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Recommended tips for DBA-02

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 

I find the stock tips reasonably comfortably, but I was wondering if there were better after-market options in terms of comfort and better sound?  FYI- I use the small tips at the moment.  Thanks.

post #2 of 34

I hear that Klipsch gels work well with DBA-02 but I can't tell you from personal experience...alas.

post #3 of 34

I personally found the small triple flange tips from Etymotic to work the best. That's just me though... I do have a pair of ear that seems to embrace these triple flanges a little too well.

post #4 of 34

I have the Klipsch oval shaped double flanges. They are very good for me. I have no idea where to get them cheaply. From Klipsch, they are expensive. It looks like you order 4 pairs of one size for $14, but if you don't know what size is good for you, you are guessing. I use the large bi flanges.

 

http://www.klipsch.com/na-en/products/exclusive-oval-ear-tips-overview/

post #5 of 34

I prefer Shure grey "soft flex" silicone tips (same size as the best fitting OEM tip) for best sound, comfort (I've used them for 4-6 hours at a stretch), and they're much more secure on the nozzles than OEM tips. According to the Sensaphonics seal test, I'm getting a good seal with equal volume in bass (50 Hz) and mids (500 MHz).

 

Many like triflange, either as-is or modded by cutting off the smallest flange. Those didn't work for me, but I've got 5 pair of the Shure biflange available FS. These seem to be identical to modded Ety triflanges, except the nozzle tube is much longer, so that it can be trimmed to the best length for the nozzle and your ear. One pair have already had the tube shortened by 1/8". I also have a single pair of the Ety tri-modded-to-biflange FS. PM me if you're interested.

post #6 of 34

I'm using some Comply TX-100 (small) tips at the moment and they are perfect for me biggrin.gif

post #7 of 34
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies.  I know I definitely prefer smaller sized tips, and the triple flange tips that came with the DBA's don't stay in.  I guess I could try cut off a piece too.  The Comply TX-100 sound interesting since they are made of memory foam.  BTW--are all of you using these tips with your DBA?

post #8 of 34

Did you wet your tri flanges a bit first before putting them in? .....l had problems until l did that ( still prefer foam tips atm ) :)

post #9 of 34
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kesa32 View Post

Did you wet your tri flanges a bit first before putting them in? .....l had problems until l did that ( still prefer foam tips atm ) :)


didn't know i need to do that.  i guess i'll give it a try.  thanks for the tip!

post #10 of 34
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Originally Posted by Painful Chafe View Post

I have the Klipsch oval shaped double flanges. They are very good for me. I have no idea where to get them cheaply. From Klipsch, they are expensive. It looks like you order 4 pairs of one size for $14, but if you don't know what size is good for you, you are guessing. I use the large bi flanges.

 

http://www.klipsch.com/na-en/products/exclusive-oval-ear-tips-overview/


Yep I use the smallest klipsch double flanges for a very deep insertion.

post #11 of 34

I have a question about the triple flanges as well. I get by far the best sound with them(great bass, no sibilance, good soundstage, fantastic isolation). The problem is that they don't stay on the stem too well and too often I'd pull out the headphone without the tip. Does the Ety triples stay on better? If so where can I buy them? Thanks!

post #12 of 34

Ety triples can be purchased from Ear Plug Superstore.

 

I found that the Ety stem was so short that the tip had to be pushed far down the nozzle to stay in place. An alternative that might work is the Shure tips, which have a very long stem that is meant to be trimmed to fit your IEM nozzle.

 

I have five pair of the Shure double flange version (same as Ety tri's with the small flange cut off) that I'm not using and would be happy to sell. One pair has had the stem trimmed in length, others are unused.

post #13 of 34

I don't find anything wrong with pushing the Ety's triple flange tips to the base. In fact, they are quite comfortable (to me that is) in that manner.

post #14 of 34
Can't believe anyone can stand using the stock tips; they are like the worst stock tips I have even seen. Ety triple flanges massively improve the sound quality and isolation of the DBA-02 and gets my vote.
post #15 of 34

The small stock tips provide me with the best sound and they are fabulously comfortable and so easy to get a proper fit. Just stick them in my ears and push them in, no effort required. The triflanges also sound as good but are a lot lless comfortable and when I pull the earphones out the tips are left stuck in my ears. I've tried the Comply TX-100 and they sound pretty good too- the sound has a slight bit more texture to it, and isolation is superb, but the soundstage and airiness are sacrificed. And they lose their elasticity fast in the tropical weather over here. And you have to squeeze them yucky things before you insert them. And you need to wait a few seconds for them to expand. And you probably need to replace them once every month or two. Are all foamies like this? No thanks. 

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