- Dec 7, 2008
Haters gotta hate.
And are any of the earphones you brought up customs ?
Since you've gone back and edited your post adding the question (which wasn't there) "And are any of the earphones you brought up customs ?", I'll now respond:
Westone, a pretty reputable company, uses a Pilican case with their customs (their ES5 flagship costing $950). The case is actually quite cheap and can easily be purchased on the Internet for about $25. Other companies use the same type of case, only smaller (and cheaper) for customs that cost $300/ $400. These are the best cases for touring musicians.
As someone else pointed out, the metal case JH Audio uses has nothing to do with the item being customs, much like Shure uses an impressive & stylish, yet useless metal case that houses all the contents of the SE530s & SE535s (IEMs & accessories). By contrast, the expensive SM3, UM3X, W3, W4, CK100 use fairly minimalistic & cheap (in price) cardboard packaging.
From a marketing standpoint the SE530 & SE535 consumer will feel they've bought an incredible product (not my view, BTW), whereas the Earsonics, Westone & Audio-Technica consumer may feel somewhat short-changed having spent so much. A LOT of JH Audio users have reported really liking the metal case provided but ultimately got something else because at the end of the day a Pelican case is much better, and not just for so-called audiophiles but for touring musicians. Pelican cases, amongst other things, are water-proof.
I personally never used the original ES3X Westone Pelican case provided, and bought another smaller Pelican case for $12.00 or so for travelling. Later, I bought the UE metal case that comes with the TF10 which only cost me £11.00, and that's the one I've been using for the last 9 months.