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Comply NR-10 Noise Isolating Earphones
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  • Comply NR-10 Noise Isolating Earphones
  • Comply NR-10 Noise Isolating Earphones


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We've long maintained that there is only one thing that 99 per cent of earphones bundled with MP3 players are good for; the bin. If I had a penny for every time I saw an iPod owner still using a pair of Apple earphones I'd have… well, a big bag of pennies that's for sure. Probably enough to hire a couple of heavies to go beat some sense into the offending parties.

To avoid looking like an 'audiot' - a term I've just invented to describe foolish audio player owners that use bundles earphones - you'll want to spend some cash on a decent set of phones. If I had my way, everyone would go out and buy a pair of Shure E500PTHs, but at some £230, that's probably a bit above most budgets. You could get a 16GB iPod touch for that money!

For most, the best compromise between price and audio quality is going to come from a set of single-driver earphones, such as the Sennheiser CX 95s or Shure SE210s available for around £53 and £65 respectively. If you’re a little more flush the Shure SE310s are definitely worth a punt, and sit in the £110 region. Oh yes, there's the £70-odd Philips SHE9850s, too.

"But Hugo," you ask, "I wish to spend £79.99 on a pair of noise isolating earphones, preferably with a decent set of foam tips because I hear those are good. Is there anything available that fits those specific criteria?" Funnily enough, there is just such an offering available and they come from a company called Comply (pronounced com-plea so far as we can gather). Called the NR-10 Noise Reduction Earphones, they will currently set you back exactly £79.99.

Probably the NR-10s biggest selling point is that they are, apparently, optimised to provide excellent noise reduction specifically when used with Comply's foam tips. It's not for nothing that Comply makes such a big deal of its tips; a fair few manufacturers have started bundling them with their own earphones, including Philips' SHE9850s, and they're pretty good.

The important question, then, is whether or not a bit of prowess for making earphone tips qualifies Comply to create the entire earphone package.

Hans Gruber

September 28, 2008, 2:37 pm

Got some Comply (as in fly not plea as in pea, I'm English don'tcha know) T100 slim fitting foam tips for my Shure E3c phones and in my experience, they are much more comfortable than the scratchy yellow lug blockers Shure provide, both for short periods but particularly for longer listening.

Not sure but I don't believe Shure offer their yellow foam tips in a range of sizes, as Comply do. My ears must be a little less usual as I can't use any of the silicon tips Shure supply as they won't stay in more than a minute before popping out. Only the foam tips stay in place but they really hurt (they're too big). So the Comply tips, with their extra squishy and smoother far less coarse material are much better in that regard. So, if you're ear canals are narrow they're worth getting.

Agree that they pick up dirt (and oily skin grease) along with any lint fibres far easier than the Shures so require more regular cleaning and better care. They seem to respond better to washing than the Shures though but don't appear to be as rugged, and that's probably got a lot to do with why they feel more comfortable since their material construction is kinder to the wearer at the cost of increased physical wear and tear. Not a panacea for those with sensitive lugholes. I prefer to wear a set of cans far more than the in ear type.

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