Yep. Many have tried to troll it up in here. We smile and ignore for the most part. When you're satisfied, there's no need to compensate or defend
But what IS the standard? What is the ultimate reference? We argue that question/point all the time here, with no definitive answer. Every single implement that produces sound (earphone, loud speaker, etc) is interpreting audio signals according to their own design and preference.
If you and others don't like the bass-lite sound of the Ety products, that's OK. I'm pretty sure most people here already know that about Ety phones, so the point is settled.
I have to disagree here. I would agree if I had them half way out of my ears or something, but for me they are the only IEM that has ever really sounded like a real instrument with anything i give it. :-o And for the record I record all sorts of real instruments and have a lot of live music experience. :) Just saying. I know i've said it a million times, but I swear some people that think they are getting a good seal still aren't. Also, again, I'm not saying they're perfect, but just closer than anything else in-ear i've heard. :-o
I think they sound very realistic, the only thing that is perhaps detrating from the Ety compared to a real life instrument is dynamics and crossfeed.
Yeah, in the end though they didnt call it an equivalent. I dont think Etymotic would cannibalize their own product, they just created a cheaper product for the masses to generate revenue, without the due diligence involved with the ER-4 series.
Author can't discern between "successor" and "predecessor", and I could easily tell the difference between my HF5 and ER4 when I had both...