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Old 10-30-2010, 01:21 PM
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Default I have... weird ears! Help me! (earphone fitting problems)

I have weird ears.

So yeah.

Every time I buy a new pair of earphones, I have serious fitting problems with them no matter what kind they are.

The default medium silicone tips on almost everything never seem to seal properly, which makes the small tips a total non-starter. No seal, no bass. The large silicone tips seal great... (maybe too well, as bass seems to be inflated with them) but they seriously hurt to wear.

Non-standard tips I have just as much problem with. Silicone bi-flanges typically don't seal well at all unless I shove them in so far they hurt, and then only the left ear seals worth a damn.

Foams I have better luck with, but still... the problem persists. Large Complys are too fat and hurt. Medium Complys will seal, but getting the seal is quite an ordeal.

The only earphones I've ever had no problems with seals were Etymotic brands (ER-6i, ER-4P and hf5 all had no sealing problems) using medium Shure black foams, and I think it's because Etys seat very deeply.

My shiny new-to-me Galaxy S needed a decent headset, and Amazon had the Ultimate Ears super.fi 5vi for sale ($65!!!). I snapped them up, and while I quite like the sound of them (very similar to hf5, but more balanced) the seal and isolation is a problem.

Seal is hard to maintain with medium Comply foams. I have to keep fiddling with them all the time. Sudden movement or a yawn can break the seal. Isolation is really, really terrible--way worse than Etys with Shure olives.

So I wonder, WTF am I supposed to do?

Earphone makers seriously need to make a size between medium and large.
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