- Apr 2, 2011
Indeed, with the "right" SPL the bass that I get from my ER4XR is amazing. As a matter of fact, after directly comparing it with the bass of my other favorite IEM, the DUNU-DN2000J, I definitely prefer it (at least today and at least with the tracks that I've been listening to today).
The "bass problem" has little to do with the ER4s themselves. It's a general problem with IEMs. They just can't deliver the kind of energy good speakers can (except for to the eardrums). However, as I've stated before, when IEM bass is well implemented (like in the ER4XR) the brain has an amazing ability to - after some time - spontaneously fill in the blanks.
How is the bass quantity compared to the DN-2000J?
The ER4XR bass quantity is definitely and a lot less compared to the DN-2000J.
With the right recording the DN-2000J bass is pretty awesome (although not eardrum neutral). As you may remember, the DN2000J bass (unlike the ER4 bass) didn't cause any kind of controversy in the DN2000J thread. To the contrary, everyone seemed to agree it was some of the best bass they had ever gotten from an IEM. On the right day with the right track I just love it
However, today isn't one of those days. I'm in an ER4XR mood today and the bass doesn't seem to lack anything; quantity or quality! I should mention though that I'm using a a bit more loudness than I'd ideally want to (but it's not overly loud). I can truthfully say that the ER4XR covers all my bass needs.
Non the less, I'm happy I can switch to the DN2000J whenever that craving for "extra everything bass" sets in.