UM Martian + iFi iDSD Black Label – An excellent combination, iDSD BL providing both enough power but also enough detail and gentleness to make UM Martian truly sing. iDSD BL tends to enhance both the width and the depth of soundstage of UM Martians, making them sound really open. iEMatch is needed since UM Martians are quite sensitive and power efficient.
UM Martian + FiiO X7mkii – One of the pairings I’ve been using the most actually, X7mkii is excellent at giving UM Martian am enthusiastic top end and a more realistic and thicker bass, enhancing the width of their soundstage pretty nicely. The sound is pretty natural and vivid.
UM Martian + iBasso DX200 (AM1) – DX200 is once again an excellent DAP at giving UM Martian an even better transient response, along with even better detailing and instrument separation, all while making them very musical. DX200 tends to give UM Martian a more intimate soundstage, but enhances their instrument separation fairly well.
UM Martian + Opus #2 – Although their character is quite analytical and revealing by its nature, Opus #2 manages to make UM Martian sound considerably organic and musical, giving them both a very good width and depth to their soundstage, and making them more natural, all while still leaving on their ultra-revealing nature.
UM Martian + Shanling M2s – Shanling M2s is good at driving UM Martian power-wise, and if you prefer a more relaxed sound, M2s actually relaxes their sound a bit, smoothing out their sound. The soundstage is slightly more intimate with M2s being the driving force behind UM Martians.
UM Martian + HiFiMAN Megamini – Megamini provides excellent tonal qualities and sound with M2s, providing a clear, uplifting and wide sound, but it should be noted that it tends to hiss a bit with them, so if you’re hyper-sensitive to hiss, it might not be the best pairing out there.
UM Martian vs Sennheiser ie800 – UM Martian is quite similar in its detail retrieval and instrument separation abilities, but has a considerably different signature than ie800. Starting with the bottom end, UM Martian is considerably tighter, while ie800 is thicker-sounding and it has a considerably larger amount of bass and sub-bass. The midrange is pushed back on ie800 when compared to UM Martian, but the treble is actually similar between the two, ie800 and UM Martian both having a bright, and uplifting top end. The main difference would be the width and frequency of their top end enhancement, ie800 sounding a bit more liquid and a bit splashy in the top end, while UM Martian sounds more solid.
UM Martian vs Beyerdynamic Xelento – Xelento is a very romantic IEM which has an excellent musicality and an analogue-like sound, while UM Martian is quite revealing and detailed, yet still being quite musical. Starting with the bottom end, Xelento has more bass quantity than UM Martian, UM Martian being quite tighter. The midrange is considerably thicker, more forward, and it has a warmer general presentation on Xelento, while it is revealing, quite detailed, uplifting, but slightly recessed on UM Martian. The top end is very smooth and relaxed on Xelento, while it is quite enhanced, uplifting, bright and well-extended on UM Martian.
UM Martian vs DK-3001 – Starting with the bottom end, DK-3001 tends to have a thicker and natural bass, while UM Martian is considerably quicker and tighter. The midrange is more forward on DK-3001, while it has a bit more clarity and instrument separation on UM Martian. The treble is relaxed and detailed on DK-3001, while it is energetic more forward, and vibrant on UM Martian.
UM Martian vs RE800 – UM Martian tends to be slightly less V-shaped than RE800, but with less bass as well. Starting with the bottom end, RE800 has a similarly quick bass as UM Martian, but it has more amount and raw impact. The midrange is slightly more forward on UM Martian, and the top end is quite similar, between RE800 and UM Martian, with the only difference being that RE800’s most energy is around 7-9 kHz, while UM Martian’s is above 9kHz.
UM Martian vs Oriveti New Primacy – Oriveti New Primacy has a smoother sound, with a thicker and a larger bass, a more forward midrange, and a smooth and relaxing treble, while UM Martian feels rather tight and quick in the bass, has a slightly recessed midrange, and a forward treble with a lot of energy and detail, especially when compared to ONP.
UM Martian vs ER4-XR – ER4-XR sounds considerably more mid-forward than UM Martian, with the bass levels being bigger on UM Martian, with more impact and bass body, the midrange feels considerably more forward on ER4-XR, and the treble feels considerably more forward on UM Martian, while it is smooth on ER4-XR. ER4-XR is very revealing in the midrange, but UM Martian isn’t quite behind, providing a very similar level of detail, but with a much less forward approach to their midrange.
UM Martian vs HiFiMAN RE2000 – The sound of RE2000 is probably one of the best there is, when it comes to faithfully reproducing music as it sounds live. Starting with the bottom end, RE2000 has more bass quantity, while UM MArtian is tighter and oriented to reveal bass textures quicker, with RE2000 having a more natural approach. The midrange is similar between the two, and while the top end has similar amounts of energy, it is presented quite differently, UM Martian having more energy above 9kHz, while RE2000 has more energy around a bit lower, leading to a sound that is fairly airy and which has enough brightness on both.
Value and Conclusion
Unique Melody created a unique IEM with the Martian, giving a new definition for what “having two Dynamic Drivers in a IEM” means. The value of this UM Martian is quite good, and although it comes packaged in one of the smallest boxes I’ve seen, it is always the contents that matter, not the size of the box, UM having managed to place a lot of extras in a tiny, cozy box. UM Martian features one of the best (thickest and most sturdy) transport boxes featured with IEMs, which has rubber on the inside for the protection of their IEM. Unique Melody also sports enough tips, including foam tips, and two cleaning tools for their UM Martian, both a wax removal plastic tool, and a cleaning cloth.
The IEM Shells are made of Acrylic and they look and feel very sturdy, while the cables are also pretty high-quality, with a supple yet sturdy construction, providing an excellent usage scenario.
Priced at 700$, UM Martian is not a cheap IEM, but rather it has a good value for a high-end IEM.
The sound of these extraterrestrial IEMs is worth their asking price very well, as they perform well for their price point. UM Martian features extreme detail levels, a large soundstage size and excellent instrument separation, on par with IEMs priced even higher.
Whether you’re looking for an IEM that will reveal all the details in songs you’ve known for ages, or an IEM that will keep you company as you perform while on stage, UM Martian should be high in your list, as it will most surely make its way into the collection of many music lovers and music creators.
A very good package for a fair price, UM Martian is a totally recommended buy if you like tight, revealing and bright signatures!
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Full Playlist used for this review
We listened to more songs than those named in this playlist, but those are excellent for identifying a sonic signature. PRaT, Texturization, Detail, Resolution, Dynamics, Impact, and overall tonality are all revealed by those songs. We recommend trying most of the songs from this playlist, especially if you’re searching for new music!
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