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Besides fit and comfort, is there a sonic difference between a CIEM and a universal?
I'm trying to decide whether or not to go for a custom (comfort) vs a universal (potential resale). I can normally get a good seal with some of the existing universals that I have.
Differences are very small, but universals will have a bit more highs due to universal fit tips with bigger opening diameter.
To me, the biggest difference between custom IEMs and non custom. The biggest difference between unbalanced amp and balanced. The biggest difference between high-res music player and a normal player.
You don't even realize how important it is until you have complete silence as your basis for beginning to listen to music. Compare it to black levels on your TV, and the benefits of OLED/AMOLED/IGZO. Once you use these display types, everything else looks like shit.
Once you use customs, everything else sounds like shit.