Etymotic ER6i earbuds discontinued: now what??

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

  1. soyanarchisto

    soyanarchisto Long timer

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    I've tried the etymotic MC3's and was not only disappointed in the sound quality but just couldnt get them to work with a helmet on as they protrude out of my ears too far. The HF5 looks to have the same drivers as the ER6i but I can't find anything that indicates whether they are physically longer or shorter.
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  2. enduro0125

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    I have the hf5's.
    They are a little bit longer but they seem to go in your ear deeper.

    I found them to be almost as comfortable(but not quite)as the er6's
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We suggest the hf5 as a replacement for the ER6i, the speaker housing is only a few millimeters longer than the ER6i and seems to be fitting under helmets without any problems. [/FONT][FONT=&quot]

    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Best Regards,
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    My hf5's are showing up tomorrow. I'll post my impression after a couple of rides and other usage.

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  4. soyanarchisto

    soyanarchisto Long timer

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    Awesome! Can't wait to hear your review
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  5. maveriks

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    For the few rides around town I wanted to get some IEMs or ear-buds; after much research I went with Shure's SE215 and am happy with both noise cancellation and music quality.
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  6. Brunssd

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    Earfuze Update


    The earbud quality is fine and the sound good as well. My problem with them may be operator error but I'm not sure how I could have done it differently. You insert the buds in your ears and then mix the two tubs (per ear) of mix to form in your ear. I did this and dutifully left them in until they hardened. When I reinserted them, I couldn't get the seal in my ear canal since the moldings made it impossible to insert them deep enough to get a seal. I had a proper seal when I molded them. I looked at my work and noticed that since the earbuds are small, the molding barely had a grip on the earbud itself and I can't see how I could have done it any differently and still maintained both a seal in the ear canal and a proper ear mold. I ended up removing the moldings and using them as conventional earbuds. You may have better luck. I may reorder the molding material from them and try again myself. I think it's a valid concept, just hard (for me at least) to execute properly. I will tell you that they give you enough molding goop to do two sets of earbuds as I found after I'd molded mine and had to trim off the excess.
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  7. sonic578

    sonic578 Been here awhile

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    I am considering those as well. I have had trouble in the past getting a reliable seal with single flange tips for helmet applications, but apparently the triple flange tips are available for these here for an extra $10.
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  8. swimmer

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    The person I bought these off of ebay from sent me the ER-4PT unit instead. So I can't provide a review of the HF5 at this time. I actually didn't realize until after using them, both on my motorcycle and at the gym. I picked them up from the post office on the way to gym and just tore into the package and started using. They may be a bit too long to use with a helmet. One of my ears felt a pushing pressure, the other seemed fine. I had to reach into my helmet to pull out the ear plugs before taking my helmet off which I didn't have to do with the ER6 but the angle of the ear plug end makes it not really an issue. I am using an Arai RX-Q. Although I think these use the same flanged tip as the ER-6 the noise isolation seems better.

    After I pulled these out of the package I wondered why no one had mentioned the braided wires going to each ear plug and the much stouter, sheathed cable running from the plug to the "Y" which would have seemed like an obvious benefit for motorcycle use. The ER-4PT retail for $300 vs. $150 for the HF-5.

    Oh, the sound is really good. Using with Cowon iAudio7 mp3 player.
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  9. Paulie

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    gave the new Sennheiser CX200s a ride yesterday. Nice sound, more comfy than the ERs, a bit less noise reduction. Since they're 1/6 the cost we be :D
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  10. Xeraux

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    Have you ever priced a hearing aid? :augie
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  11. NJ Moto

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    I repaired a set of ER-6i yesterday. Mine broke at the connector. Bought a connector for $5 at Radio Shack and soldered it on. Good as new...
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  12. ShimrMoon

    ShimrMoon Been here awhile

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    I bought a pair of earbud speakers made by www.meelec.com the M6 version and paid about 20.00 for them at amazon. To me they're worth every penny. Good sound, good noise isolation and fit in my ears very nicely. They have an over the ear cord which works great when putting on my helmet. Don't know what that other poster was doing...

    They stay put and are comfortable for hours of riding. Like most earplugs, if you get carried away and jam em down in your ear too far, they won't sound as good and will start hurting after a while. For 20-30 bucks, you can't go wrong.
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  13. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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    OK, So first day with the hf5's. Four hours in the ear, no discomfort with stock triple flanges. I like em. they look long in the pictures, but they insert WAY into your ear. Smaller diameter than the er6i buds.

    If I press my palm flat against my ear, I can just feel the ends of the buds

    The sound is comparible to er6i's,, you need to get a good seal for bass. No extra boom boom added.

    edit: Just switched from the stock triple flange to some extra ones enclosed,, look to be the same as er6i silicons. They work great,, sound is even better due to better seal.

    Also, the wires look to be tougher than the er6i's. (not that I had any problem with the er6i wires)

    They seem pretty accruate

    Over all a worthy successor to er6i. (for me)
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  14. AndyM

    AndyM Been here awhile

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    I got the HF5's in the mail yesterday to replace my old ER6i's. I'll know in about an hour how they compare..
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  15. frogy

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    Bought same ones after reading about them on webbikeworld.com,love them.
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  16. danny danko

    danny danko im warped man

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    I use Skullcandy Titans that cost twenty bucks on ebay. Noise cancelling and sound great. Prove to me that you can tell the difference in highs / lows, bass, treble while riding at 70 mph. I have a nice set of Grados for at home.
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  17. soyanarchisto

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    These are not noise isolating though.
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  18. ShimrMoon

    ShimrMoon Been here awhile

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    They seem to be IMO. They're not like NR33's but for me they do a good enough job of cutting the wind noise.
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  19. Texcollect

    Texcollect Adventurer wannabe

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    The secret it to get a complete seal in the ear canal. If you can accomplish that then to a certain extent ALL in ear earphones are noise isolating, just not noise cancelling. The M6 is a great isolating plug if you get the right tip on it. I use the triple flange ones and they work great.
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  20. soyanarchisto

    soyanarchisto Long timer

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    Agreed. The problem I find is that they may seal temporarily. Nothing has retained that seal like the ERs.