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Etymotic ER-4XR

In-Ear Headphones

  • Especially suitable for Hi-Fi use
  • Very detailed and clear sound with enhanced bass
  • High-Performance transformer
  • Balanced micro drivers
  • Frequency range: 20-17,000 Hz
  • Peak SPL: 122 dB
  • Impedance: 45 Ohm
  • 35 - 42 dB Ambient noise attenuation
  • Black metal body with anodized surface
  • Pluggable Kevlar cable with angled 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Includes: transport bag, case, jack adapter, foam and rubber ear pads in different sizes, replacement filters and tools to change the filter

Further information

Removeable Cable Yes
Colour Black
1-Way Phones Yes
2-Way Phones No
3-Way Phones No
Custom Made In-Ear No
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Fantastic headphones!

Gregg Hermetech, 04.07.2017
I had a pair of the original ER-4Ps about eight years ago, and they lasted me about five years before falling apart. I loved the fact they sounded great and blocked out so much of the external sound. I also loved the fact I could wear them out in the summer with a hat and shades, something impossible with most regular headphones.

I bought another pair of headphones (ATH-M50) to replace them and they were pretty terrible sounding, with bad plastic build quality, and recently fell to pieces. I had been missing the Etys the whole time, so was pleased to see they had been updated to the ER4SR and ER4XR, and after a lot of review reading, decided on the XRs for slightly more bass response.

I have had them a few weeks now. They seem much better built, with less plastic, and more metal, than my older ER4P, so I am hoping they will last a good few years.

The sound is fantastic, but it's IMPERATIVE that you experiment with the different tips to find the ones that make the best seal, otherwise they sound poor and lack bass. I ended up with the foam tips, giving me the best isolation. It's a joy to be able to ride the Paris Metro with little external noise and great sound quality. Having such great isolation means you need to turn the volume up less too, saving the battery, and most importantly, your hearing.

The only negative is that I found some of the flanged tips didn't give me enough isolation, and were uncomfortable to wear for more than an hour. However, the foam tips were much better for me in both respects, so problem solved. There are also after-market foam tips from Comply which I am looking forward to trying out.

I'm a mastering engineer by trade, but mainly use these for on the go listening with a Fiio X5, however that combo is up there with my full mastering rig for sound quality, they really are that good! Highly recommended.
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Best in ear monitors you can buy.

13.09.2016
I have been using er4pt for a year. They easily outperformed phonak?s audeo (which I still own and very much like but they are in completely different league), Triple fi 10, westone?s 4 and Sony?s EX1000. If anyone is interested here are my impressions of the new ER4XR.

As for build they look much nicer however for some reason they feel more fragile. Probably due to mmcx connector and one of the earphones has a bit of play between metal housing and the connector. I?ve received answer from customer service that some of them do have that and none has come apart because of it. Well, seems that I will have to get used to it. Cable is much softer and because of that it tangles much easier, microphonics are still there just reduced a bit. Mini jack is way better and now fits even if you have thick case for phone or player. Didn?t have problem with shirt clip but it does feel much cheaper and more fragile. I?m also not a fan of a new eartips. They are a little smaller which is still ok but they are stiffer then the old grey ones. They are not horrible but I prefer the old ones. Maybe they will soften after more use, will see. Metal housing looks and feels nice but will be a pain in winter when inserting in to the ear canals. It?s not pleasant right now and it?s middle of summer where I live.

Some hits and missed with ergonomics but there are only pro?s when we get to the sound.

Er4 with p to s adapter had adequate bass quanity for most of the music but you could only hear and not feel it. In XR you can not only hear it but also feel it and there?s enough quantity even for metal and electronic music. Bass is very tight and punchy, never bloated or anything like that. I also never feel there?s too much of it, the amount is just perfect for my taste and you can at last say er4 are a good allrounder for all types of music.

Treble goes higher and it?s still crystal clear and never harsh. Love it, only electrostatics have better treble. In comparison er4s treble feels rounded around the edges.

Probably due to more linear response er4s feel a little mid centric (maybe it?s just me or my source, Colorfly c10) and female vocals were more forward and in XR?s they blend in more with the rest of the music. They are still perfectly clear though and XR are far from being V shaped which I was afraid of. In contrary as I said now er4's feel mid centric and XR feel flat to me with both ends expanded.

Believe it or not the resolution is better and er4s already challenged my Stax 4170 and Beyerdymic T1?s in that regard so you can say resolution is as good as you can get even from top of the line stationary over the ear headphones. As for soundstage er4s had only mediocre soundstage, maybe not tiny but not big by any means, and it went only from left to right with poor depth. XR have both larger soundstage and has also depth. They are still not a benchmark in that regard but it?s not their weak spot anymore. Overall sound is more forward and er4s feel a little bit recessed and rounded. Er4s are still great headphones but new model raises the bar in every category in my opinion. A worthy upgrade.
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