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Etymotic ER4 Replacement

post #1 of 41
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My old ER4s have seen better days but I barely use them anyway as I find them so uncomfortable for more than 15 minutes.

In the office I use AKG K550 headphones which I'm very happy with, I bought Sennheisser HD-25 II for portable use but they're also uncomfortable after some time as I have quite a big head.

 

I've looked for portable headphones which will be comfortable enough but all of them (with low leakage/ high isolation) seem to clamp tightly, I recently tried B&W P5's but the bass was horrible, boomy and distorted, so bad that I suspect they have a fault.

 

Anyway, I've came to the conclusion that I should probably try a more comfortable set of IEMs, I will use my iPhone without an amp for the moment but I am interested in buying one, I listen mostly to guitar based indie music and rock/pop, minimal leakage and high isolation is essential and my budget is around the equivalent of $300

I've been doing some investigation and the Westone 2 IEMs sound very appealing due to comfort, build quality and sound.

What else should I consider?

 

Thanks in advance for your help.

This forum seems to be one of the most helpful on the web, I hope that I can contribute more in the future.

post #2 of 41
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Bump.

post #3 of 41
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I went for Phonak Audéo PFE 111 in the end. 

Hpefully the right choice...

post #4 of 41

Congrats. You came to a good conclusion. The Phonaks are like Etys without so much ear torture.

post #5 of 41
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Originally Posted by robm321 View Post

Congrats. You came to a good conclusion. The Phonaks are like Etys without so much ear torture.

How so?

Just curious.

Jim
post #6 of 41

Jim, they have a similar sound, but the Phonaks are much less painful on the ears.

post #7 of 41
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Congrats. You came to a good conclusion. The Phonaks are like Etys without so much ear torture.

 

Quality of the Etys are higher than the Phonaks though XD I would've gone toward the T15 as there is a single flange tip and the ear torture still isn't as bad.  The Phonaks aren't a bad IEM though at all; definitely a step up from the HF5, but I wouldn't think it'd be a step up from the ER4s (wouldn't know for sure as I haven't heard them :().  The ER4 is probably a bit of a step up from the T15, but has single flange tips that are much more comfortable while still being able to seal the ear :)

post #8 of 41

The ER4S is a step up from just about everything except the uber expensive customs IMHO (for those that "get" or like their sound). The Phonaks have a similar sound but are not as good IMHO.

 

That being said, I know ear torture can be rough. I currently have my right ear plugged because I've been listening to my ER4S for an hour this morning. I think I jammed them in too far. But I'm willing to suffer for its sound.

post #9 of 41

Why no recommendation of a TWFK based IEM? Like the dba02, gr01, r50? Is the ER4 better than the TWFK IEM's?

post #10 of 41

Yes.

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Why no recommendation of a TWFK based IEM? Like the dba02, gr01, r50? Is the ER4 better than the TWFK IEM's?

post #11 of 41
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Originally Posted by robm321 View Post

That being said, I know ear torture can be rough. I currently have my right ear plugged because I've been listening to my ER4S for an hour this morning. I think I jammed them in too far. But I'm willing to suffer for its sound.

What kind of tips are you using?

I use the Comply Foam P-Series and can go well over 8 hours.

Jim
post #12 of 41

^ Been using the Shure Olive tips (small size). It's not brutal but it does hurt if I shove them into my ears deep enough. I should try the comply foam or just get customs and call it a day.

post #13 of 41
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^ Been using the Shure Olive tips (small size). It's not brutal but it does hurt if I shove them into my ears deep enough. I should try the comply foam or just get customs and call it a day.

The small olives were the first foamies I tried too.

I found they were not soft enough.

Tried the Comply, and my oh my, what a difference.

Give em a shot. They will make you renew your vows to your Etys.

Jim
post #14 of 41

My vows are all good with Etys. I'm willing to take the pain etysmile.gif

 

But I appreciate the advice! I'm going to try the complys. I think I might have some around from my various IEMs I've had over the years.

post #15 of 41
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Originally Posted by robm321 View Post

The ER4S is a step up from just about everything except the uber expensive customs IMHO (for those that "get" or like their sound). The Phonaks have a similar sound but are not as good IMHO.

 

That being said, I know ear torture can be rough. I currently have my right ear plugged because I've been listening to my ER4S for an hour this morning. I think I jammed them in too far. But I'm willing to suffer for its sound.

 

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Originally Posted by robm321 View Post

^ Been using the Shure Olive tips (small size). It's not brutal but it does hurt if I shove them into my ears deep enough. I should try the comply foam or just get customs and call it a day.

 

Or you may consider the Fitear F111

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