Yeah guys... customs are such a gamble as to if they fit your preference tweaks or not. If you don't love them, you're stuck. This is assuming they fit you right and you don't have to go back and forth getting them refit, or even worse, back to the audiologist. And overseas (even CONUS) shipping is costly and takes so much time.
Then, you will inevitable grow out of them at some point.
The top universals are just as good if not better. They maintain their resale value if you choose to move on to something else. And you never outgrow them. Plus, you have the option of tip-rolling to tweak the sound to your preference if its close to what you like. To me it's a no-brainer. I wish I could recover the money I spent on customs. An expensive lesson.
Unless you need superb isolation in a portable package, I see no use for customs. Some argue comfort. But I found nothing comfortable about shoving giant pieces of acrylic up your ears. Universals have less touch-points, and to me are much more comfortable.
Customs used to be the best option for sound quality. That's not the case anymore. The IEM landscape has changed, and is changing. There's still that old-school idea that customs are the top rung - and that's just not true anymore.
Edited by SoundFreaq - 6/6/13 at 9:56am