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Westone ES5, Reshell TF10, UE Reference, UE 18 Pro, or JH13?

post #1 of 11
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Here's my story:

 

I'm primarily a speaker listener, but because of my living arrangements at the moment and my regular public transportation commutes, I find myself attached to my IEMs far more frequently than ever before. Over the years, I've owned many IEMs and was reasonably happy with the SE530, although I have never liked how dark and veiled they are --they are very sweet and soothing though.

 

Recently, I picked up the Triple.Fi 10s, and I really love its neutrality (nearly flat according to my ears and the charts that I've seen), but the fit is horrendous. I am forced to get custom earmolds, which will cost $170 CDN. My thinking is that I should just go ahead and buy customs now instead of inevitably moving up the chain and losing more money in the long run when I upgrade. For instance, the $170 plugs will be useless when I move on from the TF10.

 

I've narrowed my search down to three cans: the UE Reference, the 18 Pro, and the JH13. Looking at the frequency response of the JH16, I've excluded it from consideration because I value neutrality and listen mostly to rock and alternative. For mobile listening, I will be using these with my iPhone 4 (ALAC) > iBasso D10; at home, I have my Technics SP-10MKII turntable with linear-tracking tonearm and ClearAudio Virtuoso cartridge, as well as my trusty Ack! DAC.

 

Which would you recommend for me? I cannot find the frequency response charts for the UE Reference or the JH13, but the 18 Pro looks OK (not spectacular but decent).

 

One final possibility is that I could have my TF10 reshelled by that Floridian company that many here have praised.

post #2 of 11

this might be off little but have you considered westone es5? 

review seems they are neutral and have good sq along with jh 13

I ask this because its little cheaper than other custom iem.

there are links to reviews if you look up westone es5 thread

post #3 of 11

X2 you might want to consider the ES5.

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

I never even considered Westone for customs, but thanks for reminding me. Now that I've looked briefly at the ES5, it has become my top candidate!

 

The $150 price cut over the JH13 is lovely too.

 

Have you tried the ES5 yourself?

post #5 of 11

A vote for ES5. In fact, I'm waiting for mine to arrive.

post #6 of 11
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One question about dealers --I see that some US Westone shops are offering the ES5 for $900. Should I go through Westone or order from one of these dealers? 

 

The place where I'm getting my molds done are listed on Westone's website, so they are a dealer, although I don't know how much they are asking for the cans. If they're charging more, then I should just send the impressions to a US dealer, right?

post #7 of 11

I am waiting on my ES5 they are in the lab now. So I am hoping they will be done next week.

post #8 of 11

who are the dealers? links?
 

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One question about dealers --I see that some US Westone shops are offering the ES5 for $900. Should I go through Westone or order from one of these dealers? 

 

The place where I'm getting my molds done are listed on Westone's website, so they are a dealer, although I don't know how much they are asking for the cans. If they're charging more, then I should just send the impressions to a US dealer, right?

post #9 of 11
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post #10 of 11

I don't think these guys are an authorized Westone dealer I didn't see them on Westone's site.

post #11 of 11
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I see that Hands Free isn't listed as one of the "dealers," but the dealers noted on Westone's website for BC are just audiologists. Apparently, I will have to pay the extra impressions fee and then ship them myself to Westone. This is a bit disappointing because the process is so much simpler for Americans.

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