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I've owned customs and universals and I think many here are exaggerating the differences. Hell, I've had customs turned universals and vice versa and couldn't tell a differences.
It's all about isolation and fit. If you can get some nice tips for universals like Complys (or the generics on Amazon that are better IMO) and can get that fit and isolation then it sounds the same.
For the price here you're going to get some of them best, if not THE best, IEM on the market...period. Custom or not.
Plus with universals you will usually not get fitting issues and resale is boosted a lot. Those CIEM's that you're going to have to price for $300 to get them sold could fetch $400-500 if they were universals simply because the person buying wouldn't have to spend time and money getting them remolded.
This is all just my opinion of course...but I do know what I'm talking about. Plus, in the end, if UM didn't think they could get premium sound out of the universal shell for the Mentor then they wouldn't have made it. Since they're making it that must mean it means their seal of approval.