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Etymotic ER-4PT

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Still one of the best audiophile in-ear headphones, the repackaged Etymotic ER-4PT is identical to the original ER-4P design and delivers outstanding musical clarity unsurpassed at its price. With tightly controlled bass and articulate, extremely well-extended highs, these little in-ears deliver pristine audio. High efficiency plus low impedance makes the ER-4PT a great earphone to plug directly into portable players like iPod, iPad and MP3 devices.  Now Includes ER-4PT to ER-4S Conversion Cable.


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Product Features:

  • Perhaps clearest, most detailed audiophile sound at this price
  • Excellent musical resolution of mids & highs subtleties
  • Top isolation / ambient noise-blocking ability just like earplugs
  • Excellent accessory kit contains array of eartip & tool assortment
  • Airline 2-prong adaptor included in ER-4PT box

What's In The Box:

  • Airline plug adapter
  • Various silicon or foam eartip sets in S/M/L sizing +
  • Travel case
  • Shirt cord clip
  • Full-size 1/4" stereo plug adapter
  • Owner's manual
  • Filters (x4)
  • Filter Removal Tool
  • ER-4PT to ER-4S Conversion Cable

Applications:

The earphone & audiology research gurus over at Etymotic Research in Illinois, USA have again re-vamped the ER-4P adding the 'T' (for "Traveler") to the name -- which means solely the addition of a handy airline plug adaptor and nifty new packaging. Otherwise, the ER-4PT remain the exact same awesome in-ears they've always been: a low-impedance, highly-efficient version of their 'amplifier-only' ER-4S model. Similar to the ER-4S in every way but impedance, the ER-4PT have attracted great interest in the in-ear world due to Etymotic's ("true to the ear") clean bass response and ability to achieve fast musical dynamics and robust volume levels from portable players (or other weak audio sources) without demanding a dedicated headphone amplifier. Etymotic's signature 'lean but tight' low-end response combines with truly excellent upper treble extension to provide a pleasantly engaging listening experience for mobile audiophiles seeking neutrality and true acoustic transparency. Huge bassheads should probably look elsewhere, however, since the ER-4PT bottom-end is perhaps a tad controlled for extra-funk hip-hop styles. So, what does all this mean? If you want to use reference high-performance earphones directly out of portable audio sources like iPod, iPhone, iPad, MP3, and computers sans amplifier without breaking the bank, the ER-4PT could be precisely what you need.

This low-impedance, single-microdriver earphone is the perfect portable audio player buddy and rates at a highly efficent 27 ohms impedance. The  Etymotic ER-4PT's earphone cabling is made out of a softer rubber material than the ER-4S type which slightly reduces the problematic "microphonic" cable noise effect (the 'cord just hit me' thump that echoes through your skull), which tends to be a common phenomenon with many in ear headphones. As far as other features go, the ER-4PT look like, are the same size, weigh the same, have the same earpieces/accessories, and come in basically the same package as the venerable high-impedance ER-4S model. The ER-4PT come with several different eartip types and sizes -- flanged silicon, rubber-flex, and squishy foam types -- plus 2 pairs of earphone nozzle filter replacements within the box.  Now includes ER-4PT to ER-4S Conversion Cable.

Obtaining a good ear canal seal/fit with the Etymotics--or with ANY in ear headphone--is critically important for best sound quality. Please watch the Etymotic Insertion Video to learn more about proper in-ear insertion techniques.

CUSTOM FIT OPTION:
As a very cool extra, optional custom audiologist in-ear molds for the ER-4 are available via Etymotic. Any customer purchasing an Etymotic product can register their product at Etymotic.com; after registering, you'll print a voucher from the Etymotic site, then schedule an appointment with an audiologist in the Etymotic network (which can be located through the Etymotic website by entering your zip code). Then take the voucher to the audiologist appointment, the audiologist takes impressions of your inner ears and sends the impressions -- along with the voucher -- to the Ety labs. Customer pays nothing to the audiologist; the lab will contact you for credit card payment ($100usd); the lab then produces the molds and ships them to the customer with the lab compensating the audiologist. BAM! It's a really easy way to get into 'master-level' sound quality performance and superb personalized wearing comfort at a very reasonable expense.

Specifications:

  • Driver Type: Balanced Armature
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years
  • Headphone Type: In-Ear
  • Connector Type: 1/8
  • Isolation: -22dB ~ 30dB
  • Detachable Cable: No
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 27 Ohms
  • Cord Length: 5ft
  • Cord Type: Straight Y
  • Coupler Size: Small
  • Ear Coupler Type: IEM
  • Sensitivity: 122dB

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Perennial favorite
Posted by Welly Wu from West Orange, NJ on 2013-02-12

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Sound isolation, accuracy, neutrality, resolution, clarity, low maintenance
Cons: Pricey, less bass impact

These are the classic in ear monitors. They provide 35 - 42 decibels of sound isolation which is unrivaled among universal fit and custom IEMs in the industry. They are durable and very portable. The user replaceable filters and tips make it easy to maintain top notch performance over time. The Etymotic ER-4PT is designed for portable digital audio players and it does not require a dedicated headphone amplifier. These are among the most accurate, precise, and neutral sounding IEMs in the industry. The clarity and resolution are quite astonishing. If you use them with a headphone amplifier, then the sound quality can improve quite a significant bit depending upon which one you choose to use. The bass impact is not quite as authoritative as custom IEMs, but you are paying a much lower price. I prefer these Etymotic ER-4PT to my Ultimate Ears Ue-10 PRO custom IEMs because of the tonal balance and greater sound fidelity especially regarding accuracy and neutrality. They are a bit pricey, but HeadRoom has the best price on the market right now and they are an authorized dealer. I tried the Westone 4R, but I returned them and I prefer the Etymotic ER-4PT. You can purchase a separate ER-4P to ER-4S adapter to improve the accuracy, but you will need a dedicated headphone amplifier to drive them. The ER-4PT is the more popular version that does not require a dedicated headphone amplifier.

Bottom line: I have tried most of the popular universal fit and custom IEMs and the Etymotic ER-4PT holds its ground and it still shines after 20+ years in the business. If sound accuracy, neutrality, precision, and clarity are your key sonic goals, then this is the one to get. I will not return mine unless they break.

I got the Etymotic ER-4P -> 4S Adapter because I have high end headphone amplifiers and it restores accuracy and transparency. I have the Ray Samuels Audio Emmeline HR-2, CEntrance DACport, and NuForce Icon u-DAC2SGE. They work well with these headphone amplifiers with the adapter.


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Highly satisfied with these.
Posted by dresden_k from Canada on 2013-01-29

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Comfortable in-ear, balanced sound
Cons: Silicone ear tips weren't my favorite, but you can swap those for foam ones. Delicate cord.

I've had these for over six months and I am highly satisfied with them. I do find that the sound seems so neutral that I almost feel the need to tweak the equalizer just to bring in irregularities that I'm used to dealing with from lesser IEMs. But, if that's not a 'first world problem', I'm not sure what is. People have cited slightly weaker than desired bass - that's a little bit true. I've had dual driver (pre-Creative Labs) Ultimate Ears before, and they had a bit more bass response that seemed fuller, but I need to say that I never sit there thinking "man, I wish I had more bass". I do think "man, my full-sized cups have more bass than these". This problem also largely goes away, so far as I can tell, when I pair it with an amp. The cord appears delicate. Mind you I've had no problems with it. But after the "Y" intersection w/ clip, the cord goes from a regular-looking cord to two pairs of paired wire... they just seem delicate. At the same time, I get less "I just hit the cord and hear thumping in my ears" because of this. So I'm not sure I would change it. But if I were being very active with these, I might want a slightly more rugged-feeling set of IEMs. Not to say you can't exercise with them or anything, but I don't think they're really designed for heavy activity. I also highly recommend pairing these with Comply Foam tips. Find a size that works for your ear. The silicone multi-flange tips that came with this are durable, but not really comfortable, at least for me. I am very happy with this purchase.


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Neutral but involving sound
Posted by Bloody Gus from Kosd, Hungary on 2012-10-17

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Exceptional space and detail
Cons: Not for bass freaks

There are 'phones with mid-range coloration and artificially extended bass for warmth of listening, and there are those of limpid, transparent neutrality that seem to have no character worth listening to. These Etymotic-4PT's yield exceptional purity of sound, yet at the same time involve the listener deeply in the spatial dimensions, awesome dynamic range and intimacy of detail that these earphones deliver. I had a pair that I valued immensely, and had them stolen in Romania. I tried to make do with older phones, but eventually had to give in and buy a new pair of ER-4's, despite the expense. Once having heard these, you will never settle for anything inferior. My musical tastes are for classical, jazz and Mexican Ranchera: I do concede that heavy rock fans may bemoan the lack of extended bass, but the bass that is there is natural and true. I use a FiiO E9/E17 combo at home, with a gizmo to convert the 'phones to ER4S - even purer sound, but they need more driving: and a Sony Walkman for on the move. The higher output of the ER-PT's makes them ideal for travel and they do not need amplification. By the law of diminishing returns, you would have to pay at least three times more to get anything better than these: but really, they are are good as they get.


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