HALF A SHELL'S BETTER THAN NONE :-
MINERVA MI 1 HALF SHELL (full shell available on request)
Picture courtesy of Minerva and tomscy2000 (couldn't take a picture that good if I tried). Mine look like that. Flawless shells, no bubbles and a decent fit. That's a first for me as I usually struggle, maybe my ears just prefer silicone to acryllic? Even funnier is that my normally troublesome right ear gets a perfect fit straight away and the left ear I have to play with a little bit but still get it. Sound for a single driver is perfectly acceptable and whilst it won't win any awards for sound for a good comfortable well isolating fairly cheap ciem in the uk (£195, minus a £10 if they have impressions on file) it's worth considering. It's interesting to see how it's evolved over 3 or so years as you can see from this old website article photo http://www.minerva-hearingprotection.co.uk/review-minerva-mi-1-custom-headphones-that-don-t-break-the-bank.html
I was glad I had them today as my machine at work decided to develop a bit of a fault and was making a hell of a racket. Popped these in, shoved a bit of Magnum's on The Thirteenth Day (check these guys out if you are in to rock in anyway) and it was a question of what noise?
I've had a couple of issues with Minerva (all sorted amicably at the time it has to be said) and I still don't like the way they charge for things most other companies do for standard (£10 extra for a black colour? Come off it!) but on the basis of this transaction I wish them well. I am interested in the pro but after the issues I had last time (3 fittings couldn't get my left ear correct) I wasn't willing to risk it.
Minerva aren't the only ones who do a half shell ciem as I've mentioned these guys before.
COSMIC EAR's MA1 with sansa clip plus, CIEM goodness for £130 (plus cost for card, postage and impressions so under £200) what's not to like?
For comparison from earlier in the thread a shot of my Cosmic Ears MA1's :-
So you can see the obvious similarities. As I use these at work I prefer this style of customs as they are a lot less unobtrusive and sit flush in the ear much more naturally whilst isolating much better than the universals. I do prefer the way minerva have done the cabling to cosmic as I had issues with CE's strain relief (now sorted and quick too!) pressing against my right ear preventing fit, apparantly (as per usual!) they had never had that issue before! Cosmic Ears also do a dual ba version with a bit more bass called the MA2 the new version of which (both MA1 and 2) will come with detachable cables.
Thanks for sharing, there are so many options out there these days. It makes me miss my SA-12, which is another canal only CIEM. They are very nice and unobtrusive for sure.