Manga stickers for those waifu fanbois. The box is big and i do enjoy the meditative manga character that cover the box. The carrying case is of good quality, padded in the inside so your IEM prompt to scratch (not Yume) will be fully protected. The 5N OCC (high purity copper) cable, for once, is very nice both in construction and tonality, making it perfect to pair with the Yume

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CONSTRUCTION is very good. It use a transparent resin plastic body and beautiful faceplate. The body is rather small for such a hybrid which makes the fit very smooth and comfy. This iem are very light and will fit any type of ears size and shape. My only gripe is about the 2pin connector which isnt embedded in the curvy housing and can make it hard to connect rightly certain 2pin cable. I get very frustrated when the pins doesnt want to enter the holes cause of curvy 2pin emplacement. This is even harder with a cable that doesn't have ear hook...anyway, with included cable its rather easy if you dont have shaky hands.

SOUND
(using SMSL SU9+SH9 and Ibasso DX90)

TONALITY is a very relaxed W shape where most of the emphasis and attention is in mids and lower treble plus some extra micro-details push, again, in a delicate inoffensive way. This is a lean rich listen that avoids complete boredom with a slight sub-bass boost, offering pleasant slam and lower extension that benefit acoustic bass find in jazz for example. In fact, it's the hybrid BA version of Harman target balance, which, IMO, is less warm and colored than when does with a single DD.

BASS lines are rather clear, with more authority and presence than high low that lacks energy and punches for instruments like kick drum which lacks proper singularity and affirmation. Don't get me wrong, the bass isn't bad in quality, have a pleasant texture and even some snap in the bass line, again, acoustic is the way to go because it isn't super thick weighty bass, neither a ''complete'' presentation of all that hide in this section.
Lack of impact is felt for everything but some percussions, somewhere in treble their welcome extra energy, which boosts liveliness a bit.

Then the MIDS, i know these mids in fact, they are the exact same as found with Hisenior T2U using the same Knowles BA I think. Very realist, open, airy and for a BA I would dare to say lush because their some density and naturalness to vocal, especially female vocal which doesn't care as much about lower end body than male vocal. Every instrument in mid-range are extremely well resolved, clean, smooth with realistic tone. Every instrument lacks a bit of bite and body as well. Why? Because they are so incredibly Transparent. The sound layers float around you, never hitting you with either too forwards dynamic or bright presence. The Seeaudio Yume are made for the contemplative audiophiles that wanna give an active yet patient listening to its precious but very polished sound. Simply put, the female vocal is star of the show with the highest emotive impact, but the violin sound life-like and accurate if not a bit distant, the same goes for piano, clean, articulate, tonally right but a bit lacking in this special weight it needs to trigger our emotivity.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm not more enamored about TREBLE presentation of the Yume than the vocal themself. Firstly, the transition between mids and highs is so organic you will not even know it's 2 different BA. Secondly, the more i dig into details and texture and more I'm in awe of how well sculp are the highs, it's not out of place micro-details that jump at you, it's full sounding mids with natural well-controled decay, beautiful density and texture, and finally....a sens a weight that we don't find in other frequency apart lower bass slam. Sure, some more sparkle and brilliance and well, overall extension up to at least 15khz would have been nicer, because while it snap fast, the highs can lack a bit of edge and energy...for a treble head! Which I am if it's not too peaky. The level of sound info you get with the Yume can be both underwhelming or overwhelming, depending on how curious your ears are. Think about a Final E4000 with 2 more BA, following the same tonal balance, and you got a Yume. Yummy isn't it??

TIMBRE has good density, nice pitch contour, nuanced texturing that never feel grainy or overly dry, or and both DD and BA timbre match together perfectly.

SOUNDSTAGE-IMAGING is something that the ear tips choice will greatly inflict on, and i decide to use a short wide bore eartip, the very same I use for Dunu DK-2001 and Hiseniour T2U to open the soundstage drastically. This tends to steal some bass tightness but it's not an issue with the Yume due to recessed mid-upper bass. In fact, bass thickens. While this way the Soundstage do open, its just minimally out of your head, with the center of stage very near but very deep too. Thats the highlight wtv eartips you use the Yume have deep, near tunnel-like, soundstage. The IMAGING lacks a bit of space in separation horizontally, especially in mid-range. So even with my ''special'' ear tips, imaging isn't the most accurate in positioning though it's very articulate and holographic.

TECHNICALITIES are as good or even better than Tonality here, and that's how i love an IEM balance...cause yes, technical balance do exist too IMO, especially in hybrid! The attack is very fast, accurate and near impossible to overwhelmed with busy tracks. Cheaper BA will go shouty and saturated with harmonic distortion but not the Knowles used for the Yume. Yes, the DD is a bit slower, less clean and accurate, but match the BA in timbre and overall cohesion.

Side notes: While I don't think Yume benefits from intense amping, I do think a phone or very powerful dongle or DAP would not trigger its full dynamic potential. At 106db sensitivity and 32ohm of impedance, this isn't an Hybrid that will be capricious about impedance or power output, so why not feed it with a clean powerful enough source? My Ibasso DX90 is perfect and delivers 300mw@32ohm. Even using high gain with my SMSL SU9-SH9 stack didn't create distortion or negative aspect....though I use it at low gain just for more precise volume control. Yume being very transparent and serious about sound rendering, cable pairing do inflict a bit on tonality....which perhaps explains the very cable choice of Seeaudio....a litz copper, why? Well, it warmth and thicken timbre a bit. Using a good SPC cable can give extra air, details and accuracy to the sound. But here, it's really subjective so please explore by yourself even if my conclusion is: stock cable is a good enough pairing. Oh and for the ear tips....none of the ones included open enough the sound to my taste, strangely DD and BA tend to compress their soundwaves when the ear tips have a too long or thin nozzle, resulting in distant or closed sound presentation. BA doesn't like nozzle help, they open in a different way than DD. Please do your own experimentation with an open mind to achieve your own open sound!

COMPARISONS:

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VS FIIO FH3 (1DD-2BA: 140$)


FH3 is colder, more detailed and analytical with leaner mids and sharper treble. Bass is more boosted, have more kick and rumble but more bloom to with hard-hitting sub bassy tracks. Yume has warmer bass that feels better balanced and more cohesive with the rest of the spectrum, though less detailed and present. MIDS are notably less forwards and open with the FH3, vocal sound a bit artificial and too emphasized in higher harmonic. Imaging is a bit cleaner and more precise with FH3, due to higher overall resolution. Highs are more emphasized and extended, but thinner and more ''metallic'' sounding than Yume. Timbre is more natural with Yume, denser and a bit less detailed.
Here, the FH3 pushes its technicalities forwards which affect a bit of tonal musicality, Yume chooses the opposite directing, taming a bit it's technicalities to achieve a more even and natural tonal balance with a more mid centric approach. I can see myself listening to a long time with the Yume, while it isn't the case with FH3 that lack ''organic musicality''. If you wish the Yume were more bassy and analytical, FH3 could be the answer though.

VS BQEYZ SPRING2 (Dual DD-piezo+1BA: 160$)

BQEYZ has a more energic and bassy W shape signature, bass is more thumpy, thick, weighty but a bit more bleedy too. Mids are more forwards, bit brighter, more textured and thicker in timbre. Male vocal has notably more body, while female vocal can bit just a hint more sibilant, less smooth than Yume. Treble is more forward too, delivering more micro-details, highs are more snappy and bright. You have more sparkle with the Spring2 as well, so treble extends further surely. You have more harshness too. Soundstage is wider-taller, not deeper than Yume. Imaging is less accurate, especially in mid-range, due to the less transparent layering of BQEYZ. All in all, Yume is like a smoother, more laidback sound Spring2, both have an emphasis in bass and mids, but BQEYZ treble is more in your face. Personally, i find the Spring2 more fun, but less refined and well-balanced than Yume.

CONCLUSION

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It's rare that I appreciate that much an IEM I would tend to consider to be a ''jack of all trades, master of none'', but the Yume is in fact a master of tonal balance as well as laid back musicality that keep us awake with its generous amount of transparent sound layers and open immersive mid-range presence.

With the Yume, you don't have the disadvantage of balanced armature timbre, and it's not because they use very competent Knowles BA that this is easy to achieve. The tuning was carefully made using tubings connections and BA filters to permit this cleanly articulate yet smooth and revealing sound.

While I would never consider the Yume as Fun sounding as well as big mass appealing because of its mature unforced sound presentation, I can imagine they will stand the test of time as the Final E4000 does. The Seeaudio Yume is an IEM you appreciate in the long run because its whole charm resides in the naturalness of it's timbre and relaxed tonality. To achieve such a refined tuning with its first offering is a statement of passion for tonal balance that we rarely found with ''too fun'' IEM today. Fun sound can be exhausting, so if you just want to be gently immersed in your music and enjoy rich treble and superb vocal, the Yume should be in your buying list.

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BerryWhite

New Head-Fier
Seeaudio Yume - a pleasant depression
Pros: Cool packaging
Great mids
Impressive design
Safe bass and trebles
Not fatiguing
Great fit
Minimal to zero flexing
Cons: cable can be tangle prone
Genre specific
See Audio Yume ~ "A pleasant depression"
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I'll tell you why!

Seeaudio is a fairly new player in the chifi market, they started in custom IEMs then took the Universal market eventually providing very like Berry exceptional tuning at a competetive price point. Recently they have initiated to aggressively market their products here in PH starting with making Ian Tayao as their pioneering endorser. Kool strategy if you ask me. A metal hardcore vocalist being able to monitor his vocal performance despite the band's aggressive riffs and drum beats.

I was lucky enough to be reserved with a slice in the Philippine Reviewers Circle and because of that I'm able to try and have a chance to own different IEM brands, just like how I got my Yume. No monetary incentives and that will make my reviews tad more transparent. Nuff said lets's check on Yume!

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Harman Target Curve@2020 (to provide more transparent and smoothness of sounds)
106 DB
32 Ohms
20 Hz - 20k Hz
1DD + 2BA (Liquid Silicone Diphragm + 2 Custom tuned Knowles BA: Mids/Highs)
LFC atechnology (Removes multi driver crossover distortion, cleaner and more precise sounds)
1.2m .78 2 pin 5N OCC Cable
$170 ± $5

They say when you're happy you tend to enjoy the music, and when you're sad that's the time you understand the lyrics, well YUME no matter how happy you are, you will enjoy the music while understanding the lyrics for its clarity and transparent representation. Hence, I claim it pleasantly depressing. ♥

Ian Tayao once mentioned that even when he's not feeling well he was still able to perform 4 songs just because he can hear himself really clear and that all he did was to texture his vocals and did not need to force his way through the songs.

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Unboxing:
Typical packaging that consists of a printed jacket that has an anime girl which they named Rinku, inside the jacket is a black box that encases the following:
2 Rinku stickers
Instructions
Greeting card
4 pairs of silicone tips
4 pairs of foam tips
1 carrying case
Yume and its cable

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Build:
High quality resin shell and face plate. Internals are half filled injected with resin too to provide stability and access for repairs. It has 1 vent hole for ear pressure and has metal nozzles with workable lips for ear tips stability. Cable is nicely braided and soft. 3.5mm jack looks really sick tho! Oh it's a bit tacky so it could be tangle prone sometimes. Better utilize the case to avoid it. Design varies per country.

Impressions:
Yume having claimed that it is Harman Target tuned, to me it is very Midcentric with great resolution and imaging. It delivers a transparently but yet very detailed rendition of vocal and guitar performances without any flaws at all. Can be lean, can be airy and can be well textured and emotive. Having said that, it is the IEM I have right now to have the best Mids representation among my collection. Buuuuut.... It's not an all rounder IEM you'll see why.

Bass can be heard slow with a bit of a punch and can be boomy at times but has a resolution to it making it not so bad at all. In fact, there are some tracks that the bass actually performs transparently which is my preferred kind of tuning. Im giving it 3/5 stars tho to consider the bassheads out there.

Mids on Yume is Rinku's main offering to consumers! It's by far the best mids yor $170 can buy for you! Transparent, clean, airy, excellent all throughout the mids section. Strings and percussions has this euphotic details that lingers deep in your head. Male vocals are strong and lean, female vocals are airy and detailed. Different vocalization methods are all rendered professionally Wind instruments are well accented with great details and airyness to it. This is clearly the best Yume can provide and man it's exceptionally great and it's addictive!

Trebles perform quite well but lacks a bit of shimmer to it. Cymbals still sounds realistic but a bit shy compared to other instreuments BUT it's fixable with JVC Spiraldots. Splashes are pleasant and never harsh generally smooth throughout the section.

Imaging is precise and very contrasted giving silence between the sounds. Sounds are layered gracefully while staging is intimate. Details are presented confidently.

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Pros
Cool packaging
Great mids
Impressive design
Safe bass and trebles
Not fatiguing
Great fit
Minimal to zero flexing

Cons
cable can be tangle prone
Genre specific

Bass ⭐⭐⭐★★
Mids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Trebles ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Imaging ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Layering ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Microdetails ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Soundstage ⭐⭐⭐★★
Spatial Panning ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Timbre ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tonality ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Affordability ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tested on LG V30 Quad DAC/iFi Zen DAC
Collection of 16/24bit Flacs and Tidal Masters

Comparisons
TRN TA1 -simply for being midcentric. TA1 requires tips and cable rolling for it to perform well as I mentioned on my other review. Yume on the other hand sounds great right off the bat. TA1 can be shouty and harsh at times too.

QoA Adonis -I waited too long to compare these 2 just to find out that they sound far from each other. Adonis being well rounded but does not hold up to high power while Yume is midcentric and can be genre specific. But Yume if put in a right spot it will surely please anyone!

BQEYZ Spring2 -spring 2 has better bass and is brighter than Yume providing wider staging and more shimmer and sparkle to tracks. Mids are fairly similar Yume being a bit better. Imaging can be fairly weighed on both iems

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Conclussion:
Yume can be classified as the top mid centric IEM at $170 giving decent bass and trebles while providing an excellent vocal monitoring capabilities. Excellent for acoustic, power house vocal tracks, blues, jazz, classical, alternative and world music and some RnB. Thus sounds inferior for Hiphop and EDM for having flaws on the bass region other than that it is a great IEM everyone should have specially for midcentric reference.

Thanks Seeaudio and PhRC!

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TimmyVangtan

New Head-Fier
SUPER STAR UNDER $200
Pros: - Superb midrange tuning. Vocals and instruments sound realistic and captivating.
- Good clarity in the midrange.
- The sub-bass extension is very good with nicely done smooth rumble.
- Treble is non-fatiguing.
- Good imaging.
Cons: - Bass and treble lack some details to make them shine.
- Treble extension can use some work.
- Bass can use more power.
- Average to narrow soundstage capability.
VIDEO VERSION


Introduction

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Sometimes an IEM will come around that does one thing SO MAGICALLY well that you forget or don't notice any other flaws that it has. The Seeaudio Yume is one of those IEMs. Not often, an IEM will make me want to revisit my entire collection of songs, but once these are on my ears, I can't help but shuffle through and listen to all my favorite songs all over again.

The beauty here lies in how realistic the vocals come across. It is like they are standing in front of you singing in the same room. I can't get enough of how this sounds.

The only other IEM that gave me a similar goosebump of an experience is the Blessing 2 Dusk, but that's double the price of these. They are not the same; they just gave me the same addictive feeling when it comes to their vocal tonality.

Now that I've got you excited about the Yume, here are the two big questions we'll answer today. Are these set for you, and what are the trade-offs for such superb tonality?

Sound Breakdown

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Bass


The Yume has "just enough" bass power. The hits and slams will not satisfy any bass-heads out there, but it's decent enough for regular listeners. The sub-bass extension is good. Sub-bass rumbling is mild around the shoulder and chest area, but it's noticeable and quite enjoyable.

I don't have much to complain about the bass on a personal level, I find it enjoyable, and the extra sub-bass and the rumble are very lovely.

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Midrange

If you ever wonder what natural, true to life, vocals and midrange sound like, stop wondering and buy these. The midrange is where the Yume shines above every IEMs below $200 (I would even say $300). It's so spectacularly well-tuned, you can close your eyes and imagine the singer is in the same room as you. Male vocals feel complete and slightly weighty without being warm. Female vocals are comfortingly powerful, with more focus on their lower range. However, their top-range might feel limited. An artist like Ariana Grande is a great example. At the top of her range in the song "34+35", you'll feel slight congestion; that's more to do with the lack in treble extension that we'll get into after this. Besides those similar to Grande, other vocalists don't have this problem in any significant way.

When it comes to instruments like strings and piano, they all sound excellent on these IEMs. Orchestral and piano tracks sound realistic, like you're listening to them perform for you in person.

Overall the mids and vocals are a thing of beauty on these IEMs. While it's not the top-of-the-line tonality compared to more expensive IEMs, it's beyond perfect for its price.

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Treble

Treble is average on the Yume. It doesn't come across as dark but more on the neutral side. Treble extension is one of the most significant limitations of these IEMs. It's only average at best on the Yume. Which will make some female vocals, like mentioned above, feel a bit limited. Also, instruments like flutes, electric guitars might not have the decay and shine that many listeners want. The Yume does have enough treble to support relatively clean drum hits. However, the symbol hits lack shinner and shine.

Overall, the treble can use a bit of work. The BRIGHT side is, it's not fatiguing in any way.

Technical Performance

Details & Separation


Detail is the second biggest limitation; these are not the most detailed IEMs for the price. While vocal clarity is good, the bass texture and treble crispiness are lacking. Separation is decent; some instruments, especially in the bass, can feel slightly overlapping. Separation issues are more noticeable on busier tracks (some rock, metal, EDM). All that said, given the price, it's not a deal-breaker.

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Imagine & Soundstage

The soundstage is a bit narrow, exhibiting the "in-your-head" type of experience. Imagine well-done. You can tell the direction of each instrument and a good level of dept between each one as well.

The Good & Bad

The Good

  • Superb midrange tuning. Vocals and instruments sound realistic and captivating.
  • Good clarity in the midrange.
  • The sub-bass extension is very good with nicely done smooth rumble.
  • Treble is non-fatiguing.
  • Good imaging.
The Bad
  • Bass and treble lack some details to make them shine.
  • Treble extension can use some work.
  • Bass can use more power.
  • Average to narrow soundstage capability.
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Alternatives

The only pair I can think of that has a similar feeling to these would be the Blessing 2 Dusk. Although it's twice as expensive, it has qualities that make it top-of-the-line for its price. The bass is powerful and controlled, and the treble is brighter with more crispiness. Overall detail and clarity are superior to the Yume. Blessing 2 Dusk is the better set in almost every category. If you can afford it, I'd go with that one. If not, the Yume is still an outstanding choice and the only choice I know in its price for this level of tuning.

Conclusion

Even with all its shortcomings, the Seeaudio Yume is still a gem in the IEM world. Its ability to make vocals sound the way it does is only found in IEMs $300 and above. The tuning here is truly a glimpse into the top-end realm of IEMs. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, sometimes an IEM will come around that does one thing SO MAGICALLY well that you forget or don't notice any other flaws that it has. The Yume is one of those rare gems that are 100% worth your attention.

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Disclaimer
Unit purchased from hifigo.com for personal use.
All opinions are my own.
See Audio Yume: Exceptionally Ravishing
Pros: - Gorgeous looking high-quality resin shell.
- Well-done natural tuning. (Maybe an audiophiliac reference tuning too.)
- Sufficient treble quality.
- Superb clarity and detail on vocals
- One of the best on tonality and transparent sounding with its price range.
- One of the best fitting UIEM under US$200.
- Has include a soft and tangled resistant high quality Litz stock cable.
- Adequate accessories and freebies include inside on the packaging box.
Cons: - Definitely not for bassheads
- Average width dimension on soundstage.
- Wishing for more airiness on presence part of treble.
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Greetings mates, Welcome to my another IEM review and we do some deep dive and comprehensive assessment of this particular pair set from new audio company from China, See Audio. I have some scant infos about this new audio company like they have some connection with QDC but based on the appearance and quality of their product, they indeed aiming at Chifi midrange segment.

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Let's just cut out the chase and here it is their product, The See Audio Yume. The See Audio Yume is a hybrid driver set-up, a single Dynamic Driver and Two (2) balanced armature Knowles driver. This is currently price at around US $165 - 170 in online stores.

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The unboxing experience that I've feel is quite gratifying as this is one of the best appealing looking packaging box in IEM product and it is indeed smashing.

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The blue coloured packaging box itself is humongous for the pair of IEMs and its included accessories inside but it has a beautifully drawn anime character art as their mascot (her name is Rinko for audio enthusiasts who were interested in this anime waifu thing.) at the front and some graphs infos and specification at the rear.

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The contents inside of the box are the pair of IEMs, extra eartips (both silicone and memory foams) of different sizes, a circular shape metal case, an ample high quality 4-core litz cable and some paperworks like warranty card and basic instruction manuals..and I almost forgot to mention those stickers with a print of their cute anime product mascot.

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The shell of See Audio Yume is incredible astounding and praiseworthy for its aesthetic choice. It is a medium-size smoky opaque black one, made of high quality resin with greenish glitter in the the front shell with stylized SeeAudio logo that looks like an Eye of Ra and 'see' on the left shell and 'yume' with right shell at the bottom in vertical way. There is a single vent hole on it for acoustic chamber purposes for "breathing" on diaphragm on the dynamic driver. It has those stabilizing fins that really sits well in my outer ear as it really give me the best possible fitting and sound isolation for blocking some external noises from the surrounding which I gave a perfect score of this one.

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The scalability on See Audio Yume is very flexible one as it has a 32 ohms impedance and a decent sensitivity rating which can be driven sufficiently from most media player sources such as DAPs, smartphones, tablets and laptops. But a high quality Hi-fi DAC/amp will show the full potential of these gorgeous set even more as it will sound more fuller and loads of dynamics.

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The tonality of See Audio Yume for me is more on a balanced-"neutral" sound. I can even classify them as an audiophiliac reference tuning due to some mids and treble emphasis on their audio spectrum.This is actually one of my preferred sound signature and most of my current IEMs in my collection are in these kind of tuning.

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Lets get it on its sound quality on this set:

LOWS/BASS
As it has a newer dynamic driver technology, we expect a more robust dynamic sounding lows but it is quite an opposite, The bass quality is tight, precise and lightly impactful as it has decent reach of sub bass that I hear some faint of rumbling on it. The midbass has less textured density as the sound of the bass guitar lacks that growl and intensity of resonance especially on some plucking techniques that I'm familiar with as I find it aspirated and a little bit hollowed, And the bass kicks doesn't have that authoritative impact and pounding which this set sounds too soft and mellow. The silver lining on this is that it has fast with transient decays that a bass bleeding on other audio frequency is almost non-existent which is good one for critical listening. I categorised this kind of bass as "neutral bass" and Bassheads looking for bass quantity will certainly avoid this one.

MIDS

This is unequivocally the best part of Yume as it really hit my soft spot as a lover on anything else midcentric tuning. The mids is clean, has a well-defined texture and transparency. I just really amaze how the vocals on these set performs superbly. Both vocals of both gender sounds forwards and brim with details as I hear it similarly from good midcentric IEMs that I've currently have. The sounds of rhythm and percussion instruments sounds natural and vivacious as they are go along with the vocals harmoniously on the track (Even some black metal tracks sounds "clean" despite of they are recorded in lo-fi.) The acoustic and lead guitar shows its crisp, crunchiness and scintillating nature in every plucking on its string. Rhythm guitar sounds precisely and emotional as I feel its characteristic via chord progression even the complex ones. The piano tone sounds rich and vibrant for every note hammering hit to feel its resonance. Snare hits very pinpoint and has a good impact if it was mingle along with cymbals, they could create a good groove on it. This set will deliver the attributes of a well-refined mids that midcentrics are looking for.

HIGHS/TREBLE

The treble quality of this set has that sparkle, gleam and lively as I hear it. I certainly feel those peaks in that upper mids and presence sector but they are harmoniously mix well in the side of frequecy spectrum. It has a tidy extension and enough airiness on it though I still anticipating for more sizzle on it. The cymbals sounds decent and organic but I wish more shimmer just to the liveliness and energetic. Sibilance is absent or almost non-existent as hissing consonants are well-tamed. I can classify this kind of treble as a "safe treble" as you could hear comfortably without any harshness that causes ear fatigue in a long listening session. This could probably recommended to treble-sensitives who still want to hear a good treble quality.

SOUNDSTAGE and IMAGING

The soundstage of Yume is on average width and depth.Think that you are in a small to medium size bar venue that is enough for under 50 people. Its still has decent sense of space on it. Imaging is actually best part of this set as it really performs tremendously. The positioning and placement of its instruments are accurately discerning into my ears, as I try to do sweeping test on stereo panning to determine its spatial indications. Separation is distinctly commendable of this one that there is a noticeable gap between instruments and vocals. Layering has a substantial overlaying on distinction of instrument on each row. This is indeed has a good holographic presentation in my hearing senses.



As I conclude my review here, The See Audio Yume really outperform my expectations as it really hit hard my Achilles heel (Midcentric IEMs are my own version of Kryptonite).This set emerges as one of the top contenders in under $200 in 2021 to please the audio enthusiasts alike as it offers superbly tune and high quality product at decent price. But the question is how does it categorize itself? Is this a fun sounding or dry and analytical one? For me it has possessed some good attributes on both sides, enjoyable to listen it with an aspect of technical performance.
This is still not a perfect set that I'm looking for but its supposed flaws were outweighed by the good characteristics like tonality and structural value.


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SPECIFICATIONS:
MODEL:See Audio Yume
SENSITIVITY:106dB
CABLE LENGTH:1.2mm
IMPEDANCE:32Ω
CONNECTOR:3.5mm
FREQUENCY RANGE RESPONSE: 20Hz - 20 kHz
TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION:0.2%
DRIVER CONFIGURATON: 1 DDs and 2 BAs

Some Tracks Tested:frowning2: * = 16-bit FLAC, ** = 24-bit FLAC, *'* = MQA, '*' = DSD, *'= .WAV)

Alison Krauss -When You Say Nothing At All *
Jade Wiedlin - Blue Kiss**
Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks *'*
Santana - Europa *
Wagakki Band - Sakura Rising *'*
Guns N' Roses - Patience *'*
Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven '*'
Sergio Mendes- Never Gonna Let You Go '*'
Pearl Jam - Daughter **
Roselia - Hidamari Rhodonite *
Assassin - Fight (To Stop The Tyranny)*
Celtic Frost- Visual Aggression *
Camouflage - The Great Commandment *
Spice Girls - Goodbye *
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Child *
The Selecter - On My Radio *
Metallica - Motorbreath **
Mariah Carey- Always Be My Baby *
TLC - Unpretty *
X-Japan - Blue Blood*
Mozart - Lacrimosa *
Handel- Sarabande *
Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere *'*
Dissection - Night's Blood *
Kalapana - The Hurt *

P.S.

I am not affliated to See Audio nor receive monetary incentives and financial gains as they provide me a review unit for an exchange of factual and sincere feedback from yours truly.

If you are interested for more infos, Visit See Audio's facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/seeaudio2020
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captione

100+ Head-Fier
A very vocal critique
Pros: - Good vocals performer
- Detailed in treble section
- Excellent imaging and seperation
- Good packaging contents
- Very good looking shells
Cons: - Bass is severely lacking in mid-bass slam
- Dry, boring presentation (might be good for some)
- A bit thin in some instruments
- Soundstage is average
- Tip selection is subpar
Seeaudio Yume Review

Tl;dr : 170usd, 1dd 2ba setup. Sports the Harman Target 2020 tuning.
Lacks in midbass slam, only sub bass focus like Harman does. Has a dry tonal presentation. Mids are lean and detailed though lacks in body for some instruments. Vocal performance is excellent. Treble performance is very good although lacking a bit of air. Imaging and separation are excellent but lacks in soundstage width. Overall, it’s a bit boring for my tastes.

A bit of background and disclaimer:

Seeaudio gave me the opportunity to try the Yume through a review circle tour; rest assured they won’t influence my review. I hope my criticisms can be used to improve Seeaudio’s future releases and current ones, and guide some curious consumers.

I'm also new on reviewing so please tell me your inputs about it! I'm happy to listen and learn from you guys!


Packaging:
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· The packaging consists of a two part box with an anime background on the outer cover and the pair’s specs and graphs. The black box contains the pairs unconnected, the metal container that contains the cable, the four silicone tips & foam tips in different sizes and the papers, stickers and warranty in foam that fits them snuggly. It’s very good for 170usd.

Build:
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· The shape of these shells is very custom-like. It’s primarily built with resin with a metal nozzle. I do notice some imperfections in the filling of the shell, I’m seeing tiny solidified droplets of resin from the faceplate. A bit iffy looking but not really noticeable, still decent looking and the sparkly holographic sparkles of the faceplate with the dark resin used makes you focus on those visuals.

Fit and isolation:
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· They fit VERY well with the custom-like shells fitting my big ears properly with decent nozzle depth that is sufficient to isolate outside noise on my ears excellently. MANDATORY tiprolling is needed because of the subpar tips provided, so I found a great fit with KZ Starline tips.

Sound:

A bit of background for the source, I used my Meizu DAC (on my phone and laptop) and my music player (Samsung YP-Q2) for the testing. My library consists of MP3 and FLAC albums on 16/44khz and few 24/96khz ones. Here is my lastfm account to see what I listen to: https://www.last.fm/user/varia_ble

- Bass: Super focused in sub-bass amount, extends well when tracks call for sub-bass but even though it extends, it severely lacks in mid-bass slam and weight that I personally think should be in any track.

This is definitely the weak part of the Yume, its lumpy bass. It feels like a heartbeat more than a kick from a drum or an 808, so you could imagine the texture is very lacking too, with lesser present attack and decay.

- Mids: Lean and dry. Timbre is fairly good for a hybrid setup, though some instruments can sound body-less with the sub bass focus plus the dryness of the whole signature. Even though I said that, the sub bass focus actually help to bring the mids up despite the graphs indicating a dip as a Harman signature would show, but really lacks some body as I said earlier. It is fast and snappy in portraying instruments though (they’re using BAs afterall), but I still prefer a more slower and natural snap.
The vocals are definitely the star of the show for the Yume, with female voices portrayed with very good detail and control without being sibilant and the male voice presented decently, so it makes an engaging listen with vocal tracks for me.

- Treble: More focused on the lower treble side of things. It has decent extension for me, and very detailed without getting sibilant. Cymbals and Sssses are handled without any sibilance. Details in this range are portrayed clean, but the lack of air may bother some people. It’s energetic without being too digital sounding, although the speedy snap of BAs isn’t what I prefer.

- Soundstage, Imaging and Separation: The soundstaging is average, a bit claustrophobic. More on depth than the width

Imaging is excellent with well-defined spatial cues and movements.

Separation is also excellent with very good definition of various elements; I think it might have something to do with the speedy rendering of the BAs inside.

Comparison:

- With Sony MH755: They’re in the same Harman signature more or less (MH755 being exaggerated Harman VS Yume following Harman Target 2020 to a T) but with very contrasting costs (MH755 @ 5-20usd vs Yume at 170usd), I want to do this comparison despite the cost differences because both are Harman contenders, which is very interesting for me.

Bass goes to MH755, because its slams better and with desirable mid bass response compared to the Yume.

Mids goes to the Yume, being more defined and detailed, but the MH755 is more natural in that presentation than the Yume will ever be.

Treble goes for the Yume, because it’s more controlled, well defined and detailed compared to the MH755.

Thoughts:

I give the Seeaudio Yume a bit of a lukewarm response, I’m seriously being honest. It’s a bit too boring (or analytical) for my tastes, unfortunately. Add the lacking mid bass response that doesn’t scratch my bare minimum for a bass response. I guess Harman isn’t good for my preferences. I hope Seeaudio can see the lacking bass response and add at least a bit of meat to the mid bass.
However, it is very good for vocal tracks or tracks that don’t use bass that much. I found myself very engaged listening to Takagi Masakatsu’s Kagayaki, with its field recordings of grandmothers singing lullabies with accompanying piano and folk music pieces. I almost cried honestly, so I guess I can still see a golden lining for it because what matters is how it portrays the music anyway. J

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FcConstruct

Head-Fier
Min-Maxing
Pros: Absolutely superb tuning that wholly carries this IEM
Decent accessories
Cons: Weak staging
Mediocre resolution
Easy to forget

Introduction​

For today's review, we're going to be looking at a new brand to the IEM scene, SeeAudio. More specifically, this review will cover the SeeAudio Yume which is their entry-level model at $170 which sports a 1 DD + 2 BA configuration. What's interesting about SeeAudio is that while they are a new company to the scene, I've heard rumours that they're founded from ex-QDC employees. For those unfamiliar with QDC, they make some of the best TOTL IEMs on the planet, with the QDC VX being the most notable. At any rate, if there's any truth to this rumour, it would certainly lend a semblance of credibility to their products compared to yet another random-name-generated ChiFi company.

Disclaimer: I received the SeeAudio Yume from Linsoul in exchange for this honest review. I have not been compensated in any other way.



What's in the Box?​

Following the footsteps of Moondrop, SeeAudio's packaging has an unabashedly Japanese influence to it. I won't comment further; I'll let you decide what to think of it.



Inside the box are the IEMs, a carrying case with the cable inside, and 8 sets of tips: 4 silicon, 4 foams. Oh and you get some cute (?) stickers I guess. The tips are generic but I quite like the 2-pin cable. Its soft and pliable with little cable memory or noise.
The IEM itself is a standard affair. A blue/black ergonomic resin shell that's comfortable in the ear. I will say the fit is quite tight and I get a really strong seal. It has an interesting faceplate design with its logo and embedded green speckles that glimmer beautifully when the light is just right.

Sound​

As usual, I like to open with my first impressions before really diving into talking about how I feel about them after listening for over two weeks or so. Three things about the SeeAudio Yume stood out to me immediately at first glance. One: the tuning is an excellent balanced-neutral signature. Two: the staging is weak. Three: its technical performance is middling.



Unfortunately, it looks like the DD of the right unit of my Yume is dead. It doesn't look like any other reviewers have this issue so I'll chalk it up to bad luck. I'll proceed with my review as normal keeping in mind that it will sound bassier in the left.

And yes, if you're familiar with Antdroid's target, the SeeAudio Yume does measure practically dead on except for the subbass. My own preferences line up very closely with Antdroid's target so its no surprise I quite like the tuning of the Yume.

Bass​

As a hybrid IEM, the Yume boasts a dynamic driver to handle its bass which is always greatly welcomed. Rather than a bass shelf popular with a number of tunings nowadays, the Yume goes for a downward sloping response starting from the subbass and gently landing in the low mids. This gives it a very clean midbass while maintaining subbass presence when called for. Quantity wise, the Yume falls within that Goldilocks zone of having just enough quantity to provide sufficient presence without being the centerpiece of the overall sound. Think Etymotic ER2XR's bass slope except with more subbass from the 60 Hz mark down. I think that's a pretty reasonable move lend more impact at the very low end.

Unfortunately, if you were looking for a thunderous rumble in the low end, the Yume doesn't have that. Instead, it offers a rather textureless one-noted bass punch. Not that there are many IEMs (if any, really) with great bass in this price segment but still, the Yume's bass does fall short against benchmarks like the Tin T4 and Moondrop Starfield. The bass of the Yume's direct competitor in the Thieaudio Legacy 4 sounds a bit like a supercharged version of what the Yume offers thanks to the ostensibly better DD in the L4. That said, it's hard to fault the Yume too much. The bass does what its supposed to: hit a well-crafted tuning target.

Mids​

The tonal balance in the mids is extremely good. The low mids transition cleanly from the bass and possess the very slightest uplift that keeps it from sounding sterile or lean. The upper mids has about an ideal pinna peak of around 3 kHz and strikes superb balance of being forward but not shouty. Vocals are well positioned front and center. Instruments have a very slightly relaxed sound without embellishment. No complaints about the timbre either unless you want to be excessively picky about its BA nature. Despite throwing a number of tracks at the Yume, its tonality maintains rock solid no matter.

I'd go so far as to say that from a tuning perspective, its mids is probably among the best I've heard in an IEM, including the $1,400 Fearless Dawn x crinacle. But what the Yume lacks is the addictive quality that comes with the Dawn. It lacks the technical performance of the Dawn that really elevates that IEM from simply great tuning to a wholly enjoyable experience. While tuning of the mids in the Yume is about as good as you'll get, it somehow fails to truly captivate me. I forget about it the moment I take them off. This isn't a knock against the Yume necessarily: the vast, vast majority of gear I've heard have a similar problem regardless of price. It's what separates IEMs that stand the test of time and those that don't.

Treble​

Like the rest of the IEM, the tuning of the treble is quite good though it does lean on the safe side. There's decent treble energy throughout though it does start to dip out in the upper treble. Once again, no real complaints. It passes my treble test pretty easily; cymbals and hats sound nice and natural, limited only by the quality of the recording. The overall "feel" of its treble falls between the bright touch of the Legacy 4 and the soft, overly dampened treble of the Moondrop Starfield. The lack of peakiness makes the Yume a strong choice for those treble sensitive but has just enough sharpness to prevent it from sounding totally dead.

Presentation​

From its outstanding performance in the tuning department, its technical prowess is downright "normal". Its soundstage has a noticeably in-your-head feel. Imaging is your standard 3-blob affair with little height or depth. While I always like to say that almost all IEMs suffer from this problem to some degree, the Yume does lean into this problem just a little more than its contemporaries. On tracks with great stereo panning, the soundstage and imaging sounds unnatural on the Yume, like there's a sense of a sort of artificial stretching of the stage rather than gentler, diffused sort of sound.

Admittedly, the resolution isn't as bad as I thought it was initially. Though I wasn't impressed at the start, now that I've spent a decent amount of time with it, its detail retrieval is better than the generic $50 range I would've initially put it in. But it's still middling. I'd say that it falls short of the Tin T4 and Moondrop Starfield but is competitive with IEMs shy of that benchmark. As for instrument separation, at least the Yume does a solid job here. Instruments don't feel like they're tripping over each other competing for stage space.



Comparison to Thieaudio Legacy 4​

The Legacy 4 comes in at $195 and in my review of it, I said that it represented a strong $200 benchmark. It's a well rounded IEM that has both solid tuning and technical performance. The Yume chooses the approach of min-maxing. It's easily the one of the best tuned IEM around regardless of price. But the presentation of its overall sound leaves a little something to be desired. Some combination of its weaknesses, be it the soundstage, the softer touch of its treble, its one-noted bass, etc. holds it back from being the new IEM to beat.

Personally, I'm not as enamoured by absolute tonal perfection. I find that as long as the tuning meets a general threshold of "good enough", my focus shifts to an IEM's technical performance and its overall presentation. As such, I'd rather take the Legacy 4 for its more complete nature than Yume's master of one. The L4 has more "character" to it that tips the scales for me, if that makes sense.



Should You Buy It?​

Yes. Despite prefering the L4, there absolutely is a place for the Yume. At $170, the SeeAudio Yume an easy top 5 or so recommendation for its price range and the best if tuning is everything you care about. If you never want to touch an EQ, nothing in the <$300 price range challenges it. To say it sets the benchmark for tonality in IEMs would be unfair to new contenders. And truth be told, I really don't want every IEM to follow the Yume's tuning. Variety is, after all, the spice of life. That said, while Yume may not be the spiciest IEM out there, it'll serve as a great reference in the future to remind myself what an ideal tonality should sound like.

In conclusion, I'll draw a possibly blasphemous analogy. I think of the Yume a bit like the HD600. It's not exactly the best headphone in terms of technical performance. It has a small stage (intimate, if you want a nicer spin), the bass doesn't really slam, and its treble is little smoothed over. But very very few headphones match its tonal performance and with no real competitors, the HD600 is my defacto recommendation in the mid-fi realm. In the same way, the Yume outdoes almost everyone else in the tuning department. Unfortunately, the IEM space is significantly more competitive than the headphone space and the Yume is going to need to fight for its market share. Still, hats off to SeeAudio. Their debut IEM to the most contested market space brings something more than worth talking about.

Written by Fc-Construct

LinkK

New Head-Fier
Pros: Quite smooth no harsh spikes
Instrument seperation quite good
Great tonality for the price
Cons: Hear bass more than actually feeling
Tiny bit vague center image
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I would want to preface this review with this disclaimer.
Seeaudio has not influenced my opinion in any way, I have bought this iem with my own money.

This IEM is a 2BA hybrid with one "liquid silicone" dynamic driver. I personally don't care it's just marketing jargon like moondrop's "diamond like carbon diaphragm.

You do recieve waifu standies, a keychain and poster though which I think, is pretty neat

Let's get on to the sound.....

Tonality
I have owned this IEM for about a month now and I can confidently say that what I like the most about the yume is it's tonality. It's ability to present top-end details without sounding too harsh and shouty in the highs.
Is great for the price, as in most IEMs in this price range there is almost always pitfalls or compromises somewhere. You could say that the technicalities such as clear imaging is a downfall for this iem, but I will get on to how to solve that later.

The highs
The highs un-EQed is not harsh at all, the top end is quite smooth. I do use EQ which could make top-end quite harsh but I don't mind personally. The drop in the highs makes this IEM sound like a closed back as it loses clarity for the drop.

The mids, really nothing to talk about in my opinion average detail and texture and lack body and can be a bit thin at times.

Bass
Mid bass clean, fast decay, solid bass, with decent quantity. Most likely because the inclusion on a dynamic driver instead of using BA bass.
lacks the punch feel of the bass although you can hear it.

Sub bass is decent and audible but does not dig too deep

Imaging
It is one of the little compromises in this iem, it is definitely passable, but just at the level of the competition such as the FH3 or the OH1.
the imaging on this iem is definitely passable, the center imaging might be a bit vague, but instrument seperation is handled with no problem.
However, with ePro tips, and a balanced cable, the image is very solid and imaging is basically the same as the unbalanced Fh3. However, ePro tips do lose a little bit of bass but nothing EQ can't fix.

For me if someone asked for a mid-fi IEM this would be one of my go-to's

Others would be the dusk, the legacy 4, and the starfields. Also depends on how the 2021 moondrop aria works out.

RoXor

New Head-Fier
See Audio Yume
Pros: Excellent balanced tuning
Good separation with decent soundstage
Good extension and decent detail retrieval
Good build quality
Cons: Bass could have more quantity and slam
Lacks sub bass rumble
Disclaimer:

The unit has been sent to me from See Audio as a part of a review circle. I am not working or affiliated to See Audio and I am not being paid or influenced otherwise to say anything positive or negative about this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Note: Please note that my opinions and ratings are based on price, category, market competition and personal expectations and are subjective in nature.
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Build Quality and comfort

Yume is a budget offering from See Audio, a 1DD+2BA configuration placed inside glossy black shell with a bit of design on the faceplate along with the branding and logo. The shell looks beautiful, and has a pseudo custom fit. The cable is 0.78mm 2 pin OCC cable with 3.5mm connector. There were 3 pairs of eartips of S, M and L sizes.

Yume fitted really well and was comfortable for long listening sessions. The shells are lightweight and doesn’t lead to any kind of fatigue.

Score: 8.5/10
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Sound

The first thing I noticed with Yume is its excellent tuning, its fun as well as engaging at the same time. The tuning is inspired by the 2020 Harman Target. The overall sound signature seemed balanced and neutral to me.

The bass quality is really good and fast. The bass seemed slightly lower in quantity than my preference and lacks the slam. The sub-bass is light and lacked rumble. However, it is what the tonality is intended to be, and the bass is just adequate with respect to the Yume’s tuning.

The mids are however very clean and appropriately forward to my liking. Mids have good amount of details and separation is quite good too.

Highs have good amount of macro details and well extended. Highs are clean and crisp and has good amount of air.

Score: 8.5/10

Soundstage, Imaging, Separation

Soundstage of Yume has average width and depth, and helps keep enough space for instrument heavy tracks to not sound congested. The imaging was good and I was able to pinpoint each instrument. It has good instrument separation and layering and even though soundstage isn’t very wide, the layering and separation along with clean presentation is what makes Yume sail through complex tracks with ease. I never felt any congestion and these properties are really flagship level according to me.

Score: 8/10

Source and drivability

I believe neutral to warm sources will pair well with Yume. I have Ibasso’s DX160 and Pico Power amp. Both Ibasso DX160 PO and DX160 (lineout) to Pico Power paired well with Yume, however Pico Power improves the bass performance and makes the presentation musical and euphonic.

Yume does scale a bit when I moved to my desktop setup, Phi DecaDac (DIY R2R Dac) to Sapphire Amp. The highs became more crisp and oozed out all the details the drivers could afford, the bass had slightly more punch however still seemed lacking to me.

Comparison

A few months ago, I reviewed BQEYZ Spring 2 which I absolutely liked for its performance in the price range it is available. It was really hard to imagine some other IEM can come up and compete with Spring 2 anytime soon. Yume proved me wrong, with its excellent tuning and technical capabilities, Yume is now my favourite IEM under 200$. Compared to Spring 2, Yume has better tuning, more refined sound and excellent layering. Spring 2 had graininess in the highs. However Spring 2 has more bass quantity and punch and soundstage is slightly better than Yume.

Conclusion

Yume’s tonality is comparable to IEMs much higher than its price and even might be better than the most. Technically in terms of soundstage and detail retrieval it might still fall short of higher priced competitors. However, as per my experience, it will be really hard to find anything than can do better than the Yume around or even slightly higher than its price of 169USD. Yume is now my topmost recommendation below 200USD.

Overall rating: 8.5/10

Wretched Stare

Head-Fier
Well done See audio
Pros: Balanced sound signature, good clean Bass, great Mids nice treble response, very pretty shell.
Cons: Can be source fickle
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The YUME come in a very pretty box with a robust amount of details on the back. Different size tips in both foam and silicone , a nice metal case and a very good quality cable are included.
Build quality surpassed my expectations and honestly they look amazing. I found them comfortable for long usage in both sound and fit.
The Yume sound nice and well balanced, the Bass: is punchy and tight, Sub Bass is rapid but present , Mid-Bass is quite detailed and textured.
Mids: are forward and positioned perfectly in front of the instruments, they are neutral yet there is a slight push in the upper Mids and lower treble.
Treble: has a fine amount of sparkle but a fast roll off, honestly I like that about them, they have enough detail retrival with out getting harsh in my opinion.
Soundstage: Stage is open and as wide as it is deep but never feels artificial, imaging is good too. In gaming it worked well for me.
Conclusion: See video.


darmanastartes

500+ Head-Fier
I Toole'd You So
Pros: virtually perfect tuning, clean, dynamic bass, good accessories
Cons: sub-par detail retrieval for price point
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INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMER:
The SeeAudio Yume is a hybrid in-ear monitor (IEM) that uses a dynamic driver in combination with two balanced armatures (BA). The Yume retails for $169 at HiFiGo. I received the SeeAudio Yume from HiFiGo in exchange for a fair and objective review.
This review can also be viewed on my blog: https://medium.com/bedrock-reviews/seeaudio-yume-review-d6d6b2273998
SOURCES:
I have used the SeeAudio Yume with the following sources:
  • Qudelix 5K
  • E1DA 9038D
  • Hidizs S9
  • Hidizs H2
  • Hiby FC3
I have tested these headphones with local FLAC and Spotify Premium. Visit my last.fm page to get an idea of what I listen to.
PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES:
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The SeeAudio Yume comes in a large rectangular black cardboard box with a blue slipcover. The front of the slipcover is illustrated with Rinko, SeeAudio’s anime girl mascot. Technical specifications for the SeeAudio Yume are provided in English and Chinese on the back of the slipcover. The slipcover also features a frequency response graph for the Yume. The unboxing experience is appropriately premium for a product of this price.
The package includes a braided 5N Ohno Continuous Cast 2-pin cable with a 3.5mm single-ended termination, four pairs of silicone eartips (XS, S, M, L), four pairs of foam eartips (2 x M, 2 x L), and a disc-shaped metal carry case. I was pleased to see a real carry case and foam eartips included with the Yume. The Yume also includes an owner’s manual, a contact card, and a number of Rinko stickers in various sizes.
BUILD QUALITY / DESIGN:
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The SeeAudio Yume has clear acrylic housings with inverted teardrop-shaped faceplates and a pseudo-custom fit. I cannot feel or see a seam between the faceplate and the shell body. The faceplates have a speckled pearlescent finish. The left-side faceplate is embossed with a stylized “S” and the word “See” in a T-shaped orientation, whereas the right-side faceplate bears a sunray motif and the word “Yume.” According to SeeAudio, future production runs of the Yume will have different faceplates. The dark-colored housing body is nearly opaque, but one can catch faint glimpses of the internal components if the IEM is held up to a light source. The 2-pin connectors are flush with the surface of the housing. There is a circular silver vent just below the 2-pin connectors. The metal nozzle caps have a mesh cover and a thick lip for securing eartips. The nozzle width is average.

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The 2-pin cable included with the Yume is very attractive-looking. The cable uses a quad braid below the Y-split and a double helix pattern for each side above the Y-split. It is not tangle-prone and I have not noticed significant microphonics using it. It also incorporates a plastic chin-adjustment slider, an inclusion that is both rare and appreciated. The cable’s 3.5 mm termination uses a straight metal housing with robust strain relief. The cylindric Y-split hardware uses the same metal for its construction. “SeeAudio” is faintly printed in white text on the jack housing. There is no strain relief at the Y-split. The cable has slim, barely noticeable pre-formed earguides below the 2-pin connectors. The right 2-pin connector has a red plastic base, but the 2-pin connectors are not otherwise marked.
COMFORT / FIT / ISOLATION:
The SeeAudio Yume is intended to be worn cable-up only. The earpieces have a moderate insertion depth and are very comfortable to wear for extended periods. Secureness of fit and isolation are above average. The Yume does not have driver flex.
MEASUREMENTS:

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My measurements were conducted with a Dayton iMM-6 microphone using a vinyl tubing coupler and a calibrated USB sound interface. The measurements use a compensation file derived from relating my raw measurements to published measurements from Crinacle and Antdroid. The measurements are presented with 1/24th smoothing. There is a resonant peak at 8k. Measurements above 10k are not reliable.
SOUND:
The SeeAudio Yume has a Harman-ish tuning, meaning a distinct sub-bass shelf that falls away early enough to avoid mid-bass bleed, a healthy amount of pinna gain, and a distinct lack of upper treble. What is most interesting about the Yume’s tuning is that when I attempted to create an equalizer preset for the Yume using Room EQ Wizard based on Toranku’s target curve with the default flatness target value, the program indicated there was no need to make adjustments. Setting aside the potential implications, the immediate result is that the Yume has pretty close to what I would call my ideal tuning.
The Yume has excellent sub-bass extension. Sub-bass is emphasized over mid-bass. The Yume offers enough rumble and slam to please non-basshead listeners. The bass is clean, textured, and dynamic. Bass resolution is middling for the price point. Indeed, across its frequency response, the Yume underwhelms in terms of its detail retrieval.
The Yume has a clear, slightly cool midrange. The lower midrange has body but not warmth. Though still fairly forward, the Yume’s upper midrange drops off faster than many other Harman-inspired IEMs. This avoids harshness in the presence region. Male and female vocals are roughly even in their emphasis. Female vocals are slightly more vibrant. Male and female vocal intelligibility are good. Like the bass region, midrange detail retrieval is mediocre and grainy. The Yume has a fairly natural timbre and mostly avoids BA plasticity.
The Yume’s treble presentation is weighted towards the lower treble. The Yume’s treble is very sparkly, almost too much so. Percussion in this region is slightly too splashy. There is a crinkling tinsel-like quality to cymbal hits. On the other hand, the Yume’s detail retrieval in the treble is better than in the bass or midrange. As mentioned earlier, the Yume’s upper treble rolls off quickly and air is limited. Instrument separation is very good. The size of the soundstage is average, as is the Yume’s imaging.
AMPLIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AND SOURCE PAIRING:
I did not find the SeeAudio Yume to be particularly demanding in terms of its amplification needs. I did not notice hiss with any of my sources.
COMPARISONS:
SeeAudio Yume ($170) vs Moondrop Starfield ($109)

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SeeAudio Yume (Blue) vs Moondrop Starfield (Red)
Moondrop Starfield Review. Radiant | by Alec | Bedrock Reviews | Medium
The SeeAudio Yume and Moondrop Starfield sound similar but there are a few key differences. The Starfield is bassier overall, with slightly more emphasis on the mid-bass. The Yume’s midrange has a more natural tonality. I did not hear a huge difference between the two in terms of timbre. The Starfield has a much more airy treble presentation with superior upper treble extension. Overall, the Yume sounds more realistic to me. Soundstage size is comparable between the two. The Starfield has slightly better instrument separation and imaging. The Starfield also has superior detail retrieval across its frequency response. The Yume comes with a more premium accessory selection, as befits its higher asking price.
CLOSING WORDS:

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To me, the combination of the SeeAudio Yume’s packaging aesthetic combined with its tuning signals SeeAudio’s intent to compete with the likes of Moondrop and Tanchjim. If the Yume is any indication of their future efforts, they have a good chance of being successful.
The Yume can be purchased at the link below:
SeeAudio Yume 1DD + 2BA Hybrid In-Ear Earphone — HiFiGo

DallaPo

New Head-Fier
The YUME is a bit undercooled, but an honest companion.
Pros: wonderful mids
very good spatial representation and separation
well implemented 33518 (treble)
Cons: a bit dry and anemic in the bass.
the musicality is somewhat lost
Rating: 8.6
Sound: 8.5

Intro​

New IEM companies keep sprouting up and it's hard to keep track of them all. SEEAUDIO is one of them, and with the YUME they want to fight for a place on the market in the middle class. With the NEO or KAGUYA they still have slightly higher priced models, but the YUME more or less represents the "door opener" in the highly competitive IEM market up to $200. There are already three models of this in-ear, which have been adapted depending on the market (tuning) (Japan - ANOU and a YUME-HK version). The standard YUME is available everywhere, the other two only in the respective country/state.

The YUME is a hybrid, consisting of a DD and 2BA. In the run-up one could already examine some graphs, which looked very promising, but do these advance laurels also confirm in the listening test?

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Handling​

The YUME is already one thing, damn comfortable. The shape of the case is very ergonomic and also due to the compact size, there should be little difficulty in achieving a good fit and thus a very good seal. The included tips also contribute to this, which have paid off just as quickly for me with other IEMs. Especially the silicone tips, which are available in 4 different sizes. The same selection of foam tips is also provided.

The cable (8-core, 2-pin, copper) is haptically very appealing and the round transport case is also wisely chosen. The packaging is perhaps a bit too big, but you eat with your eyes. Fortunately, the anime was not also transported onto the faceplate, but a somewhat simpler, but quite decorative design was chosen.

In a nutshell: the YUME is haptically and workmanship-wise on a very high level, without any noticeable weaknesses.

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Sound​

The key words for the YUME are clean and clear. Even if one could accuse it of being boring, it is for me one of the tonally best in its price range (especially in the mids).

The bass is not necessarily a force of nature, rather a breeze. Sure, a more powerful punch and authority could certainly have been gotten out of the dynamic driver, but that was apparently not the tuning goal with the YUME. The bass has a sub-bass emphasis, but it looks more promising on the sheet paper (graph) than it sounds. On the one hand, this is certainly due to the fact that many pop, rock or acoustic mixes emphasize more the mid-bass to create a more fun punch, or the selected instruments do not really reproduce the sub-bass. On the other hand, the YUME is almost deathly flat in the upper and mid-bass, which makes it almost anemic and sterile, and the sub-bass can hardly get anything out of this. It lacks musicality and a bit of dynamics, so to speak. At times, it reminds me more of a clean and precise BA bass (but with better depth) than a dynamic driver. This is certainly a major point of criticism for many, as this very presentation cannot be perceived as particularly lively and rather monotonous. It simply lacks some warmth and punch, but the bass makes up for it with accuracy and speed. Likewise, I find it quite detailed when you get into it. Still, it's a bit too little level in that area for me. The sound quality can't be denied, but it doesn't peddle it.

The mid-range is the YUME's sweet spot. Clear, transparent and tonally very authentic, describes the listening experience very well. While they may lack a bit of bass impact to make them a bit fuller, I find them close to my ideal as is (the MOONDROP S8, for example, would be an IEM that comes even closer). There is actually little to criticize the YUME for here tonally, but also technically. On the one hand, the slight coldness and here and there it lacks a bit of body and power, but that is ultimately a matter of taste. Above all, I like the reproduction of instruments. No matter if piano, brass or guitars, everything sounds very realistic and clean, almost too clear, which brings us back to the topic of "sterile". Voices have a natural timbre and you quickly get lost in the vocals, no matter if woman or man.

The treble is handled by the "bugaboo", the KNOWLES 33518 (identical in construction to the 300095). Why bugaboo? Many budget IEMs use BELLSING, or KZ variations of the Knowles driver, which are often poorly implemented and the driver has fallen somewhat into disrepute. Unjustly, actually, because if you are able to take the sharpness out of it and dampen it a bit, you get a very detailed airy high frequency with a fine resolution. The YUME manages this very well. The high-frequency sounds neither cheap nor artificial, but very grown-up. It lacks a bit in extension, which was deliberately cut, but I am very pleased with the tuning work in the treble range. Sibilants are thankfully in short supply and even if the YUME sometimes sounds a bit brighter than it should, it works cleanly and consistently in the treble. To dispel the prejudice: the 30095 can be an excellent tweeter BA if you have the tuning know-how and, above all, the will to apply it. It is not for nothing that the driver is also found in many TOTL IEMs. Nevertheless, of course, the treble is also not perfect and especially in the upper range goes a bit out of air, but for me the two BAs (29689 & 33518) harmonize very well with each other.

Even through these two BAs, the technical characteristics are remarkable. The stage has a lush extension and likewise the imaging is excellent. If now the bass would develop a little more pressure from below, you could certainly create an even better layering and a more rounded overall picture, but for my sensation the YUME perform here really very well.

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Outro​

Is it fun to listen to music with the YUME? Well, that is in the eye of the beholder. For some, it may be too unmusical or even emotionless. Sometimes, however, it is precisely this sober observation that is so appealing. The YUME is serene, without mood swings, no matter what you put in front of it and it has to plow.
In other words, the YUME is quite honest, and you either appreciate that or prefer to be wooed. I waver back and forth with the YUME, sometimes with the fervent wish that the YUME flatters my ears more, or slams me in the face with even more brutal facts, like I'm used to from a Moondrop Blessing 2 (which, by the way, is also not my first choice in everyday life). The YUME couldn't quite match its resolution, but you can definitely talk about its little brother here. The Blessing 2 (B2) is more neutral in the bass (but still more physical) and has the greater extension in the treble. Nevertheless, the two IEMs are tonally very similar, especially in the midrange. Here, the point even goes to the YUME for my taste, as it doesn't bring the slight garishness of the B2 and generally plays in a more relaxed manner, but can keep up in detail and separation.

For me, the YUME is a very competent IEM that does a lot right, but not perfectly. Frankly, I find it lacking by a few dB in the bass from 200 Hz. Also due to the somewhat emotionless presentation, it is certainly not a general recommendation, especially for the mainstream, but it is a fantastic addition to the IEM collection (if you are looking for some diversity in signatures here) and one of the most tonally authentic of its guild (midrange). However, not necessarily something for everyday use or in between. Musicians and producers might even rather enjoy the neutral and realistic playing style of the YUME.

Thanks to OARDIO for the review unit.
https://www.oardio.com/see-audio-yume-anou-iem-global-worldwide-international-earphones.html

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Ace Bee

1000+ Head-Fier
See Audio Yume: Unexpected Brilliance
Pros: Sparkling Highs
Crystal clear crisp mids
Airy presentation
Clean background
Wide soundstage
Balanced Sound
Cons: Lacking Bass slam and subbass rumble
Disclaimer:
The See Audio – Yume is a sample that was sent to me in exchange for my honest opinion in this review, as part of a review tour. I thank the team at See Audio for giving me this opportunity.

Specification:
Impedance
32Ω.
Sensitivity 106dB.
Frequency Response Range 20Hz-20kHz.
THD+N <2%.
Termination Plug 3.5mm.
Connector 2-pin 0.78mm
Driver 1DD+2BA
Cable 5N OCC

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Introduction:
See Audio is a very new brand that I got acquainted with through Telegram. At firt, I was sceptical: meh, another new audio brand. I honestly was not expecting anything remarkable from them. So when I heard that I was having an opportunity to review it, I as not thrilled. Just another review, I'll get it done - that's what I thought. Little did I know I was in for a surprise!

I'm skipping the technical details as you can find them all online with a little research. Want to get to the sound part as soon as possible

The unit came as barebone as possible, just the iem capsules, cables, and some generic tips. Not that I was concerned. I put them on, and...I listened to quite a few songs.

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Sound:
Yume has a very unique sound, which is balanced and airy, and such balanced and airy that I have never heard in this price range! I was notably surprised at the very first listen and it has left a very deep impression on me - with a lot of positivities and some negativities.

Highs:
Yume has brilliant, energetic, and very airy treble. The energy is more focused on lower treble and less focused on upper treble, though. The sparkles in the high end instruments gives a very exciting touch to the whole music. Notes are very crisp, and can be a touch sharp on rare occassions. Highs do definitely grab your attention because of its brilliant nature.
In Muse - Showbiz and Evanescence - Bring Me To Life the cymbals and high hats were presented effortlessly, and were very easy to spot. The notes were very well defined and came alive.
In Steven Wilson - Pariah the light cymbal hits are clearly discernible, the sparkling background instruments give a very open feeling that the track deserves.

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Mids:
Crispy, clean, and firmly defined is how I would describe the mids. Mids are on the neutral side, and forward sounding. There are plenty of energy in the mids - which benefits the instruments, and female vocals a lot, and male vocals slightly less. On occassions the male vocals may sound very slightly on the thinner side, but nothing irksome. The mids all over is highly engaging with its clean, well defined, and airy presentation. The air present in the mids really breathes new life in the music.
The voice of Yao Si Ting in Scarborough Fair had a brilliant presentation in the song, with all the sizzles present in ample quantity, like a chilling wind.
Similarly, Evanescence - Bring Me To Life sounded brilliant with the energetic voice of Amy Lee and all the instruments.
In Battlestar Galactica Season-2 OST - Prelude To War the snare drum roll was surprisingly crisp and so well defined that I have not heard in this price range.

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Bass:
This is where things go downhill. The bass is...severly lacking, is what I must say. There is very less body, and audible subbass roll off. The slam is very very mildly present. May be this level of bass control was required for the airy signature See Audio tried to create, but it takes away the fun somewhat. Very short decay, less body, on rare occassions the drum hits and the bass guitar manages to sound slightly hollow and lifeless. On all the tracks I tried, I never found the bass up to my satisfaction. But this may be because of my inclination to a strong bass, so take my impressions regarding this with a pinch of salt.

Soundstage and separation:
The stage is quite wide, with moderate depth and moderate height. Because of the air in the mids and highs, the separation is outstanding for the price. I definitely look for stage and separation when I listen to a new iem, and suffice to say I was completely content with Yume on those fronts. All the different elements can be distinctly identified in the space created by Yume.

Comparison:
Vs. Penon Orb:
Penon Orb is a costlier iem by almost 90 USD, but the gap between these two may not be as much as the price gap. Orb has a smoother midrange and highs, that may sound slightly less resolving, whereas Yume with its crisp mids and energetic highs sound more resolving. Orb has a significantly greater soundstage height and more depth, but Yume has a much more cleaner background. This may also be a result of Orb having significantly more bass thump and rumble, which Yume lacks. Orb has a less airy signature than Yume.

Vs. Penon Fan: I will update it after my Fan is properly burnt in. But on a first listen, the Fan has a less resolving mids, but the highs are somewhat similar. Fan also has a more prominent bass that adds to the fun.

Conclusion:
I love bass. Well, not just bass, but it has significant importance to me. Yume lacks it, significantly. But even then I was not able to rate it anything less than 4 star. You know why? Because it is nothing short of brilliant on all the other fronts, and as much as I kept listening to it, I was just so drawn into its presentation of music that I really was not missing the bass at all! Marvellous is the word I have for it. I am still left amazed.

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abheybir

New Head-Fier
SeeAudio Yume/Anou - A new Vision for Music
Pros: 1. A little Bright yet Natural Tonality following Harman Curve
2. Good Dynamics and Soundstage capabilities
3. Adequate bass slam
4. An attractive design and good fit
5. Good Price to Performance Ratio
Cons: 1. Source Picky
2. Sound lacks body in overall presentation
3. Sub bass can be little shy at times
Introduction
SeeAudio has entered the international market with a gorgeous set of IEMs. Anou/Yume truly showcases the effort SeeAudio has put-in in its introductory product.
This IEM is an eye catcher in the first glance and an enjoyable listening experience afterwards. The first time I laid my eyes on its faceplate it got me bewitched, the logo first reminded me of “The eye of the Ra” and later moment it start resembling “The third eye of Lord Shiva”, The glitter all around it gave an impression of the aura of the IEM and thus it created a bit of spiritual moment for me. But while monitoring a bit extensively it showed its true form – The logo is a cleverly designed “S” alphabet in shape of an eye, thus representing the brand name “SeeAudio”. The other faceplate has beautifully autographed “Anou” over it. To me it is one of the most beautiful looking IEMs out there.

It has a translucent cavity that shows intricate placement driver units at work. A very sophisticated looking bass vent can be seen near the wire connectors. The earpieces came with 3 strand braided stock cable with 2 pin connectors. Cable's main connector is a textured cylinder with 3.5 mm jack. These IEMs have claimed to Low-Frequency Filter Conversion technology in designing inner acoustic structure along with Specific Harmon Target Curve Design and a 9.2mm Liquid Silicone Diaphragm DD Unit along with two custom-tuned BA drivers which I think would be exciting to discover in my further listening experience.

Coming towards the fit of this IEM, the shells are quite small with small nozzle that sits firmly over the outer side of ear canal and are quite lightweight that they have given me the best fit till now from any IEM that almost felt like they are custom designed as per my ear. Passive noise isolation is also very good, if one is planning to buy it for travels or other outdoor activities.

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Disclaimer:
I have received SeeAudio Anou/Yume as part of review circle sent from the brand itself in exchange of honest reviews. All impressions of sound are subjective to my own listening and my sources and is based on my experience with IEMs of similar hardware configurations and price range.

Sources:
For this review the unit has been paired to A&K SE100 (ES9038 Pro) and Fiio Q5 (AK4490) and LG V30+ and Vivo X50pro

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Highs:
Anou/Yume has sparkly highs which at times feels bit rolled off giving a relaxed upper mid texture. There is no sibilance or harsh tones at any point of time. Treble response is quite nice and brings out details in instruments like violins and cymbals. There is an overall airiness is all around the headroom with crisp details and overall gives a relaxed natural tuning at this spectrum range. At some tracks it does feel bit elevated on treble response. Overall listening to Jazz music is fun over this with bit elevation in sounds of trumpets and saxophones.

Mids:
There is uniformity throughput the mids section and a feel of airiness specially when listening to guitars, cymbals and trumpets. I felt bit inclination towards bright tonality but overall textured is natural and relaxing in this region as well. But only downside I felt is the absence of sound body in most of instruments. This is something of personal preference I would say and not at all a deal breaker unless you enjoy certain kind of music. Male vocals felt bit suppressed by music in some cases. Even powerful tracks like “Jùrame by Julio Iglesias” felt bit underwhelmed if considering only vocal representation but once combined with nice dynamics and soundstage it too became enjoyable.

Female vocals sound perfect on Anou/Yume I must say and have a representation just above the instruments. Listening to “Doing to Me – Cavego Remix by Astrid S” was indeed a very enjoyable experience with this pair of IEMs with all sweet relaxing vocals and electronic music flowing liquidly all over the headroom. Same was experience with many other tracks.

Lows:
Bass response is punchy and is quite detailed and textured. I find the sub-bass region bit shy even after turning on Bass boost setting on my Q5 DAC/AMP. Although, I enjoyed listening to my favorite bass-oriented track - “Tokyo Drift Remix by KVSH”, the bass was tight and precise and well textured but will not impress any basshead I must say. But if you are not a basshead and want a relaxing pair of IEMs for use in long duration then in that the bass response will not disappoint you at all.

Detailing/Imaging/Soundstage:
The dynamics, micro detailing and soundstage are very good as per price point of view and kind of hard to find in this price bucket. It brings out all the technicality nicely. This by far the best feature of Anou/Yume I would say and gives really value for money in this aspect.

Fine example of this is “A million Dreams cover by Peter Hollens” – perfect crisp female vocal and crisp yet relaxing upfront notes with a soundstage that immediately let gave me a theatrical experience as soon as I closed my eyes.

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Final Verdict:
SeeAudio Anou/Yume is beautiful, rugged and fun to use IEM with nice fit and relaxed sound signature its ideal for a daily use and as per my observation not at all meant for monitoring purpose but solemnly just to enjoy the music. The overall tonality is towards bit bright yet natural side, not harsh or sibilant at any point of time. The female vocals are lush on this one and if one is a fan of fine Jazz then this is perfect IEM for them in budget range. The bass slam is also detailed and punchy, but I will honestly not recommend to a bass-head. The micro detailing and soundstage are quite good for an IEM of this price range and is one of the strong points here. Overall, it’s a value packed IEM that offers one of the best price to performance ratio.


SeeAudio Anou/Yume Vs Fiio FH3:
I have been using FH3 as my daily driver for quite some time now, Both Anou/Yume and FH3 share similar hardware configuration and have similar price bracket as well. Let’s see how they compare to each other in various aspects:

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Design:
Coming towards design part, Fiio FH3 and Anou/Yume both are very attractive looking IEMs, with Anou/Yume having a glittery faceplate with nice logos and writings and Fh3 having a wavy pattern in matte finish black paint. FH3 is bit smaller in size as compared to Anou/Yume but I would say that to me the fit of Anou/Yume is still on better side as compared to my FH3. Stock Cable of FH3 is bit stiff but with an L-Shape connector where as Anou/Yume comes with a nice braided wire with straight cylindrical connector.

Technicalities:
SeeAudio has mentioned about new features such as Low-Frequency Filter Conversion Technology in which they have added a precisely designed 33.91 cubic millimetre front cavity between the DD and the sound guide capillary and claims that It improves the overall consistency of the output and ensures that there is no multi-driver distortion. Apart from this they have added a 9.2mm Liquid Silicone Diaphragm dynamic driver unit to handle the lower end of the spectrum along with two custom tuned 2 BA drivers. Whereas, FH3 has a 10mm beryllium-plated diaphragm dynamic driver along with 2 Knowles BA drivers with FiiO’s patented S.TURBO Acoustic Design with 41.5mm tube in form of physical and electronic three-way crossover.

Sound:
Coming to sound, I would say that FH3 sound is bit on warmish tone with a lot emphasis on bass response where as Anou/Yume is bit towards brighter side. Anou/Yume lacks in overall instrument body and does not stand any ground in front of FH3 in terms of Bass quality and quantity. FH3 on other hand lacks in soundstage as well as dynamics and micro detail retrieval as compared to Anou/Yume. Both pairs have quite relaxing signature talking in terms of treble regions. So at the end I would say its all about personal preference if one is confused in choosing between these two pairs, in a nutshell if you are a bass head and enjoy good imaging then go for FH3 but if you want to experience a theatrical experience in budget with good micro detailing then Anou/Yume is the one for you.
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Redcarmoose

Headphoneus Supremus
Planet Yume
Pros: New Level In Tuning Sophistication
Specific Harmon Target Curve Design
Liquid Silicone Diaphragm 9.2mm DD
Two Knowles Custom Tuned Balanced Armatures
Fabulous Vocals
Best Fitting Universal IEM I’ve Ever Come Across
Really Very Pretty Looking
Comes With A Super-nice Cable And Assortment Of Tips
Detailed And Competent
Cons: Bass Authority Noticeably Missing Once-In-A-While On Some Tracks
Incredibly Source Dependent, Almost To A Fault
See Audio Yume Universal IEM
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1DD + 2BA Hybrid In-Ear Universal Earphone


PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Impedance
32Ω.
Sensitivity 106dB.
Frequency Response Range 20Hz-20kHz.
THD+N <2%.
Termination Plug 3.5mm.
Connector 2-pin 0.78mm


$169.00 USD

Laughably this review almost didn’t get written-up. Out of the blue Lillian from Linsoul Audio sent the Yume for purpose of review; but I completely disliked the IEM upon first listen. I almost wrote to Lillian to say I’m not going to be able to write a favorable review? I wasn’t sure if I should just send the IEM back, or what? Then I thought I would write an accurate and scathing review about the Yume, it would get my lowest score in history no less!

Interestingly enough the Yume has a fabulous complete sound signature; but the problem is a lack of bass impact. And due to its careful, prim and proper personality………there was simply no musicality at all…….none? If anything I wanted to emotionally write See Audio Headquarters and ask which member of management let the Yume out the door. They must surely test these things before gong into mass production?

Then I decided to wait and let the Yume burn-in over-night. Then I also decided to try the included cable and tips. The rest, they say, is history!


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Planet Yume
After picking up my luggage and making through immigration at Planet Yumi International Airport they simply let me wonder. I have to admit at first everything seemed wrong. Planet Yume was boring. A seemingly lifeless place. There was no color, no smells. A place very transparent with no character let alone emotion; no engaging thoughts reminding me of home.


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Then things began to change.............I realized this place had its own rules and I started to become acquainted with the facts and settle down. If I was to be happy here I had to learn a new way to live and a new way to interact with music. Maybe everything I thought I knew was wrong? Or possibly this was simply an alternative reality with its own rules and charms.

Slowly my ideas of right and wrong faded away, quickly being replaced by new ideas of correct........and how correct things now were. Everything now had its place. Nothing was left out and somehow the music was even more clear, definitely more clear than any $169.00 IEM?

Slowly…….over time the red flags started to be dropped…………in their place new flora and fauna. This region had a life of its own and existed by a new set of rules. How could I have been so wrong and more important…………how could all this seem so very right? As the fog cleared new vistas and horizons opened up…………..things became more real than ever. The best part was nothing was out of place and everything was ever so natural and pure. Pure because the timbre was there the detail was there. It didn’t have detail from brightness but segregation and order. The correctness was uniform and in balance....... how could I have been so wrong at first? I’ll never know?

One of the most confusing yet fascinating aspects of our hobby revolves around bass imaging. And while this imaging character is going on with full-size headphones..............we have an extra level of tune ability with IEMs and tip choices.

First and foremost the perception of bass imaging actually can give the impression of more bass quantity. This single concept is the center of this chapter. So the See Audio Yume for whatever reason does not have separation imaging as its strong point. The next multiplier is that the Yume parlays a relatively inconsequential bass personality. So if you study the style of the supplied tips a fairly interesting aspect starts to become revealed. The supplied tips are fairly wide-bore here. Not only that..........but that single bore diameter is used across every single included tip regardless of tip-size. Where this forced phenomenon really starts to get wild is with the extra-small (yellow) tips. Take note in the photograph below. As you can tell this bore diameter is a big deal with See Audio; to the level they are including one-of-a-kind custom tips. It’s safe to say they are serious about this bore diameter being used. Same bore with the foams, same bore with the silicone large and small.


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The Point:
See Audio is using bore diameter to adjust the imaging and soundstage. Not only that...............but due to the interrelationships between imaging and bass perception, they are taking the Yume to the next level. Go ahead a put your normal narrow-bore (bass adding) style of tips on and you will quickly discover the concepts at work here. The bass heavy narrow-bore tips may increase the bass tone in general...........but our imaging suffers which in-turn decreases our perception of bass.

Luckily Yume comes with a wide assortment of these special tips even to the point of the “L” tips being really large and the “extra-small” tips being really really small. When the tips are added to how fabulous the Yume fits all is well. As far as form-factor and fit, the Yume is the best fitting IEM I have ever come across in my history with the hobby! Obviously the fit may vary from individual to individual, but due to the longer nozzles and small size they fit me perfect.

The reason using the included tips is so important is that they are unique. The other reasons are primarily related to our overall sound signature personality. The Yumi is linear along the Harmon Curve and creates an exceptionally balanced and correct frequency response. But due to our borderline technical abilities, we are always at risk of the Yume lacking in musical engagement. To find happiness here we need to image all the bass available. We need to try and make the soundstage and big as it can possibly be. And finally we need to try and delineate the recessed lower midrange. That’s right, this IEM is sub-bass focused and our key to musicality here is to make the most of the lower midrange as possible.


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The good news
Once matched with the correct tips the Yume will parlay a fairly musical and engaging playback. I also need to point out that burn-in is mandatory here. The aspects of imaging and separation improve after 75 hours of burn-in. The missing soundstage seems to be created and the critical ounce of musicality seems to arrive out of no-where to save the day! Even if you don’t believe in burn-in just do it and thank me later. I write the above only due to learning so much about the Yume with-in use of these concepts. The Yume went from boring to relatively exciting and proper overnight with the right care. These concepts concern themselves with those small details that are always around delineating success or failure; you choose.

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The Harmon Target Curve:
As Sean Olive, senior fellow at Harman International describes it as.....

The ways things were......
“There were standards for headphone response, but no one was following them so there must have been something wrong.”
The resulting 2012 paper:

“The Relationship Between Perception and Measurement of Headphone Sound Quality”

http://seanolive.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-relationship-between-perception-and.html


Subsequently A Harman Curve:

“A frequency response balance many prefer.” That’s all it is right there!

In our review we are not questioning it, rather simply regarding it as a set of parameters to go with. There may be other ways to tune IEMs.


But......here is the Harmon Curve in graphical form:


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That’s all it is...... nothing more nothing less, except it’s based on IEMs sounding like the frequency response-tone of speakers in a room. All Harman is trying to do is emulate the vocals you hear in life and the added bass character from room response.............all in one frequency curve. Also it’s safe to say a number of manufacturers have used this data to make Headphones and IEMs.

SeeAudio says they use the 2020 Harmon Curve:


There is no 2020 Harman Curve Graph? Really the last Harman Curve was from 2017, so I guess if the (smoothing) adjustments from 2019 and the 2017 data was still accepted this could be the 2020 Harman Curve? And even if the “tune” did match the “Harman Curve”……………. we then have to wonder if it was matched with Knowles, or Sonion BA drivers? Surely every ingredient has its own personality regardless of measured frequency response. Of course we can agree that frequency response graphs just give us a set of clues and there is still more to the equation.

In reality we wouldn’t want all the IEMs to sound exactly the same even if that was possible! Regardless of marketing it’s safe to say offering the “Harman Curve” is a generalization at its best! :)

Rambling about Neutrality:

Remembering back around 2009 Donald North of Donald North Audio asked me if I wanted to hear a relatively unknown neutral headphone. I was at my very first Head-Fi meet and Donald was holding (towards me) the 1990s Beyerdynamic dt 911 full-size headphone. And just like Sean Olive said………………it was anyone’s take what neutral was. In fact the dt 911 was probably more mid-forward (than true neutral), but it was a cool headphone that had a name like a Porsche sports car!

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Back then I had Tyll Hertsen’s favorite open-back; the AKG k701. As many more flat headphones………the k701 could be called neutral with a splash of color. And in hindsight it’s very colored with a peak at 2.5K and 5.5K, and a diminished bottom-end making those peaks stand out more. The Sennheiser HD800 too, neutrality with a spike at 6K. Normally we can look at the Harman Curve adding its own level of excitement due to the subtle V that it is. And while the Sennheiser HD800 doesn’t graph out all that well it’s got talents in the time domain and flexes its muscles with transient responses....getting it its imaging skills.

What I’m getting at is it doesn’t really matter what the Yume graphs out to be. Though take note here kids………the Yume graphs out way more even and neutral than the k701 or HD800. Listening you can kind of note how there are no extra added valleys or dips. What we are left with is a pure example of the audiophile art……..as tasteless as water, as transparent as glass……seemingly without opinion or stance………simultaneously part of the audio replay process yet invisible.


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Take note the 8K peak above is a result of coupler resonance and doesn't actually exist.

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Note the differences at 1.5K-3K and L4 peak at 5K. Though from 2K back the two IEMs graph similar but are far from the same in reality.

If anything the Yume could use a dash of color maybe somewhere.......maybe.............maybe not?

The main IEM that comes to mind here competes directly at against the Yume. The Thieaudio L4 is a $195 1DD/3BA IEM that has a remarkable similarity to the Yume. For all intents and purposes they could have been made at the same factory. Same look, same air vent. The L4 has a 8mm DD and the Yume has a 9.2mm DD. But that’s folks where the similarities end. In fact a much better “tune” would be the midrange and treble of the Yume and the bottom of end of the L4! The Yume has no lower midrange. What we are left with is a substantial sub bass, but even that is missing some dynamics and physicality normally needed with the Harmon Curve to emulate the designed in “speaker-in-a-room” response. So while the Yume actually has all the desired frequencies it’s the quantity of bass frequencies that seem to be the biggest obstacle to enjoyment here. That and the Yume ability to offer great pace. Laughingly everything about the Yume makes me want to simply get the L4 out. Keep in mind though it’s simply the imaging, separation and low end excitement that the L4 exceeds in. Many would probably rather have the Yume’s midrange and treble like you see in this comparison graph? And while the forward midrange on the L4 may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I find the L4 way more exciting and musical in the end. My point? Graphs don’t always tell the full story and are really the last thing you need to see when judging the Yume.


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The Question Of Source:
It’s probably safe to say much of the confusion the Yume will incur will be based off people using it with an unfriendly source. It was arresting how many directions the Yume would go revealing source quality. This year has been a run of seemingly audiophile IEMs which would be not only grandiose from a phone, but full range and entertaining. Sadly here the Yume simply reports back what is there never glossing over or warming up a neutral or thin source. Such luck meant that phone playback was hit or miss depending on song files. Interestingly even while using Colibri FLAC with a MacBook Air the 3.5mm output was nice but cranky and nothing to write about. Though with certain really well recorded music it was nice. Moving to joining the FiiO Alpen2 E17K to the MacBook was a small add of improvement. Even taking the Yume to the Sony TA desktop was nice but not as involving of an improvement as you would guess. All and all the Yume needs to have warmer and fuller forgiving source feeds to bloom and smooth out. Any added fullness is rewarding and welcome as a small improvement. Using the Sony 1A and 1Z Walkman DAP players was simply the best offering a both detailed and warm source which just seemed to work with this IEM. The correct source gives you the freedom of getting success with the widest range of music. Many negative reviews have you guess that maybe they were not finding a complementary feed for the Yume. As mentioned earlier this IEM is also sensitive to revealing cable and tips changes too. If the right amount of patience is found rewards are plenty and real-life. It’s just that the transparency and criticalness of the pinna gain can in turn show the thinness and un-analogue quality of digital files. When sounding best Yume has been given well done recordings along with a fuller-smoother source playback.


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The Elephant In The Room:
This review would not be complete without concentrating on our missing lower midrange. Amazingly you can go hours with-out a thought of it being gone. The benefits become seen as nothing to clutter-up the midrange. In fact the subtle recession of low end goes pretty far to focus attention on our midrange and treble. So in reference to our multicolored “tri-bar” graph on the back of the Yume box; the treble and midrange and not boosted in any way. These tones exist noticed and especially detailed due to the balance left over after the low end departure took place. All and all to generalize here, we are left with a mid-centric IEM. But…….due to the purity at hand it’s not even that……..how can you describe something that has no form or character?


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The question of soundstage
Probably the most charming outcome is finding the soundstage ample and all inclusive to needs. As one of the first in a series of misunderstandings with the Yume...........................it ends the most rewarding and involving segment in coming to terms of what the Yume ultimately is! And while not super high or low, Yume shows the ability to actually win out on a whole slew of top performers in this price bracket and above. Needless to say it's wider than the Thieaudio L4 in the midrange tones and treble. Not only is the soundstage doing a great job, but prior thoughts of sonic congestion seem to be all but a memory?

Besides the image-size spreading out right to left............to the center and front.......the Yume holds a very natural and all inclusive feel that becomes an enticing draw factor. The realization of these gifts seems far too valuable to be found at our humble price point. In fact it's maybe the soundstage which aims to reward us with each and every use period.


Conclusion:
It’s actually surprising to me that I really love the Yume? Typically I gravitate towards thick bass heavy authoritative replay. And while the full frequency spectrum is replayed by our Yume, the frequency graph leaves out the true quantity of low end typically found in the world of IEMs and headphones. In my use I will find a few rock albums here and there which (at the time) surprisingly still don’t sound right due to this style of response and most likely never will. Common sense tells me what ever I write and how ever history unfolds the See Audio Yume will forever find a polarized ocean of listeners. Half of the folks will have found close to $169 perfection, and the other half as confused as I was at the beginning. Personally........I’m glad the See Audio Yume worked out in my use. In reality that’s what we want; manufactures coming up with new ideas and concepts……new products coming to market and the whole machine moving forward.

And while the Yume is not perfect, it is the perfect stepping stone for new and exciting ideas based off what it does
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And to try and make a list of the final outcome here………much of it centers around vocals. The Pinna gain added is in many ways an absolute value that’s difficult to mess with. A tiny bit too much and vocals can become strident and forward. A little too little and the vocal placement not only looses detail, but it falls backwards into the mix, at times to the point of error. So in ending here……….it seems that while no IEM is perfect, there are perfect listening moments and there are even close to perfect IEM response characteristics.

The Yume does vocals perfect
I will stick my neck out to say the Yume does vocals absolutely perfect and in a league of its own for $169. These vocals are not synthetically boosted in an awkward attempt at vocals. These vocals have a charm, detail placement and texture to rival some of the best. In simple terms I call these vocals natural and correct. I would wager most will in fact find them this way. As far as the bass is concerned there is ample sub-bass but even that lacks authority and stature against many more competent rivals. On all accounts it was the perception of just a dB or two of added lower midrange that seemed to win me over in the end. Make no mistake that with the wrong tips the Yume can become lackluster and musically non-involving. Even due to the random variances of ear canal resonances, sound signature favoritism and genre demands the Yume may not inspire all. But for the inhabitants of Planet Yume it’s a place they can call home, a world unto itself free from red flags or alarm bells.

The Ultimate Work IEM:
And while the Yume may not be perfect it does have a perfect place. Due to ease of use and comfort, I can't think of a better IEM to use at the office. The fact is that its character, while involving.........also is in a way less distracting and immersive than some IEMs in my collection. While just as entertaining as my favorite IEMs, there is a special quality to the Yume that allows a person to think over the top of it all. Once your on-board Planet Yume there ends a lot to be grateful for. What better than to end this review with a small list of those features………………..

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You get a instruction manual
You get two pair of M foam tips
You get two pair of L foam tips
You get one pair of silicone L tips
You get one pair of silicone M tips
You get one pair of silicone S tips
You get one pair of silicone XS tips

You get one free Copper $69.99 USD FAAEAL Hibiscus style cable
One "Yume" collectors card sticker
One set of small "Yume" stickers

One round hard-case



The Good:
Very special timbre in replay
Great separation and imaging
Natural sounding top-end treble

Some of the best vocals this price range has to offer
Class leading detail (In my experience)
An even and correct frequency response
Perfect Pace, Rhythm and Timing
The gift of soundstage
No hint of the regular BA metallic sheen
Fast

Best fitting universal IEM I’ve come across ever

The Not Good:
Source dependent
Missing bass authority on some tracks






TOTL See Audio Offerings:

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See Audio Company:
As of February 18th, 2021 there a (new faceplate) Hong Kong Edition (Hong Kong only) Yume IEM newly released.

While the Yume is See Audio’s most high profile release.........they also offer two other TOTL offings with the Kaguya, a 4BA and 4 EST IEM at $1399.00 USD........and the “NEO” a 10 BA Flagship priced at $1099.00 USD.


See Audio is made up of a core team of experts from the world of CIEM production. Formed as a project in 2018, See Audio started its first IEM production in October 2019. Since starting........See Audio has found newly earned notice due to their history, experience and technical savvy.




Disclaimer:
This is a singular story regarding one person using an IEM, your results may be different. Best to read a range of opinions and try and demo before a purchase. The IEM in this review has had over 100 hours of continuous burn-in.

Oh? I almost forgot to include the Planet Yumi Soundtrack!
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Interestingly, I find it a totally enjoyable listen and still would not change a word of this review. Thank-you for the complement.
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Totally worth the money they ask! IMO
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I completely agree! I am a value/bargain hunter and the Yume definitely fits that criteria.
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