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Klipsch Custom 3 at $109 - good value?

post #1 of 34
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I have seen a few posts on Klipsch Custom 3 here, but I cannot make out if they're good value at $109 or not. I am aware of the cable issue with them, but in temrs of sound, they seem to get rated along side TF-10, SE530 and some of other more expensive phones.

 

I owner ER6i, and am looking for a replacement. I am evaluating the following:

 

1. Klipsch S4 - Fun on many tracks, but too aggressive/bassy on several others.

2. Ety MC5 - Have heard good things about them. Hoping their clarity is atleast as good as or better than er6i. Have also ordered Fiio E5 to see if they make a difference to the bass

3. Ety er6i - Always an option to go back to them. Loved their detail and clarity, but I would prefer something with more bass now.

 

Also seriously considered RE0, but even though I am sure I will love the detail, I think I would like something more bassy this time. Would like to try DBA-02 as well, but do not have the patience or time (I leave for international travel next week and want to get the earphones before that).

 

Any thoughts on Klipsch Cutom 3? Would it be worth it to atleast try them for comparison? Or, are they to be totally ruled out for some reason? Is the cable problem really that bad? Anyone satisfied / delighted by Custom 3 here?

 

Thanks. :)

post #2 of 34

I think they would be pretty hard to beat at that price, unless you could get TF10s for a similar amount

post #3 of 34

Klipsch custom 3 are really great for that price and they offers deep punchy bass, clear detailed midrange with Klipsch signature warm, lively sound. Could you tell us more about the sound signature you like and genres you listen most?.

 

post #4 of 34

They're very good for that price. Do what I did; buy them & have them remolded into real 'customs.' All the sound quality w/o any of the annoying cable/fit problems.

post #5 of 34
Thread Starter 

Thanks knube, Zarim.

 

Zarim - I owned er6i for three years and loved them. In between, I tried (just a few tracks at a store) SE530, but couldn't justify spending so much extra on them after doing A/B with my er6i. And now, after listening to S4 on some of the tracks, I can really feel the bass I was missing. With S4, I still hear how they are not as clear in the bass as er6i, but the lack of quantity of bass in er6i on some tracks totally flattens them out.

 

Overall, I want clarity (like er6i, a little less will also do) but with some more bass. Doesn't have to be as much as S4, but it has to be more than er6i. I listen to a lot of different genre, but do not stray a lot toward trance or anything very punchy and remain more with acoustic (flamenco guitar), jazz, pop and classical. I also have several old tracks with great female vocals that I love.

 

Thanks.

post #6 of 34
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@jleewach  How does one get them remolded? How much does that cost? Also, I see that you own S4 and h5 as well. How would you compare them with Custom 3?

post #7 of 34

you basically have someone make molds of your ear canal like in custom mold IEMs like the ones that JH audio makes. then, the drives are placed inside the plastic custom pieces created from the molds that you had made. you usually have to go to an audiologist to get some custom molds done. I however, don't know who offers such services as far as moving the circuitry and the drivers into another casing.

post #8 of 34

See the Fisher remold owners thread @ http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/464570/inearz-fisher-hearing-custom-remold-owner-s-thread/315

 

Remolding service is 80 USD + extra for the cable & shipping. Turned out to sound better than I thought, and they are WORLDS more comfortable than stock Custom 3's. I do have a slight connection problem w/ mine, though I didnt really expect things to go absolutely perfect w/ this type of process. They're in the process of getting fixed.

 

You could also check out Unique Melody, and Alien Ears for remolding service.

post #9 of 34

Probably the best bang for the buck out there. But the cable is absolutely horrible. If you are active when using them or aren't very careful with them you may want to stay away. You need to store them safely in a case after use. I had the C2's and the cable turned on me in a little over 6 months. I would just toss them on my shelf after use, and sometimes use them at work.

post #10 of 34

last thing. OP, the 109 deal on amazon is NOT from an authorized dealer of klipsch. so if your IEMs break, your out in the cold. klipsch won't honor the warranty. i suggest paying 130 and get to use the warranty because by the reports of the crappy cable, you are gonna need it.

post #11 of 34
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Thank you all. I think I have answers here. I travel a lot and cannot baby my earphones too much. Also, I don't think this remain such a good deal at this price if I have to either spend another $100 or so for remolding or if it is likely to break in less than a year.

 

As an aside, my er6i actually held up for 3 years despite the fragile looking cable and even when they broke, it was at the jack. They are surely stronger than they look.

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Thank you all. I think I have answers here. I travel a lot and cannot baby my earphones too much. Also, I don't think this remain such a good deal at this price if I have to either spend another $100 or so for remolding or if it is likely to break in less than a year.

 

As an aside, my er6i actually held up for 3 years despite the fragile looking cable and even when they broke, it was at the jack. They are surely stronger than they look.


if u do plan to go the remold route tho, i have heard that unique melody by null river studio does a better job than fischer. btw Unique melody is abbreviated as UM around here.

post #13 of 34

I say to just go for the MC5s great durability and would be the next logical step to the er6i.

post #14 of 34

X2

post #15 of 34

Hi, I'm planning on buying another pair of IEMs, I owned a UE700 and loved them very much but they got lost last week. So I'm deciding between, UM1, UE700 or these, can anyone help me decide? Can't find another thread to post this sorry

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