Etymotic was one of the first brands to launch high-end in-ears about 25 years ago. Today, the company has a small, but distinguished line-up of often overlooked in-ears. Their hf5 was solid, but never really won over the public even though it delivered a good experience. Today, we take a look at their new ER4 models, which should mark Etymotic's return to the center stage.
Etymotic Research's background in measurement devices is seen in their approach to in-ears as well. Both the new XR and SR feature frequency response curves that by Etymotic's standard are regarded as neutral (close to flat if you did a diffuse field response compensation). The XR deviates the most due to its slightly elevated bass, while still being close. The XR has a linearly increasing bass from around 300 Hz, whereas the SR continues flatter downwards.
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 16 kHz
- Transducer: High performance, balanced armature micro-driver
- Passive Noise Attenuation: 35-42 dB
- Impedance @ 1 kHz: 45 Ohms
- Sensitivity @ 1 kHz SPL at 0.1 V: 98 dB
- Maximum Output SPL: 122 dB
- Cable: 5 ft detachable / 152 cm
- User Replaceable ACCU-filters: Yes
- 2 year warranty
- Custom-fit option available
Etymotic Research has posted these frequency response curves measured at the ear drum for the two new ER4 models. The only noticeable difference between the two is the bass response. Both are pretty close to the original ER4S in-ear, which set the benchmark 25 years ago and held it for almost 20 years in terms of precision.