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  • Etymotic ER4's. Are they really THAT good?

    Does anyone have any experience with them?

    I have an older unworking pair of er6i's that can be sent away to get a discount model of my choice. I was considering the HF5's...apparently the current equivalent model but I was considering upgrading.
    Etymotic Research, Inc. - Customer Support - Out-of-Warranty / Special Purchase Option
    Ps, If anyone else is in the same situtation, I was quoted plus 50 for postage back.

  • #2
    Yes.

    They are that good.

    The isolation is amazing. The sound is reference quality. And they're quality built. I've had one pair for nearly 7 years, replace the filters and tips every 6 months or so and they just keep rocking on.
    "Once upon a time we would obey in public, but in private we would be cynical; today, we announce cynicism, but in private we obey."

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    • #3
      How much better than the ER6i? Because I must say I don't have a single complaint about mine.
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      • #4
        Dunno. It's down to specs, I guess, you sure as fuck aren't bashing my plugs in your earholes to compare and I do not wish to do the same with yours
        "Once upon a time we would obey in public, but in private we would be cynical; today, we announce cynicism, but in private we obey."

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        • #5
          The only complaint I had with the 6i's were they were a tad light on bass. The only thing that is making me reconsider.

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          • #6
            Just a reminder [MENTION=5329]Barfridge[/MENTION] don't drop yours in dirt, step on them and strip the wires etc as Etymotics don't make them anymore. I was gutted when I broke mine.
            Originally posted by Abuse this
            Get a load of this pussy, he wouldn't travel back in time to murder a baby.

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            • #7
              roger that. The one thing that does worry me is the bare wire running straight out of the earpiece, with no strain relief or protection from over-bending. It looks to me like it would be a common point of failure, so I'm always really careful to remove them by grabbing the earpiece and not yanking the cord.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Barfridge View Post
                roger that. The one thing that does worry me is the bare wire running straight out of the earpiece, with no strain relief or protection from over-bending. It looks to me like it would be a common point of failure, so I'm always really careful to remove them by grabbing the earpiece and not yanking the cord.
                Exactly how mine died. One side has no contact point left in the wire.

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                • #9
                  The 4s are nice in the tab they give you, which is part of a replaceable cord assembly that plugs into the earpieces. Mine died from cable fatigue just above the split point where the clip is, but a few minutes with a soldering iron and some heatshrink tube saved me $50 for a replacement (and $50 for shipping a cable).
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                  • #10
                    Yeah, the whole earpiece is held together by heatshrink. My wire went part way down, some people suggest rewiring with say an iphone headset cable.
                    Originally posted by Abuse this
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                    • #11
                      Hmm I strayed. Tossed up between these:

                      Brainwavz: B2 | Headphonic: Australian Headphone Specialists: Buy Etymotic, Alessandro, Audio Technica, Ultimate Ears, Talisman, Meier Audio and more
                      Very etymotic style. Precise but not much bass.

                      Atrio: M5 | Headphonic: Australian Headphone Specialists: Buy Etymotic, Alessandro, Audio Technica, Ultimate Ears, Talisman, Meier Audio and more
                      Pumping bass, just a tad too much if you listen to something softer...Still sounds very good though.

                      Audiofly: AF78 | Headphonic: Australian Headphone Specialists: Buy Etymotic, Alessandro, Audio Technica, Ultimate Ears, Talisman, Meier Audio and more
                      Local made, 5year warranty...but just felt like it was missing something...best way to describe it. Almost a perfect mix of the lack of bass and too bassy.

                      So they were apparently the best choices for me under $200...Then he made me try these:
                      Vsonic: GR07 | Headphonic: Australian Headphone Specialists: Buy Etymotic, Alessandro, Audio Technica, Ultimate Ears, Talisman, Meier Audio and more
                      Admittedly they were $300 not in the $200 range like the others, but I wasn't completely satisfied with the other options so I payed a bit extra...

                      They don't look like much but they aren't too bassy, but the response for everything is perfect. Perfect compact addition to my other units:
                      Audio Technica: ATH-M50s | Headphonic: Australian Headphone Specialists: Buy Etymotic, Alessandro, Audio Technica, Ultimate Ears, Talisman, Meier Audio and more

                      Hope my findings will be of some use to someone.

                      Oh by the way the Atrio and the Brainwaves but can accept Ety tips if that a bonus for you.

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                      • #12
                        So in the end you got the GR07s and a pair of M50s as well?
                        Originally posted by Dragunov-21
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                        • #13
                          Sorry that was misleading. I already owned the M50's. Both are a very good buy for the price!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Etymotic ER4's. Are they really THAT good?

                            Originally posted by Dragunov-21 View Post
                            So in the end you got the GR07s and a pair of M50s as well?
                            Tell you what, still loving both. Only downside to the gr07's are they could do with a bit more isolation. I'll look into some comply foam tips for them I reckon.

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                            • #15
                              Glad you're enjoying them, dude.

                              Havign a decent set of portables really changes how you enjoy music, IMO.
                              Originally posted by Dragunov-21
                              If you want me to answer a question, I want you to ask one that doesn't put words in my mouth that were never there.

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