Review headphones Unique Melody Mason v3 — severe price of perfection

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2018-06-01 18:00:15

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Review headphones Unique Melody Mason v3 — severe price of perfection

So, are you ready to Express your opinion about the most expensive headphones in form factor IEM of the ones that was on my review? As for the cause this time came from one of the acknowledged leaders of this segment of the market represented by Unique Melody, a result obviously could not be bad, in fact, happened.

Perhaps, I see no reason to indulge in long arguments about the Unique role of Melody in the development of the CIEM market. Those who follow the industry, and so knows about it and who is watching — just take my word, experience, and successful models of the company not to take. Headphones Mason, as it is easy to understand, the third version is in the lineup of the flagship position, offering a new sound thanks to the 16 emitters with a balanced armature in each ear. Crossover made 4-band (for 4 driver on the strip). Also the novelty is supplied with a customization feature deep bass and the ability to choose from two cable materials (copper and «poserezney») simple rearrangement of the connectors swapped.

Of Course, affordable prices for all this wealth to wait was not worth it, so developers don't even have to strain, putting the flagship price tag of $ 2,700 (price at the time of writing the review), but who said the path to perfection will be available?

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specifications

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  • Transducers: 16 × balanced armature
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  • Crossover: 4-band (4 emitter on bass, 4 on the lower midrange, upper midrange on 4, 4 on HF)
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  • frequency Range: 20 Hz – 25 kHz
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  • Impedance: 24Ω
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  • Sensitivity: 104 dB
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  • Total harmonic distortion: 0,30%
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  • Cable: replacement, «Dual-Tone» proprietary connectors
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  • Plug: 3.5 mm
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Packing and delivery

As for boxes, it lacked pathos. Of course, the black cardboard with a pleasant texture looks okay, but still rustic. However, I have here a carp from impotence to do this in any other place. Set of accessories is quite unusual, in addition to the headphones and wire the buyer will receive:

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    the
  • metal «Bank» threaded storage
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  • three pairs of brand foams Comply
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  • loop with magnet for coiling cable
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  • the microfiber cloth to care
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  • warranty card along the way is a flash drive

I would like to see included more attachments, but I think any buyer of these headphones at home already accumulated a huge package of silicone on all occasions.

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Design and usability

That's who I'm not jealous, so that future buyers of this model in the design tool, you can quietly to yourself to spend that few hours, but even a few days. Besides the different color options, Unique Melody offers unusual options like plastic, changing the color temperature or luminous in the dark. And that's not counting the piles of different design options faceplates, different textures and new items this season — design «Dreamweaver»: transparent plastic, inside of a special reinforced fiber. I took the path of least resistance and chose the limited edition design «UV», released in honor of the «colors of 2018, according to Pantone», like, you know, limited editions.

Unique Melody thought long and hard about how they would combine easy to make compatible two things: the uniqueness of the design, which is characteristic for handmade and repeatability of results. In the end, they acquired a high-precision 3D printer, which is printed on the inner part of the shell, which houses the transducers and the outer part is made in the lab manually. So custom and universal version work with verified signature sound without any surprises.

The overall design, I think, is clear in the photos. From myself, I note only that the headphones are massive enough (for 16 drivers in each ear), but because of the thoughtful compact design they perfectly sit on the ears, providing good sound insulation (as a wagon) and excellent wearing comfort. Also commendable and «furniture» (or how to call it?): connectors, nozzles and regulators NCH — all made of high quality metal, perfectly fitted and looks neat. Needless to say that excellent build quality is typical for headphones UM.

The Next interesting thing, of course, the wire. Charter to read the disputes «what cable is better», the developers did a version of «two in one», and it is not a hybrid, but simply two wires of different materials United into one. You can choose what is closer to you: pure high quality copper or silver plated copper. To switch simply disconnect both connectors and swap them. Of course, there are proprietary connectors that will disappoint fans of third-party cables, but in fact I do not think that third-party wires makes sense. Staff «dual-tone» beautiful and sonically, and ergonomically, and visually. Despite the considerable thickness (but within reason), it is very soft, in the cold does not harden and does not make noise from friction on clothing. Themselves threaded connectors have an enviable reliability and I think durability.

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Sound

To listen To the following equipment was used.

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  • and the role of the DAC and amplifier
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  • Apple MacBook Pro Retina 2016 as the source
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  • the role player
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  • , and the other in the role of portable players
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  • Recording high-resolution Lossless-formats (Dr. Chesky have The Ultimate Headphone Demonstration Disc and others)

Before listening headphones was heated for 60 hours, big changes in sound were not observed.

Of Course, a few words about the sound settings, opportunities for this there are exactly two (selection of nozzle, also influence the flow, we leave out). The first controller NCH, those whirlings on the front panel. In theory you can leave them in a middle position, but in practice, the easiest way to keep them in some kind of end position, since they are fixed there. This controller is responsible for the deep bass and change them in a very small range, about 4 dB, according to the developers. I immediately turned it to maximum and left there. The second opportunity to affect the sound is the cable. The impact here is minimal, but tangible, it is mainly in the area of the lower midrange, «posereznee» that sounds more neutral, while the pure copper adds a little bit of weight, stressing the physicality of the instruments. For myself, I decided to «max NCH + silver-plated copper», but since the difference is not great, either is quite right to life.

Even with these headphones, as with any other universals, it is important to choose suitable nozzle. After going through different options, I settled on the silicone with foam inside from VSonic Gr01.

According to the General supply of headphones was very organic, natural sound, devoid of artificial emphases or distortions. Headphones do not emphasize microcontrast playing solid and musically, without undue bias in analytic.

Bass is perfectly balanced, in addition to a properly sized number, they delight and quality. Perfect control, adequate weight, decent depth, excellent textures. In General, everything is what you expect from a quality bass. Headphones good macro-dynamics, when necessary, bass then plays well in the bumps, rumblings and explosions, and when there is no need — neatly kept in its place, creating a realistic «substrate» for the rest of the melody.

Midrange and serves in an emotional manner, they have good weight (see the remark about the wires above) and played very wholly. Of course, headphones are a very good resolution, but they do not tire an emphasis on mikrokontrolleri and do not seek to throw out on the listener all the flaws in the recording. Imaginary stage depends on the selected cable, with copper vocalist slightly extends forward, and the scene is built a little more intimate, with a silver-plated wire headphones try to do the maximum «as is». All the tools have the necessary physicality and volume, the vocals are very pleasant naturalness.

HF is very well balanced, perhaps even sensitive to «the top» people won't call a model is tiring, despite the fact that there's no attempt to mitigate or reduce this part of the range in favor of comfort. Of course, HF is good in resolution, attack and decay, as well as layering, there are at the proper level. The normal length of HF ensures the correct overtones and decay, timbre-rich instruments sound very natural.

Of Course, without comparison overview will not be complete. For obvious reasons, nothing is comparable with Mason I have, so it will be wireless TV headphones different segment. Also, I just omit completely different model (64Audio U12, HUM Campfire and Pristine Audio Vega/Atlas).

Campfire Audio Andromeda. of Course, the price difference here is more than two times, therefore the difference in «level» also noticeable, although the difference between good and very good headphones hard to describe, but we must try. Andromeda sounds thinner on the mid (it is logical taking into account the number of drivers), they are brighter on the treble, although more extended. NCH v3 Mason have deeper and a bit more neutral.

Ambient Acoustics LAM-7C. I understand that to compare ostomy generalists and not really fair, but what to do? «the General feed» LAM’s possible by means of switches and filters be customized to the option, similar to Mason V3, but here, the difference in quality will be noticeable. UM better controls the bass, more natural midrange passes, builds better price and a more refined treble reports.

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