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Useful, effective, but also expensive
on 5 January 2012
I bought these to replace some uncomfortable silicone tips on my Klipsch in ear monitors. The Comply tips are much more comfortable and offer better isolation than the oval shaped and less malleable Klipsch silicones. Another benefit is that they don't transmit vibrations as noise: what I mean by this is that with the silicone tips if I listen while walking along then every footstep is accompanied by a thudding noise, but if I use the Comply foam tips my footsteps disappear and I am no longer forced to think of myself as a lead footed ogre.
Some reviewers have complained that on removing the foam tips from their ears the tips are covered in earwax. I'll just state the obvious and say that if your ears are reasonably clean then this won't be an issue. You can prolong the life of these tips by washing them in lukewarm water with soap. If you use hot water the foam loses its elasticity. Assuming you have reasonably clean ears and you sometimes wash the tips then you might expect a pack of three to last at least 6 months, perhaps longer. This seems pretty good until you think about the long term cost: if your in ear monitors last you 3 years and you use 6 packs of Comply tips then you will have spent perhaps an extra £80 or £90. This is a huge cost, and may even be a greater sum than the purchase price of your earphones. Consider that a well designed washable silicon tip is included in the price by a manufacturer such as Sennheiser and will be at least as comfortable and last several years (in my experience). This criticism is really aimed not at Comply, who make a good product, but at earphone manufacturers such as Klipsch, who make silicone tips so poorly designed and implemented that customers seek out alternatives.
So I have to say that these are a good product in themselves, but if you find yourself buying them it may be as an expensive and temporary remedy to a bad or incomplete product. The better solution, long term, is to buy earphones that are supplied with durable, comfortable, effective tips.