I don’t really do press releases on Inearspace, there’s enough other sites to do them and its just never been our game. I only want to talk about stuff I have got hands on with as that way I can tell you an experience and not just specs. With all this in mind this little article will be as close as I come to a press release and the product in mind is the SpinFit eartips, which have now finally been officially release with finalised product names and some packaging. While I haven’t seen the new fancy packaging I have been living with and using these eartips for the last few months and think they are worth talking about.
A Cheap Tweak
Now Jaben, the Asian headphone super store is the official worldwide distributor and they are willing to ship to you, wherever you may be in the world for free, although the tips themselves, are far from cheap, in fact I think it is one of their biggest problems. They are $20 for two pairs, which for tips, seems quite a lot and really must be kept in mind when purchasing as you just aren’t going to get them for a $30-50 earphone or the tips will cost half as much as the earphone. If buying for something like the £2000 JH Layla though it no big deal at all.
That all being said SpinFit have really done something unique with these and they are by far the most interesting and well educated tip design I have seen so far. They stick to using silicone, which I think sounds more natural the foam tips like from Comply but they have put a cushion in the centre of the tip that allows for 360% rotation. Now without the ability to rotate, a tip isn’t guaranteed to be directed in the right direction, it could even direct straight into the side of your ear canal or at an angle, which will obviously have an effect on the sound quality. This is actually more likely that you think as well with your ear canal changing direction at the first bend. With the flexibility of these eartips, it allows them to turn in your ear, so they not only face in the right direction but can get deeper.
Now after installing them and inserting your earphones into your ear, you can actually feel an obvious difference, before the music even starts to play. Standard silicone or flanged tips create a lot of pressure when they seal, like a vacuum and that is something that these are without, it sort of feels like they are looser and less restrictive on your ears, while still getting a good seal. They are also going deeper while not feeling intrusive like a triple flange does. To me it is obviously more comfortable and that is already a big positive.
Do They Make a Difference?
In terms of sonics one of the biggest impacts for me when using SpinFits is a level of tightness and control. When switching to them, I feel like everything is more focussed and there is harder edges to the music. Everything seems more isolated as well, instruments have a more obvious separation between each other. I also find the earphones to become less fatiguing, while I think in sheer quality there is a touch more treble, it seems like it has less distortion and splash to it so becomes a lot easier to listen too. This was especially noticeable on the very bright and sparkly Apollo Audio Lab Viper 8, which become much more listenable with SpinFit. Now on SpinFit’s website they claim more bass and if I am honest that isn’t something I have found, I think we have more deep bass due to a better seal but for the most part I think the bass is quicker and more agile with SpinFits, but not more powerful, in fact I would say a little softer in some cases. They are also much better than Comply, which I find dark, bloated and no where near as detailed as these.
As with everything there have been pairings where I didn’t find the tips to actually provide a benefit, such as with the Dunu DN-2000, and others where I find them a necessity. All in all though most earphones I tried them with, I felt a need to keep the tips on, such as with the Aurisonics ASG-2.5, Ocharaku Flat 4-Sui and Earsonics Velvet. That takes me to my next point, they do fit most earphones but not all. As of now there are 2 different bore sizes of SpinFIt, I have the CP100, that’s the big bore that most earphones these days have, such as all the ones I have mentioned so far and Noble, FitEar, Final, HiFiMAN and Grado on top among others. In terms of actual eartip size these come in XS, S, M and L. You then have a much thinner bore size, for Shure, Etymotic, Westone and Phonak models and these have the same sizes apart from XS. These are the CP800 model. They also come in a range of colours, which is handy because you can have a different colour per channel which makes identifying channels really quick and easy.
A Worthy Investment
While I did have a dig earlier about the price, when you’re hearing and feeling a positive improvement with most earphones, it starts to justify itself and I think picking a pair up is a pretty risk free purchase that should reward your earphones performance, especially if your using a mid to top tier earphone or something that your struggling to seal with. Tips can be underestimated and I think a good pair are essential for great sound.
For more information, such as why these work, how these work and proof that these work with measurements and diagrams, check out the website, they make things nice and simple.