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How does 3ai model compare to westone um3x? I am listening lots of dubstep and I used to love that but looking for something equal or more worthy to have.

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Help!

I have stuff (wax I presume) stuck in my 4a sound tubes (all four of them would you believe) and I cant get it out. It has gone too deep for the hooped cleaning tool and i have been trying to use a longer safety pin to fish it out but no joy. The metal ring that looks to be near the top of the tube isnt helping as it creates a rim that makes it difficult to get the debris past.

Is there anything else i can do? Do i just accept that it is there? Will it be affecting sound quality? Do I send it back to Heir (being in the uk id rather not do that but will do if necessary and Heir think they can sort it)? Could i take it to a more local company to fix (ultimate hearing protection are a ciem company quite near me) but what about invalidating warranty?

Thanks in advance for any guidance.

im not too sure but maybe use a house vacuum cleaner?

post #4758 of 7980

I would be very careful with that. Could possibly destroy the membranes of the speakers if suction is too strong.

 

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im not too sure but maybe use a house vacuum cleaner?

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im not too sure but maybe use a house vacuum cleaner?

haha - thats quite an industrial approach to the problem wink.gif

 

I've mailed Heir to see what their advice is - I can't seem to tell a difference in the sound but still not happy having the debris in there!

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If the hook thing doesn't work, maybe hold with the tubes facing down and melt it with a hairdryer?

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Is the wax below the filter?
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If the hook thing doesn't work, maybe hold with the tubes facing down and melt it with a hairdryer?

lol, or put a light to it and burn the wax out. (That is a joke please not do that since it might void your warranty)

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Is the wax below the filter?

mmm - could be the filters that have been pushed in, they are sort of orange coloured?  Oh dear - I have really messed them up haven't I

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mmm - could be the filters that have been pushed in, they are sort of orange coloured?  Oh dear - I have really messed them up haven't I

 

 

       More than likely, yes.  But the repair would probably be fairly simple, if one has the equipment. (and that is the rub)

 

       Contact service@micro-dsp.com for an RMA

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       More than likely, yes.  But the repair would probably be fairly simple, if one has the equipment. (and that is the rub)

       Contact service@micro-dsp.com for an RMA

Damn! Thanks for responding, I've sent a mail to service.
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mmm - could be the filters that have been pushed in, they are sort of orange coloured?  Oh dear - I have really messed them up haven't I

Looks like a part of the filter that got pushed all the way down when you tried to insert the cleaning tool. Try looking at the tube from above and see if you spot any membrane thing inside that metal ring.

It'd take a massive amount of wax to go that deep past the filter, the easiest way to diagnose is to listen if the sound gets kind of clogged up on one side, unless you punched through all 4 filters on both sides.

I'd love to hear Heir's solution to this problem as well.

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I'm guessing clean it every couple of days :).
 

post #4768 of 7980
I keep a microfiber cloth packed with the earpieces. I give them a quick wipe after every listening session, and eyeball the sound tubes. Then, at the end of the day's listening, do a more thorough wipe down and clean out the sound tubes. Even when you can't see buildup, there is usually some buildup anyway.

I notice my ears produce more wax when I'm in major cities where there's more pollution. So when I travel I get more obsessive about keeping the IEMs clean.
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Generally my ears don't produce too much wax. Well not the kind that gets in the IEM itself. But on the outside shell I do get some residue but I just wipe that off. :) But that was on my former Custom. So not so sure how things will fair with the Heir.
 

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One of my custom IEMs has a silicone tip, the other has acrylic with slightly larger sound tubes. They've needed the same cleaning regimens. The silicone-tipped one occasionally also gets a very careful wet cleaning because earwax sticks to it more tenaciously and it'll develop an earwax funk if I don't do this.

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