hi guys! i have a quick question about the er-4p in-ears
so here's the thing: recently, my sennheiser cx880 broke. that being said, now i'm looking for some new in-ears and i'm quite willing to perhaps spend a little more money on those if that means that i can REALLY enjoy the music. so lately i've stumbled across the etymotic er-4p and all its positive reviews. however, many seem to be a bit unhappy with the bass so i'd just like to ask you if it really is THAT weak. see, i don't listen to techno or hiphop or whatnot and i'm by no means a bass-addict, but listening to, say, nine inch nails or thom yorke does require a certain minimum amount of...don't know...'bass impact' or whatever you call it (sorry for the non-technical terms, i'm really not an expert^^). however, apart from that, i listen a lot to classical music as well, so i'm really trying to find a nice pair of in-ears that can handle both types of music as well as possible. with that in mind, would you still recommend the er-4p?
The Etymotic line has bass unlike many IEMs on the market. I find that the majority of IEMs today are heavily coloured and the ER-4S is one of the very few IEMs that are close to uncoloured at all. A lot of users find Etys to sound too "serious" and often "boring" because they are really that transparent. There is no coloured texture that adds to the sensation music gives you; it's a really honest listening experience. The ER-4S is the most "serious" sounding Ety to my ears and the ER-4PT is a bit on the softer side, but that can be easily changed by adding an ohm resistor on. The ER-4 has potential to give very satisfying bass (for example with certain Amps), but generally speaking they are very detailed and accurate. Classical music should sound splendid because there's that BALANCE with the ER-4. If you listen to classical with a V-shaped IEM, you get recessed mids and that really kills the listening experience with classical. So, the ER-4 should be good for you. Just don't expect a "fun" sound. Expect clarity, detail, neutrality, and a touch of cold.