Last edited by afbug; 12th January 2007 at 01:49 AM.
The shure tips sure are interesting! Where did you get them? I might try modifying (trimming the stem), interesting idea.
My alternate smaller eartips from etymotic should be arriving in the mail soon, will post results.
Holy cow! I just snipped off about 2-3mm off the stem of my foam tip and now my etys sound INCREDIBLE!!! *thanks!*
My advise is dun be afraid to spend a little more on tips esp if u destroy some while experimenting. Afterall, u want to get the best out of those etys.
Glad my method works for you. The downside is that it will place the edge of the nozzle, which where the filters are, closer to the opening of the tip, can get dirty easier, so keep your ears clean. Filters are not cheap but with maintainence of ears and filters, they can last quite long.
Last edited by afbug; 12th January 2007 at 08:42 PM.
Went on a business trip to Taiwan this week and left my MP3 player and ER6i on the plane...
On the way back I saw the Sony MDR-EX85LP (http://www.ecat.sony.co.jp/tourist/h...X85LP(JE)&LG=1) at the Narita ariport and after some hesitation I bought a pair to replace my lost ER6i.
Surprisingly the sound is very good. It claims to be "studio monitor quality" and I am quite convinced after a few hours of listening on the plane (watching DVD on my PC) and in my office today (listening to CDs).
The transients are not as great as ER6i but still brings out a lot of details. Base is noticeably stronger and deeper but well controlled.
Built quality is definitely better (or feels better) than ER6i, and looks high-tech and classy to me.
Paid US$42 for it. So far I am happy, except that I miss the noise blocking capabilities of the ER6i. If I have the chance to choose between the two I will go back to ER6i, but the Sony comes very close.
Should be a good lower cost alternative to Etymotic and Shure.
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Should try the OVC T20. That one is cheaper than Sony's offerings and easily triumph over entry level IEMs. At least according to my ears.
Anyway for those with ER6i... its not a pretty picture because the the filters have to be replaced quite often if you want to get the most out of the the earphones... the tips also get dirty easily... esp the 3 flanged...
Filters cost around 30+ bucks at hung brothers, 3rd floor, SLS, just up the escalator you will see them. filters come in a small packet of 3 pairs.
Tips cost around $14 i think also at the same place.
Anyway the good thing about the ER series is that the build is pretty good. Mine has been around for more than 2 years and despite all the kind of "abuse" i put it through, it still sounds as good*
*actually after you get used to a certain standard of music, you will be erm... looking at the higher level ones
If u can exceed ur budget a little bit, I'd suggest getting UM1. Pay abit more, get something better that can last and u dun have to think abt it for the next... 5yrs?
U can goto Jaben at Adelphi to try it out. The guys there are quite nice.
I know some are going say "UM2 with UM56". Good is good, but must see got budget or not.
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Anyway, you should take this opportunity to look at the following options :
Happy shopping. There is a thread in Mac User Group Singapore, under reviews, that talks extensively about in ear monitors (in canal earphones). Have a look there and read the user reviews and preference). They should help you decide on which will work for you.
- Westone UM-2 (available at Jaben at Adelphi level 4, look for Wilson)
- M-Audio IE-30 (they sound fabulous!)
- Futuresonics ATRIO (yet to be released, but I own their MG-4s, awesome!)
- Shure E-5 (pricey, and no good for those with glasses)
- Bose noise cancelling headphones (pricey but helpful in noisier planes)
search the web and buy them online. you only pay about 2/3 of local price (including shipping cost) and sometimes if you're lucky, you only pay as little as half.
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