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Slide show: Getting fitted for LiveWires custom earphones

A photo gallery of Donald Bell's experience getting custom LiveWires earphones made for him.

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Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.
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It's rare to get the opportunity to review custom-molded earphones. Custom ear products are usually just too expensive to be relevant to most people, and the ear-impression process can be an inconvenience. But when John Diles from LiveWires offered to come by CNET and take the ear impressions onsite, it was a tough proposition to pass up. (Click here to view a slide show of my custom earphone fitting, but be warned! These photos are not for the squeamish.)

I've had the earphones for over a week now, and they sound fantastic. At $249, they're less than half the price of similar custom products offered by UltimateEars or Sensaphonics. You can read my full review of the LiveWires over on CNET.

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If you're considering getting customs, but you're wondering what the ear impression process is like, then take a look at our slide show. If you think these photos are gross, you should see what we left out. Let's just say that John brought his own ear canal videoscope. Yikes!

Ears are really weird.