Etymotic ER6i earbuds discontinued: now what??

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by John Smallberries, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. nytrashman

    nytrashman old and in the way

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    i read someware that someone bought BigEar earphones and they came with a Westone case and something else as well. if you look at both earphones they are exactly the same. the Westone model is CR1 and they sell for $289 which includes the impressions made at an authorized Westone dealer.
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  2. John Smallberries

    John Smallberries Long timer

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    You are probably right. I'll likely take this big plunge when my current pair of ER6i's craps out.
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  3. Superfish

    Superfish Been here awhile

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    Fortunately I have a couple pair of ER6is.

    Here is how to make them last longer:

    Loop some dental floss around the place where the filter plugs in and let it hang out of your ear. Use this to pull the buds out of your ears. If you pull on the wires they usually break right where they enter the bud. Don't ask me how I know.
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  4. motoreiter

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    Not really buying into your reasoning, when ER6is are also comfortable all day and very durable and yet cost only $75? I was going to stock up on some more pairs of ER6is on Amazon, but I see that they are all gone...
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  5. psyco1

    psyco1 Been here awhile

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    There are a whole bunch out there that I think give you better sound for the same $, size and fit are even more subjective though. I found the Klipsch S2 for about $20 on amazon and it works well for under helmet use,comfortable and lays low on the ear so the helmet slides right over it, more bass than the ER-6 to over power the wind noise and even though the S2 isn't as detailed as the ER-6, that doesn't seem to matter when most low level details get drowned out by the ambient noise anyway.

    Here are a couple links of reviews.
    http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/mul...o-consonance-ultimate-ears-350-added-10-25-11

    http://www.head-fi.org/t/541204/con...tandem-sba-3-added-oct-27th-2011#post_7297558
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  6. Xeraux

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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.
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  7. John Smallberries

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    Practical - yet slightly disgusting. My kind of idea. I'll give it a try.
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  8. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    I suggest that if you do go this route, bring your helmet with, and wear it as the casting agent sets up in your ears.

    I didn't do this, and it seems my ear canals change shape a bit when my admittedly dumbo-like outer ears are pressed close to my noggin by the helmet.

    While the customer speakers are so confotable I foget they are there with my head unencumbered with protective gear (like when I'm cutting the grass), after 20 minutes WITH the helmet on, I'm ready to admit to kidnapping the Lindberg baby, burying Jimmy Hoffa in a Gary slag heap, and digging the entire Cu Chi complex . . ..
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  9. drsales

    drsales Wondering Why

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    http://www.earphonesolutions.com/

    Great site for educational purposes. Plus I have purchased 3 sets over the years and have been very pleased.

    Current phones are the Westone UM-2 well worth the money.
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  10. CowboyKyle

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    I switched to hf5's because I kept pulling out the wires on the er6i's. The er6i's would only last up to about a year before I had to replace them. The hf5's are great, as far as preventing that from happening, coming up on one year with the first pair. No issues with the longer stem under the lid either.

    I think it is worthwhile to try a few different eartips. the grey, three level plugs are ok (ER5-18), but I really preferred the expansion foam pieces (ER5-17). I think all day comfort can be found with the right eartip.

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  11. John Smallberries

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    I just Bought my third set or er6i's off eBay. The plug strain relief plastic broke and the wiring is getting flakey. I use a Cardo Scala G4 with the headphone modification. Unfortunately, the way I did mine leaves the er6i plug a bit exposed to helmet bumps. I will reinforce the strain relief on my new pair.

    I suppose I could have gotten customs for the price of three sets of these, but....
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  12. kawalaser

    kawalaser Hip to be square

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    Jinxed myself by posting this. Left channel wire began cutting out today. $50 MC5's on order. Will post results.
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  13. John Smallberries

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    My son found this "magic hacker putty" online and I'm using it to beef up the strain relief on my new Etymotic ER6i set. I've also used it to fix the cracked strain relief on my previous set that was starting to cut in/out. With the Sugru putty, the strain relief is now solid and still flexible.

    This stuff is very cool: http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/tools/e976/
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  14. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Hopefully I'm not going to jinx myself but....I've never had an issue with pulling a wire out etc. but the flanges do start to pull of and stay in the ear when I take the earplugs out. I have carried a pair of tweezers to get them out for a long time now. I have had pretty good luck using dental floss to try and secure them.
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  15. sonoran

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    I see the MC3's have an inline remote which is cool. Does it fall below the base of a full face helmet?

    [​IMG]
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  16. John Smallberries

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    Who nuked my brother, John Ya-Ya. Was it John Many-Jars?
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  17. kawalaser

    kawalaser Hip to be square

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    I promised a follow-up on my MC5s.

    The construction of these seems to be far more robust than the ER6i, a fact that is evidenced by Etymotic now offering a 2-year warranty with these IEMs. The cable is Kevlar-reinforced -- it is thicker and produces less interference when rubbing against a jacket. The cable connections leading to/from the buds are reinforced with rubber shrouds, a nice improvement over the weak connections on the ER6i. The buds themselves appear to be sturdier and heavier. They are of a completely different construction than the ER6.

    The clip is removable and has a swivel joint where it attaches to the cable.

    The phones are larger, and as some already mentioned, they will likely feel more obtrusive when using a motorcycle helmet. They are by no means too large for this purpose, however.

    As for sound quality: The MC5's are very good, but I don't think they are as technically accurate as the outgoing ER6i. I think some considered the ER6i accurate to a fault in that their precise highs and mids meant modest sounding bass and perhaps not the best headphone for listening to hip-hop, dance, or electronic music. Personally, I appreciated the ER6i's honesty. I like listening to music the way it is meant to be heard, not with exaggerated bass.

    While my MC5's are still burning in, I've noticed they sound cloudier than the ER6i. They do throw more bass and mid-range, but they sacrifice a portion of the ER6i's crystal clear highs in order to do so. As they burn-in, I'm confident that they will calibrate themselves. A quick EQ adjustment addressed this issue for me. Overall they are an acceptable replacement for the ER6i. They will almost certainly last longer. But if I had the money, I would've bought the ER3s, and I'll probably be replacing the MC5 with a better sounding model before my warranty is up.
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  18. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    I have the HF3 which is similar and yes the control just reaches below my Arai full face helmet.
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  19. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    It sounds like you are somewhat of an audiophile, so I would suggest the next model up, HF
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  20. docwells7

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    Any word on how this worked on the repair? I have some frayed tubing where the wires enter the buds that I would like to reinforce. Please review...:ear
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