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Originally Posted by Krismarzyk View Post

brofeelgood, did you bought the adapter from awwan? in my view the adapter is good and costs USD18 with free of charge shipping instead of USD 49 for Etys genuine adapter.

 

I got mine from a guy called "We Make Amps" or some such funny name for $13. According to the listing, the impedance can be customised to your requirements.

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It's 3am here, so what better to do than rip out my er4s filters and try some new colors?  Well, I have one pair of orange filters, and as I am pretty sure I'll be using red or green for a while, I decided to try the orange first so not to waste any filters.  Surprisingly, they don't sound that bad.  In fact, they pretty much retain all of the awesomeness of the er4s, but like the red, with a slightly different signature.  I'm finding it a bit more bass present.  In fact, I with the green and red filters had the bass of the orange filters, without the further specific treble peak reductions.

 

The only drawback for me personally is that the treble is missing that perfection it has with the other two filters.  The orange just takes that one or two treble points and lowers them "just" enough that the overall smoothness and accuracy of the treble is too off for me.  But I would say it is pretty much the same "amount" of difference from red to orange as there was from green to red.  So, still a very slight difference.  I'm so used to analyzing the crap out of these things that I noticed it right away, but I could see someone having to listen for a while to get used to the differences.

 

Ironically, with the minute changes the filters make, I would take the er4s with ANY filter so far over any other earphone.  The difference is negligible compared to the difference between any other earphone.  So, for those who really want the most of the bass presence and don't mind sacrificing the utmost treble accuracy, the orange are pretty good.  Again, if the difference between the xba3 and er4s is 25% the difference between filters is more like 1-2%.  But even still, I prefer the red/green filters to the orange so far.  I'll leave them in a little longer and see how things go, but I feel like trying the green again for a while...

 

On another note (musical pun!), I tried a few things, such as using tweezers, to remove my filters while preserving them.  Was not happening.  Once I used the tool to remove them, I was surprised at how much you need to pull them out.  Nothing major, but compared to any possible grip with tweezers, etc., that just isn't happening.  At least not for me.  You really need the solid grasp of the filter tool to apply the appropriate amount of force needed...  Just an fyi.

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lusident, if I want maybe a little more bass (in comparison to green filters) but I want to have the same or even more accuracy and level of treble which filters should I use, reds?
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Originally Posted by Krismarzyk View Post

lusident, if I want maybe a little more bass (in comparison to green filters) but I want to have the same or even more accuracy and level of treble which filters should I use, reds?

Unfortunately, that's not possible. The filters simply lower certain parts of the treble, which is why the bass seems louder. There are no different filters that retain treble while changing bass. Each filter lowers the certain treble areas a little more with each higher value. Luckily, compared to other earphones, the filters are a small change and don't affect any areas negatively in terms of sibilance or anything. The treble just sounds a bit different on each. For good accuracy and reasonable bass, i'd say the red are good. The orange still have excellent accuracy in general and give better bass by a small amount though. I would get a few of each and try them for a while...
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@luisdent - I have received my filters and all have survived the process. Thanks again for doing this! :beerchug:

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I received my filters also.  Thanks for doing this!

 

Somehow one of my little red filters managed to slip through the baggy, through the paper and through the envelope with a small hole in all 3.

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Originally Posted by meat01 View Post
 

I received my filters also.  Thanks for doing this!

 

Somehow one of my little red filters managed to slip through the baggy, through the paper and through the envelope with a small hole in all 3.

 

Really?  You are missing one red filter?  That's insane.  You triple checked the baggy I'm sure? :-P  I didn't notice any holes when I sent them. :-/

post #2513 of 4777
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Originally Posted by luisdent View Post
 

 

Really?  You are missing one red filter?  That's insane.  You triple checked the baggy I'm sure? :-P  I didn't notice any holes when I sent them. :-/

Yep, I looked.  It really looked like it was squeezed so hard that it forced the filter through the envelope via the baggy and paper.  It really is insane.  I would think the baggy was strong enough.

 

I would have shipped them the same way and not believed it to be an issue.  None of the filters were crushed, but they made indents in the paper.

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A quick update re: fit — I've now got used to the ER4S fit and there's no discomfort whatsoever. Very glad to report, too, that the Ety shirt-clip has completely solved the ER4S microphonic issues I was having—non whatsoever now. A shirt-clip, incidentally, does not fully solve the $1,000 Senn IE800's horrendously microphonic issues and Sennheiser do not even include said shirt-clip (!); on top of that cable is too short (108cm!), and it comes with proprietary tips that rather easily come off the nozzles and only cost ~£25 (~$40) a pair — oh, but the IE800s are made in Germany, so I guess that's alright, then.


Edited by music_4321 - 9/14/13 at 1:51pm
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Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post

A quick update re: fit — I've now got used to the ER4S fit and there's no discomfort whatsoever. Very glad to report, too, that the Ety shirt-clip has completely solved the ER4S microphonic issues I was having—non whatsoever now. A shirt-clip, incidentally, does not fully solve the $1,000 Senn IE800's horrendously microphonic issues and Sennheiser do not even include said shirt-clip (!); on top of that cable is too short (108cm!), and it comes with proprietary tips that rather easily come off the nozzles and only cost ~£25 (~$40) a pair — oh, but the IE800s are made in Germany, so I guess that's alright, then.

Why the ie800 is $800 and the er4s is $300 boggles my mind.
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Originally Posted by luisdent View Post

Why the ie800 is $800 and the er4s is $300 boggles my mind.

 

Just a reminder the IE800 costs $1,000 not $800. Regardless of price, and as noted already, I personally prefer the ER4S' sonics.

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Hey Luisdent, Filters arrived safe and sound. I'm gonna go a week or so with the stock filters and nothing else before i swap them out for the reds.

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Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post
 

 

Just a reminder the IE800 costs $1,000 not $800. Regardless of price, and as noted already, I personally prefer the ER4S' sonics.

 

 

Remember that the ER4S always cost $300+, even when it came out in the 90s. It's just stuck to that price. $300 isn't quite what it used to be.

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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post
 

 

 

Remember that the ER4S always cost $300+, even when it came out in the 90s. It's just stuck to that price. $300 isn't quite what it used to be.

Damn strait it aint. In the 90's our dollar was being pounded relentlessly by the greenback and my ER4S cost me a gnats whisker under 600 landed here after customs got finished with me. They were still worth every penny and at the current rate look bargain priced:D

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Originally Posted by Hutnicks View Post
 

Damn strait it aint. In the 90's our dollar was being pounded relentlessly by the greenback and my ER4S cost me a gnats whisker under 600 landed here after customs got finished with me. They were still worth every penny and at the current rate look bargain priced:D

 

Too funny.  I have a similar memory of purchasing mine.  In 2002 I found a dealer in Montreal that had them for $579.

 

 

Still worth it.

 

 

:beerchug:

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