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Etymotic questions (and hd600)

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I'm simply wondering what people think of the ER4s being fed out of a tube amp like an MG Head.

I'm still debating whether I should go with the HD600 or the etys... how is the soundstaging and imaging on the etys compared to the HD600s?
post #2 of 22

i can say....

i can say that after about two days, my mghead and hd600's sound wonderful, with lots of richness in the midrange, and loads of clarity. Ei el84's on order. Right now there are the sovteks in there.

as to the soundstage, i am not sure what you mean by that? I am only familiar with what my magneplanar speakers produce soundstage wise, and there is a really big differnce between those and the headphones. There is no insturment placement with the headphones, sure they are on differnt sides of my head, and insturments come from differnt regions, but there is notihng concrete like on a pair of regular speakers. What i am trying to say is that insturments do not sit in a particular space, like they can with a very good speaker.
post #3 of 22
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chych said...

I'm still debating whether I should go with the HD600 or the etys... how is the soundstaging and imaging on the etys compared to the HD600s?
chych, the Etys and 600s are roughly equal in providing width/depth clues for instruments, and both have precise imaging. The only difference is that the 600s soundstage physically extends outside of your head, while the Etys soundstage will always be in your head.

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kenk said...

There is no insturment placement with the headphones, sure they are on differnt sides of my head, and insturments come from differnt regions, but there is notihng concrete like on a pair of regular speakers. What i am trying to say is that insturments do not sit in a particular space, like they can with a very good speaker.
Those statements sound contradictory to me. How can instruments be located in specific regions, but not sit in a particular space?

Now if you mean the instruments aren't correctly layered depth-wise like w/ speakers, that I understand.
post #4 of 22
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chych said...

I'm still debating whether I should go with the HD600 or the etys...
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the HD580's are quite "distant" sounding.

joelongwood is well known for his comment that grado's make you feel like you're on stage with the performer.

well, with the ety's you feel like you ARE the performer.

I have the ER4-P's and they are incredible.
post #5 of 22
The Ety 4S's sound very good with the MG Head. It's a very nice marriage and one I've personally used for about 3 months! The Head drives them with ease.
post #6 of 22
I'd say that the Etys have a more up-front presentation than the HD-600/580s, but the biggest difference is that the Etys isolate you more from ambient noise, and thereby allow you to hear cleanly and deeply into the soundstage. The Senns are quite capable of the same thing, but have the rather ridiculous requirement of a quiet listening room! The Senns do not block any external noise at all, and you really need a very quiet room to hear the extent of their capabilities.

For me, the Senns are more comfortable than the Etys for day-to-day use. Plugging and unplugging the Etys many times into my ears chafes.

--Andre
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
Well then, that convinced me... I'm getting the Etymotics.

I'm near a computer so the isolation would help (though I doubt I'd be able to hear the phone and doorbell... eh big deal).

Hopefully I figure out how to use them without many troubles...

So, anyone want to convince me in not getting the Etys? (not you joelongwood and tomcat )


And, uh, anyone want half of a Beyerdynamic?
post #8 of 22
Now if you mean the instruments aren't correctly layered depth-wise like w/ speakers, that I understand. [/B][/QUOTE]

depth was what i meant, sorry for the lack of clarity. I could not think of a good way to decribe what i meant before.
post #9 of 22
chych - yesterday when we were chatting - the first thing i said was go for the etys.....then i said go for the 600s when you said you were leaning towards them, since you shouldn't have doubts...

GET THE ETYS ALREADY!
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
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GET THE ETYS ALREADY!
Guess what Vij...

I just did
post #11 of 22
Congrats! I think that etys are going to be my next forray into the world of headphones, if the RS-1s don't get to me first.
post #12 of 22
Chych,

Congratulations! Please post your impressions of the Etys after you've given them a good listening.

--Andre
post #13 of 22
ALL RIGHT CHYCH!!!!

Gotta give me a sneak peek at that review, tho, before you give it to everyone at head-fi...what? You don't plan on writing up a ridiculously long review!? Grr......
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
Don't worry, I'll write a ridicously long review eventually...

I'll also take some pictures of it comparing it to it's baby brother (ex70).

I was planning on writing a long review for my DT831s... but... well... not anymore...
post #15 of 22
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chych said...

I was planning on writing a long review for my DT831s... but... well... not anymore...
Why not just write half of it?
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