Rockbox mail archiveSubject: Re: AW: Question about CD-Quality and MP3
Re: AW: Question about CD-Quality and MP3
From: Frej Bjon <fbjon_at_abo.fi>
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 16:37:17 +0200
On Tue, 31 Jan 2006 04:51:12 +0200, Bluechip <csbluechip_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> I can whole heartedly recommend the etymoic ear-plugs - they claim a
> flat response - but as sound is perceived by more than the ear
> (especially with a KW or 2 of fold-back aimed at your head) the flat
> response is not really likely. They are however, inconspicuous to the
> degree that people looking into your ear and shouting requests fail to
> realise why you can't hear them (repeatedly). They can be "screwed in"
> like a volume control. They don't disagree with sweat. They are so
> comfortable you could _live_ with them in place.
> What a shame I did not discover them until it was too late :(
> One day I will have the cash to check out their headphones :)
I can certainly recommend their ER6's, I find they reduce outside noise by
about 30dB, and the sound is really pleasant. Not that much bass though,
and high impedance, so if you want them strictly for mobile use, you might
want to check out the ER6i's instead (i = iPod, apparently :). They have
less impedance, and supposedly a bit more bass, but I haven't tried them.
The ER6's however, have a really easy-to-listen-to sound, very unlike all
other earphones I've tried. Clear sound, and doesn't stress your ears. The
only downside is that your ears might not physically like the way they
plug into your ear canals, but for me, I can't push them very far, but
they block outside noise nonetheless. Oh, and the price is steep, but I'm
happy :). They also come with both silicone flanged plugs and foam plugs,
whichever suits you better. I'll be testing my pair (and Rockbox) on a
long-haul flight to Japan in two weeks, so I'm hoping they'll block that
kind of noise just as well.
One word of advice though, if sound output drops dramatically, change the
filter inside. One of the filters was already stuffed when I received
them, and I was thinking the whole earplug is broken. Took me an entire
day of testing and wondering before I realized it.
Now, if only I had money to try out the ER4's...
Received on 2006-02-02