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Replacement ear buds/tips

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by SexyGreyFox, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Mar 29, 2003

    Posts: 48,280

    After a couple of months of swearing every minute while riding my bike to work and back because my buds/tips keep coming out, and after trying at least 20 pairs of silicons tips I've had from other in-ears I did a bit of homework and realised I needed foam tips/buds and especially Comply.
    I bought some of their Comply T500 Sports at £15 for 2 pairs and they matched expectations - https://www.complyfoam.com/products/s-500/
    Not only they did stay solid in my ears (you squash them first, put in your ear and they expand out) but the bass also became richer.
    At the same time I decided to buy some cheap foam tips off Amazon at £5.99 for 6 pairs and tried them today - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0719H728R/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Let's just say that I can't hear/feel the difference between the dear Comply and the cheap ones!
    I suppose time will tell how long they last but it will be a long time before I'll have an answer.

    So any ideas of other tips I should test?
     
  2. neil_g

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 9, 2007

    Posts: 9,759

    Location: South Hampshire

    Can't vouch for the cheap alternatives but I'll never go back to silicon tips after having comply foams.
     
  3. dholdi

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 21, 2010

    Posts: 1,096

    Location: Preston

    +1, and the cheap alternatives aren't that much cheaper to make me want to.
     
  4. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Mar 29, 2003

    Posts: 48,280

    Consider those I've linked to, I'm using them instead of the Comply - 6 pairs for £6 compared to 2 pairs of Comply for £15 (unless you know cheaper).
     
  5. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Mar 29, 2003

    Posts: 48,280

    Two months on after my extensive testing and the Comply tips walk all over the cheapies.
    I can't get my head around the fact they sound twice as loud and a much richer bass end.
     
  6. ShortWarning

    Mobster

    Joined: May 10, 2004

    Posts: 4,093

    Location: Middlesex

    I need some new buds and I was looking at foam ones but am I right in understanding they're only designed to last for a few months?
     
  7. neil_g

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 9, 2007

    Posts: 9,759

    Location: South Hampshire

    I find they do start to split after a while due to the whole repeated squashing and expanding motion when fitting. I'd say I use 3 sets a year? A set of 3 costing around £17.
     
  8. Fubsy

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 12, 2003

    Posts: 8,506

    Location: Thatcham

    I've been using Comply tips for years, however I recently got some Fender IEMs and they came with some silicone tips that are kind of "sticky" so they form an incredible seal that almost pulls out the inside of my ear canals when I take them out. Think they are called "perfect fit" tips.