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Best custom in-ear monitors (IEM's) available for under £250 ($400)?

post #1 of 30
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Hi everyone

This is my first post

I was wondering if anyone could tell which is the best custom in-ear monitor available for under £250 ($400) ?

I want to use them on my iPhone 3G. I listen to mostly pop, dance, rnb, ambient, chillout music.

I live in the uk, so i dont mind purchasing somethnig from the usa, as long as the total including shipping, duty and VAT doesnt go over £250.

So far these are what ive got in mind but cant choose. so hope someone can help me out!!!

1. LIVEWIRES (Twin drivers) price $270 (£170) - USA
2. Alienears C2-PRO (twin drivers) price $370 (£232) - USA
3. Sleek Customs (single driver) price $300 (£188) - USA
4. ACS T3 (Single driver) price $365 (£229) - UK

1. LIVEWIRES:

Ive been tempted by the livewires but the gold cable connector blob puts me off, plus the colour options available is poor, but on the positive side people say they sound GREAT!!! AND ARE VERY CHEAP!!!!

2. Alienears C2-PRO:

Not heard much about these, are they any good? how do they compare with the rest in terms of quality, sound and price?

3. Sleek Customs:

These look very nice but was wondering how they sound considering they only contain a single driver? do these sound better compared with the ones that ive listed with contain twin drivers?

4. ACS T3:

These have an advantage of being located in the uk. but price seems high for a single driver unit and i cant find any proper reviews on it!! i have a feeling these are not worth the price for what you get, compared with the rest of the IEMs that ive listed.

Im currently using Ultimate Ears Super Fi 5 Pro earphones, so do these custom IEMs sound better? and how well is th isolation? because i have problems fitting the ultimate ears in my ears properly and tend to fall out, so defo want to get some customs.

Thanks

p.s im not after any custom sleeves for the ulimate ears, because they too expensive, so i'd rather get a proper pair of custom IEMs
post #2 of 30
friendly bump...
post #3 of 30
If I am not mistaken the Livewires changed name to Fidelity Custom Earphones and are now also making a triple-driver custom for under $400 US. So you should consider them too. Here's the link to their website. You may also want to consider the all new UE4.
post #4 of 30
This review compares the Sleeks and the LWs.
post #5 of 30
I just completed a review of the sleeks. A search for "sleek customs" should bring it up. I love them and the company was a pleasure to deal with. The single driver doesn't seem to be much of a hindrance in the bass department, which is where everyone claims that the two and three driver phones shine. I really like the bass and the phones sound great in general.
post #6 of 30
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Originally Posted by Sinocelt View Post
This review compares the Sleeks and the LWs.
Every review that I've seen of the Sleek customs has noted a lack of bass. They also claim to overcome the lack of bass by vibrating your ear but I'm afraid that might not be good enough for many people.
post #7 of 30
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick replies everyone. Im definately not getting the UE-4, alienears c2-pro, or the fidelity triple driver (formerly known as the livewires - thanks to pianist for pointing it out) because the custom and duty plus also the shipping is going to be way too expensive. If i lived in the usa then it would have been a completely different story. The ACS T3 is also a no, because i read a review somewhere and the guy who brought it wasnt very impressed. So that leaves me with the Fidelity dual drivers vs the Sleek customs. I only wished the fidelity's looked nearly as good as the sleek customs which excuse the pun look very SLEEK . The Fidelitys look very ugly, i wish they had an option to put the cable like in the sleek customs and not in the middle! So im moving towards the sleek customs now, but people say the bass is lacking! because i listen to trance and dance music mostly, i dont think the sleeks would suit well. So its either going for something that looks good, but lacks in bass (sleek customs) or going for something that looks ugly but has good bass (fidelitys). I bet more people would have brought the fidelitys if they looked as good as they sound which is a shame! i think ill go for the sleeks! i should be able to live without the lack of bass!
post #8 of 30
I wrote one of the reviews that kobayashi is referencing, and I do not think that the bass is lacking. I said that the bass is less volume than iems I have heard that are known to be bassy. Volumewise, the bass is about the same level as my rs-1, but more punchy. This is my opinion on the bass + treb = tuning. If you like, you can get more bass by going bass + treb -. Just something to consider.

Good luck on your decision. The nice thing is that you can't really go wrong with either. I have scarcely read an even slightly negative review of either.
post #9 of 30
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Originally Posted by tintin47 View Post
I wrote one of the reviews that kobayashi is referencing, and I do not think that the bass is lacking. I said that the bass is less volume than iems I have heard that are known to be bassy. Volumewise, the bass is about the same level as my rs-1, but more punchy. This is my opinion on the bass + treb = tuning. If you like, you can get more bass by going bass + treb -. Just something to consider.

Good luck on your decision. The nice thing is that you can't really go wrong with either. I have scarcely read an even slightly negative review of either.
Too bad that you're already nearly maxed on on the bass of your customs. The bass+ and treble= is almost all that Sleek can muster. Bass+ and treble- is the only option for a slight amount more bass because you're basically at full bass already.
post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by mosh_2k7 View Post
Thanks for the quick replies everyone. Im definately not getting the UE-4, alienears c2-pro, or the fidelity triple driver (formerly known as the livewires - thanks to pianist for pointing it out) because the custom and duty plus also the shipping is going to be way too expensive. If i lived in the usa then it would have been a completely different story. The ACS T3 is also a no, because i read a review somewhere and the guy who brought it wasnt very impressed. So that leaves me with the Fidelity dual drivers vs the Sleek customs. I only wished the fidelity's looked nearly as good as the sleek customs which excuse the pun look very SLEEK . The Fidelitys look very ugly, i wish they had an option to put the cable like in the sleek customs and not in the middle! So im moving towards the sleek customs now, but people say the bass is lacking! because i listen to trance and dance music mostly, i dont think the sleeks would suit well. So its either going for something that looks good, but lacks in bass (sleek customs) or going for something that looks ugly but has good bass (fidelitys). I bet more people would have brought the fidelitys if they looked as good as they sound which is a shame! i think ill go for the sleeks! i should be able to live without the lack of bass!
Hearyourself said they send every packet as $49
post #11 of 30
Thread Starter 
Thanks. The Bass+ and treble- option will do well. BTW when did the price for the sleeks go up? i checked today in the morning and it said $349!! gone up by $49! im sure they were $300 before? i thought things might get cheaper because of the recession, not go up also what the best way to get in contact with sleek? is email a good option using the form on the website because it might be expensive to ring to the usa from the uk, trying to explain my preferences.
post #12 of 30
Anyone hear the ue 4 pros yet?
post #13 of 30
Thread Starter 
Heres a very good review of them:

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f103/u...10-pro-425108/

The person in the review is saying they sound very simliar to the more expensive ue-10 except dont have that much punch, but its a small price to pay when you think that your saving $500!!!
post #14 of 30
yeah, but sadly the op is in UK like me. $500+exchangerate+duties+custom mould trips = helluvalot.
post #15 of 30
Thread Starter 
Plus also the 15% VAT charge! uk people always get skanked! Jus go for the fidelitys! $259 for dual driver model! After all the charges they should come to less than £200! Which isnt too bad! Plus they sound great! The looks of them might put u off, but its the sound quality thats most important at the end of the day! Also VAT charges going to go upto 15% at end of december 2009, so get em whilst their cheap!
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