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masse
Aug 26, 2009, 09:28 AM
Title says it all. I lost one of the tips, so came up with my own solution. I grabbed some soft ear plugs, cut the fat end off, poked a hole through the middle and shoved it on my earbud. Amazing results. Isolation is about twice as good as the rubber tips, and I had a pretty good fit in those. No problems with them falling out of my ears anymore either.

I didn't look for ear plugs that matched so they are a little goofy looking color-wise, but actually look quite professionally done. At work right now. Will post some pictures later if anyone is interested.



wpc33
Aug 26, 2009, 03:46 PM
I would love to see a pic! Good idea.

wywern209
Oct 26, 2010, 01:19 AM
I believe a company called comply makes these foam buds fora number of headphones. Check their site to see if they make some for the apple in-ears. Personally though, I think the etyomotic MC5 sounds the best for the price and also isolates the best. 35- 42 dB :)

SactoGuy18
Oct 26, 2010, 06:55 AM
I believe a company called comply makes these foam buds fora number of headphones. Check their site to see if they make some for the apple in-ears. Personally though, I think the etyomotic MC5 sounds the best for the price and also isolates the best. 35- 42 dB :)

I have the Etymotic mc3 (essentially an mc5 with iPhone/iPod inline controls) and there is one problem: you need to really crank up the volume to get decent sound out of these IEM's if directly connected to an iPod. That's why I got the iBasso T3 portable headphone amplifier with their CB07 iPod to 3.5 mm connector cable and the difference in sound quality is DRAMATIC--the headphone really "wakes up" and sounds really good now. http://www.en.kolobok.us/smiles/standart/good2.gif

wywern209
Oct 26, 2010, 09:03 PM
I have the Etymotic mc3 (essentially an mc5 with iPhone/iPod inline controls) and there is one problem: you need to really crank up the volume to get decent sound out of these IEM's if directly connected to an iPod. That's why I got the iBasso T3 portable headphone amplifier with their CB07 iPod to 3.5 mm connector cable and the difference in sound quality is DRAMATIC--the headphone really "wakes up" and sounds really good now. http://www.en.kolobok.us/smiles/standart/good2.gif
Yup, these things need a decent amount of juice but sound pretty decent without an amp but a simple DIY CMOY amp will do the same. And, in case nobody has told you this just yet, sorry for your wallet. :D

SactoGuy18
Oct 27, 2010, 07:10 AM
Yup, these things need a decent amount of juice but sound pretty decent without an amp but a simple DIY CMOY amp will do the same. And, in case nobody has told you this just yet, sorry for your wallet. :D

Actually not. The iBasso T3 portable amp plus the CB07 cable set me back only US$150, cheap by the standards for portable headphone amps. The really good ones from iBasso and Ray Samuels Audio can set you back WAY over US$300--not including the connector cable from the iPod to amp!

I tried the iPod plus T3 combination with my other in-ear monitors (IEM's) I own (the Klipsch Image S4i and the current Apple dual-driver IEM) and wow, the difference is dramatic: the bass is clearer, and the treble sounds really good now. http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/standart/good2.gif

Tix
Jun 16, 2011, 10:47 AM
yeah, the comply company makes some foam tips that are specifically for apple... they call it whoomp though. I have them for my apple in-ears. I like them a lot