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post #1 of 10 Old 03-31-2014, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question Anyone use the Got Ears customer IEM from Ear Plug Superstore?

I have tried a number of different ways to listen to music while on my bike (custom ear plugs + helmet speakers = good protection, lousy audio; Noise canceling ear phones = decent protection & good audio WHEN they stay in place), but nothing has worked that well.

So I have decided to look at getting a set of custom in-ear monitors and was looking at the Alien Ears, Gorilla Ears and the Got Ears. Am Curious if anyone has used the Got Ears ones (not sure I can post a link so I won't) and if they can comment on the quality. I am wondering if there are issues with the build quality, cords breaking/coming loose, etc.

I seem to recall these have been discussed here in the past, but I was not able to find the thread - if this is a rehash of a long dead topic - my apologies.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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I got my pair last week and they are great.


There are a couple of things to consider. I ordered the mono plug with the 15 inch cord. When delivered all I could hear out of the left ear was static and I could barely hear anything out of the right. I tried it with several consumer devices like Iphone, Ipod, computer and all with the same result. I will say this when using them with a commercial grade two way they were fine. They said the mono plug was the problem but I don't think so.
Any way, they took them back and I asked for an upgrade to the dual speaker earplugs to make sure I got new speakers and with a stereo plug. They work great now and the sound quality is superb. I love the 15 inch cord and bought a 12 inch extension with a volume control from Radio Shack and that is a great addition. I can put my iphone in any shirt of jacket pocket and do not have to deal with a cord dangling down. The extension also give me some strain relief too. I started the process in January and just now have it all sorted out. I can use the volume control on the extension with my gloves on and do not have to take the phone out of my pocket which is a recipe for disaster.


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All three of those options involve, I believe, a wire from your ears to a mounted or cased device on the bike (possibly in a jacket pocket?). I'd worry about potential snagging, and consequences.

I use Hearos foam plugs, with the larger speaker option for my Sena 5, and the standard speakers with my Sena 10. Perhaps it's just familiarity, but at high volume, masked by the plugs, it really sounds quite good.

I've no doubt the in-ear monitor sound would be superior... but that wire...

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I got my pair last week and they are great.





There are a couple of things to consider. I ordered the mono plug with the 15 inch cord. When delivered all I could hear out of the left ear was static and I could barely hear anything out of the right. I tried it with several consumer devices like Iphone, Ipod, computer and all with the same result. I will say this when using them with a commercial grade two way they were fine. They said the mono plug was the problem but I don't think so.

Any way, they took them back and I asked for an upgrade to the dual speaker earplugs to make sure I got new speakers and with a stereo plug. They work great now and the sound quality is superb. I love the 15 inch cord and bought a 12 inch extension with a volume control from Radio Shack and that is a great addition. I can put my iphone in any shirt of jacket pocket and do not have to deal with a cord dangling down. The extension also give me some strain relief too. I started the process in January and just now have it all sorted out. I can use the volume control on the extension with my gloves on and do not have to take the phone out of my pocket which is a recipe for disaster.




So the mono/single driver one you got had issues, but the dual driver pair worked fine? One of the reasons I am thinking about spending the extra $ for the detachable cords is that if I do have an issue with the cord (which has been the part that failed me on past ear buds), I can just order a replacement. How solid is is the cord connect?

Thanks for the photos - did you get the full shell?

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So the mono/single driver one you got had issues, but the dual driver pair worked fine? One of the reasons I am thinking about spending the extra $ for the detachable cords is that if I do have an issue with the cord (which has been the part that failed me on past ear buds), I can just order a replacement. How solid is is the cord connect?

Thanks for the photos - did you get the full shell?

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I don't understand what you mean by the full shell? The cord connection is very good and molded onto the wire.

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Anyone use the Got Ears customer IEM from Ear Plug Superstore?

The earphones I use on the rare occasion that I do use them are the FUZE earphones. I don't have the link to them handy but are easy to find with a google search. They are a do it yourself custom molded deal for $35. The first set I got I was lucky enough to remember to test before mixing and molding the silicone. One side of the earphones did not work and they replaced them immediately without question.
You get enough silicone to make 2 earplugs and the ear buds. Follow the directions and they work great. Hard to beat the price as well. They work well as ear plugs if you just want to use them that way. I use a small MP3 player on a lanyard around my neck, hanging under my coat. Not so easy to adjust volume but not at all hard.
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I use the Challenger M custom ear buds from the earplug superstore. They work great, good audio, hearing protection from wind noise and no pain after hours of use. I did put a straight through connector on mine so cord separation is in line and easy. I've walked away from the bike a couple of times and it separated barely noticeably. There's no batteries to run down like with a Bluetooth setup.

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I use the Challenger M custom ear buds from the earplug superstore. They work great, good audio, hearing protection from wind noise and no pain after hours of use. I did put a straight through connector on mine so cord separation is in line and easy. I've walked away from the bike a couple of times and it separated barely noticeably. There's no batteries to run down like with a Bluetooth setup.
Mine are the Challenger from earplug superstore. I just got back from a 1200 mile trip to Ausitn Texas and back. I took a long way round and these things rock. I did about 6 hours the first day with absolutely no comfort issues.
The 15 inch cord with the straight plug is the way to go. I loved the 12 inch extension from Radio Shack with the volume control. I just turned the phone up all the way and used the volume control on the extension to adjust the level.
While in Austin I bought some aloe hand gel. With a little of the gel on each ear plug they slide right in, seal and even sound better. The Aloe gel evaporates with no residue.

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I know I'm digging up an old thread but wanted to share my experience with this product, as well as what is next for me. Just so you know what I was used to: I have been wearing Etymotic er6i's for years, but they are just not comfy enough for a whole day ride (partially due to the fact that now have a tight fitting Arai helmet).

I ordered a set of Challengers (dual driver model), the MC version (should be lower profile). Went to local audiologist, got ear impressions and sent them in.

The first set of Challengers arrived and the right one was obviously molded wrong. The wires were also hurting me on the outside of the ear lobes as the wire location was exactly on the raised part for me, on both sides. I took photos of wire positions also so this can be addressed in new set.

Sent that back... few weeks later, got another set.

This one, I would not get a seal with on the right ear, even if not wearing a helmet (so slight push on my ears was not even a factor). They felt comfortable but they would just not seal right? I tried my ear impressions and they were fine? Odd. Additionally, the wire was still a problem on the right side.

At that point, as all of this would take few weeks at the time (send the impressions and Challengers in, wait for the lab work) - I gave up. The company was gracious enough to offer me most of my money back as I had so much trouble and we parted our ways. I do believe that their customer service is phenomenal. But for some reason the product would just not work for me (shrug!).

Additional problem for me was that the earbuds did not really sound good, I thought. They sounded OK, but for a dual driver setup I was a bit disappointed. They definitely did not sound as well as my Etymotic set. I was going to suck that up, but it ended up I did not have to in the end. Voice (like podcasts or audiobooks) were totally fine but I found music lacking.

Finally, I bought a set of Westone UM 10 Pro musician IEMs (I choose UM 10 Pro over W10 because I am not a 'huge bass' fan and seriously - UM 10s have all kinds of bass). I am still relatively new to them, but so far, they are proving to be excellent from both the sound and fit perspective. I wore them under the helmet for few hours already and this seems to be what I was looking for!

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I had no problems with the Challengers for years. Then one speaker went out. It was fixed for a reasonable amount. I recommend them. I'll say I'm not qualified to comment on sound quality though. My hearing is my least developed sense.

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