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Well, well. Finally, some serious cable. After a few reviews written by me about cheap upgrade cables, the time has come for something better.
Erua Audio Miro is one of the two cables from their current offer, and you can read Paweł’s review right here about the second one, Tawa.
Not gonna lie, I was quite “wow” about that cable, and it has made an excellent first impression on me, even if the cable wasn’t fully burned-in yet.
Many of my friends are terrified about the prices of some audio cables, but let me talk straight. If you’ve once listened to a decent cable, you probably won’t be using the stock anymore.
When Miro is a fantastically built cable, I thought that it’ll be massive looking at its size, and I wasn’t mistaken at all. But, that’s nothing bad, as the cable is really soft and just lovely to touch. It’s acting like a sleeping cat in hand, you can do whatever you want to with it, and there won’t be any problem.
All connectors and the splitter are the same that are used in the higher model, Tawa. So, we have here a jack with real wood (I think that’s ebonite), a wonderful splitter with an ideally matching zipper. It’s a little loose, but it’s coming down itself only when the strands are in parallel, so you don’t have to bother yourself about that whenever you’re wearing the cable.
At the second end, there are (in my case) 2pin connectors with a leaf painted on the outer site. There’s no standoff, so you can’t s set any shape of the cable.
Well, as I’ve written it’s a pretty heavy, but a really soft cable. With my Craft Ears Four CIEM, I have nothing to worry about, but whenever the IEM isn’t sitting perfectly in my ear, the cable is able to drag it down, but that would happen with every heavier cable. Besides that, I love it. I really do, even if it has a little golden color, that might be a little too eye-catching for some of you.
Splitter that might be heavy-looking doesn’t feel like that, that’s not even close to the Ego Audio cables with that incredibly huge splitter.
4,4mm jack sits tight, I mean, really tight, in any device used. The same thing applies to 2pin connectors, they’re sitting tight, but there’s no problem attaching or deattaching the cable.
Personally, I prefer this cable tonality over Tawa. They’re pretty similar, but Miro is tailored for my taste.
It matches with every IEM I’ve used, and in every case, it makes it better.
So, let’s begin with the bass. I love that part. No matter if I’m listening to Craft Ears Four, Six, or Unique Melody Mest. Every IEM acted the same when I plugged the Miro in. More bass, clean and fast, but rich and broad-sounding bass. It’s also a little sweetened, but not much. It’s not like pouring into the tea half of the sugar bowl, more like comparing a pure black tea to one with some bananas, mango, or pineapple. And that pineapple doesn’t destroy it as it does with pizza.
Let’s start with simple and on-time examples, the newest album by Billie Eilish, Happier Than Ever. Overall, it’s a bassy album, and it’s a perfect test for any IEMs, cables, DACs, etc. For example, “NDA” sounds really dark, but Miro with CE4 lets me hear everything there. There’s a nice dose of texture, without drying the sound. All parts of bass are excellent, with a great punch in kickbass, a nice dose of sweetness in the midbass, finishing up with a slight elevation at subbass, which gets all around me but doesn’t blow at the rest of the sound.
A similar thing applies to the Russian band GSPD. My head starts bobbing at the same moment when the beat goes in. That’s good I’m not using public transport anymore, people would think that I’m some kind of a freak.
After switching to some other “audiophile” music, the double bass in the “Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles is insanely accurate. I know that double bass is one of the toughest instruments to record, so I can now appreciate the producers even more.
Erua Audio Miro adds a little more to the midrange than to the bass. There are fewer micro-details than compared to the more expensive brother, but the timbre remains similar. It’s natural with a delicate addition of saturation. Listening to the vocals of my favorite singers, like Michael Kiwanuka, Dave Gahan, Billie Eilish, Nina Simone, or Polish pop artists, makes me really peaceful. Kiwanuka in “Piano Joint” sounds like he’s singing only for me, directly to my ear, which reminds me of lullabies that my grandma used to sing for me years ago. Another thing that pops in my mind when I’m listening to these vocals is that one evening at the river when the sun looked best ever, and the only thing I could hear was the water. If you know that feeling, I can tell you, that’s how you’re gonna feel with Miro.
Going back to the “NDA” by Billie Eilish, on some stuff, her voice is usually highly hidden behind the rest of the sound, which is really dense. Miro perfectly opens it up, so the voice is highly accented. The rest of the sound splits up, just like the sea in front of Moses.
Last, but not least, the treble. Erua Audio Miro highly opens that part of the sound compared to the stock cables. It’s lovely in terms of details, but there is also no sharpness. It’s all about pure pleasure. Unless by the pleasure you mean cutting your ears with sibilances and harsh, then you won’t take that as something nice. No matter if I’m listening to Sia, some Japanese music (that’s not for me though), my favorite album for the treble, which is “Lush” by Snail Mail, I was in love with that treble. It’s always delightful to listen to, without any sibilances or skipping anything in the music. I don’t have any super bright IEMs by my hand right now, but I’m sure this cable would have act perfectly with any.
Even after receiving a package with not burned-in Craft Ears Six, which are a little bright and harsh at the treble part, I’ve just plugged in the Erua Audio Miro, and all my bothers were long gone. All things that appeared there were sweetened, more detailed, and better overall. Also, I find the Unique Melody MEST highs a little too boring for me, the Miro makes it shinier, delicately brighter, without losing its elegancy.
The soundstage is a similar story to the rest, it opened up. And I mean, the soundstage is really opening up with Miro, it’s way more mature, broader, deeper, more holographic, and exact. I could mention a lot more advantages about that soundstage, but let’s be more specific.
So, at first, bigger squads. John Williams orchestra and their “Duel of The Fates” which is showing up the whole symphony in front of me. My friend tells that he doesn’t need to hear if the third from left, in the fourth row is forging on the triangle, but well. If someone would be forging in there I could easily determine where he is. Violins are incredibly exact in terms of their position, it’s all visualizing in my head (no, I’m not on drugs). Damn, what this cable is doing with the soundstage.
Dua Lipa in “Break My Heart” is also incredible. Each sound source is kinda fading through the rest, but not at all. It’s a similar feeling to that what I wrote before, the sound splits just to let through the more important thing.
I don’t know who would play games on IEMs with a cable like that, but okay. Maybe I wasn’t playing for 4 months, but I launched some live streams to check out how Miro acts with reproducing footsteps, shots, explosions, and so on. It works perfectly, no kidding. I can determine the directions with ease, the same as the distance. It doesn’t matter if that sound is more to the sides, front, backward, or upward.
I decided not to write about pairing or any comparisons to the stock cables. Why? Because that cable does the same thing for all IEMs I’ve mentioned here, and it just outclassifies the stock ones.
Erua Audio Miro vs. Erua Audio Tawa
Well, both of them are absolutely TOTL cables. The differences aren’t big at all.
Miro has a slightly lushier bass, with a little less subbass. It has also a little stronger kick, but the speed remains the same.
The midrange is really similar, with more texture, but it loses a little of intimacy and warmth within higher parts of mids. Well, I prefer it that way, but you know, at this price range almost every cable is about personal taste.
Treble is slightly shinier with Miro, but trust me, it’s only delicately elevated. It also tends to be more sparky, more swirly. I’m in love with that, as I love when the treble is pleasantly glittering without any sibilances, and with a lot of details. In terms of soundstage, with Miro there’s more fading, more freedom in the sound. Tawa holds the pinpoints like some people keep their dogs on chain.
Besides that, the thirst thing I noticed is the fact that Miro goes better with sounds behind the listener, when Tawa keeps them on the sides.
Erua Audio Miro is probably my favorite cable from every single one that I’ve listened to. It’s not changing the sound like some cables, I mean, changing IEM to some other earphone, but it makes everything better. Bass is thicker, warmer, mids are more intimate and pleasant, treble is shinier, and cut off any sibilances. If you’re about pleasuring yourself with the music, that’s the cable for you.
Gear used during this review for the sake of comparison and as an accompanying equipment:
- Headphones – Craft Ears Four Custom, Craft Ears Six, Unique Melody Mest
- Sources– Cayin N3 Pro, ddHiFi TC44B, Cayin N6ii A01/R01