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Old 05-05-2002, 12:59 PM   #1
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Great Earphones

I've been looking for good earphones for a while now, especially since wearing traditional over-the-head style headphones usually ends up giving my hair an extra 2-3" of height, Kramer-style.

Behold, the Etymotic ER6! I'm no audiophile by any means, but these are excellent. The sound quality is superb, and as long as you get a good seal when putting them in, they block out a LOT of ambient noise. Of course, they don't have active noise cancellation like the Bose QuietComfort sets, but are impressive nonetheless.

I had the misfortune of doing a one-day AUS-DFW-ELP round trip this past week (drew the short straw, had to attend a meeting there in person) so I was finally able to give them an in-flight test. I was very impressed. I used them first with my Rio Volt SP250 MP3/CD player, with both audio CDs and MP3-filled CD-Rs. On the first leg of the trip back, I listened to the same CDs and MP3s on my Thinkpad T22, and really noticed how lousy the audio output on this laptop is. Lots of background hiss.

The ER6s are the least expensive earphones made by Etymotics, who make several other models, most of which would probably need a headphone amp to really be worth it. However, at $130, the quality and portability of these are a bargain.

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Old 05-07-2002, 08:43 AM   #2
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Etymotic has their own web site:

http://www.etymotic.com/
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Old 09-13-2002, 01:52 PM   #3
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I had the earphones, went back to my Bose Quiet Comforts.... They may be bulkier to carry, but I find them more comfortable, since I have allergies that occasionally block my ear canals (which flying seems to aggravate)...
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Old 09-13-2002, 02:10 PM   #4
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I had to fedex in my bose headphones earlier this week to Bose for warranty repair, unfortunately. The seal of the leather-ish material around the headphones (the part that touches your head) broke and couldn't stay shut, which was breaking the sound seal
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Old 09-14-2002, 02:42 PM   #5
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I usually end up taking my Sony MDR 7506's, but I'm considering buying an adapter so I can use my David Clark H20-10XL's. Although the latter might look a bit suspicious with a microphone and all...

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