Custom Build Choices (Personalization)
Due to the 3D print I guess 64 Audio can’t offer too many shell colours, as you are faced with only three options: clear transparent, black (solid) or charcoal (tralucent).
For the face plate you get to pick your poison out of a multitude of different colours, wooden options or Premium options, such as carbon fibre, brushed aluminium, rose gold or others. To further style your face plate you also have the option to print either the 64 Audio logo, „apex“ or the model logo on it. Of course you can also send in your own artwork if you want to have it printed on your CIEMs. On top of that you also have to make a choice which APEX module you want to have shipped with your new toy.
Does it stop there? No it doesn’t.
You can now also put custom artwork on your protective case that ships with the model, plus you can have your name printed on its bottom.
You can also pick between many different choices for your premium cable that comes with the A12t. Do you want black or white? 48“ or 64“?
64 has definitely understood that this is a very personal product and therefore needs to be designed for each and every user individually!
All these choices will have affect the final price of course, so it will vary between 1999$ and 2199$
My sample has clear acrylic shells with brushed aluminium face plates. On the right side you will find the white printing “A12t”, while on left it shows a white 64 Audio logo. I went with a white cable, simply because I already got the black one with the A18t last time.
I find designing a CIEM one of the hardest parts. You want it to look great and to reflect the status of the monitor. At least I do. So when I stumbled across this very design on 64 Audio’s Facebook, I liked it so much that I just had to copy it.
64 Audio provides one of the most back to basics packagings out there. There is no overdesigned or excentric outer housing that holds the CIEMs. They have chosen to use a just big enough cartboard box that holds the personalized plastic carrying box in which you can find your new monitors, each ear piece is neatly separated from the other.
To both pieces attached is 64 Audio’s premium cable that ships with all their higher tier units, this cable alone has a market-value of 129$. It’s terminated to a 3.5mm right angled stereo plug. This cable is tidyly twisted around the cable-holder on the bottom of the carrying box. The cable is made of silver plated copper, and as far as I know the only difference to stock is that you can pick your termination for the premium.
There is also a memory wire on each side of the cable. Many people, me included, aren’t the biggest fan of that. You will also find a dehumidifier cap, a shirt-clip and a cleaning tool. All A/U12t units will also come with both their APEX modules supplied – the M20 pre-installed and the M15 neatly stored in the case.
All in all packaging is very basic, nothing really outstandingly shocking. The personalized case and the premium cable are a nice touch though, so is the extra M15 module.
The modules do their fair share of sound-alteration. We will go over this one in the Sound section of the review.
Now when it comes to expensive gear like this, we all expect a certain standard of build and craftsmanship quality that goes with it. 64 Audio does not go cheap on anything. The CIEM itself is made in perfect shape, with nothing that would raise my attention and demand a refit. There’s not a single sharp corner on the shells. The face plate is perfectly finished without any signs of glue, neither on the part that attaches to the shell nor near the 2-pin socket.
The A18t was already perfectly built and extremely comfortable. Since 64 Audio used the very same impressions for printing the A12t, it is exactly the same size and form. Together with its 18 BA sibling, it is the most comfortable CIEM in my possession. It fits like a glove and there is no pressure point to be felt anywhere.
Isolation depends of course on the module you have put in, the M20 module takes down ambient noise by 20dB and the M15 module, you guessed it, 15 decibels. This is lower than what most other custom monitors offer, as they usually go to -26dB. But to be honest, the difference isn’t that big and when you’re listening to music you don’t notice at all.
The 2-pin sockets are flushed, so you will be able to roll any cable on the A12t that you desire. We will take a look at how a few of them alter the sound of the A12t later.
As far as I know, all Tia-incorporated models of 64 feature a single bore design, where the TIA high driver sits in the nozzle, which also acts as a sound-chamber. If you look at the top of the nozzle at the right angle and light you can see the TIA driver. The drivers are protected by an aluminium mesh that prevents any debris or ear-wax to fall in.
Page three is all about sound!