Custom Build Choices (Personalization)
When it comes to designing your own custom in ear monitor many companies offer tools to visualize your design. Some companies do a better job at it than others. JH Audio does the best job of all! When you start designing your custom Layla you are facing a 3D picture of your soon to be CIEMs which you can rotate around all axis, so you always know how it will turn out to be. You can even zoom in and out to take a closer look!
You are left with a huge amount of choices of colours for your shell and faceplate. You can pick between solid or transparent colours, add some glitter to it or go the “Designer” route which gives you the opportunity of different materials for the shell and faceplate. Including carbon fibre (also in different colour combinations), real wood, metal, rhinestones, perloid or even printed textures.
If that weren’t enough, JH Audio also offers “Signature Designs” with very interesting offers. Luthier for example is a full wood CIEM with titanium faceplate.
All of these choices effect the final costs of Layla, making it vary between 2725$ and 3725$.
My unit was designed by Jerry’s in house design team. It was a complete surprise design to me, as all decisions about it were in the hands of his lead designer. It features a pink swirl design with aluminium face plates that show cut out parts for the Flygirl and the Layla wording. Especially the left earpiece, that features the Layla wording, makes me think about surfing, as the cut out aluminium resembles waves.
In my opinion the design itself looks really good, but I would’ve been more happy with a midnight blue or dark red colour instead of pink. But that’s just my personal preference.
When it comes to packaging and included accessories JH Audio went with a very simple yet also outstanding selection of goods. Included with your new set of custom Layla’s is of course a cable. I requested a 2.5mm balanced cable for my pair of Layla’s, because I wanted to use them with the balanced output of my DAP and because I already had the 3.5 Millimetre stereo jack from Lola. This cable has eight conductors and the bass attenuator can be found a little after the jack. You can alter the bass response curve with a supplied mini screwdriver for each channel by turning the positions either clock-wise (higher dB count) or counter-clock-wise (lowering dBs). The earhooks are set with a memory wire, which I am not the biggest fan of, but since I don’t wear glasses they don’t cause me any discomfort. I simply prefer the heat shrink only or non-heat shrink (like plusSound cables) versions. Also included is a wax tool to remove earwax and other debris from your precious monitors and a pair of Comply wraps. I recommend to clean your set of customs every day.
Jerry Harvey to me is the king of cases. I was already impressed by Lola’s Zippo metal case that could possibly withstand to be run over by a car, but the carbon fibre case supplied with Layla is something very different again. Top and bottom part of the case are held together by very robust aluminium. On top you will see the Jerry Harvey Audio logo with the typical flygirl. On bottom you will see the wording Layla, very prominently placed. On front of the case your name will be engraved to customize your case only to you.
All this comes in a sturdy cardboard box which also holds an instructions manual for fitting the custom IEMs.
Layla is, next to Lola, the biggest custom in ear monitor in my inventory. The size however doesn’t matter when you have them in your ears as they simply disappear. Each piece is hand crafted to fit your ear anatomy. The people at Jerry Harvey Audio certainly understand their trade. Layla is perfectly made, with absolutely no signs of blemishes anywhere. There is no bubble or smear on both sides, the face plates seamlessly fit the body. I couldn’t detect any residue of glue near the face plate or the 4-pin connector.
Since it is a custom built monitor you will not run into problems about fit or comfort. It is shaped like your inner ear and ear canals. What I especially like about customs is the wonderful isolation they offer. The lowered noise floor gives me the possibility to enjoy my music a bit more quiet, even on daily commute. If you should however run into fit-issues, the supplied Comply wraps can help you get the desired fit. I did not have to use them, as my pair perfectly fit my canals.
All in all build quality is top notch and doesn’t leave me desiring anything.
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