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OUCH! I need better tips for my Ety MC5s!

post #1 of 22
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Okay so I exchanged my Klipsch Image S4s yesterday for Etymotic MC5s. The S4s had a weird angle that rubbed my ear the wrong way, so after about five hours (before my workday ends) it starts to hurt my ears.

 

However, the Etyomtic MC5s are even worse! The triflanges are too small, and the glider tips and foam tips really hurt my ears. I like the sound a lot more than the Klipsch S4s, but I need to find more comfortable tips. Does anyone have any recommendations? I noticed my local J&R brick and mortar store had Shure foam tips. Are those a good idea? Does anyone else have any suggestions? Please help! I like these IEMs, but can barely wear them for more than 2.5 hours!

 

post #2 of 22

small shure olives

post #3 of 22

which triflanges are you referring to as 'too small?' Are you talking about the clear small ones, or the larger ones? Personally, I find the tri-flanges MUCH more comfortable if you pull up & out on the outer part of your ear when inserting them. If you try to insert them w/o a straightened ear-canal, they hurt like hell. 

post #4 of 22

I have tried many IEM tips and found the Shure olives the most comfortable of any. 

post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by mark2410 View Post

small shure olives



Olives? Can you link me to what I should be looking at?

post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by jleewach View Post

which triflanges are you referring to as 'too small?' Are you talking about the clear small ones, or the larger ones? Personally, I find the tri-flanges MUCH more comfortable if you pull up & out on the outer part of your ear when inserting them. If you try to insert them w/o a straightened ear-canal, they hurt like hell. 

I don't know if it's true of all of them, but my MC5s shipped with the smaller (frosted) triflanges installed, and they're also too small for me even though I don't think I have particularly large ear canals. The larger triflanges work very well for me, but you have to both moisten them and use the pulling-up-on-the-ear trick to get a good seal and comfortable fit.

 

As well as the Shure olives I've seen- ironically given the original post- Klipsch oval gels recommended.
 

post #7 of 22

Did you try the mineral oil treatment?  Just take a dab of mineral oil and coat the flanges, then stick them in.  I found this worked well with the small blue ones.  I too couldn't stand the triflanges.

 

Otherwise, I wear comply tips on my Ety4s.  Shure Olives work too, but are a bit big for my narrow ear canals

post #8 of 22

shure yellow foam tips are also a good choice. much more comfortable than the ety grey foams.

post #9 of 22

Has anyone tried complys for this? I believe the T-100's or TX 100's fit, and I'm wondering if it's worth the 20 bucks, because I, like many

get an iffy and fairly uncomfortable seal with the supplied tips.

post #10 of 22

I like the shure grey soft flex sleeves with the hf5s - also the klipsch gel tips work well too

post #11 of 22
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Olives? Can you link me to what I should be looking at?



http://www.shure.co.uk/products/accessories/eabkf1-10

post #12 of 22
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Has anyone tried complys for this? I believe the T-100's or TX 100's fit, and I'm wondering if it's worth the 20 bucks, because I, like many

get an iffy and fairly uncomfortable seal with the supplied tips.


Complys are very comfortable with etys. I like using the large sized ones with the er4. I would save some cash and just get the t-100s and not the tx-100 b/c the ety already come with replaceable wax filters and the wax gaurd on the tx-100s is kinda redundant for the extra $5 a pack you pay.

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Thread Starter 
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Cool, that's what I thought you meant, but I wasn't sure.
 

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Originally Posted by mglak51jk View Post

Has anyone tried complys for this? I believe the T-100's or TX 100's fit, and I'm wondering if it's worth the 20 bucks, because I, like many

get an iffy and fairly uncomfortable seal with the supplied tips.


Comply tips? Can you link me?

post #14 of 22

 

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Comply tips? Can you link me?

 

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=comply+tips

 

post #15 of 22

I just received a pack of Monster Supertips yesterday, and I can say that both the foam and silicone tips (with the included nozzle adapter) sound brilliant on the MC5's. They fill in a lot of the warmth and tone down what I found was their relative harshness. The silicones are more bassy and suppress the harshness a bit more. Plus, there's a big improvement in comfort over the tri-flanges. 


Edited by a_recording - 11/8/10 at 1:54pm
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