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post #3451 of 3897
Ok. .i had my honeymoon..i have been wearing them everyday to see what is going on.. my westone UM2 with universal fittings have a better ambient noise reduction because i keep breaking seal.. and after a week of figuring out what is going on.. they do not fit me right...the ear canals do not seem long enough to go into my ear canal. .the right ear breaks seal all the time and i loose bass.. i find myself constantly trying to adjust them so they sound even since they are not seating tightly in my ears... ughhhhhh and this is from the CA office. now what? can i get my money back and have Nashville redo mine?
post #3452 of 3897
You have several options

1) 30-day money back guarantee and order from Nashville as you suggested.
2) Send them in to CA office be re-dipped for a better seal.
3) Paint them yourself around the ear canal portion with Tamiya clear glossy acrylic paint, one coat at a time with a day to dry between coats and re-try the fit each time.

I did option #2 for my first pair of Livewires and they fit great. I did #3 for my spare pair of Livewires, and it only took 3 coats to get them tight enough to not break seal. If you do this, it is permanent, so you might try clear nail polish first, and if you can make them fit right then use them till the nail polish wears off and needs to be re-applied. Or, after that (days, weeks, months) remove the nail polish and do it the next time with Acrylic paint (only after all the nail polish is removed). I knew what my fit should be like, so I went directly to Acrylic paint and skipped the nail polish test phase.
post #3453 of 3897
I feel guilty for doing option1 since i know they are having issues and wanted to help them along as well as could...
I know i could do option 3 but im not... but thank you for that info.... that will always come handy... it seems that the canal piece is too short as well as too narrow.. i did open mouth mold but if i move my mouth slightly they break seal completely.. i dont think that i snormal

i am sending them an email and going with option 1.. if John Diles was more forthcoming with me and so unavailable earlier on in this mater i would work with them.. but i ant to part ways and go to Nashville at this point... i cant waste anymore time with the CA people..
post #3454 of 3897
I feel guilty for doing option1 since i know they are having issues and wanted to help them along as well as could...
I know i could do option 3 but im not... but thank you for that info.... that will always come handy... it seems that the canal piece is too short as well as too narrow.. i did open mouth mold but if i move my mouth slightly they break seal completely.. i dont think that i snormal

i am sending them an email and going with option 1.. if John Diles was more forthcoming with me and so unavailable earlier on in this mater i would work with them.. but i ant to part ways and go to Nashville at this point... i cant waste anymore time with the CA people..
post #3455 of 3897
can someone compare livewires to universal iems sound quality?

like IE8, W3 etc?

really interested but wondering if SQ is also worth it.
post #3456 of 3897
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Originally Posted by Nocturnal310 View Post
can someone compare livewires to universal iems sound quality?

like IE8, W3 etc?

really interested but wondering if SQ is also worth it.
Here is something I shared with another head-fier recently:

If you want the sound similar to a re-cabled Grado RS-1 in an IEM the Livewires are the choice. Livewires are crisp, airy, detailed and transparent with superb vocals. Bass is good and fast and detailed, but without quite the full power of the W3 or IE8 bass. These sound best amped, but not bad un-amped. The Phonak Audeo are a universal fit IEM with a similar sound to the LW, but there are many complaints about the Phonak QC with cables that become stiff with time and can crack, and a few showing up with a dead L channel, or developing cracks in the housing.

Vs the similar sounding Phonak I get better fit and isolation with my LW, and the frequency balance is better than Phonak with black or grey filters - meaning I get all the bass of the black filters with all the detail and open sound of the grey filters. And have three different cables that I can use with the LW as they can be swapped out, unlike the Phonak. Choices include an optional 50 ohm cable that will help cut hiss with noisy sources due to their very high sensitivity and low impedance. I plan to order that 50 ohm cable soon to try out. And, stevenkelby makes a nice silver plated copper cable that clearly outperforms the stock cable (price varies depending on cable and length). The LW sound better un-amped than the Phonak, while both improve with being amped with a nice warm amp.

If you want a sound similar to a re-cabled Edition 9 or modded D5000 in an IEM the Westone 3 is the top choice. I still like the W3 a little more than my IE8 which I rank just below the W3. Vs the IE8, the W3 seem to have a little more speed and detail plus some sparkle in the highs, making them more like the LW - while having a more powerful bass, and a little better instrument presence, and deeper immersion in the musical performance. The W3 for me are very transparent as well, and provide a clear window into the music, and were the first IEM I found to beat my Livewires by a small margin (due to the improved immersion in the music, with more weight and body to the instruments).

The W3's biggest problem is with some people reporting sibilance, which is mostly if they not using the right tips for their ear size and shape - finding the right tips is difficult for many people (but not most). I am able to use the stock grey silicone tips, or the triple flange tips with the stalk trimmed 2 - 3 mm shorter. Interestingly the W3 with the stock complys foam tips sound more like the IE8, where it smoothes out the sound a little while taking away a little of the sparkle while it does that. My W3 are not picky about what amp I use, and also sound great just from the headphone out of my iPods and iPhone 3G. My $70 custom UM-56 tips are my favorite by a small margin.

If you want a sound similar to an HD650 in an IEM my top choice is the Sennheiser IE8 (1st). I would have to place the Image X10 (2nd) or SE530 (3rd). After putting over 400 hours of burn-in on the IE8, I am liking them more than I recall liking my old Image X10 or SE530. I have to describe the sound as "organic" euphonic and open. At first the IE8 bass was hugely overblown and the treble was very artificial sounding, but both issues improved significantly with an extensive 400+ hour burn-in. Of course during the first 300 hours of burn-in I seriously considered selling them (several times). But now I plan to keep them as the IEM to grab when I don't want good isolation and need to hear my wife or kids yelling for me.

Not only is burn-in important with these, the IE8 sound changes a lot with different tips - NONE of the stock Sennheiser tips worked for me, except the medium silicone where isolation was terrible. I had to use some bi-flange tips from eBay and then from a pair of head-direct RE2, but now I am settled on a pair of Sony hybrid silicone tips as of a few days ago. Lastly, my IE8 are more picky than other IEM about the amp that I use with them, and right now an ALO Amphora loaner amp and my opamp rolled iBasso D10 are the best matches for the IE8. Anything else compromises optimal sound quality for being able to use the amp's sound signature like an EQ (Vivid V1 or Nuforce Icon Mobile).

The LW with impressions cost me about $300 with shipping, and I like them a tiny bit more than the IE8 or Phonak, and a little bit less than the Westone 3. I would not want to get rid of any of them, but the Westone 3 are the universal IEM that I use the most when portable/mobile (I don't want to lose my ES3X which stay at home). Only you can decide if any of these are worth it after you research them, and I hope my descriptions help you a little. I would hate for you to be one of those people who find sibilance with the W3 until you either find the right tips or give up; but I don't see anyone complaining about sibilance with Livewires (nor problems with upper bass bleeding into the lower mids), and most people are very happy with the sound. It seems about 50/50 split among those that own both IE8 and W3 as to which is preferred, and most like both. People who don't own all of these, and have just tried each for a little bit, probably don't have enough experience with them to really rank them. You really have to spend a lot of time with them, with different tips/amps/source, to know what they are really like.

Some people would put all these IEM on the same level, just with a different sound signature - where ranking them is personal preference. The only IEM I have that clearly beats all my other IEM (custom or universal) are my Westone ES3X which is an $850 custom 3-driver IEM - and vs the W3 the ES3X improves upon the midrange detail and presence, with better transparency and neutrality, a tighter better-balanced but still-strong bass, smoother highs, and a huge holographic soundstage for an IEM. The ES3X also will beat all my dynamic full size cans, in addition to all of my IEM. I now pretty much only like to listen to my ES3X and my electrostatic headphones when I am at home.
post #3457 of 3897
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Originally Posted by jodonny View Post
well it kind of has to......
Well not necessarily. SE530 has 3 drivers but 2 way crossovers. W3 has three drivers and 3 way crossover.

So just wondering if the triple driver LW is 2 way or 3 way.
post #3458 of 3897
Quote:
Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post
Here is something I shared with another head-fier recently:

If you want the sound similar to a re-cabled Grado RS-1 in an IEM the Livewires are the choice. Livewires are crisp, airy, detailed and transparent with superb vocals. Bass is good and fast and detailed, but without quite the full power of the W3 or IE8 bass. These sound best amped, but not bad un-amped. The Phonak Audeo are a universal fit IEM with a similar sound to the LW, but there are many complaints about the Phonak QC with cables that become stiff with time and can crack, and a few showing up with a dead L channel, or developing cracks in the housing.

Vs the similar sounding Phonak I get better fit and isolation with my LW, and the frequency balance is better than Phonak with black or grey filters - meaning I get all the bass of the black filters with all the detail and open sound of the grey filters. And have three different cables that I can use with the LW as they can be swapped out, unlike the Phonak. Choices include an optional 50 ohm cable that will help cut hiss with noisy sources due to their very high sensitivity and low impedance. I plan to order that 50 ohm cable soon to try out. And, stevenkelby makes a nice silver plated copper cable that clearly outperforms the stock cable (price varies depending on cable and length). The LW sound better un-amped than the Phonak, while both improve with being amped with a nice warm amp.

If you want a sound similar to a re-cabled Edition 9 or modded D5000 in an IEM the Westone 3 is the top choice. I still like the W3 a little more than my IE8 which I rank just below the W3. Vs the IE8, the W3 seem to have a little more speed and detail plus some sparkle in the highs, making them more like the LW - while having a more powerful bass, and a little better instrument presence, and deeper immersion in the musical performance. The W3 for me are very transparent as well, and provide a clear window into the music, and were the first IEM I found to beat my Livewires by a small margin (due to the improved immersion in the music, with more weight and body to the instruments).

The W3's biggest problem is with some people reporting sibilance, which is mostly if they not using the right tips for their ear size and shape - finding the right tips is difficult for many people (but not most). I am able to use the stock grey silicone tips, or the triple flange tips with the stalk trimmed 2 - 3 mm shorter. Interestingly the W3 with the stock complys foam tips sound more like the IE8, where it smoothes out the sound a little while taking away a little of the sparkle while it does that. My W3 are not picky about what amp I use, and also sound great just from the headphone out of my iPods and iPhone 3G. My $70 custom UM-56 tips are my favorite by a small margin.

If you want a sound similar to an HD650 in an IEM my top choice is the Sennheiser IE8 (1st). I would have to place the Image X10 (2nd) or SE530 (3rd). After putting over 400 hours of burn-in on the IE8, I am liking them more than I recall liking my old Image X10 or SE530. I have to describe the sound as "organic" euphonic and open. At first the IE8 bass was hugely overblown and the treble was very artificial sounding, but both issues improved significantly with an extensive 400+ hour burn-in. Of course during the first 300 hours of burn-in I seriously considered selling them (several times). But now I plan to keep them as the IEM to grab when I don't want good isolation and need to hear my wife or kids yelling for me.

Not only is burn-in important with these, the IE8 sound changes a lot with different tips - NONE of the stock Sennheiser tips worked for me, except the medium silicone where isolation was terrible. I had to use some bi-flange tips from eBay and then from a pair of head-direct RE2, but now I am settled on a pair of Sony hybrid silicone tips as of a few days ago. Lastly, my IE8 are more picky than other IEM about the amp that I use with them, and right now an ALO Amphora loaner amp and my opamp rolled iBasso D10 are the best matches for the IE8. Anything else compromises optimal sound quality for being able to use the amp's sound signature like an EQ (Vivid V1 or Nuforce Icon Mobile).

The LW with impressions cost me about $300 with shipping, and I like them a tiny bit more than the IE8 or Phonak, and a little bit less than the Westone 3. I would not want to get rid of any of them, but the Westone 3 are the universal IEM that I use the most when portable/mobile (I don't want to lose my ES3X which stay at home). Only you can decide if any of these are worth it after you research them, and I hope my descriptions help you a little. I would hate for you to be one of those people who find sibilance with the W3 until you either find the right tips or give up; but I don't see anyone complaining about sibilance with Livewires (nor problems with upper bass bleeding into the lower mids), and most people are very happy with the sound. It seems about 50/50 split among those that own both IE8 and W3 as to which is preferred, and most like both. People who don't own all of these, and have just tried each for a little bit, probably don't have enough experience with them to really rank them. You really have to spend a lot of time with them, with different tips/amps/source, to know what they are really like.

Some people would put all these IEM on the same level, just with a different sound signature - where ranking them is personal preference. The only IEM I have that clearly beats all my other IEM (custom or universal) are my Westone ES3X which is an $850 custom 3-driver IEM - and vs the W3 the ES3X improves upon the midrange detail and presence, with better transparency and neutrality, a tighter better-balanced but still-strong bass, smoother highs, and a huge holographic soundstage for an IEM. The ES3X also will beat all my dynamic full size cans, in addition to all of my IEM. I now pretty much only like to listen to my ES3X and my electrostatic headphones when I am at home.


thanks a lot...u have supplied me with lot of information i can go through
post #3459 of 3897
THEY HAVE ARRIVED!! major props to Catherine Neal at the TN office, she promised me a 2 week turn around and she delivered. The iem's were shipped exactly 2 weeks after she received mine. The fit and finish of them are amazing, right out of the box they are perfect. i have a really bad head cold right now so they sound a little bit muffled, but then again so does the rest of the world...lol.

I will post my thoughts on them as soon as i can hear properly.

I got BLUE/RED/CLEAR. and they look great.
post #3460 of 3897
Does anyone watch american idol? Saw the guitarist playing with Adam last night wears Livewires as well...got me a little excited seeing that.
post #3461 of 3897
I decided to listen to my Livewires a couple of days ago and take a small break from my Westone ES3X, and I still like the LW as much as ever before. I have said my Phonak Audeo PFE sound close or similar, but the LW still beat the Phonak for me in the overall sound and fit and isolation. Not even my full size cans can touch the ES3X, so don't ask me to compare to the LW that cost less than 1/3 the ES3X. But, the only other IEM that I've tried that eeks past the LW is my $399 Westone 3 - and the fit and isolation of the W3 can't approach the LW without using my custom UM-56 that pushes the Westone to $500 and 2x the cost of the LW.

I spoke to John Diles today, about the 50 ohm cable and he was thinking they'd have more soon. He seemed to think the delays would not be as much of a problem anymore, and just fitted Steve Wozniak for a pair the other day. I didn't want to pry too much into the CA/TN conflicts, as that is none of my business.
post #3462 of 3897
Does anyone know of a clip that i could use for the cable to hold it against my shirt collar? I'm a drummer and moving around i find the cable slips down my back and starts to pull quite hard on my ears. Any help would be appreciated. thanks.
post #3463 of 3897
Quote:
Originally Posted by Victa View Post
Does anyone watch american idol? Saw the guitarist playing with Adam last night wears Livewires as well...got me a little excited seeing that.
Yeah I'm pretty sure all the finalists last year had LiveWires as well.

I just got my Fidelity in-ears on Wednesday. They're my first set of monitors I've bought and I love them so far. What's really amazing though is that I went in for impressions last Friday and got them in less than a week!
post #3464 of 3897
Quote:
Originally Posted by Victa View Post
Does anyone know of a clip that i could use for the cable to hold it against my shirt collar? I'm a drummer and moving around i find the cable slips down my back and starts to pull quite hard on my ears. Any help would be appreciated. thanks.
I wanna see if someone has a solution for this too. Sometimes my cable gets stuck between my back and the guitar cable and starts pulling down, which gets to be pretty annoying. I found a clip from an old pair of sony earphones that I currently use, but the clip is starting to lose it's grip...
post #3465 of 3897

The Fray

Thought I'd drop this in real quick...I just caught a recorded performance of The Fray from a show in NYC, and they were using LiveWires! (At least, I'm pretty sure they were.)

Something about those gold connectors make 'em hard to miss!
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