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I'm kind of puzzled why everyone is fawning over the universals ... wouldn't custom always be better since they're - you know - custom? Better fit = better sound and all? Not throwing shade at anyone, just legitimately puzzled
Contrary to popular belief, universals provide a better seal, if you tip roll that is. Nothing beats the vacuum-like seal of silicone tips. That's why customs are only advertised as for professional studio and stage use. People in those professions don't have time to go through hundreds of tips to find the best one. They just need something that works. As a bass head, only a vacuum seal from silicone tips will provide me the full impact and rumble from the low end.
Just curious - I have really sensitive ears and silicone tips will start to hurt in like 30 minutes of use. Do you know if finding proper tips would fix that? I was going to try CIEMs for this reason so that I wouldn't have anything pushing against my ear canal.
I'd say it depends on your ear canal and its shape. Our customers who have problems with universals due to untypical shape of ear canal find custom IEMs to be solution to their problems, though.
My issue specifically is not the canal, but the outer parts of the ear (Concha and Antitragus). I can't have anything touching them, which makes customs neigh impossible. All iems I own either are small enough that they don't "fill" my ears, or have a long nozzle stem so that the housing sits outside my ears. The amount of variance between individuals is massive. I'd try everything if you have the patience, and/or money to do so. Or get into full size headphones. That presents a whole new set of potential issues though.
You are right, but the turn-around time could be really long. You need to spend money to re-make ear impressions, wait for another month, and you still don't know if the refit is gonna fit.