I don’t really write reviews but these tips seem to be getting a bad wrap, and I’m not sure why. I bought these on a recommendation from Z Reviews, since he has been raving about their comfort in all of his recent IEM reviews. I figured that they might be an improvement over my comply tips, and if not, oh well they were 8 dollars. Needless to say, I didn’t have big expectations, but I was blown away when I put them on my af180s. Before that though, I want to address build and comfort. Compared to comply tips, these are much softer and easier to insert. They are also much shorter, and a little wider. The foam appears to be much more porous, but the out coating is almost entirely sealed, unlike comply tips which have visible pores. The build quality seems to be the same as the comply tips, so I am sure they will hold up to at least a couple months of heavy use. The comfort on these also seem to be pretty good, though I won’t get a good gauge until I use them for a while. My complies are very comfortable now, but when I initially got them, they were almost unbarably painful, to the point were I didn’t want to use my audioflies even though they sounded amazing. These tips though, only generated some mild discomfort in my initial listening session, so I have high hopes for their comfort, once I break them in.
On to the sound. I had no expectation that these would change the sound of my af180s, but they need foamies, and i don’t love the comfort of the standard complies. Just to preface, the audioflies are an amazing IEM, whose highlights include, near perfect imaging, very natural mids and lows, and amazing detail. They tend to be a little bright and bass light though, with a narrow soundstage though. They are almost the opposite of my hd6XX, which are wide and warm with poor imaging. When I put on the dekoni tips, I went straight to my favorite test track, a live recording of Hotel California. It begins with only the base drum beating, then the guitar rif comes in. I was instantly blown away with how hard the drum was hitting, based on my past experiences with they af180s. Their bass is very detailed and accurate, but the impact is pretty low. The dekoni tips were a perfect fix for this, since the bass is still detailed, just much more impactful. The tips also widened the soundstage a bit, without hurting the imaging, which made my IEMs much more exciting to listen to.
In conclusion, if you are looking for some really comfortable tips, and you want better bass and bigger soundstage, I highly recommend these ear tips.