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4P is the lower impedance version or 4S and consequently have slightly different FR graph due to the impedance tweak. You can turn 4P into 4S with the help of 75-ohm impedance adapter, but you can't do the opposite.
I had these and HF5s; I sent them back to the store. Ymmv vary, but I found them less exciting than the HF5s (which I'm not wild about but are ok.) My subjective judgement is that they could give very fast transient sounds - like say snare drum hits - the sharpness they needed, which is essential for rock.
The absolute Rock God headphone imo is the Sennheiser HD25-1-ii - it does exactly what the Yamahas couldn't do and lets aggressive music sound aggressive and exciting. No, it's not an IEM - but is a portable headphone and has IEM like isolation. They're also fun because they're the black sheep of the Sennheiser family - their other "serious" phones are tilted towards classical.
The 25s remind me of the other problem I had with the Yamahas: they were very heavy little lumps of metal on *very* spindly non-repairable cables and so felt likely to be destroyed. (The 25s are super tough and everything is replaceable.)
In fact the 25s sound so good for rock that I think I'll ask if anyone knows of IEMs that sound like them...
Edited by scuttle - 2/4/13 at 8:10pm
Because they're often considered pretty much the HF5s but slightly better:
One poster commented that the HF5s were 95% of the ER-4P without the microphonics problems.
...and if you're looking for a great rock sound, that probably isn't going to do it for you. Don't the ER4p and HF5 even the same driver? I'd really have to see evidence of a serious difference here! Not to mention a radical change in personality, given what the OP wants.
My bet is that JVCs might be good to look at - the cheaper pairs I've had have been very rock oriented - they have the tight punchy bass that the Etys don't.
Edited by scuttle - 2/4/13 at 8:55pm