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Etymotic ER4-S Micro Pro Earphones

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We have some great news everyone. This Etymotic drop is currently right on schedule, as we have already received the bulk shipment. All that’s left is to break the order down and prepare your individual orders for shipment. We are aiming to get everything out the door by tomorrow! Once everything is shipped, tracking confirmation emails will follow.
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Great news group! We placed the order for the Etymotic ER4-S Micro Pro Earphones shortly after the drop ended.
Our vendor will be preparing it for shipment.
The moment we receive confirmation regarding the shipping schedule from the vendor, we will provide you all with updated information.
Expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 7/30 or sooner if something comes up.
Just want to say I've owned the 4S and the 4P, still do. These things are godly, they are accurate beyond belief and I still prefer them over some of the more expensive sets I have (cough shure, sennheisser).
That said, they are known as "ear rape 4" because of the fit, and the S requires an amp. Though you can swap the cables easily enough to get around the amp.
Best IEMs you can get short of customs.
frontsidebus
Any link to acquire said P/PT cable? I'm not sure how my iPhone will drive these (I hear not so well). I don't mind the "ear rape", I use a pair of HF2 and also have a pair of EtyKids 3. Lol.
Wish they had offered the ER-PT instead.
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I think he was talking about getting a new cable altogether.
Nope, the drivers are identical. The resistor is in the cable, right before the Y split. That is why the cable is huge there.
I'm very happy with my HF5s. Got ER6i's when they first came out, at least up to a few years ago Ety really cared and took primo good care of their customers... Excellent customer service. Haven't needed that in years...
I think the price is no good , I have this over ten years, still using it.
Just my 2 cents on these. I've had two pair of these for about 20 years. I think they're still the same design and technology. I've never heard a better sounding in-ear device. They sound amazing. These are ear canal devices so it takes a while to get use to them. They eliminate most external sound when inserted correctly. I use them when I mow the lawn and can barely hear the mower.
Why the hell is Etymotic selling the ER-4S version when the ER-4PT is the one that doesn't have the 75Ω resistor embedded in the barrel. At least then you'd be able to use it with your smartphone. It's not like it makes any difference in cost and is probably actually cheaper for Etymotic but I expect they are probably Scrooge McDuck'n or hopefully it was just a mistake and they meant the ER-4PT. I would hope that it is the latter.
After all these are the people that will sell a cable adapter with a 75Ω resistor in series for $55 to convert your PT to S. Rip off is an understatement and others sell these adapters on ebay for $15.
The green filters from Etymotic are also really expensive considering how cheap you can get them on mouser. Considering that in the lifespan of an IEM you'll be buying replacement tips you'll certainly be charged quite a lot for them by Etymotic. Etymotic are certainly happy to take you for a ride for their overpriced accessories.
The cable it comes with is also awful and hasn't been updated in 20 years. Super thick rubber below the split and microphonic as hell above. The cable is simply awful for portable use which is how the majority of buyers will use it considering that it's an IEM with excellent noise attenuation. You will have to buy an aftermarket cable to get something sensible and they are pretty damn expensive because Etymotic use their own proprietary connector that nobody else uses. You can get adapters that convert the Etymotic conector to a MMCX or standard 2 pin but these adapters are pretty bulky and stick out the ear.
You start to get the picture of how much Etymotic cares. Still as an IEM goes they are pretty damn good though most people prefer some bass boost for enjoyable listening.
You can also use a 75Ω with the HF series: http://rinchoi.blogspot.com/2013/04/etymotic-research-hf-3-er-4-equivalent.html
However, the treble isn't boosted as much and the HF5 that Rin Choi tested appeared to have more bass roll off than the ER4 they tested.
I would recommend getting foam tips for comfort and better noise attenuation. The foam tips that Etymotic IEMs come with is a pretty rough and abrasive foam. Comply foam is good but SO EXPENSIVE.
You can change the filters to change frequency response as well: http://rinchoi.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-effect-of-acoustic-dampers-on-iems.html
Etymotic only provide green. Many like orange/red/yellow which reduces the mids for a bassier sound.
You can find them for sale here: https://mouser.com/search/refine.aspx?Keyword=knowles+dampers&FS=True
You can work out which is which from the impedance.
@EdinNJ
Custom tips certainly are more comfortable but the shallow insertion will mean that it will change the frequency response and increase the higher frequencies due to the occlusion effect. For the reference frequency response they need to be inserted to the 'reference plane' which is around the second bend in the ear canal and I think it's defined as a certain volume of air... I think it is 0.5cc (0.5ml).
It is explained here: http://rinchoi.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-deep-do-you-insert-you-er4.html
You can see in the graph that with a shallow insertion you'll get a spike in frequency response at 10Khz.
Personally, if you don't care about the reference sound I'd just buy the HF2/3/5 which is more than $100 cheaper. Buy a 75Ω P to S adapter from ebay if you want to boost the treble a bit. Buy some acoustic filters and have fun. The HF series is only very slightly worse but has an inline mic and a nicer (certainly not the best) cable.
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Sorry, I don't. For my custom earpieces I've been happy with these guys [http://www.averysound.com/as.etymotic.html] but re-shelling is a whole different ballgame.
When you replace that cable, be ready for a fuller bass and thicker midrange that you didn't think the Ety 4s could have. Be advised that it will lose a little of the 3D "twinkliness" in the treble. Not really lose it...more like it takes a little getting used to hearing more weight across all other parts of the audio spectrum.
Happy listening, -Max M.
Floor-mica
Just got the Null Lune cable yesterday. You were right - fuller bass and thicker midrange, with just a tad of the highs lost. I opted with a microphone on mine, so I ended up keeping the microphonics. However, using a clip reduces it greatly. On the flipside, I can make and take phone calls now, so that's good.
I'm enjoying it tremendously. Thanks for the suggestion!
Why not ER4-pt with a P-to-S adapter? Is the cable replaceable?
If you get these, I strongly suggest getting the custom tip coupon from Ety and having custom tips made. They suddenly become comfortable for wearing the whole way on a NY to Singapore flight, and the sound does get better too. I've got several custom IEMs (if you travel as much as I do, IEMs are the only way you get to listen to music) and I consider the Ety 4 to be just as good. I wouldn't listen to EDM on them, but for bluegrass, jazz, classical, just right.
These are FANTASTIC! I've owned a pair for over ten years now. I've gone through several pairs of tips and have had them serviced by Etymotics twice for a cable replacement (the cable does eventually wear out with heavy use after a few years - nothing surprising there!). Anyway, I'm considering another pair as backup. if you are on the fence because of the high price, don't be.... These are worth every cent!
Bring them back! Round 2 is in need.
I have a question, are these the original version, meaning, the colors are in red and blue as shown in the pictures, or are they the newer version, meaning they are black in color. I am only asking because I already have the new version, but I've always wanted the original one. Thanks in advance!
keane1024
I asked this same question during the last drop, and bought these anyway. They have the newer cable, with black connectors and only a little red dot on one side to denote the right connector.
Regarding microphonics, they are greatly lessened on the newer cable (I have owned both versions now). The newer cable has wound conductor leads above the split, and if you use the cable clip to your shirt or whatever, then it really is not an issue.
As a caution to people who desire to replace the cable on this specific model, you will change the behavior of the driver unless the new cable includes 75ohm resistors . A new cable without resistors essentially turns the 4s into the 4p.
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Quick update for the group, the bulk order tracking is showing an exception currently and no ETA. We have reached out to our shipping partner to see what the hold-up is. They are currently looking into why the truck hasn't made a delivery and will get back to us shortly. They have confirmed that the inbound order will be slightly delayed and the order will now arrive towards the middle of next week. We will talk to them again tomorrow and see if there are any options of getting the order expedited now due to the delay.
We will update the group as soon as we receive confirmation.
Thanks for your patience and expect an update from us on 5/6 or sooner if something comes up.
Great news group! The vendor has let us know that the group's order was picked up and is on its way to our warehouse now. Based on the tracking provided these are scheduled to come in 4/28. Our warehouse team has been forwarded tracking info and will be standing by, ready to get these packed up and turned around as soon as they come in.
Sometimes shipments get delayed en route, not to worry as we will keep the group posted throughout the process and notify you all if anything causes delay.
Thanks for your patience and expect an update from us on 4/29 or sooner if something comes up.
Thanks again for joining this drop! With your help we were able to make it successful for the community. We've just submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Etymotic ER4-S Micro Pro Earphones and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where our warehouse team will break it up into individual orders and ship them directly to you! The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 5/1.
Rest assured that we we will provide you all with updated information regarding the status of your order throughout the process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 4/21.
LMFAO, i spent like 220 bucks for this 2012 @amazon
lyrill
Yeah, seriously. I paid $239 for these in 2001, back when there was practically no competition when it came to in ear phones. I got a second pair in 2008 for $169 on amazon. These are great phones, but what's the deal with this price?
How do these compare to triple.fis? I'm looking for an upgrade, preferably something neutral.
max_ol
From what I recall, these sound a lot like the TripleFi 10, but with less bass. Back in 2010, I bought the TF10 as an upgrade to these. While these are definitely good IEMs, and probably offer some of the best isolation to this day, they are no longer even remotely competitive at this price point. I think the reason for this high price today is because almost no one sells them anymore. Lack of competition among retailers and the fact that these still maintain a certain cult following tends to have that effect.
ChaoticKinesis
erm. you left out the part why there is a cult following. to that cult, er4s smokes custom IEMs costing 2k$, and yes they probably all bought 4s years ago for somewhere 200$
As someone who has owned Etymotic ER4-s, HF5, triplefi 10, Havi B3 plus tons of other cheaper IEMs.. these are in no way worth 280$..
I love their isolation, and nice clarity.. but insufficient bass, discomfort, microphonics and almost identical sq to HF5 (maybe 10-20 % better) make it at best a 120-150$ earphone..
overall I enjoy Havi sound more..
I've owned a pair of Etymotic ER-4B for ten years now. They're astonishingly good headphones, so good that I'd pick them over any other (Beyerdynamic DT880, modded Fostex T50RP, multiple Grados) if forced to keep only one.
What is the microphone people keep mentioning? Is this IEM also a headset?
Roboto
Microphonics is the unwanted noise transmitted by the headphone cable from its rubbing against your shirt or other things. The stock cables have it pretty bad, but it's easily dealt with through either routing the cables over over and behind the ears or with aftermarket cables.
I have both the S and B adaptors B seems to have better soundstage not alot but i do prefer the B more S - Stereo B - Binaural
I'd actually like to be able to buy the 4S cable by itself. If massdrop has any spares laying around the office....
Do these come in that classic red/blue cable?
bcstyle
Danny, can you comment on which cable these are equipped with? I thought Ety had retired the classic red/blue in favor of the braided one with black ends that is supposed to be less microphonic.
Sterile sounds like a negative way to describe the sound of these. I'd go more with analytical and precise, the sound stage isn't great but the instrument separation is fantastic. Combined with the best isolation (especially with Shure Foam Olives) a universal IEM can give you and these have been my favorite pair for all of my music library. And the final drop price for these is actually decent. Oh and the microphonics on these (sound from the headphone cable) is pretty bad, I recommend an aftermarket cable there's a few on eBay.
These are amazing IEMs. I use them on the NYC subway and they block out everything. I haven't found another IEM which comes even close
I bought this from Etymotic with special purchase option (it's 180$ if you have an another etymotic product you can return them). They are great, but I really need to find an another cable for it. There are westone and shure adapters on ebay, I might try them out.
Might wanna add that these would definitely benefit from a nice amp. They sound a bit anemic without, depending on the source.