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I have read lots recently about how bad the headphones that come with the iPod's are and so am looking at purchasing some new ones.

 

I have been searching around on amazon and have found headphones by etymotic, now i've never heard of these people before, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they are bad cos i've not really bought that much audio hardware.

 

Etymotic ER-4P Isolator In-Earphones

 

These are on amazon and are

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Etymotic is an INCREDIBLY good brand in the in-ear monitor world. Hardly anyone here knows much about audiophile like stuff (yes there are a few, but I don't know exactly who). Anyways, the P's would only sound good with an amp. Try to get the er-6i's, they're low impedance and can be driven easily by your iPod.

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personally i don't like the canal sound that etymotic's give... it's good if you need high isolation from outside noise (also you can listen to your music loud in public places/transport and not bother anyone) but i just don't like the stereo image you get with them...

 

sounds too enclosed like the sound is inside your head, kinda weird...

 

i like open-back phones (even though anyone around me may get slightly confused or irritated by my music lol)...

 

interesting sites if you haven't already seen them:

http://www.headphone.com/products/headphones/in-ear-monitor/

 

http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=19

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ok so i'm looking at the ER-6i's now on ur recommendation. the only concern that in the technical specifications these only have a range of 20hz to 16khz and correct me if i'm wrong but i believe that human hearing is actually 20hz to 20khz and even though there isn't one person who can here to 20khz since they were a baby i think that most can get closer than 16khz.

 

is this going to be a problem?

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Lego, no offense, but im guessing you don't have much experience in the audio department.

 

IEMs are some of the best forms of sound reproduction out there today. Used by musicians and audio professionals worldwide for their amazing sound quality, customizable fit (most brands) and battery free isolation. If you've ever seen an artist, or a singer onstage, chances are they are wearing an In-Ear Monitor. As DarkScorpion Said, they aren't your regular ear buds.

 

Anyway, besides etymotic, there are several other brands which make in-ear phones. For example...

Etymotic http://www.etymotic.com/

 

Shure http://www.shure.com/

 

Ultimate Ears http://www.ultimateears.com/

 

... as well as several other brands out there. But it would be best if you visited the site mentioned above " Head-Fi " http://www.head-fi.org before you make a choice. Very friendly pro's over there that will help you with any questions you have.

 

But in short. The price is well worth it once you listen to them. Every first timer i've let hear my e2c's (Shure) always has this weird smile on their face. :D

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