About this project
Missed our Kickstarter campaign? Crystal Tips are now available for preorder on our website at www.crystalline-audio.com
Introducing Crystal Tips. A long lasting memory foam earphone tip. Crystal Tips use advanced materials and ergonomic design to aid your listening experience, your health and your wallet.
Crystal Tips are an ergonomically designed, super soft memory foam earphone tip with a flexible silicone core and a protective and antimicrobial film outer layer. Crystal Tips replace the standard and outdated silicone tips that are provided with almost all in ear earphones.
Why use Crystal Tips ? -
Crystal Tips bring many benefits to your listening experience. Firstly they benefit the fit and comfort of your earphones. The memory foam that makes up the Crystal Tips has viscoelastic properties which means that it acts both viscously and elastically. This means that when you insert Crystal Tips they will conform to the shape of your ear canal, providing the perfect fit, ensuring maximum comfort and a secure fit for your earphones.
A benefit of having such a perfect fit is increased noise isolation. When the Crystal Tips expand in your ear they create an acoustic seal. This means that Crystal Tips remove much more background noise than regular silicone tips, thus enhancing the listening experience. Such passive noise isolation technology has the same results as, if not better than, the electronic noise cancellation technology used in many high end headphones. Passive noise isolation has more benefits than simply keeping sound out, it also keeps sound in. This reduced sound leakage means that you can listen to your music in crowded places, such as trains, without disturbing those around you.
Using Crystal Tips instead of regular silicone ones can also provide several health benefits. It is universally understood that listening to music at loud volumes for a long period of time can cause serious and irreversible long term damage to your hearing. The most common reason for listening to music at such high volumes is to drown out the background noise; a problem solved by the passive noise isolation capabilities of Crystal Tips. Crystal Tips also have a unique antimicrobial coating that eliminates 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and fungi and then inhibits their growth.
Memory Foam Tips are Nothing New -
Memory foam eartips have been around for decades and since then audiophiles and professional musicians have been relentlessly praising them. However, ever since their creation they have had one major drawback. Due to the delicate nature of the foam that they are made from they often have to be replaced very frequently. With heavy use it is not uncommon for even the most durable regular foam tips to need replacing every month. Considering their price this can make their use very expensive and so many people have been reluctant to use them to replace their silicone counterparts. Our primary focus when designing Crystal Tips was to dramatically increase the useful life of the foam tips whilst retaining their acoustic and ergonomic properties. To address this durability issue we have developed an ultra thin protective film that coats the outer surface of the foam. The film is made from a biologically inert plastic that is so thin that it has no negative effect on the noise isolation, rebound time or comfort properties of the foam. Testing has shown that the film can dramatically increase the life span of the foam by 100% over other popular memory foam tips, resulting in significant savings.
Size, Shape and Colour -
Shape - Crystal Tips are available in two shapes, Spheres and Cylinders. Both shapes provide the noise isolation, comfort, fit and antibacterial features that are listed above. The difference between the two shapes is that the extra foam in the spherical tips means that all the characteristics are somewhat enhanced over the cylindrical tips.
Size - Everyone has different sized ears and this is a reason why silicone tips often provide a poor fit.
When buying we recommend that you purchase the same size Crystal Tips as you would a regular silicone ear tip, for 80% of people this is the medium size. If you want an enhanced listening experience and extreme noise isolation we recommend using eartips a size larger than you would normally use. However, we do not recommend wearing a size larger for sustained periods of time as the greater force exerted on the ear canal can cause slight discomfort.
Earphones require differing core sizes to ensure a good fit of the eartip on the earphone - we make three sizes of core. To get the right one for your earphone use the link below to find what core size of Crystals Tips we recommend for your earphones.
The table below shows the different reward tiers for the Crystal Tips, the price of each tier and what your pledge will be rewarded with.
Fulfilment Timeline -
Since we began working on the project we have been in contact with potential manufacturing partners, meaning that we are confident that we will be able to get your rewards to you as quickly as possible. The table below shows our step by step plan to complete the project and fulfill your rewards.
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Risks and challenges
We have spent a considerable amount of time ensuring that our supply chain is sufficiently robust to handle the expected demand. However, it is only right to acknowledge that supply chains are becoming increasingly extended and that whilst we have made every effort to ensure the resilience of ours, we cannot guarantee such resilience.
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