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Tim Monger-Godfrey

January 9, 2014, 4:24 pm

They do look very nice. However, I do wonder why you would spend this amount of money on IEMs when you can get a very decent custom set (UE, JH Audio, ACS, 1964 etc) which are likely to have a much better fit?


January 10, 2014, 3:36 am

@Tim Monger-Godfrey
I have just received my pair of SE846 (my friend brought it to me from the US), thus, I am not able to provide any feedback about the performance.
However, to answer your question, this is what I have to say, even though I have yet to purchase any custom IEMs :
1. Unfortunately, not all places in this world have representative offices of the above mentioned CIEM brands.
2. If you decide to sell any UIEM, it will be more convenient for both the buyer and the seller.

p.s. I was actually deciding between, the SE846 and JH Roxanne (custom); but, in my case, the process of getting the JH Roxanne (custom) was too troublesome.

Tim Monger-Godfrey

January 10, 2014, 10:17 am


Thanks for the great response. I agree, they are both problems. I bought a pair of 1964 customs, and they have been fantastic. However, when I've had a couple of issues, being US based does mean both a significant cost and time delay when they need any work doing. I think I would go for a UK based company again like ACS (a friend has just ordered them so I will be interested to see how they perform).

My non-custom experience has been with UE 5s and 10s, which were both excellent, but I always found the fitting not quite right - the move to custom has been an eye opener and I would have no problem spending the money again.



January 10, 2014, 2:45 pm

Hi Tim,

I found something that might interest you. I was going through the instruction manual/registration card/warranty card and etc. of the SE846 awesome packaging.

A company called Sensaphonics in the US, is offering custom-fit sleeves for SHURE IEMs, please refer link for further details:

I have checked the website, the SE846 is yet to be part of their offerings. But, from my understanding, you do not need to fully re-shell the UIEM, yet you get benefits of both the UIEMs and CIEMs worlds.

Hope it is helpful


p.s. the first time I listened a couple of my reference tracks, with the SE846, I was smiling with joy (no joking).


January 14, 2014, 4:33 pm

Wow...that's...a lot to spend on some headphones. I guess when money isn't an object

Martin Maxime Vaillancourt

March 13, 2017, 3:59 pm

The cheap comes out expensive.... by that I mean that I always wanted these but was not willing to spend the money. Instead I bought

Klipsh S4 100$, not happy!
Sennheiser MM550x 550$, not happy!,
Audio-Technica M50x 300$, not happy!,
Phiaton MS 530 250$, not happy!,
Bose QC20i 280$, good noise cancelling, not a fan of the Bose sound
Ultimate ears Triple-Fi 10 250$, a little happy but don't like to look like a TV antenna
Sennheiser IE08 450$, kind of happy but not the most comfortable

and finally the SE846, VERY happy.

So I spent 2180$ plus taxes instead of 1000.

Don't get me wrong, the other headphones above are all very good but my message is, if you want the 846's don't be cheap, comes out more expensive.

2 more things:

1. Yes they are worth the money
2. If you use them for lets say 5 years and pay 1000$, that's 200/ year or 55 cents a day to enjoy the very best earphones on the market and stop shopping for better (for a while at least)

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