Hi. It seems there’s no discussion here about this topic yet.
I’m looking for advice from anyone who’s successfully created a custom IEM mold using this type of diy ear mold kit
I tried making one following some basic instructions I found on YouTube and in the reviews on Amazon, but it was somewhat of a failure.
I didn’t insert the IEM perfectly straight into my ear canal and so the tips of both IEMs sort of ended up poking out on the side of the mold.
I also believe I failed to keep my mouth sufficiently open during the curating process to make for a 100% perfect seal afterwards with mouth closed.
Sound wise it was also not ideal - bass has become exaggerated, highs are subdued and I’m getting some weird resonances at louder volumes. I’m hoping this is a result of the wonky tip placement and/or not thinking of making venting canals for the two small venting holes on the inside of the IEM during the curating process.
I’ve ordered two new kits hoping I can manage a better insertion of the IEM into the mold, keep my mouth more open during the curating process, and also use thin tape strips to create channels for the venting holes - and that this can redeem the slight issues I’m having with sound quality.
But before I give another go I’d be grateful for any advice or info in case there’s something I haven’t thought of, because if successful, this is one hell of a great value comfort upgrade for IEMs.
I’ve been using these despite the slight issues with the sound because it’s such a pleasure being able to wear my IEMs for many hours at a time without noticing any discomfort at all in my ears. For daily casual use, listening at fairly low volumes, I’ll definitely keep using these even if I can’t improve on the sound, and at this price point I’d recommend trying it in a heart beat to anyone using their IEMs a lot and having comfort issues.
Now, I know there are professional options available like the ADV sound custom molds, but they come in at about 250-300€$ with audiologist and international shipping included for me, so I want to see if I can’t improve on this DIY solution before considering those. Because as I said, even with its current sub optimal sound quality, it’s still good enough that I prefer the comfort they provide over the slight improvement in sound when using regular tips.