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Etymotic ER4SR IEM
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Etymotic ER4SR IEM

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A classic IEM that’s been refined over decades, the Etymotic ER4 gets its latest update in the ER4SR: a model that delivers accurate, reference-quality sound with excellent noise isolation—up to 42 dB of reduction, to be exact. The ER4SR features precision-matched and custom-tuned balanced armature drivers inside sleek anodized aluminum housings, along with a detachable 5-foot-long cable that ends in a 3.5-millimeter gold-plated stereo plug Read More
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Aug 14, 2021
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very technical. would get
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ahmadulhoq
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Jul 10, 2021
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Awesome linear sound!
Really love the quality and doesn't feel uncomfortable at all! Great sound although not my daily driver.
AnalogRelic
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Mar 18, 2021
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Excellent sounding IEMs at a great price
I’ll get the hard part out of the way first: Some people just plain don’t like IEMs, especially deep-inserting ones like the Etymotics. I get it. I agree that if an earphone is not comfortable for you, nothing else, including sound, matters. I also assume that if you are in that group, You are not even reading this. I don’t mind the fit, although I will say that I tried a lot of third-party tips before finally finding something that gave me good isolation and good comfort. This is not my first rodeo with Etymotic. I have owned hf series and the ER3XR. I decided to take the plunge when Drop added the ER4XR/SR. I bought the XR version so all my comments relate to that. The 3XR and the 4XR are like fraternal twins. They are very much alike in their overall signature. The improvements in the 4XR are subtle, aut they are across-the-board— Bass is distinct and tight (and solid with a proper fit). Mids are smooth and just about as neutral as it gets. The high end is smoother on the 4 than on the 3. I haven’t heard the SR version but based on Etymotic’s description and my experience with the earlier hf series, I opted for the XR version with a little more heft at the bottom end. Very happy with the ‘enhancement’. It gives it a fuller, more solid sound without adding obvious coloration. NOTE- IMJ if someone complains ebout the bass, one or both of two factors is is in play: 1) They are a ‘bass head’ and accustomed to the ‘boom car’ sound that brands like Beats are designed to provide, or 2) Their fit isn’t right. BTW if the fit is right you don’t need to jam them in your ear as hard as possible; a gentle insert will do it. Lastly, the 3 vs the 4: While the 4 is the ‘better’ earphone, the 3 may actually be a better choice if you use them mainly with portable battery powered devices like smartphones, due to the impedance being half that of the 4. My phone drives the 4 OK but I do have to turn the volume up fairly high, and I don’t listen that loudly. If you like to blast ‘em, maybe the 3.... Lastly I will say that the one thing I definitely like better on the 3 is the cable; the twisted wires on the 4 cable seem more prone to tangling. This is a nitpick though. Overall I highly recommend this product with the proviso that you may have to experiment with tips, including third-party. The new dual flange tips are an improvement in comfort though. Enjoy.
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Acezero911
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Sep 6, 2021
Thanks for the great review, I was interested in how they compared to the 3, which I currently have. Would you mind sharing which third party tips you ended up using, I'm still struggling a little with the fit of mine.
AnalogRelic
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Sep 6, 2021
YMMV of course but the ones I settled on were Spin-Fit CP240M (they come in different sizes of course.) And the new dual-flange jobs from Etymotic themselves are a big improvement IMO over the earlier triple flanges. There will be a selection of sizes in the package. I must have tried every tip on the market I think, so some experimentation may be required. Memory foams like Comply are very adaptable but don’t last long in waxy ears like mine.
Chaely
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Mar 16, 2021
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Totally happy upgrading from older an older pair of ER4
Simply having the disconnects to replace the cable makes me extremely happy, albeit the proprietary connectors. The old models were hard wired and extremely easy to break the cord since the stress grommet was so stiff. To replace out of warranty would cost me the same as buying these new response versions from Drop, go figure! These are my choice for portable/travel and anywhere I need "noise-cancelling" concentration. *WARNING* with the extremely good seal of in-ear foams (especially larger 3rd party), beware of the volume setting of your source before turning on/playing. You will damage your hearing or develop a severe case of tinnitus if not careful before you are able to extract the IEMs from your ear in time.
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Simply the only ear buds you will ever need unless you need wireless
I tried many different earphones which include westone, sony, shure, ultimate ear, audit technica, etc. This earphone is the best because it sounds the best, but also it does not hurt your ear. You will eventually need hear aid if you use other earphones, but this earphone is gentle to your ear, which should be the number one priority when you choose your ear phones.
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clifliu
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Nov 5, 2020
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Very coherent and articulate headphones when driven properly
I bought the ER4SR because I thought it might be better for classical music. I was not disappointed. It took me a while to discover that these need to go as deep in the ear as you can get them at which point the timbre stop tilting upward and the headphones start to sound very neutral. I always listen to these with a 18V CMoy headphone amp with dual Burr Brown OPA627's biased to class A up to 104 dB SPL. With this setup, the sound is pretty smooth, extremely articulate, and fast as ****. I can get lost in the sound. I bet with a proper OTL tube setup they'll sound even better. I have so far only listened to classical music with these cans and they excel in both orchestral music and chamber music. Sabine Devielhe on YouTube sounded awesome too. There are three weaknesses that I have noticed: first the headphones don't really reproduce the weight of an orchestra. They also don't reproduce the width either. Finally I feel I'm missing the high end air and with it the feeling of depth. For chamber music these don't matter so much. I put this portable system together for around $400. It fits into a little pouch. I don't think that there's anything as capable in this price range that is so easy to transport. Sure an HD 6xx with BH Crack will probably beat this at $550 but you probably won't be carrying either in your backpack.
DGche8
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Sep 10, 2020
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Amazing!!
I like to use these to in my AB process as an audio engineer and also for detailed editing. These are so transparent and has become a great tool to add to my toolbox. Like many headphones, there is a period where you have to kind of get used to them because they are so transparent. Love them!!
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hydelezz
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Sep 5, 2020
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Analytic sounds, mid centric type for vocal lover, small but detailed bass, tiny image.
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samuelchan525
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Aug 26, 2020
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Great
Clear, detailed, neutral sound.
AlanTsai
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Aug 23, 2020
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Nice fragile tiny in-ear sounds great!
Light and compact but not compromised sound. Works great with Togo equipments!
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