1. fluffyberry

    normal or custom?

    hi guys im kind of knew to the IEM market but i do own a pair of westone um1s, thing is, im looking to upgrade that in the next few years and can't decide if i should get normal IEMs or custom made ones. i've been looking mainly at things like the westone um3x, 4r, or es3, either that or the...
  2. Rebel908

    Preparing for the the jump: Universal to Custom help

    So I'm really considering the jump from Westone 3 to at least using the UM56 with them, if not jumping ship to the ES3X or the UE 7 or UE10. However, seeing as how head-fi has such a diverse community of audiophiles, I'd like to ask: In your opinion, what company produces the best Custom...
  3. rubytuesday007

    Deciding on a custom IEM

    Hey all. I am in the market again for a new custom IEM. Back in the day, I had a pair of Westone ES3X phones. How does one decide these days? So many options! I am looking at JH, Westone, and UE. Looking to spend about $1k-ish. Since you really can't listen to them, I'd love to hear opinions. I...
  4. knopi

    Which universal model is the most similar to Westone ES50?

    I have always wanted ES3X then ES5 and now ES50 but from my experience with JH13 I do not want customs again due to the possible sale in future.   They have new models W40, W50, UM Pro 50...   Thanks for help
  5. AyeVeeN

    Headphones with Westone-like house signature

    Hello. I've been on this forum for awhile and have been through quite an amount of headphones considering my age aka the amount, or lack thereof, of money I have. I've found what I presume to be my perfect portable CIEM, the Westone ES3X (and the ES5 I presume due to it technically being an...
  6. Fungus

    Are the Westone epic cables identical to the one that originally came with the UM2/3X?

    Asking because the sound coming from the left side of the um3x rc is cutting in and out near the jack.  I really like the quality of the cable.  Looking to order the exact same cable but Westone don't seem to sell it anymore.   
  7. kimvictor

    High End CIEM/IEM Thread!

    OK. I think it's about time iems and ciems get their own thread on summit-fi section. With the new flagships like SE846, K3003, and IE800, it makes sense that there is a summit-fi thread for them.   As for iems and ciems, lets only discuss about $600+ iems.(I know that some iems under $600...
  8. FenderP

    Wow! The Final Audio Design FI-DC1601SB (also known as "Don't go to Yodobashi" lol)

    So if you've seen some of my other posts, I'm here in Tokyo on vacation and was going to audition the Ortofon e-Q7 if I could among others. I like the IE8 I use with my Sony NW-X1060/BI, but they aren't the most comfortable IEMs. I did the turning upside down thing and switched the cable sides...
  9. MaoDi

    Review: JHAudio JH|10X3PRO VS Westone ES3X (FINISHED)

    Hello Everyone! Sorry about the delay, but as i'm sure many are like me and are busy in life making money to live. So my apologies for the delay, i have finally finished writing the review. More pictures will be up soon, but hope you all get reading first! WESTONE ES3X Westone, Pioneers...
  10. Sasaki

    Japan made custom IEM, SUYAMA Private 333 impressions (w/pics)

    SUYAMA Private 333 is a 3way custom IEM that is made in Japan. SUYAMA fit-ear is primary a hearing-aid manufacture and all of my ear-impressions for my custom IEMs are molded by Suyama. Click picture to see larger.       Suyama Private 333 is their latest product and mainly focused on...
  11. pila405

    Ultimate Ears UE-10 vs. Westone ES3X

    Hey, i have big problem, i dont know at which IEM to choose. i mostly listen to classical music [orchestral, piano solos, chamber]. i like natural, neutral, transperent, cohesive and well balanced sound with no colouration. i also care about the soundstage - i like it realistic [not too big but...
  12. slowdown5646

    Headphone Amplifier for Westone ES3X IEMs?

    I'm trying to kill two birds with one stone by buying a headphone amplifier that I can use for both the desktop with an external DAC and my iPhone with my Westone ES3Xs. Would adding an amp to my iPhone make a significant improvement? Also I've read about some portable amps that work well with...
  13. slowdown5646

    Possibly looking for new custom IEM to replace Westone ES3X

    I was wondering if any of head-fi's more experienced users might help me determine a good upgrade if I would decide to sell my Westone ES3X's and buy a new custom IEM. I'd like to stay within $1200 if possible. A couple notes: - I like the comfort of my Westone's and I feel like I would have a...
  14. gav007

    Westone UM3X Reshell to ES3X worth it?

    Hi,   I know the UM3X and the ES3X use the same triple drivers and the only difference is the Westone UM3X uses single bore while the ES3X uses dual bores. I found a company that will reshell my Westone UM3X to dual bores, does anyone think it is worth it? Or should I sell the UM3X and get...
  15. Michael172

    Westone Elite Series VS UM Series....

    Do the two IEM's correspond in any way in terms of sound quality and sound stage? I know the moulded seal would make the difference. But would a UM3X compare to the ES3X?
  16. Alias Gu

    Recommendations on Custom in-ear Monitors to pair Ipod Classic ( Westone ES5, ES3X, JH13, EM?)

    I have already bought my EX1000 for a month. Its poor isolation, discomfort, treble spikes and light bass make me a little bit disappointed.  However, Pairing EX1000 with Ipod Classic, i really think EX1000 is still an excellent IEM with few flaws. It's the time to upgrade my IEM to Custom...
  17. deftonez

    Reshell of IEMS

    Is it advisable to reshell IEMS like UM3X? Cause it seems cheaper than the ES3x. Im just worried it might sound like **** when itcomes back
  18. hellboyx5

    Need help deciding some high-end iems to buy...

    I'm still newbie in this audiophile things, so forgive me if I'm a noob   There are 5 choices of iem that I'm considering to buy, they are: - UE TF10 recabled (which cable is still undecided) - SE530 recabled (which cable is still undecided) - SE535 stock cable - IE80 stock cable -...
  19. Davienr

    Custom In-Ear Monitors (First Time Buyer)

    Hey guys,   Im interested in buying some custom in ear monitors and was wondering if you could offer some reccomendations.   My budget is around $700 or so.   I have been looking at the 1964-Q's and they look pretty decent, but any feedback/advice is appreciated.   Thanks.
  20. aamefford

    JHAudio IEM's - Jerry's Brief Descriptions

    Jerry Harvey and I traded a couple of emails last week regarding his product line. I am in the market, and asked for descriptions of his product line, save for the JH7, which I've read is the touring musician's tool of choice. Jerry graciously gave me permission to post his reply: Here it is...
  21. jkozlow3

    Westone 1 Impressions and Review Thread

    I'm curious to hear some preliminary reviews from those who have (or have heard) the new Westone 1. p0wderh0und23 (Westone) has mentioned that a few members here already have them despite them not being released until September 4. How close are they to be a "poor man's" W3 or UM3x? I'm...
  22. project86

    Mini-Review: digiZoid ZO "portable subwoofer"

        In the world of audio enthusiasts, there are many options and choices to be made. Some can almost be seen as polarizing, such as tube sound versus solid state or analog versus digital. Of course, any reasonable person will see these as options to explore rather than a cause to become...
  23. A

    Custom IEM socket issues

    Hey guys,   I got my UM customs (with additional drivers) from a warranty repair back today. The problem was that one of the units (right) had a loose socket which caused it to fall off the cable and crack. They've fixed it.   It took a long time, mostly because of postal issues on their...
  24. project86

    REVIEW: Unique Melody Merlin - hybrid dynamic/balanced armature custom IEM

              INTRO   In November of last year, I did a review of the Unique Melody Miracle custom in ear monitors. They set a new benchmark for me, surpassing my prior favorites of Westone ES3X and JH13pro. I was intent on making them my next purchase until I learned of a new...
  25. 3602

    BA vs. Dynamic drivers: A discussion

    This thread is created to avoid derailing already-established threads. It also provides a platform for all who wish to talk about this subject.   I personally believe that BA can crank out a ton of details, but its naturalness and ease at producing music cannot reach that of a dynamic driver.