The FitEar CIEM Impressions Thread - Page 159
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Probably just different synergy..
Thanks for the advice, CHG! I agree. Hence, I am in no particular rush. In fact, I am not afraid to confess that it will be in part due to sentimental reasons if I pick up the ZX-1 as the latter day iteration of the Walkman. Sorry - I'm betraying my age.
I used to bring a carrying case with around 30cds and a discman in college. some of my best friends are met in the school's coffee shop while I was listening to music between lectures. discman and music are good icebreakers.
yes, i remember those carry cases with double sided pockets. ah... simpler times when there wasn't much of a choice of transport and burning your own selections on CDs was like cutting edge technology...
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Are you located near a Jaben? Since actually purchasing the FitEar CIEMs might pose some difficulties. You have to physically be there to do the impressions.
You also probably want to listen to the demos before buying...
Buying blind into CIEMs is just too risky unless you've heard the company's sound signature before in their universal products (like the TG334).
With CIEM there's always a big risk - since even with demo units you will not get the same seal as the real deal so the sound will be different.
As for the whole buying experience - I actually suggest a mix approach. There are a lot of good equipment in the 200-300 dollar range, get familiar with those first, then go straight to the top. Try one (or two) of the more reputable and heavily used/reviewed universials like a Westone W3/Um3x, Shure 535, Triple fi 10 or Senns ie8/ie80 (maybe even look for some used ones, lots of people bought these and are trading them off as they upgrade), then go read plenty of reviews of them to understand all the sound jargon, and go custom from there. Forget about the expensive cables and stuff for these universials as you'll end up burning more money for very little improvement than jumping to a pair of customs from this stage. You'll save a lot more money while still get a learning experience about the different sound signatures.
Edited by nanaholic - 3/9/14 at 6:52pm
Agree on the difference between the demo units and the real CIEM. Sadly, there is no other way of auditioning the sound of the CIEM. I think we just need to be prepared for some variance from the demo unit. And whether that is acceptable.