In-ear monitors can be one of the most amazing things a person can wear when it comes to listening to music or watching a movie, whatever can be done while wearing any sort of headset. Like all headsets, finding these is easy, and they can be found in all sorts of styles and at various price levels. Having said this, there is the point that the most expensive pair is not always the best.
Sometimes things just get over-priced without the worth to the consumer. This company knows what they are doing where headsets are concerned. They’ve been making headsets and IEMs since the early 1990s, giving them an edge in experience. Now, this is where the look at this headset truly begins.
Not fancily designed
Excellent sound negation
The cable is nearly 5ft. long
Cord carries sound if brushed
Activities for Use
So, if the owner of this headset could control the cord and keep it from being damaged or destroyed, then the owner could, say go for a bike ride, go jogging or hiking. And while this headset can be good at most tasks, they work just as well while just sitting around and listening to music or watching a movie.
Also, a thing to keep in mind is the fact that the company does sell a small traveling case that is smaller than the case that comes with this headset so that a person can control the cord more easily and open up options on what they can do while wearing this headset.
Also, putting this headset on is rather different, as they are meant to go deep into the ear, far deeper than most headsets. We’ll explain this in more detail a little later on in the article.
The audio drivers are attached to the cord by an MMCX connector, meaning that if either the cord or the drivers somehow become damaged and unable to be used, they can be switched out with replacement parts. Also, the latex ear pads can be switched out for a variety of different styles, the wearer’s comfort being something key in marking if this in-ear monitor is worth the price. This pair comes with several replacement pads and in varying styles. Another thing to mention as an advanced feature is a fact that it comes with a jack enlarger.
What this means is if someone wanted to use this pair of IEMs with an amplifier, it is possible. On top of all the other features these offer, there is still one more thing to note, really. These guys have a filter in them that protects the drivers from dirt and ear wax. These filters are replaceable, and they come with the proper tool and multiple replacement filters. Not too shabby, Etymotic.
Nothing wrong with that, really. Of course, there are a few other things that work with this pair of IEMs that affects the sound quality. The first fact that these earbuds need to be put in properly for the best sound. This particular headset is meant to be pushed past the fleshy part of the ear and down more to the bone. This is meant to restrict the occlusion effect from happening.
The occlusion effect is when sounds like eating or talking sound much louder while wearing something like a headset of almost any kind. It doesn’t completely eliminate the sound, but if they are properly put in then they will cut down on that from happening. The other thing we would like to point out about the sound quality is the stock pads that come on these IEMs is a triple-tiered cup.
Using these particular pads means that exterior noise is further cut from interrupting whatever task as long as the IEMs are properly worn. So, ultimately, the sound is great, though the ‘sound stage’ is much smaller than an open-cupped full headset, that is to be expected.
This goes away as the person’s body gets used to the feeling of something filling their ears so thoroughly. Then there is the cord. If someone wears the IEMs the way they are meant to, they hang down, instead of swooping up over the wearer’s ear. This means that the cord can catch or rub against objects, which in turn moves to the person’s ear and interrupts what they are listening to.
Most owners seem to agree that wearing these IEMs with the cord going up over the ear and then down their body. What is claimed is that it cuts down the amount of sound that can travel up the cord and to the wearer’s ears, as well as it is more comfortable. A thing that should be noted is that because of the nature of this pair of in-ear monitors if the cord gets tugged on, they do not pull from the wearer’s body as easily as more cheaply made earbuds do.
Because of how deeply they are placed, they instead will end up yanking more on the person’s ear canals. This is definitely something that all people should be ready for if such a thing happens. Other than all that, there should be nothing to wearing this pair of IEMs. We have heard people say that they have ended up spending quite a bit of time with these IEMs plugged into their ears. That is something worth noting, we’d say.
Unsurprisingly, this is the last bit of throwback there is with this pair of in-ear monitors. Due to the depth that these IEMs reach, they are longer than any normal earbud. But here is something for everyone to consider, these IEMs isn’t made from standard materials when you consider them. The shell to the bud, for instance, is made of aluminum, to further protect and strengthen the entire IEM.
Final thoughts on the style would have to be that they look simple and utilitarian but also elegant in their own right.
This aspect something more companies need to focus on, instead of insane boxing methods or other such add-ons. Etymotic got it right with this pair of IEMs, that’s for sure.
Ease of Use
The sound will easily be enjoyable once the early-on discomfort that is felt by wearing something that is embedded deeply into the ear. Of course, when a person gives thought to all that has been said and all that comes with this pair of in-ear monitors, the height of the price is rather understandable.
- Excellent sound isolation
- Easily replaceable parts
- Simple yet elegant appearance
- Nearly 5ft. of cord
Then there is all that gives along with the IEMs, and a person should be really thinking a lot more deeply on the matter. They come with a plug enhancer, a filter tool as well as multiple filters, multiple ear cups and pads of various styles, a clip to control the cord, and a carrying case. The case is a little large to be taking on the go, but Etymotic is known to sell a smaller carrying case.
If anything, that should be enough to make a decision on whether to buy them or not. We are sure that people will find that once they are used to the feeling of something embedded that deeply in their ears, they will love these IEMs.