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I recieved the ER3-SE’s for a graduation present, and I can honestly say I love these headphones. The midrange is very clean and smooth, and the highs are detailed without sibilance. The only thing about getting the SE version is the lack of bass, but this can be solved using an EQ to achieve a nice bass slam. Isolation is crazy good, I was using these on a flight and on my iPhone 7, I barely turned it past a quarter volume to block out all outside noise.
For those deciding between the SE and XR versions, I did my own listening tests between the two and found that: the XR has better bass quantity and bass slam, but suffers slight midrange clarity. The SE has very little bass quantity and almost no bass slam without some sort of EQ, but the midrange is super clean.
As you can see, there’s a bit of trade off between the two, bass quantity and slam, or slight midrange clarity (let me note that it is a pretty slight difference in clarity, but it was enough for me to not want the XR version). I went with the SE version because I found that you could EQ the bass up to achieve an enjoyable slam and still retain the clarity of the stock SE.
Hope this helps with any decisions!
I'm on the fence for one of these, but I didn't have good experiences with equalization before, what dap are you using with these?
Either I use the software Foobar2000‘s built-in EQ on my computer, or just Spotify’s on my iPhone 7.
Nice! I'm glad to hear you were not using some of those super expensives daps like astell and Kern or ibasso, I might go for the se instead of the xr