Originally Posted by Big Kev
I enquired about the UM56's with Variphone and received this reply:
Thanks for contacting us.
The UM56 will be manufactured based on a pair of ear impressions.
Those can be taken via your local hearing aid shop or acoustician. When interested, Send them to us and we will manufacture and return you the product requested.( UM56 custom molds for UM series)
Pricing: 105 euro for a pair.
Delivery time: 2-3 weeks after receiving the ear impressions.
Above price is ex VAT and shipping.
When you do have a VAT number, then there is no surcharge of VAT. Otherwise it will be 21%.
If interested, just let us know.
That's a lot more money than using ACS, which have been getting some good reviews in the IE8 customs thread.
Hifi Headphones won't be live with their service for about a month, but I have found themp3company that do them and I think it's with ACS.
I also contacted ACS and they do have the settings for the Westone 3's, so I'm going to book appointment for some customs pretty soon.
Thanks for the informative response!
Wow, the price Variphone are demanding for the UM56 is pretty high! (I make it 111.16 GBP, excluding shipping; that is quite a mark-up by them once again on Westone products!). Also, if I recall rightly, one member, a while back (can't remember their username), had previously aquired a pair of UM56 from Variphone- for his shures or UM2's or something- and didn't like the material they were made out of. He then somehow sampled and/or aquired some UM56 made from Westone, direct, and they were made out of a different material that he preferred! Take that for what it is though (ie a memory that could be somewhat erroneous and just one case if true). I think all considered I would be deterred fro dealing with Variphone over this product, personally.
ACS are a company that have entered my remit more and more frequently over the last few months, via the talk regarding them in these forums, both as a custom tip manufacturer for unioversal earphones and, also, for their custom IEM offerings; I know very little about them though and/or their quality reputation. Neverthless, I would definately consider them if and when I look to venture into the market for a pair of custom tips! Would these likely affect the sound of a universal iem/westone 3 differently than the UM56? I suppose it's very possible they could- if made out of a different material, for eg, or insert/seal deeper etc- but I doubt anyone is gona have a set of ACS custom tips and the UM56 to compare them!
. Please, do give your impressions of what these are like, sonically and otherwise, once you have them and have tried them?! I would appreciate hearing ppl's impressions of what ACS custom tips are like.
Oh, can you deal directly with ACS or do you have to use an intermediate third party outsource (thinking of cost; surely third party takes a cut inflating price)?