First time here and have been reading this board all day. This place is a great resource.
I bought my first ER4S 8 or 9 years ago, while living in Taiwan. Bought a second pair in Bangkok 5 years ago.
Hated the foamies, as they never fit right, and when I first got the flanges, I was too afraid to insert them deep enough.
Oddly, when I finally figured out to dampen them properly and insert until you could feel the seal, I noticed less fatigue wearing them. And obviously appreciated them all the more.
I've tried the old HeadRoom Air Head, and still have a HeadRoom Cosmic gathering dust somewhere.
Even though I'm a happy camper listening to my IPod Classic with no additional amplification, I'm still thinking I'm not getting 100% from the 4's.
I don't fly as much as I used to, so taking the Cosmic out of mothballs won't work.
Hoping to find an amp I can velcro to the IPod and use while reading, beach time ( I live in Thailand most of the year ), and maybe exercise.
Looking at the TTJV Slim ( by the way, called today, and Todd has them in stock, ready for next day shipment ). Will I notice a significant difference over the IPod direct?
I called Etymotic today, and spoke to a terrific woman named Mo, as I honestly could not remember if mine were S's or P's. Mo helped me through that embarrassing moment, and pro ceded to make some additional recommendations based on how I listen.
Did you know you can send your S's back and for $65, they will convert them to P's?
After reading this entire thread, I'm thinking that's not the answer for me, but it was great to speak with a company representative who did not try to oversell.
I still love the Etys and although I have no intention to become a can addict, my hearing is still excellent.
Do you guys think there is an appreciative difference adding a $350 TTVJ?
Also, although the flanges have worked, has anyone used the Shure Olives o the Etys? Do they fit?
Thanks in advance.
And thanks to the OP who started this thread.
One more question... most comments about Etys are positive, the negatives are usually complaints about things they were not built to do. But why are there ( seemingly ) so few here who use Etys? Is the price just out of reach?
I'm neither rich, nor poor. But these IEM's represent true value to me.
Hope all is well.
Edit: I've never understood the "lack of bass" argument. Bass should be reproduced at the same levels as mid-range and treble. The "forced air" push of bass, unfaithfully reproducing what is recorded has always made me **** ( edit : oops, I guess I should have said "turn" ) my head sideways at those who otherwise consider themselves "audiophiles".
The bass on the Etys has always seemed natural and accurate, adding to their long term listening comfort.
But, what do I know??? :)
Edited by cmasia - 7/28/11 at 10:46pm