Testing and Subjective Listening Experience
I have been using Unique Melody’s Miracle V2 for around 2 months now. It has been my to-go driver together with the bit’s Opus #1 and the newly released Cayin i5 DAPs. When at home, I use iFi Audio’s iDAC2 or ALO Audio’s Continental Dual Mono as my sources, switching from one to another to have a better grasp and idea what the Miracle V2 can do and deliver.
Out of the box, the Miracle V2 was pre-fitted with the off-white foam tips. I am not quite sure if UM recommends the use of foam tips, but I noticed that several IEMs nowadays are pre-fitted with foam tips (or comply tips) instead of silicone. Will it make any difference when it comes to sound quality, other than comfort? Yes it does, at least based on my experience. If you have read my Campfire Lyra review before, I preferred to use the Comply Tx-400 tips with the Lyra as the fit and seal is better and it tones down or smoothens the spikes in the treble section thanks to the filter inside the Tx-400.
However, with the Miracle V2 I was using the silicone tips for most of the time. It was only these past few weeks that I switched back to the foam tips that came with it. For me, the silicone tips provided a better fit and seal compared to the foam tips, but it somehow elevated the lower frequencies or the bass region just a little bit. I think with the foam tips, the sound was more accurate and close to its tuning, but it didn’t gave me quite the fit that I wanted. I haven’t tried using aftermarket tips yet, but I’ll look into those when I get the chance.
To my ears, overall the UM Miracle V2 has a neutral sound signature and tonality. Sound produced is more or less in its natural form, which is what you expect from a reference in-ear monitor. I haven’t tried or auditioned the first version of Miracle, but I read that the first generation had a (slightly) dry mid-range sound. If that’s the case, the Miracle V2 would definitely be an improvement since it doesn’t sound dry to me at all. It’s also very clean and detailed sounding, and I think it’s pretty much compatible with most genres of music.
The bass on the Miracle V2 is neutral sounding, but is somewhat slightly boosted. I think it has a good amount of extension that goes a bit into the sub bass level. It offers a nice impact and rumble but does not sound over powering or bloated. Bass lovers may find themselves wanting for more bass presence specially the sub-bass level. Compared to the dynamic driven Lyra, the Lyra pronounces the bass section more and produces better impact and rumble. Not that it’s a bad thing for the Miracle V2, but people who doesn’t want an (overly) emphasized bass and would prefer a natural sounding one will find the Miracle V2 to their liking.
The mids are clear and neutral sounding as well and definitely it doesn’t sound dry at all. It’s slightly forward (just a tad perhaps) but it definitely doesn’t sound recessed or in your face. The vocals sound rich and natural; male voices don’t sound too deep or warm and female voices don’t sound bright. To my ears, the mids are well balanced and remarkably detailed.
Highs on the other hand have a good amount of extension and are detailed as well. But they are not sibilant, probably because it’s rolled off just before it becomes harsh. No sharp or piercing sound in sight; the cymbals doesn’t sound crashing into your ears and similar tones. I can say that the highs are accurate and precise without being too analytical or technical.
To my ears, the UM Miracle V2 offers a decent amount of soundstage and imaging, both width and height. However, soundstage is not that huge either but there is an enough amount so that the sound doesn’t sound cluttered, cramp or in your head. Instrument separation and layering are good as well, as I can easily distinguish one instrument to another. I find it very amusing to listen to music where sound just pops from above, below or to your sides. Sometimes there’s this instrument from the background that you can distinguish from the rest, but doesn’t show if you’re using a regular earphone.
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Price and Where to Buy
The Unique Melody Miracle V2 in-ear monitor is now widely available. In the US, you can buy a Miracle V2 or any of Unique Melody’s IEMs from MusicTeck, the official distributor of Unique Melody in the US. The price starts at $1,049.00 and could go up depending on your customization should you opt for the customized version made specially for your ears. It also comes with a 2-year warranty from the company.
Unique Melody Miracle V2 Review: Conclusion
I had a great time listening with the Miracle V2 and it’s definitely a great reference-type in-ear monitor. Just like Unique Melody says, the sound is astoundingly detailed, clear and accurate, while at the same time balanced; not being too analytical or too fun sounding. Overall packaging is great; it’s not too flashy, straight to the point and includes the essential things you need. I particularly like the metal case, it is crush proof but I’m not quite sure yet if it’s waterproof as well.
In terms of build quality, Unique Melody will not disappoint you. The Miracle V2 is beautifully crafted, the carbon fiber face plate looks very nice, and the recessed socket gives more protection to the 2-pin connector. Of course, if you want your own design, you can have Unique Melody to forge a custom designed in-ear monitor for you. Custom IEMs are great since they offer better fit and seal, but they tend to cost more and will take more time (starting from getting your ear impression) to finish before you can use them.
Finally, not all IEMs are made alike or sound the same. There are bass heavy IEMs, some have great soundstage and imaging at the expense of clarity and focus, and there are some that are just too analytical and unforgiving. However, if you want an in-ear monitor that is neutral sounding, has natural tonality and reference quality, Unique Melody’s Miracle V2 surely won’t disappoint.