Originally Posted by gnarlsagan
Originally Posted by csglinux
I feel guilty for never having posted on this thread. So, one comment and two questions:
1) I love my ER4PT (which is the ER4P with the S adapter). They are really awesome headphones :-) Almost perfect. Great job Etymotic! But since I'm writing, I'll mention just two small things...
2) I miss the controltalk feature on my turbines (and earpods). Etymotic put mics and remotes on everything but the ER4 :-( Does anybody make a replacement cable for that? It doesn't need to be made out of 99.999999999999% pure unobtanium and/or come pre-burned for 10000 hours. I just want the functionality.
3) Occasionally, on some genres of music, I miss the FEEL of the bass on my Monster Turbine Coppers. With some judicious EQ, I can lift up the treble on the Turbines to get very close to the clarity of the ER4s, but not vice versa - i.e., no amount of bass boost on the ER4s ever recovers that jaw-reverberating bass-pounding-inside-your-head that you can get from the Turbines. Is there an IEM out there that has the isolation and clarity of the ER4 (it would have to take Comply P-series tips) but also the head-shaking bass of the Turbines? I may be asking something that's physically impossible as these two headphones have very different types of seal (Monster Turbine = shallow, ER4 = almost a surgical implant).
This has been the quest of the Ety faithful for many moons now. It seems pretty much impossible to get ER4 clarity with a fat lower end, but so far the Rockets by Aurisonics have come the closest imo. The bass probably isn't as emphasized as what you're looking for, but mids and treble are superbly linear and clear. Besides that I haven't heard anything that wouldn't need some eq. Seems like most totl iems either have a treble peak or too much warmth in comparison to the ER4.
Yeah, the tenore is beautiful, but lacks transparency of the er4s. The mh1 is superb, but has some excess bass and slightly less linear treble, but still very excellent. The kc06 is more on the v-shape end of things, but still sounds up there with the other two.
However, as much as I love, and use, them all - I've found my way back in a circle to the er4s. It's the best i've ever heard so far. It's just painful to my ears physically sometimes. Such a drag. And there is a bit of low sub bass missing, but not much really. In fact, with red filters I sometimes find myself turning off eq because it sounds so freaking transparent on some recordings it isn't really "needed".
But they just sound amazing, are durable, and every other iem I've tried sounds poorly isolated in comparison. I sometimes forget how nice it is to be in your own little acoustic studio in your ears when you listen to music. Just quiet and music. If I could just find silicon eartips that somehow didn't hurt after being in my ears for a few hours I'd sell all my other iems. haha. But alas, that isn't the case. So what normally happens is I get fed up with the comfort (not the sound), so I switch to the tenores. I enjoy them, but sooner or later I find the treble and bess too non-distinct for lack of better words. So I sacrifice a slight amount of "accuracy" and switch to the mh1. I'm happy for a while with the more distinct-ness and dynamic sound. But then I start to want more neutrality again. I switch back to the er4s after giving my ears a rest and I'm shocked at how good they sound. Wash, rinse, repeat....
It's getting old. haha