New custom IEM company - Custom Art: discussion, review, and appreciation thread
Custom Art is based in Poland and has been started by our very own piotrus-g (Piotr). The site is still
under construction, but you can visit their Facebook page where you can see cables, custom tips, and some of Custom Art’s customs.
There are 3 silicone shelled models of CIEMs at this time, the Pro 100, Pro 210, and Pro 330.
Promo price (40-50% discount depending on model) will be:
Pro 100 - Regular price: 999PLN / Sale price: 650PLN (~$230)
Pro 210 - Regular price: 1200PLN / Sale price: 799PLN (~$285)
Pro 330 - Regular price: 2300PLN / Sale price: 1099PLN (~$390)
Custom Art Ear Tips for T400 sized nozzle only with the following color options: white, yellow, orange, pink, red, blue, lila and green. Regular price: 179PLN / Sale: 85PLN (~$30)
This promo pricing will end June 26th, 2013 and is a pre-order, meaning that physically ready orders will be shipped out after about 8 weeks. 4-6 weeks of pre-order and 2-4 weeks for making IEMs.
Custom Art also makes custom ear tips for universal IEMs - 179PLN (~$65) and offers a remold service to silicone 600PLN (~$215). You know you wanted a reshell into silicone, well, now you know where!
Note that the PLN price is fixed, so the USD price will fluctuate as prices are quoted in PLN over PayPal, and there is a 4% additional PayPal fee.
Artwork is possible, consisting of engraving at ~50PLN/ear with a vector based graphic. Reworking a jpg to vector is an additional 150PLN. Engravings can be filled with different color for free.
I asked Piotr how he got his start and how he decided to tune his CIEMs. He responded with this:
Philosophy of sound, hmm... I like slightly warm signature, yet I like bright mids and good highs and I believe each IEM has got some part of that ideology. I'm really happy and eager about Dual Driver 1way which has been complemented by Sonion head engineer for Pro-audio. But 3driver 3way is also great sounding IEM it has great highs extension (think of Audeo 232) without being harsh, it also has the ability to change with genre - say with dubstep bass is nicely rumbling but if you play rock you'll be able to hear bass guitar aside from kick drum and if there's no bass in song you won't be hearing it. Why silicone? Well I find it easier to work with or less frustrating I should say. It has also different sound than acrylic which allows to add some warmth to the final signature.
All of regular colors of shells are in the same price. Shells are covered with lacquer with nano silver particles for bacteria-free surface.
View the website for the most up-to-date product information: http://www.thecustomart.com/
Shell material: Biomedical silicone covered with skin-safe lacquer with nano-silver particles for bacteria free surface
Shell color: transparent: clear, solid: white, yellow, orange, pink, red, lilac, blue, green, black/ on special order: beige, red transparent, mid brown transparent, dark brown transparent.
Cables: clear, white, black, beige (cables are non-detachable)
Engravings: standard serial number free of charge, plus customer's graphic/initials on request (+50PLN/ ear ~$18/ear)
Warranty: 12 month worldwide warranty
Ownership transfer: 300PLN (~$110) (does not include cost of changing broken parts)
Shipping to US: Priority ~$15, Priority with insurance ~$25, EMS - $50
All Pro-audio series comes with an Otterbox case and cleaning tool.
Custom Art Pro-audio series 330
- Three Balanced Armature per earpiece
- 3-way configuration
- 116dB @1kHz @0.1V
- 25Ohm @1kHz
- 10Hz-19000kHz (+-20dB into 711 IEC coupler)
- Silicone body
Bass ●●●●●○ (mid pace, deep, textured)
Midrange ●●●●○○ (warm, natural, detailed, spacious)
Highs ●●●●●● (edged, crisp, sweet)
Cold/Warm ●●●○○○ (natural yet analytical sound)
Custom Art Pro series 330 has been developed for use in professional audio industry as well as with portable audio devices for audiophiles.
Thought behind the design: To create reference earphones that has an extremely broad-band frequency response, while being quite balanced in overall sound.
Sound: Pro 330 stands for ultimate resolution, crispy sweet highs, natural mids and deep, fine-textured lows that appear only when called for. Pro 330 is able to adjust to the genre, which makes it perfect for all kinds of music. Close and intimate yet spacious soundstage gives a life-like experience.
These IEMs are meant to be used with either low impedance or higher impedance sources. High impedance sources will reduce bass response and increase high frequencies.
Custom Art Pro-audio series 210 (DD1)
- Two Balanced Armature per earpiece
- 1-way configuration (crossover-free)
- 110dB @1kHz @0.1V
- 20 Ohm @1kHz
- 20Hz-16500kHz (+-20dB into 711 IEC coupler)
- Horn nozzle design
- Silicone body
Bass ●●●○○○ (fast pace, slightly warm)
Midrange ●●●●●○ (soft, detailed, bright, slightly warm)
Highs ●●●●○○ (soft, detailed)
Cold/Warm ●●●●○○ (neutral, slightly warm)
Custom Art Pro series 210 Dual Driver 1way IEM has been developed for use in professional audio industry (studio recording, touring musicians).
Thought behind the design: To create entry-level earphones that have high volume capacity before distortion (low THD%) for stage use. At the same time we wanted to ensure that frequency response is matching ear canal response curve between crucial parts of spectrum (from 20Hz to 10kHz). We wanted IEMs that are true to the recordings, detailed and fast, yet not harsh. Our unique 1-way dual driver design is crossover-free, which helps to reduce harmonic distortion and keeps drivers in phase.
Sound: Balanced sound between bass, mids and highs. Fine resolution and spacious sound.
These IEMs are meant to be used with low impedance sources for best possible performance. High impedance sources will reduce bass response and increase high frequencies.
Custom Art Pro-audio series 100
- Single Balanced Armature
- 1-way configuration
- 104dB @1kHz @0.1V
- 41 Ohm @1kHz
- 10Hz-16500kHz (+-20dB into 711 ICE coupler)
- Horn nozzle design
- Silicone body
Bass ●●●○○○ (medium pace, warm)
Midrange ●●●○○○ (warm, colored, slightly forward)
Highs ●●●●○○ (detailed, delicate edge)
Cold/Warm ●●●●○○ (slightly warm, fun)
Custom Art Pro-audio 100 has been developed for beginning musicians and sound engineers to use on stage. It can also be used with mp3players and portable devices as a budget audiophile IEM.
Thought behind the design: Entry-level all-round earphones suitable for every music genre and most portable players.
Sound: Sound-wise these IEMs are meant to have slightly fun sound signature and to “disappear” in your ears. Tuned to really make you listen to music, not your gear while good resolution and speed allow use for stage or studio monitoring.
These IEMs are meant to be used with low and medium impedance sources (such as iPod/iPhone, Sansa Clip, Fiio Amps) for best possible performance. High impedance sources will reduce bass response and increase high frequencies.