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post #1 of 24
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So, I've been out of the loop for a while. A while means LiveWires were the FOTM, there was only one version of the SF5, and the SA6s had just come out. Now I finally have the budget to spend on a really nice pair of IEMs. Back from what I remember, the Triple.fi 10 and Shure SE530 were the popular ones.

First and foremost, I wear glasses. I had SF3s before and they did good, but sometimes would rub against my glasses and made a very annoying rubbing sound.

As a basis, I listen to a lot of hardcore music, but I also listen to quite a bit of acoustic and 90's Rock (i.e. Smashing Pumpkins, etc.) I really enjoy my ER-6i's sound signature, but I also absolutely adore the sound of my Grado SR-60's through a cMoy with bass boost. If I could get IEM's around that sound, I'd be a happy camper. So overall I have to say I favor that warm sound the cMoy gives my Grado's.

For now, my source is a Sony NWZ-A726. I'd say it's a good DAP, but if I find a nice pair of IEM's, I plan on going with one of the S-Series 16GB players. The average bit rate on the player 256 MP3 (Converted from ALAC).

My budget is about $300, though I can go over if need be. If an IEM is mentioned, a link would be appreciated for the best place to buy it.
post #2 of 24
I think the best bet is UM3x which i seen on F/S forum and they are very revealing IEMs with great extention in mids, highs and bass. Some reviewers mentionted these are exceeding SE530, TF10Pro in soundquality and there soundsignature is little warm and airy.
post #3 of 24
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Yeah, I love my Ety's, but feel, with some warmth and bottom end, they'd be perfect. You think the UM3x's achieve that?
post #4 of 24
ER-4P + Shure black foam seem to be safe bet for you.
RE0 may also suit Ety lover well, providing warmer sound. Check "canalphone" link at my sig.
I did not hear Phonaks yet, but there are a lot of people recommending them for Ety/Grado lovers.
post #5 of 24
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ER-4P + Shure black foam seem to be safe bet for you.
RE0 may also suit Ety lover well, providing warmer sound. Check "canalphone" link at my sig.
I did not hear Phonaks yet, but there are a lot of people recommending them for Ety/Grado lovers.
ER-4P are warmer than the ER-6i? I've read that they still had that cold, crisp, and accurate feeling. There's nothing wrong with that, but I'm not sure which route to go with IEM's. I'm just basically trying to find the best IEM's that can be bought before going custom.
post #6 of 24
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ER-4P are warmer than the ER-6i?
Yes, they are. They are also smoother.

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I've read that they still had that cold, crisp, and accurate feeling.
This is also true. And Shure black foams soften sharp sound of Etys in a pleasant way, like no other tips do. It is like to buy a new IEM, really. You may also try these tips with ER-6i with precautions since ER-6i sound tubes are fragile and tips are tight. This is the least expensive way to get new IEM.
post #7 of 24
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Yeah, I love my Ety's, but feel, with some warmth and bottom end, they'd be perfect. You think the UM3x's achieve that?
The Um3x has rich, forward, detailed midrange with punchy deep bass and the amount is more than enough(more than ER4P/S) with good extention in highs. UM3x sparkle may not be same ER4P/S but highs are still clear and detailed than SE530. So it's one of top tier IEMs before you go to custom and even here ranked higher than SE530, TF10Pro and westone 3.
post #8 of 24
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Yes, they are. They are also smoother.



This is also true. And Shure black foams soften sharp sound of Etys in a pleasant way, like no other tips do. It is like to buy a new IEM, really. You may also try these tips with ER-6i with precautions since ER-6i sound tubes are fragile and tips are tight. This is the least expensive way to get new IEM.
I actually currently have those tips on my Ety's and you're right, it gives them a little more punch and takes out the most of the piercing treble.

My question is based on coming from ER-6i to ER-4P. How is the bass? Is it a fuller and punchier bass?
post #9 of 24
I can only say that I'm very happy with my ER4S and AirHead. I use Ety's smallest foam tip and I have no problem with the pure sound they deliver right down to the accurate punchy bass.

I also have Phonak PFE and while they are Very Good for the price and are somewhat close to the ER4S (depending on filters used) they lack the clarity and definition of the Ety's.
post #10 of 24
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I can only say that I'm very happy with my ER4S and AirHead. I use Ety's smallest foam tip and I have no problem with the pure sound they deliver right down to the accurate punchy bass.

I also have Phonak PFE and while they are Very Good for the price and are somewhat close to the ER4S (depending on filters used) they lack the clarity and definition of the Ety's.
Have you ever listened to the Ety ER-6i?
post #11 of 24
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Have you ever listened to the Ety ER-6i?
No I haven't. From what I understand they have a thinner less refined sound sig. It's there entry level phone. The ER4s is a great phone and can be had at Headroom right now for about $160. A must have in my opinion.
post #12 of 24
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My question is based on coming from ER-6i to ER-4P. How is the bass? Is it a fuller and punchier bass?
Fuller, punchier and deeper. Not a lot, but the difference is here.

RE: UM3 - FWIR, they unlikely will satisfy Ety lover well. I have an opportunity to try them, but I am not even willing to. The descriptions I read told me that it is more like opposition to Ety.

If I ever will upgrade from my custom tipped Ety, this will be JH13.
post #13 of 24
I would probably try UM3 as an Ety upgrade, if I never listened to UM2 before.
post #14 of 24
Amazon has the UE Triple.fi for $266. including a $80. rebate from Logitech. I like the Triple's a lot and they are a bargain at this price. They are being marketed by Amazon so should be easily returned if fit or sound are not to your liking.
Sandy.
post #15 of 24
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I really enjoy my ER-6i's sound signature, but I also absolutely adore the sound of my Grado SR-60's through a cMoy with bass boost. If I could get IEM's around that sound, I'd be a happy camper.
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