Tired of losing an AirPod every time you run to the bus? Frustrated that the design of Apple's AirPods Pro doesn't give you as much noise isolation as you'd like, so much so that its inherent leakage affects its effectiveness as some of the best noise-cancelling headphones on the market?

You are not alone, and there is help.

Meet Avery, an American company that makes custom earbuds that simply slide over the driver housing of your headphones, transforming and personalizing the fit, security, fidelity, and isolation of Apple's AirPods line.

And that's not all ! The headphone specialist can provide the same solution suitable for Apple's Beats brand offering, Audio-Technica, Bose, their Sony WF-1000XM4 True Wireless headphones, Jaybird, Dr. Dre, Klipsch, Jabra, Skullcandy. Virtually all in-ear headphones are (literally) covered and on the menu.

How does it work?

Apple's inaugural AirPods may also get the custom Avery treatment (Image credit: Avery)

For the uninitiated (don't feel bad, we hadn't even heard of the company until today), Avery has provided quality custom molded headsets for over 35 years, initially for airline pilots and now for the rest of us. . also!

It goes like this: after you place an order (there's a drop-down menu asking you to confirm which earphone you currently have and color preference - you can even add glitter) Avery sends you a print kit at home. También can opt to obtain deep impressions from an audiologist to monitor high fidelity and earphones from aviation. Luego, simply envíe sus impressions y Avery produces an auricular a medida that adapts both to his oído como to his auriculares internos.

When fitted correctly (and Avery guarantees the fit; if you don't like them, the earphones can be refitted for free), your old earphones will feel more comfortable, secure, and have noticeably improved noise isolation.

Avery explains that custom earbuds will hold your headphones securely and comfortably in your ear without any additional loops or hooks at the top of your ear. The headset will significantly increase the volume for the caller and will also block out more ambient noise, allowing you to listen at lower volumes and save battery life.

Opinion: A lifesaver for those with smaller (or larger) ears, but there's still a catch

Bose QuietComfort headphones with custom purple Avery eartips on a white background

Bose's slightly bulky QuietComfort headphones won't stay in place? Avery has the answer. (Image credit: Avery)

As someone with smaller ears, I'm well aware of the sonic gains from a decent (and painless) seal between the ear canal and the earpiece. And what's more, I know that the three sets of S/M/L tips that usually come with most headphones just don't.

I get emails from readers who have the opposite problem as mine. These music lovers sometimes find Apple AirPods (and other headphone designs) so loose that they lose sound to the point that listening to them in crowded environments, regardless of noise-canceling profiles, is a waste of business.

And that's a shame, especially when Apple's high-end AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro are the only Apple in-ear headphones capable of giving you access to Apple Music's revolutionary spatial audio with head-to-head tracking from an Apple device, also known as Dolby. . Immersive atmosphere. processing plus directional audio filters that alter what each ear hears as you move.

And I believe that any opportunity to enhance this amazing experience should be seized with both hands.

But there is a catch. Avery explains that when custom earbuds are put into your AirPods Pro, for example, you may need to manually turn them on and off from your iPhone and turn off the "automatic ear detection" setting. This is because the sensors will be covered by the earphones, making your expensive and highly functional earphones a little less nifty.

Then there's the practical consideration, as you'll need to remove those custom earbuds every time you want to put them back in their charging case; try to do it with one hand as you run to the bus.

Finally, there is the issue of currency. The trade-off for headphones that will sound better and be enjoyed at lower volumes if they fit the shape of your ear isn't just a few user detection and quick pairing features. These ear pads are $163 (about £134 or AU$234), so they're not a cheap upgrade.

Now, Avery will even make custom earbuds for its $30 Apple EarPods, and while I always maintain that EarPods are better than AirPods for various reasons, I don't think Apple's rise to cheap gimmicky EarPod drivers that cost five times as much that the headset itself is a cost-effective solution.

The problem you have to present is a product much higher up the food chain: the Bose QuietComfort headphones (pictured above) or the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8, for example, which don't fit as well as you'd like despite his sound. brilliance.

Here, Avery solutions can change your relationship with music and headphones. And that's not something I say lightly.

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