Thanks guys! That is what I thought... I ordered a pair of ER4S from BH Photo because it pictured the new cable, braided near the top but still w/ the red and blue color. But they sent me the old box...and I guess the old cable, too, w/ the thicker, straight cable near the earphone.
luisdent: why do you like the old cable? I do find the microphonics better on the ER4P-like braided cable.
Would anyone want to switch? Or if someone wanted, I could sell my ER4PT w/ the old ER4S cable and keep the ER4PT cable for my ER4S. I'd be happy with that. (See my listing if interested.)
First of all, I haven't had that specific er4 cable in person, so I can't say with 100% certainty, but I've had other cables that look just like it with the same type of braided wire. With that said...
The biggest thing honestly... I like the look of the old cable, and that it isn't braided. I don't really like braided cables. I don't like the way they feel and typically they can become less tightly braided and twisted over time (not necessarily guaranteed). With either cable from etymotic's own admission the cable noise is very similar, just a small bit reduced on the braided version. Personally, the cable noise is bad enough that with either I would use the shirt clip. With the shirt clip on the straight cable I have no cable noise issues. Plus, I've added a little cord lock to my cable, I like the way that feels on a straight cable as well, and that further reduced cable noise if I keep the lock near my neck.
This is just an opinion, but the older cable looks more durable to me. It looks like the material is a bit different, which technically might be partially true, as etymotic told me they made the new cable because of some regulation in a country or something. Not sure if it was the metal or plastic though.
Either way, I love the red and blue coloring and the right angle connector is awesome. It also looks like it might be a bit tougher. But no matter what, they are both excellent and the connectors and wires look well made and not super thin and cheap. So whichever people prefer really. Needless to say, other than very small differences in cable noise and the appearance, you're not really "missing anything" with the older cable. But again, this is all theoretical based on pictures and second hand reviews. I haven't used the new cable in person.
UPDATE: I suppose if the new cable right angle connector is any smaller it "might" fit certain jacks better. I've never had a problem personally, but I don't use cases that would cause a problem. But that might be a factor...
Edited by luisdent - 3/26/14 at 2:20pm