Etymotic ER-4S earphones and iPod

Discussion in 'Pro Audio' started by C3, Feb 22, 2004.

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    C3 Guest

    Does anybody know how well the Etymotic ER-4S earphones sound when powered
    by an iPod? Etymotic's websites suggest going for the ER-4P earphones when
    using low-power devices, but I do not want to sacrifice the flat response of
    the ER-4S earphones.

    C3, Feb 22, 2004
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    C3 Guest

    I don't like the idea of adding extra filters. What does this filter do,
    anyway? And what is the real difference between the ER-4S and the ER-4P?

    When you tested your ER-4S earphones, what percentage of maximum volume did
    you need to set the player at in order to have a good listening level? Were
    you inching close to full blast?


    players but you have to turn the volume up higher than most other 'phones.
    I took them to CompUSA the other night to try on hard drive palyers and was
    able to test both the iRiver iHP-120 and the Rio Karma but their iPod was
    dead. I find that a bass boost of 3 dB or so helps on most material when
    playing through the units I have tested, easy enough to implement in most
    players. Ear seal is critical--I'm going in for earmolds tomorrow
    back to the flat curve of the ER-4S while keeping the low impedance.
    C3, Feb 23, 2004
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    hank alrich Guest

    Aaah, purist iPodders. <g>
    hank alrich, Feb 23, 2004
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    Arny Krueger Guest

    They have a reputation for being a bit on the low output side.

    Less money, more sensitivity, what many think is better sound can be had
    with Shure E2s.

    To catch up on the equalizer issue, check out this web page:

    I agree that using a passive equalizer with ER-4S headphones and an iPod
    could be problematical, on the grounds that the combination has a reputation
    for sounding kinda faint.

    This device can help:
    Arny Krueger, Feb 23, 2004

  5. You don't want to put a filter in the path because it will corrupt the sonic
    integrity of those pristine AAC and mp3 files coming out of the iPod.
    Lorin David Schultz, Feb 29, 2004
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    Arny Krueger Guest

    Joke, right?
    Arny Krueger, Feb 29, 2004
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