Klipsch Custom-3 In-Ear Noise-Isolating Earphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Patent-pending Contour Gel tip mimics the natural shape of the human ear for optimal comfort
- Perfect over-ear fit for isolated and active use
- Compatible with all 3.5mm headphone jacks, including iPhone
- Tweeter and woofer with cross-over for maximum acoustic fidelity
- Category leading acoustic performance
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Listen like a rock star with Custom-3 noise-isolating professional-quality earphones from Klipsch. Whether it's the spine-tingling riffs of an electric guitar or the incredible boom of a kick drum, you will get the "live on stage" euphoria that Klipsch earphones can provide. Custom-3 earphones utilize dark gray patent-pending Contour Ear Gels that are anatomically designed to accurately fit inside the human ear canal. These soft, oval silicon tips reduce ear fatigue as well as provide an amazing seal for excellent noise isolation and bass response. Custom-3 headphones come with five different washable ear gel sizes: small, medium, and large single flange designs as well as small and large double flange designs. Inside Custom-3 earphones, you'll find over 60 years of audio expertise ready to get the music inside your head. Exclusive KG723 tweeters, KG731 woofers, and patent-pending electro-acoustic crossover systems let your hear performances just as the artists intended¿making Custom-3 an excellent choice for musicians and critical listeners. Klipsch has gone to great lengths to ensure the long-lasting durability of Custom-3, up to and including its 50-inch-long cables. Put through extensive "real world" testing, these headphones feature appropriate strain relief at every cable connection point to help prevent wire damage. Plus, underneath the cable's black cloth weaving, a special PVC Wireguard jacket prevents the wires from becoming exposed and frayed.
From the Manufacturer
Listen like a rock star with Custom-3 noise-isolating professional-quality earphones from Klipsch. Whether it's the spine-tingling riffs of an electric guitar or the incredible boom of a kick drum, you will get the "live on stage" euphoria that only Klipsch earphones can provide. Status symbol products such as the iPod(R) have played a major role in making technology fashionable in recent years, making it necessary to develop a stylish audio accouterments that can bring better sound to in-vogue listeners.
Klipsch Custom-3 is the perfect solution for audiophiles and musicians
Featuring a black soft-feel paint finish with copper accents on its earbuds, Custom-3 earphones utilize dark gray patent-pending Contour Ear Gels that are anatomically designed to accurately fit inside the human ear canal. These soft, oval silicon tips reduce ear fatigue as well as provide an amazing seal for excellent noise isolation and bass response.
Because ear canal measurements vary, Custom-3 headphones come with five different washable ear gel sizes: small, medium, and large single flange designs as well as small and large double flange designs. Extra small sizes are available through the Klipsch website. This variety of size options allows these earphones to fit more of the population than any other earphones on the market today.
For perfect exterior comfort, flexible ear wires bend over and around the ears so they can be customized to each user. And not only do these adaptable wires provide optimal comfort, they also let users experience full or partial noise isolationa great safety feature for on-the-go users. Just pull the ear gels out of the ear canals and adjust the wires to firmly position the earphone nozzles over the canals.
Several tip sizes and a cleaning kit always ensure a clean,
Inside Custom-3 earphones, you'll find over 60 years of audio expertise ready to get the music inside your head. Exclusive KG723 tweeters, KG731 woofers, and patent-pending electro-acoustic crossover systems let your hear performances just as the artists intendedmaking Custom-3 an excellent choice for musicians and critical listeners.
Klipsch has gone to great lengths to ensure the long-lasting durability of Custom-3, up to and including its 50-inch-long cables. Put through extensive "real world" testing, these headphones feature appropriate strain relief at every cable connection point to help prevent wire damage. Plus, underneath the cable's black cloth weaving, a special PVC Wireguard jacket prevents the wires from becoming exposed and frayed.
Complete Features and Added Frills
Klipsch Custom-3 earphones provide a studio reference acoustic experience as well as a secure personalized fit for active lifestyles. With unparalleled comfort and exceptional durability these earphones can go the extra mile with you wherever you may go with any number of portable devices such as iPods, the iPhone and virtually any device with a headphone jack. These headphones come with a high-quality vinyl carrying case that will also fit an 80G iPod, an airline adaptor, a 1/4-inch adaptor, five sets of ear gels, and an ear tip cleaning tool.
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The Custom 3's are the best. I like to listen to modern jazz which is mostly on acoustic instruments. The Custom 3 has an incredible bass response for an earphone, but it is not exaggerated like the Sennheiser 8 can sound (if the bass is adjusted too high). The sound is not so saturated as the Ultimate Ear Tri-10 or the Shure 530 (both magnificent earphones). The Shure fits like a dream. All of my Shure earphones fit like a dream.
The Custom 3 comes with the same great case and adaptors. I am concerned that the wires will not be as durable as the wires that come with the Shure, Ultimate Ear, or Denon 701, but it really sounds great and the earphones looks cool. They really are designed to be very esthetically appealing.
The one very serious downside is the fit and the seal. I had previously owned a pair of Custom 3's and sent them back because I just could not get them to fit properly which allowed for the necessary seal required to give the listener a full bass response (which also balanced the high end treble resproduction). What I had to do is use a black foam earpiece made by Shure which fits perfectly on the Custom 3. Then I got a perfect seal.
As the price of the Custom 3's has dropped by 30-50%, they are now really a great deal. Amazon and their Marketplace sellers are selling them for what other dealers tell me is their cost. If they do not fit properly in your ear, try the Shure black foam ear pieces that look like black olives. This is not the first time that I have had a problem getting the proper fit on earphones. The Denon 700 and 701 which are virtually the same earphone (he wiring on the 701 is better and yet it sells for a lot less money) did not fit for me until I fitted them with the Comply Comfort Foam tip. Now the Denons sound just great!!! I now carry all of the Comply Comfort Tips and all of the Shure earpieces. I can virtually guarantee a fit and proper performance from any earphone now.
With summer coming up, it is much more comfortable wearing an earphone than an over the ear headphone. I always combine the use of the earphone or headphone with an headphone amplifier to achieve maximum results with an Ipod. I would recommend a Headamp "Pico", Ray Samuel's Audio P-51 Mustang, TTVJ Millett Portable Tube Amp, Meier portable, or the ICube by Quable available specifically from Moon Audio. Recently, I have tried the Leckerton portable which is 30-70% cheaper than the other portable headphone amps,but sound very good. I believe that generally, they are the best portable headphone amps available and will fit in your pocket with your Ipod.
I have since heard many other new earphones. I can say that these earphones are generally smoother than many others I have heard. I have the new Grado 8. They are brighter and have a better sense of separation for the instruments, but they still do not take the place of these earphones when it comes to listening to my jazz music. To be fair though, I need to say that I always (with the exception of exercising at the gym) always add a headphone amplifier when I listen to earphones or headphones. I use and Ipod wherein I have recorded all of the music on my computer into Itunes on the "lossless" setting which is a compromise between a full wave-file and an mp3 which is only an "outline" of the music. It only takes an ear--not even a good ear to tell the difference between a compact disc and an mp3.
These headphones are fabulous. I have noticed a big price increase. When I purchased these earphones, they were much less expensive (more than $100.00 cheaper. I purchased two pair because I was so impressed. Anyway, despite the addition of new earphones, I still think that these are my favorite canal phones for jazz music. I would not part withe them.
Post Post-Script: I have been using the Custom 3 earphones to listen to classical music. They are fabulous for classical. With the Shure foam tips that look like mushroom caps, they block out all other noise and have a wonderful, balanced response. With some of my other earphones like the Westone 3 and 3x (which are mighty fine earphones, the sound of harpsichord and violin was just too bright. The Klipsch made them sound very comfortable together. This kind of sound would not have been possible for me with the eargels that Klipsh provided. The clear plastic gels worked marvels with the Image 10, but not these. It could be because the Image 10 weighs practically nothing. These earphones absolutely have more mass and appear far more substantial. I have not had any problems with the wires, but because of the design and very thin wires, I use these earphones at home when I am not doing anything too arduous. I do not know how well they would hold up if you were putting a lot of stress on them. I use a pair of Audio-Technica earphones at the gym which have not only held up well, but have been through the washmachine twice (in the Shure zippered clam shell case) and still work great.
Regarding the product itself, i have to say first that i am a melomaniac married to a very gifted musician (classic piano player and a singer who also teaches vocal techniques to others). All this to try and make you understand that music is a very important part of my life.
I also have worked as a mixing engineer in some pro studios (i am not a professional myself, but i have a pretty good ear and music appreciation feeling that some studio engineers tend to like).
i own a pair of BOSE In Ear latest gen model and they sound pretty good if there's no noise sorrounding. got them for a little over a year now and was ok with them until they fell appart on my ears. suddenly the left wire came off the phone and after that it was just a matter of a couple of days for it to stop working completelly.
After such a painfull time (no decent earphones available) i started hunting on the net for a replacement (too proud to use the BOSE with a grose welding on and / or with electric tape) and after reading a lot of reviews and manufacturing pages i decided to go for the KLIPSCH CUSTOM 3, basically because they have good ratings, they are double driver + crossover, and the fact that KLIPSCH is a very well renouned brand, also everything that i have heard comming out of KLIPSCH equipment sounds like it really is (good or bad, but truthfull to what the songs are).
the second i oppened the box (great packaging i have to say) i putted them on with the medium size gels they bring on, and they sound FANTASTIC, very rich and detailed. i begun to try all the gel plugs they bring and deceided to stay with the single large silicon ones. They are very easy to fit, very comfortable and trully a great product.
they seem very well built, elegant and prestigius, but the only concern i have is that the wire, even that is is covered with a kind of heavy cloth, is a little too thin, but as long as you take good care of them, it should not be a problem.
i will update this review after a decent "shake off" period
so far, GREAT.
this was my choice over SHRURE E2 (which i tryed a few times like a week ago), over the BOSE which i will have fix so they can serve as spare or battle ones, and also over all the SONY options (which do not deserve to be included in this list)
** UPDATE ** 1 month of use
It is really something how the performance of these buds changed after this time of usage, if i thought they where great, after a month the highs are clearer and more crisp, while the bass has always been fabulous. i find these earphones very comfortable and have never had a n issue in getting a good seal, in fact i just tried all the tips and decided to go for the single edge large ones and that has been it since day two. perfect seal, good isolation and fantastic sound quality
if something else comes up, i'll let you know
** UPDATE** 7 Month of use
Still great sound, i am concerned about the wire kinks, they haven't got any worse (if possible) but there they are.
I just bought a pair of ULTIMATE EARS TRIPLE 10 PRO, WOW i must say, if Custom3 sound great, then i have no words to describe the Ultimate Ears, Highs are far far far better in the UEs than in Klipsch, mids are great too and lows in UEs are more accurate and precise, without being over driven.
Once I actually cram them in they sound really good (not great). The sound is very similar to the Images. I'd agree with the other reviewer who says that the 3's are just slightly better than the Images, but not enough to matter to most..
To describe myself - I like bass. I listen to all types of music, in this order: Rock, Pop, Country, Hip-Hop, Classical, Jazz. I've tried a few different in ear monitors and I think both Synthesizer and Sony make great sets for really good prices, that compare very closely to these Klipsh's. I own Klipsh RF-82 for my home stereo and really like them, but I had to add a big sub: the AV123 MFW-15.
I think I am going to add a pair of Ultimate Ears to my wish list.
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