Your tiny, soft and clean earbud tips (ear cushions) sometimes get lost, broken or worn out. It is annoying if just one eartip is lost, and you probably hate the feeling that you can only listen to music from just one buds. To improve the noise-isolation and comfort, using replacement ones that are better off having more comfortable fit and reducing sound leakage is a must. There are a lot of earbud tips out there for you to choose from, which of course brings about the better music experience and the true sound that audio designers wanted you to hear.
Most importantly when looking around to find the replacemenst is to check whether earbud tips are compatible with your earbuds. Actually they are about the length and inner diameter of ear tips. But I rarely see this information, they just mention the models of earbuds compatible with.
Before going into the compatibility matter, you would look for the material. Foam, Comply or pure silicon material is all comfortable. One has advantages over the other, but pick one your prefer. Silicon tips, as far I’ve known, they can last for years, seem to be durable than foam and Comply. If possible you try all of them to know exactly the size and the material that is best suited.
Earbud tips made from foam, which is reported by many users about the super comfort. Here’s are our recommendations
The comply brand seriously take the comfort and noise-isolating of wearing earbuds into consideration when designing their products.
What you would get in exchange $13.95 ?
Comfort: Super soft earbud tips (softer than most silicon earbuds)
Deliver maximum noise-isolating functions.
Tightly stick to your ears: staying in place with comfort.
Don’t worry, as your sweat or dust will not be absorbed.
You may expect some of these:
Durability: the color of ear tips will be faded and turned darker, wear out over time, less durable than silicon.
The noise-isolating is not good as expected.
The Comply is not washable (thanks Jimmy’s comment)
Expensive and not durable as silicon tips (You can purchase a standard earbuds with the same money)
Silicon earbud tips
(compatibility: MDR-EX33LP, MDR-EX34SC, MDR-EX35B, MDR-EX36V, MDR-EX56LP, MDR-EX76, MDR-EX300, MDR-EX500LP, MDR-EX700LP, MDR-XB20EX, MDR-XB40EX, DR-BT160AS, DR-BT160iK, DR-BT100CX )
The earbud tip material is silicon.
There are 4 pairs from smallest, you will find the ones giving perfect fit and great comfort to your ears, so the sound quality is improved.
Earbud tips deliver a very good seal from ambient noise.
It is even suitable for those who have sensitive ears
It may not be as comfortable as foam earbud tips.
3. Custom Ear Tips
As we all know, people’s ears are like fingerprints. Universal fit earbuds won’t give the perfect fit to your ear, but Blue Custom Molded eartips were exactly made for your ears and you will make it yourself. Melt them out at high temperature. Let them cool down for a while, you can transform them into any shape you like. Then they become flexible earbud tips like silicon.
Blue Custom Molded Earbuds Adapters BZ200 offers the solution for “perfect fitting” matter. The custom earbud tips will be made by yourself at home within 6 minutes. They come with variety of color such as red, green, blue, black and more. Be sure they are compatible with your in-ear headphones. Check out how it works in my post about “How to turn your earbuds in to sport gears“.
4. Bluecell Replacement Earbud Tips
The Bluecell works with most earbuds on the market. Note that the design of Bluecell is quite unsual, I would not say’em strange. This soft memory foam will maximize the noise-isolating performance, and better fitting means to improve the music listening experience. The bluecell tips are also reasonably comfortable.
5. Bose Replacement Earbud Tips
Unfortunately, they can only work with bose IE2. Bose StayHear comes with 3 sizes: L, M, S. With the “wing” design, they stay well in position contour to the ear structure. Finally, the most beneficial thing you could get is Bose StayHear solved problems – earbud dropping out while exercising.
The Comply TSX-100 is , really, really soft. They offer the gentle seal, and music experience is significantly improved due to the extremely good noise-isolating from the material and ergonomic design. It has been the most comfortable earbud tips so far. The downside is that Comply TSX 100 fairly expensive.
Personally, the Blue Custom Molded Earbuds Adapters BZ200 attract me the most since they give the best experience of perfect fit.
If you’ve already had earplugs, why not to DIY soft eartips following this instruction
How to choose the best replacement earbud tips?
Compatibility: This is the most important one before you go further to other selections.
Size: Pick up the correct earbud tips. Certainly, you will get a perfect seal from them, in turn, long term comfort and better sound quality are obtained. If you wear earbud tips that are larger, they will cause discomfort and fall out more often. On the other hand, the smaller ear tips leads to less bass than usual since the sound leakage and weak noise-reduction function. As you know, for the first time inserting the alient object (earbud tips) takes time to get used
Comfort: You probably read a lot about “ergomonic design” but what exactly it is? And what will really make you feel comfortable while wearing earbuds?
There are number of factors can affect the comfort, which includes: design, softness, deep or shallow insertion, weight of earbuds and material. The most comfortable earbuds are determined by these factors. We will discuss one by one.
Most replacement earbud tips I recommend in my post give shallow insertion-less invasive, except 3M Peltor Skull Screw Replacement earbud tips. It will be inserted deeper into ear canal, providing better noise-insolating but less comfortable than other. Bose StayHear, on the other hand, is worn the least shallow into ear cannal, so Bose earbuds is deemed to be more comfortable. Though this type of ear tips are not very good at noise isolating. Bose QC 20 is the most comfortable ACN earbuds on the market.
The ear tips, parts of your earbuds are most likely to damage and get dirty, so you should keep them clean to prevent ear infection.
There are 3 or 5 pairs of earbuds tips you get together with your earbuds. Only one pair of them is optimized to fit to your ears. That means they can give the best noise-isolation and stick pretty well to your ears, so you can get better sound as well bass response. You also don’t have to turn music too loud for more excitement, which potentially impair hearing.
Sometimes, you put you earbuds in your pocket, bag or while you hanging around you neck, the ear tips may be separated from earbuds, drop somewhere and the chance increases that you may lose them. How often do you look for replacement earbud tips and which one do you prefer? Leave a comment below
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Updated on 07/18/2015