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CustomArt FIBAE Impressions Thread

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  1. Deezel177
    The 2-pin plug is definitely the most common one around. Unless you want to swap cables between the Black and your Shure's, I'd probably recommend going 2-pin simply due to the ubiquity of it. Recessed will certainly protect the plugs more as @kubig123 said. It'll ensure a more secure connection and if - God forbid - the cable or plug ever becomes loose (usually it takes a good 2-3 years to do so), you have a safety measure ensuring the IEMs don't just fall off the connector onto the floor. Just keep in mind that when you're ordering aftermarket cables, you'll have to pick the recessed 2-pin plugs. Though, a solid 95-99% of cables these days come default with recessed 2-pin plugs, so you shouldn't have trouble there. I'd only recommend non-recessed sockets if you already have cables with non-recessed 2-pin plugs or you cable-swap often. Having non-recessed sockets will make cable-swapping much easier and reduce the risk of you breaking something trying to pull the plug out of the connector. But obviously, you'll have the drawbacks of less security and what-not relative to the recessed sockets. If you choose to go non-recessed, I'd still recommend you purchase aftermarket cables with the recessed 2-pin connectors, because those plugs work with both kinds of sockets, while non-recessed 2-pin connectors only work with non-recessed 2-pin sockets.
     
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  2. megabigeye
    So the FIBAE 4 will be 529€? :wink:
    But really. That's amazing.

    @piotrus-g (or anybody else that has an answer), will there be review units of the F4? If I should pass on the Black, I'd like to know before the pre-order sale is over.
    Also, what is the lead time like for Custom Art? I think I read 6-8 weeks somewhere, but of course I have no recollection of where I read that. When will the Black or F4 start shipping? I have a trip coming up in March and I'd like to have new earphones by then.
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2018
  3. Chapbass
    Awesome, thanks @kubig123 and @Deezel177 , thats exactly the information I was hoping to get when I asked. I'll definitely get the 2pin recessed with mic. My main listening source will be PC USB -> Chord Mojo, but during commutes right now it'll just be my phone (Motorola Droid Turbo 2 atm, but probably Galaxy S9 soon). My Turbo 2's usb output sucks with the mojo for some reason, so once I get a new phone I might start bringing the mojo with me on commutes, we'll see. Either way, yeah I'll be using it with a phone, so the mic might come in handy.

    Thanks for all the info guys!
     
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  4. liquidrats
    I'm not sure if anyone has compared the blacks with orioles... if so.. anyone can share the comparison?
     
  5. Deezel177
    Hey guys, I just compared the FIBAE Black against its single-driver compatriots: Jomo Audio's Haka and Warbler Audio's Prelude. I also threw in a 64Audio A6t comparison in there as per a user's request. Hopefully you guys find this insightful! :D

     
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  6. Raketen
    Forgot about Dre!
    [​IMG]
    (PS: this is just a lame joke, not a serious request)
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2018
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  7. Ultrainferno
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  8. piotrus-g
    There will be review units for FIBAE 4 going around, but no earlier than January i think, because we don't have speakers right now to build F4 demos. No idea when they will start shipping or exact date on when pre-order starts.

    Lead time is roughly 6weeks at the moment, with Christmas and NY coming that will be probably a bit longer.
     
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  9. muschem
    First post from a new CIEM owner. I chose the FIBAE3, and I'm very happy with it. Paired with Ares II 4-wire, and sourced from WM1A, these really sound great! The fit (as my first CIEM, I can only compare to universals) is excellent, and the design was executed very well. As I came here to post, I saw some of the discussion surrounding the new Black model and the FIBAE4... very tempting after hearing the great things from FIBAE3.
     
  10. magicguy
    Hi Piotr,

    Thank you for this great deal !

    I mainly listen to rock/metal/blues...
    Could you please tell me if FB could suit me ?

    Gear I like :
    - Noble K10
    - UE18+ pro v2
    - Hyla CE-5

    Gear I don't like :
    - Noble Kaiser Encore

    I own an RWAK240 and a Poly/Mojo.
    I'm afraid the FBs sound too dark...

    Any model advice ?
    FIBAE Black, 4 ?

    All the best !
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2018
  11. piotrus-g
    FIBAE 4 definitely if you are looking for that UE18+ details and K10 bass.
     
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  12. magicguy
    Wow... !
    I’ll be one of the first to pre order then :ksc75smile:

    Cheers
     
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  13. CalvinW
    Will fibae 4 be available in silicone?
     
  14. piotrus-g
    Currently there are no plans for fully silicone FIBAE4
     
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  15. Grimbles
    I ordered a pair of Customart FIBAE Massdrop Editions as my first set of custom IEMs. As most people know, for customs, you need to have ear moulds prepared, and Piotr over at Customart (via Massdrop and on his website) provides a great deal of guidance on the process, both in his FAQ, but also directly in person.

    Customart have a reputation for being exceptionally responsive, and I must say this matches personal experience. I don't think I ever waited more than about 30 minutes for an email response. So thanks Piotr and Kamil if you read this, for some of the best customer service I have received in years.

    In terms of build time, I shipped my ear moulds (courtesy of Boots in the UK, another £83… I am sure I could have got it done cheaper but they were convenient and nearby) to Customart on 8 October 2018. They received them on 15 October 2018, and in turn I received my completed custom FIBAE MEs on 27 November 2018.

    When they arrived, my CIEMS were perfect. I opted for completely transparent as (being an absolutely massive geek) I love to see the electronics inside. I made some specifications on labelling, which Piotr delivered without issue. Picture below.

    In short, I found the process of ordering custom IEMs painless and easy to navigate as a noob. This is solely down to Piotr's brilliant responsiveness, fabulous customer service and obvious love for this hobby. Thanks so much @piotrus-g, my review of the Customart FIBAE Massdrop Edition is here.

    Real close.jpg

    Edit: I was having some problems uploading them, but @piotrus-g, legend that he is, even took some pro photos of these bad boys before he sent them to me. Here they are!

    Piotr1a.jpg Piotr2a.jpg
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2018
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