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Old 12-09-2011, 05:03 PM   #46
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I always lick mine when putting them in -
+1 a quick lick and they slide right in.
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:05 AM   #47
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I can confirm

I replaced my ER6i's with a pair or the HF5's. I've worn them on all day rides, two week trips, daily use on my bicycle commute, and they fit fine under both the dirt and full face helmets, and sound great. The cord is way more durable than the ER6i's. The filters are different than the ER6i's, so if you've stocked up, you'll take a hit. Also, I wasn't able to find aftermarket filters like you could with the ER6i's.
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:44 AM   #48
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I have a pair of Shure SE102's that are bulletproof but I'm less than enamored of the sound quality. They lack much bass response at all. Useful for listening to podcasts but not much fun for music. A pair of $10 Sony buds have better sound. So I've ordered a pair from this outfit

http://www.earfuze.com/

the motorsports version. Included is some sort of goop to make your own molded earpieces. And for only $50. Wonderful though they may be, if I showed up with a $350 set of earbuds, I bet my KLR would refuse to start out of embarrassment. Haven't got them yet but when I do I'll pass along what I've learned even if it is just "don't waste your money"
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Old 12-10-2011, 01:36 PM   #49
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http://www.earinc.com/p2-iplugz.php

I have two sets of the ER6is. And yes, they're certainly not bad in the comfort category, my Ear.inc. (not the same place as the guy who goes by "Ear, Inc." at rallies) custom earbuds are even more comfortable and still isolate 29-30dB. I keep the ER6i's in my tankbag as a backup, but since getting my custom monitors, I haven't used the ER6is.
I tried custom molded ear plugs (no audio), made at the BMW rally in TN a couple of years ago by these guys: http://www.britears.com/. Seems like the same company?

To be fair, they did say that making them on-site would result in slightly stiffer product, and the softer molds would be better but would take a couple of weeks. I took the on-the-spot, cheaper option and was never happy with them. They would often become leaky during a ride, not all that comfortable, and are quite stiff and hard to insert and remove. Others here on this forum have said to wear the helmet while the mold is curing, which I didn't.

So, given that my experience may be a get-what-you-paid-for outcome, can anyone confirm that the better molds are relatively soft, and tend to seal even over a range of temps - from cold to hot and humid?
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:09 PM   #50
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I replaced my ER6i's with a pair or the HF5's. I've worn them on all day rides, two week trips, daily use on my bicycle commute, and they fit fine under both the dirt and full face helmets, and sound great. The cord is way more durable than the ER6i's. The filters are different than the ER6i's, so if you've stocked up, you'll take a hit. Also, I wasn't able to find aftermarket filters like you could with the ER6i's.
I am 90% about to return these MC5's for the HF5 particularly if I can get a good deal on an open box pair. After giving the MC5s a chance to burn in, then listening to both sets of buds today, the ER6 is simply in a different league. I believe the MC5s moving coil construction is inferior technology.
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:35 AM   #51
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FWIW, I loved the ER6i buds but they would get very uncomfortable when used on long rides. Anybody tried these Klipsch units?

IMAGE S4 In-Ear Enhanced Bass Noise-Isolating Headphones
I like them, they're a dynamic driver rather than armature, so they have the bass they should have.

FWIW I've had the SE105, the 210, the 420, and the 530 (predecessors to the current Shure line, but essentially the same). 530's were hard to fit under a helmet, and the 210's had pretty weak bass. The S4 sounded better than both (on a bike, in motion, behind a windscreen). I still have the 210 and 530.

You get better isolation with the Shure three-flange tips than the Klipsch two-flange, but I think I can swap one in with minor surgery (and I have spares).

For me, at least, low end is what gets drowned out the most on a bike, and while the bass of the SE530s is good, it just isn't good enough.


Plus, the s4's are cheap enough that I don't worry that I'll destroy them commuting/travelling like I worried with the 530's.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:52 AM   #52
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FWIW, I loved the ER6i buds but they would get very uncomfortable when used on long rides. Anybody tried these Klipsch units?

IMAGE S4 In-Ear Enhanced Bass Noise-Isolating Headphones



http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-IMAGE-...3465039&sr=1-3
My girlfriend and I both had the Klipsch S4s between the two of us we went through 3 pair in about 6-8 months. The just couldn't stand up to using them at the gym and on the bike. Plus, I didn't think they fit all that well under a helmet. They would often fall out while putting on/taking my helmet off...which got annoying.

I've moved to Westone. I'm hard on shit. These take it, fit well, and sound great.
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:01 AM   #53
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I tried custom molded ear plugs (no audio), made at the BMW rally in TN a couple of years ago by these guys: http://www.britears.com/. Seems like the same company?

To be fair, they did say that making them on-site would result in slightly stiffer product, and the softer molds would be better but would take a couple of weeks. I took the on-the-spot, cheaper option and was never happy with them. They would often become leaky during a ride, not all that comfortable, and are quite stiff and hard to insert and remove. Others here on this forum have said to wear the helmet while the mold is curing, which I didn't.

So, given that my experience may be a get-what-you-paid-for outcome, can anyone confirm that the better molds are relatively soft, and tend to seal even over a range of temps - from cold to hot and humid?
They're not the same company, but look like a distributor for them.

If you're wanting to order from these people and not the link I posted, here's the link to the monitors I have.

http://www.britears.com/new_page_72.htm

They're soft and very comfortable. Took about two to three weeks to be delivered.

And in order to remember which one goes in what ear more quickly. I ordered each earpiece in a different color.

Red for Right and black for left.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:50 AM   #54
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Another ER6i dood here with a fray-ing cable to 1 earbud. Bought em in '06 so they have some miles on em but I'm too cheep to git more $$$$$ units. I may try glopping some sugru on em.

So 2 pairs of $14.99 Sennheiser CX200s are on their way from these guys. We shall see...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...rp.-_-26106241
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:52 PM   #55
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So 2 pairs of $14.99 Sennheiser CX200s are on their way from these guys. We shall see...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...rp.-_-26106241
Those will be comfortable, but they won't be noise reducing like the Etymotics. I like the lighter-weight plugs for commuting because they are easier to put in. They certainly aren't comparable, though.
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Old 01-27-2012, 01:59 PM   #56
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Another ER6i dood here with a fray-ing cable to 1 earbud. Bought em in '06 so they have some miles on em but I'm too cheep to git more $$$$$ units. I may try glopping some sugru on em.

So 2 pairs of $14.99 Sennheiser CX200s are on their way from these guys. We shall see...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...rp.-_-26106241
Let us know if the tips from ER-6i's fit onto the Sennheiser? i use the triple flange smalls, which do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to isolation (unless there are open ports out the back of the earbud?).
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:08 PM   #57
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Well dangit! My ER6i's bit the dust today. Happened at the 1/8" plug. I bought a new plug, stripped the wires in order to fix it. Even w/ the small diameter wire, I managed to solder it up. Worked fine until i try to put the connector together.
Decided to abandon surgery and get a new pair (of something). I loved the sound of the Etymotics. Guess I'll give the HF5's a shot.
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:44 PM   #58
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Well dangit! My ER6i's bit the dust today. Happened at the 1/8" plug. I bought a new plug, stripped the wires in order to fix it. Even w/ the small diameter wire, I managed to solder it up. Worked fine until i try to put the connector together.
Decided to abandon surgery and get a new pair (of something). I loved the sound of the Etymotics. Guess I'll give the HF5's a shot.
Same here. Mine died last week and was going to repair them. Stripped the wires then had to abort. I'm in a state of shock. I feel like a dumbass for not picking up a spare when they were on sale last year.
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:50 AM   #59
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Same here. Mine died last week and was going to repair them. Stripped the wires then had to abort. I'm in a state of shock. I feel like a dumbass for not picking up a spare when they were on sale last year.
I checked eBay this morning and there was only one set up for bids - and they didn't work properly!! Nothing on Amazon either.

Looks like the end of the ER6i is finally here.
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:32 AM   #60
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I wonder why Etymotic stopped production of such a popular product
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