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Does anyone own/use the Etymotics? Are they as uncomfortable as most in-ear buds?

fukasaku tollbooth, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 19:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Does anyone own/use the Etymotics? Are they as uncomfortable as most in-ear buds?

I have a pair of ER6i's. They come with two in-ear attachments. One is made of the same material as foam ear plugs and is extremely comfortable, but not quite as good at noise cancelling. The rubber ones are... not terrible or anything, but I don't know if I can ever be comfortable when there's something shoved down my ear canal. They sound good, though!

s. morris, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 19:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

I should add that Amazon has the ER6/ER6i's marked down to like $60 compared to the $200+ they were originally. They're pretty nice headphones for that price.

s. morris, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 19:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

My ER6i's (with the smallest flange attachment) fit my ears perfectly, but I know people who can't keep them in for longer than an hour or so because they hurt them so much.

caek, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 19:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

i went with the er6i's. i'll check in after i've used them for a week.

fukasaku tollbooth, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 20:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Good luck! (And don't forget to watch the "Etymotic Insertion Video to learn more about proper in-ear insertion techniques" when you get 'em... LOL!)

Maybe not entirely off-topic (in a keeping your or re-sensitizing your hearing way? No?), I'm on my second (fair wear & tear) pair of Etymotic ear plugs.

Best $12 I've ever spent (live shows have never sounded this good).

dblcheeksneek, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 21:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

So I got those Etymotics, fell in love with them, even accidentally ran them through the washer/dryer [and they still work!], but now I have an iPhone [I know, I know] and I'm back with these stupid, painful Apple earbuds. Blurgh.

fukasaku tollbooth, Friday, 7 March 2008 12:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

are there any headphones that will make my i pod sound louder? i got a small i pod for christmas and its too quiet. i can't listen to morton feldman on the train anymore. i have to listen to vitalic and lightning bolt.

Crackle Box, Friday, 7 March 2008 13:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

I have separate Altec Lansing speakers for my Mac G5. They are plugged into the headphone jack ("optical out"). Sounds fine. But when I plug my headphones into the headphone jack on the speakers themselves, the bass is waaaaay too high. Everything sounds so boomy that I have to crank the treble on practically every song.

Is this a headphone problem (they're VERY old, actually) or is there something wrong with plugging directly into the speakers?

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 7 August 2008 15:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think lower end computer speakers tend to boost the bass to make up for lower quality.

Hurting 2, Thursday, 7 August 2008 15:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I thought I'd check back in to say that, in the few months I've had the Etymotics ER6i's, they've broken twice. I sent them back for repair when the right cone blew after limited use and now the left one's gone dead. They sound great when they work, but I wouldn't recommend them to anyone who's not looking to piss away $75+. They're so delicate I think I'll just leave them at the office, which means I still need a decent pair for walking around with my iPod. Hit me with your suggestions!

fukasaku tollbooth, Friday, 22 August 2008 10:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

This is timely. I got an iaudio7 this week and the earbuds that come with it really don't stay in my ears at all. I have portapros but was thinking about moving back to an in-ear answer.

aldo, Friday, 22 August 2008 10:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oof, I've been meaning to get some Etymotics for onstage monitoring, but I might look for something else. Maybe this is more of an IMM question.

Bocken Social Scene, Friday, 22 August 2008 10:38 (ten years ago) Permalink the few months I've had the Etymotics ER6i's, they've broken twice.

Was that before or after you accidentally ran them through the washer/dryer?

If it's any consolation, my "sturdier" (and 425-dollars-more-expensive) Shure E500's gave way to wear and tear (i.e., frayed wires where they wrap over my ear; good warranty though) at least three times in my three-ish years of ownership.

I handle them differently now, and it seems to have solved the problem.

dblcheeksneek, Friday, 22 August 2008 17:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

I ran into the same thing with ER6i's. They're great headphones but mine have shorted twice this year. I do have a bad habit of leaving them coiled up in my pocket all day, and have been a little more careful about putting them in their case when not in use. Seems to be working so far.

The good thing is that Etymotic's customer service is pretty great. The turn-around from sending them out to getting them back was about a week both times.

s. morris, Friday, 22 August 2008 17:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

I recently bought the Creative Labs EP-630 Earphones for something like $25 (I had a coupon from Dell and needed to pad things out to over $100, so I added these). They're a little bass-heavy, but for the price they're pretty hot shit. I've given up on Etymotic after one too many broken pairs.

dlp9001, Friday, 22 August 2008 19:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

What about Bose, of any size/design? Worth the prices?

dow, Saturday, 23 August 2008 03:57 (ten years ago) Permalink


Scik Mouthy, Saturday, 23 August 2008 07:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

another recommendation for portapros. they also have a ridiculously archaic LIFETIME WARRANTY. mine broke a while ago, more as a result of me carelessly schlepping them around forever, and for £3.50 postage they fixed them/sent me some new ones. they sound great, are great.

schlump, Saturday, 23 August 2008 10:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

Anybody know if the SportaPro is of the same quality as the PortaPro?

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 23 August 2008 10:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

i think i heard that they aren't. i spent a while digging around on geeky headphone sites to decide whether portapro were what i wanted, and i don't think they're of the same quality. but what do i know? i'm pretty enthusiastic about portapros, maybe to the extent of ignoring some of their failings, like the way they're reshaping my head with the little metal strap. so perhaps sportapro are worth a shot.

schlump, Saturday, 23 August 2008 13:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

I am selling a headphone hanger -

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Scik Mouthy, Wednesday, 27 August 2008 13:55 (ten years ago) Permalink
Still love 'em, after all these years.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 27 August 2008 14:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

I've read in a few different places that the AKG 240s are the "reference standard" for studio monitoring. Don't know if that's true, but I see them a lot in films of recording sessions.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 27 August 2008 14:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

a headphone hanger.
a headphone hanger.

a gun rack.

special guest stars mark bronson, Wednesday, 27 August 2008 14:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

have a nice blood.

special guest stars mark bronson, Wednesday, 27 August 2008 14:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

I made a terrible, terrible mistake- got tired of my slightly painful, hideous (yet wonderful-sounding) Portapros and went looking for a more attractive model for walking-around use, settling on a pair of Zumreeds (the Japanese ones with the hemispherical cups). They look great and sound like absolute crap compared to the Portapros. Thankfully the place I bought them from will take them back after a minor restocking fee.

I'm keeping the portapros (with replacement ear cushions, because OW) for walking and commuting, but I am in the market for a nicer pair I can wear at work and use for casual DJing at home. Would Grado SR-80s be good for this? I'd be running them off of an ipod at work and a generic middle-of-the-line sound system at home.

Telephone thing, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 21:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

my slightly painful, hideous (yet wonderful-sounding) Portapros

ha ha. i always thought it was like a portapro secret. i totally put up with pulling my hair out, digging a metal band into my head and crinkling impressions of the plastic eatphones into my ears because they sound so great. i really need to send them off to be fixed sometime soon (elastic band solution amid disintegration), but i don't want to be without them for a couple of weeks. i still regularly notice how good they sound.

schlump, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 22:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

grado's sound great, and i love my SR-60s...they are very "open" though and bleed sound both ways, so that might be a problem in a work environment.

Yah Trick Ya Kid K (M@tt He1ges0n), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 22:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Just got my SR80s today and I'm already in love with them. A bit less up-front and punchy than the Portapros, but I'm hearing so many subtle little details I was missing. And they're so comfy!

Telephone thing, Thursday, 26 February 2009 21:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

On flights to and from Oakland for work in August I saw around 5 age 50-something and up guys using Bose headphones. Just got back from a trip to LA and again saw the same number of folks in that same demographic with the Bose headphones. I wonder if I should join them when I hit that age range...

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 17:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

Bose - Better Off Somewhere Else.

Typically you can get better headphones for a lot less.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 18:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

I use the noise canceling Bose on flights and they work like a charm. I would never have sprung the $350 but since they were a gift I use and enjoy them.

Nate Carson, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 19:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

After 50 your range of hearing is typically so reduced that it won't make much difference what you use.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 20:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

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