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post #1 of 18
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hi!

i decided to get some custom earphone sleeves for my new ultimate ears 700. i want to go this path first - instead of getting fully custom UEs - to see if it's the "right thing" for me so to speak...

searching around a little i found musicians' hearing services in london and i was wondering if anyone has any experience dealing with them!? ideally experience involving custom earphone sleeves

i also know about ACS, but - since they don't seem to support the 700s directly (that's what they told me) - they made it sound like an elaborate and potentially expensive procedure, where i have to send in my headphones for some time etc etc. so that put me off a little bit.
but i would prefer a local option, actually - even if it costs a little more in the end. provided the quality+service is the same or even better of course!

thanks in advance for any help!


cheers
chris
post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by ChristopherP View Post
hi!

i decided to get some custom earphone sleeves for my new ultimate ears 700. i want to go this path first - instead of getting fully custom UEs - to see if it's the "right thing" for me so to speak...

searching around a little i found musicians' hearing services in london and i was wondering if anyone has any experience dealing with them!? ideally experience involving custom earphone sleeves

i also know about ACS, but - since they don't seem to support the 700s directly (that's what they told me) - they made it sound like an elaborate and potentially expensive procedure, where i have to send in my headphones for some time etc etc. so that put me off a little bit.
but i would prefer a local option, actually - even if it costs a little more in the end. provided the quality+service is the same or even better of course!

thanks in advance for any help!


cheers
chris
From a quick peek of their web site it appears they are agents for ACS, the images have ACS on the sleeves and they have the T1, T2, T3 models listed for custom iem's.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
that's an interesting discovery . and would also explain why they wrote back "they are supporting the 700s" instead of "we are"

i asked them for a price for the whole procedure, but haven't heard back yet. so let's wait and see...


cheers
chris
post #4 of 18
ACS have a wide dealer coverage. Some may be just a local motorbike dealer who also gets iem/ear protection for riders, other may be a local optician/audiologist.

See Advanced Communication Solutions - Dealer Locator

Customs should be around £90 inclusive of vat & impressions.
post #5 of 18
ACS do not sell their stuff directly, they do it through resellers (well..you can book the ACS audiologist but same thing because undoubtably they will be freelance/contractor). There are plenty of places in London, I went to London Hearing in Harley Street for mine. Once your impressions are taken they send it to ACS in Cambridge. As far as I'm aware they are the only commercially available custom tip maker in the UK so its likely MH use ACS

ACS do no have the option for UE700's directly and neither do Musicians Hearing - MH will get you to send your 700's away to ACS too
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
OK...thanks for all that info guys! much appreciated.
i'll get an appointment with them and see from there.
the 90GBP range sounds reasonable for me, too.


c.
post #7 of 18
I highly recommed seeking out Hand Held Audio, they're just outside central london in Enfield Lock. Nick, the audiologist and MD is a great guy and really good audiologist, he got my 13's spot on whereas london hearing was a bit hit and miss
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
hand held audio are not that far outside of london...looked further on the map . will keep that in mind. cheers!
post #9 of 18
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ACS do not sell their stuff directly, they do it through resellers (well..you can book the ACS audiologist but same thing because undoubtably they will be freelance/contractor)...
Not quite correct, it depends if they have your impressions or not. I've dealt directly with them since my first custom sleeves were not fitting too well. My last impressions were done by Andy Schiach himself and after I lost my T2s in a burglary he delivered the replacements to my home (only because he lives fairly local mind you - I'm no special client) so I can well attest to how good a guy he is.

In the UK it's hard getting customs from anyone other than ACS!
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
hand held audio told me it'll be around 110GBP (+vat). i think i'm going to go with them, if i don't find anything radically better.

thanks again for the recommendations everyone!


c.
post #11 of 18
I'd love to get custom sleeves for my Westone 3s, but I hear the ACS ones just don't work with the W3 and there doesn't seem to be any other option in the uk.. I guess I'll just have to wait until I'm in the USA again and either get some UM56s or just take the plunge and get some JH Audio customs..
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post #13 of 18
They're meant to be great, it's just an issue specific to the ACS tips with Westone 3s -

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f103/a...3/#post6133841

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f103/a...ml#post6374722
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Chez View Post
I'd love to get custom sleeves for my Westone 3s, but I hear the ACS ones just don't work with the W3 and there doesn't seem to be any other option in the uk.. I guess I'll just have to wait until I'm in the USA again and either get some UM56s or just take the plunge and get some JH Audio customs..
Where did you hear that?

I can't see any reason why ACS sleeves wouldn't work with the Westone 3. They work very well with the UM3x.
post #15 of 18
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Where did you hear that?

I can't see any reason why ACS sleeves wouldn't work with the Westone 3. They work very well with the UM3x.
no no its quite correct, something to do with the W3's not having a ridge on the nozzle to keep the sleeves on
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