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Thread: impressions for in-ear monitors for artist Darius Rucker...

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    Default Re: impressions for in-ear monitors for artist Darius Rucker...

    To give you an idea of how much in-ear medical devices like hearing aids cost this will reflect how affordable music devices are:

    1. Cochlear implants with all pre and post services included (Surgery, therapy, rehab): 60K one ear/side average North American rate
    2. TransEar device for single sided deafness: $3500 one ear average Central CA price
    3. High end Digital Hearing Aids (active lifestyle, Datalogging, almost a terabyte of memory, remote control, wireless connectivity to tv and bluetooth): $6600-$8200 pair
    4. Basic Digital Hearing Aids (non-active, nursing home): $1490 a pair

    With government and corporate health care in effect add at least 10% for taxes to these prices soon as Obama-Care goes to town on the medical world. Currently there is zero tax on medical devices like hearing aids, that will soon change. How does one put a price on the emotional connection sound gives us as we live our lives, talk with friends, listen to our children sing a song, or the quiet whisper your first born makes? Corporate health care is not for me!

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    Default Re: impressions for in-ear monitors for artist Darius Rucker...

    i just got my pair of etymotics, they're great. the detail of sound is superb considering where they fall in the scale of other IEM's.

    i hear ya on the pricing structure of medical equipment- it's always so ridiculous; what you wrote really puts into perspective consumer grade equipment like IEM's.

    in my opinion some of the good parts about an IEM: the music is right inside my head, it's detailed and not necessarily loud, it isolates the outside, soundstage is easily placed and rather wide.

    some of the bad sides i feel: music is right in my head haha, im unsure how 'live' and in your face it makes the music feel, soundstage is different than from my home system; no longer infront of me and seems more 2-dimensional and reaching out to my sides.

    what are some of your favorite iem's? if you use any that is.

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    Default Re: impressions for in-ear monitors for artist Darius Rucker...

    Any of the Westone products are awesome and i've tried all but the best Ultimate Ears. It is very different and takes time to get use to the Occlusion effect and when they are too hot you then suffer from Ampclusion. Occlusion can sometimes give you as much as a increase of 20db from 500hz on down so you then need a stronger mix just top take you back to normal then amplification on top of that so it can really mess some of our natural senses and abilities when it comes to localization and dimension. Your experiencing some of the side effects of occluding the ear or plugging it up. Crazy when you really think about the science side of our ears and how we hear.

    It's all in the mix, just like its all in the crossovers.
    Last edited by hearing specialist; 06-13-2011 at 10:44 PM.

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