|Brand Name||Etymotic Research|
|Item model number||ER4SR|
|Item Weight||13.1 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||0.4 x 1.2 x 0.4 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||0.39 x 1.18 x 0.39 inches|
Etymotic Research ER4SR Studio Reference In-Ear Monitors
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- High performance balanced armature drivers are precision matched to within 1 dB
- Sleek, anodized, laser-etched aluminum body
- Braided, reinforced 5ft detachable MMCX cables
- 35-42 dB of noise isolation with a max output of 122 dB
- 2 year manufacturer’s warranty provided for products purchased from authorized resellers
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From the manufacturer
Etymotic Research, Inc. is an engineering-driven research, development and manufacturing company. The name 'Etymotic' (pronounced 'et-im-oh-tik') means 'true to the ear'. Innovation, education and hearing conservation are central to Etymotic's mission.
ER4SR Studio Reference
The World's Most Accurate Earphones Just Got Better!
Over 30 years ago, Etymotic invented noise-isolating, in-ear earphones. Etymotic's original design, developed for auditory research and hearing testing, used balanced-armature receivers and established these speakers as the gold standard for high-definition, in-ear earphones.
- Detachable 5 foot cable
- High performance balanced-armature drivers
- Sleek driver bodies with anodized finish
- Braided cables for reduced microphonic effect
Etymotic designs products to measure, improve and protect hearing, and enhance the listening experience of music lovers everywhere. Audio engineers, musicians and audiologists at Etymotic have generated over 100 patents issued and pending.
Why ER4SR Studio Reference?
ER4SR is Etymotic's new reference standard hi-fidelity earphone for those who demand nothing less than the highest fidelity. The next generation of our long-revered flagship earphone, the ER4S, the ER4SR delivers increased accuracy with greater sensitivity.
Like its predecessor, the ER4SR channels are precision matched within an industry-leading 1dB across frequencies from 100Hz to 10kHz.
The new ER4SR incorporates significant cosmetic and functional improvements, from a sleek, anodized and laser-etched aluminum body to the reinforced, user-replaceable detachable cable. The ER4SR is a must have for discerning engineers, audiophiles, and consumers wanting the most accurate in-ear earphone available.
- Frequency response 20Hz-16kHz
- Channel matched within 1 dB from 100Hz to 10kHz
- 35-42 dB noise isolation
- Impedance 45 ohms
- Sensitivity: 98 dB SPL at 1kHz, 0.1V drive level
- 122 dB maximum output
- Assembled and precision matched in the United States
User Detachable Cables
To detach the cables, pull the cable connector away from the earphone body. Pull straight out-Do Not Twist.
To attach the cables, align the key tab on the cable connector with the notch in the body of the earphone. Press together until it snaps in place.
Changing the Filters
Etymotic earphones have special filters that smooth the frequency response and prevent earwax from entering the earphones. The filters are located at the end of the earphone and are visible when the eartip is removed. When a filter becomes clogged it should be replaced. Filters should be changed when output decreases or sound quality declines.
In The Box
ER4SR Studio Reference earphones.
Assorted eartips and 1/4" stereo phone adapter.
Filter removal tool and replacement filters.
Shirt Clip and Carrying Case.
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The ER4 SR microPro In-Ear Monitor Earphones from Etymonic Research are for those who demand nothing less than the highest fidelity. These in-ear monitors are precision matched within an industry-leading 1dB across frequencies from 100Hz to 10kHz. After more than 20 years, these reference-quality earphones are still the choice of serious sound engineers, audiophiles and musicians.
Top customer reviews
The isolation is incredible if the tips fit you correctly (they go in DEEP). With the tri-flange tips and music on medium volume, I don't hear anything on an airplane.
Imaging is great, especially for an IEM. Playing Overwatch, it is extremely easy to pick out footsteps from the different characters and be able to tell exactly where they are. Not my usual use for this headphone, but they are still great for it.
They are all very good!
They should be for the price! Haha.
So where do I begin?
Most important, above all is sound quality.
They are all good with certain signature differences.
I have been using Etymotics for years.
Using the Etymotic hf3.
Excellent overall. Very accurate. Just not a lot of punch or presence to the bass.
It's there but doesn’t hit you over the head.
I tried other brands of phones and found them to sound inaccurate or sloppy.
I had some older Shure IEMs and I wanted to see if their newer models sounded better.
I tried the Shure SE315. and the Shure SE425.
Didn’t sound as good as my old model. Back they went.
Decided I would need triple drivers to get a significantly better sound.
Bought the Shure SE535. Lots of money!
And wow! Very impressive!
Having come from the Etymotics, the sound is very different.
Its warmer and slicker sounding. The voice range is a little less forward, which may be simply because the bass presence and detail is huge compared to the Etymotics.
The Shure SE535s are very entertaining to listen to.
More so than the Etymotics.
With the Shures, you feel more like you are being washed with music.
With the Etymotics, it just feels more like you are analyzing the sound.
There is way more punch and space to the sound in the Shure SE535s. Almost too much punch on certain tracks. 😳
Let me go back to the Etymotics.
I tried out the Etymotic ER4XR and the Etymotic ER4SR.
Very little discernible difference. Maybe slightly more bass presence with the XR.
I have been using the Etymotic hf3 for many years.
In my opinion, the hf3 sounds as good if not better than the ER4XR.
The reason is that the ER4XR has a higher impedance than the hf3.
On an iPhone, you have to turn up the volume essentially all the way to get the full sound out of the ER4XR.
This is not the case with the hf3s. They are good at 3/4 volume.
Makes a significant difference!
Other than that, there is maybe a slightly discernible improvement in separation on the ER4XR. But I mean slight.
Overall the hf3 sounds better. And they cost way less!
And there is another point.
This is a tricky issue when it comes to IEMs.
After trying to use the triple flange cone tips, I gave up do to discomfort and the scariness of sticking a little plastic Christmas tree up your ear canal.
I found that using the cylindrical foam tips created just as good a sealed fit and bass response as the "tree" did. So that is what I use.
The Soft Flex Sleeves are also an excellent alternative. Really good isolation and amazing bass response!
That brings me to the difference between the Etymotics and the Shures.
The Etymotics are simply more comfortable.
The drivers are smaller and weigh less than the Shures. Less of a pull on your ear structure.
Shures design is supposed to route the wire over and behind your ear.
I find this distracting and annoying in addition to being uncomfortable.
My solution is to let the wires remain in front of my ears, hanging down in front of me.
Much more comfortable. (See photos)
This however, necessitates using a shirt clip to cancel out the weight of the cord pulling on your ears. I bought some from Amazon. Works well to make the phones as weightless as possible.
With the Etymotics, this is less of an issue because the earpieces weigh so much less and the foam goes straight into your ear canal.
The Shures have to kind of sit on your ear structure. Not so comfortable.
I'm hoping over time that I will be bothered less and less by this slight pressure.
It is worth it to get the sonic results that the 535s deliver.
Back to the Shures.
I payed a very large amount for the 535s. For me they are worth it for the spectacular performance they deliver. I can only imagine how nice the Shure SE846s sound.
I just couldn't bring myself to spend one thousand dollars on IEMs. I do after all have a family to support! 😛
So I am happy I have both.
I will probably usually use my 535s for my daily commute to Manhattan.
But it's nice to switch out to the Etymotics for a lighter more Spartan sound signature.
Hope this review helps some of you out there.
With streaming music, it's like being a kid in a candy store every day.
And with these headphones, You can hear the candy really really well! 😊
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