Unique Melody Martian – Otherworldly Experience
Unique Melody designed a IEM that features two Dynamic drivers per ear! They promise to bring a beast that will challenge the status quo, a IEM that will have a tight and well-textured bass, to impress and romance the listener. We are going to test their claims and report on how well Martian compares to other IEMs on the market!
Unique Melody is a large company from China that emerged a while ago, and which had a lot of success in Asia and Asian Markets, including Japan, but which only recently got proper recognition in other parts of the world as well. They specialize in High-End custom IEMs (CIEMs), but they also make a few Universal versions of their CIEMs. Everyone who heard them was dazzled and told stories of the greatness that Unique Melody is, but I only recently got to taste their sound myself. They are quite friendly with all their fans and customers, and I haven’t received anything from UM, so my experience is purely as a fan.
The Experience with MusicTeck is quite excellent, and they provide extensive assistance in picking the perfect IEM for one, along with excellent service and support.
It should be noted that I have absolutely no affiliation with Unique Melody, I am not receiving any incentive for this review or to sweeten things out. This review is not sponsored nor has been paid for by Unique Melody or any other company. I’d like to thank Andrew from MusicTeck for providing the sample for the review. The sample was provided along with MusicTeck’s request for an honest and unbiased review. This review will be as objective as it is humanly possible, and it reflects my personal experience with Unique Melody Martian. Every opinion expressed is mine and I stand by it, the purpose of this review is to help those interested in The Martian find their next music companion.
I received UM Martian quite recently actually, and it has been long since I had the surgery, so it caught me in a moment when my health has actually been recovering.
It was a late Autumn day when I went to pick up UM Martian from the Romanian Postage. I spent the last few days refreshing the tracking page, full of curiosity and eagerness to hear an IEM from a company, about which so many people talk about. With my work and life schedules getting back to normal, I was actually looking forward to getting out of the house for a little walk. The Metro in Bucharest is always silent and cozy, and the little surface train I had to take to the Postage center was, as it always is; a little rusty, but still in great working condition. The weather was white outside, no sun, no clouds, just a white sky peering the humans under it, as they went ahead about their lives.
The people at the Postage Center have been very nice this once, and although there were a few people waiting in line besides me, I didn’t really feel too bad waiting this time, as my mind quickly drifted away at the work I had to do, along with other human thoughts.
I took the package they handled me, a little impressed by how compact it looked. UM Martian comes in a small, black, rectangular box, which somehow manages to hold everything together, from the IEMs themselves, to their cables, the spare tips, and the excellent travel case.
I quickly got home, and I stared at the beauty UM etched in the Martian, with a smooth acrylic body.
It was time to listen to it.
The sound coming from the Martian first impressed me, then it left me searching for more. It was a quick, tight, detailed, yet somehow romantic melody that exalted my ears and brought a little tear to my eye as I started slowly moving through my room, in a motion that loosely resembled dancing. One who might have seen this scene from the outside could probably think that I went mad, but I was merely charmed by the gentle melody that UM Martian provided. After listening to a few songs to satiate my hunger for this new sound, it was time to look deeper into their sound and to start analysing it, as UM Martian really dazzled me with its level of detail.
First things first, let’s get the packaging out of the way:
The unboxing experience is quite unusual for an item in this price range. UM didn’t try to create a box that is large, or which leaves an impression with its size, but instead they tried to see how well they can manage the space in the box, and how much content they can place in a small package. To be fair, when I first opened the box, I wasn’t expecting the level of quality of the items that were in there, but once again, UM managed to impress me.
The little box includes a metal carry case, which has a layer of rubber on the inside, to protect UM Martian during transport. The case has a very thick metal build, looking and feeling extremely sturdy, from its outer shell, to its fillet. The cap of the travel case has another rubber part on the inside, helping making it water resistant.
Within the case you can find the UM Martian IEM and their cables.
The case also includes a few manuals, and spare tips for the Martian, but the tips they originally come with work very well for my ears.
What to look in when purchasing a high-end IEM
Connector – 3.5mm SE, Gold Plated
Impedance – 28.1 Ohm
Frequency Response – 10 Hz – 18.000Hz
Sensitivity – 110dB
Driver Technology – 2 BA + 2 Dynamic
Housing – Acrylic Housing
Driver Features – 6.8mm Dynamic Driver, 3-Way crossover
Cable Length – 1.2m
Fit Type – In-Ear, Shallow Insertion Fit
IEM Type – Closed
Low Magnetic Emissions – Yes (Inherent)
(Build Quality, Sonic Quality & Usage Next Page)