FiiO RC-UE2 Re-cable For Earphones
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- CABLE ONLY - EarPhones are not included
- 47.2" (120 cm) excluding the plug
- 0.16 ohms (for 120 cm headphone cable)
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CABLE ONLY - EarPhones are not included. The Fiio RC-UE2 Headphone Cable is an upgraded headphone cable that's compatible with Ultimate Ears headphones including the Triple.Fi 10 Pro, the Super.Fi 5 Pro and the Super.Fi 3 Studio. The cable is also compatible with M-Audio headphone models including the IE-40, IE-30, IE-20 XB and IE-10. The 47.2" cable features a silver plated copper wire core with a Teflon outer skin. The cable's tension resistant knitting structure features 8 separate wires that each have 11 wire cores inside. The 3.5mm stereo straight plug and dual RC-UE2 connectors are both copper gold plated as well. Silver plated copper wire core with a Teflon outer skin Knitting structure with 8 separate wires that each have 11 pieces of wire core inside Copper plated gold 3.5mm stereo straight mini-plug Dual copper plated gold RC-UE2 plugs with hollow design and 0.75mm diameter Knitting structure makes the cable strong and tension-resistant Compatible with several Ultimate Ears and M-Audio headphone tips Compatibility Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10 Pro Ultimate Ears Super.Fi 5 Pro Ultimate Ears Super.Fi 3 Studio M-Audio IE-40 M-Audio IE-30 M-Audio IE-20 XB M-Audio IE-10 Connectors Copper gold plated 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo straight mini-plug Copper gold plated RC-UE2 plug with hollow design Impedance of Single Channel 0.16 ohms (for 120 cm headphone cable) Voltage Resistance 150 V Temperature Range -112 to 392°F (-80 to 200°C) Diameter Conductor (26 AWG): 0.016" (0.4 mm) Conductor (Including Outer Skin): 0.024" (0.6 mm) RC-UE2 Plug: 0.03" (0.75 mm) Cable: 0.098" (2.5 mm) Cable Length 47.2" (120 cm) excluding the plug
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I finally decided that instead of going through incremental jumps up the quality headphone tree every six months
to a year (my pockets are an inhospitable environment at the best of times) I thought lets miss out on a bunch of middling
ones and buy stuff near the top of the tree, which means I own a pair of Grado SR325iS for listening at home and some
Ultimate Ears Triple Fi 10's for when I am out and about.
Many of the top end in ear monitor type of headphones that cost upwards of £150 have exchangable or replaceable cables
as this is one of the areas that headphones, cheap or expensive seem to fail. When I bought this cable this was the fourth
cable I had used with my Triple Fi's: two official Ultimate Ears cables and a Fiio RC-UE1 which is this cables predecessor.
The Ultimate Ears cables have memory wire that you can bend around the curve of the ear and you could use as a sort of
clamping device to ensure they stayed on your ear regardless of what you were doing, although this feature was useful both
of my cables eventually wore though at the point of this bending and broke the connection to the individual earphone,
the RC-UE1 had no memory wire but with time took to the bending over the ear. To my ear the RC-UE1 had a duller bass portrayal
than the UE cables but a more detailed mid-section, this seems to have been corrected in the RC-UE2 where although the mids
are still lovely and detailed the bass doesn't leave you wanting more. The look of the RC-UE2 is really quite different from the first,
coming in a sort of white acrylic and gray plastic at the headphone connecting point, and a neat and weighty 3.5mm jack.
Although the wires are thinner, they seem very strong and are braided. Fiio have decided to go a middle way in regards to ear fitting
as well. they have added an extra layer of protective plastic that act as hooks to hang over the ear but without metal reinforcement
that caused the wearing problems in the original Ultimate Ears cables. Although a little weird at first you get used to it.
No one owns a pair of Triple Fi's without becoming extremely adept at ear manipulation and this had me in good stead when accommodating
to what Japanese audio specialists think the human ear should look like. It is something of a running joke that that the designers at
Ultimate Ears when designing their then Marque leading premium non-commercial headphones did not involve the human ear in any stages
of the design.
If they didn't sound so good you wouldn't put up with them, but they do, so you do find yourself being stared at on public transport as you
do something faintly masochistic in full view of children with your ears and a wired vibrating pair of blue pellets.
Product wise they look pretty nice, quite 'custom' if that is quality you can incorporate in to the look of something and price wise at just over £25.00 they are very competitive.
I have only had them about a week so far but I think they are possibly the best I have so far tried.
If you want a solid replacement for UE headphone product you can't go too far wrong with this as an option.
I would have given them four and a half stars if that was possible, but the top mark is missed because of the cheap plastic peg item that comes with the wire.
It is too small for attaching to many thicker polo shirts or a jumper or similar and it would look a lot nicer if they stuck Fiio on it, because as it is it just looks
tacky and is next to useless.
However that is a pretty small gripe. You don't buy quality cables for the little plastic pegs that come with them, you but it for the sound and on that basis
this is a very decent product.
Hopefully, if I remember I shall come back to this review and give you a six month or/and year update.
Sound wise the are fine, and I could be mistaken, but I have a feeling they do actually add a little to the bottom end, I noticed a definite additional subsonic tone which wasn't there on previous cables but is present on the music. Clarity is good and may even be better than the originals, but I am working from memory so this could be my imagination. So far so good, but only time will tell........
One piece of advise. If you are not getting a good fit behind your ears out of the box, like myself, then boil up the kettle and find yourself a mug with a large opening at the top and fill it as much as you can. Decide on the shape you need the cable to be behind your ears, then remove the headphone (just in case you drop it in boiling hot water. Not Good!!) and hold the wire in the hot water for around 20 seconds. Then remove the wire (give it a little shake to remove the excess) and hold it in the position you would like it. Hold it for another 20 seconds and even blow on it to cool it down, and hey presto, it should be shaped differently and should help. If not then repeat the process and try a different shape that might suit your ears.
I am hoping to get at least 6 - 12 months from this cable, so will update in the future should I have any issues.
This replacement is really very good: it looks great and most importantly sounds great - my Ultimate Ears sound just as they did out of the box!! The previous cable had obviously been degrading slowing for some time, to the extent that I was questioning whether I should replace the whole setup. I'm glad I didn't.
Some won't like the straight jack housing, which is larger and heaver than typical. I think this is supposed to present it has a more professional cable - either way, I quite like it. My personal preference is also for straight jacks rather than a L shape so this suits me too.
Other criticisms are around the twisted cable being rather 'microphonic'. This is true (and maybe will soften as the cable wears in), but I found it barely perceptible when actually listening to music - and I have my volume as low as possible.
If only these cables were available with in line Mic and iPhone controls...
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