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Went back to ER-4S after ~2yrs with E500

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Went back to ER-4S (ER-4P with the P-S adapter, actually) after ~2yrs with E500, no guns to my head

Why? Not that the E500 does not best the ER-4S, but after a few hours' of listening to the etys, I end up with a smile, and craving more. Somehow does not happen with the E500.

Another thing, I think after listening to the etys for a few months at end, I can make out speech better. I mean regular speech with no earbuds on. Don't ask me why, but maybe I get more sensitized to certain frequencies because they are less enhanced, or the other way around, I end up attenuating some frequencies because they are more pronounced.

Either way, I am sticking with my etys for the time being.

Anyone with a similar experience?
post #2 of 10
I see you are using an SR71 with the ER4S? I can understand the transition back. ER4S with nice amp is tough to beat. However if it were unamped I feel the SE530 trounces it.
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Hey mate,

What are your impressions on the Shures with the sr-71 and the etys with the sr-71? From my experience with the boa + er4s, I couldn't help but feel that the phones were bland. I mean yeah I could hear the full spectrum, but it just wasn't as fun to listen to.

Thanks,
Paul
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I'm kind of in the same boat. I own both. The right earbud doesn't work on my Etys. I've been using the E500s and while they sound fantastic, they seem to have the Sennheisser issue of making me want more in the high frequencies.

So, I'm seriously thinking of buying another pair or getting these repaired. The Etys just seem to fit my tastes better than the E500.

In other words, I'm with you on that - you haven't lost it
post #5 of 10
I go back and forth from the etys to the PK1. All very good, but different animals.
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Have both also now. Very different IEMs. I like switching back and forth to appreciate the positive attributes of both. I like the fullness/warmth/bass of the Shures' and the clarity/precision/treble of the Ety's. Sometimes the Shure's seem a little muddy and I can't help but like the Ety's. more. But other times the Ety's. sound weak and I crave the impact of the Shure's. Bottom line is I think it's nice to be able to afford both.

Since I just recently got the Shure's, maybe one day I'll end up liking one over the other. But so far I'm just enjoying both of them. Sometimes I wonder if it would be possible to have the best of both IEMs in one IEM??? I think the UE11s might do that? But very expensive of course...
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I love the ER-4S sound and I owned the E500's for a very short amount of time because I hated it. They have very different sound signatures.
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Originally Posted by tracyrick View Post
Have both also now. Very different IEMs. I like switching back and forth to appreciate the positive attributes of both. I like the fullness/warmth/bass of the Shures' and the clarity/precision/treble of the Ety's. Sometimes the Shure's seem a little muddy and I can't help but like the Ety's. more. But other times the Ety's. sound weak and I crave the impact of the Shure's. Bottom line is I think it's nice to be able to afford both.

Since I just recently got the Shure's, maybe one day I'll end up liking one over the other. But so far I'm just enjoying both of them. Sometimes I wonder if it would be possible to have the best of both IEMs in one IEM??? I think the UE11s might do that? But very expensive of course...
Interesting analogy but I kind of went the opposite way. I thought having them both was a curse. They each exposed the others weaknesses. In the end I thought it was better to stick with one and allow your ears to adjust and warm up to. It ended up being SE530. I was able to much easier live with a slight lack of treble detail versus the thin sound of the Ety. I always craved that full-bodied sound. Plus I think the main strength of the Ety (hyper treble detail) is also it's downfall as I find any listening sessions more than about 20 minutes at strong volumes rather fatiguing. If it's strictly about the music, the SE530 is more fun factor.
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Originally Posted by pdupiano View Post
Hey mate,

What are your impressions on the Shures with the sr-71 and the etys with the sr-71? From my experience with the boa + er4s, I couldn't help but feel that the phones were bland. I mean yeah I could hear the full spectrum, but it just wasn't as fun to listen to.

Thanks,
Paul
well, I think the SR-71 tames the E500 to the point that they are not as fun, with the unpronounced mids and all...

SR-71 is a perfect amp, IMHO, for a forward-sounding but warm headphone like RS-1, or the ER-4S.
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So, I'm seriously thinking of buying another pair or getting these repaired. The Etys just seem to fit my tastes better than the E500.
Etymotics is my favorite headphone company these days, for they replaced a cracked driver and the other side (they were unable to come up with a matching one) FOR FREE.

Send yours in before they start changing their minds...
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