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You Vote and I'll Buy - HD25 or Ety 4p?

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by donaldekelly, Apr 3, 2005.
  1. donaldekelly Contributor
    Depending on which thread I read it is clear that the HD25 sounds better than the Ety 4p. Or the other way around.

    I already asked for a UM2 vs. Ety smackdown and it was a draw.

    How about this match - for sound only.

  2. episiarch Contributor
    Will you be amping them, and what aspects of sound quality do you care about?
  3. donaldekelly Contributor
    Good questions

    Yes - I can be talked into an amp, but don't have one yet. So, count in a small amp.

    And, I think I treasure treble a little more than bass - but want the bass too. I kind of categorize sound into three areas: good bass (defined, extended) mids (clear and pleasing) and high tones (detailed and extended as well).

    I don't know that I have ever heard good soundstage - so I don't know what it is. I want reasonable isolation, but don't need the best isolation.

    I should have put the Westone UM2s in there as well. I think I might slightly prefer them over the Ety ER-4Ps. But they are more expensive - so a longer wait for me to get if I stay on budget.
  4. episiarch Contributor
    For sound only, I'm voting ER-4P.

    But for "popularity" you can't go wrong with HD25: pretty much everybody likes it (to differing degrees), while ER-4P has both partisans and detractors. I'm only guessing, but I'm tempted to think that if you later decided to sell, you would resell HD25 at less of a loss than ER-4P.

    Personally I use ER-4S for my audiophile listening, and HD25 at work because it's easier to put on / take off when I'm interrupted. I like the ER-4P in a lot of ways, but its tonal balance just doesn't sound correct to me, so I always use the 4P->4S adaptor.

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