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Etymotic Research ER20XS Earplugs

Etymotic Research ER20XS Earplugs

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I got some of these Amazon and used them at the Jamiroquai concert in Chicago. They're pretty great. They lower the overall volume to a manageable level with only a moderate hit to the overall treble. However, they don't do much / anything to knock out sub-bass. Having earplugs in won't stop the bass from vibrating the lungs out of your chest. So in that aspect the sound is unbalanced, but let's be real, most live shows in certain genres totally overemphasize that anyway...
The only issue is that if they're all the way in, it's a little tricky to pull them out again. And they're pretty uncomfortable, for me even less comfortable than Etyomotic earphones. But they work really well and that's why I buy this kind of thing.
Massdrop, we really need an update here, it's been well over a month since the drop ended.
Did anyone have any luck getting updates on when these might ship?
prvtzel
Got a mail a few weeks ago saying the shipment was delayed..but nothing since... Could someone help with the ETD??
My wife and I each have a pair we use at the concerts we attend. Outstanding product that has preserved our hearing... Roger Daltrey w/o deafness!!!
Can I sleep with these on?
doubledd
They tend to kinda hurt when you push on them while they're in your ear (personally) so I wouldn't. I'd recommend foam plugs for sleeping, who cares about fidelity if you're not awake?
Has anyone had the earlier version of these (the ETY) as well as these? How do they compare? I have the ETY and think they sound like crap, everything is always muffled. Wondering if these work any better.
dandw12786
I had the old ones (with the long tubes) and I think these are better. It's still a little muffled, but IMO better than the old ones to a pretty noticeable degree.
dogface_jim
I might have to try them out, but I get sick of spending $20-30 on these things just to find out they don't do anything better. I saw Metallica a couple weeks ago and I hated having to choose between blowing out my eardrums and the music sounding like crap. I'm seeing them again next year, I'd like to have something better by then.
universal fit is out of stock :(
Pet4a
yeah pretty frustrating.
Can I use these for shooting range?
jacekey
also in for info on this. i need some better hearing pro. for going out shooting
jacekey
By these alone, No. You need to control the noise level down to at least 120db, and with most guns at 150+db, you need more than the 20db that this one offers. If you use it with a pair of earmuff then you are good to go
How many days will it take to arrive AFTER it ships? I have a concert on the 18th
dabratto
Usually 3-4 days in my experience. But just spend $2 more on amazon and get this shipped tomorrow
CalvinLimuel13
You’re out of luck at this point, they were supposed to ship like 2 weeks ago
I was looking for some noise-cancelling earplugs so after some mild research, decided to pick these up off Amazon. Figure I'd start with something relatively cheap so if I hate them, I won't be out too much money. These earplugs are a god send. I make sure to bring them to every concert I go to (3 to 4 so far in past couple months). The best way to describe the sound quality is similar to how your ears normally feel after a long concert. You will still hear conversations plenty fine but the music isn't overwhelming and head-hurting anymore. I enjoy anything from metal to electronica and will definitely be in the mosh pit whenever possible. I've had them fall out maybe once when I was a sweaty mess and someone wound up pulling on the string.
After a nice ear-blasting rock concert, I'll take them out, get into my car and you will be amazed by how much you can notice a world of difference compared to not having any protection. My ears have no signs of that annoying ringing and almost immediately I feel like my before-concert self whereas normally you spend the whole next day trying to recuperate your headspace.
For your own sake, if you enjoy any amount of concert going, I absolutely recommend everyone buy some sort of ear protection like this. Not endorsing this particular brand, they work well for me, might try something else but definitely get something to protect your ears. The money is well-worth.
Are these just regular earplugs to reduce noise? Why do they talk about "The richness of music is preserved", how can earplug preserve the richness of music? Am I missing something here.
gabriel-dan
A common use case for earplugs is wearing them to concerts, where the volume level might be too loud for some. Some cheap earplugs will block out noise unevenly across the spectrum, which results in loss of detail, warmth, nuances, etc in the music. It is advertising that this won't do that.
Just a quick question to those who have (had) these and Ety iems...
Can the included tips in these also be used as replacement tips for the iems? Like the HF or the ER series iems?
NielJM
I also would like to know this. Almost all my IEMs get fatiguing even if I use the smallest tips, but I actually get a good fit with the large 3-flange tips from Etymotic and they can stay comfortable for long periods of time. I could just order one size if my Ety IEMs eartips fit.
I have very small ear canals, have problems finding inserts that are comortable or even stay positioned securely. Any suggestions?
Raygt3
I haven’t tried these earplugs, but Etymotic’s IEMs have some of the narrowest stems for the eartips to go on that I have yet found. I cannot wear Audeze iSine IEMs at all because the bore is too wide for me even with the smallest eartip, but weirdly the large Ety 3-flange eartips work well for me. I’m hoping it’s the same situation with these earplugs, but I don’t actually know.
Received it. The standard plugs are comfortable for me, and they really provide an even frequency attenuation when I tested playing on my piano :)
Whats the true purpose of getting this product? Also, I was wondering if these would be just as good as say, foamies when working with louder equipment. Whether its shooting guns, or running machinary, as you can see Im clueless so Im interested in learning the true purpose.
ZVRecords
these're good for concerts, clubs etc. lowers the sound pressure without losing much on quality.
Wow! I think I'm going to love these!
I just cranked up my K7xx's to just-on-the-border-of-uncomfortable volume with some black metal (Wiegedood, for those that know/care), then popped these in.
I'm genuinely shocked how good everything still sounds. It's a *little* muddy... but I can still distinctly hear each part, not like foam plugs at all. I had no idea earplugs could sound this good. I'm psyched.
Does the hard case come with it?
Jpone
yes
2 bucks off you serious
Does anybody know the outer diameter of the nozzle? I mean the part which goes into the eartip, not the diameter of the eartip itself. My ears hurt after prolonged use of any IEM with nozzle size ~5mm, no matter which eartips are on. IEMs with smaller size of the nozzle are more comfortable for me.
Oh and by the way, can you replace the included eartips to something generally available in the market for other IEMs? Like to bi-flange or mushroom-like ones?
nRoof
The bore diameter is about ~3mm roughly the same size as Shure IEMs, Shure ear tips will fit on them (soft flex and the black olive foam ones). BTW Etymotic triple flange tips is very soft and flexible and I 've found it to be very comfortable personally(these are good triple flange tips).
Does anybody know the difference between regulat and large as well as the sold out kit. I ordered reguar but; just wondering?
DAWU
The difference is the size of the tips(regular or large) and as for the kit it includes both sizes of triple flange tips plus a pair of foam tips.
DAWU
Thankyou for explaining
I think this is the same price I got mine from Walmart.com(edit to add the ".com") for...but it appears "sold by Walmart" is no longer as cheap. Either way, just a heads up if you miss out on this drop.
MooTaters
They have Etymotic musician‘s earplugs at Walmart? Was it a Super Walmart or something? We have one Walmart in our suburb, but it’s small and generic (and boring?) enough that it makes more sense to go to a specialty store.
I’m not complaining that our walmart has a small selection... I read all these horror stories about superstores that come in and ruin the individuality and “boutique quality“ of a town. We’ve got a fairly awesome headphone store, big grocery franchise, book store (I do miss Waldenbooks and the Border’s I used to work at), etc.
Evshrug
Ah yeah, sorry...I should have thrown the ".com" at the end. I did have to buy them online and do free shipping to the store.
Universal fit sold out.. bummer. Will they become available again?
These types of acoustically transparent (or less colored anyway) are great for motorcycles as well. I have another brand and the moderate noise reduction works great for full face helmets with headsets. Listen to music and comms without too much muffling and decent volume.
Got a two pairs of these a while ago (from Amazon, about the same price - $3+) and used to listen bands in club performances in extreme close distances to the stage. Very pleased. Just enough suppression for my taste, no more, no less.
Would these be sutabe for passenger use in commercial aircraft? How about for use under noise canceling headphones? Thank you.
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Where do the QC35s and 35 2s come in on that graph?
are these comfortable to sleep on the side? it looks alright but I had a couple of old model (or other models, not sure) and they just popped out of my ear a little bit to sleep on the side. unlike foams these are hard so it gets pretty uncomfortable soon.
So from the perspective of a former competitive shooter, these are intriguing. An NRR of 20 dB, regardless of spectrum, sucks and is in no way suitable for sustained exposure. However, these would combine very well with active muffs like Sordins. I currently use conventional plugs (29 dB, $20/200 pair bucket) under the Sordins and it’s a little too much.
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JonDinKC
Nice to see some "real" men around here...
JonDinKC
Btw, Etymotic makes a model of active earplugs for shooters: https://www.etymotic.com/consumer/hearing-protection/gsp15.html
The earplug provides 30-40 dB of isolation, but the speakers inside playback safe sounds normally and blasts at quieter safe volumes. This way, you can talk at shooting ranges without shouting, and if you’re hunting you can still hear the environment/prey.
They’re a bit pricey at $300 though, and once you ”activate“ the batteries they drain regardless (like all hearing aids). It’s a luxury compared to cheap earplugs and muffs, but for a regular hunter or competition shooter it might be worth it.
Anybody know if these are the same tips used in Etymotic IEMs? Can we use this in HF5?
TriodeSE
The official website doesn't list the replacement tips for these as compatible with the HF5 (though oddly enough it says they fit a few other IEMs that are also listed as compatible with the tips the HF5 uses, not sure why the HF5 isn't compatible). The difference between the two kinds of tips appears to be the length of the stem.
Decent price...etymotic's own page states when ordering 10 or more it's $15ea ...was hoping these would easily be $15 with the number of orders here. Still a great price with the free shipping though.
Wondering if any wedding photographers out there use these during the reception?
An actual frequency response chart would be good :/
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Per etymotic, performance is the same as the older ones. These just have some newer features (shorter stem, replaceable tips).
shimage
Ah, well, like I said, they do look pretty similar on the chart, though there are some differences, particularly in the treble/lower HF ranges.
20db reduction attenuation.... useless. I want a 30db pair please.
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Oh, I agree about the option for hearing protection while shooting... but then, you don’t need to try and preserve HOW the guns sound, so it makes more sense to get something that’s like a solid putty or foam. Those will be cheaper, and basically target a different market. These Ety’s are more EDC friendly.
Evshrug
I never mentioned shooting, but in ear+ overear combined, save your hearing