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post #436 of 4232
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Originally Posted by rasmushorn View Post

Thanks! I guess I have to try each one of them....

Kewl, Keep us posted on how you like it.

Jim
post #437 of 4232
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Originally Posted by wullymc 
robm321, I don't think it cost $200....haven't seen that amount anywhere yet.

I was just assuming $100 for the doctor. My insurance doesn't cover an audiologist.

Last night I used an ear wax cleaning kit which has worked before to clean impacted ear wax due to my Etys being jammed deep. When I was done, it seemed to help clear my right ear, but I have a ringing in that ear now, ugh. It seems to have gone down a bit, but it's a bit scary. Never had tinnitus before except maybe after loud concerts. That's why customs might be the way to go.
Edited by robm321 - 9/6/12 at 7:54am
post #438 of 4232

100 bucks seems like a great deal. But I'm a little hesitant on the quality of these customs. Also, it eliminates any possibility of me wearing them over my ears with a westone cable, so back to the issue of microphonics with the stock cable?

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FWIW, I have a set of custom molds for my work earphones and I hate them. I use Comply foams with them instead. Same seal, better comfort.

post #440 of 4232
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100 bucks seems like a great deal. But I'm a little hesitant on the quality of these customs. Also, it eliminates any possibility of me wearing them over my ears with a westone cable, so back to the issue of microphonics with the stock cable?

ive only heard of one bad case where the customer was not happy. i can't even recall if they went eith the authorized etymotic custom maker. 

post #441 of 4232
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FWIW, I have a set of custom molds for my work earphones and I hate them. I use Comply foams with them instead. Same seal, better comfort.

 

Was it the discomfort or something else?

post #442 of 4232
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Originally Posted by robm321 View Post

 

Was it the discomfort or something else?

 

Yes, I don't like the comfort. They fill the entire ear canal and part of the outer ear and it makes my entire head feel stuffed with rubber. I wear a helmet with circumaural earcups over them and that also contributes to pressure hot spots on the outer ear cartilage.

 

Foam inserts are just so much more comfortable to me. My outer ear can breath and the foam seals more softly against the ear canal than the harder, less pliable rubber of the molds.


Edited by palmfish - 9/6/12 at 6:26pm
post #443 of 4232
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Originally Posted by palmfish View Post

 

Yes, I don't like the comfort. They fill the entire ear canal and part of the outer ear and it makes my entire head feel stuffed with rubber. I wear a helmet with circumaural earcups over them and that also contributes to pressure hot spots on the outer ear cartilage.

 

Foam inserts are just so much more comfortable to me. My outer ear can breath and the foam seals more softly against the ear canal than the harder, less pliable rubber of the molds.

If I'm not mistaken the ER4 custom molds are much different than most other customs. I don't think they fill your outer ear, and the material is much more soft and pliable. 

post #444 of 4232
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If I'm not mistaken the ER4 custom molds are much different than most other customs. I don't think they fill your outer ear, and the material is much more soft and pliable. 


That could be worthwhile.

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My thoughts on Custom Molds VS Comply Foam Tips (or any other tips you like).

The Etymotic Custom Tips cost a hundred bucks.
They alter the proper placement of the IEM within the ear canal.
They are more often than not, made incorrectly.
They could alter the length of the sound bore, changing the sound of the IEM.
Your ear canal changes over time, requiring a new custom mold.
I am sure there are more reasons out there as well.

But, the biggie for me is cost. I was able to purchase 30 Pair of Comply Foam Tips on eBay for about the same money.

YMMV, Jim
post #446 of 4232

That's enough for me, thanks for sharing your impressions. I will forget about the customs and keep using the comply tips. 

post #447 of 4232

I did not pay more than $120 for the custom molded ear pieces... and that included the audiologist's work. You simply can't beat what this does for the ER-4S's... and for ear comfort. At night I use them to watch a movie in bed after my wife heads off into slumber land.

post #448 of 4232
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Originally Posted by wullymc View Post

 

 

cat6man thanks for your response.  So, would it have been more than $100 if you hadn't gone through your insurance?

 

 

 

yes, but I don't remember how much since my health insurance covered the visit.

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Looks like I'm going to pick up a pair of Grado iGi until I can afford the ER4s next month. There's a store just down the street from me that caries Groto products (I love Portland). I'll probably get my HF5's replaced in the near future, as well. 

 

Anyway, I'll listen for a few days and post a comparison. Does anybody have any advice for testing procedures? I know that the Grotos will need a lengthy break-in period, but other than that I'm just going to be reviewing based on my opinion.

 

-sheldon

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Originally Posted by sheldonkreger View Post

Looks like I'm going to pick up a pair of Grado iGi until I can afford the ER4s next month. There's a store just down the street from me that caries Groto products (I love Portland). I'll probably get my HF5's replaced in the near future, as well. 

Anyway, I'll listen for a few days and post a comparison. Does anybody have any advice for testing procedures? I know that the Grotos will need a lengthy break-in period, but other than that I'm just going to be reviewing based on my opinion.

-sheldon

Well, If I were you, I would...

Burn them in upon reciept for a week without listening using the 16, 8 schedule. 16 hours playing tunes at normal volumes and 8 hours rest.

During that time I would also research the headphone. Gathering as much info about it as is possible.

Then on that magical day... I like Saturday Morning. I would experiment with fit. Finally after getting a comfortable fit, I would plug them in and play my least favorite album repeatedly.

Keep us posted, I hope you enjoy them.

Jim
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