I’ve now been ABing the Comply Ts-500 tips and the stock tips of my Sennheiser CX300, which seem to be identical to the Fitear black medium stock tips, but are slightly softer and for some reason give me a slightly better fit (material?/not exactly the same shape after all?/imagination?). The Sennheiser CX300 tips also have a bore diameter of 6.0 mm (outlet side) instead of the 5.5 mm diameter of the stock tips. Anyway, basically I consider them identical.
Listening to Dire Straits’ “Sultans of Swing”; with the Sennheiser and/or FitEar stock tips it feels like the musicians are bit farther away from me and a bit more spread out, plus the perceived bass response is tad less pronounced. Also, it feels like the midrange is more pronounced with the stock tips but could of course just be the result of the perceived lesser bass response. On the other hand the Comply Ts-500 tips give a more intimate experience that sounds a bit fuller, a bit “softer” and actually a bit more resolving (lots of “bit”s here, hard to avoid); very enjoyable indeed. Well, the differences are hardly “mind blowing” but definitely palpable. I really can’t say which tips I prefer. I guess it depends on my mood.
Again, a size XL Ortofon tip with a bore diameter of 5.5 mm would indeed be something I’d go for!
BTW, what a marvellous, godly good phone this is!!!
Edited by Aero Dynamik - 3/13/14 at 2:28pm