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Buying used IEM's - is it hygienic?

post #1 of 17
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Hey everyone,

 

I'm thinking of purchasing a pair of used IEM's on Craigslist, and was just curious about any hygienic issues that I should be concerned with when purchasing second-hand.

 

Aside from replacing the tips, is there anything else I should be worried about? Should I clean the insides of the IEMs, and is there any way to do so? Or am I pretty safe with just buying new tips?

 

I was hesitant at first to buy second-hand, but I noticed that lots of people seem to post their classified ads in the For Sale/Trade section, looking to sell or buy second-hand IEMs, so I presume this practice isn't totally uncommon. 

 

Debating if I should hold off and just buy brand new, or whether I should be safe with just getting new tips. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Edited by flexed - 3/28/13 at 4:01pm
post #2 of 17

My deep-inserting ER4P is a used set and I don't have any problem with infection or anything like that.

post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by GN-0015 View Post

My deep-inserting ER4P is a used set and I don't have any problem with infection or anything like that.

Did you clean it or buy new tips or do anything beforehand?

post #4 of 17
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Did you clean it or buy new tips or do anything beforehand?

I did grab a tissue and wiped the tips before using it for the first time. I'm sure that those tips were the stock ones. I didn't care much because I was so excited that I got it less than half price biggrin.gif

post #5 of 17

I have got a few second hand IEMs and they are all fine. You should wash the tips or use new ones and make sure that you clean the IEMs properly. Do not use used comply tips. 

post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys, very helpful. How should I wash the tips? They're the silicone ones. And how would I clean the IEMs properly?

post #7 of 17

You can wash them by just soaking and rubbing them in soapy water. You can clean the IEMs by using the small cleaning tool and by wiping them down with a wet cloth. 

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by lin0003 View Post

You can wash them by just soaking and rubbing them in soapy water. You can clean the IEMs by using the small cleaning tool and by wiping them down with a wet cloth. 

 

Thanks! I don't think my IEM comes with a cleaning tool so I'll see if I can buy one online as well.

post #9 of 17

just use a toothpick or something which is thin.

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by lin0003 View Post

just use a toothpick or something which is thin.

Thanks! Cheers :)

post #11 of 17

I could never buy IEMs used. ESPECIALLY anything like the Ety-Rapic. I mean those things are pretty much in your brain, gotta be clean!
 

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Audiophile_Apprentice View Post

I could never buy IEMs used. ESPECIALLY anything like the Ety-Rapic. I mean those things are pretty much in your brain, gotta be clean!
 

 

no problem there, just buy new tips and if you are that worried, get some alcohol wipes and wipe the IEM shell clean.

But I can understand the logic of not wanting to buy used IEMs

post #13 of 17
I never liked buying used IEM's. So I always buy new...
post #14 of 17
Used earphones - eew.
post #15 of 17

That's like saying you would NEVER have sex with any women that has already done it.  Think of the tip as like a condom.

 

Used IEM's are fine but I always prefer new because I treat my stuff like gold.

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