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post #3601 of 3897
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Originally Posted by webbie64 View Post

Definitely open mouthed. Like yourself I took John's advice and used a relaxed closed mouth and then had to get them redone because one side was too loose. If I was to do it again I'd adhere strictly to the UE Guide for the best opportunity of getting a good tight fit first time.
It's funny you should mention that, I just finished comparing the instructions from both of the new sites and:

John - CA Office - The Official LiveWires - Custom Fit In-Ear Earphones

Please ask the hearing professional to take the impressions to at least the second bend in the ear canal. The impressions should be taken with your mouth opening and closing several times while the impression material is in the ear.

Earl - TN Office - Fidelity Custom Earphones Official Home Page

Have a set of impressions made. Using silicone impressions material and a "bite block". A bite block is usually a sterile
cotton or hard foam pad placed between the upper and lower teeth, to hold the jaw open about 1" while the impression
material cures. This is an important step as the soft cartilage just past the first directional bend, increases in volume (size)
when the jaw is open. DO NOT open and close your mouth while the material cures.

BELOW ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE AUDIOLOGIST
Observe recognized procedures for otoscopic exam of the ear and be certain to screen the client's ear canal for contraindication
*Insert an oto‐block slightly beyond the second directional bend.
*We require the entire outer ear and down to the second bend of the ear canal.
*Use a “Bite Block” to hold the jaw open about 1 inch while the impression cures.
*Use only silicone impressions material. Impressions will not be processed from powder and liquid type materials.
*Syringe the impressions material into the ear.
*Be sure to fill the canal up to the second directional bend and fill the concha completely.
*Provide ample time for the impressions to cure completely.
*Impressions must not contain cracks, ripples or voids.
*Carefully pack impressions in a crush resistant box and add the Information Form. One for each client.


I will definately go for the open mouth.

I think after now reading all this and now confirming that my original impressions could have been done to get a better seal, if I send them in to get them re-shelled I may aswell get the upgrade and kill two birds with one stone.

Thanks for the advice
Steph
post #3602 of 3897
My impression was done with a small bite block about 1/2 inch. Result was great.

It really looks like Livewires 2 drivers are the cheapest option at the moment. I just don't care for the connectors... I guess I'll just have to get over it! Perhaps paint them over. Just don't care for gold connectors smack in the middle.
post #3603 of 3897
I just ordered Fidelity Triples... Can't wait!
post #3604 of 3897
Anyone knows how long it usually takes to get a reply from Fidelity? I e-mailed them on Monday and have not heard from them as of yet...
post #3605 of 3897
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Originally Posted by webbie64 View Post
As a similar original owner my first suggestion is to stick with the excellent set of personalised IEMs that you have. Consider a cable upgrade (SteveKelby) as that is well worth it to actually hear all your existing Livewires can offer you.

If you are going to 'upgrade' then I would suggest you'd be limited to whichever office you originally got them from IF you wanted them to re-use your original impressions. However, after 2 years, I'd probably suggest investing in new impressions for both currency and opening up the option of either office. Also that should mean you retain your current Livewires whilst the new ones are manufactured I would think (You should check with whichever office you decide to use).

I don't know to what degree, if any, the 2 companies triple driver earphones differ but would point out that all original Livewires were manufactured by the supplier being used by the TN Office - so if you're after the most experienced manufacturer I'd suggest that office (PLUS, as you can see, most posts indicate better turnaround times, etc).
so i didn't know we could send in our older LWs to get them upgraded...anyone know how much this would cost? i've been looking at the jh6pro and the ue4pro...but if an upgrade to a triple is do-able, i might go that route. any information, anyone?
post #3606 of 3897
jh 6 pro? Do you mean 5? Most customs are not upgradable
post #3607 of 3897
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Originally Posted by hockeyb213 View Post
jh 6 pro? Do you mean 5? Most customs are not upgradable
yes, that would be the jh5pro. right, i didn't think customs were upgradeable, either, but it sounded as if they could be according to one of the recent posts...
post #3608 of 3897
well I have heard of 3rd party companies improving universal iem's but reshelling and adding drivers but not the actual company themselves but no shame in asking right?
post #3609 of 3897
I think I'll just use this thread instead of starting a new one.

So other than the livewires, what else is there in the low price custom IEM range? (Like 200-300 USD range?)

Also, as far as general SQ goes, how do they compare to full size headphones?
post #3610 of 3897
Alien ears and there offerings may be westone has something in there as well. Jh audio and Ultimate ears start their lines just above at about $400
post #3611 of 3897
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Originally Posted by kugino View Post
so i didn't know we could send in our older LWs to get them upgraded...anyone know how much this would cost? i've been looking at the jh6pro and the ue4pro...but if an upgrade to a triple is do-able, i might go that route. any information, anyone?
Unfortunately I presumed that they would do the upgrade, but I rang them shortly after posting on here and it turns out they don't offer an upgrade service!
post #3612 of 3897
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Originally Posted by Steph86 View Post
Unfortunately I presumed that they would do the upgrade, but I rang them shortly after posting on here and it turns out they don't offer an upgrade service!
Did you call Fidelity (TN office) or Livewires (CA office)?
post #3613 of 3897
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Originally Posted by Steph86 View Post
Unfortunately I presumed that they would do the upgrade, but I rang them shortly after posting on here and it turns out they don't offer an upgrade service!
i suspected as much...but thanks for phoning them and getting a definite answer.
post #3614 of 3897
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Originally Posted by project86 View Post
Did you call Fidelity (TN office) or Livewires (CA office)?
I phoned both.
post #3615 of 3897

Is the TN office going the way of the CA office ???

After reading countless pages of praise for the Livewires and seeing how everyone was bitching about the California office, I placed my order 2 weeks ago for the Fidelity Duals (from the TN office). Until then my communications with Catherine Neal were excellent, quick email responses, she said their usual turnaround of 2 weeks would be met (or even faster if she could) ... and as my unbearable 2 week long wait was coming to a close I send an email on Friday asking when they would be ready. No response. I call today twice. No one picks up the phone or replies to my voice mail. Doesn't that seem familiar?? Yes but I thought that was the other guys ... What's up with that.
I'll keep you all posted ...
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