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I was very excited seeing the ER2 anounced at Massdrop. One step away ordering them I got loaners directly in Germany. Because of missing reviews I decided to share my impressions in a short way.
The ER2 fit insanely as good as the ER3 or ER4. Passive noise reduction is impressive. Etymotic goes dynamic, wow... very interesting. I like the ER3SE a lot but never bought them because the Balanced Armature gives me not enough natural bass feeling. In this case in my opinion the ER2SE is a game changer. The bass gets more lively beeing as dynamic and punchy as known from the ER3 and ER4. The amount of deep bass is a little bit higher as with the ER3SE. Over all the ER2SE is absolutely well balanced, very natural and unexeggerated in the best meaning. The resolution comes near the ER3SE but the ER4SE is more refined in the upper mids and highs. In my ears the ER2SE gives the absolutely best compromise of all this three if it comes to natural and refined sound with deep, punchy and organic bass, clear vocals and soft and at the same time shining highs.
With one word the ER2SE are "amazing".
A little shadow may be the only 96dB/mW what means that e.g. used with an iPhone 6S the come to a loudness like listening to music in a living room. High volumes I only get in combination with an xCAN or Hiby R6. Oh, by the way... the ER2 with a dynamic driver is not as sensitiv to higher output impedances of e.g. DAPs as Balanced Armature driver are. It means that a Hiby R6 - an absolut great DAP with 6 ohm output impedance - gives an ER3 or ER4 a less bass. This little problem does not exist with the ER2. :)
Normally I like a little bit emphazised bass so the ER2XR should be fitting better my taste of sound signature. But I have to say: go with the SE because the more of bass of the XR bleeds to much in the mids and the highs are not as refined as with the SE.
Listening to Jeff Cascaro and Gregory Porter is a ceremony!
Additional Soulpersona, Michael Jackson, Classic Rock, so all genres I listen to are absolutely fantastic presented by the ER2SE in the best boring natural way I can find. ;)
Added the measurements of ER2SE & XR compared to iBasso iT04, compensated aprox. free field
raw measurements SR & XE (left & right channel), impressive channel matching
For all german speaking here my review on Youtube
Hi, thank you for the review and measurements! Do you have the ER4SR on hand, and if you do, would you be able to measure it so we can compare to the ER2SE and ER2XR?
Hi, sorry, I do not have any ER4SE nor I get my hands on them.