Saturday, January 5, 2008

Comply Whoomp! Earbud Enhancers for iPhone and iTouch

If the Apple earbuds that are included with your iPod or iPhone sound tinny, or if they let in too much ambient noise, or fall out of your ears while you are actively using them, Comply/ Hearing Components has a solution. Whoomp Earbud Enhancers are angled foam tips attached to a form-fitting earbud cover, with improved bass response, sound isolation, and in-ear stability. At $20 for two sets, how good can they be, and how bad? Whoomp! ships in two sizes, with two pairs per package. You can order them in a package with four standard, four slim, or two each standard/slim. A very nice black fabric/leatherette zippered case is included, along with ear placement and fitting instructions.Comfort is personal, and Whoomp! feel fine for half an hour per session in my ears. Bass response is very good, but you'll have to tweak your iPod/iTunes equalizer settings to add missing treble, as desired. Be patient when affixing Whoomp! to buds, because it may take you a couple of attempts to place them precisely. Ditto when removing Whoomp! so you don't accidentally pull off the top grille of the Apple earbuds.

To evaluate Whoomp! I broke down their criteria, as follows:


  • Excellent case

  • Rich bass

  • Secure in-ear fit

  • Acceptable noise cancellation


  • Possible discomfort

  • Possible incorrect placement onto Apple earbuds

  • Possible tricky insertion for correct angle and fit

  • Need to purchase additional Whoomp! once or twice annually

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