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Etymotic Research ER-4PT In-Ear Earphones Reviews

dxps26

Transparency, thy name is ER-4PT!

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Pros: Very clear, precise and flat sound, speed and response. excellent isolation, build quality and warranty.

Cons: ergonomics, cable microphonics

let's keep this short, simple and sweet-just like the earphones being reviewed.   Why are these things so good?? could it be the superb balance between lows, mids and highs? or the excellent isolation, that lets you enjoy your music at lower volumes while not skipping any of the details?? Are they deserving of the near-legendary status that has kept these phones relevant in today's $1000 dollar IEM world??   Let's talk about our worst fears regarding the ER-4PT - the alleged lack of bass, the lifted treble, the 'boring, analytic signature'. All of these assumptions are total bunk. Absolute nonsense. We've been misled by earphones that push up the lows and try to pass off as...
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Voyageur

Gold Standard

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Pros: superior clarity and detail; timbre fidelity; neutral signature; pace; imaging; versatility; great isolation; build quality; comfort; value for money

Cons: heavy cable; comfort

Design/durability: The ER-4 have a robust feeling that reminds me of my old and faithful HD25. The earpiece is small and light, its housing is made of rugged plastic. The braided cable looks sturdy and is replaceable (with Westone cables for instance) with the use of an adapter. The stock cable is a bit heavy and a tad long for portable use. It is stiffer than most braided cables I've tried so far, and doesn't tangle much. Microphonics are low, considering that the ER-4 has to be worn down. Overall it has a very good and functional design, that can easily last a decade or so. And last but not least, there are plenty of accessories (adapters, foam/silicon tips, several travelling cases,...
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