跟平時聽音樂不同，音樂工作需要一對精準的鑑聽。對於主要在自己的home studio工作的我，礙於環境所限，放置一對錄音鑑聽喇叭來獲得精準的聲音是有難度。故此鑑聽耳機成了我的主要工具。試過幾十對耳機，發現不少耳機的調音未必太適合混音。有些高頻太harsh，有些低頻很矇又不夠實在⋯⋯後來訂了UE的Reference Monitor，覺得其高中低頻反應平均，音場廣闊亦夠深度。不過極高頻有點roll-off。之後再找來相似的Unique Melody Miracle，又是為鑑聽設計，而其高頻反應比UERM更好，但低頻略嫌太少。不過兩者能互補不足，配合現有的Solitaire Reference 5A，總算僅僅夠用。很多喜歡音染強勁的耳機，我卻喜歡這種平淡的美。
Studio works require an accurate pair of monitors. Due to my limited workplace, it's not ideal to place a pair of loudspeakers for accurate sounding (difficult to treat the room as well). So I heavily rely on a good pair of headphone/in-ear mon for reference, especially on vocal editing and making mixing decisions. I have tried more than 30 pairs of headphones but most of them are not designed for audio engineer. I usually ask for a flat response in every frequency. Some emphasized too much midrange which make the vocal stand out from the mix, and some emphasized the bass too much which make the mix sound muddy. I used to use a custom IEM from UE (UERM) as this is the flattest sounding mon I ever found in the market. Later on I acquired Unique Melody Miracle which aims at mixing purposes. UERM has some roll-off at >10kHz which can be compensated by the extensive top-end from Miracle, while the insufficient extension of low-end in Miracle can be solved by using UERM. The stereo field and depth of sound are simply amazing in two IEMs. These pairs worked perfectly especially when combined with Solitaire Reference 5A. Let's experience by yourself.
I made my own purchase from local dealers.
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