Get the Tip.If you’ve ever had the pleasure of opening one of our 100 series Monitors, you’ll have noticed that we ship the IEM’s with a tonne of tips so you can get the right fit out of the box.. a “customised” fit if you will.Our monitors are designed to be a universal type of monitor – that is that they will fit anyone, out of the box. Good fitment is vital to achieving the correct sound from an in-ear monitoring system, a poor fit can result in bad sound and lack of bass. If you’re noticing a thin sound overall with very little bottom end presence, it’s guaranteed you haven’t got your ears fitted properly.The plethora of tips that are bundled will give each user options for a comfortable fit, but how do we know which tip to use for whatever application you’re using them for?Not all tips are created equal.Here, we will explain a little of the benefits of each and in what circumstances you might want to consider using a different type of tip.Enclosed with our AF120, AF140, AF160, AF180 and soon to be released AF1120 are 3 sizes, of 3 different kinds of tips: Single Flange silicon, Tri-flange Silicon and the famed Comply T100.Single Flange Silicon:These are the most basic type of ear tip for an earphone. Silicon has great advantages in terms of durability and ease of fit, especially in a stage/performance environment where IEM’s need to be taken in and out regularly and quickly.The single flange is a shallow fitting tip, meaning that it only goes into your ear as far as the first bend. The isolation is good and certainly gives good bass definition, but will not offer the same level of isolation as a tri-flange or a Comply tip.Use these tips, if you’re listening casually in quiet environments or if you’re performing and don’t mind a bit of stage spill for ambient reference.Tri-Flange Silicon:Our tri-flange tips offer the closest experience to a custom moulded In-ear monitor when fitted properly. The three distinct flanges give superior isolation and the silicon is perfectly durable for repeated stage use. The thing about tri-flange which i have a love hate relationship with, is the length. Tri-Flange tips are long, and when inserted into your ear, the feeling is – well, a little violating to be honest. But – the isolation is incredible and there’s a feeling of being at one with the headphone. This is an important benefit, because what’s happening is the Tri-Flange is getting deep enough to touch the second bend of the ear canal, where the tip makes contact with a boney area of the canal and it tends to eliminate the “head voice” feeling when you get with more of a shallow fit.The extra depth also makes the whole IEM fit and feel more secure on your head. The draw back from the deep fit is that with extended sessions they can get uncomfortable, i recently did 15hours on a long haul back from the USA to Oz and my ears were in agony. 15 hours is an extreme length of time but a shorter session, even say a 5 hr rehearsal/sound check is always fine.We also recommend getting your ears cleaned by an audiologist to ensure you don’t have wax plugs that you’re pushing in further by using these tips.Use for: Best tip for Stage use, and short listening sessions for ultimate isolation.Comply:Comply tips are made from an expanded Polyurethane foam.. the same stuff that tradies use on a worksite to protect their hearing. We choose to bundle comply because their unique formula for the foam is the most durable for what it is, and the hardness of the foam is just right to hold in your ear. They also claim that the foam heats to your body temperature, making it more pliable in your ear canal – which is a good advantage when singing, where sometimes hard custom moulded IEMs can loose their seal and create bass/sound drop outs. The foam offers superior isolation and comfort for a shallow fitted IEM which is why they’re very popular. The drawback with foam is with heavy use, they will degrade and get softer over time thus reducing their effectiveness at creating a good seal. Also in a performance situation, you need to squeeze the foam to properly insert it into your ear canal – this can take time and get annoying on stage.But for some, including myself – they’re my preferred tip for general listening and extended travel. I regularly travel from Australia to the USA, and i will always have these in for the 15hrs between Melbourne and LA… you could be fast asleep next to a screaming baby and you wouldn’t even know it!!Use for: Good isolation and comfort for General listening, Airplane travel, Stage.