As a product design student and a recent audiophile, I've been overcome with the desire to design a build my own set of IEMs. To keep the price of this whole adventure reasonable, I've decided to use the Monoprice 8320 (MEP 933) as the base. The hope is to take the driver out and completely redesign the shell. Maybe make a custom.
I've been reading up on cables, DIY customs, etc, but am finding myself overwhelmed with information. Ideally I want to have a replaceable cable, but I'm trouble finding a replacement IEM cable and socket for less than $30. The 8320s are only seven bucks, so it hardly makes sense to have a cable costing many times the price of the driver. I found a replacement IEM cable a while back for $20 with sockets for $6, but haven't been able to locate them since.
Additionally, I have some questions regarding the shape/bends of the soundtube/housing and how that affects the sound. I've read a bit on venting, but any information any of your have on any aspect of IEM design would be greatly appreciated. I've been making my way through the Home-Made IEMs thread, but most of that seems to deal with BA design and tuning rather than dynamic drivers.
I'll edit this with links to everything regarding the design and materials to keep things organized. I'm a big fan of open source and would love to have this become a collaborative project.
Driver from the MEP 933 from Monoprice. For the price, no other IEM comes close.
Cables salvaged from MEElectronics M2. Reviews give the cables high marks for only $8 salvaged they look like a good deal. Will have to order a pair in to see how the cable is.
Next on the agenda
If the M2 cable turns out to be the cheapest option for the basis of the removable cable, then there is still the issue of finding a male and female connector that is small light and secure. Standard 2-pin would work, though anything else of equal quality is a possibility.
Edited by MonsieurJambon - 5/4/12 at 10:19pm