Finally after 5 months of waiting!
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Very nice! Do they fit in your ear comfortably?
I think the end product is definitely worth it. The sweet sound is magnificent. After a demo, I couldn't get my wallet out fast enough to order. But the wait and lack of info has been hard to swallow.
As a side note: I was on Double Helix's site and they have a very nice header announcement stating shipping delays due to new products and enlarging their dealer network. Amazing how one sentence can be so helpful.
It seems that the rule of thumb is that universals are tuned and ported to a specific shaped shell, so you can customize them, but it could possibly change the manufacturer's intended sound signature.
I have a feeling that the freqphase'ness won't be quite there w/o JH's involvement in a build into a custom shell, but I'm sure others would be able to speak to that better.
But the CIEM variant should have sound bores much closer to the eardrum. I get that the components also sit closer into the shell, but I guess another way of putting it is I would imagine there are differences between the universal and custom.