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Repairing custom IEMs

post #1 of 5
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Hey guys. Long time lurker, new member here. 

 

My first pair of IEMs (Fidelity Custom Pro Dual Drivers) have pretty much finally kicked the bucket after 2.5 years. They're not blown... but the sound of them is just... not great. It sounds very bit-crushed, top heavy, and, for lack of a better word, flacid. There's no oomph anymore, and it's really sad. 

 

Here's the thing. I'm in college. I don't really have the money to get new IEMs, but I've finally begun performing live again in a band. Custom IEMs for bass and djing are going to be more and more important... not just for sound, but for protection. Those of you who perform know what I mean. Is there any way to install new drivers into my current cases? I'm THAT guy that has soldering equipment and a dremmel.. so breaking into the headphones shouldn't be a problem. However, while I'm confident in my circuit abilities, I don't 100% know what I'm doing and definitely don't want to screw up the one pair of IEMs that I can use. 

 

So... would it be best to buy new ones? Pay to have someone fix/put new drivers in? Do it myself??

 

Thanks,

 

A

post #2 of 5
Are you sure it's dead driver and not moisture build-up or sound bore clogging?

If you are, then there's really no way to replace the drivers inside your CIEM without ruining the acrylic shell; you can't really "open" the shell, replace the driver and close it again. Unless you are handy with acrylic and molds, that is.

You can opt for a remold by CIEM company; companies such as 1964 Ears accept remolds, others like Unique Melody or Rooth takes it further and accept remold + driver additions/replacements. Or you can buy brand new of course.
post #3 of 5
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Like I said... I don't think it's a dead driver... moisture build-up is very likely... They were a cheap pair of IEMs and they've never been incredible... Any idea how much remold/driver replacements could cost?

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Originally Posted by ajdigregorio View Post

Like I said... I don't think it's a dead driver... moisture build-up is very likely... They were a cheap pair of IEMs and they've never been incredible... Any idea how much remold/driver replacements could cost?

If it's simple moisture build-up, you might still be able to fix it by putting desiccant/silica gel together with the IEM in a closed space (ie. tupperware) and if it's clogged sound bore, well, you can always work out a way to unclog it.

 

Remold could be anywhere north of 150$ before shipping cost and ear impression fee for audiologist, so realistically you could easily spend around 300$ for it. Driver replacement is further addition to the cost. Personally I'd just get a new CIEM altogether :p

post #5 of 5

Actually Fisher inearz can do it for $90 plus audiologists cost if that's any help :)

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