The Watch Audio Yume are a standout set of headphones for your everyday life, but they’re back and better than ever thanks to the renowned IEM reviewer, Crinacle. This partnership improves bass response, detail and fineness, almost all of which we hoped for in our initial review. It is also sold exclusively via HiFiGo and we would like to thank them for sending samples to test.
Find out what’s different in our review!
- Current price: $199.99 (HiFiGO)
- Impedance: 32Ω.
- Sensitivity: 106dB ± 1dB.
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz.
- THD + N: ≤2%.
- Isolation: 26dB.
- Connector type: 2 pins 0.78mm.
- Edit adjustments with Crinacle.
- Redesigned carbon fiber mask.
- Powerful three-driver hybrid configuration.
- Dynamic driver with liquid silicone membrane.
- Two custom BA drivers.
- Low frequency filter conversion (LFC) technology.
- High quality 5N OCC silver plated copper cable.
Watch Audio x Crinacle Yume Midnight – What’s New?
Yume Midnight is the latest collaboration between IEM phenom, Crinacle. If you do not have a deep understanding of hobbies, you may not be familiar with Crinacle, so the brief introductions are in order. Crinacle has become one of the leading voices in the in-ear acoustic preference, generating the world’s largest database of IEM measurements. This is super important for preferences because it provides a way to see how the IEM will perform “in a flash” before having to spend money on something you might not even like. Because of his reputation, he has partnered with several leading audio companies (Fiio, Moondrop, KZ) to create custom tuned IEMs that often improve on an already popular base model.
Midnight is exactly that, taking the foundation of See Audio Yume and delivering an improved version that addresses its main criticisms. Specifically, bass response and detail have been improved, both of which are in my own review published almost a year ago. Despite those points, I love the almost liquid quality it applies to electric guitars and is fun Harman negative sign. For my style of music and entertainment, they bring a lot of fun.
The basics, the same as the OG Yume: hybrid design: two balanced armrests, a dynamic driver. This design allows for frequency banding so that no single driver is handling all frequencies and potentially overtaxed. The dynamic driver uses the same Liquid Silicone Diaphragm driver as before, promising less distortion and bass bleed into the mids and highs. It also uses the same Low Frequency Filter Conversion technology that places a small recess and audio conductor in front of the dynamic driver, giving See Audio and Crinacle greater control over the tuning of the unit.
So what’s different? In addition to the look (now available in black with a polished carbon fiber hood), both the low and high end extensions have been improved, resulting in a more detailed and impactful sound. In a quick fix, it addresses the original critiques of the original, but it doesn’t appear to be an easy change to make:
With sheer dedication and countless experiments, See Audio has done just that by overhauling almost the entire Yume from scratch; improved the Yume’s cavity design, changed the ear tips and electronic crossover filters, and adjusted the arrangement of the drivers and sound tubes inside the cavity. All to achieve the desired result without increasing the number of drivers.
– HiFiGo announcement post
The accessories have also been improved. There are now five pairs of silicone ear tips instead of three, allowing you to dial in for a better fit (though no memory foam ear tips this time). The cable has also been improved with a silver finish and upgraded 2-pin connector, although I still prefer the original in terms of look and feel. All of these can be kept inside the included aluminum case. It’s too big to carry in a pocket, but can easily fit in a pocket, along with a few other accessories like iFi Go Blu.
Watch Audio x Crinacle Yume Midnight – Fit and Comfort
Midnight’s shape has been slightly updated from the original Yume, but much of the fit remains the same. That’s a good thing, as the original is very comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
The IEM has a standard UIEM (universal IEM) design that is made of plastic and is designed to be supported by the concha and fixed with the tip in the ear canal. The big change this time is that the nozzles don’t extend as far. For my ears, that means they can be a bit more comfortable and don’t stick out as much. IEM isn’t really bad this way, but Midnight is definitely an improvement and doesn’t lose anything in terms of security or comfort.
Watch Audio x Crinacle Yume Midnight – Impressive listening
Remember the design intent here: improve bass, improve detail, create “a technical Yume”. With that in mind, see how Crinacle and the See Audio team did it!
The listening tests performed in this review used Spotify on Very High quality, WAV audio, and indie tracks. It is fueled by a combination of the Xduoo XD-05 Plus, iFi Go Blu, and the THX Onyx.
Bass sound: The bass extension has definitely been improved over the original Yume. There’s more access to the low-bass, lower-bass area to create an enjoyable rumble and the “feel” of the bass. Mid-bass textures have also been improved, so bass guitars, kick drums, and synth thrumming all feel alive and powerful. Despite the improvements here, I was also surprised to find these IEMs quite durable with EQ. My XD-05 Plus has a bass switch for more emphasis and, while too much for my liking, turning it on doesn’t make these headphones tingle.
Are they low end IEMs? Certainly not. In fact, the reason I flipped the switch was because hip-hop seemed like such a thin thing to me. If you listen to rock, metal, or electronica where the bass creates body and impact, these will be a great fit, but don’t be shy about EQ if you’re looking for more.
Help: Like the original Yume, the mids are excellent. Vocals and instruments are on track with authentic, detailed presentation. I love the guitar in this set just as much as the original Yume. It really does something magical with electric guitar solos and riff cutting like in Angel Vivaldi’s Dopamine. There’s no big improvement here as last year’s Yume also nailed the middle. They’re as great as ever and include full, enjoyable vocals from male and female singers.
Treble: Another area of improvement for Midnight. The treble in that set was muted and, although clean, lacked air and atmosphere. This set solves that problem with an advanced extension. For example cymbals, the sound is more vivid and has better decay. High quality still doesn’t tend to be harsh, so Crinacle and See Audio didn’t go overboard here. It feels very balanced overall.
Soundstage / Image: The soundstage in Midnight is an improvement over the original Yume, but not too wide. That said, they’re not narrow either, falling somewhere in between. This doesn’t bother me as the headphone’s timbre and presentation are delightful, but for pure spaciousness, there are much better options out there.
On the other hand, the picture or sound source emits as well. It’s easy to distinguish the direction and the ability to clearly hear each sound layer is right. Together, this makes these headphones feel a bit above average. If you’re going to use them for gaming, I recommend pairing them with an spatial audio solution like Dolby Atmos.
The See Audio Yume is a great set of headphones and Midnight makes it even better. If you’ve been considering the Yume but are stalled by reports of thin bass, this evolution fills in the missing sounds while adding more detail and atmosphere at the top. At $199, they’re a solid choice and well worth a closer look HiFiGo.
The product described in this article is provided by the manufacturer for evaluation purposes.
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