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post #16 of 25

Just a question..

I have got the iphone 4 and the etymotic hf5 arrived just yesterday. Also to me, the etymotics are great, actually fantastic, and they are my first somewhat expensive iems.

Anyways how loud can i turn up the iphone whilst not damaging my ears, anybody got any experience with these iems?

For those who don't know, the hf5's have got an impedance of only 16 ohms, and a sensitivity of 105 dB.

post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Just a question..
I have got the iphone 4 and the etymotic hf5 arrived just yesterday. Also to me, the etymotics are great, actually fantastic, and they are my first somewhat expensive iems.
Anyways how loud can i turn up the iphone whilst not damaging my ears, anybody got any experience with these iems?
For those who don't know, the hf5's have got an impedance of only 16 ohms, and a sensitivity of 105 dB.
Just turn them up to a comfortable level bro.
post #18 of 25

Im just wondering, what is comfortable? You know, i havn't got any experience except what i think is right, and i dont know what to compare with...

post #19 of 25

Comfortable as in the noise level doesn't hurt your ears. The beauty of the Etymotics is that they fit so far down into your ear canal and isolate so incredibly well, you don't have to turn the music up very loud at all and you get the effect of much louder music than you really are getting. 

 

For instance, I just got my ER-4S yesterday. Before that, I was using the RE-262 with Comply tips. When I was done listening to music for any length of time with the 262's...when I took them out of my ears, it took a while for my hearing to return to normal because I had to turn the volume up to get the sound level I wanted. I was worried about the Etymotics being worse since they fit so close to the inner ear, but even after 5 hours of listening last night, when I took them out, my hearing was normal. I attribute that to the much lower volume needed to get the sound I wanted. Using a cMoyBB amp, the Ety was 1/4 of a turn up from 0 opposed to 1/2 a turn up from 0 with the 262...so there's a pretty big difference.

post #20 of 25

The Hifiman RE262 might be a good choice with accurate bass, lush detailed mids and nice crisp highs that aren't harsh plus they have a great soundstage.

 

If you use an amp like the FiiO E6 or E11 ($25 and $58) they sound better plus you don't have to turn the volume up high but they still sound good without an amp imo.


Edited by Techno Kid - 10/4/12 at 10:11am
post #21 of 25

In regards to comfort, may I also recommend getting your tips at Comply? I bought them for my Etymotic ER-4S and I'absolutely love them. My favourite tip type are the Comply P-Series which offer incredible amount of isolation.

 

This will be a godsend if you commute, and you'll not ever need to jack your volume level at obscene levels to enjoy your music.

http://www.complyfoam.com/products/P-Series/

 

Vince

post #22 of 25

Or for $100 you can get custom tips made that are supposed to be fantastic. I'm looking in to that now.

post #23 of 25

Okay, just heard many bad things about that you get used to high volume levels, and some person even suggested me never having it higher than 3 bars on my iphone. Im just thinking it cannot be safe if you like turn up the volume until it hurts, and then turn it like 10% down for example..?

post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by ArmAndHammer View Post

Or for $100 you can get custom tips made that are supposed to be fantastic. I'm looking in to that now.

Stupid question, but the customized tips will offer unparalled isolation right?

 

Vince

post #25 of 25
Not a stupid question at all.

Custom tips must fit right to isolate properly. (Most do not)

They must also have equal distance (left to right), from IEM to eardrum. Elsewise they will alter the sound of the IEM.

IMO it is best NOT to have them, but rather, invest the time and effort into aquiring a great fit with available over the counter tips.

Jim
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Originally Posted by weemaddox View Post

Stupid question, but the customized tips will offer unparalled isolation right?

Vince
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