I've just got my Beat Vermilion with 3.5 TRRS plug for Sony NW ZX2 recently. I'm using it with Ultrasone IQ, which is the flagship model of Ultrasone. The synergy between the cable and the earphones is downright amazing. This cable renders sweet vocals, without being harsh. Tonal balance and coherence between the three frequencies are excellent. Bass has a good speed (not too fast not too slow) and volume. High extends to the fullest without piercingness. Vocal is, as I said, forward and sweet without being harsh. Even for vocalists who tend to pronounce `SS' sound very emphatically like Lara Fabian and George Perris, sounds do not exhibit sibilance. I feel that this cable precisely corrects sibilance tendency, which is the biggest flaw of Ultrasone IQ completely. Overall, I would say that this cable has a tube amp-like quality with the exception of the bass decay that is properly done. In addition, this cable is very beautiful and rather soft. Its red color. combined with gold color of Ultrasone IQ, truly gives me visual happiness.
Ordered the 8-wire version with MMCX and 4.4mm to go with my Campfire Andromeda and WM1A
First of all, let me just say that the look of this combination is stunningly beautiful.
Obviously the sonic quality is what matters the most at the end of the day,
the appearance simply cannot be ignored.
The Andromeda, as most people know, are most well-known for its treble spark and airiness.
The sound stage is also remarkable, yet one drawback is its flatness,
in a sense that the sound stage extends along the x and y-axis, but lacks depth.
This cable, man this cable, taught me what 3D sound stage truly means.
I have never experienced sounds so powerful yet retain the Andromeda quality so well.
Prior to changing to Emerald, bass/mid/treble all sounded clean and isolated.
Its like the smart classmate that gets straight A's,
but have no interests in things other than studying --- boring.
Once I fed Emerald to the Andromeda, the three ranges started to communicate.
They don't interrupt nor disturb,
only complement each others to bring out their internal musicality.
It is like listening to a live concert, surrounded (not overwhelmed) by instruments.
With breathing room among them, the listening experience becomes not tiring at all.
Piercing through that breathing room, the vocal is right there at the center for us to enjoy.
To sum up, this cable preserves the unique quality of the Andromeda,
namely its treble spark and wide sound stage,
and brings the sound stage into the next level by introducing the concept of depth,
as well as adding power and liveliness into the sound.
The result? One monster of an IEM that lets me enjoy my music as if I am at a live concert
while being able to explore tremendous detail.
On the website, its writes:
"The compression of high purity materials brought revolutionary acoustic effects,
and its clarity and power were not possible before."
I wholeheartedly second that statement,
and highly recommend this cable to my fellow audiophiles.
This is my first Beat Audio Lab cable, and it will not be my last. Price aside, this is an exceptionally made cable. Connectors fit my IEMs perfectly. Cable is not as stiff as pictures make it seem and exhibits no microphonics when worn. Comfort is great and cables hook well around and behind ears. Good job, guys!
Vermilion ordered with AKG N5005 connector and 3.5mm straight plug.
Very nicely done connector, works perfectly with all of my iPhones and iPads. Love the flexibility of the cable, much better than the rigid types form some other sources.
Very fast shipment and fine packaging, too. Expect some improvement over time. Highly recommend getting one for a higher quality experience.
Signal conductors are made from high purity silver with adding mixture of rare metals to achieve best performance to conduct signal from your player in to your earphones. SIGNAL is four braided cable in black plastic sleeve. Cable is very soft, flexible with no any inclination to tangle at all. Both termination are custom made under BA brand and they are made perfectly without any visible flows. Generally is quality of processing one of highest I ever seen. Another good news is that cable not suffer from noise, collected by its sleeve. BA are not using memory wire, but ear guide is pre-shaped and is stiffened by another plastic transparent sleeve. In fact, this is way more comfortable and fit is very safe. Y split is simple, it is only small cylinder with brand logo
Signal is surely a high quality cable which does provide decent sound improvement. It has very open sound, with wide sound stage and very decent resolution. Signal adds to all of that impact on low end and sparkle on top end, overall sound is richer and vivid compare to many stock cables. Signal fulfilled my expectation and give to my CA Ei.3 more liveliness and airiness and made the bass more cultivated and precise.
Here's a Headfi link of the review: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/audeze-lcd-i4-totl-in-ear-monitor-discussion.850292/page-73
Here's a clip from that review:
By the pictures, you’ll see that the Billow + i4 combo is really pleasing to the eye (to me at least). It actually feels more appropriate than the stock cable color wise. And if gold color is your thing, I guess with the Sony 1Z or the future DX200 gold plated edition, you’ve got some serious opportunity to look like the real pimp! Haha. :D
Anyway, for those who wonder how does this pairing sounds, well... in one word I’d say MAJESTIC!
Just can’t believe portable gears could sound so great. To me that is the best truely portable pairing that I tried so far. It ticks all the boxes for me. The only little down side would be the isolation of the i4 in some situations, but most of the time I find it to a pro much more often than a con. That’s a pro while walking in the street, riding bicycle, at work,... that’s a con while in the subway, bus or plane, but most universal iems are only barely improving on that matter anyways, and I’m not necessarily searching for the ultimate listening experience in those circumstances...
First time purchasing a customized cable for my earphones. Really appreciate how Stephen answered my queries, and the cable really did make a difference in the sound. The build is also great, and it feels comfortable on my ears.
So glad that I made the right purchase. With the lightning cable plug, I can ditch away the lousy connector that came with my iPhone. Just hoping that Apple doesn't change the lightning port to something else again 😅
I have been an audiophile for some years now. After years of upgrades I finally settled with a pair of Sonus Faber Guarneri Evolution. The soulful voice of current breed of SF speakers has an uncanny ability in transporting me right to the middle row of a performing concert.
I have started headphones recently with Audeze LCD-3 and a modified Fostex TH900 with Wywires Platinum Series. Just recently I purchased my first universal IEM and I picked UM Miracle purely for work travels. My past experience has proved cables makes a great deal of difference in the chain of audio fidelity. So without any hesitation I started searching for a complementary cable.
The search got me to Beat Audio. There wasn't much I can find about Beat Audio particularly on Vermillion in the internet. Neither did I have any chance auditioning one but I took a bet. I was searching a cable to add a little warmth, body and soul into Miracle yet retaining a wide soundstage.
I collected the Vermillion cable this morning and the packaging was a little disappointing but did the job. Once the plastic wraps are out of the way the box unique design and cables looks amazing. I installed it onto the Miracle and boy I was floored. The mid bass is fuller, mids sounds so much better, the imaging and separation is a notch up, a tad wider soundstage with much better micro dynamics, the highs are much more refined with no fatigue and the overall balance and tones is almost tube like sensation. It plays well across all genre of music and quite honestly i didn't expect this cable will match so well - it's exactly what I wanted, a miracle indeed.
I wholeheartedly recommend this upgrade...I have no graph or measurements but I have been around long enough to trust only my ears. Go have a listen if you ever have a chance to - it's worth a try.
Thanks and enjoy your tunes~
Primadonna以外はCrystal Cable NextとSamuraiを使ってますので評価はこれらに対してと受け取って頂ければ幸いです。
I bought the Silver Sonic MKV cable to go with my Sennheiser IE80’s and Sony ZX2. I ordered this cable with a right-angle TRRS plug.
The Silver Sonic MKV cable is simply awesome. The quality of workmanship exceeded my expectations and the materials are of high quality.
I just couldn't be happier with the performance, fit and finish. Recommended.
Firstly, this is my first time to order the cable from Beat Audio.
The build quality of the cable is perfect. It’s much better than other cable makers in the market.
This cable sound is very warm. It is very good for listening for female singer. It increases the singer emotion.
This cable can improve the sound stage. It increases the spacious feeling.
It does extend high and low tone.
It gives more details to me.
Overall I am very satisfied with this cable, and I am going to order a Prima Donna.
My Digital Audio Devices:
My Digital Audio Player is AK120II.
The cable is Vermilion (balanced 2.5mm).
My earphone is Fitear MH335DW (normal).
Firstly,noise is an important matter for a portable digital audio player when you are walking.
I used the original cable at first. I didn't like it because the noise annoys me when I were walking. But there has been no noise since I started to use Vermilion as my cable.
The sound quality is good. So, I can hear the sound clearly.
Tone color is very nice when I listen to any kind of music. I am not tired if I listen to music for a long time.
To sum up, I think vermilion is a cable worth buying.
I'm Japanese. So, I'm sorry for my poor English.
I have been using Thor with my Merlin for 8 months now, and never regretted. My portable setup is IPC+CLAS+ALO MK2, which has a pretty dry, sharp and not-so-warm sound signature, but I am more into thick/warm tone. So, I replaced the stock cable with this copper Thor. It made a huge difference.
The first thing I noticed is that vocals are pulled forward towards me. This is definitely what I wanted since vocals are a bit too far in my original setup, making me feel like I want to catch something but couldn't. Now, my portable rig has a much better staging and balance between vocal and bass (have to say Merlin still has the best bass among all IEMs I've auditioned).
The Thor cable doesn't make Merlin sound smoother as silver cables usually do (of course because it's not silver), but it does increase the thickness as I expected. Originally, in some songs, the treble was so sharp that it almost ruined the whole listening experience, but I can live with them now with the added thickness from Thor.
The build quality is AMAZING. I ordered with customized sleeves (black) and buttons (silver), and they look great with the rest of my setup. It has been 8 months of regular use, 2 hours daily, and I have not noticed any damage to the finish.
To sum up, I am very happy about this cable, and if you like sound of a typical copper cable or want to make some changes to your current setup like I did, you won't go wrong with Thor. It's not really a cheap cable but definitely worth every penny.
This is an awesome cable, which honors its name, and really paired good with my Unique Melody Mentor CIEM and HiFiMan HM901.
Sadly, after a year of carrying around my HM901 in my pocket, the Supernova cable with a straight TRRS jack took some serious beating and finally ended up with a cable breakage. This automatically also resulted in the end of me enjoying my UM Mentors.
Since I’m not much of a technician in the field of soldering, I contacted Stephen and explained him my problem. He advised me to me to send the cable back to Beat Audio, and so I did. Within two weeks I received my only one inch shorter, but looks brand new Supernova cable free of charge returned to me, but this time with a right angle TRRS plug of which I’m sure it's will much more suitable being carried around in a pocket and will let me enjoy my UM Mentor's for many years to come.
I can only say Beat Audio did an excellent job for which I'm very thankful. I'm also very thankful for Stephen's excellent after sales service. I would recommend Unique Melody and Beat Audio to everybody who seriously wants to enjoy music.
With many different companies out there making their version of IEM cables it’s tough to know which to go with. I’m using the Unique Melody Merlin’s and I have tried out several well-known cables and have yet to find one that even compares to what you will get with your Beat Audio cable.
Sound is different from person to person in what they like but I will say that the most important aspects that someone is looking for its clarity and crispness. The Signal is very well balanced compared to many other cables I’ve ran across or tested. I guarantee if you’re in the market for a good sounding cable the Signal won’t disappoint you. The soft feel of the cable (sleeveless version) helps minimize cable noise when moving around. I run and workout with mine and have no issue.
Although this won’t have any effect on how the cable functions, I find this to be a major factor for me when deciding what cable to get. As I have mentioned I have used other well-known companies and the way their cables are built look very cheap and homemade. Beat Audio makes a very stylish looking cable no matter what color that will make your IEMs stand out giving them a very elegant look. The connectors used make the cable look very nice and clean. The metal caps give it just that extra edge that I’m always looking for in a product.
There’s only so much I can say without you just trying these cables out for yourself, but this is by far the best built cable I’ve seen available to this day. If you are to run into any trouble Stephen has given me some of the best customer servers I have ever run across. I’ve worked with him for the past few years now and at this point I won’t be trying out other cables from anyone else. I had order one (Very popular company which I won’t name) for my UM Merlin’s and they sent me a cable where the sockets wouldn’t seat deep enough in my IEM sockets. After sending it back for them to fix they had taken a knife to the socket plug stripping away some of the plastic so it would wedge down into the IEM. Not only did it look hideous but it was damaging my IEM sockets. This was their fix to keep my IEMs from falling off the cable. Not sure how others use their IEMs but I do pull them out and hang them from my ears when I’m talking cause as you know you won’t hear anyone with them in. I need the socket to hold the IEM so it won’t fall and break. Beats Audio cable has always plugged right in and stayed in nice and snug. Maybe not a big deal to many but it just shows a bit more of the quality and care some people put into a cable that cost you a few bills.
Thanks again Stephen for all the great service!
* The following review is for the version of the Signal cable that has an outer sleeve on top of the main cable braid, same as the Japanese release version. Cable ergonomics (especially regarding softness and flexibility) will be different compared to the official non-sleeved version of Signal. I chose the sleeved version of Signal due to ease of cleaning, and partly for added durability.
I will not go into detail regarding the "sound" of the cable nor the effect (if any) of the cable material (silver plus rare metal alloy). The cable sounds quite clear, and is free of any strange colorations in the sound. It compares well with other high-end cables from other manufacturers. The sleeved version of Signal suffers from only minor touch noise.
Unlike previous Beat Audio cables, the Signal can be configured to come in a variety of colors, including orange, green, purple. It is also available in black, for those who want a less flashy-looking cable. Also, it can be further configured with and without the outer sleeve to prioritize either looks/ergonomics or durability. I have the black version of the Signal and it is a sweet looking cable, perfectly matching the smoke-gray shells of my CIEMS. The cable is not completely in one color however, the IEM connector barrels and Y-splitter portion are slightly different shades of gunmetal, and provide a nice color accent. Considering all aspects of the cable, the Signal is currently the best-looking of my third-party cables.
The Signal does quite well here, having a manageable thickness and with excellent flexibility (for the non-sleeved version). The part of the cable below the Y-splitter is quad-braided like the Vermillion, allowing greater flexibility compared to earlier Beat Audio models. The Signal is also much thinner than the Supernova, which was a bit stiff and hard to handle. The sleeved version of Signal is a bit stiffer, and while this helps prevent tangling, it also gives the cable a sometimes unwanted tendency to straighten itself when even just slightly curled. The non-sleeved version of Signal does not have this issue. The pre-bent "memory-wire" area of the cable near the IEM connectors is the same as other Beat Audio models, and may take a week or two to conform to a comfortable shape. The plug connector is nice and compact, and supports use of cases with portable DAPs.
Excellent all-around, with good strain reliefs. However, the quality of the heat-shrink slider was a bit of a disappointment, using the same material as the Y-splitter would have improved both slider looks and durability.
I have tried most cable companies and will not name them all. I feel once you use good material, cables do not make much of a difference sound wise. So what is important is build quality, aesthetics, and ergonomics. And in these respects, Best Audio cables are the best bar none. No one comes close, and all other cables appear to be DIY-like in comparison. The signal cable seems completely transparent sound wise, is solid and flexible and has absolutely gorgeous finish. I will be getting most or all my cables here from now on.
PS: I have the version with a sheath in black.
This cable is absolutely worth its price! The plug is of the size that seats nicely into my iphone case. The cable, while being the softest and lightest of all that I've tried, is definitely nothing wimpy. The sockets feel substantial, true quality of pure handmade cable!