Etymotic ER6i earbuds discontinued: now what??

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

  1. sonic578

    sonic578 Been here awhile

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    Actually they seem like they'd be a very good match for us riders given that, like construction workers, we too see a mix of high noise and the need to communicate, or at least be aware of our surroundings, when noise subsides. But, effectiveness probably depends on the activation threshold noise level. Their data indicates max attenuation kicks in when peaks reach around 120 dB. For those wind noise pops, i'd bet that happens quite often. What I like about the idea is being able to chat when stopped, or communicate at a toll booth or a gas stop, all without having to remove both helmet and plugs! Now combine that feature with a bluetooth connection for music, and you've got a winner!

    What I don't like of course is the high price... but I'd really like to try out a pair, or hear from someone who has. The crew at Etymotic have always had their act together.
  2. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Relaxing at the beach

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    Bumping an old thread. I believed in all the hype of ER6i's until yesterday when I bought a pair of cheap earbuds that have much better bass response. I loved the foam surrounds that I bought for the ER6i and they kept out lots of noise but for my needs my new earbuds work and sound much better and are about $100 cheaper! Once I get pics, I'll be throwing them up for sale.
  3. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    What brand did you get?
  4. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    The only thing you're giving up is hearing protection.
  5. Bob

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    WHAT. :lol3
  6. FlowBee

    FlowBee Just me.

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    I switched to HF5s last March. Mixed bag: the sound isn't as "dynamic" as the ER6is and sounds a bit more flat. I'm sure it's much more accurate, but my ears are used to loudness compensation of music, especially when moving. Even mowing the lawn I prefer a little more high and low end. The ER6is sounded better to my ears because of this. The cords on the HF5s is much thicker than on the ER6is (which was their Achilles heel - BTDT), but works OK on a bike. They also stock out of my ears about a mm more than the ER6is, but again work OK in my helmets.

    I also have a pair of $35 Sonys I bought around the same time. They are somewhat brighter, but not as smooth. They also block almost as much sound and the cords are thinner. Much cheaper so they are a decent option.

    I miss my ER6is. My wife won't let me have hers. :lol3
  7. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I got some Dream Earz. These are AMAZING! I've been waiting a little to do a full review, but wow. They block about as much wind noise as my etymotics did (I could only use those with the pink foam tips), and sound incredible. I got the dual driver version and they are well worth what I paid. These are a massive upgrade from the Big Ears that I also own and have misplaced.

    Mitch, the owner, is a drummer. I think he does this as a day job, so response times can take a couple days, but he's a straight up guy that was very patient with me. After having Big Ears, I wanted something that was going to sound great. The Big Ears were pretty good, and fit perfect. I just always felt like if I was going to go to the trouble of customs again, I wanted better sound. These do not disappoint. You have the option of one, two, three or four(!) drivers and can upgrade down the line if you like. These are the real deal.

    I love these things. In depth review soon.
  8. Wlfman

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    Looks like they'd be awesome, but damn that price is up there...
  9. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    Ok so I've decided some people just have way too much money.
  10. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Yep. They're not cheap for sure. I wore Etymotics for years. Then, I wasn't able to find the only tips that worked for me. Now, they're discontinued. I tried Shure, Westone, cheapies from Best Buy, Etymotic HF5 (that supposedly replaced the ER6i) and a few others. Fit is most important for me under a helmet. Then, comes sound quality. None of the above worked for me under the helmet. If I would've bought the Dream Earz from the beginning I would've saved money. Now, I have a drawer of buds to choose from if I ever decide to make good on the fat tax we pay monthly (YMCA):lol3
  11. Lost Rider

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    I've been using the ER4-P for years while riding and traveling. Excellent noise isolation, ridiculously excellent sound quality and very small for a good fit in a helmet.

    I recently lost my well used pair while traveling overseas and just scored a barely used set on ebay for $140. It's a good buyers market for lightly used ones on ebay right now it seems, and you can have the best of the best for less than the HF's. I was looking at the HF series but wasn't sure how they would fit in my helmet so I stuck with what I know works very well.



    http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/er4.html
  12. Xeraux

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    Fixed that for ya'.
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  14. sonic578

    sonic578 Been here awhile

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    On our last trip i got tired of the 5 yr old ER-6i tips slipping off the barrel during extraction, requiring pulling out the tweezers for tip-extraction from the canals. So, clever me, used a small dab of super glue. It fixed the problem, but created another - too much glue and the tips are now a bit stiff!

    Looking for replacements. Tried a friend's HF-3's - too big for my canals. May give the HF-5 a whirl? Any other suggestions? I looked at the ER-4, but didn't think they'd fit inside a helmet?

    The isolation factor is critical - some of the less expensive devices don't afford the isolation, even when the tips are sealed. I suppose it has to do with a 'vented' back (air path into the canal)? Just a guess.
  15. Xeraux

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    The tips are supposed to be replaced a little less often than the filters. When they're slipping off the posts, you're supposed to put a fresh set on. The original assortment you get when you buy the monitors are more of a sample pack. Decide which ones you like the best then order a six pack (or more) of replacement tips.

    Try the MC5s. They're the "replacement" for the ER6s. I have a pair and they're every bit as good as the ER6iSolators and they fit just fine under a helmet. I'm even suspicious that the "MC" stands for "motorcycle".
  16. Dooga

    Dooga Adventure Tourer

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    Yes, I am amazed by their durability. I do have to replace filters incessantly because I am a dirty dirty dog.
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    Dooga Adventure Tourer

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    That's what I do.
  18. The Shifty Jesus

    The Shifty Jesus Adventurer

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    I also found that when warmed, one can just get the newer three-flange eartips on the Er6, despite the size difference.

    Much more secure/comfortable.
  19. sonic578

    sonic578 Been here awhile

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    In 5 years of hard wear, I've never had to replace the filters of the ER-6i. I do inspect often, and clean the tips with alcohol, but apparently debris never found its way down into the filters. just lucky i guess.

    I lied... I never tried the HF3 (senior moment), my friend tells me they were the MC5. I actually didn't listen to them so this is not a commentary on audio quality, but the MC5 barrel was too large and was uncomfortable in my smallish ear canal.

    i guess i'll try the HF5's next.
  20. DrLax

    DrLax Go Big

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    I tried the MC5's and the reinforced angled wires coming out of the ear pieces touch the inside of my helmet and make them unusable for me.