Quote from: Porcus on 18 December, 2012, 08:35:19 PM...the measurements of the ER-4 surprise me. There are signals which are well audible on other equipment, that I cannot at all hear on my ER-4P pair.Have you tried them wet?
...the measurements of the ER-4 surprise me. There are signals which are well audible on other equipment, that I cannot at all hear on my ER-4P pair.
Oh, your dirty mind ... or was it my own. .
Oddly there are reasons to avoid custom ear molds. I have to run out now but I will try to get back to this later. Ciao.
One thing to remember - music is mixed to be played in a room with speakers which elevates some bass and attenuate upper mid/treble. Perfectly linear headphones might sound "weak" or a little on the "bright" side...which is why most sets have some sort of "smiley" curve. Unless you plan to do some eq after the fact. I use some sennheiser iems and still boost freqs below 40 hz and dip the 4khz band a touch.
One thing to remember - music is mixed to be played in a room with speakers
Diffusie field EQ doesnt really adress Mach-X concern. He's talking about something like a slight downward slope response that's popular among audiophiles. Each to their own but crossfeed does more to bridge the gap between headphone listening vs speakers in the room
In fact the first of the links I gave is about a compensation in FR that Etymotic adds in its IEMs to usual DFE curve: "This modification (approximately 5 dB at 10 kHz) is necessary to avoid earphones sounding too bright on commercial recordings."
Quote from: mzil on 21 December, 2012, 11:38:26 AMOddly there are reasons to avoid custom ear molds. I have to run out now but I will try to get back to this later. Ciao.I looked but couldn't find the article I mentioned. Sorry. Considering Etymotic now seems to promote custom ear molds and provides support in finding an audiologist to take impressions, I can see why they would have reason to yank the article from their extensive library, I had read many years back (1980s?). [I reminds me of how many speaker makers provide bi-wire speakers posts, even though they know it is just audio mythology and woo, but they feel they have to bend to market demands.] Everyone assumes "customized is always better" but this paper I read explained it's actually a mixed bag.
Everyone's ear is 'different' and we have different tastes so you might prefer a certain 'sound'.
Quote from: Stop the Noise on 27 December, 2012, 11:31:41 PMEveryone's ear is 'different' and we have different tastes so you might prefer a certain 'sound'.That's obvious, but starting from a neutral one (i.e. designed to be perceived flat) is easier to equalize it to better suit your tastes than to fight against a "bump" somewhere in the FR you might not like in the first place.And your tastes might even change slightly from day to day or from track to track.
Auditioning is still important to 'hear' a wrong fit.