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post #3316 of 3897
Mine was March '08.. about 3 weeks IIRC.
post #3317 of 3897
I just received my LWs on Thursday this past week. It was about two months from the time they received my impressions. Initial thoughts:

- I can't get my right ear to seal properly. It just sits in my ear unlike my left one which forms a good seal. I tried a couple of layers of clear nail polish but it didn't help. I guess I'll try a couple of more layers.

- The right ear actually looks like a good fit as the face plate hides the shell that goes in your ear. My left ear looks wrong, it sticks out of the ear and the shell is clearly exposed when it's sealed, although that's the one that seals.

- My first sound test was horrible. They sounded like cheap computer speakers. Bright but no fullness. After some additional use I can get them to sound decent if I hold the right ear in with my fingers, but I won't be doing that for long. The only thing I have to compare them to at the moment are some old E2Cs. The E2Cs are warmer but muddy. The LWs are brighter but so far are lacking to me in the mids/bass department.

I'm going to try burning them in some more and work on the right seal but right now I'm leaning towards returning them as I'm not overly impressed with the sound and I don't feel like waiting another 2 months to get them remolded.

As I've mentioned on the Phonak Audeo PFE thread, I think I'm going to order a set of those to compare. This was my first experiment with customs and I'm not sure I want to keep gambling with the whole process if I can be happy with a decent set of universals.

John from LW told me when he made my impressions that he was switching suppliers/manufacturers. I'm wondering if that also switched the quality of the components being used?
post #3318 of 3897
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Originally Posted by warehouse View Post
I just received my LWs on Thursday this past week. It was about two months from the time they received my impressions. Initial thoughts:

- I can't get my right ear to seal properly. It just sits in my ear unlike my left one which forms a good seal. I tried a couple of layers of clear nail polish but it didn't help. I guess I'll try a couple of more layers.

- The right ear actually looks like a good fit as the face plate hides the shell that goes in your ear. My left ear looks wrong, it sticks out of the ear and the shell is clearly exposed when it's sealed, although that's the one that seals.

- My first sound test was horrible. They sounded like cheap computer speakers. Bright but no fullness. After some additional use I can get them to sound decent if I hold the right ear in with my fingers, but I won't be doing that for long. The only thing I have to compare them to at the moment are some old E2Cs. The E2Cs are warmer but muddy. The LWs are brighter but so far are lacking to me in the mids/bass department.

I'm going to try burning them in some more and work on the right seal but right now I'm leaning towards returning them as I'm not overly impressed with the sound and I don't feel like waiting another 2 months to get them remolded.

As I've mentioned on the Phonak Audeo PFE thread, I think I'm going to order a set of those to compare. This was my first experiment with customs and I'm not sure I want to keep gambling with the whole process if I can be happy with a decent set of universals.

John from LW told me when he made my impressions that he was switching suppliers/manufacturers. I'm wondering if that also switched the quality of the components being used?
If the seal or fit is bad, the sound will be all wrong.

LW will let you send them back for a re-dip (or re-fitting if you send more impressions) or you can keep adding nail polish till they seal. My first pair of LW needed to go back twice to get the fit perfect. On my second pair I used clear acrylic paint for a more permanent size adjustment, and they both fit perfectly.
post #3319 of 3897
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LW will let you send them back for a re-dip (or re-fitting if you send more impressions) or you can keep adding nail polish till they seal. My first pair of LW needed to go back twice to get the fit perfect. On my second pair I used clear acrylic paint for a more permanent size adjustment, and they both fit perfectly.
I'm going to keep trying with the nail polish but due to the slow turn around time I don't think I will try to have them redipped or remade.

HeadphoneAddict - Can you tell me how the PFEs compare to the LWs if I'm going to use them straight from the iPhone?
post #3320 of 3897
With the grey filters the Phonak have a similar flavor to the Livewires but not the same, and fall just a little short of them. The Livewires are more efficient, a little larger in the soundstage, and more engaging. They are very transparent and disappear for me.
post #3321 of 3897
i have one question, how long is the LW gonna last?
i wanna have something that can be 2-3 years. thanks
post #3322 of 3897
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Originally Posted by JuStlcE View Post
i have one question, how long is the LW gonna last?
i wanna have something that can be 2-3 years. thanks
I'll let you know in a year if they'll last 3 years. It's been 2 years so far for me, and while it ain't the prettiest IEM around, there's nothing flimsy about the build.
post #3323 of 3897
hahaha, thanks but right now i'm consider that is Livewire focus on the high sound? and have a quality bass right, because i really like the bass of SF.5pro and also the sound stage. i'm looking for something that can give me a quality bass & dynamic as well
post #3324 of 3897
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Originally Posted by hyperous View Post
Just ordered my livewires yesterday. Waiting for them to come. 2 weeks? 1 month? 2 months?
So far, it's been 9 weeks for me. Last time I called (2 weeks ago) I was told it would be 3 more weeks. I was kind of bummed because that call was 10 days after the previous call when they told me 10 more days. Anxiously waiting...
post #3325 of 3897
Bass is good - please read my review of LW vs Freq - see public profile "about me" for a link to my review.
post #3326 of 3897
Tricky, how would you compare the UE11 and Livewires? Close? Worth the extra $1000?
post #3327 of 3897
Well my LiveWires are heading back for a refund. I've had them a week and I still can't get the right ear to seal properly. I put on four coats of fingernail polish and it's better than it was but not good enough.

Holding them firm in my ears with my fingers I think that I can get an idea of what the sound would be like with a real seal and although the sound stage seems good and the highs are great, I'm not getting enough detail in the mids and bass for me.

I received my Phonak Audeo PFEs today in the mail and so far I'm loving them. To me they are more balanced than the LWs and are extremely light and comfortable. Please don't get me wrong, I'm not slamming the LWs. Without a proper fit I don't believe that I can adequately evaluate their true sound, but since the PFEs are sounding good I don't think I'm willing to wait another two months to try to get the LWs remade.

Thanks for all of your advise and opinions and good luck with your Livewires. I'll now be spending most of my time over in the PFE threads.
post #3328 of 3897
waited 3 months for mine.. got them last friday.

anyway.. i have a noob question.. there is a lot of hissing plugging them directly into laptop, ipod, pc motherboard (this one is unbearable lol).. and i spoke with someone from earpeace and he said i probably need an amp. can someone recommend an affordable one? also what exactly does a dac do?
post #3329 of 3897
There are many answers to your question in the portable amp section but basically an amp does just that, amplifies. in low power sources like a laptop or Ipod, there is a "Hiss" that happens at low volumes. Most IEM's don't need an amp but if you put an in-line attenuator on you line out of your source than it will increase the impdence or resistance of you IEM's you will then need to turn the volume of your source up enough to elimate the "low volume hiss". an In-line volume control works well for this porpose but you can get "Attenuators" at set resistance levels. Then you may need need an amp to bring it up to listening level. A Dac or Dac/amp combo basically acts as an external sound card taking your source digital file and turning it into an analog signal that the amp (or no amp if you choose) will run to your headphones. it will bypass your on-board sound card ( which many feel are inferior).
post #3330 of 3897
yes earpeace actually has some 50-ohm resistor cables.. if those are comparable to in-line attenuators? but the person i spoke with said you lose some brightness and stuff with them.

can you recommend a dac/amp combo?
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