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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I'm in the final stages of saving up the $250US to purchase the Etymotic ER-4P. I'm getting pretty excited, so I just want to confirm that my purchase will not be regretted.

I will use them for at home listening through the headphone jack of my Denon Micro-Hifi, or my PCDP. I listen to mainly DMB, Coldplay, Radiohead, U2...

Am I making a mistake? How will they sound. Since I live in Australia, I have no means as to audition the Etymotics.

There is an obvious upgrade opportunity, if I purchased a TAH and a ER-4S adapter. But I'm not sure how long it will be before I can afford to make the upgrade.

Will the unamped sound be disappointing?
post #2 of 7
I doubt it. My ER4S, unamped, will beat out ALL cheapo headphones. I'd imagine the ER4P, being easier to drive, would sound waay better.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Should I purchase the ER-4P to use since I won't be able to purchase an amplifier any time soon (say, 1 year) - or should I buy the ER-4S to save money later down the track when I can afford the Total Airhead?
post #4 of 7
Get the ER4P and the adaptor....
post #5 of 7
Depends if you can get used to the things sticking in your ears all the time. I had a pair for a while, didnt use them all that much compared to my 600s, simply because they were impractical and were too much of a fuss to put on. Its the best cheap(relatively speaking, of course) way to get obscene detail out of your music. the 4's are nice, dont get me wrong, but just not everyones cup of tea, now thats for sure.
post #6 of 7
You'll have to listen to them to see if you like the sound or not, but I guarantee you will be amazed at the sound quality.

When I recieved my ER4P's I was disappointed for the first couple of weeks. I struggled to get a good seal and consequently I wasn't getting good sound. Now 6 months later I don't even have to think about getting a good seal, its automatic. And the sound quality is absolutely unreal.

I also have the adaptor but I find the ER4P sound preferrable for most kinds of music.
post #7 of 7
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Originally posted by MusicJunkie
When I recieved my ER4P's I was disappointed for the first couple of weeks. I struggled to get a good seal and consequently I wasn't getting good sound.
Another good reason to make it to the Headroom show if you can. Learning the proper technique I was able to get a good seal right out of the gate. It is, however, not intuitively obvious what is the best way to insert them.

I know this doesn't help our friend in Australia but I wanted to throw it in anyway.

4p + adapter will give you the most flexability in listening.
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