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Removing And Inserting Shure Olives

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I love the Shure olive tips for their comfort and sq, but honestly, they're a pain in the @$$ to insert and remove completely. Is there a special technique to this or something?


Edited by csokane - 8/6/10 at 11:02pm
post #2 of 10

Squeeze the foam down and insert it to the ear canal, wait for it to expend. When remove from ear canal, try open your mouth at the same time.


Edited by ClieOS - 8/7/10 at 9:55am
post #3 of 10

I cut a little bit of the edges off with some scissors. I like the large olives, but taking them out was painful until I performed this quick and easy mod (too friggin' huge for me). They still grip my canals a little better than the mediums, can be inserted a little deeper than before and slide out a lot easier. Good luck.

post #4 of 10

I've got some olive's on westone 2's.  Can't seem to get any kind of seal with these.  Am I doing something wrong?

 

post #5 of 10
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Also how do I remove these from the nozzle of my iem w/o tearing the olives or breaking the nozzle? They are on there so tight.

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by csokane View Post

Also how do I remove these from the nozzle of my iem w/o tearing the olives or breaking the nozzle? They are on there so tight.


Yes, they are tight on a nozzle. I removed them from DBA's by pulling up with a fingernail (or two) under the olive core and working around the nozzle VERY SLOWLY. I was careful to hold the DBA housing and nozzle so that I wasn't applying a bending load to the nozzle nor pulling the nozzle out of the housing. It took me a minute or more per side to get them off.

 

Its pretty hard to do a tip comparison with these. By the time they're off and something else is on, my audio memory has lost the subtleties of the music that I was trying to compare.

post #7 of 10

I just grip the heck out of them and twist off. Doesn't seem to do anything to them unless I just worked out and they are sweaty. Then I'm sort of hosed. I just let them dry, but I'm sure dfrost's method would work well at this point.

 

dfrost: Listen to them for a while (a day, maybe a week) and then switch. After you get used to one set of tips the immediate switch to another pair will be more dramatic-differences much more apparent. That, or at least listen to a playlist/album and then relisten with the different tips and see if anything stands out. I'll do this until something catches my ears and then direct a/b to see if I'm going crazy, but usually if you let the sound signature really get ingrained into your brain you won't need to a/b at all. I was a/b'ing the iBasso D10 and Leckerton Audio UHA-6S when I had the two in my hand for the first time and could barely hear any difference. I used the D10 for a week, then gave the UHA-6S a listen and bam! The UHA-6S made my jaw drop with layered bass, smoother mids/treble and better micro-details/texture. The difference was not subtle... My 2 cents.

post #8 of 10

I found the olives hard to remove from the nozzle the first time I tried removing them, but after that they were really easy

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by csokane View Post

Also how do I remove these from the nozzle of my iem w/o tearing the olives or breaking the nozzle? They are on there so tight.


yeah this is a pain in the behind, just like you said.  Such a pain that after I had sent mine in for repair and they sent me back a new pair with the tips fully on, I never took them off.  I knew I'd never be able to get a pair on that well again :P

post #10 of 10

I used to use olives on my ER6i and some other earphones. You can just twist them off can't you if you can't just pull them out.

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