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I've owned the ER3XR for about 2 months now, got them at MSRP, and use them frequently. Ask me anything.
Thanks for opening up an AMA.
How do you like these when listening to genres of Rock? Do they satisfy those who are wanting an enjoyable listening experience.
Been going back and forth between these and the ATH-LS200s.
I think the XR's are good for genres like rock, metal or electronic. They're quite detailed as Etymotics are, so you can pick up on a lot of nuances and they won't sound muddied (which can be good or bad depending on the subgenre of Rock you listen to, some people think that Etymotics sound too "sterile" or analytical). They also have a somewhat fun sound signature with slightly elevated bass. The comfort is also hard to get used to at first. These were my first Etymotics and it took me about a month of on-and-off listening for me to be able to wear them for long periods of time. Now I can put them in and not feel a thing.
I actually have heard the LS200 and compared to the Etys, the treble is a little bit less and they're overall less analytical. Also isolation obviously isn't as good as it is on the Etys. I didn't really listen to any Rock on them though so I can't really go into specifics on that. Do with that information what you will.
Just ordered a pair for myself.
What made you pick the XR's over the LS200s.
For me it was the price difference. A savings of AU$100 Australian dollars is a lot to me and that is based off the MSRP off Amazon.
MSRP in Australia for the LS200s is AU$449
I bought the XRs over everything else I was considering due to good price/performance and the isolation on the XRs just outclasses anything else I've ever used.
It also has good strengths (detail, somewhat emphasized bass) for the music that I like.