Well, you know how I feel about value if you're read these threads. While it's not common, there are some surprising values that sound amazing. Things like the re400 and the MH1.
However, I have to be completely honest, not even those compare to the unbelievable value of the zero audio tenores. I paid $55 for mine including shipping on an ebay store with great feedback. I've been listening to them non-stop since I got them (LITERALLY) Other than sleeping, but I listened to them as I fell asleep. haha
How do they sound? My pair sounds so much like the er4s, if I listen to lighter acoustic music it would be easy to forget I wasn't listening to the er4s with red filters. But when the music demands it, the tenores pull out perfect bass. I'm talking, excellent, high quality, perfect quantity bass. So to me, these are EXACTLY what I've been looking for; an er4s with better bass/sub bass.
The bass doesn't bleed or mask at all. The treble extends even a bit higher than the er4s giving a little more air to things. For those who like such things, there is a graph floating on the zero thread that completely corroborates this. Needless to say, these sound just as good as the er4s in every way to my ears, and then improve upon the bass and treble extension. Time will tell how they hold up physically, etc. etc. But audio-wise, these are everything I've been looking for. I think my search is done.
I wish etymotic would take this iem and examine it and see what can be done with a single driver unit. Not everyone agrees on bass levels, etc. but this thing is almost like having an er4s with my bass eq, but it still sounds better, because the bass just sounds more detailed. Kick drums give off a realistic thwamp and kick that sound incredible but the midbass is beautifully open and clean. Not bloated like the mh1. I highly recommend these to anyone looking for an er4s alternative. Are they more accurate? That's hard to say. They meet the accuracy of the er4s to my ears and fix the things I find as flaws. But either way, they are the closest things to the er4s in neutrality and quality I've ever heard and are easily the closest alternative for those who value those traits...
Edited by gnarlsagan - 5/16/14 at 11:53am