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post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by kojebee View Post
If the Etys are too expensive, consider the RE0.
+1, with proper tips, isolation can be quite good.
post #17 of 27
My TF10 with Sony Hybrid Tips are extremely noise cancelling and sound great with classical music. The comfort is not super high but is pretty darn good once I figured out how to wear them but they are EXTREMELY detailed and have great bass and treble with a neutral midrange. The soundstage is better than alot of other IEM's I have but not huge or anything though.
post #18 of 27
The Etymotic Research ER-4P and hf5 are excellent IEMs but they do have one big problem: the provided ear tips--especially the triple-flange ear tips installed at the factory--are somewhat tricky to insert into your ear to get a decent seal for good noise isolation and decent bass.

You may have to go with third-party ear tips such as the Shure "olive" black foam ear tips designed for their SE-series IEMs or the Comply Foam T-100 or Tx-100 ear tips, which will fit the either the ER-4P or hf5. I use the Tx-100 ear tip on my Klipsch Image S4i IEM and not only does my IEM NOT fall out of my ear like the Klipsch oval ear tips can cause sometimes, I also get clearer bass and better noise isolation, too.
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by sonnybobiche View Post
The Etymotics ER-4P is exactly what you're after. Amazon.com: Etymotic ER-4P Portable In-Ear Earphones: Electronics
No other IEM comes close to its level of isolation, and it really excels at classical music. And it's in your price range!
absolutely the prper choice for classical. Be sure to get the 4p NOT 4s which requires an amp WOn't go wrong with the Ety which was almost designed for classical
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post
My TF10 with Sony Hybrid Tips are extremely noise cancelling and sound great with classical music. The comfort is not super high but is pretty darn good once I figured out how to wear them but they are EXTREMELY detailed and have great bass and treble with a neutral midrange. The soundstage is better than alot of other IEM's I have but not huge or anything though.
Honestly, I feel that the TF10 with the Sony Hybrid tips leave something to be desired in the realm of isolation. They're not terrible by any means, but they isolate less than my Shure SCL4 with the olives did, for example. It depends on where I'm working, as I do a variety of jobs and some are right by some extremely noisy machines that require the operators to wear hearing protection (but not the rest of us who are right near by, oddly enough...) Though not terribly distracting, I can still hear a bit of noise during the quieter passages of music. In quieter parts of the plant, I can barely hear anything when there is no music playing, but I imagine the noise levels on a subway to be closer to the louder areas than the nice quiet spots.

Also, I think the TF10 are out of his budget anyway. Ebay prices have been rising as the excess stock of TF10s is being bought up. I do enjoy them with classical though.
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by EraserXIV View Post
+1, with proper tips, isolation can be quite good.
The isolation is quite good for the subway, but only with foam tips IMO. And those tips degrade the sound of RE0 unfortunately. With regular silicone tips, the isolation is not very for the subway or walking along busy traffic IMO. If you listen to something, like rock or pop it's OK, but for classical it's no good. Instead, like many said already, Ety ER4p will work great for listening to classical and other subtle music the subway as it's got really great isolation - much better than the RE0 can give - and also great sound sound quality with beautiful midrange and treble and accurate deep bass.
post #22 of 27
I'm using ER4S for my classical.
That is the best choise
post #23 of 27
The hf5 is great but I sold mine due to comfort issues.
I now use Shure's SE115 which is a lot more comfortable than the hf5 and still offers excellent isolation with the black olives. However the sound quality is just OK...
post #24 of 27
Have to agree with the Etys. If the ER-4P is too expensive, the HF series should be a reasonable compromise. For classical, an excellent choice. For sound isolation, it depends on the tip, but I also recommend Shure's black olives, which are what I use on both my Etys.
post #25 of 27
My vote goes to the ER4P
post #26 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your advices!
I wasn't aware of Etymotic (shame on me).
The ER-4P are definitely out of my budget, but I could afford buying the HF5.
Are they still a good option? (Dobber65 seems to say so, but many other contributors only speak of ER-4P which seems to be the Rolls Royce but too expensive for me...)
Better than my initial ideas (Shure SE210/Sennheiser)?
Many thanks!
post #27 of 27
ER4p is just their flagship. There have been comparisons with the HF5 with some saying there is not that much difference. I'm sure if you do a search some of those reviews will show up

This is what I've read on reviews when getting the HF5 was quite popular due to some price discount or something.
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