um2 with treble booster sounds better than se530 ?
Oct 25, 2008 at 1:18 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 17

Jerry Wang

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Well, that is what I found out these days.
um2 sounds perfectly balanced with treble boost on an ipod classic.

anyone has the same experience with um2? or how do you eq your um2?

eqing these IEMs is a lot of fun(they are so sensitive to eq settings).
 
Oct 25, 2008 at 1:46 PM Post #2 of 17

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so i'm not the only one finding treble boosted UM2 sound good. Normally i EQ highest frequency by +3 or +4 on my D2. It actually fixed the high freq rolloff, with affected instruments (cymbal, etc) sound clear and quite detailed.
 
Oct 25, 2008 at 2:38 PM Post #3 of 17

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the se530 is one of the finest IEM's at responding well to EQ, you might find the se530 is just as easy to EQ perfect.

isnt the um2 already harsh in the high department? thats the general fealing people express about them
 
Oct 25, 2008 at 8:26 PM Post #5 of 17

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Yes, with good EQ capability, UM2 will sound as good as SE530. Not sure about better but some people prefer it because UM2 is a little creamier and natural sounding. I use these two IEM interchangeably on a daily basis and I find the difference to be:

Bass: UM2 slightly heavier but easily controlled through EQ.

Midrange: Nearly identical = Excellent!

Treble: UM2 slightly less detail but smoother and more natural sounding. Sometimes SE530 sounds a little honky/nasally to me (some recordings). Almost a wash or very slight edge to SE530. UM2 has tons of clarity.

Soundstage: SE530 slightly larger but UM2 more up front and in your face creating a very engaging experience.

I've always thought UM2 is about 85-90% of what SE530 was. I expect Westone 3 to be the undisputed KING of universal IEM's.
 
Oct 26, 2008 at 2:09 AM Post #7 of 17
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I just got a pair 5 days ago and have been doing the trable boost option on my nano. It is perfect, sounds better than my full size q40 M-Audio Headphones. I also like that it is slightly smaller than the 530. Really comfy, best IEM i've ever had. Haven't owned the 530 though.
 
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Oct 26, 2008 at 6:21 AM Post #9 of 17

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isnt the um2 already harsh in the high department? thats the general fealing people express about them



Who thinks the UM2 are harsh in the high frequency range? I've been using my UM2 at work for hours at a time playing all kinds of music, and my ears feel completely comfortable at the end of a listening session. The UM2 makes my ER4P seem a bit harsh.
 
Oct 26, 2008 at 6:39 AM Post #10 of 17

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they are opposite of Harsh... very warmy..although less warm than UM1.

in UM2 the highs are quite detailed without being harsh or emphasized.


cannot comment on Shure..never understood them
 
Oct 28, 2008 at 1:54 PM Post #15 of 17

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after using treble booster on my um2 for a while, i found them too much bass heavy and eat up the higher frequency on eq settings like electronic acoustic jazz classic or rock.
i guess treble booster might be the perfectly balanced eq for these phones.
 

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