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REVIEW: Unique Melody Merlin - hybrid dynamic/balanced armature custom IEM

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  1. Mython Contributor

    Hey, nice colour scheme!

    Why did you choose non-recessed sockets?
     
  2. piotrus-g
    @discombobulation I listened only to the last song. Let's say if you want to look like the guy in the picture - merlins are for you lol
     
    Basically the song pushes Merlin to the lowest of lows. You feel like different parts of your brain shake :D
     
    After my today listenings I would make careful assumption that UM Merlin is a combination of Audeo 1xx widedness, TF10/232 (or more) depth, soundstage imaging and instrument placement of SE535 and W4 highs. I try think of earphones that has similar mids and vocals but nothing comes to my mind. Some vocals seemed a bit dry, though. As for bass I'd say it's like more emphased FXT90 with sub-bass feel.
    Overall siganture is typical UM-bright but mid-centric with great dynamic low-end
     
  3. piotrus-g
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    Thanks!
     
    After market cables :wink:
     
  4. wahu
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    Ha yeh that was made for the merlins lol. My merlins actually have a really similar feel to how i've got my desktop setup tuned.. except if i were to listen to that track on my stereo everything in the room vibrates and ruins it.
     
  5. Sorensiim
    My Merlins are now in transit and FedEx tracking has them pegged in the glorious city of Almaty, Kazaksthan. [​IMG]
     
  6. ikitub
    darn. i still have no news from my merlins. sent it back last late february. and i still doesn't have it. can't be furious enough cause nothing will change eventually. still trying to be patient.
     
  7. Sorensiim
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    Get in touch with Matt from UM Global, mine were returned on march 15th.
     
  8. piotrus-g
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    Cool I checked customs form and mine was also marked as a repair/gift and value $20 loled :D
     
  9. discombobulation
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    Haha excellent, thanks a lot for your time.
     
    Sounds exactly like the upgrade I'm looking for. Don't have the cash for them yet, but am saving up for them (it's going to take a long time [​IMG]). W4 sound signature with perhaps a bit more sparkle in the highs and forward bass, better soundstaging and most important of all, that natural dynamic driver bass sound that tickled me so much when I spent some time with the GR07.
     
  10. mc21
    Anyone happen to know the going rate for used Merlins? From the offers I have received so far, I would only save about $100 after all is said and done and not sure if that's worth it. (After the 169 remold and all.)
     
  11. Cassadian
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    On average take 400-500 dollars off the new price and voila.  Miracles should go 500-600, Merlins should go for less obviously I would say 400-500.
     
  12. Kunlun
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    A warranty is a Very Good Thing with a custom earphone. Armatures can fail, acoustic filters can get clogged or moisture damaged, all sorts of stuff can break.
     
  13. mc21
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    Ya I got offered $500 for a pair of Merlins and after the 169$ for reshell it puls me at around 700. Thats only 100 from the brand new and seems kind of...silly to say the least.
     
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    Agreed.
     
  14. StopShootingMe
    My Merlins arrived yesterday, and I'm pretty happy with them. One issue I've had is that there is a clicking sound when I move my jaw around or push in on the IEMs, I'm thinking this could be the diaphragm on the dynamic driver being moved with the change in air pressure in my ears. Can anyone else confirm whether they can make a clicking sound by moving the IEMs?
     
    This is not my first set of UMs, I had a pair of remoulded SE500s for over a year, and they never made a peep when moved in-ear.
     
  15. Lidster

    I get the same when i waggle my jaw, i figured that it was inevitbale as a solid material was unlikely to form a perfect seal as i changed the shape of my ear canal? The right is more pronounced than the left as it is a looser fit.

    The bottom line for me is that the iems never lose the seal with my outer ear canal and therefore no noise leak out/in so i am happy. Together with the horrendous waiting times (3 months for me!) i decided not to get a re-fit!
     
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