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Curious on the performance of both since i've tried the shures!
I have both, and I much prefer the EI.XX. The SE846 sounds great but I have 2 issues, one is getting a good seal, the other is comfort. For the best sound/seal, I find that I have to really seat the SE846 deep but that creates some uncomfortable pressure areas. With the EI.XX, I always have good seal and comfort is MUCH better than any universal.
The two sound pretty similar, close enough that comfort is the deciding factor for me. I'm debating if I should keep the SE846.
Thanks so much man! I'm really keen on getting these but i'm not sure of the price in Vancouver, Canada. Do you mind if i ask you more questions??
I currently use SHURE 215, Sennheiser momentums, and VMODA M100S. I'm craving high end audio as my daily driver.
I'm looking for TOTL audio, durability, and comfort.
I was planning to get the SHURE 846 but this seems like a better deal. Although I really like shure's rotatable design for their wires, these look like they might break very soon (2-3 years). Although like you said CIEM's are best comfort wise, I'm curious if the shures or this have better noise isolation cause I believe i read these CIEMS only block 26db? (Correct me if i'm wrong).
The SE846 with foam tips does have better sound isolation. Other tips probably differ slightly though. There's an air filter in my room and I can't hear it at all. With the Ei.XX, I hear a little humming in the background.
Another difference I noticed between the two is that with the CIEM, it's more sensitive to jaw movement. Foam or silicone tips move with you, but with acrylic it makes more rubbing noise.
I have the same MMCX connections on my Ei.XX so the cable rotates similarly.
Honestly, I don't think you can go wrong either way, they both have advantages and disadvantages. For me, I feel that I don't need both and in hindsight, I wish I went for custom in the first place.
Yeah, that's why I'm considering on getting Customs first so I don't have purchase regrets..
One thing to add on jaw movement is that I have an underbite CLASS 3 and I'm worried that after getting ear impressions then getting braces and surgery on my jaw that it will effect the CIEMS and will no longer fit :/ do you have any experience with that problem?
Info from http://www.head-fi.org/t/578855/things-to-consider-before-getting-your-custom-iem-impressions-done-the-perfect-fit :
"When you open your jaw, the back of your jaw bone pushes up on your ear canal changing its shape. Because of the way this shape change occurs it is more likely that impressions taken with the jaw closed will cause the seal to break when the jaw opens. This also means if you take the impression with your jaw open, when you close your mouth you'll feel greater pressure from the IEMs in your ears than when you open your jaw. The "perfect comfort" point will be the position your jaw was in when the impressions were taken."
Things that effect your jaw position and thus your ear canal shape:
Leaning forward (jaw slides forward slightly)
Leaning backward (jaw slides backward slightly)
Lying down (jaw slides back a lot)
Clenching your jaw (never do this on a bite block)
Relaxing your jaw
Any changes to your jaw can potentially affect fitment.
Yes it may affect the fit. If you need a refit after some time we charge only €75 for that service.
Where's the option for mmcx?
after the drop we can add it manually to your order, here on Massdrop form there's no option for MMCX.
Is that additional cost, and can you estimate the cost for Canada Vancouver with just the earphones no additional costs ?
The total cost for the CIEM without additional costs is USD $639. $600 for the CIEM and $39 for shipping. At least that's what the total comes to when you click join drop, which is consistent with the cost of shipping if you order an IEM from CA themselves.