4 Stars By astr0nautics on 2015-04-07
I love them. Having them on sounds like pressing the ...
I took a fellow SoundSport owner's advice from their AlumiGogo review of the SoundSport and purchased a set of these (0030). I love them. Having them on sounds like pressing the "loud" button that stereos from the past had. The sound is just more robust. I'm not an audiophile, so I'm not going to share my opinion(s) about the SoundSport's range(s). Definitely less sound leakage out, but, more importantly, less sound coming in.
I subtracted a star because the (0030) are LARGE, but they're not as large as the SoundSport's packaged Large. These replacement (0030)-L are comparable to the mediums that come with the SoundSports. I assumed that the earphone molds would all be the same, but maybe it varies from model-to-model...technically, I should have bought them for their intended models, right...? So a suggestion to myself would be to use the replacement Large for studying and sleeping (as knocking it off my ears wouldn't be that big of a deal), and use the packaged Large for "sports" as they are well more secure and will allow me to hear danger if that danger happens to make noise.
4 Stars By J. Silberman on 2015-07-19
Much improved fitting for stay in place security.
These were purchased for use with the non-noise canceling version MIE2(i). Bose MIE2 Mobile Headset is a perfectly compatible fitting and excellent choice to improve the stay in ear function that is slightly lacking in the original version. These are equal or better in ear comfort with the extra security not falling out as easily as the others. The close fit and contact reduces the amount of power needed in order to hear sound. That may in turn increase the duration of listening time before my ears feel that pain that occurs from having to compete with the environment. Having said that, these do change the way the sound is delivered to your ears and in some ways mimic the attributes that some reviewers have mentioned about the noise canceling earbuds that use these same tips.
There is a substantial change in the passive environmental sound received through earbuds even with no sound coming through. There is a very limited sound transfer from the wire movement which is a huge plus compared to other earbuds that have enclosed tips that are unusable due to the unbearable distracting pounding with every move.
Depending on the way you prefer to listen to your music you may find that quality is improved or reduced. In a very short time testing I've found that the reduced noise helped improved some aspects of sound quality while the change in the way bass is perceived actually lead to a muddy sound quality that one reviewer mentioned about the 20i's when the noise canceling was turned off completely. That sounds to me like the 20i's have balanced the sound quality with the changed ear tip for locking out sound with the EQ adjustments for the 2 other stages of that model allowing some sound in or completely locking all other sound out.
For my limited use of these headphones since I have the QC15's and spend a lot more time with the one ear version for convenience, I find these tips to be pretty good.
Regarding the size, it is slightly smaller than the standard large but slightly more rigid so actually fits a little better for not being quite as big.
5 Stars By Rick M. on 2017-01-13
GREAT THRU PONO
I lost one original tip and saw these. They are a noise cancelling version (mine were not) of what I had lost so I was curious to see how they might drive the vibrations any differently from my Bose headphones.
HOLY COW. Booming Bass, clear mid and high range sounds. Not just because they are hirez files pumping through my Pono.
The Stay Hear bud cover / tip design is what makes it feel like a live concert. I got lucky finding these as they aren't meant for my hi-fi ear buds but they made my $300 pair sound like a $800 pair by only replacing with these really amazing tips.
I'm going to leave Neil Young's Pono people a thread about it.
I Really love the noise cancelling big booming - yet - crystal clear sound I get now just from these tips
5 Stars By Snowmass on 2017-01-10
Comfort bar none the best!
the unique way that bose designed its earbuds so they don't create sore pressure points is fantastic. that is why you have to get tips like these that are specially designed and only for use with the bose QC20. very important to get the right size be it sm, med or large. for myself large fits best. i can tell no difference in quality from the oem tips. very good!
5 Stars By JBL on 2016-04-09
Great fix to bring bass back to SoundSport buds. Make sure to turn down 150Hz in your equalizer.
These are a great replacement for the non-seal, low-bass tips that come standard with the SoundSports. They will make your SoundSports worth the purchase again by bringing back the 60Hz "thump".
**Important note about sound adjustment**
Bose representatives on this product page (and the SoundSport product page) keep saying that you shouldn't use these tips for the SoundSport because the buds are already tuned to make up for bass-loss when there is no seal. This is misleading. The standard SoundSport buds do seem to be tuned to greatly increase base around the 150Hz range. But the super low 60Hz "thump" is never recovered. What consumers should do is use these tips instead of standard SoundSport tips AND afterwards adjust your equalizer to turn down the 150Hz so it's not overwhelming. See attached picture of Spotify's adjusted equalizer on iOS.
5 Stars By Tom on 2016-06-26
Replacement noise isolating tips
These are the same as the large noise isolating tips that came with my Bose QC20s. I bought these to replace the tips that came on my Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones which do not fit as well in my ear, plus I feel that these stay in my ear better especially while I am riding my bicycle, running or working out in the gym.
Another plus, after switching to these tips, it has improved to bass effects.
4 Stars By StormJH1 on 1969-12-31
Buyer Beware - the StayHear+ tips will change the sound of your earbuds
I owned the Bose IE2 earbuds for about 4 years, lost them (I guess - hoping they turn up in my house one day), and replaced them with the newer SoundSport model, which is very similar. Both of them use the traditional StayHear tips, which have what I call is a "nozzle" made of soft silicone, attached to a "C"-shaped design that molds around the cartilage of your ear. It's a brilliant and surprisingly stable design - they never really fell out of my ear on their own while running, though I did wonder if they could make something with just a little more stability.
So, I read some reviews/comments, and decided to try this model, which is actually the StayHear+ ("plus") version. In terms of fit, they are fulling interchangeable with the tips native to the IE2 or SoundSport sets. But Bose needed to make the StayHear+ model because the original "nozzle" version really does not isolate sound at all. The StayHear+ set was designed to work with the QC20 (QuietComfort 20) earbuds, which are said to be noise-cancelling or noise-reducing.
I want to be clear - there is nothing wrong with the design or function of the StayHear+ tips. They fit easily on my SoundSport model, and definitely offered a snugger fit with more stability and more sound isolation. The "mushroom" ear hole tip is made of soft silicone, but is shaped more like a conventional earbud that wedges into the ear hole. Still, it was quite comfortable and didn't bother me to have it on for 30 minutes or longer.
The "problem" with using the StayHear+ tip that a lot of reviewers aren't picking up on is that it completely changes the sound of your earbuds. The bass frequencies are enhanced dramatically, but not in a tight, punchy way. Instead, they sort of became flabby and really took over the mix. Some people may actually like this because they're use to products (ahem...cough, cough...Beats by Dre...cough) that purposefully drown things out with bass. But I thought that the traditional StayHear tips included with the SoundSport set had quite a bit of bass "as is". It's really simply physics as to why this happens - bass frequencies operate at lower wavelengths, and are sensitive to the amount of space they have to bounce off of walls or, in this case, the inside of your ear. If you take any $10 earbud from Skullcandy, Apple, etc. and put a foam cover over it to create a tighter seal on your ear, you'll notice an increase in bass.
Therefore, my review is 4 stars, not because there is anything "wrong" with the StayHear+ tips, but because they don't allow for the same clarity and balance of frequencies that the traditional StayHear set provides. That being said, it is entirely possible that the QC20 set is calibrated for this difference, and that these tips would be ideal for that set, but I don't that set.
2 Stars By Michael Yip on 2017-05-08
Not a 100% fit!
I have the soundtrue ultras, amazing headphones, love them
I bought these as a backup incase the tips go missing, which it did. These new ones are NOT 100% like the ones that come with the headphones. They have a slightly different design and causes it to fall off very easily...
You can compare them side to side. The original ones CLICK into the little hook on the headphones, but these ones do not - the tips come off with the slightest use...
5 Stars By Hank on 2014-01-22
Awesome for my SIE2i headphones
Bought these for my SEI2i headphones and made a huge impact on the sound. Really brings out the lows of you music and blocks some outside noise unlike the standard Stayhear tips that come with the SIE2i and MIE headphones. Mentioned to a few friends that have the Bose headphones and they bought their own and were also very impressed.
5 Stars By Todd C. on 2017-09-14
Awesome compliment to the headphones
Definitely a must have for any road warriors who might lose a tip on their Bose headsets.