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etymotic er-4 aftermarket low-microphonics cable?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

hey guys, i love my er4's sound and isolation, but im getting kind of irritated by how much noise the cable picks up... wearing them over the ears are beginning to hurt and it only helps somewhat

 

recently i have discovered that the drivers can be detached from the cable, so i was wondering if anyone makes cables which can replace the one which comes with the er-r earphones

it would also have to include the resistor that is built into the stock etymotic cable which defines if the er-4 is a P , an S or a B 

 

 

post #2 of 11

AW Audio Accessory in Hong Kong sells Westone cable adapters.  They are available in P, S and B versions.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ETYMOTIC-ER4-IN-EARPHONE-CABLE-ADAPTOR-B-S-P-/290534436159?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43a533ad3f

 

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Edited by batphink - 6/28/11 at 4:02pm
post #3 of 11

Just out of curiosity, how old are your ER-4's? I only ask because I bought a pair of ER-4P's a few years ago and my original pair's cable was extraordinarily microphonic. However, I had to return them to Etymotic because one of the drivers stopped working. The second pair they sent me had a cable that was not microphonic to my ears at all. Very odd.

post #4 of 11

The new ER-4 cables are less microphonic but still really bad, I'd recommend using the shirt clip if you don't already.

 

That Westone adapter looks awesome, I build cables for those and now I'm glad to have an option for fellow Ety lovers! Super awesome!

post #5 of 11
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well guys i've completely forgotten about this thread since i started listening to my er-4p's with my shirt off, since thats where most of the microphonics come from

but then one pair of my er-4p's started have the left side cutting out, it seems that the cable is giving at the flexible base which attaches to the driver units .... the skin of the wiring is torn and i could see bare copper

 

so yeah , not only are the cables badly microphonic, they also dont last that long... best start looking for a Westone ES cable now.... 

post #6 of 11

Do those Ety S version adapters have the 75 ohm resistors built in so they will transform my current ER4P into ER4S?

 

Which cable form the same suppliers will work with the adapters?

post #7 of 11
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Do those Ety S version adapters have the 75 ohm resistors built in so they will transform my current ER4P into ER4S?

 

Which cable form the same suppliers will work with the adapters?



You can use those 75 ohm resister adapters with any IEM cable, ER4 included. A lot of people already do. The S adapters do indeed turn them in ER4S

post #8 of 11

I was asking if these adapters have the 75ohm resistors built in

 

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post #9 of 11
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I was asking if these adapters have the 75ohm resistors built in

 

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No they do not, I've verified this, the resistor needs to either be added onto your ES cable (easy to do if you reterminate it, the resistor can be concealed within the plug) or you can use the S adapter.

 

If you can stretch for it, Apuresound makes a beautiful replacement cable that provides sonic benefits for what I believe to be a modest price considering they kind of have the monopoly on stock-pinned Ety cables.

post #10 of 11

Then I do not understand why they sell an S a P and a B version?

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Then I do not understand why they sell an S a P and a B version?


 

DOH!

 

*Epic facepalm*

 

Disregard everything I said. That would explain some things...

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