Hi, I tried doing a search but couldn't find a similar thread. I recently purchased a pair of custom IEM tips and went through the process of having ear impressions done etc. The sound quality with the custom tips is really good, but I was surprised that the isolation wasn't better. At first I thought maybe my impressions had been taken incorrectly, or I wasn't inserting the tips properly. The company I purchased them from were very helpful and sent one of their agents to my work to check , but he said I was inserting the tips properly and there was no sound leaking out. I'm probably being stupid, but I thought the isolation would be a lot better with custom tips. However, I get much better isolation using triple flange tips or Comply foam / Shure olives. Can anyone who has had custom IEMs or tips done tell me if this is normal?
Custom IEM Tips v Triple Flanges & Foam
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I don't own custom IEMs or custom tips, but I would have thought the isolation would be better than with form or triple flanges. I thought the whole idea of custom IEMS was that they fit the individual's ear canal exactly? I'd be curious if anyone knows anything about this, as I was thinking of getting custom tips.
See if that's any use. Also what are your tips made from, acrylic or silicone?
Thank you. I tried the test and the 500Hz tone is louder than the 50Hz but not by a great deal.
The tips are made from silicone. I specifically wanted them made from silicone as I read in another thread here that it was more isolating than acrylic.