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dp004i
Member # 1177
 - posted November 22, 2005 22:09
Two words - simply amazing. I bought them a couple months ago to replace the white ipod earbuds that had a crashing encounter with my boot, and let's just put it like this - comparing the sound quality of e2c's to that of generic cans is like comparing a Ferrari to a Yugo. They really are that good. Highs that sounded like ringing or hissing are crystal-clear, mids are balanced, and bass is smooth and rich, but with absolutely no hint of being muddy or overpowering. In other words, instead of hearing a cacophony of hums, hisses and pops that you normally get with cheap headphones, you'll hear your music the way it's supposed to sound. In addition, the e2c's do a fairly nice job blocking outside noise, meaning you won't have to turn up the volume to ear-splitting levels in order to silence that annoying chick sitting next to you on the subway, yakking about her friday night shenanigans on her nextel. If you can deal with a rather steep price (around $80,) definitely give those buds a shot, you won’t believe what you’ve been missing.
 
DigitalBill
Member # 646
 - posted November 28, 2005 15:15
I had a pair of those, and the E4c model as well... neither of them could be made to fit my ears, with any manner of different sleeves, foams, or whatever. When I could force them in the ear, they sounded great. Shure is one of the go-to guys for in-ear monitors, as they make a LOT of the ones that are used on stage with custom moulds.

I've ended up with the Etymotic ER-6i. (www.etymotic.com) The (i) model has a tiny bass boost, which is appropriate for MP3 content. The nice thing is, if you can dig the in-ear fit, is that they offer a pretty good amount of noise reduction, without going to an electrtonic/active noise cancelling, which I think colors the sound too much (actually, the Bose units I've used do a fine job, but I find the "shhhhh"-ness of them a little disquieting, as it were).

Check them out at Etymotic ER6i
 
Alan!
Member # 1261
 - posted December 05, 2005 00:13
for the sake of completeness, the other major supplier of in-ear monitors is Sensaphonics whose Soft 2x are used by many bands worldwide.
 
csk
Member # 1941
 - posted December 05, 2005 16:50
quote:
Originally posted by dp004i:
Two words - simply amazing. I bought them a couple months ago to replace the white ipod earbuds that had a crashing encounter with my boot, and let's just put it like this - comparing the sound quality of e2c's to that of generic cans is like comparing a Ferrari to a Yugo. They really are that good. Highs that sounded like ringing or hissing are crystal-clear, mids are balanced, and bass is smooth and rich, but with absolutely no hint of being muddy or overpowering. In other words, instead of hearing a cacophony of hums, hisses and pops that you normally get with cheap headphones, you'll hear your music the way it's supposed to sound.

But you're a metalhead, what do you need sound quality of that caliber for? [Razz]

(yeah, I'm a metalhead too, so what [Wink] )
 
dp004i
Member # 1177
 - posted December 05, 2005 17:07
Good point. But then again, it's nice to hear guitars sounding like guitars, instead of the usual "hisssss and "grrrrrrr" you normally get with el cheapo cans, especially if you crank up the volume a bit [Smile]

PS: Ultimate Ears and Westone also make canalphones, but most of their models cost more than you'd get from selling both of your kidneys.
 
alfrin
Member # 3836
 - posted December 05, 2005 19:32
quote:
Originally posted by dp004i:
Good point. But then again, it's nice to hear guitars sounding like guitars, instead of the usual "hisssss and "grrrrrrr" you normally get with el cheapo cans,

Wait, you mean they arn't supposed to sound like that?
 
magefile
Member # 2918
 - posted December 05, 2005 21:30
I always love hearing about Etymotics - I used to work with the daughter of the guy who owns and founded Etymotics.
 
iankantian
Member # 2194
 - posted December 05, 2005 23:05
That's very cool Magefile. I'm a hearing instrument specialist and I'm always reading "Killion, et al." as the author of hearing issues research papers. Bald guy, plays piano, handle bar moustache, right?
 
magefile
Member # 2918
 - posted December 06, 2005 02:08
Never actually met the guy, but that sounds like him, yeah.

HIS - which end, dispensing/audiology or design/manufacturing? I'm currently drooling over Starkey Labs' ELI (Bluetooth + Starkey to use with your cell; microphone at the bottom of your boot) and I'm bugging everyone I know in the field to find out how users like it. Not that I can afford the $400 MSRP anyway, but ... someday it'll come down in price.

Well. I can dream, anyway.
 
iankantian
Member # 2194
 - posted December 06, 2005 21:15
I'm on the dispenser side with a bias for Phonak. ELI is cool. I haven't fit it myself but I've talked to practitioners who have and liked it. The performance is just because of the Direct Audio Input function of the ELI. You can get that with an amplified neckloop for Motorola or use your t-coil with an LG brand phone (they can directly drive the inductive pick-up). Or be a hacker and do it yourself web page. Gennum technologies is working on a Bluetooth chip that can run on 1.3 Volts, thus be installed directly into the hearing aid. Hearing aids are available that have FM receivers built in (Phonak iLink) and just going bluetooth should simplify connectivity to multiple input sources. Good luck with that.
 
magefile
Member # 2918
 - posted December 06, 2005 21:54
My current aid is an Oticon DFII SP. Wanted to go with the Claria, but it wasn't out in an SP model when I was getting my current aid (I've been wearing 'em for 14 years now, so I've seen a few generations - my first two sets were Phonak). I switched from induction loop and headphones to a DAI with a plug on the end a few years ago ... beautiful stuff.

At one point, I used a neckloop (with my Nokia), but my phones since then have been Samsung, which also works quite well with my t-coil. I should try my DAI cord with my Samsung ... I think you can use the phone's microphone but output to the headset jack.

I did see the do-it-yourself a while back. Tempting, but I solder like a drunken monkey. Maybe I'll get one of my EE buddies to take it on as a project. Or maybe I'll just get really drunk and my soldering will improve [Big Grin]
 




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