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[Amazon.ca] Etymotic ER2XR In-Ear Monitors/ear buds - $92.51

https://www.amazon.ca/Etymotic-Research ... C90&sr=8-2

These IEM's were on sale a few months ago but the price went back up. Well, they're on sale again and are a fantastic buy.

These are by far the best sounding IEM's you can get for under $100. On top of that, they are the most sound isolating IEM's with isolation down to -38dB so I actually use them for hearing protection. These are basically earplugs with audiophile sound quality. Word of warning: These sound best when inserted DEEP in your ears so this may or may not be comfortable for you.

Some reviews:
https://crinacle.com/2019/12/03/cliffno ... disruptor/
https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/etymot ... 11/reviews

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Do these only work with with 3.5mm plug? The description says wireless but with 3.5 connector


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Imagine paying $100 for earbuds with wires

Not to mention their claim of -38db NRR is EXTREMELY dubious seeing as how the best DOUBLE hearing protection

i.e best in ear plugs + ear muffs COMBINED gives you ~ 36DB

Enough of this false advertising
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aquaman123 wrote: Do these only work with with 3.5mm plug? The description says wireless but with 3.5 connector

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They are wired and come stock with a 3.5mm plug.

They are super easy to drive so any phone/small device shouldn't have any problem driving them. If your phone doesn't have an audio jack, the Apple DAC is super cheap and highly recommended (or you can go with the multitude of portable DAC/AMPs out there).
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danascully wrote: Imagine paying $100 for earbuds with wires
Imagine not knowing what you’re talking about lol

Bluetooth earphones/headphones cannot deliver anything close to wired earphones/headphones sound quality wise past a certain price point.
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kenze wrote: Imagine not knowing what you’re talking about lol

Bluetooth earphones/headphones cannot deliver anything close to wired earphones/headphones sound quality wise past a certain price point.
And the vast majority of people who aren't the .01% audiophiles could care less

Wired crap, lmao

In 2022

Have fun untagling or buying replacement wires
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danascully wrote: And the vast majority of people who aren't the .01% audiophiles could care less

Wired crap, lmao

In 2022

Have fun untagling or buying replacement wires
Who hurt you? Lol.

Honestly I miss wired earphones. I've been running high end BT earphones for awhile and the sound just isn't the same.
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danascully wrote:
And the vast majority of people who aren't the .01% audiophiles could care less

Wired crap, lmao

In 2022

Have fun untagling or buying replacement wires
Sure bud, whatever you say.

Keep telling yourself that your 150$ AirPods and a pair of Abyss Diana V2’s will sound the same and only an audiophile can hear the difference. Lmao

I’ve been using the same cables for 10 years on some pairs. I have no idea what kind of cheap cables you’ve used.
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danascully wrote: And the vast majority of people who aren't the .01% audiophiles could care less

Wired crap, lmao

In 2022

Have fun untagling or buying replacement wires
And have fun trying to replace the batteries in your TWS earbuds when they die in 2 years?

Regarding the NRR, these are IEMs first and foremost. The NRR # is not as critical as equipment sold as PPE but is what Etymotic measured on their end. That said, these are some of the best noise isolating IEM's you can buy with this quality of sound.

If you aren't interested, no one's forcing you to put money down.
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danascully wrote: Not to mention their claim of -38db NRR is EXTREMELY dubious seeing as how the best DOUBLE hearing protection

i.e best in ear plugs + ear muffs COMBINED gives you ~ 36DB

Enough of this false advertising
What? Where are you getting your information? Ear plugs + ear muffs can give you 40+ or even 50+ db of protection: https://www.researchgate.net/publicatio ... ing_Ranges

Etymotic has made earplugs for the US Army (e.g. EB1), they aren't just some nobody.

That doesn't mean you should just trust the NRR they assign to their products but it does at least show they have experience in the field.
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mrmungbean wrote: And have fun trying to replace the batteries in your TWS earbuds when they die in 2 years?

Regarding the NRR, these are IEMs first and foremost. The NRR # is not as critical as equipment sold as PPE but is what Etymotic measured on their end. That said, these are some of the best noise isolating IEM's you can buy with this quality of sound.

If you aren't interested, no one's forcing you to put money down.
Exactly, this is the worst part of Bluetooth earbuds, they have soldered in batteries. It's planned obsolescence. I don't understand how this can be legal.

Bluetooth earbuds also get out of sync and skip all the time. I never want to deal with this again.
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Anybody who's used Etymotic IEMs knows they have top grade isolation. This is no fly-by-night operation, it's an engineering driven company. Even their $15 earplugs have a design paper. https://www.etymotic.com/wp-content/upl ... 4-1988.pdf

And furthermore, rtings has measurements of their ER4 (I have these). https://www.rtings.com/headphones/revie ... otic/er4xr which shows they have excellent isolation (33dB average in their measurement). As noted in that review, the foam tips will even do even better. I have no doubt they get close to 40dB.
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warpdrive wrote: Anybody who's used Etymotic IEMs knows they have top grade isolation. This is no fly-by-night operation, it's an engineering driven company. Even their $15 earplugs have a design paper. https://www.etymotic.com/wp-content/upl ... 4-1988.pdf

And furthermore, rtings has measurements of their ER4 (I have these). https://www.rtings.com/headphones/revie ... otic/er4xr which shows they have excellent isolation (33dB average in their measurement). As noted in that review, the foam tips will even do even better.
This thread is the first time I've ever seen someone question Etymotic IEM isolation lol
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mrmungbean wrote: This thread is the first time I've ever seen someone question Etymotic IEM isolation lol
Yeah no kidding.

I keep my Etymotics around just because they rule for noise isolation. if I don’t care about utmost noise blocking, I have lesser headphones.


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danascully wrote: Imagine paying $100 for earbuds with wires

Not to mention their claim of -38db NRR is EXTREMELY dubious seeing as how the best DOUBLE hearing protection

i.e best in ear plugs + ear muffs COMBINED gives you ~ 36DB

Enough of this false advertising
You don’t know what the **** you’re talking about.
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Etymotics are some of the best earphones hands down. They do look really goofy the way they sit in your ear if you're using the foam tips. Wouldn't recommend if you're self conscious...

Anyways, this thread has inspired me to purchase a pack of foam tips on amazon to for my hf5s after sitting in the drawer for years. My old ones are gross.
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Nice deal!!
I've always considered Etymotic ER2XR as best entry level audiophile IEMs with a nice, neutral signature.
The 2-flange tips are my recommendation - they offer better isolation and more balanced sound compared to the 3-flange tips.

Upgrade path ER2XR > Moondrop Dusk > Thieaudio Clairvoyance. (Or be content with the ER2XR and call it a day)
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I’m mostly using headphones, but I use iem when I need that extra sound isolation.

I’ve been eying these for a long time, between ER2XR, the jvc drop ha-fdx1 and moondrop blessing 2.

I know the ha-fdx1 and blessing 2 are more than 2x the price of the er2xr. So I’m wondering if the extra cost is worth it? They are amongst the top rated IEMs under the 250$ mark

I already have a pair of KBEAR Robin and I’m somewhat satisfied with them, not sure how much of an improvement it’ll get with the etymotic?

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