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Seeaudio Yume Review

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Introduction Sometimes an IEM will come around that does one thing SO MAGICALLY well that you forget or don’t notice any other flaws that it has. The Seeaudio Yume is…

Introduction

Sometimes an IEM will come around that does one thing SO MAGICALLY well that you forget or don’t notice any other flaws that it has. The Seeaudio Yume is one of those IEMs. Not often, an IEM will make me want to revisit my entire collection of songs, but once these are on my ears, I can’t help but shuffle through and listen to all my favorite songs all over again. 

The beauty here lies in how realistic the vocals come across. It is like they are standing in front of you singing in the same room. I can’t get enough of how this sounds.

The only other IEM that gave me a similar goosebump of an experience is the Blessing 2 Dusk, but that’s double the price of these. They are not the same; they just gave me the same addictive feeling when it comes to their vocal tonality. 

Now that I’ve got you excited about the Yume, here are the two big questions we’ll answer today. Are these set for you, and what are the trade-offs for such superb tonality?

Sound Breakdown

Bass 

The Yume has “just enough” bass power. The hits and slams will not satisfy any bass-heads out there, but it’s decent enough for regular listeners. The sub-bass extension is good. Sub-bass rumbling is mild around the shoulder and chest area, but it’s noticeable and quite enjoyable. 

I don’t have much to complain about the bass on a personal level, I find it enjoyable, and the extra sub-bass and the rumble are very lovely.

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Midrange

If you ever wonder what natural, true to life, vocals and midrange sound like, stop wondering and buy these. The midrange is where the Yume shines above every IEMs below $200 (I would even say $300). It’s so spectacularly well-tuned, you can close your eyes and imagine the singer is in the same room as you. Male vocals feel complete and slightly weighty without being warm. Female vocals are comfortingly powerful, with more focus on their lower range. However, their top-range might feel limited. An artist like Ariana Grande is a great example. At the top of her range in the song “34+35”, you’ll feel slight congestion; that’s more to do with the lack in treble extension that we’ll get into after this. Besides those similar to Grande, other vocalists don’t have this problem in any significant way. 

When it comes to instruments like strings and piano, they all sound excellent on these IEMs. Orchestral and piano tracks sound realistic, like you’re listening to them perform for you in person. 

Overall the mids and vocals are a thing of beauty on these IEMs. While it’s not the top-of-the-line tonality compared to more expensive IEMs, it’s beyond perfect for its price. 

Treble

Treble is average on the Yume. It doesn’t come across as dark but more on the neutral side. Treble extension is one of the most significant limitations of these IEMs. It’s only average at best on the Yume. Which will make some female vocals, like mentioned above, feel a bit limited. Also, instruments like flutes, electric guitars might not have the decay and shine that many listeners want. The Yume does have enough treble to support relatively clean drum hits. However, the symbol hits lack shinner and shine. 

Overall, the treble can use a bit of work. The BRIGHT side is, it’s not fatiguing in any way. 

Technical Performance 

Details & Separation 

Detail is the second biggest limitation; these are not the most detailed IEMs for the price. While vocal clarity is good, the bass texture and treble crispiness are lacking. Separation is decent; some instruments, especially in the bass, can feel slightly overlapping. Separation issues are more noticeable on busier tracks (some rock, metal, EDM). All that said, given the price, it’s not a deal-breaker. 

Imagine & Soundstage

The soundstage is a bit narrow, exhibiting the “in-your-head” type of experience. Imagine well-done. You can tell the direction of each instrument and a good level of dept between each one as well. 

The Good & Bad

The Good

  • Superb midrange tuning. Vocals and instruments sound realistic and captivating.
  • Good clarity in the midrange. 
  • The sub-bass extension is very good with nicely done smooth rumble. 
  • Treble is non-fatiguing. 
  • Good imaging.

The Bad 

  • Bass and treble lack some details to make them shine.
  • Treble extension can use some work. 
  • Bass can use more power.
  • Average to narrow soundstage capability. 

Alternatives

The only pair I can think of that has a similar feeling to these would be the Blessing 2 Dusk. Although it’s twice as expensive, it has qualities that make it top-of-the-line for its price. The bass is powerful and controlled, and the treble is brighter with more crispiness. Overall detail and clarity are superior to the Yume. Blessing 2 Dusk is the better set in almost every category. If you can afford it, I’d go with that one. If not, the Yume is still an outstanding choice and the only choice I know in its price for this level of tuning.

Conclusion

Even with all its shortcomings, the Seeaudio Yume is still a gem in the IEM world. Its ability to make vocals sound the way it does is only found in IEMs $300 and above. The tuning here is truly a glimpse into the top-end realm of IEMs. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, sometimes an IEM will come around that does one thing SO MAGICALLY well that you forget or don’t notice any other flaws that it has. The Yume is one of those rare gems that are 100% worth your attention. 

Author: Timmy Vangtan

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