Originally Posted by zowki
I've been listening to my Etymotic ER4S for a few days and I find the 2.5khz peak to be too harsh. I EQ 1khz to 3khz down at to 5db to make it sound neutral. Does anyone else experience this? Does the Etymotic ER4P also have the same 2.5khz peak?
Edited by Pianist - 5/12/13 at 12:23pm
Personally, I never found ER4S to be harsh to my ears, even though I am sensitive to the presence region too. I actually found ER4P harsher sounding in the highs. Make sure you get are getting a deep, tight seal - the Etys absolutely need it to produce proper sound. Also, make sure that you are using either the triple flanges, or other tips of similar length, like the long foams. With shorter tips, even if you insert the IEMs deep, the seal may still not be sufficient from my experience. Although it depends on your ear canal size and shape I suppose. If you have small ear canals, then short tips may work fine for you, but if you find the sound harsh, it is more likely than not that you are not getting the proper seal. Other possible causes of harsh sound include issues with the source or amp, excessive volume levels and bad recording quality.