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post #16 of 99

Hey Joe,

 

Great review! I am in the process of looking for IEM, since I am a soundguy/monitor engineer for a living. I basically narrowed it down to either Livewires or Alclair. There are plus and minuses for both as far as I can tell from the reviews. I was curious if you had any pictures with them in your ears. I know its pretty standard what they will look like in , but my main thing is how the cord looks and feels while in. Also, I would prob just be springing for the dual of either. Just more cost effective.Thanks.

post #17 of 99
Thread Starter 

Marc from Alclair is no longer making manufacturing Livewires, so I am not sure how the service will be.  What sound signature are you looking for, and are you using any in-ear products currently?

post #18 of 99

HI,

 

Great review.  Have a question - am thinking of upfrading my highly analytical Fischer Audio DBA-02 (mk2) to the Alclair Reference.  I will use a JDS Labs O2 with both.  Am looking for the right blend of detail and musicality which I don't really get with the DBA-02, though it does reveal a lot of detail which I like.  Would be interested in your views on the DBA-O2 and whether you recommend the Reference.  Or any other in sub $400 range!

 

Many thanks

post #19 of 99
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Originally Posted by christobit View Post

HI,

 

Great review.  Have a question - am thinking of upfrading my highly analytical Fischer Audio DBA-02 (mk2) to the Alclair Reference.  I will use a JDS Labs O2 with both.  Am looking for the right blend of detail and musicality which I don't really get with the DBA-02, though it does reveal a lot of detail which I like.  Would be interested in your views on the DBA-O2 and whether you recommend the Reference.  Or any other in sub $400 range!

 

Many thanks

 

The Reference is warmer and won't be as analytical, although I do think the Reference has a better blend of musicality and detail than the DBA-02.  While the sound will be different with a more robust and powerful sound that is still clean and clear, most people will find the step up to be a significant one.

 

As far as the $400 and below CIEMs, I don't have much experience, however joker has both the Reference, 1964 V3, and Clear Tunes CTM-200, so you may want to ask him his take on your question as well.  

post #20 of 99

Great review! Please review 1964 V3 as well. I'm trying to decide between those 2.

post #21 of 99

Alright. I've been looking into what to get for awhile, and I've decided these will be it! It'll be my first customs, and I haven't been this excited in a long time. The waiting part won't be fun though :T

post #22 of 99
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Originally Posted by aras View Post

Great review! Please review 1964 V3 as well. I'm trying to decide between those 2.

 

I believe joker compared the two.

 

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Originally Posted by Ojsinnerz View Post

Alright. I've been looking into what to get for awhile, and I've decided these will be it! It'll be my first customs, and I haven't been this excited in a long time. The waiting part won't be fun though :T

 

Congrats!  Let us know what you think when you have had a bit of time with them.

post #23 of 99
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Originally Posted by average_joe View Post

 

I believe joker compared the two.

 

 

Congrats!  Let us know what you think when you have had a bit of time with them.

 



Won't happen for awhile, but I definitely will!

post #24 of 99
Thread Starter 

Of course.  These things take time but are usually oh so worth it!

post #25 of 99

Alright! My Alclairs arrived today. Had to pay a nasty 57 dollar fee upon arrival, but it was worth it. First impression of the sound is good, but I don't have much to say since I've had'em for less than a day now. I do like what I'm hearing though! The build quality is also great. Feels sturdy and well built. These being my first customs, it took me some time to get these on right, heh.

I do have a minor complaint about the custom art work though. It looks a bit more pixel-y than I would've liked. I provided them with a fairly large image with more than enough ppi, but it ended up looking a bit blurry. It's not a big deal. Other than that, I got no complaints.

post #26 of 99
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Sorry to hear about the fee, but glad to hear they arrived.  Please post some impressions when you feel comfortable doing so.

post #27 of 99

Is there anyone out there from the UK who has bought these and was asked to pay import tax etc?

If so, may i ask how much it cost, please?

Also, any advise on how best to pack the ear impressions for posting?

  Plus, could someone point me in the direction of a decent, but value, international courier service.

 

Ta in advance, Marky.

post #28 of 99
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Originally Posted by CaptainRedBeard View Post

Is there anyone out there from the UK who has bought these and was asked to pay import tax etc?

If so, may i ask how much it cost, please?

Also, any advise on how best to pack the ear impressions for posting?

  Plus, could someone point me in the direction of a decent, but value, international courier service.

 

Ta in advance, Marky.

 

I am not sure about the UK customs, but you can check the Dream Earz thread as it has been discussed in there.  

 

If you pack the impressions in a small cardboard box and put that in a bubble mailer you should be fine.  I actually send mine in a ziplock bag that I overfill with air and then put in a bubble mailer and I haven't had any issues.

 

What do you need the international courier service for?  Can't you just send them via Royal Mail?

post #29 of 99
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Originally Posted by average_joe View Post

 

I am not sure about the UK customs, but you can check the Dream Earz thread as it has been discussed in there.  

 

If you pack the impressions in a small cardboard box and put that in a bubble mailer you should be fine.  I actually send mine in a ziplock bag that I overfill with air and then put in a bubble mailer and I haven't had any issues.

 

What do you need the international courier service for?  Can't you just send them via Royal Mail?

Cheers for all the advice A.J. You're a star.

 

I've had a peek at the Dream earz thread. Geez, going by that, i reckon i could be charged around £60 on top. They'd better be worth it. Haha!! :)

 

Cool. I'm sure i've got some "unpopped" bubble wrap/mailer knocking around somewhere.

 

As for the courier, i was just pondering whether there is a quicker/cheaper/more reliable way of sending the impressions. I can always fall back on the Royal Mail, if i can't find a company that would be better.

 

I'm off to get my impressions doen a Friday afternoon. (£29 pounds from Specsavers, if anyone's interested) Well, that's if i can Otex any wax out of my lug holes first. :)

 

Once again, thanks for the advice, dude.

post #30 of 99
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Originally Posted by CaptainRedBeard View Post

Cheers for all the advice A.J. You're a star.

 

I've had a peek at the Dream earz thread. Geez, going by that, i reckon i could be charged around £60 on top. They'd better be worth it. Haha!! :)

 

Cool. I'm sure i've got some "unpopped" bubble wrap/mailer knocking around somewhere.

 

As for the courier, i was just pondering whether there is a quicker/cheaper/more reliable way of sending the impressions. I can always fall back on the Royal Mail, if i can't find a company that would be better.

 

I'm off to get my impressions doen a Friday afternoon. (£29 pounds from Specsavers, if anyone's interested) Well, that's if i can Otex any wax out of my lug holes first. :)

 

Once again, thanks for the advice, dude.


If you do send them by Royal Mail I'd use ISF for about £12-14.00  Gives you a tracking number.  Last time I sent something first class took about a fortnight to get to Sweden instead of Two-Three days by isf!  I also won largest box for a set of impressions as I'd double boxed them just to be on the safe side :)

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