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Etymotic ER4SR & ER4XR IEMs

Etymotic ER4SR & ER4XR IEMs

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I don’t recommend this brand. Bought the er-23 that were around $100 and the bass rattles. Ive sent 3 emails. All ignored.
can i check whether the delivery address can be changed after payment has been made? i will be overseas for a few months for the whole of December. Reckon MD can get it shipped by end Nov?
I am really dissapointed about this drop, Amazon has the same at $278 with 2 days delivery so you don't have to wait until October, c'mon Massdrop you can do better than this!
Vigor29
only for ER4XR no?
Yes, and that we would be notified if the delay were pushed to more than 30 days.
Anyone else got a notification that the drop has been delayed?
Wondering if there is any info around what's going on.
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Shipped. Trust is earned.
perspicus
I had missing parts and bass sounds crappy. I got some $20 mee audios that fit better and sound better
I'm an Ety junkie. I highly recommend the custom fit option on their website. These silicone tips fit almost all the Ety models. All issues raised below about fit and comfort are eliminated. I've had the custom tips across many pairs of Ety's (yes they're not indestructible, but the customer service they offer for reasonable requests is really great) leaving me with bags of tips building up in drifts around my home. Whenever I use the custom tips I'm so happy I sprung for the custom fit option. I spent a little over $100. I would have easily spent that on the next best option, Shure olives, over the past years. The triple flanges are still legendary, and do break in/soften over time, but I can't keep them in for more than an hour without discomfort. The custom silicone option (and to a lesser extent the Olives) can stay in for the entirety of a trans Pacific flight happily.
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I know this is off topic but you seem to know your stuff. From what I've read, the E3 series is virtually identical but made with different materials. Is this true? What other differences validate the $200 increase?
drew6700
Sorry, I can't help. I only have hf5's, and ER4's. Ety heads seem to say they're good though.
Is there any third-party cables that are compatible with these and don't cost over $100? The cable from my Pinnacle PX didn't fit :/
Just want to chime in and say that I have the ER4XR and they're definitely the best (in terms of clarity / neutrality / detail) I have ever heard in terms of IEM. While some IEMs are like looking through a kaleidoscope of pretty colors, these are like looking through invisible, plain glass. - in a good way.
Never gonna buy from massdrop again above 50 USD. They never accept under declaring service, so the tax will be so expensive.
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. :(
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tooki
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.
mozrelic
Well said!
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).
Just a tip on tips:
I have been through many tips with these IEMs. In the end, for comfort, isolation and best sound I find that the gray foams that come with the IEMs are best. They get hard quick if tip rolling and wetting so I find using some chap stick to coat the foam then inserting without rolling allows for an easy fit, great sound and great isolation.
If you don't get a good seal then sound really does suffer.
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There are a few comments here saying these are good for classical music. Could someone elaborate? Just how good and in what sense? In relation to the massdrop plus? Thanks.
m392
I cannot comment on the massdrop plus, however I can say from experience that my ER4-S are excellent for Classical:
1 : Dynamic range - classical recordings haz it! The Ety's have unrivaled isolation that make sure you will be able to hear even the quietest sounds on the recording. Even in relatively quiet environments, it is amazing how much detail we lose to the fans, wind, and daily hum in typical closed back.
2: Detail - the ety's have no mercy! The Ety S tuning (SR, -S) is highly neutral and detailed. These are merciless with bad recordings, but for well curated classical these are a joy to consume audio with. Every woodwind key tap is there just as it was in the concert hall :)
m392
the biggest they can handle was a concerto, something larger than that they lack bass.
These are $10 more on Amazon and you can get them now. Am I just being the "this isn't a good deal" guy?
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Lol, BUSTED JK :)
I'm just jealous, I would jump on Amazon for $10 more, but with Etys you gotta go pure. . . (well maybe with those hot new ER3 hussies, but let's not go there)
MrChaunce
In DE and AT Amazon and other European traders these go for 399€. So for me its worth it.
I’ve had the hf5’s. I don’t know if I can justify a product that is double the price of those beauties...I feel like diminishing returns comes into play heavily at this price
I have the er4p and the massdrop universal plus (among many others) and I would bet that about 80% of people would be much happier with the universal plus because they are much more musical and entertaining. The ER4's would be better if you're doing sound mixing of some kind or actually using them as monitors. They also have the very best sound isolation but I would say that for some people (not me) the extremely isolating triple flange tips are uncomfortable especially after longer periods. These are definitely a gold standard of analytical sound though, and they sound really good for classical music.
I still own er4s, but can not listen to it anymore. feel like the high and low are not present there. I listen to westone um 30 pro daily.
I've owned ER4s now since 1998. I wouldn't be without a pair. The big advantage of these SR models is that their construction is allegedly much more robust. My original ER4s went back to Etymotic numerous times for repair - with the company often completely replacing the units for the price of a single broken stem or damaged cord. IMHO, their customer service is legendary. The ER-4s are fabulous for listening to classical music on the move or in isolation. They even make spectacular aids to meditation - cutting out the sounds of the outside world like nothing else in my experience. The silicon and foam tips can sometimes take their toll on the inner ear, however, and there have been times over these 20 years when I couldn't wear them - due to irritation in the ear canal. And as with all IEMs, playing them too loud for too long can lead to hearing loss or tinnitus.
20 years ago these were clearly the best around. Today, many alternatives and I think they are way overpriced. The construction of these is not so good with both pairs (ER4S and ER4P) I have had cracking at the tip where the green filter is inserted, the plastic tube is just not strong enough. Especially if you use the squashable foam tips beware because they are a tight fit and it very easy to crack the tip of an earpiece while trying to push it into an earpiece. When that happens you return them to etymotic. Looks like the plug has changed so it will be usable with a mobile device in a case, previous versions were not.
aeberbach
These are made of aluminum, so cracking shouldn't be an issue anymore. I still haven't found an IEM that can sound as honest, coherent and detailed as these do.
pecg
Noble audio katana does
Is there a significant difference in sound between the ER3XR and ER4XR?
How do they compare to the Sony EX1000, which is what I am using now. I know they isolate way better. I don’t care about isolation though. Thanks!
Jonathane40
If you jump, i hope to see a comparison post!
expontherise
I own both the ER4XR and EX1000. They do pick out details slightly better but the ER4s are extremely cold/neutral, more so with the SR version. They are also incredible comfortable while the EX1000 sometimes cause my ears to ache. The EX1000 soundstage and overall presence is really something unique, don't expect the same musicality with the ER4s. One good thing is they always sound coherent with incredible instrument separation with whereas the EX1000 sometimes struggles with messier tracks.
I would consider them a sidegrade, with a fairly similar sound signature but each having the characteristic of their drivers (BA and dynamic).
I posted previously on the love of these IEM's but in the never ending quest of sound I found the Dunu 2000j. It is bright, clean, precise like my Ety E4SR however the 2000j's one dynamic driver adds punch and opens up the sound sound stage when bass is present. I do like the E4SR but I know I would not make the ER4SR purchase again now having the 2000j.
I will add that the Ety is more analytical. Its a surgical knife. The 2000j is more musical, more fun, more well rounded while being precise, clear. So no love lost on the Ety if your looking for that surgical precision at the expense of lower frequency.
Enjoy!
How would these stack up against the Custom Art Fibae 1? Would the CIEMs be worth the extra?
I called Etymotic and confirmed that Massdrop is an authorized retailer for Ety's and they will honor the warranty.
To get the most out of these, have custom ear molds fitted.
Is there a reason to get these over the plus?
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really? Every review I've read has put these either above or on the same level as the plus with the plus having more bass.
I particularly remember a pretty big name in the hobby saying the plus is "what Etymotic tried to do with the ER4XR but failed miserably at."(paraphrasing)
shans
I didn't read the review obviously but I think you might've misinterpreted what he was trying to say. The ER4XR was supposed to boost the bass on the ER4, providing a more musical experience but the tuning was so conservative it provided only subtle differences. In that sense, you can argue the XR failed at what it was designed to do. ER4 series as a whole is very successful in accomplishing it's intentions of providing neutral, reference sound with great clarity. I don't think any knowledgeable person would argue that.
As for enjoyability, sound is always subjective and it's not surprising more people would find the plus more enjoyable. Just don't go into it thinking the Plus is a straight up upgrade of the ER4 and if you do pick up the plus I urge you to find an audio store that let's you audition the ER4 and you can see for yourself the difference in clarity and precision.
These are my go to iem. I paid about $100 more than this and they're still worth it. May pick up a second pair.
Damn nice price, too bad I bought at retail. Was still worth it though.
How much was the ER4SR when Massdrop had them?
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Hard to find them for this price outside the US. Here in Australia the ER4's are way too expensive
messengers
274.99 USD i‘m replying for next for the next time that this question will come up.
Please bring back this drop
vermachelly
Incase you still wanted to know, its back!
Bring back this drop please
Danzor
Its back