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Etymotic mc-series (moving-coil based IEMs)

post #1 of 58
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Fellow head-fi'ers,

There's a new member of the Etys family:

Etymotic moving-coil based earphones ears-on -- Engadget

Any thoughts?
post #2 of 58
sweet, looking forward to it
post #3 of 58
Bigger. I wonder about comfort. The article mentions hf2 model. Is the current hf2 being replaced?
post #4 of 58
These will have to be very very very good to be better than the ER4. They're certainly fatter to fit that coil in. I'd be very very interested to hear them but am sceptical they could come in at the top of the product range. I'd expect them in below the ER6.
post #5 of 58
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Do you think this product line will somewhat veer off the signature Etys SQ?

On the other hand, I think they're finally listening to comments and suggestions by those who own the Etys. While I do not personally own them nor have I tried auditioning them, should they get released I might as well try these 'phones.
post #6 of 58
Doesn't the newer Klipsch (S4, S4i) have something similar?
post #7 of 58
wait, they say the hf2, hf3, and hf5 are part of these new IEMs, but aren't those already out?

are they just updating the line?
post #8 of 58
mc - Etymotic hip-hop earphones?!
post #9 of 58
Can't imagine them being better since they are "less-expensive." Not that price always means quality, but why would the company make something "better" than their 18 year flagship and then sell it for less?
post #10 of 58
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^^Maybe they've managed to improve performance while keeping costs down, a la Moore's Law?
post #11 of 58
Heres another article of them Etymotic mc3 moving coil headset brings down the price of quality | DVICE
(p.s. lol, look out for the uniformed comment at the end of that article)

$100 doesn't sound too shabby, wonder what qualified people have to say about them when they actually come out. Consider me interested.
post #12 of 58
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Originally Posted by jaibautista View Post
On the other hand, I think they're finally listening to comments and suggestions by those who own the Etys. While I do not personally own them nor have I tried auditioning them, should they get released I might as well try these 'phones.
I think it's a case of listening to very specific commenters, ie not-audiophiles who can't accept the bass-light nature of Etymotic's sound. Bass + "cheap" MSRP makes this seem like a mass market push.

With that said ... aren't RE0s also moving coil? They aren't exactly bass beasts.
post #13 of 58
Seriously though, if Etymotic starts selling IEM that doesn't sound like an Ety, I am not sure the Ety fan in me will be happy about it. The house sound is so monumental that any dramatic change will probably being seen as betray of the true-to-sound philosophy.
post #14 of 58
Agreed. I'm content that Ety's sound isn't for everyone.
post #15 of 58
Well, I think they may maintain the house sound with dynamic driver. RE0 driver used in well-tuned surrounding may get very close to the core of the Ety sound. Probably closer than some Ety models did.
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