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it seems U4-se vs U5 is basically bass (musical) vs neutral (monitoring)? But does anyone has experience with U5 at all? google did not turn up much, and people use neutral/monitoring quite loosely, it could vary from balanced sound to little bass and bright highs, which is really not my ideal. anyone can share their experience?
Looks like these 2 are only available on Massdrop. Or maybe on their summer sales.
I made a comment earlier asking about the sound, and the U4-SE was described as being more musical than the U5s. If true neutrality's what you're after, the U5 would be the best option. From what I learned, I think you're quite spot-on on the terms of neutral. I don't know how this would sound, but I imagine it's gonna sound like UERMs maybe (Might be wrong. They're customs, and it's likely the U5 can't keep up with something customised for your ears only)
I admire the correct sounding eg. UERR, or PP8 for mixing purpose. So, I am wondering if I should waiting for U5 drops, or I should not expect it on the 1964 product, even with this tempting price tag?
Recently I've had plenty of chances to compare one after another. Now, I think that chances are you might not like the sound of the U4-SE as there's some colouration to the soundsig. It is more along the lines of being mid-forward while having some good subbass definition. It's definitely not neutral.
The U5 would probably be more along your lines of prefered soundsig. But, it's quite likely that you'll find that it doesn't have the same finesse as the higher-end PP8 or UERR. The one that competes close with the reference soundsig (from the same company) would be the U10.
Thank you for sharing the info. I think that's all I need to know.