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post #16 of 42
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Sent off another email last night to Lee. Hopefully grab a few more answers and see what's what.

 

Price still makes me waver in putting down, everything else seems fine. How long do you typically get out of custom earphones?


I knew there was one item I forgot to post in the mammoth update above...

Lee said they typically expect around 4 1/2 years out of them. While they are new to IEM's the decades of making ear implants and hearing aids would suggest this is a well tested estimate.

Currently they do not reshell them at the end of this time. They looked at it, but given the low cost it wasn't exactly economical, most of the cost is in labor rather than the drivers/crossovers. I was a little disappointed by this, until the logical part of the brain kicked in... I can buy 2 of these for less than the ACS equivalent 1+reshell... and in 10 years time I'd expect sound improvements to hopefully to have rolled around so an upgrade after that I wouldn't complain about.
post #17 of 42
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 i wonder how they would compare with 1964 ears, who seems to both rival the minerva prices, and have garnered quite a following on head-fi.


Very interesting question. The big plus for me is that they are Europe based which makes getting repairs or solving fitting issues a lot lot easier. The other plus for me is Minerva uses silicone rather than the hard shells.
post #18 of 42
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I knew there was one item I forgot to post in the mammoth update above...

Lee said they typically expect around 4 1/2 years out of them. While they are new to IEM's the decades of making ear implants and hearing aids would suggest this is a well tested estimate.

Currently they do not reshell them at the end of this time. They looked at it, but given the low cost it wasn't exactly economical, most of the cost is in labor rather than the drivers/crossovers. I was a little disappointed by this, until the logical part of the brain kicked in... I can buy 2 of these for less than the ACS equivalent 1+reshell... and in 10 years time I'd expect sound improvements to hopefully to have rolled around so an upgrade after that I wouldn't complain about.

 

£150 over 4 1/2 years.. £34 a year. If a pair of earphones, take the RE-Zero as a random example I'm familiar with, lasted for 2 years then that would cost me £35 a year... putting it that way, £150 for a custom does not sound bad at all.

 

As for laser etching, it sounds amazingly cool but what do you etch onto earphones?

post #19 of 42
Hi guys
A new poster here looking for some help

I've been looking at these for a few days
I'm currently using a set of Bose in ear, I'm thinking either I'll go for Shure 425s and get customs added or a set of the dual drivers from Minerva. I have seriously small ear canals and have never found a set of in ears that can fit. Any thoughts guys.

 

 

 

post #20 of 42

Just placed my order for the Mi-1's. Nothing fancy done to them. Waiting now for my appointment to get my impressions done and finishing off some of the details with Lee who has been exceptional throughout with me.

 

Will report back when I've had the impressions done.

post #21 of 42
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Magic news mate - hope they work out well. Can't wait to hear the feedback.
post #22 of 42
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Magic news mate - hope they work out well. Can't wait to hear the feedback.

 

Just had my first ever impressions done. No more uncomfortable than typical insertion and removal of bi-flange or tri-flange tips for me. Fortunately I managed to get re-booked early this morning as our washing machine came at 7:30am when it was expected 8am-6pm.

 

Impressions done today. Probably expect my customs by the 26th.

 

Was tempted to order myself a Peli case. They use the Peli 1010 and etch your name/model name into the box, however for me I think it's a bit too big for transporting around.

 

I can't wait to hear them. Even if people are a bit 'only a single driver for a custom', they should still be worth my money for the comfort, fit and isolation factors. £100 ($150-170) for an extra driver doesn't tickle my fancy right about now.

post #23 of 42

They look like the FreQ Custom IEM's that were popular 2 years ago but died out.

post #24 of 42
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They look like the FreQ Custom IEM's that were popular 2 years ago but died out.


I'm not sure I understand that comment. As far as 'look', all customs look pretty similar to me anyway...

Besides, weren't the freq customs a budget acrylic option (as opposed to the silicone of these)?
post #25 of 42
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Originally Posted by Elluzion View Post

They look like the FreQ Custom IEM's that were popular 2 years ago but died out.




I'm not sure I understand that comment. As far as 'look', all customs look pretty similar to me anyway...

Besides, weren't the freq customs a budget acrylic option (as opposed to the silicone of these)?


I meant more based off of the look, (no detachable cable going to the iem). Yeah I think these are different material.

post #26 of 42

My Mi-1's might be dispatched today. Will update when I get them.

post #27 of 42

ElcomeSoft, very interested to hear your thoughts on your new customs.  

post #28 of 42
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Nudge - did they turn up? How are they?

I've had to put mine on hold as the money was donated to help with the NZ quake instead. WIll revisit in a month.
post #29 of 42

There have been a couple of difficulties with my Mi-1's and the level of customer support provided by Lee has been second to none.

 

Should get my ears around a pair shortly and be able to provide feedback, along with a short story to fill in the details.

post #30 of 42

Anything new here?

 

At this price, even the triple driver custom is very tempting. Especially because of the silicon shell. I once had a 3-way silicon custom IEM (now they're known as Spiral Ears from Poland) and I like the material a lot (have also acrylic UM56).

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