Shaping the ERX: An EVO Form Factor

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For Etymotic, the goal of the EVO shell (and now, the ERX shell) was for a more fluid design with living elements based in nature. The in-concha shape lends itself to the typical Etymotic deep insertion design, while allowing for a lower profile when worn. This helps in situations when worn on stage, or under a helmet, for example.  Additionally, routing the cable over the ear helps reduce cable microphonics. The shell itself is injection molded stainless steel and is incredibly robust.  It has a pleasant heft to it that can be felt when held in one’s hand, yet all but disappears when worn in the ear.
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Tuning the ERX: A Blended ER4XR and EVO Sound The sonic signature of the ERX is inspired by the ER4XR, but its execution is an amalgamation of the ERX and the EVO. Tonally, it leans towards accuracy, with a slight emphasis at lower frequencies that add just enough weight to the lower frequencies, without encroaching on the upper bass/lower midrange. Vocals are present and clear, while lacking any trace of muddiness or smearing.   The ERX is set to release 9AM PT on August 2nd, 2022—with final details going live then—and ship in late October. The preorder price will be $249, and the retail price will be $299. The first quantity is, unfortunately, limited to 300 pairs, while we are working hard to make more inventory available.
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toastybob
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Jul 29, 2022
Can you please make an ER2XR-like dynamic driver option in this shell?
PromNightFetus
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Jul 28, 2022
How the soundstage for Etys typically? Still looking for a nice permanent IEM to go with my UTWS5 and looking for something with a fairly wide soundstage and detailing/separation as those are what I look for the most. Have the Moondrop Snowia (Aria SE), MoonDrop Chu, 7hz Salnotes Dioko, Tin hifi T2, and Intime Miyabis and so far have really enjoyed the Dioko for almost all uses, though mostly due to my Miyabis MMCX connector breaking on me. Was going to look into grabbing the Raptgo HookX but if Etys usually have decent sound stage and imagine I may go for these, though the HookX open back looks tempting and fun.
PromNightFetus
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Jul 29, 2022
Don't worry I understand. It's the same with most things. Had a friend not care for a 30 year Balantines scotch and was satisfied with a cheap johnny walker lol. There are people out there ok with Raycons -.-'
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I have E3XRs and I also wanted more bass from my Tin T2s. I found it was much happier with the Comply Pro foam tips on the Etys, but I'm a bit of a basshead (trained classical bass player). Etys seem to have a major reaction to different tips (placement doesn't seem to vary much due to depth). Soundstage is not wide/tall/deep but is placement-accurate to my experience. Mine are easily driven by my LG phone. I prefer them to my 7Hz Timeless but the passive sound isolation is a liability around other people and/or equipment (my wife doesn't like it when I can't hear her). I'm hesitant to chase these new Ety-Drop collabs, especially when the 3xr is so cheap on Drop. I still want them even if I can't spend the cash, tho...
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techpicky
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Jul 28, 2022
Are these a Drop version of the Etymotic EVO that adds multiple drivers, or a single balanced armature design in the EVO form factor? I already own a pair of ER4Ps and don't really need to replace them with something similar. I would definitely be interested in them if they are multi-driver with improved bass like the EVO though! The ER4Ps are incredibly accurate, and have amazing acoustic isolation. I would love a bit of improved bass that I enjoy in some other IEMs, while still retaining the incredible acoustic isolation and balanced sound.
nevin
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Jul 31, 2022
would love to know what your current favorite is. though, this really isn't the place to do that. we can chat on discord if you like.
wingfeathera
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Aug 2, 2022
the single BA design really doesn't have very good low frequency response, especially for very low frequencies I would point out that this isn't actually true, and the frequency response plots (which simply aren't posted by most manufacturers, so it's hard to compare in a useful way) show it. The ER4-SR are ruler flat down below 20Hz, and the -XR (on which these are based) add a couple of dB of boost to the bass region. Respectfully, I suggest you are comparing them with other brands with artificially boosted bass.
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nevin
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Jul 28, 2022
Ety's are very different than most iem's, with the primary focus being detail & accuracy (XR line semi-excluded). A lot of that is due to most of them being balanced armature drivers vs. traditional dynamic drivers. If you have never heard the "Ety sound" you need to take a listen before you drop $300 on a pair of iems with a sound signature you've never heard. (unless you have a bottomless wallet) I love Etymotic for everything they are, but they are not your typical "fun" V-shaped or even U-shaped sound signature. It's all your personal preference. Though I am excited about them releasing a multi-driver iem knowing what they can do with just one.
IgnisBellator
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Jul 28, 2022
Yeah nice, I'd buy them, but no shipping to Mexico yet...
bhalejos
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Jul 29, 2022
Yeah, it's a shame. I've recommended Drop (since MassDrop days!) several times to my friends there, only to discover they cannot order from Mexico... ☹️
IgnisBellator
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Jul 29, 2022
I spoke out about this some months ago and (if I recall correctly) a representative from Drop told me they will check it out, I don't think it's that hard since they ship to Colombia, but seems like it hasn't been sorted out yet...
jelinek
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Jul 28, 2022
So very tempting.
ZiggyStar
201
Jul 28, 2022
Always wanted to own a pair of Etymotics but never believed the hype. Perhaps I will grab this one because it looks very sleek.
ZiggyStar
201
Jul 29, 2022
Honestly, that ear canal violating another reason why I never bought one. Lol, I just have quite sensitive ear canals.
ZiggyStar
201
Jul 29, 2022
I have had a lot of IEMs cheap and high-ends alike. I'll probably grab this one and see if it'll bring something fresh to my ears.
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