Originally Posted by ukflyboy
After trying just about every conceivable tip for my UE TF10s and failing to get a comfortable fit I have decided to upgrade to a pair of customs so would appreciate some advice from the knowledgeable folk on here (espcially Joe!).
I listen to probably 90% Rock/Hard Rock and about 10% dance/electronic but also play bass in a band that uses IEMs (though these days we probably only play half a dozen serious gigs a year) so will occasionally use them live as well. For this reason guess I would say I am a bit of a bass head i.e. I would certainly not settle for a CIEM that has less bass than what I currently get with the TF10s.
As far as listening environments go, I am in the armed forces and love to travel so spend a lot of time travelling or listening in noisy environments so isolation is important to me. I mostly use iphone 4 with Equaliser and a DAC on my computer.
I have poured all over this site and this is what I have concluded thus far.
ACS T1. I have read a number of reviews which praise its bass and isolation so they sound a good bet. As a bonus their factory is 30 mins up the road so I would get my impressions and every thing done directly with them which can be no bad thing. Silicon sounds like it may have an edge over acrylic too. Only nagging doubts are that the sound may have changed with the newer model and what the sound is like with the T1 Live (I havent seen any reviews yet).
DRM EARZ aud-5x. Have some good reviews on this site which again praise the bass. Price also seems pretty good though being based in the UK it could take a long time to get them sorted especially if any refits are required.
Minerva triple driver. Being a UK company the price is great and isolation should be excellent as they, like the T1s, are Silicon. As a down side the bass doesn't seem much to write home about.
Unique Melody have some well priced products now they are available directly in the UK although their bass beast the Merlin seems to have poor isolation owing to the vent for the dynamic driver. The rest of their lineup doesnt seem to have great bass signatures.
Spiral Ears look AMAZING but they are far from cheap and I am not sure they would be great for my slightly smaller ears.
So does anyone have any thoughts or other recommendations? Am I going to be able to EQ in a suitable amount of bass from the T1s? Am I better off taking the punt with the AUD-5X and just hope that I get the fit right first time round? Or is there something else out there that I have missed? Please note that what seems cheap in the US is considerably more expensive in the UK when you take in to consideration impressions, postage and potentially 17.5% tax.
Thanks in advance.
The ACS T1 Live! is not bass light, but it is not bass heavy and has a very natural sound. I think it would make an excellent on stage monitor, but if you want enhanced bass, there are other options. The Minerva is warm and thick, but the bass is not very prominent unless you have a lot of amplifier power, and even then the bass is only adequate.
The JH16 is close to the TF10 sound signature, but with more of everything while the Thousand Sounds TS842 is another option with the closest sound signature to the TF10 I know of in a custom IEM. The aud-5X has a bit of a mid-forward and fuller sound in comparison with the TF10, but the bass is quite good.
The 5-way can reproduce a lot of bass and is overall excellent if it will fit in your ears. There is also the Earsonics EM4 which has a very fun sound, but is mid-forward in comparison with the TF10 (as is the 5-way), enhanced and capable bass, and doesn't lack anywhere. However, the focus of the EM4 is the midrange.
I estimate my EM4 review will be done within the next 2 weeks and then the T1 Live review a month or so after that, but the others have full reviews (or an evaluation for the 5-way) you can link to in the first post as well as summaries if you missed them.