Hey there HeadFi,
Now that I've had my Westone 2s for some time (great earphones) and have just sent them away to get ACS Custom Earphone Sleeves, I've been considering jumping into the Custom IEM range.
I feel that whilst the Westone 2s are fantastic, I don't get 100% of what I want from my music - especially the treble and lows. Most definitely a step up from my Etymotic ER-6is and Ultimate Ears 700 (on both of these the cable failed) I still feel I could do better.
My main reason for Customs over Universal? My ears. They're awkwardly small and the Westone 2 encasing just fits in them (which is why I couldn't even consider the SM3s, SE530s, W3s etc) and that is why I believe customs are the way to go.
So, what do you recommend? My maximum budget is about £800 ($1200).
I listen to absolutely everything. I would like some decent bass on them.
Now, this is one thing I must emphasise - I want to use these with an MP3 player (specifically Zune HD) and I need these to be able to drive themselves or can be driven with a mini amp. I am out and about usually and don't listen to music through earphones at home due to having a pretty nice sound system.
From what I've read and heard, the ones spoken about are:
Unique Melody Mages
I've heard of more, but these are rolling off the top of my head.
The next question is this: As there are no dealers of JH Audio and Westone in the UK, how would I go about doing this?
ACS already have my ear moulds on file, which is a massive benefit and I hear fantastic things about their T1s... but I'd like to know what you guys think.