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post #8896 of 8902
The drop in impedance and increase in sensitivity at the same performance level is pretty huge. I went from ER-4S to ER-4XR and I'm happy with my choice, since I don't need an amp.
post #8897 of 8902
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Originally Posted by thefitz View Post

The drop in impedance and increase in sensitivity at the same performance level is pretty huge. I went from ER-4S to ER-4XR and I'm happy with my choice, since I don't need an amp.

The impedance of the ER4s, never really bothered me, simply because I am carrying a portable amp with me most of the time. In the the rare cases I do not want an amp, I still had the ER4p to fall back on.

 

I still do think that around $300 for an 'upgrade' is quite a lot, as for the same price one could purchase products which better complement the ER4s in ones collection.

 

Are the (sensitivity-independant) sound improvement that big? It don't seem to catch is from the previous posts in this thread.

post #8898 of 8902
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Originally Posted by TheDreamthinker View Post
 

 

 

I still do think that around $300 for an 'upgrade' is quite a lot, as for the same price one could purchase products which better complement the ER4s in ones collection.

 

 

 

I suspect that is why there are so many ER4s up for sale privately.

post #8899 of 8902
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I suspect that is why there are so many ER4s up for sale privately.

Well that is a possibility, people trying to get their upgrade funds.

But at the same time, i didn't see people discuss the improvements to be very huge (or worthwhile). Of course people are happy with their

upgrade, but i am not feeling a large amount of persistent exitement here.

 

Am I missing something?

post #8900 of 8902

Hi everybody! I bought ER4s a few days ago and these are marvelous phones... I use them with FiiO X5 and it's ok. But it may be far better. I plugged them into my Muse Dac Model Two and Scorpion HV1 (very good polish tube amp) and .... they played better than HD800 and GS1000 :) Really better. On the other hand - Stax is still another league.

 

But anyway, it looks like if someone doesn't have a big money to spend and wants a hi-end sound it is good idea to buy Etymotic and good dac and amp on the desk :) It looks to me that they are better than most of dynamic headphones!

 

Now I think about Colorfly C4 as I heard it is good companion for them :) And new ER4-SR are tempting but I hope I'll say stop as I use portable from time to time :)

post #8901 of 8902
It's quite simple - the ER-4SR is the ER-4S that's much easier to drive.

The ER-4XR has the "fun" bass signature of the ER-4PT while the zero compromise treble signature of the ER-4S.

The ER-4SR is replacing the ER-4S since it's the same sound that's easier to drive. The ER-4XR is replacing the ER-4PT since it's as easy to drive and as fun as the ER4-PT without the treble compromises.

What's confusing?
post #8902 of 8902
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Originally Posted by TheDreamthinker View Post
 

Well that is a possibility, people trying to get their upgrade funds.

But at the same time, i didn't see people discuss the improvements to be very huge (or worthwhile). Of course people are happy with their

upgrade, but i am not feeling a large amount of persistent exitement here.

 

Am I missing something?


Well, really neutral is neutral. So bumping the bass is going to appeal to some. As I never felt it lacking my motivation, especially without having significant time to hear the new models is very low.

 

 For those who just have to be the first kid on the block with the new faster sneakers, selling privately is going to put you far ahead of the upgrade pricing.

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