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Are there any CIEMs with the inline buttons and mic for use with Apple products? EDIT: SOLVED

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^^^ I just had a family member ask me if I could do some research on some high quality earphones for their husband who is a construction worker and needs earphones that provide a lot of isolation (so as to protect his hearing) and also have the three inline buttons and mic (he has an iPhone) so that he can answer calls from his wife. I thought I would ask if anyone manufactures CIEMs with the inline buttons and mic because CIEMs are supposed to be way more comfortable than universal fit IEMs and also isolate more than universals. And yes, I told her (this family member) that I have next to no experience with earbuds, in-ear earphones, CIEMs etc. and that one of my rules is that I don't like to recommend products to people that I haven't tried myself.


Edited by Double-A - 7/17/12 at 11:49pm
post #2 of 15
Etymotic HF3 with the custom mold program sounds like a good fit.

Cheers, Jim
post #3 of 15
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Thanks.

post #4 of 15

there are many universal IEMs that offer great isolation and great sound, for example Sony XBA-1IP is great. You should also check some Etymotics like Jim said.

post #5 of 15

It's better to get a custom tip such as what AstroTurf mentioned. Custom IEMs are prohibitively expensive and cost upwards of $300 and there aren't inline controls either.

post #6 of 15
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I have seen some CIEMs that cost less than $300. I still need some more info from this family member (the conversation was happening over facebook) such as budget. Also, I thought of something else, I could just get CIEMs with no inline controls and mic and get an extension cable with those things.

 

EDIT: there IS such a thing as that right?


Edited by Double-A - 9/9/13 at 11:30am
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I have seen some CIEMs that cost less than $300. I still need some more info from this family member (the conversation was happening over facebook) such as budget. Also, I thought of something else, I could just get CIEMs with no inline controls and mic and get an extension cable with those things.

 

EDIT: there IS such as thing as that right?

 

Th Etymotic hf3 would be a great choice. It isolates VERY well, and is pretty low profile. Plus, it has the remote controls you need.

post #8 of 15
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I have proposed to her that she should get universal-fit IEMs and then send them in to someone to get them reshelled (she doesn't care about spending lots of money) and she is all for it.

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I have proposed to her that she should get universal-fit IEMs and then send them in to someone to get them reshelled (she doesn't care about spending lots of money) and she is all for it.

If she doesn't care about spending lots then it's maybe better to get someone to make a custom from scratch. Warranty issues aside most decent BA universals + the cost of reshelling will often be more expensive than an original custom. The cheapest decent option would be to get some triple fi 10s and reshell them. That could be done for less than $400.

 

There are cables for ciems with mic and buttons I think.. Westone makes one? I think there are others too.

post #10 of 15

Starkey HF-2

post #11 of 15
Haven't looked into it but maybe if they have a removable cable you can get a custom one made. Not sure if it will have controls comparable with apple devices but a mic shouldn't be too much of a difficult job. Ask some Head-fires who make cables. Chris_Himself is probably a good place to start.
post #12 of 15
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Thanks for all the helpful advice guys . . . I'm going to bed, good night Head-Fi!

post #13 of 15
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Everyone, I have told her to go with any one of these IEMs from the Shure line-up: http://www.shure.com/americas/products/earphones-headphones/se-models/index.htm . . . I also told her to get this cable to replace the detachable cord on whichever of those IEMs she wants to go with. Lastly, I told her that she should buy this for the IEMs she buys. So she is going to spend a minimum of $300 not including ear impressions.

post #14 of 15
That is a spendy choice...

I hope she likes them.

Jim
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

Well she did say that she didn't care about price . . . and when I suggested all of these things she said "Wow!! Thanks, this is awesome". No objection in that statement at all.

 

EDIT: I would be interested in grabbing a pair of CIEMs for myself in the future . . . does anyone know how often Audiologists don't go far enough into your ear when they are getting ear impressions? Is it rare? Does it happen fairly frequently? Would I be better off doing the ear impressions myself?

 

EDIT: Actually, I'm gonna start a new thread about this.


Edited by Double-A - 7/17/12 at 11:50pm
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