Go Back   MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > iPod

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Aug 26, 2009, 10:28 AM   #1
masse
macrumors 6502a
 
masse's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: MA/GA
Foam tips vastly improve isolation in apple in-ears

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.
__________________
MBP 2.53ghz 4GB ram | 32GB 2G iPod Touch (lost ) |1.33ghz PB G4 15" (Broken )|iPod Shuffle 1GB
masse is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 26, 2009, 04:46 PM   #2
wpc33
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Vancouver, BC
I would love to see a pic! Good idea.
__________________
Mac Mini, 2.26GHz, 4GB, X25-M G2 80GB PowerMac G5, Dual 1.8GHz Powerbook G3 Pismo, 400MHz
wpc33 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 26, 2010, 02:19 AM   #3
wywern209
macrumors 65832
 
wywern209's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: do you rly want to know?
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
__________________
2.2 GHZ quad i7 15" MBP 2011
Specs:AMD Radeon 6750m, 8GB 1333Mhz RAM, HR Anti-Glare,500GB 7200rpm HDD.
wywern209 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 26, 2010, 07:55 AM   #4
SactoGuy18
macrumors 68020
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Sacramento, CA USA
Send a message via Yahoo to SactoGuy18
Quote:
Originally Posted by wywern209 View Post
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.
__________________
3G iPod nano (8 GB teal blue case), 7G iPod nano (16 GB blue case), 4G iPod touch (32 GB), iPad Air "Silver" (32 GB), iPhone 6 (64 GB Space Grey)
SactoGuy18 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 26, 2010, 10:03 PM   #5
wywern209
macrumors 65832
 
wywern209's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: do you rly want to know?
Quote:
Originally Posted by SactoGuy18 View Post
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.
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.
__________________
2.2 GHZ quad i7 15" MBP 2011
Specs:AMD Radeon 6750m, 8GB 1333Mhz RAM, HR Anti-Glare,500GB 7200rpm HDD.
wywern209 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 27, 2010, 08:10 AM   #6
SactoGuy18
macrumors 68020
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Sacramento, CA USA
Send a message via Yahoo to SactoGuy18
Quote:
Originally Posted by wywern209 View Post
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.
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.
__________________
3G iPod nano (8 GB teal blue case), 7G iPod nano (16 GB blue case), 4G iPod touch (32 GB), iPad Air "Silver" (32 GB), iPhone 6 (64 GB Space Grey)
SactoGuy18 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 16, 2011, 11:47 AM   #7
Tix
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
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
Tix is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > iPod

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Apple Earpods - Still suck, keep falling out of my ears... Risco iPhone Accessories 55 Dec 20, 2012 01:31 PM
Clients Isolation VS SSID Isolation MacMan988 Mac Peripherals 2 Oct 1, 2012 10:54 PM
Apple In-Ears dead - will Apple replace them under the iPhone 5's warranty? Poki iPhone Accessories 12 Sep 27, 2012 01:01 PM
How do I improve my battery life beyond the usual tips? petrucci666 Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks 11 Jul 7, 2012 10:24 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:13 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC