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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

I recently got my hands on the TripleFi 10s and like a sizeable amount of us here, had problems trying to get a good fit with them. So far I've gone through the stock tips, Sony Hybrids and the Comply foams. The Complys seem to work best but I can't get a good fit consistently, which is annoying since they sound great when I'm able to do so. Hence I was looking to maybe have a set of ACS Custom Tips made.

 

The quandary: The TripleFi 10s cost me only $170 after shipping to the UK and I'm going to need to shell out at least £90 for these tips here. Anybody willing to share their experience with ACS? Are they really good with customer service and such or are there any other better options to get a better fit (remoulding maybe?) for about the same price in the UK? 

 

Thanks all for the advice :)

post #2 of 12

if you love the sound out of the triplefi , and fit is important to you then go ahead , spending £90 on custom molds i would say you should be prepared to keep the the triplefi for a couple of years atleast to make it worth while,

 

my personal opinion is only get custom molds on high end iem's ( ie se535 , um3x , sm3 etc etc ) , if you have done your research and believe the triplefi is up there with the best of them then go ahead , again if you have custom molds you are making a decision to stick with that iem for a few years

 

what iem's have you owned before?

 

customer service for acs is spot on and it really pays dealing with a uk company within the uk

 

 

 

 

 

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi Homer,

 

I started off with some Sony's before moving to SuperFi 4s. The cable broke so I went to the Senn CX95 but didn't like the sound signature of it. Moved on quickly to the Hifiman RE-ZERO before plonking for the current TripleFi 10s. I guess you could say that they are my first really high-end IEMs.

 

I can foresee myself holding on to the TripleFi 10s for awhile, especially if I invest in these custom tips. I'm casting some looks at the Westone 4 but doubt I'll be able to build up enough financial muscle to go for those yet, especially off the retail price. If Westone does a goldbox deal like UE then possibly.

 

How much would it cost to get them re-shelled though? Surely it'll cost more than just getting custom tips made?

post #4 of 12

acs wont make you a custom triplefi , they will only make you custom tips ( there are companys in china and the usa that will do that for you )

 

if you are truely happy with the triplefi then i see no reason not to get custom tips for them

 

but if you get itchy feet and try westone 4 etc and decide you like them better you will be gutted i guess

 

i would have though you would have tried atlest a couple of the top iem or done alot of research on each sound signature etc before making the plunge

 

i bought my t2's with very little research and comparison as fit was very important to me

 

again i would say only get custom tips if you are sure you a happy with the sound and are sure you wont get itchy feet

post #5 of 12

I've got a couple of sets of ACS custom sleeves (UM3x and IE8) and I was very happy with ACS's service. Both sets of sleeves required refits but ACS were very helpful and didn't quibble about remaking them again.

 

While the TripleFi is a top tier IEM it's always had a reputation for being a bit of a dog in terms of fit and isolation. ACS sleeves will improve things but I've heard that they make the TriipleFi stick even further out of your ears. In my opinion, something like the Westone 3, UM3x, Earsonics SM3 or Shure SE535 all have far superior ergonomic design.

 

If you love the TripleFi sound then get some ACS sleeves. They will definitely improve the fit and comfort and may even improve the sound quality. If you've not settled on the TripleFi sound signature I'd recommend trying one of the other IEMs I've listed. Westone earphones in particular offer a superb fit in a universal IEM.

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

Yes ACS doesn't do custom moulds, but was just wondering if people from the UK knew how much it would cost to get it done from the US or China and what are the turnover rates.

 

I went for the TripleFi 10s because they were going for cheap on ebay after Amazon did their goldbox deal. In normal cases it would have been pretty impossible for me to afford them as I'm still a student. Hence that makes going for the Westone 4 highly unlikely as much as I'm interested in them, unless they slash it to just a quarter of their retail price.  

 

FYI I did do my research before plunging for them, as at that time I wanted an upgrade on my RE-ZERO, mainly to increase the soundstage and add a little more bass. Other than their recess mids and fit problems, the TripleFi 10s did basically fit the bill. Was also considering switching out the cables as apparently it brings out the mids a bit more, but that's a whole other option altogether and I wanted to get my fit correct first before fiddling with the sound signature.

 

How long do you think the whole process of getting custom tips made by ACS would take?

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

TCD improve the sound quality in what way? Not too worried about it sticking out further because it's not very noticeable now, maybe because I have long hair which covers my ears :)

 

I would love to try the Westones at some point, especially the UM3X but the lack of means to finance this venture means I won't be buying any IEMs for now :P

 

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Originally Posted by TCD1975 View Post

I've got a couple of sets of ACS custom sleeves (UM3x and IE8) and I was very happy with ACS's service. Both sets of sleeves required refits but ACS were very helpful and didn't quibble about remaking them again.

 

While the TripleFi is a top tier IEM it's always had a reputation for being a bit of a dog in terms of fit and isolation. ACS sleeves will improve things but I've heard that they make the TriipleFi stick even further out of your ears. In my opinion, something like the Westone 3, UM3x, Earsonics SM3 or Shure SE535 all have far superior ergonomic design.

 

If you love the TripleFi sound then get some ACS sleeves. They will definitely improve the fit and comfort and may even improve the sound quality. If you've not settled on the TripleFi sound signature I'd recommend trying one of the other IEMs I've listed. Westone earphones in particular offer a superb fit in a universal IEM.

post #8 of 12

I have the ACS custom tips on my TF10's, and they are fantastic and fit fine first time. It did take a few days to get used to getting them in and out easily and getting the fit perfect, but the improvement in comfort and more importantly the sound quality. IMO they don't really stick out much more than with the standard tips, as the custom tips go deep into your ear canal.

The other advantage is that the way they fit the TF10's, mean you can rotate them to any angle within the tips, to mean the cable can be placed up or down with no change in seal and sound.

 

IMO they are well worth the money, and ACS customer service is very good, and they have shown to be happy to remake them if the fit isn't right first time. etysmile.gif

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

@Soundmangt4: What sort of improvement in sound quality?

 

Also if I've had this made and switch to new phones, would the custom tips still work, say on a Westone or Shure? 

post #10 of 12

The sound quality improved in every way. The bass tightened up and went deeper, and the mids and tops just opened up and now sound completely unhindered or coloured by the tips. The isolation and comfort also improved massively.

As for switching to other phones, they won't fit as the ACS tips are made specific to the phones, but they keep your impressions on file for 12 months, so they may be able to make new moulds for different makes cheaper, as you won't need to have impressions done again.

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

Alright, I'll give their distributor here a ring today and see what they say then. Will definitely report back soon. Thanks guys for all your help :)

post #12 of 12

little update on my ety ER4P with ACS custom tips - because now I have been using them with a new DAP, the HM-601. these custom tips give me isolation that's better than any generic tips, even better than my beloved comply tips. the ACS-tipped ER4P sound great on the HM-601, with only a slight hiss from the player if you turn it up loud without music playing.

 

these will still be my go-to IEMs for airplane travel because of how much noise they shut out. today, I walked the dog past a tollroad and heard not a single car. my UE customs are great on the plane too, but they let a little sound through, and while in a quiet room they do better than my old ety, their advantage is wasted in a noisy environment.

 

one other advantage (if it is one) of the ACS-tipped ety is that I can go to 6 on the volume dial of my hifiman DAP before it's too much, meaning I get a little more range than on my UE customs, which mostly top out around 3.

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