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Yeah, I was planning to call eventually. From how I filled out the form and what I described... I would think they'd have called me with a "WTF"? wink_face.gif


So you're saying you've got strange ears! smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by shane55 View Post

Yeah, I was planning to call eventually. From how I filled out the form and what I described... I would think they'd have called me with a "WTF"? wink_face.gif


So you're saying you've got strange ears! smily_headphones1.gif


Yeah... I guess. They are a bit large and pointy.

 

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post #123 of 263
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Did anyone who sent theirs back for re-fit get any type of confirmation email that they were received by UE?

I've heard nothing... frown.gif



Nope.  I had mine insured and I checked the UPS delivery confirmation which showed that it had arrived two days later > ball in their court.  Not to rub it in, but I get mine back today!  And you were right- you get to experience the joy of getting them- twicebiggrin.gif

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@shane55 - great looking dog! And a nicely exposed photo to boot!

@mkubota1 - initial impression, did the re-fit correct your fit issue?
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@shane55 - What a great looking pup! Such an expression.

 

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Hey thanks for the nice comments... Yeah, Zeke is very handsome, but he was about 3 months old in that shot, and looks a bit different now.

 

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And as for the UE's, they just don't fit him very well... probably because they're not universals... rolleyes.gif

Got to get him some W4's.


Edited by shane55 - 4/5/11 at 11:11pm
post #127 of 263

^^W4's because they are easier going in the upper register?

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post #128 of 263
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@mkubota1 - initial impression, did the re-fit correct your fit issue?

 

At the risk of saying this too early, I would say "sort of".  tongue.gif  I asked to have the 'canal tip' and 'canal area' (very front parts) reduced on both sides- they seemed a little pokey on occasion and I was just too aware of their presence when wearing them.  After wearing them for about 3 hours today I think that problem has been greatly reduced.  Having said that, I still do not find them as comfortable as my universals.  There are a few things about these customs that I need to get used to- bone conduction and a really good seal that sometimes creates a pressure vacuum that can be felt on occasion.  I was borderline when it came to sending them in; so now that it's better I'm sure they'll be fine.

 

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Hey thanks for the nice comments... Yeah, Zeke is very handsome, but he was about 3 months old in that shot, and looks a bit different now.

 

And as for the UE's, they just don't fit him very well... probably because they're not universals... rolleyes.gif

Got to get him some W4's.

 

All of that ear hair.... probably couldn't get a decent impression  frown.gif.


Edited by Mkubota1 - 4/5/11 at 11:46pm
post #129 of 263
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At the risk of saying this too early, I would say "sort of".  tongue.gif  I asked to have the 'canal tip' and 'canal area' (very front parts) reduced on both sides- they seemed a little pokey on occasion and I was just too aware of their presence when wearing them.  After wearing them for about 3 hours today I think that problem has been greatly reduced.  Having said that, I still do not find them as comfortable as my universals.  There are a few things about these customs that I need to get used to- bone conduction and a really good seal that sometimes creates a pressure vacuum that can be felt on occasion.  I was borderline when it came to sending them in; so now that it's better I'm sure they'll be fine.

 

 

All of that ear hair.... probably couldn't get a decent impression  frown.gif.


What you describe as pressure-vacuum (from the killer seal) and the bone conduction are two of the four reasons I sent them back... and they were the least problematic. There was no obvious pressure points causing discomfort. They were quite comfortable, but the sound changes and the sound shut-offs really were unacceptable. I'd turn my head and there would be silence from one side, or I'd open my jaw or move my head slightly and the sound would radically change. I think it was CEE TEE who questioned whether or not the openings were so close to the canal wall that slight movements would just close them off. Could be. We'll see what they figure out from my descriptions of the issues.

 

If they are able to solve these two, I'll take the bone conduction and pressure weirdness and get used to them. rolleyes.gif

 

@ CEE TEE... yeah, that's why he liked the SM3 so much. No high end at all. evil_smiley.gif

And finds the DBA-02 intollerably bright.
 

 

post #130 of 263
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What you describe as pressure-vacuum (from the killer seal) and the bone conduction are two of the four reasons I sent them back... and they were the least problematic. There was no obvious pressure points causing discomfort. They were quite comfortable, but the sound changes and the sound shut-offs really were unacceptable. I'd turn my head and there would be silence from one side, or I'd open my jaw or move my head slightly and the sound would radically change. I think it was CEE TEE who questioned whether or not the openings were so close to the canal wall that slight movements would just close them off. Could be. We'll see what they figure out from my descriptions of the issues.


I did imagine that I had more high frequencies after the re-fit, but I think it might just be that- my imagination.  As for the vacuum thing (which could partly be responsible for the sound changes caused by movement), I was wondering if the 'ambient feature' would alleviate that; however at the cost of isolation at which point you would lose a lot of what you got the customs for in the first place.  Along with isolation, I think good energy transfer is partly what makes these so good.

post #131 of 263
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And as for the UE's, they just don't fit him very well... probably because they're not universals... rolleyes.gif

Got to get him some W4's.


Beautiful dog Shane, the W4's might not be good enough for him since dogs can hear a greater frequency range than humans! smily_headphones1.gif

post #132 of 263
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Beautiful dog Shane, the W4's might not be good enough for him since dogs can hear a greater frequency range than humans! smily_headphones1.gif


I think this was the design intent of the Sleek Audio CT20.

 

post #133 of 263

My small case arrived today.  I think the slightly larger size compared to the TF10 case lets you get the customs and the long cord in without having to make sure you get the jigsaw just right.  The added benefit is that I don't have to change the position of the over ear memory covers so they are right where I set them when they came off my knoggin.  Sweet.

 

Of course there's not the extra space available to put accessories or even a small amp like the Pelican option that Mkubota and CEE TEE are using...


 

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I was given one of the small cases with my order due to the inconvenience of changing my shipping info on me.  Here's a pic next to my TF10 case:

 

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The small case is much nicer to carry around than the giant one that comes with the UE11 that I don't think I'll pull out of the box for a while. 
 



 



 

 

post #134 of 263

I got my refits back a few days ago, so I thought I should update a little bit. The good news: they definitely fit better after having them thickened up- they have a good seal now and they don't sound a tinny as they used to, and there's some bass impact now that wasn't there before.  The bad news: Where the material was added to the IEM's don't look very good. Doesn't seem like they really bothered to smooth/sand/polish out the areas where the material was added to thicken the IEM's. It's a bit rough to the touch, and looks hazy and overall, just pretty "bleh."

 

Personally, it doesn't really bother me too much since I put function over form; however, that may also just be because I only bought the UE4's. If these were a set of UERM, UE11, or UE18's, I might be a bit upset. 


Edited by PANGES - 4/8/11 at 2:38pm
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Um, so funny thing happened today.  Went to meet another Head-fier to try out his IERM as he apparently can't use in-ears w/o losing physical balance.  Popped them on and into my DACPort via Thinkpad to verify driver functionality.  Everything sounded good (as I recalled the signature of the demo).  Got all the accessories and finished up the transaction.  Took them home and decided to have a closer look.  I was surprised at all the little bits glued to the shell apart from just the drivers compared to the ES5.  Certainly adds a bit more anxiety to the prospect of reshelling.  My intent was to reshell them w/ silicone as I figured UE wasn't up to the task atm and getting the superior isolation along w/ better low level clarity and detail.  I've been very happy w/ my ES5's and was going to pass on the opportunity but I figured it might be worth the experiment and experience to chance it.  Now here is where it gets interesting.  During my examination I realized just how small the custom canal tips were compared to my own ear molds.  Light bulb went off.  Could my Meelec Bi-flanges fit over those tips?  Hmmm.  Zomg, yes they do!  Will these fit my ears?  ZOMG, yes they do!!  Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting my $450 Ultimate Ears 'In-Ear Reference Monitor' Universals:

 

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I think my DBA's are done for and will be up for sale.

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