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Yo, to everyone commenting about their ER4S and ER4P IEMs: these are different, from the ground up. Nothing about the old ones applies to these, since both the sound and the construction are different.
I've had my ER-4XR for about a year, and I love them, but I am disappointed in the cable, for two reasons:
1. the cable begins super supple, but after 6 months of use, the twisted wire above the splitter starts to stiffen. I had to have the cable replaced under warranty already.
2. they REALLY need to release a smartphone cable (with mike and remote). Not having this drives me nuts. Ety has publicly stated that they're working on this, but it's been another year with nary a peep. :(
You can try custom it your own, there are some websites that do leak the capacitor and resistance of the cable, the only thing is implement a mic, I cannot wear these since eardrum damaged once due to accident, but I still say they were great earphones if you done them right.
These headphones are not really "different from the ground up" compared to the ER4s and P. As I stated in a previous thread in which you disagree, and which has once again been stated here by GiantHeadphoneSquid, the frequency response is essentially the same between models. But, while I do not have the SR or S model, I cannot say definitively, however, based simply on the frequency response of each model, it's very apparent that the tone/house sound/sound signature of these models are all essentially the same, just with some higher gain in the SR and XR models.
Regardless, I think the underlying theme here is that these Etymotic headphones are excellent.
I now have the ER4SR from the past drop to compare directly with the ER4S. They sound very, very close (thankfully!). I also have measurements from Etymotic for both to compare, although the old hand drawn ER4S is a bit tricky to read ;)
That said, I fully recommend investing in these new models, even if you own the originals. The new aluminum housing is very sturdy and more compact. With the cord wrapped back over ear, for me the cord self noise is almost entirely eliminated compared to the old housing (even with the shirt clip I don't like to use the old models much on the move because of the cord self noise).