CanJam London 2018, Part 1: Vision Ears, Shanling, Unique Melody, Jomo Audio, Empire Ears, JPS Labs, and 600 Reapers

This year I only had one day for CanJam, so I made a checklist of things that I wanted to hear and the pictures I needed to take. I had 34 items on my list to hit in a little over 8 hours. I hit that number, I think, but not all the ones I... Continue Reading →

Unique Melody Miracle: a smooth operator

Pros:  Smooth pleasing signature, laid back, isolation, deep rich bass, detail retrieval and imaging Cons: Soft tonality, slightly diffuse bass, soundstage merely average, like some amplification to sound their best List Price: $1049 (musicteck.com) Acknowledgment I’d like to thank Lawrance of Unique Melody for loaning audioprimate.blog the Miracle V2 in exchange for honest opinions. You... Continue Reading →

Audio Primacy Sub £1000 IEM Deathmatch – Picture Gallery and Rules (Updated)

Question: What would any self respecting audio reviewer do when they find themselves in possession of a little free time, a camera, a working set of ears and a handful of the best IEMs in the £1000 or under price bracket? Answer: Organise a deathmatch, of course! The Spurious Reason for doing this: I thought... Continue Reading →

Unique Melody Miracle V2 – unboxing

Just a few unboxing shots from my upcoming Unique Melody Miracle V2 review - full writeup with comparisons to follow shortly:  

Effect Audio Arthur: $3800 of win? Yes.

Pros: Stunningly beautiful statement piece, exceptional natural sound, Excalibur cable ergonomics are excellent Cons: Price, difficult fit, huge shell, narrow nozzle doesn’t fit several Comply Isolate series tips or similar size tips (200 series fits), probably better to buy as custom List Price: $3799 Acknowledgment Thank you Eric at Effect Audio for making the HeadFi... Continue Reading →

Noble Kaiser Encore: balanced bliss distilled into a soaring aerie of superlatives

Pros:  Vast soundstage with natural placement—doesn’t sound like an IEM, natural body, perfect timbre, speedy, micro-details-a-poppin Cons: Hiss on many sources; pinholes on the small side, making aftermarket cables a bit scary; potential side effects of purchase: living with one kidney, spousal waves of wrath, incredulous friends List price: $1850 (£1699) Acknowledgment Thanks @BangkokKid, otherwise... Continue Reading →

Unboxing: Unique Melody Miracle V2

You may have read about Unique Melody in our interview with Lawrance. Here's a look at the Unique Melody Miracle, a nice universal IEM that audioprimate has on loan from Unique Melody. Until the Maestro was released, the Miracle was the flagship IEM from Unique Melody. It has six drivers that output through two large exposed... Continue Reading →

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