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Comply Ear Tips To Boost Any High End Earphones

Gordon Kelly


How to Boost Any High End Earphones

If you've been reading TrustedReviews for any great length of time you'll find it impossible to ignore our love for a high quality pair of earphones over that rubbish you invariably get in the box (yes Apple, we're looking at you). So for enlightened similarly minded lovers of any good quality earphone brand we think you'll find this rather interesting...

'Comply Foam' replacement ear tips are now hitting the UK through online reseller HiFi Headphones. The highly regarded make - which claims to be 30x softer than standard tips - is manufactured from breathable memory foam which is activated by body heat, becoming ultra soft to reduce irritation and fatigue. Furthermore, they expand to fill the ear canal completely locking out external noise and isolating audio playback. As an added bonus, they aren't going to fall out easily either.

So what brands can you buy Comply Foam ear tips for? You asked for it *deep breath* Apple, Audio-Technica, Altec Lansing, Centrios, Comply, Creative, Denon , Etymotic Research, FutureSonics, Goldring, Griffin, JBL, JVC, Koss, Panasonic, Philips, Race Quiet, Radio Shack, Sennheiser, Sharper Image, Shure, Skullcandy, Sleek Audio, Solitude, Sony, Trick Audio, new Logitech purchase Ultimate Ears, V-MODA, Westone and even Zune.

Available in packs of three or five pairs, Comply Foam Tips start at just £14.99. Head on over, you'll thank us later...


HiFi Headphones Comply Page

Andy Vandervell

August 14, 2008, 9:02 pm

FYI all, we're getting these in for review.


August 14, 2008, 9:16 pm

Well, you won't be getting them anytime soon: the ingenious company hasn't got any in stock: not even one of the 14 different types... sounds more like creating hype to check demand before actually building stock!

Andy Vandervell

August 14, 2008, 9:22 pm

I spoke to them this morning and they're expecting stock end of this week or beginning of next.

Chris Beach

August 14, 2008, 10:02 pm

are these the same as the ones that come with all the new Shures? My 420's seem to have the a very similar thing.

Shaun @ HiFi Headphones)

August 14, 2008, 11:22 pm

It is possible. We were not aware Comply foam eartips were supplied by Shure, but they are now supplied as standard with the Goldring GX200 and higher end Ultimate Ears (Triple.fi 10).

We have confirmation that new stock is arriving from the USA tomorrow.

Hans Gruber

August 15, 2008, 12:00 am

You can buy them direct from Comply here: http://www.complyfoam.com though they're US based but do send to UK and elsewhere (which is nice). Much cheaper too, even with the $7.00 shipping fee. Let's see what the taxman charges once they hit out shores though (another 17.5% for starters though hopefully no more unless ParcelFo/a/rce are involved).

Luan Bach

August 15, 2008, 3:17 am

If it's less than &#16318 (or is it &#16325?) there should be no tax.


August 15, 2008, 5:18 am

Would be v careful about import charges. I was once charged &#16335 to collect a &#1635 phone charger I had shipped (not knowingly) from the USA (it had a UK plug). In the end I decided to buy the charger elsewhere and left the item in the post office unpaid.


August 15, 2008, 5:34 am

for what it's worth; I'm pretty sure these are made of the same foam as the tips on the Philips SHE9850s I reviewed, If so, they're bloody marvelous! With I hadn't given them back!



August 15, 2008, 1:21 pm

I am using these on my Westone UM2s and they are fantastic. They were comfortable for the duration of a flight to New York.

Adam Rhodes

August 15, 2008, 1:58 pm

Interesting Gordon. At the other end of the scale (yes, more expensive) there is a different way to improving the sound of high end earphones. Advanced Communication Solutions create custom moulds of your ear and will fit these to any models of earphones you mentioned. The snuggly fitted moulds create massive noise isolation meaning the music does not have to be played at a high level also meaning you can hear every little nuance in the music. Take a look at hearingprotection.co.uk. Might be worth fitting the trustedreviews team??


August 15, 2008, 2:45 pm

advancedmp3players.co.uk stock a few of the Comply tips and do currently have stock.

Rich 42c5

August 15, 2008, 3:09 pm

i checked out the prices and suddenly i was interested no longer. that's obscene for a bit of foam


August 15, 2008, 5:55 pm

@sigfreud - I get your point, but surely the question is whether it will improve your audio experience and physical comfort day in day out over a long period of time and squeeze out more quality from a top notch pair of headphones.

After all, if I found I could boost the quality on a &#163100/&#163200/&#163300 set of earphones for &#16315 I'd bite their hand-off...

Hans Gruber

August 15, 2008, 9:43 pm

Yes, you're right Luan Bach, single consignment goods valued over &#16318 are charged VAT (&#16336 if it's a gift). HMRC: http://preview.tinyurl.com/3db...

There may be additional charges for items that incur excise, such as tobacco, perfumes or alcohol. And there's a whole class of so called 'common internet goods' that have their own separate duties charged as a percentage, like camera lenses at 6.7% for example. Hard to see how little pieces of foam should come in (but classed as a music accessory, perhaps MP3 player or CD player? {both charged at 2% regardless}). http://preview.tinyurl.com/hov...

Parcelforce's charges are where the fun really begins though. They levy a typical 'clearance' process fee of &#1638 for items which incur duty or tax, or &#16313.50 if it's either a high value item (&#83641000 or more) or if express delivered. Plus extras for holding items. http://preview.tinyurl.com/67e...

Comply use USPS (United States Postal Service) for domestic mail (and from past experience) this would likely mean its foreign cousin, the Royal Mail and in this case Parcelforce, would be responsible for delivery.


August 27, 2008, 2:30 pm

On the strength of this news story I bought a set from advancedmp3players.co.uk

Whilst they're comfortable and give a good seal (will be great to keep out the clatter of the Central line)I have a number of problems with them. Firstly, they're sort of like the squidgy ear plugs I buy from Boots but have a slightly sticky feel to them. This means they attract any old debris in the bottom of my bag, or in my pocket where I store them with my ipod. Yep, I'll have to be more careful.

They also seem to get filthy really quickly and after taking them out of my ears they're coated with assorted gunk and wax from in my ears. Perhaps this could be remedied by cleaning my ears more regularly(!) but living in London, what with traffic and tubes means they get dirty quickly. Not sure if I can wash them (the foam plugs i mean) but if not then they aren't going to last very long. Don't think I'd buy them again but these problems may not affect you.


October 16, 2008, 1:09 pm

I wonder if there is nothing special about them except they are just common earplugs. Has anyone tried to doing a bit of DIY with your earplugs? It probably has the same effect saving you ~&#16320.

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