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  • iNBiTuiN

    If you want to hear the room, get the ambient option, basically they drill a hole on the inears so you’re not totally isolated.

    http://www.head-fi.org/t/454174/iems-reshelled-into-custom-molds-80-in-the-usa-triplefi-10-se530-etc-from-fisher-hearing

  • Javier

    Where can I get that connector from the hard drive to the iPod??? I think its awesome!

  • Charles Mykid

    i own the Sennheiser HD25-II since 2006 and they still work and sound GREAT (i use them to produce, perform, skype, listen to music on my laptop & my ipod…. yeah everyday) & there is not complaint (yet) but i really want to try a custom made earphone…. 1000 sounds a lot but after reading this…. ill give it a try 

  • Charles Mykid

    i own the Sennheiser HD25-II since 2006 and they still work and sound GREAT (i use them to produce, perform, skype, listen to music on my laptop & my ipod…. yeah everyday) & there is not complaint (yet) but i really want to try a custom made earphone…. 1000 sounds a lot but after reading this…. ill give it a try 

  • http://www.facebook.com/tonytigerjin Tony Jin

    Glad to see an article about Custom IEMs. My Unique Melody Merlins are coming in soon to replace my HDJ-2000′s – the HDJ’s really just don’t isolate enough in a loud environment.

  • Anonymous

    I rock custom UE18-Pros with a wireless G3 system on stage, and I use them to do songwriting on the go, I will NEVER use anything less.  I am 200% for them, for ANY DJ.

  • Djunbound

    Thank you for this! I have been seriously considering getting a pair of custom IEMs for some time now. Being a mobile DJ & standing directly behind my QSC’s for 5 hours str8 is doing a number on my hearing, not to mention having to crank up my monitor levels just to hear my next track. This article came at the perfect time! 1000$ is a lot of money but there’s no price tag for hearing.

  • http://twitter.com/JustinSxE Justin Sy (DJ EDGE)

    I’ve been playing with my custom in-ears for a while now; I haven’t looked back since I started playing with them several months ago. I personally own a pair of Ultimate Ears 18 Pros, and no other over-ear headphone even comes close to the sound quality. With them, I’m able to create such tight mixes that I know for a fact I wouldn’t be able to do otherwise. I usually keep both of them in my ears, occasionally taking one ear out to listen to a booth monitor/main speakers. I tend use them to listen to the master output, and occasionally switch back to the pre-fade to double check my beatmatching. 

  • Bloodhound

    another great article, thanks DJTT!

    i’m glad to see things like this when i’m up late, and this is a slight reminder of why i’m so addicted to this site: INFORMATION!

    looking forward to all you continue to write

    -bloodhound

  • Bloodhound

    another great article, thanks DJTT!

    i’m glad to see things like this when i’m up late, and this is a slight reminder of why i’m so addicted to this site: INFORMATION!

    looking forward to all you continue to write

    -bloodhound

  • http://www.facebook.com/keithbrady Keith Brady

    While I can understand you guys are plugging our own in store products, ACS have developed an IEM with a built in microphone. It’s part of their new T live series IEM that will introduce a belt pack next year that will allow DJs to hear ambient sound (monitors, crowd, etc) at a safe level in their IEMs. Check them out here > http://www.acscustom.com/uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=98&Itemid=78

  • DJ Kevin Eastendlideejay

    I very rarely wear my headphones all the time while i DJ, even at the clubs. I only use them for setting up my next song. I like to hear my mixes live through the mains, its more enjoyable. 

    Check out my DJ Company Website

    http://www.eastendlideejay.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000567074969 Hector Guerra

    http://www.alienears.com/monitors.htm

    This company makes a great product in the USA for all types of musicians.  I know this guy personally and Always recommend. 

  • Anonymous

    I think the driving factor for in-ears would be protecting your hearing. I’ve also read many a DJ use some form of hearing protection with normal cans. I’d love to read an article about them. For instance, I’ve read accoustic filters are quite good to use and are probably the best alternative. They can also be molded to perfectly fit your ear. Like these http://www.alpinehearingprotection.co.uk/b2b_otoplastics.htm

    scamo

    • http://www.djbis.com Bis

      Problem with filters is that they are not “flat” they usually cut out the high freqs. :(

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I’ve heard that too. But I’ve also heard the hi-end filters are actually quite good in that respect.

        scamo

  • Audiosoundguy

    Why is this article talking about the Westone ES5 but showing the Spiral Ear SE 5-way Reference?  
    http://www.head-fi.org/t/549298/spiral-ear-new-products-and-se-5-way-reference-review-thread

    aj

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Huigen/100001851257183 Mark Huigen

      LOL he changed the picture ;-) haha

  • Ryanwrice

    Sometimes, my head phones sound better on my ears than the sound getting put out by the speakers that the dancers hear.

    I find I get consumed by what i hear in my headphones and lose awareness of what the people are actually listening to.

    I don’t think these things would be for me. Maybe for practice.

    • http://www.djbis.com Bis

      There is technology out there that allows you to hear both and mix the sound in any way you want. A little bit of the audience, a LOT of the audience, or none, whatever you want. You can do it with these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r8gb6fefrQ I use them now and its a blessing. Look into it if you get a chance.

  • zaplin

    my question is, if you wear the all the time, how do you manage audio levels for the bar/club at every moment ?
    my guess u use only one ear (?)

    • http://www.facebook.com/DJPhaidon Clayton Kimber

      Same way you do with normal cans, but instead of taking them off, you just turn the monitor mix to the cue side and enjoy the sound at a much safer level.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grant-Reynolds/748309866 Grant Reynolds

    I have a set of IE5′s and the only trouble i had was mixing bass.. for somer reason i found it very difficult with them.. i started using my feet (for vibrations) as an indicator as to if i was using to much bass in the mix..  everything above say 1k was easy to mix.. 

  • DonmecZ

    Yawning while wearing headphones also can change the pitch of the song to your hearing… not all sounds do that though… lots of synths can and prolonged sounds like strings such as cellos and violins.

    Great article!

    Happy Holidays!

  • Do$ha

    first.

    • Djxoduzz

      fail

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vic-Chang/539938331 Vic Chang

      …are you serious? this is an article on custom earphones, not a ke$ha music video