Lately I've been wondering what the general effects are of using different kinds of tips on my IEM's. I've done a little bit of experimentation with single flanges vs. bi-flanges, and the impressions I've garnered so far are:
- bi-flanges: increased treble, decreased bass, slightly lower volume
- single flanges: decreased treble, increased bass, higher volume
The odd thing is that I seem to get more isolation, generally, with single flanges than with bi-flanges. (And yes, that's even true when I seem to have a proper seal. That's not how it should be, is it? What are the general acoustic differences between these, in peoples' experience?
I also have been wondering about these foam tips that I've received with both my Soundmagic and Xears purchases. I haven't tried them, figuring they're just foam and I'd have to throw them in out 2 weeks anyways, but then I read something about "foam hybrid"? Are these durable enough to use for an extended time? And what about their acoustic properties, generally? What do these foam tips do to the sound, in others' experience?
Assuming we could establish a consensus for this sort of thing, I would consider it maybe worth adding to a wiki somewhere for IEM's.
And just for curiosity's sake, I'm adding a poll to see what kinds of tips most people use with their IEM's. Feel free to add your vote!
Edited by caimanjosh - 3/24/11 at 8:16am