Etymotic Research EVO impressions and discussion thread
May 25, 2021 at 12:31 AM Post #421 of 992

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I bit on the EVO pre-sale.

ER4S was my first-ever premium in-ear headphone that I bought way back in my introduction into this hobby around 2007. I have been a die-hard fan since.

I doubt Etymotic will let me down, though $500 is a big price point to live up to!
 
May 25, 2021 at 12:31 AM Post #422 of 992

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No pressure, amirite? :ksc75smile:
It’s the other way around. The bar they have to step over is pretty low given how many multi-kilobuck flagship IEMs are pretentious without reaching their goal.
 
May 25, 2021 at 3:00 AM Post #423 of 992

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Could be worse; it could be like the Audeze iSine and Apple ADDIEM/EarPods cases that you had to wind in a very particular way to get it to fit.

Sennheiser IE 80 and IE 800 cases as well.



@EtyDave @Zachik

Is the carrying case's lid threaded or snap-on (I cannot clearly tell by the photos)? If the latter were the case, then I'd say that a threaded lid (plus simple rubber gasket) would've ultimately been more ideal in the long term (protection, durability) and more appropriate at the price point. However if the former were the case - well done.
 
May 25, 2021 at 3:08 AM Post #424 of 992

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I hope Etymōtic disrupts the industry with the EVO. It comes during a time when a hard reset is needed as more excessively priced in ear monitors enter the market with inexperienced engineering. I purchased the ER4 in 1993, ER4P/S in 2004, and ER4SR in 2017 and have yet to find anything as honest. Most of the new flagship in ear monitors belong in the dumpster.
This is why I'm tempted to get this if it embarrasses IEM's with 4 ~ 10 drivers the same way the Ety ER4S did. Nice that it has a long nozzle this time since the short ones were a joke to get a any decent fit.
 
May 25, 2021 at 6:23 AM Post #427 of 992

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Here is a side-by-side photo that shows the nozzles:
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Is that the serial number on the nozzle?
 
May 25, 2021 at 7:15 AM Post #429 of 992

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The lid snap-on. No thread.

Thanks for your reply.

Too bad - given Etymotic's approach to perfection (except for minor things such as the newer ER series' lack of clearly distinguishable side indicators and the lack of a chin-slider on the older and discontinued ER-4S' cable) and professional audio orientation, I would have expected a threaded lid that would provide even more protection and convenience in a more careless roadie/tour environment. Maybe something that could be changed in the future. @EtyDave
Then again, it is at least nice to see that Etymotic didn't go for a very boutique- and premium-looking but less protective carrying case like it is unfortunately the trend with some companies (artificial fur on the inside that will just create more micro dust, lids that don't fully close and therefore allow moisture and dust to enter, "flaps" on the inside that look nice and keep the lid open when the case is opened up but drastically limit interior space, and other nonsense that I have seen over the years).

Sure, it's rather unlikely that a snap-on lid would fail over time (although I've had some very rare cases of cases whose lids were fitting just a bit too loosely and could theoretically pop open unintended), and my Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10s' case still does its job sublimely after all of those years, but nonetheless a threaded lead would have been one step closer to overall perfection.
 
May 25, 2021 at 10:27 AM Post #431 of 992

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May 25, 2021 at 10:31 AM Post #433 of 992

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Thanks for your reply.

Too bad - given Etymotic's approach to perfection (except for minor things such as the newer ER series' lack of clearly distinguishable side indicators and the lack of a chin-slider on the older and discontinued ER-4S' cable) and professional audio orientation, I would have expected a threaded lid that would provide even more protection and convenience in a more careless roadie/tour environment. Maybe something that could be changed in the future. @EtyDave
Then again, it is at least nice to see that Etymotic didn't go for a very boutique- and premium-looking but less protective carrying case like it is unfortunately the trend with some companies (artificial fur on the inside that will just create more micro dust, lids that don't fully close and therefore allow moisture and dust to enter, "flaps" on the inside that look nice and keep the lid open when the case is opened up but drastically limit interior space, and other nonsense that I have seen over the years).

Sure, it's rather unlikely that a snap-on lid would fail over time (although I've had some very rare cases of cases whose lids were fitting just a bit too loosely and could theoretically pop open unintended), and my Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10s' case still does its job sublimely after all of those years, but nonetheless a threaded lead would have been one step closer to overall perfection.

That's good feedback. I could see how a threaded lid could be preferred for some situations.

I'll be curious to see what people think of the case once they have it in hand.
 
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