Your Very Own Custom Fit IEMs in 4 Minutes

sonomax Your Very Own Custom Fit IEMs in 4 Minutes

There’s not a lot of portable audio related news from CES so far, but Canada’s Sonomax are definitely worth mentioning. So far the company from Montreal has been known for custom fit hearing protectors, and now they venture into the crowded niche of custom fit in ear monitors with their “Sculpted Eers” (sic) series of IEMs.

sonomax2 Your Very Own Custom Fit IEMs in 4 MinutesThe special trick up Sonomax’s sleeve is – unlike every other custom IEM manufacturer’s ordering process – that you don’t have to have ear impressions made by an audiologist, send them in to the company, and wait for a month or two until your finished custom IEMs are returned to you. With Sonomax you simply buy the phones plus molding kit in a store, put the retro-futuristic headphone-shaped injection device on your head which fits the IEMs’ tips to your ears by injecting silicone into a ‘balloon’, wait four minutes until the mold hardens, and Bob’s your uncle.

Sonomax custom IEMs should be available across North American retailers this spring, for $199 (dynamic driver) and $299 (dual armature, or “sound enhancing interface module”, as the Sonomax marketing department calls it). That’s a pretty good price, considering what such devices usually cost. Let’s hope they sound as good as they look. Personally, being already spoiled by a pair of custom Ultimate Ears IEMs, I can’t wait to try Sonomax’s approach to custom comfort and isolation.

Thanks to forum moderator WalkGood for the tip. Via Financial Post, NY1.

(Update: Images show a slightly different product – the V4, not the Sculpted Eers.)


Joseph on January 7, 2011 10:36 PM

I’m not sure I want to slip that head clamp on my head and then have it start injecting stuff into a balloon in my ears. :-) That’s a setup that has to come with product warnings and liability wavers galore, no? Can you imagine what happens when the first person uses this while forgetting the balloon? My replacement inkjet cartridges actually say “Do not drink contents” on the box! This… this is corporate madness! And if its manufactured by the lowest prison labor bidder, probably madness for the end users to use as well. I think I’ll pass, and if you’re going to test this, Martin, you might want to borrow Buster, the Mythbusters’ test dummy, to do a dry run with first.

Martin Sägmüller on January 7, 2011 11:58 PM

Hahaha, you’re definitely not wrong there. Another company (Freq) tried their luck with “home impression” kits, and that didn’t go so well. Sonomax’s approach seems a bit more fool-proof, though.

Andre on January 8, 2011 1:17 AM

hmmm looks quite interesting but i prefer an audiologist to make the impression work and then a pair of UE 11 or JH 13 pro, dont trust in Sonomax’s sound signature

DrPeePee on January 8, 2011 6:29 AM

Interesting approach to the process…
I still imagine there will be those select few with DIY accidents, no matter what precautions Sonomax take. Hopefully it all goes well for them.

JSV on January 9, 2011 7:32 PM

Well, it seems that this is not a do-it-yourself kit.

The molding kit is available to retailers, not end-users.

The molding is done at the store where you buy the earphones. The molding process only takes a few minutes.

Martin Sägmüller on January 9, 2011 8:09 PM

I’m still not sure about that one, information is contradictory. Sonomax’s V4 system seems to be a industrial strength multi-use loaner affair, with the Sculted Eers however it’s not clear from all the articles yet if it’s single use at home or multi-use as well. Sonomax’s website isn’t helpful about that either.

Jaigoda on January 10, 2011 1:13 AM

What would be really sexy is if they could use this same type of thing to make a silicone tip that would go on any standard IEM. So then you could have custom-fit tips on IE8′s, HJE900′s, etc. I’m sure a lot of people would be willing to spend a lot for that.

Lucien Dominick G. Tiojanco on January 11, 2011 1:12 AM

Umm… Scary? LOL!

I’ll stick to general-fit IEMs.

shigzeo on January 25, 2011 7:38 AM

I’ve got the dynamic driver version of this earphone. The experience wasn’t bad, but to be honest, the fit isn’t great. If you mess up, there isn’t currently a way to fix it without replacing the entire thing for 199$ or more. That, and one shot has a LOT of throwaway. It is a perfect way to cook up the environmentalists.

shigzeo on January 25, 2011 4:24 PM

Anyway, got my impressions of the Sonomax SoundCage earphones up here: Sonomax SoundCage 4-minute custom earphone – CES 2011′s best product debut

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