It’s always handy to have some spare ear tips as the ones supplied with headphones have a habit of getting lost. They fit quite tightly onto the earpiece and when worn, i found them to be extremely comfortable. I like to listen to audio books when i am out so need phones that will minimise outside sounds and these do a good job of it through the snug fit. As someone else pointed out, these are not cheap but you do get three pairs in the pack. They are specifically designed for a limited range of headphones, which are listed on the back of the box but not all of which are listed in the product description above. Interestingly though the list on the box is not exhaustive as i have tried them on sony ex10lp and creative ma200 phones and they fit perfectly. So any ‘in ear’ type phones with standard removable round rubber ear tips should be ok. I actually found these to be more comfortable on the earphones i tried them on than the original supplied rubber tips.
Snug and close fitting, but difficult to clean?. If you have any experience of memory foam mattresses, then the texture of the headphones will be no surprise to you. The headphone covers seem to have some kind of memory of the shape of the inside of your ears so that when you insert the headphones they are still shaped to the side and contours of your ears. The shape of the headphone covers is incredibly good and i have used then while running and the headphones have stayed in place. I also felt that the sound quality was a lot better and excessive noise was cancelled out. Once the headphone covers have adapted to your ears they are very snug indeed. The one question i have is whether or not the headphone covers are easy to clean. You do get 3 sets of covers in a pack so perhaps the idea is that the headphones do not last for very long and you replace them once they get dirty. I find that i need to replace my headphone covers quite often given that i lose them so this was not a big problem for me but others may wish to consider if they want the expense of covers that cannot be cleaned easily.
Really comfortable and good noise cancellation too. . Whilst fumbling around in my pockets on the tube, trying to pull the tangled ball of my earphones out of my pocket without elbowing awake the person next to me, one of my earbuds fell into a black hole never to be seen again. It wasn’t the first time it had happened either, although previously i’d always managed to find them again. My sennheiser cx300ii earphones are not the most expensive earphones in the world, but much better than the standard apple ones that you get, and to my mind worth investing in. These comply s-400 earbuds are a bit on the pricey side, but a) they’re really comfy) b) the snug fit acts as really good natural noise cancellation c) the snug fit means they stay in when i’m running, and d) you get three pairs which are all the right size for you – often you get three pairs but in a variety of unsuitable sizes. I found them really comfortable, especially when lying in bed listening to the radio, which i’m inclined to do when i can’t sleep. I found i could wear the earphones and rest the side of my head on the pillow and still be comfortable. I used the compatibility finder on the comply website to make sure they would fit my earphones. I had to wrestle these earbuds on to my earphones a bit, but on an extremely positive note they seem to stay on much better than the original earbuds supplied with the earphones, and they haven’t come off once.
I was seriously considering throwing away my sony in-ear headphones that i’ve had for the past 3-4 years, because they were getting so gunked up with wax (ewwww, i know) that despite my efforts to clean them, they were losing sound quality. Furthermore, i was finding it difficult to source appropriate, well-fitting rubber buds. They would never get a tight seal, or would always fall out, especially when i got sweaty out on a run (ewwwww again). However, these ‘memory foam’ buds from comply have completely restored my headphones, and actually improved the sound quality. First of all, they are comfortable to wear for long periods (they can feel a little rough at first) and maintain their position in your ear. This is because, when you put them in, you squeeze the air out of them, insert them, and they expand to fit your ear canal perfectly. They are amazing at cutting out external noise, meaning you can play your music at lower volumes – simultaneously protecting your hearing and avoiding annoying other people on the train. They also increase the clarity of the sound – bass is boomier, treble is clearer, and each instrument and harmony can be picked out. Obviously, this will largely depend on the quality of the earphones – mine were towards the top-end of sony’s range when purchased and are excellent.
Recommended with reservations. These certainly seem to do what they claim to do;they fit well,they provide effective noise isolation and,because they’re a tighter fit,they do improve the sound a little and i’ve found that they definitely stay in at times when other ear buds i’ved used would’ve been tugged out. Obviously,on occasion they will be pulled out,but they do feel reassuringly secure,although i haven’t tried anything too strenuous,just pottered about listening to the radio. I wouldn’t say they were massively comfortable,but they’re okay as good as any others i’ve tried. The biggest drawback is that they seem very expensive for what they are,but if the price doesn’t put you off i’d recommend these,although i’ve only compared them against the tips that come fitted with generic earbuds,which i imagine are a lot cheaper.
Reviews from purchasers :
- Hurray, no squelching!
- Excellent alternative to plastic buds
- Big improvement for cheap ‘phones
- Really comfortable and good Noise Cancellation too.
- Rather small and far from universal fitting
- Great product. Seriously improve the performance of cheaper headphones
Excellent replacement option. . Got these ear fitting plugs and noticed a couple of things straight away. Firstly they are made of memoryfoam or their equivalent. This is very good and is used in a variety of applications but the best way to fit these is to remove your old ear fitting and then attach these. To put them snugly in your ear simply roll them between finger and thumb and this will compress the foam, then slip them straight into your ear. Give them a few moments and they will then swell to their original size after being compressed and they will make an excellent and snug fit in your ear. Job done for some excellent acoustics. Of course you still need reasonable headphones to begin with but they will enhance bass sounds and help stop outside noise and they are comfortable. Make sure you get the right set for your headphones. and match the comply ‘s’ number to your headphones before you order. ]
I’m forever loosing the buds off my earphones, however these tips from comply fit very snugly on my sennhauser earphones – the foam they are made from is similar to the padding or filling you sometimes get in packaging. The are quite ‘crispy’ to the touch but fit well on both the earphones, and more importantly in your earthe back of the packaging lists 36 different brands (and far more models) that these tips will fit on – be aware you need the smaller 5mm or so speakers for these to work, they won’t work on any apple earphones (or any full size earphones) for example. In use, i didn’t really notice much in the way of the noise blocking feature, but i do tend to have my music quite loud. Where i did notice a difference was in the bass sounds – they were significantly deeper and sounded far better. There is no doubting the sound quality is improved and they do fit comfortably and hold to the earphones well, but they are expensive at £10 (at the time of review) for 3 pairs of buds. Good, but expensive – worth another star if half the price. For £10 you can buy a half decent pair of earphones with buds which puts the price into context in my humble opinion.