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Shure IEM installation shenanigans

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I'm posting this as a cautionary tale. I'm coming from Shure SE310 and Etymotics HF5, but recently updated to Shure SE425, which have a different shape from the SE310. I spent the whole weekend changing between all the ear tips but just could not get a good fit. I was very disappointed because I had found the 310s very comfortable with the soft flex sleeves, and had found the Etymotics really uncomfortable, so switched back to Shure expecting comfort. (I had Etymotics ER6i years ago that we're really comfortable but they seem to have discontinued the biflange).

Tonight my husband kindly informed me I'd been installing them backward! As in, right to left. redface.gif This was because the cables swivel and don't provide a point of reference. For posterity, the connector between the driver and cable should point forward and up at an angle, so that the cable goes forward before looping around the ear. Or just look in the pictures in the manual, it has it right..or look (hard) for the L and R on the drivers (I think it's a red or blue dot on the clear version, that corresponds to the cable).

I'm getting a fantastic fit with the silicone tips now! I've shown my silliness here for the good of all Shure SExx5 IEM users! tongue.gif
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Glad to hear of your triumph...

Enjoy your new phones.

Jim
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