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post #61 of 140
So, anyone in Vancouver have one? I'd like to see these in person.
post #62 of 140
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Originally Posted by lostboy View Post
After all the positive comments, I ordered in early August and received my set on Monday. I got a little nervous reading about the hiss issue (sounded very annoying...)

But, having tried mine over the past few days, I haven't found any _annoying_ level of hiss. Started out on my iPod video, moved to my shuffle, my wifes Gen2 nano, and my daughters brick (her backup, a 2nd gen). The hiss was barely noticeable on the shuffle, but I thought barely. Really nothing in the background on the Video or nano, and surprisingly zip on the brick. Sounds great coming directly out of my Mac MBP, too. I haven't tried the Gen 3 (4 buttons) or Gen 4, tho I know my ex-Gen 3 lacked in the sound quality dept and have read the 4s were similar to worse.

Maybe one of those versions might show background hiss that would cross over into annoying. But, so far, so happy...

BTW, great sound unamped on the Video. I am running sound volume at around 1/3rd to less than a half of the volume bar. By comparison, my UM2s keep me happy at ~40-60% and my old ER-4Ps ran 60-80%. BTW, almost all of my music was leveled by MP3Gain at around 92 (if you are familiar with it); keeps from having one song rattle your soul and another too quiet to hear...
Do us all a favor and compare them to your other IEMs, please!
post #63 of 140
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One question I have in my mind after seeing my impressions is that one of my ear canals is quite narrow. Check out the left ear impression in pic 1. I'm thinking this might pose a problem regarding strength at that point?

John Diles kindly reassured me this is fairly common and that my shells would be built with identical thickness and quality as with each of the Livewires they build.

You can't beat quality control and personal service. This company reminds me of Michell Engineering and the hands on approach of John Michell who helped me rebuild my Hydraulic Reference turntable many years ago. You never forget service like that.
post #64 of 140
Yeah, John is a great guy to deal with. The Livewires noise floor and iPods is greatly over-exaggerated in my opinion. There are plenty of IEMs (and even a few full-sized cans) that can pick up hiss off that player. It completely disappears with music and mentally after you've had them for awhile. That's also why they perform so well out of a reasonably powerful DAP like the iPod and why amping is optional, instead of required ... from a Head-Fi perspective. I use my Livewires unamped more than amped or my ER4Ps unamped or ER4Ss amped. They are a very good deal for the price.
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BTW, great sound unamped on the Video. I am running sound volume at around 1/3rd to less than a half of the volume bar. By comparison, my UM2s keep me happy at ~40-60% and my old ER-4Ps ran 60-80%. BTW, almost all of my music was leveled by MP3Gain at around 92 (if you are familiar with it); keeps from having one song rattle your soul and another too quiet to hear...
I think that explains it... With my 80G iPod, I can't listen to the LiveWires past about 20% without feeling like I'm about to blow out my ears. If you're listening at 33-50%, the noise will be correspondingly less noticeable. I used to listen to my ER-4P phones around 35-50%. Maybe my ears are just too damn sensitive. Then again, these are the only headphones I've tried my iPod with that I've heard the hiss, so it's not just my wonky ears.
post #66 of 140
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So you are running completely unamped?
Yeah. Sold my amps back when i sold my er-4s. The Livewires sound really good to me, but I have no doubt that an amp would make them better. But my util to hassle quotient for an amp is low.. http://hfimage.head-fi.org/smilies/rolleyes.gif
post #67 of 140
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I think that explains it... With my 80G iPod, I can't listen to the LiveWires past about 20% without feeling like I'm about to blow out my ears. If you're listening at 33-50%, the noise will be correspondingly less noticeable. I used to listen to my ER-4P phones around 35-50%. Maybe my ears are just too damn sensitive. Then again, these are the only headphones I've tried my iPod with that I've heard the hiss, so it's not just my wonky ears.
Hmmmnnn... All those Stones and Led Zeppelin concerts must have taken a bigger toll that I thought. :-)

Wow, ER-4Ps at 50% was unintelligible for me, at least on a Gen3. The early bricks seemed to have more umph, but that was a long time ago... May depend on the overall sound level for the music. When I started leveling my music collection, i found a huge range of volumes from different rips. At a constant lower level (I hate to level a song up), it takes more volume on the iPod to play. I use an 80G, too...

Agree with you on the higher volume mitigating some of the hiss, tho...

I have access to a Gen3 iPod tonight and will see if I hear a little more...
post #68 of 140
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Originally Posted by Kosmic View Post
John Diles kindly reassured me this is fairly common and that my shells would be built with identical thickness and quality as with each of the Livewires they build.

You can't beat quality control and personal service. This company reminds me of Michell Engineering and the hands on approach of John Michell who helped me rebuild my Hydraulic Reference turntable many years ago. You never forget service like that.
Yeah they are a great team of people, and especially John. I had a few thoughts though after my audiologist asking when I was sending them, as he said that they do shrink after about 2 weeks. I'm guessing it will be a week for them to get there, and then they reckon 2 weeks for the livewires to be made. I guess you can't do much though, and it's going to be the same no matter where you send. I read a few stories of people not having them fit etc, so just hope myn don't shrink :lol:
post #69 of 140
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Originally Posted by PeterDLai View Post
Do us all a favor and compare them to your other IEMs, please!
Will do, I am working on a lite version of a review, given the great posts so far... Probably over the weekend...
post #70 of 140
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Originally Posted by JoeB View Post
Yeah they are a great team of people, and especially John. I had a few thoughts though after my audiologist asking when I was sending them, as he said that they do shrink after about 2 weeks. I'm guessing it will be a week for them to get there, and then they reckon 2 weeks for the livewires to be made. I guess you can't do much though, and it's going to be the same no matter where you send. I read a few stories of people not having them fit etc, so just hope myn don't shrink :lol:
I wouldn't worry about it too much. While I'm not sure if Earpeace does this, the audiologist that did my impressions told me that most custom monitor makers usually scan your impressions into a computer (fancy laser scanner maybe) and then throw the original impressions away. I don't know if that's true or not, but it does make a bit of sense to do things that way.
post #71 of 140
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Originally Posted by mwallace573 View Post
I wouldn't worry about it too much. While I'm not sure if Earpeace does this, the audiologist that did my impressions told me that most custom monitor makers usually scan your impressions into a computer (fancy laser scanner maybe) and then throw the original impressions away. I don't know if that's true or not, but it does make a bit of sense to do things that way.
I wondered if they somehow got the impressions out of the way beforehand, I mean I wasn't sure if they would get the impressions and shape the required parts before the actual livewires were completely finished. Guess that sounds like something that would work. That helps my mind a bit lol
post #72 of 140
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My bet is that they take a mould of the impressions fairly quickly, and from that they make an "ear-shape" mould which goes on file, and they use to make the "fits-in-the-ear-shape" IEM's from.
post #73 of 140
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Originally Posted by roastpuff View Post
So, anyone in Vancouver have one? I'd like to see these in person.
I will be getting some in a week or so and I'm in Seattle. Red/ Blue with Black faceplate. Does that help?
post #74 of 140
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IF there are any particular camera angles/ pictures that people would like to see, I am happy to provide...
post #75 of 140
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Originally Posted by Rav View Post
I sent mine International Signed For, small packet, at the post office. Cost about £6 plus the cost of the box/packing. Airsure is supposedly faster, but no signature is needed upon delivery.

I sent my impressions on wednesday, and according to the usps website they attempted delivery this morning, which is pretty darned rapid imo.
I was getting worried that my impressions hadn't arrived at earpiece as I hadn't heard from the guys there, and I emailed today to ask if they could let me know when they arrive. I was making the mistake of tracking on the royalmail site, and I was getting it has been sent to USA and no update. So I check on here to pm you about it, and I noticed you used USPS, so I put it in the code and they were delivered on friday morning. I only sent them late tuesday afternoon. Have to admit, for the price of £5 that is superb delivery speed, as fast I have had with DHL, Fedex etc lol.
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