PDA

View Full Version : Etymotic Earphones - Was: Microwave inferenceminimized(finally)



Simon Turner
2005-02-24, 14:47
I have the original 40gb third generation iPod. The supplied earphones were
quite bassless. With the new models Apple supply an upgraded pair of buds
with bass, but unfortunately they do not appear to fit correctly in many
(most?) people's ears.

I looked around and bought some highly recommended Sony MDR-EX71's. They
were less than 30 quid (30 Pounds Sterling UK). They come with three
different sets of rubber ear bits so should fit in most people's ears. The
sound is great.. loads of bass and crisp treble... which suits me just fine
as I tend to listen to electronic music.

With buds it is very important that they fit your ear... otherwise they do
not make a seal and can sound really pants.

Simon Turner
Barcombe UK



> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of ron thigpen
> Sent: 24 February 2005 15:38
> To: Slim Devices Discussion
> Subject: Etymotic Earphones - Was: [slim] Microwave inference
> minimized(finally)
>
>
> Jack Coates wrote:
>
> >> Oh, and get a pair of these ('cos the iPod phones are pretty poor):
> >> http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/er6i.asp
> >
> > ewww -- I've been looking for a set of good earbuds, so I tried
> these at
> > Mac World. Not for me... They go into your ear, much like the little
> > bugs in Wrath of Khan, and still sound tinny and thin like an
> iPod. Squick.
>
> I've found that these have some of the best bass (and all-around)
> performance of any portable earphones. They sound really great. They
> do depend however on being sealed in the ear canal. If they sounded
> tinny to you, I'd bet that you didn't have them seated correctly.
>
> Whether or not you like this type of earphone tends to be a personal
> preference. I'm guessing that differently shaped ear canals make getting
> a seal harder or easier for some. For me, they're easy. And they do
> block out a _lot_ of external sound, which is sometimes good, sometimes
> bad, depending on the situation. For example, I love it on airplanes,
> where it blocks most of the engine noise even on the loudest turboprop
> commuter plane.
>
> For anyone worried about whether they'll like the way these fit in your
> ears, try out the Etymotics earplugs. They use the same type of rubber
> seals as the earphones. They are great for loud rock shows. Much
> better sounding than the old foamies. And they have the side effect of
> making your earphones sound better the next day as your hearing is still
> intact.
>
> FWIW,
>
> --rt
>

Ben Coombs
2005-02-24, 15:26
I haven't listened to Etymotic, but my vote goes to my shure e5c's
which my 4th gen iPod is in love with.

In my humble opinion, the sound out from the headphone socket of my
squeeze box sounds better than the ipod though. I think the ipod sound
(which is good) doesn't do them justice - These headphones are that
good. I love them, it brings detail out in the music i just hadn't
heard before, like the breath of the musicians in between verses, or
Ringo going crazy on the bongo in "a hard day's night".

Over here in the UK www.dabs.com has them for sale at a good price.
I'd imagine the e3c and e2c to be good too, but I've not listened to
them, but if they are anything like the e5c, you should be happy.


On Thu, 24 Feb 2005 13:58:11 -0800, Ralph Edington <ralph (AT) edington (DOT) com> wrote:
> I'll second the MDR-EX71's. They're way better sounding and way, way more
> comfortable than all other "cheap" earbuds I tried. Very happy with them.
>
> Don't forget to check out the EX51's as well. Only difference is cord
> length, make sure you get the right one. 71's are good if you jog with the
> player on your arm or in your front shirt pocket; 51's are better for
> everything else.
>
> momerath, what version of the er4's are you using? Seems like only the 4P's
> would be good for iPod-type devices... Still, too much $$ for my
> non-audiophile butt!
>
> RE
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> > [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of Simon Turner
> > Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2005 1:47 PM
> > To: Slim Devices Discussion
> > Subject: Etymotic Earphones - Was: [slim] Microwave
> > inferenceminimized(finally)
> >
> >
> > I have the original 40gb third generation iPod. The supplied
> > earphones were
> > quite bassless. With the new models Apple supply an upgraded pair of buds
> > with bass, but unfortunately they do not appear to fit correctly in many
> > (most?) people's ears.
> >
> > I looked around and bought some highly recommended Sony MDR-EX71's. They
> > were less than 30 quid (30 Pounds Sterling UK). They come with three
> > different sets of rubber ear bits so should fit in most people's ears. The
> > sound is great.. loads of bass and crisp treble... which suits me
> > just fine
> > as I tend to listen to electronic music.
> >
> > With buds it is very important that they fit your ear... otherwise they do
> > not make a seal and can sound really pants.
> >
> > Simon Turner
> > Barcombe UK
> >
> >
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> > > [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of ron thigpen
> > > Sent: 24 February 2005 15:38
> > > To: Slim Devices Discussion
> > > Subject: Etymotic Earphones - Was: [slim] Microwave inference
> > > minimized(finally)
> > >
> > >
> > > Jack Coates wrote:
> > >
> > > >> Oh, and get a pair of these ('cos the iPod phones are pretty poor):
> > > >> http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/er6i.asp
> > > >
> > > > ewww -- I've been looking for a set of good earbuds, so I tried
> > > these at
> > > > Mac World. Not for me... They go into your ear, much like the little
> > > > bugs in Wrath of Khan, and still sound tinny and thin like an
> > > iPod. Squick.
> > >
> > > I've found that these have some of the best bass (and all-around)
> > > performance of any portable earphones. They sound really great. They
> > > do depend however on being sealed in the ear canal. If they sounded
> > > tinny to you, I'd bet that you didn't have them seated correctly.
> > >
> > > Whether or not you like this type of earphone tends to be a personal
> > > preference. I'm guessing that differently shaped ear canals make getting
> > > a seal harder or easier for some. For me, they're easy. And they do
> > > block out a _lot_ of external sound, which is sometimes good, sometimes
> > > bad, depending on the situation. For example, I love it on airplanes,
> > > where it blocks most of the engine noise even on the loudest turboprop
> > > commuter plane.
> > >
> > > For anyone worried about whether they'll like the way these fit in your
> > > ears, try out the Etymotics earplugs. They use the same type of rubber
> > > seals as the earphones. They are great for loud rock shows. Much
> > > better sounding than the old foamies. And they have the side effect of
> > > making your earphones sound better the next day as your hearing is still
> > > intact.
> > >
> > > FWIW,
> > >
> > > --rt
> > >