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Subject: amps was: Re: Etimotic

amps was: Re: Etimotic

From: Brandon Hicks <>
Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 16:40:35 -0700

hey list,
anyone recommend some good amps? i've seen the ... one thing, but my brain
just died and i can't remember which one it was. can someone suggest an amp
that would be good, fairly cheap, and designed to amplify portable players,
say on the bus or a plane?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Alfaro" <>
To: "'Rockbox'" <>
Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 12:34 PM
Subject: RE: Etimotic

> Hi Rocker.
> For what it is worth, here is my opinion on the Etymotics.
> Originally, I had the 4s and I can tell you that you absolutely need some
> sort of headphone amp for these to sound the way they are supposed to.
> are very high impedance and really need power for them sound good. They
> sound absolutely beautiful with amplification. Without the amp, they
> terrible in my opinion. I then decided to turn them into the 4p which I
> by sending them back to Etymotic. For a charge of $60, the changed the
> impedance on them and made them the 4p which according to what I had read
> many forums, worked a lot better with portable devices and required less
> power. They do a little better now as 4p's, in my humble opinion, they
> still need an amp or a device with some good output to really sound good.
> The sound very good on my Archos Recorder but I have to give it plenty of
> bass boost, and I am not a bass head. I typically like a nice balanced
> sound, but without the bass boost, or adjusting the bass directly in
> RockBox, they still sound very anemic to me. Good luck with them though
> hopefully, you will get the sound you expected from them. If not,
> a small headphone amp as this will make all the difference in the world
> will bring these back to life and give you truly outstanding sound.
> --Best regards,
> --Rick Alfaro
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> Behalf Of Erik Slagter
> Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 5:46 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Etimotic
> On Thu, 2006-05-04 at 20:11 -0600, Rocker wrote:
> > Just wanted to thank you all for your cool opinions and advice. Still
> > not sure if I will pull the trigger on the ER4S.
> BTW anyone experience with the Shure E3c? I bought a set of these a few
> months ago and I was soooo disappointed. I have been using Sony MDR-888's
> for a few years and was always quite happy with them, clear sound, flat
> response, the only thing is that the l/r balance seems to go off a bit
> some time, don't ask me how, I had this with two sets...
> So now I bought these Shures (comparable to the Etimotics, according to
> specs) and I am not using them anymore, at all. First the frequency
> doesn't come anywhere near what I was used to (both low and
> high) (I am not talking "hyperbass" etc. just a normal, dull, flat
> response), it's difficult to get them in and out but the worst (and this
> something the Etimotics don't seem to suffer from), the leads are more
> twice as thick as the Sony's and therefore also weigh quite a bit. You can
> feel the wires pull your ears all of the time. You cannot apply the plugs
> described (wire over your ear-shell) because the wire is far too stiff for
> that, it won't stick there. Also because the wires are so stiff, any wind
> blowing will catch the wires and pull the plugs
> (half) out. Oh BTW, I did allow the plugs to get "worn-in", I connected
> to the computer and had them play for 3x24x7 hours at high volume.
> No change.
> A disaster.
Received on 2006-05-06

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