Unique Melody Announces Two New IEMs – the Maven & the Mirage

Unique Melody has posted an announcement of their two new IEMs, the Maven and the Mirage.  CLICK HERE to view the announcement.

The Melody specifications:

Frequency response range: 20Hz-25KHz
Sensitivity: @1KHz 108dB
Impedance: 26Ω
Driver Count: 11BA
Crossover: 4-way crossover system
Driver Configuration: 4 low + 2 mid range + 4 high +1 custom semi-open tuning unit

Priced at $2,000

The Mirage specifications:

Frequency response range: 20Hz-20KHz
Sensitivity: @1KHz 104dB
Impedance: 23Ω
Driver Count: 3BA
Crossover: 3-way crossover system
Driver Configuration: 1 low +1 custom open mid range +1 high

Priced at $1,000

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Review of the Shinola Canfield IEM

Cinder posted a review of the Canfield IEM over on Head-Fi.  Shinola, a “design, lifestyle and shortly hotel company, based in Detroit, partnered with Campfire ALO to produce a single dynamic driver IEM.  They are certainly attractive but a bit too shiny for me. They also use the MMCX cable connector to which I am not a fan.

When I research pricing for this IEM I found a HUGE discrepancy in price.  I found them from $90 used to $195 new direct from Shinola.  At the higher price point they have significant competition.  Cinder has a few comparisons in the review so check it out.

 

Review of Canfield IEM

Astrotec Delphinus 5 Review

Watermelon Boi posted a review of the Delphinus 5 IEM over on Head-Fi.  This IEM has 5 balanced armatures with 3 way crossovers- 2 low, 1 mid, 1 high, and 1 super-high.  It also uses the MMCX connector.  From the sounds of it these are very nice IEMs and are priced at around $500.

Pros – Deep/dense bass with sparkles
-Beautiful build quality
-High quality stock cable
-Pelican-style carrying case

Cons – Not meant for reverb haters
-Brightness could be a bit dark for some
-Case size could be a bit bigger

CLICK HERE to see the review of the Delphinus 5

Review of the Bluewave GET Wireless Bluetooth HiFi Headphone Amplifier

Currawong posted a review of the Bluewave GET bluetooth portable receiver on Head-Fi.  He appears to like the product.  While I have not used this device I have acquired or trialled several other bluetooth portable receivers with mixed results.  Basically, these are a convenience play.  If you need to be wireless then these will work but they are bluetooth with all of its issues. This product supports all of the major protocols including AptX and AptX HD.  They are missing LDAC which is a new up and coming one.

My biggest problem here is the price.  At $99 – $129 you may want to think about simply investing in a good pair of wireless headphones.  But if you want your LCD-2’s to be portable this would work. Kinda.  It doesn’t have the power to drive anything more than the easiest to drive headphones.

Pros – Excellent sound for the money. Light. Alternative, position-adjustable clips very handy. Quick power-on. Sound quality-indicating LED. Can be paired with multiple devices. AAC, APTx and APTxHD supported.
Cons – Output power limited. USB input limited to 48k. Volume control fiddly and lacks position indicator.

Review of Bluewave Get

Review of Empire Ears’ Legend X

SeeSax posted a review of the Legend X on Head-Fi.  Interestingly, this $2,299 IEM has seven drivers with a 10 way crossover configuration.  A bit unusual.  Read the review to see what SeeSax thought of them.

Pros – Bass of incredible control, depth and power, detailed and natural mids, articulate but smooth treble
Cons – Driver flex, case is tricky with larger cables

Review of Legend X

Koss Porta Pro Wireless Bluetooth Review

Joe an admin at Head-Fi posted a review of the new wireless bluetooth Porta Pro from Koss.  He says that the sound image is the same as the wired model which is great. Also, Joe mentions that there are far less signal cut outs with the Porta Pro than other bluetooth headphones.  Priced at $79 it is a great value for a bluetooth device.

Review of Koss Bluetooth Porta Pro

Empire Ears Zeus XR Review by Ike1985

Ike1985 has a great review of the Zeus XR IEMs over on Head-Fi. Sound like some nice IEMs especially for vocals.

Pros – Smooth with high resolution, Unique 3D vocal effect, holographic stage, layering, separation and texture detail.
Cons – Bass heads may find sub bass impact a bit light.

 

Review of Zeus XR