Google’s second-generation pixel buds offer a great fit and comfort, but what could be better? This question is intended to be answered with the help of their foam tips for complimentary pixel buds. Let’s check them out!
By default, pixel buds come with thinner tips that certainly get the job done, retain some sound naturally, and help keep the buds in your ears. Although everyone’s ears are a bit different, the initial tips may not be enough to keep the pixel buds stable. Thanks to Complimentary, the maker of premium replacement tips for earbuds of all shapes and sizes, is now officially offering a set of “Made for Google” foam tips for second-generation pixel budgets.
The compliance pixel buds tips come in simple, nudebone packaging, which can be easily opened with a tab drawn on the back. Unfortunately, this drag tab is placed directly below the navigation pointer. If, like me, you make the mistake of breaking the package before reading the instructions, a generic offer of how to guide the complex online.
The short version is that you just pop off your stock tips and slide into the compliers. Then, as your pixel buds fit and stretch with your ears as the foam rolls in a smaller size, you need to do the plugs like ears. As you might expect, this adds an extra step to keeping your pixel buds in place, which can be a hassle if you’ve ever been in a hurry.
In the package, you get three sets of Complex Pixel Buds to increase the size. All three sizes are slightly larger than their counterparts in stock tips. I need to wear the smallest size tips where I usually prefer the medium size of the pixel bud tips.
Instantly, from the first time after my upgraded pixel bud, it became clear how secure the foam tips were. While stock pixel bud tips usually fit large enough for normal activities, I have found that they will gradually return to normal over time. Conversely, in my experience, foam tips have not shaken loosely in running, dancing, headbanging, etc.
One of their promises to comply with the foam pixel bud tips sounded like a better sound reduction, given how similar they are to conventional ear plugs. In my limited experiments I found that the foam tips reduced the surrounding noise a bit, but not significantly. That said, pixel buds are meant to hear sound from the outside world, so it is only possible to reduce that much noise.
That said, the increased protection and noise reduction comes as costly for me, as I occasionally see my ear ache a few hours after wearing pixel buds with foam tips. This is not a consistent complaint of mine, and the experience will certainly vary from person to person.
If I could say it was the pixel bad adherence tips it was. However, there is a certain amount of mismatch between the foam tips and the charging case for the pixel bud.
Usually, with the help of stock tips, the pixel buds “snap” perfectly in place when you thank the little mammoth. The importance of this snap is that it effortlessly aligns the buds with the charging pins. By comparison, with the help of compliance tips, the buds need to be manually turned to the correct position with the help of a guide from the indicator light.
Related, once the tips have expanded inside the case, it becomes even more difficult to remove each pixel bud. Instead of just breaking the gentle hold of the magnet, you need to remove the cold, stretched foam from the case. Combined, these issues move away from the “magic” or “joy” of the pixel bud in ways that I don’t expect.
Generally speaking, I do not hold these errors against Compli. The problems generally seem to be inherent inconsistencies between the pixel buds charging case and the foam tips. With that in mind, it seems strange to me that this accessory rationally makes the Pixel Bud less enjoyable – even if only in this one area – it was able to get a “Made for Google” approval stamp.
Another minor problem I discovered is one of durability. When examining tips of different sizes, a foam of large sized tips starts to tear loose from the inner ring. It needs special care when switching tips to catch through the ring, not by foam. Considering how rarely most people will need to swap tips, this is not a big concern.
Aside from the juvenile grips, if you’re looking for a way to make pixel buds fit your ears more smoothly, as well as gain some more isolation from those around you, complex foam tips for pixel buds are probably your best bet and 20 to try There is no reason to choose the set.
Unsuitable foam tips for Google Pixel buds are only available in the Google Store.
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