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  1. imsurokim
    Where can I get custom tips? I always feel that medium comply tips are little too small and larges are little too tight.
     
  2. BananaOoyoo
    I don't think custom foam tips are really a thing? You can get custom silicone tips from a number of places that do custom IEMs (such as Custom Art, Snugs, Ambient Acoustics, just to name a few) though.
     
  3. imsurokim
    Custom silicone tip was what I was asking since universal comply foam tip’s deosn’t fit perfect for me. Do these company you named make custom tip for legend x?
     
  4. BananaOoyoo
    Don’t have a Legend X, so I couldn’t tell you for sure. As far as I know, Custom Art will be able to do it if the IEM nozzle is the right size (I think it should be?), while the other two will probably ask you to send in your IEM to get the size right (if they don’t have a mold of it already)
     
  5. Fastknight45
    No one can make custom tips for the legend X
    The nozzle is too smooth and very short
     
  6. BananaOoyoo
    Right, I forgot about the nozzle shape on the Empire Ears models.

    He might have some luck with places that make a silicone mold around the entire IEM (like Snugs/Ambient does with the Andromeda) then, but probably not with Custom Art (since CA's tips just go on the nozzle).
     
  7. imsurokim
    It sounds like It’s better just go custom iem after selling universal on.
     
  8. Kerouac
    Updated (and probably my last for a while) preferences, incl. a new entry at #3 :ksc75smile:

    01) Empire Ears Phantom (from LPG + EA Horus *)
    02) EE Zeus XR (from RW AK380Cu + PW1960 2w)
    03) Jerry Harvey Audio Layla *
    04) Spiral Ear 5-Way Ult *
    05) 64 Audio A18 Tzar *
    06) Vision Ears VE8 *
    07) EE Legend X *
    08) Warbler Prelude
    09) Rhapsodio Solar
    10) QDC Gemini *
    11) CA Andromeda
    12) Dita Fealty *
    13) CA Vega
    14) EarSonics EM10 *
    15) Tralucent 1Plus2

    * Loaners for multiple weeks in a row and with the customs I was always able to get a very good fit/seal.
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019
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  9. Rockwell75
    I want to thank everyone for their contributions to this thread. I dug pretty deep into it the last few days and the prevalence of the Campfire Atlas on so many lists was one of the factors that compelled me to take the plunge yesterday and buy a pair. I am so glad I did-- this is the sound I have been searching for my whole music-listening life.
     
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  10. bumpyhead
    The same goes for my recent purchase of Andro S during a trip to Indonesia.
    Gladly, I don't need to look any further and thanks to everyone for the inputs and reviews made to this thread.
     
  11. davescleveland
    I don’t spend crazy money but for what I have:

    1. aKG 3003i
    2. Sennheiser Ie800
    3. Dunu 2000j
    4. Periodic be
    5. Shockwave 3
    6. Lz a4
    7. Acoustune hs1004 (nobody else has??)
    8. K10u (really a regrettable boring purchase)
    9. Tin2 pro
    10. Rbh epsb (better than most at $60 where is the headfi community on this one it really is my favorite and for $70???)
     
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  12. Rockwell75
    I hope more people continue to update these threads...I would love to see how these newer, cheaper iems from China stack up against old faves.
     
  13. cellarbro
    Just leaving a drop here after can jam NYC 2019. I had a listening session for about 20~ minutes of the Noble Audio Khan's and they have to be my new favorite.

    1. Noble Audio Khan - Effortless, clear and deep, impactful, tightly intricate bass with a touch of delicacy. Absolute killer in imaging, seperation and sound stage. (I almost bought these b/c they offered a discount but my GF went with me and talked me out of spending 2k out of nowhere. If you can pull the trigger for these during the sales for 20% off they wont dissapoint you. One thing to keep in mind. If you have an iphone with the lightning cable, you will need to replace the cable with lightning cable. With the stock Khan cable into a dongle it will make serious hissing and static noise. Otherwise, with a changed cable they sound absolutely superb)

    2. QDC - Anole VX - Has small switches that can alter the sound signature. Very close second and not quite sure if I liked Anole XV better or the Khan. This reminds me of the Lime Ear Aether but better and the bass was more controlled. The sub bass at times on the Aether got out of touch.

    3. QDC Hifi 8 - These surprised me. I tried a few others on the QDC line at their booth. I never heard of this company and it wasnt until someone recommended me try the Anole VX that I stumbled into their booth. This one was great. 8 BA drivers. No gimicky switches or anything but sound signature was clean, crisp, clear and cohesive.

    4. AAW W900 - These I tried as part of a tour and didn't enjoy them very much. If you have a DAP with flac files which I tried at canjam, they are absolute monsters. Unfortunately, I usually look for something sensitive enough to drive from a phone, but after hearing the difference with all these TOTL IEM's in a great DAP, I am extremely tempted to buy one now that I know what I am missing out on. These did blow me away in terms of how far the difference was with a DAP or source capable of handling them properly. After auditioning a bunch of these, I went back to Khan and just found that the competition out there was too fierce to drop 2k on the IEM when much cheaper options could be had that performed at 1k price.

    5. Campfire Solaris - Great IEM imo but only technically on paper. It didn't sound very fun. The clarity and seperation were by far very clear but almost a touch too far that I would hear hi hats a little too much in tracks that I think were a bit distracting. Amazing if you are an analytical person and like that kind of stuff but I listen to be moved by music.

    6. Campfire Atlas - Heavy and not the most practical. They reminded me a little of my IE800's. Similar sound signatures. I am not sure if these were burned in. I know my IE800's since having them replaced by warranty havent had many hours in on them and the mids and vocals sound a bit more recessed than what I remembered from my original pair. Perhaps it will change in time but I found the combination of the weight pulling out of my ears and mids being a bit recessed a bit meh.

    The IEM's that I have at home right now are the IE800's & SE846 and FLC8S. I still enjoy the SE846's as they are fun sounding but man, I need an upgrade! Hope you guys enjoyed my mini review. Feel free to ask away. If I auditioned them longer, I would be able to describe them more in detail. Flaws usually come out when I have a week or two with them.
     
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  15. Rockwell75
    My Atlas are pushing around 60 hours now and imo the bass becomes a lot more disciplined and controlled after burn in...but no less engaging :)
     
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