Wow, awesome discussion guys. I'm glad, after so many years of using the P's, that there's something else now to consider. (At some point I tried out a pair of $1000 Shure IEM's and I thought the Etymotics were much better. )
I was thinking about getting the SR, but now I'm leaning XR. I do like hip hop, electro-trance. They'd benefit from the bass. Then again, I like Joni Mitchell...
This intrigues me:
I could do that. But I'm wondering... how annoying is that to Etymotic? I know it's fairly common to buy things, demo them, and return them, but I almost never do. This would be the ideal solution to me... but is it, like, wrong?
I called and emailed to be 100% sure about not liking the SR and if an exchange for the XR is optional as I don't like to sample either being fair as a consumer and Etymotic said they always have had a 30 trial period. I even said I would not use their tips and use mine so if I did a return it will all be pristine. They said NO use our tips and it's not an issue. Awesome company!