Which replacement tips should you buy for your earphones?
This totally depends on their construction. There are a variety of styles: some are generic and the tips are compatible across a range of brands and models; some are similar and can be used on unrelated brands; and some are unique. The construction and shape of the speaker stem determines which tips can be used.
First, examine your earphones, and measure the diameter of the speaker stem with a ruler, or ruler app on your phone.
Next, compare the shape, and more importantly the diameter, to the pictures below. Although brands are mentioned in the descriptions below, there are often variations… some models are wider, narrower, longer or a different shape.
Finally, if you are not 100% sure, use the form at the bottom of this page to contact us. We are only too happy help you!
Standard tips (see the cross-section view on the left) are by far the most common type. You will find them used on diverse brands such as Philips, Samsung, Panasonic, SkullCandy, Logitech, Beats by Dr Dre, and TDK. And within those brands, usually most of their range take the same tips. Some Sennheiser earphones may also use these, but please compare yours against the diagrams here before ordering.
The shape of the speaker stem is a short protrusion from the earphone with a groove part of way down where the silicone tip slots into. The groove helps to keep the silicone tip securely in place. The outer diameter of the speaker stem is usually around 5mm, with the groove being slightly less.
Sony tips (see the cross-section view on the left) are the second most common type. You will find them used on most Sony earphones, but not all. They are also suitable for use on other brands like Apple and Klipsch, some Nocs models and some Sennheiser models like the Momentums.
The shape of the speaker stem is a longer, thinner protrusion from the earphone than the standard earphone, with a bump or ridge part of way down the stem. The bump helps to prevent the tip from slipping off too easily. The outer diameter of the speaker stem is usually around 3mm up to around 4mm.
Apple tips (see the cross-section view on the left) are virtually identical to the tips used on Sony earphones and can be used interchangeably on the brands and models mentioned above.
The shape of the speaker stem is shorter than the Sony one, and end of the stem containing the speaker gauze is wider than the stem itself, and this stops the tip from slipping off – many customers have reported that the Sony tips stay on better than the originally-supplied Apple tips. The outer diameter of the top of the speaker stem is around 3.5mm.
Still not sure?
If you’re still not sure what type of tips you require for your particular earphones, you can use the form below to send us a picture of your earphone. To get the best advice, please follow these instructions completely:
- Place the exposed stem of your earphones next to a ruler as shown in the picture here. This is so that the diameter of the speaker stem can be easily measured.
- Place one of your tips on the rule also, showing the underside of the tip. This gives an indication of the style and inner diameter.
- Take a photo looking straight down on the ruler to provide the best angle of view. Any angle other than straight down may make it difficult to gather all the required information to assist you.