Review: InEarCentral.com IEMs
article & images by Nick Salazar
May 15, 2014  hits 74,126

My experience with InEarCentral.com was just wonderful.

For triathletes, the advantages of a good set of phones are many. First off, they'll serve you for both your athletic life as well as your personal life. The Shure headphones I use are compatible with special cables that work with iPods and iPhones (which controls volume, calls, and music playback), and there's also a comparable cable that works for Android devices. The Android cable doesn't work quite as well, because it doesn't have a separate volume control, just a single button that works to control answer/end/play/pause. But the larger point is that these headphones will serve you basically forever. You can take them from one device to another, and the replaceable cables mean you can keep them for as long as a headphone drivers last, which is probably longer than your own lifetime.

If you start with a set of Shure SE-series headphones, you'll have the ability to use a cable that connects to your phone. For me, that feature is indespensible, because it means I can listen to music while retaining the ability to answer incoming calls at any time. That's HUGE for those of you who, like me, try to get workouts in during the work day. Now you can have it all: exercise, music, AND a continued connection to the rest of your life. For the moment, I'm not going to get into the "big brother" or "death of privacy" implications of our constantly-connected lives. Yes, everyone needs to find balance. But sometimes you just NEED to keep that connection, and this is a product that allows you to do so while still enjoying your music and your workouts.

Of course, you don't have to start with the same headphones I did. The Shure SE530's are very expensive, but they're just one product in an entire line of similar headphones. At the entry level of the same line is the Shure SE215, which for $99 will get you the same removable cable ports, and compatibility with the same special smartphone-compatible cables. They use a single driver, which sounds really wonderful. It's not quite the same level as the 530, but it's incredible nonetheless.

As far as buying options, InEarCentral will do pretty much whatever you want. They'll convert earphones you already have, or if you don't already have a set, they'll sell them to you at a great deal. For example, you can pick those Shure SE215 earphones AND convert them, for just $229, at this link. For my money, that's got to be the best custom IEM deal available ANYWHERE.

I have no trouble recommending InEarCentral.com wholeheartedly and without reservation.

Pros
  • Amazing product, delivers on all its promises
  • Incredible customer service; you WILL get what you want
  • Incomparable comfort, sound quality, and overall polish
  • Nearly limitless customization options
 
Cons
  • Time. Buying these will require a couple months' patience.
  • All custom IEMs have a short learning curve

Absolutely amazing.
Rating: 5.0


  • Here are my custom InEarCentral IEMs, made from a pair of Shure SE210 monitors that were completely disassembled, gutted, then re-installed into custom molded shells of my own ears! They sound absolutely amazing. The tops feature carbon fiber 3k weave, with orange flecks, to perfectly match TriRig's theme colors. This is a standard option available to ordinary consumers, and looks incredible.
  • Here are my custom InEarCentral IEMs, made from a pair of Shure SE210 monitors that were completely disassembled, gutted, then re-installed into custom molded shells of my own ears! They sound absolutely amazing. The tops feature carbon fiber 3k weave, with orange flecks, to perfectly match TriRig's theme colors. This is a standard option available to ordinary consumers, and looks incredible.
  • Here are my custom InEarCentral IEMs, made from a pair of Shure SE210 monitors that were completely disassembled, gutted, then re-installed into custom molded shells of my own ears! They sound absolutely amazing. The tops feature carbon fiber 3k weave, with orange flecks, to perfectly match TriRig's theme colors. This is a standard option available to ordinary consumers, and looks incredible.
  • Here are my custom InEarCentral IEMs, made from a pair of Shure SE210 monitors that were completely disassembled, gutted, then re-installed into custom molded shells of my own ears! They sound absolutely amazing. The tops feature carbon fiber 3k weave, with orange flecks, to perfectly match TriRig's theme colors. This is a standard option available to ordinary consumers, and looks incredible.
  • I had the RIGHT ear's monitor made in translucent orange, to make it easier to tell apart from the left.
  • I had the LEFT ear's monitor made in translucent clear, to make it easier to tell apart from the right.
  • I had the LEFT ear's monitor made in translucent clear, to make it easier to tell apart from the right.
  • Here are my custom InEarCentral IEMs, made from a pair of Shure SE210 monitors that were completely disassembled, gutted, then re-installed into custom molded shells of my own ears! They sound absolutely amazing. The tops feature carbon fiber 3k weave, with orange flecks, to perfectly match TriRig's theme colors. This is a standard option available to ordinary consumers, and looks incredible.
  • InEarCentral's custom IEMs mold perfectly to your own ear, offer custom colors and finishes (like my orange/carbon fiber monitors shown here). They also provide superior isolation, comfort, and sound quality. I found ALL of those things to be true in my own experience. They are simply amazing.
  • I have my InEarCentral custom IEMs equipped with an iPhone cable, to control volume, music track control, and call answering. With that capability, I can keep them in all day long. They're so comfortable, I don't ever have to take them out, unless my wife or baby need attention!
  • I have my InEarCentral custom IEMs equipped with an iPhone cable, to control volume, music track control, and call answering. With that capability, I can keep them in all day long. They're so comfortable, I don't ever have to take them out, unless my wife or baby need attention!
  • I have my InEarCentral custom IEMs equipped with an iPhone cable, to control volume, music track control, and call answering. With that capability, I can keep them in all day long. They're so comfortable, I don't ever have to take them out, unless my wife or baby need attention!
  • InEarCentral's custom IEMs mold perfectly to your own ear, offer custom colors and finishes (like my orange/carbon fiber monitors shown here). They also provide superior isolation, comfort, and sound quality. I found ALL of those things to be true in my own experience. They are simply amazing.
  • InEarCentral's custom IEMs mold perfectly to your own ear, offer custom colors and finishes (like my orange/carbon fiber monitors shown here). They also provide superior isolation, comfort, and sound quality. I found ALL of those things to be true in my own experience. They are simply amazing.
  • Here is how these IEMs began, as Shure SE210's. I have a second set of IEMs from InEarCentral.com which were made from Shure SE530's, the highest-end monitors from Shure. These 210's are about $300 cheaper, and the sound is slightly less-refined, but the overall comfort, isolation, and beauty of the product is absolutely the same for both pairs. I highly recommend ANY pair of custom monitors from InEarCentral.com - they are simply sublime.
  • My original pair of InEarCentral IEM's, made with Shure SE530 monitors. These sound INCREDIBLE, but cost about $300 more than the SE210 version.
  • My original pair of InEarCentral IEM's, made with Shure SE530 monitors. These sound INCREDIBLE, but cost about $300 more than the SE210 version.
  • My original pair of InEarCentral IEM's, made with Shure SE530 monitors. These sound INCREDIBLE, but cost about $300 more than the SE210 version.
  • My original pair of InEarCentral IEM's, made with Shure SE530 monitors. These sound INCREDIBLE, but cost about $300 more than the SE210 version.

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