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Along with your iPhone, your earbuds are probably the one thing you always have on your person. The trouble is, most earbuds don’t really sound that great. But as we found out, even mediocre earbuds can sound a lot better with a better seal in your ear.
Comply offers a full range of replacement earbud tips designed to fit earbuds from more than 100 different makers. We tested the Comfort Plus model, which features a rounded ear tip, and a Wax-Guard screen, which keeps your ear funk from accumulating inside your earbud.
Installing the ear tips was easy enough. After pulling off the stock rubber tips from our favorite earbuds, we slid the Comfort Plus tips in place. Comply tips are made from a soft, squishy foam designed to expand in your ear canal and offer a superior seal from outside noise. To place them in your ears, you have to compress the tip, and then insert the earbud into your ear. It helps to hold the earbud in place for a few seconds while the foam expands to seal it in place. It takes a little bit longer than just jamming in your earbuds with the regular tips, but the end result is well worth the minimal effort.
If your earbuds often fall out, the Comply tips may be a good alternative. They’re available in three sizes, and the expanding foam offers just the right amount of grip to keep them firmly in place. Comply sells tips in 3-packs of small, medium, and large, or three pairs of a single size if you already know what size you need. In our experience, if your earbuds came with multiple sizes, choose the same (relative) size that you’re already using.
So how do they sound? Thanks to the tighter seal in your ear canal, and better isolation from ambient noise, we found that the Comfort Plus tips improved the sound quality of a wide range of earbuds, including both low-end models from Monoprice.com and high-end earbuds from FutureSonics and Bowers & Wilkins. Bass response was improved, while mids and highs were clearer thanks to less interference from outside noise. Aside from the improved sound, the soft foam of Comply’s tips is extremely comfortable. We were able to wear earbuds equipped with a set of Comfort Plus tips for almost an entire workday, without any discomfort. Even better, the earbuds stayed in place, so we weren’t constantly shoving them back in our ears, as is usually the case with stock rubber tips. The only real drawback is the slightly tacky surface, which attracts dust, pocket lint, and, yes, earwax.
The bottom line. For a modest investment, Comply’s foam ear tips will improve the sound and fit of your existing earbuds. That’s music to our ears.
Improved sound. Better isolation. Comfortable fit. Wax-Guard screen keeps your earbuds clean.
Lightly tacky foam can collect lint and pocket debris.