The value of Hindsight over Expectation
Originally Posted by markheaps
It may not make that much difference to you, but so far my wait is up to 12 weeks. Just phoned today and was told that they expect to ship next Monday. I'm hoping:
1. They meet that commitment.
2. I find the sound quality is as good as you and many others have indicated.
3. I get a perfect fit so I don't have to send them back for rework.
Normally don't buy into the frustrations expressed in this thread but did want to indicate:
YES, it is very
frustrating when others set up expectations that they don't meet and
it can be equally
frustrating for you if you also set up expectations
that aren't met.
So I would suggest your list, although a good set of aims, does really need to be seen as that: aims. This thread makes it clear that when they say they 'expect' to ship on a certain date that isn't a 'commitment' (your jump in terms that sets you up for a sense of disappointment and frustration IMHO).
Similarly, your perception of the SQ will be dependent on the overall synergy of all the equipment you use as well as your personal preferences and, IIRC, a bit of time for you to adjust to them in your ears (which is why they had a 30 Day return policy IIRC).
In terms of 'fit' being right first time the averages seem to indicate that although that works out for a majority of people there is still a reasonable percentage of rework required (as with any fully personalised item, and yes I am speaking from personal experience with LWs) - http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/liv...return-297659/
Markheaps, I've been at the keen point in time where you are now. I can tell you from the (much recognised as 'invaluable') point of hindsight that if you set such concrete expectations then you have a good chance of having set yourself up for a degree of frustration. And I for one would prefer you not to get yourself frustrated by it all.
The other point hindsight can convey is that the overall waiting time and potentially tweaking/refitting time to get to the sound your seeking will, in context over time, be so small compared to the time you'll spend enjoying them. I, luckilly, only spent a few months experimenting with a few IEMs before finding and tweaking (via recabling) my Livewires. And, boy, do they get more a workout than any other headphone or IEM I have.
So, like Kosmic, if I had the frustration of having lost them I'd see even 12 weeks as a small delay, compared to the years of listening at that level of enjoyment again after I'd got them.
But, of course, this is real life with all its variations, so YMMV.