By Chris Gannon
I’ve been using the $59.95 Decibullz Custom molded earphones for a few weeks now. My first reaction to seeing these earphones was intrigue; I didn’t even know that there was a market for earphones that will mold to fit your specific ear, but it turns out there is.
In fact some of the products on the market are quite expensive. The Decibullz retail for about US$60.This puts them in the lower end in terms of cost of custom molded earphones. But don’t let the low cost mislead you about their quality.
I have used these from everything from walking to sitting to mowing the yard, and I’ve been pleased. The sound coming from the speakers is good, and the custom molded earpieces assist by adding another layer of outside sound isolation.
A couple of concerns I had as I was reading the instruction was:
- Are these really going to fit MY ears? (I may or may not have been called "Dumbo" as a child)
- How much of a headache is it going to be to mold these things to my ears (is it going to hurt, what if I mess up, etc.)?
For anyone who may have the same concerns I can say that it appears these will truly fit any ear. Decibullz includes a very helpful video link in their instructions that's very well done and easy to understand. Anyone can watch this video and figure out exactly what they are supposed to do in order to mold these earphones (even me).
If you happen to make a mistake the Decibullz are actually re-moldable (which is evidently not very common), so you can get it right the next time around. Instructions with a video link is also provided. For those who have concerns after watching the video that the mold may be hot and burn their ears, don't worry. As long as you follow the instructions, this won’t happen and your ears will be just fine.
If you are looking for a pair of custom molded earphones, then I would definitely start with Decibullz. If you aren’t sure if you want a pair of custom molded earphones, you'll be fine just by using the fairly common silicone tips that come with many earphones sets these days.
One knock that I have with the Decibullz — and it is a small one— is that once they have molded they do become hard. Even being custom molded into your ear, this can begin to hurt after a period of heavy activity.