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post #1 of 15
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Hi I've been reading up about custom IEM to this point and I have try and use many universal IEMs and Headphones.  Some gets here and some get retail.  Now I'm really consider the custom IEM path. 

 

I've talk with some people at westone at CES las vegas and ask them why only 1 year warranty.  Then there are some explaination that normally the custom IEM will last very long BUT(with the big but) normally human ear canal change enough in 2 years.  So that after 2 years, the custom won't fit anymore then you will need to have a refit of it.  If it were just other IEM material from other brand then sometimes you might need to fine tune it a little bit then the fit is back.  However, with ES5 with the soft tip, you will need to redo the whole thing. 

 

So can anyone with customs share some experience about this situations? 

 

I'm ready to buy it now but the 2 year limit thing is kind of turn me off.

 

Anyway I'm considering JH3A now and try to see if it really worth the $,$$$

post #2 of 15

Isn't the JH-3A an amplifier or do you mean that you're prepared to buy the JH-3A & JH-16 kit?

post #3 of 15

I hear it can be 2-3 years and sometimes you don't need a remold still. Also a lot of companies have a remold service for such an occasion and it isn't like buying a whole knew set of phones. I know I can get whatever in ears I want custom molded for $90 bucks and I bet companies like JH have a policy for a cheaper remold service to customers that bought their nice pricey phones. But I may be wrong

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I hear it can be 2-3 years and sometimes you don't need a remold still. Also a lot of companies have a remold service for such an occasion and it isn't like buying a whole knew set of phones. I know I can get whatever in ears I want custom molded for $90 bucks and I bet companies like JH have a policy for a cheaper remold service to customers that bought their nice pricey phones. But I may be wrong

 


JH does not have a remold service available. 

 

I'm only aware of 3 companies that offer such services: Fisher Hearing, UM, and 1964 Ears.

 

post #5 of 15

This is a really interesting question.  I would love to hear individual feedback on the longevity of CIEM's.  Cables and sockets aside, it does not seem that there is much that can go wrong except for defective/short lived armatures.  But with the prices of top tier products this is certainly a relevant purchase criterion. 

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JH does not have a remold service available. 

I'm only aware of 3 companies that offer such services: Fisher Hearing, UM, and 1964 Ears.

Lets not forget Stage93, some awesome remolds
Edited by Evilcalyptic - 1/20/12 at 9:14am
post #7 of 15
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Yes the set. And it start at $ 1748. That is why i ask this question because it will be almost 1k in cost per year to use it.mad.gif that really turn me off. Let say the remold service is good from other vendor, how can I be sure that the sound quality are the same after remold since it literally made by other people. I hope Jh has the remold service or some kind of protection plan. I look back to universal like se530 or ER4. If you care for them it will last a long time. Mine are 5 years now. I wish there are some kind of solutions.
post #8 of 15

Oh wow, off topic but I just realized jh audio is in my area as well. That makes Fisher, jh, cleartune, and I believe a few other brands that are around me.

 

Back on topic, why not look into a different brand than jh then? I hear great things about the unique melody miracle and they offer a reshell service. Sure maybe every 3 years it will cost 100-200 to get them reshelled but I guess it does come with the territory.

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Jzbass25 View Post

Oh wow, off topic but I just realized jh audio is in my area as well. That makes Fisher, jh, cleartune, and I believe a few other brands that are around me.

 

Back on topic, why not look into a different brand than jh then? I hear great things about the unique melody miracle and they offer a reshell service. Sure maybe every 3 years it will cost 100-200 to get them reshelled but I guess it does come with the territory.


Yeah that might be the way to go.  However, I have been researching and still JH3A with JH16 package is by far the best sounding for CIEM.  Only if JH has there reshell service to protect investment of the user that will be great. 
 

 

post #10 of 15

do you think selicone customs can last longer since they are softer? 

post #11 of 15

I've never had a silicone CIEM, but I would tend to think that it would break down faster than an acrylic one

post #12 of 15

been 2years and 3months and still in perfect fit

post #13 of 15
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do you think selicone customs can last longer since they are softer? 



Isn't the main reason that people buy silicone customs is for a better seal and probably comfort rather than for them lasting longer? Silicones are reknowned for breaking faster, less durability than their acrylic counter-parts if I recall correctly.

 

Now back on topic. However, rather than going back with the original company, in your case JH, you could always get them reshelled once they don't fit in your ears properly anymore by another company. I know Kozee offers this method but I wouldn't know of the quality of the end product though there should be plenty of other options company-wise.

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what do you have???

 

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been 2years and 3months and still in perfect fit



 

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what do you have???

 



 



JH13

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