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- 80AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE2 ReviewsCNET80Etymotic ER-6i Isolator reviewEtymotic's ER-6 earbuds offer stellar sound quality.Cult of Mac80Etymotic ER-6i Earphones Deserve Their Mythic StatDespite its age, the ER-6i manages to score high marks in sound quality and ergonomics, and is still unbeatable at sound isolation among its peers.
- 73AVERAGE USER SCORE12 ReviewsEngadget Reader80May 11, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I bought these right about the time they debuted so I lived with them for a long time. The response of these headphones are designed to enhance the iPod so if you are looking for a flat response look somewhere else. However, the enhancements are not overpowering in my opinion. They just flat sound good with an iPod. The cable is stiff and if you plan on doing a lot of moving around the cables will transmit noise. The shirt clip helps but it is still noticeable.Engadget Reader80March 28, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I bought these a few years ago and have been using them on and off since then. They're the clearest or cleanest sounding of the headphones I own. At the time, the direct comparison was a Sennheiser PX100 and I've since added the HD650.They don't emphasize bass like some other brands out there, but it's present enough, and everything is very enjoyable. They have caused some annoyance with its sensitivity though, since I started hearing all the noise coming from my basic audio gear! For internal sound cards, I hear digital noise, and for other gear (I think) I hear the noise floor or any hum that makes it through.The standard tips that came with it were okay but not the most comfortable for me but isolated very well. I stuck with either the 2 or 3 flange tips. Later on, I got the blue silicone 3-flange tips that are smaller. I found these to be much better fit for me.Everyone's taste in music differs and so does everyone's ears. While I don't use these everyday, I won't hesitate to tell people to try them out. I think they're great.Engadget Reader60September 7, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80May 24, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90May 15, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!For the price now, and for the sound you get, worth every penny. I MUST WARN YOU that Etymotics don't make earphones for people who like very bass biased sound. Do not come in expecting booming lows. Triple Flanges are briliant and truly truly do insulate you very well from the outside world.Engadget Reader80September 18, 2010Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90December 25, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is the best pair of in-ear headphones I bought. I tried a pair of Sony (which sounded poorly and broke after a few weeks), some expensive V-Moda (very uncomfortable, mediocre sound, broke after 6 months). I've had these for over a year now, and I'm still hooked. I found them to be extremely comfortable, I can wear them for hours at a time. The sound quality is amazing, with clear bass (not overly loud), detailed mid and crisp high. The noise isolation level is very high, almost to the level of earplugs. These headphones are perfect for a long flight.On the downside: they are a bit fragile and you have to handle them with care. Luckily Etymotic provides a great carrying case. The foam inserts will soften with age and might be stuck in your ear when you remove them, which is annoying, but Etymotic provides a bunch of replacement plugs. But these problems are fairly common with in-ear headphones. Changing the filters is specific to these headphones, but the sound quality comes at this price.Engadget Reader70October 8, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have had these for 2 years now. I have sent them back 3 times. Etymotics was good and sent me new ones the last time. The replacement pair they sent me didn't last long (6 months). Now they won't return my emails about it. Don't get me wrong when they work they are amazing. The filters that they use glog way to quickly and are expensive. The wire eventually gets bad, and one headphone goes quiet. I tried the Shure E210's but they died even quicker, probably because there is no filter and when you sweat into them they die a horrible death.Engadget Reader80October 8, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I got these a few years ago. I worked in several data centers that were so loud that yelling was necessary for coherent conversations. I wanted to be able to listen to music but I needed something small so that I could move around but would block out the sound of singing servers.I'm VERY picky about sound quality.The first time I put them in and hit play on my mp3 player I was absolutely stunned at the quality of sound. The world became music. I was able to hear things that I'd never heard before in songs. And the sound of the servers? Gone. My one complaint at the time was that as I was moving around I could hear the wires moving around. I suppose that's to be expected and I found ways to minimize it.The Etymotics come with a variety of pieces for the ear. I wore the ear plugs as they were the only ones that conformed to my ears and actually stayed in. Unfortunately after awhile the glue let go so I switched to the ribbed ones. Those required tons of adjusting to get them to seal, and unseal very easily. I no longer work in a data center so I haven't gotten around to replacing the ear plugs. I am still using the ribbed ones but I find that I can't wear them for more than an hour or two before my ears need a break. Additionally, the wire sound is considerably louder with the ribbed ear pieces so even though I am sitting at a desk rather than lugging 70lb servers around I actually experience more disruption/irritation as a result.The sound quality is fantastic and I was thoroughly in love with these until I changed ear pieces. They have held up very well to lots of rough treatment. I was always getting the cord caught on things and often stuffed them in my pocket when I was in a hurry. They still work great.Engadget Reader80July 12, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have always liked In-Ear or canal style headphones, and i have used the cheaper versions from Sony or Philips for quite some time. But i now consider them to be "cheaters". Almost all of them have have a huge part of the housing hanging out of your ears, preventing good seal and fit. Putting the ER6 in your ears requires some courage at first, since the actual units are so small and the tips go in so deep, it looks as it the phones disapear completely in your ears. And then you have to get used to some things. First there is the weird feeling of objects in your ear canal, and the utter lack of sound coming from the outside world.Thats fades away once you turn on the devise you connect the headphones to. If this is your firs step into serious personal stereo equipment, you are in for a treat. At this price range, the ER6 deliver the clearest, most balanced sound i have ever whitnessed. The almost complete isolation makes it possible to listen and enjoy you contend at much lower volumes, and the sound doesnt come in through your ears "its just in your head" as my brother once said full of amazemend. You will come to apreciate the small orm factor. These phones are very low key, noone will notice them if you insert them correctly. The cables are very thin too, so you dont run around like someone that escaped from space camp. since there is nothing sticking out of your ears, you can use these headphones in every position, even lieing down on a pillow on your side.There are negative points though. The cables transmit some sounds to your ears when they rub against something, although not more than with other phones of this style. The thickness is a problem, cause if you dont pay atention, the cables will give out at stress points, specificly at the plug and and at the cases of the phones themselves. The tips get softer with time, wich makes them more comfortable but also leads to loss of grip on the case of the phone. That means that you could take out the headphone, but the tip stays in your ear, wich can be scary at first, and will remain annoying at best. They are hard to find in germany, and they are phones that need supplies, new tips and new filters that keep your earwax out of the driver cases, so be prepared to hunt these down online and pay for for them over and over again (about twice per year i would say).So i would recomend these phones to everyone who is trying to make the jump from cheaper headphones into the world of serious phones, but be advised that they cant take a lot of abuse.Engadget Reader40July 3, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!When my incredibly comfortable but muddy sounding Sony EX51's died I thought I would upgrade to something that had received universal rave reviews.The first time I put the E6i's in my ears I knew that these things were a big mistake. The sound is great, bass was like nothing I had ever heard on phones of this size, music had an incredible depth and just came alive in a way that I had never heard on earphones before, it was almost like putting a several thousand dollar stereo into my ears. Incredible. Unfortunately, the build quality was cheep, the cord noise was unbearable, and the cord would not straighten so insisted on getting into a knot every time you took them off. To make matters worse none of the earplugs were particularly comfortable. Its just a preference, but I found the isolation to be too isolating, I like to hear a little bit of what is going on around me rather than feeling like I am in an anechoic chamber. I really tried to like these phones but just never felt comfortable with them. after a couple of months of use I ended up selling them on eBay.Engadget Reader40July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Brand loyalty is something many manufacturers must find challenging in this modern world. I for one, won't be upgrading or replacing these with another selection from Etymotic.They took a little while to get used to - not a problem. The isolation and sound reproduction are good but the buds are a real pain. Just about every time I remove these from my ears one of the buds dislodges from the headphone causing me to almost have to surgically remove it from my ear.I think other manufacturers have better a balance between form and functionality. Something ER could learn from.
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