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Big thanks to moedawg140 and JackKontney for the great review and the information.  I met with Gold Circle audiologist Dr. Gayle Santucci here in St Louis, MO for impressions and a hearing test.  Sleeves have been ordered and I am confident I’ll be getting exactly what I wanted and needed.


 My meeting with Dr. Santucci also revealed a hearing deficient in my left ear.  The test results lead to a much appreciated lesson in hearing conservation.

 
I just wanted to post back that the help and information given was of great benefit and much appreciated.


Thanks again,


Jason

 

Happy to help, Jason.  I visited St. Louis and surrounding areas for a week for my birthday around this time last year, and it's a great area.  I stayed at my friend's very nice home in Wildwood and went to the gym Life Time Fitness in Ellisville during my stay.  I really liked their outside water park with water slides as I haven't been on a water slide in probably 15 years before going to the gym there.  Also drove to Mizzou in Columbia, and that was a cool college town as well.  I was actually going to wrestle at Lindenwood University in St. Charles (not far from St. Louis), but I just wanted to help out my family and stay closer to home in California, so that's what I did.

 

Great job regarding getting services done by a Gold Circle audiologist.  Hopefully the custom sleeves will aid in your hearing conservation as you won't need to turn up the volume anymore as a result of the increased isolation you will experience with them deep into your ear canals.

 

It would be great to read your impressions once you receive the custom sleeves.  What color(s) did you end up choosing?

post #47 of 84
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Originally Posted by jclifton View Post
 

Big thanks to moedawg140 and JackKontney for the great review and the information.  I met with Gold Circle audiologist Dr. Gayle Santucci here in St Louis, MO for impressions and a hearing test.  Sleeves have been ordered and I am confident I’ll be getting exactly what I wanted and needed.


 My meeting with Dr. Santucci also revealed a hearing deficient in my left ear.  The test results lead to a much appreciated lesson in hearing conservation.

 
I just wanted to post back that the help and information given was of great benefit and much appreciated.


Thanks again,


Jason

I wonder if she is related to the founder/head of Sensaphonics .... From their website

 

"- Michael Santucci, Au.D.

Michael Santucci is the founder and president of Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation, Inc., based in Chicago, Illinois. As a Doctor of Audiology and ardent music lover, Michael has made it his life’s work to help preserve the sense of hearing for those whose professions involve exposure to high sound pressure levels.

As president of Sensaphonics, Dr. Santucci provides

 

Will load up pictures today (unless it gets real nice out)

post #48 of 84

WARNING - SILICONE PORN!!

 

THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS PICTURES OF A GRAPHIC NATURE -

HOT YOUNG (Barely Legal) NAKED SILICONE - OLDER MAN 

SCS PENETRATION AND

FULL SHELL IN EAR ACTION.

Small children and Small minded adult should exercise discretion when viewing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by Monty Burns - 7/27/14 at 9:12am
post #49 of 84

It is SO FREAKING WEIRD to me how SCS aim the nozzles of these things. Like, if you look at ANY pictures of the 8's normally, the connector sits up against the root of the helix, with the housing somewhat "nestled" in the opening of the ear. Sensaphonics rotates the whole shebang forward so the cable is pointing straight out parallel to the floor, a position the things absolutely cannot hold without the SCS.

 

Now I'm extra amped for mine to come in, haha. 

post #50 of 84

It has something to do with the larger housing of the 8s as compared to the less evolved 5s and below. At the end of the day they had to figure a way for it all to fit properly.

 

Remember to not just put a dab of lube on the SCS but also or in the alternative coat the outer ear and in to the ear canal with a drop on the tip of your finger. It aids in longer term comfort and may act as a barricade between bad Ph and the shell (or it may not)

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It is SO FREAKING WEIRD to me how SCS aim the nozzles of these things. Like, if you look at ANY pictures of the 8's normally, the connector sits up against the root of the helix, with the housing somewhat "nestled" in the opening of the ear. Sensaphonics rotates the whole shebang forward so the cable is pointing straight out parallel to the floor, a position the things absolutely cannot hold without the SCS.

 

Now I'm extra amped for mine to come in, haha. 

post #51 of 84
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Originally Posted by Monty Burns View Post
 

I wonder if she is related to the founder/head of Sensaphonics .... From their website

 

"- Michael Santucci, Au.D.

Michael Santucci is the founder and president of Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation, Inc., based in Chicago, Illinois. As a Doctor of Audiology and ardent music lover, Michael has made it his life’s work to help preserve the sense of hearing for those whose professions involve exposure to high sound pressure levels.

As president of Sensaphonics, Dr. Santucci provides

 

Will load up pictures today (unless it gets real nice out)

 

That would be interesting.  I'm sure a quick phone call to her office would answer that inquiry pretty quickly.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Monty Burns View Post
 

WARNING - SILICONE PORN!!

 

THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS PICTURES OF A GRAPHIC NATURE -

HOT YOUNG (Barely Legal) NAKED SILICONE - OLDER MAN 

SCS PENETRATION AND

FULL SHELL IN EAR ACTION.

Small children and Small minded adult should exercise discretion when viewing.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow, that is some silicone porn!  Just kidding.  Thanks for posting more pictures.  Your earphone housing with SCS position looks very similar to mine.  And that's with my cauliflower ears.

 

 

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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post
 

It is SO FREAKING WEIRD to me how SCS aim the nozzles of these things. Like, if you look at ANY pictures of the 8's normally, the connector sits up against the root of the helix, with the housing somewhat "nestled" in the opening of the ear. Sensaphonics rotates the whole shebang forward so the cable is pointing straight out parallel to the floor, a position the things absolutely cannot hold without the SCS.

 

Now I'm extra amped for mine to come in, haha. 

 

When you receive your "full shells", don't be surprised if your connector points lower, past parallel to the floor, as that is what happened to me when going from the "regular" sleeves to the "full shells".

 

Looking forward to reading your impressions, as well as seeing the photos of your swirl custom colors you chose.

post #52 of 84
These are so well anchored I can form the memory wire completely. Added bonus the cord looks like it starts in my head and terminates at the connectors





I prefer shooting the right ear as it highlights the Red in the 8s housing.
Edited by Monty Burns - 7/27/14 at 4:09pm
post #53 of 84
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These are so well anchored I can form the memory wire completely. Added bonus the cord looks like it starts in my head and terminates at the connectors
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Thus, the memory wire, SE846 and SCS look like they are a part of your own body.  

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Thus, the memory wire, SE846 and SCS look like they are a part of your own body.  

It is just a matter of time. Then the AI will send me music (and instructions) in HD, No more weight hanging off my back.

 

The music calls. To the Bliss Liner

Smither!! Cocktails, chop chop.

post #55 of 84
Awesome review and great information. I really have to read again as I'm at work, but it seems like there isn't much sound difference correct? mostly fit? Which is fine as I love the sound of the 8s. I'm fairly sure I will order the sleeves, probably the full sleeves. I love how they are great for the gym, I spend a lot of time there each week.
post #56 of 84
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Awesome review and great information. I really have to read again as I'm at work, but it seems like there isn't much sound difference correct? mostly fit? Which is fine as I love the sound of the 8s. I'm fairly sure I will order the sleeves, probably the full sleeves. I love how they are great for the gym, I spend a lot of time there each week.

 

I personally feel there is a sound difference, but everyone's mileage will vary, based on the type of material, tightness of seal, deepness of insertion, isolation properties, etcetera of the sizes-fit-all tip(s) people have used before using the SCS that will ultimately create an individual range of increased sound quality.  

 

For instance, I thought I inserted my Westone Star-Tips far into my ear canal, but when I received my SCS, I found out immediately how far I should have inserted it, which was impossible with any sizes-fit-all tips because the tip is on the nozzle, and the nozzle of the SE846 is attached to the SCS, but the SCS' ear canal tubes that insert into your ears are curved to your individual ear shapes via ear impressions, which automatically creates the most optimal fit and isolation, boding well for increased sound quality.

 

I know that Monty Burns can attest to a sound difference, so he may chime in if he reads this - or if you read up on all of the posts in this thread, you'll be able to find his impressions of his SCS as well.

 

Let me know if you have any questions or inquiries - it will be nice to have another satisfied SCS owner.

post #57 of 84
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After 4 mile neighborhood run, the custom sleeves had the best seal out of all of the earphone silicone/comply tips that I have ever used, period.

 

No sweat went past the crus helix, tragus, incisura and/or cavum areas of the ear.  Meaning, no sweat made it into the ear canal.  As a result the "full shell" custom sleeves are a gym rat/fitness aficionado's dream come true.

 

Here are some pictures (sweaty) after said run:
 
 

moedawg: great review! Prompted me to pull the gun on the SCSs for my Se846.  Question - have you experienced any intermittent sound drop outs, due to sweat getting in contact with the MMXC connectors??  I agree with your review - sweat is not an issue at all inside the ear canal. However, even with the SCS, after 30 minutes of cardio my left ear monitor cuts out/ sound quality degrades due to sweat in the MMXC connectors.  I thought I had faulty pair of SE846s, sent back to Shure, received replacement and still having same issue - only during intense cardio workouts. Have you found a way around this issue?

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moedawg: great review! Prompted me to pull the gun on the SCSs for my Se846.  Question - have you experienced any intermittent sound drop outs, due to sweat getting in contact with the MMXC connectors??  I agree with your review - sweat is not an issue at all inside the ear canal. However, even with the SCS, after 30 minutes of cardio my left ear monitor cuts out/ sound quality degrades due to sweat in the MMXC connectors.  I thought I had faulty pair of SE846s, sent back to Shure, received replacement and still having same issue - only during intense cardio workouts. Have you found a way around this issue?

 

Thank you Optiplex, for your kind words.  What SCS color/swirl/crystal color(s) did you choose?

 

In regards to your question, I have had zero issues with any intermittent sound drop outs due to sweat getting in contact with the MMCX connectors.  I will tell you this though: for what it's worth, I do not use the stock cable anymore.  I'm not sure if you are using the stock cable, but I know the connectors are pretty tight/snug, but the MMCX Tri-Metal connectors of my HL Silver Litz cable are two to three times tighter/snugger than the stock cable's MMCX connectors.  Instead of doing something as drastic as changing/purchasing a different cable, I would first use DeoxIT Red and Gold.  Here are the links for them:

 

DeoxIT D100 (Red) - Amazon

DeoxIT GOLD (Gold) - Amazon

 

People on Head-Fi have used DeoxIT with their MMCX connectors when they experienced intermittent sound dropping and that fixed the issue.  Albeit you are sweating into the MMCX connectors, but using DeoxIT may very well eradicate the intermittent sound drop issues completely.  Hope this helps, and good luck. :bigsmile_face: 

 

 

EDIT: November, '14 - Updated DeoxIT links with DeoxIT kits, below:

 

DeoxIT D and Gold 2mL Solutions Contact Cleaner Enhancer, Conditioner Kit, Wipes

DeoxIT® 2C Squeeze Tube Kit, Caig


Edited by moedawg140 - 11/18/14 at 7:29am
post #59 of 84
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Originally Posted by Optiplex View Post
 

moedawg: great review! Prompted me to pull the gun on the SCSs for my Se846.  Question - have you experienced any intermittent sound drop outs, due to sweat getting in contact with the MMXC connectors??  I agree with your review - sweat is not an issue at all inside the ear canal. However, even with the SCS, after 30 minutes of cardio my left ear monitor cuts out/ sound quality degrades due to sweat in the MMXC connectors.  I thought I had faulty pair of SE846s, sent back to Shure, received replacement and still having same issue - only during intense cardio workouts. Have you found a way around this issue?

Moedawg  is the expert on these - I don't even own them but based on a lot of research on them I've done, they do reposition the 8's a little further out from your ear and the 8's housings and connectors are no longer in direct contact with your skin - perhaps this would prevent any sweat from getting  into the connectors (or not  :o

post #60 of 84
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Moedawg  is the expert on these - I don't even own them but based on a lot of research on them I've done, they do reposition the 8's a little further out from your ear and the 8's housings and connectors are no longer in direct contact with your skin - perhaps this would prevent any sweat from getting  into the connectors (or not  :o

 

How Optiplex worded his post, I would assume he already owns the SCS.  He stated: "However, even with the SCS, after 30 minutes of cardio my left ear monitor cuts out/sound quality degrades due to sweat in the MMXC connectors."

 

Technically, the connectors would be the closest part of the earphone to your skin, so I would understand how sweat could possibly get around that area, SCS or with sizes-fit-all tips, but I have never had an issue with sweat going around or inside of the MMCX connector area - even before I cut my hair, as sweat would be accentuated around/through the hair follicles.


Edited by moedawg140 - 9/15/14 at 11:21am
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