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How to choose custom iems?

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Hello folks.

 

I have never owned/tested custom iems. I need advice on how to choose the right pair, since they can be fairly expensive.

I have been looking at Ultimate Ear models, Cosmic Ears, etc.

 

What brands are very highly regarded?

What are the best models out there?

What specs am I looking for?

How do I get fitted?

 

Some info about me : (please let me know what else I need to list in order for you to help recommend the perfect pair)

- I want for LISTENING. I do not perform (at least not yet). I do have equipment for making music, would there be a pair that would sound good listening for pleasure, and listening to what I am creating? IE mixing, etc.

- Genres : experimental, drone, ambient, dark electronic, dark techno, acoustic, noise, metal

- Budget : ~$500? Maybe a little more.

- Use : smart phone, computer, turntable/receiver, synth

post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
 

Hello folks.

 

I have never owned/tested custom iems. I need advice on how to choose the right pair, since they can be fairly expensive.

I have been looking at Ultimate Ear models, Cosmic Ears, etc.

 

What brands are very highly regarded?

What are the best models out there?

What specs am I looking for?

How do I get fitted?

 

Some info about me : (please let me know what else I need to list in order for you to help recommend the perfect pair)

- I want for LISTENING. I do not perform (at least not yet). I do have equipment for making music, would there be a pair that would sound good listening for pleasure, and listening to what I am creating? IE mixing, etc.

- Genres : experimental, drone, ambient, dark electronic, dark techno, acoustic, noise, metal

- Budget : ~$500? Maybe a little more.

- Use : smart phone, computer, turntable/receiver, synth

Ok. Brands includes: UM, UE, Westone, Cosmic Ears, JH, and more.

 

Best model? 1964 Quad, V6? IDK. Cosmic Ears seems to be a great budget ciem.

 

Specs? Screw specs. Specs won't likely tell a thing. IMO, as long as they have more than 2 drivers, the extension issue is covered. Don't let fancy 6 driver iems fool you. I've heard dual drivers that outperforms triple drivers by a mile. It's mostly tuning that matter imo.

 

Fitted. An audiologist! That's just about only and the safest way. There are DIY kits, but I would not do them. Audiologist visit doesn't cost too much.

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks Kim. I will still do some research. I'm thinking I want to spend around $600-700 for a nice fitted pair.
If anyone else has suggestions, please post.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks Kim. I will still do some research. I'm thinking I want to spend around $600-700 for a nice fitted pair.
If anyone else has suggestions, please post.
post #5 of 8

Cosmic Ears is by far the most affordable CIEM company - you can get a triple driver model for about $400 shipped. The house sound is smooth with somewhat subdued treble. For $700 though you could get a used high end model like JH13 and have it reshelled. Unfortunately many companies don't do reshells so you will have to go with a third party. UM is pretty good for reshells.

post #6 of 8

Yeah. Used CIEMs are sold for good prices. You can get them reshelled for about $150+Shipping.

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Any recommendations on Westone? A local audiologist will fit this brand for me. ES5 vs ES3X? Good preamps for them?
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Originally Posted by brianlg View Post

Any recommendations on Westone? A local audiologist will fit this brand for me. ES5 vs ES3X? Good preamps for them?

 

What kind of sig are you looking for? ES5 is very romantic and midcentric. I would go for ES5, but some do prefer ES3X(I haven't heard them).

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