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NEW ER4® Earphones

Quick Overview

In-ear Invented here:


Over 30 years ago, Etymotic invented noise-isolating, in-ear earphones. Etymotic’s original design, developed for auditory research and hearing testing, used balanced –armature receivers and established these speakers as the gold standard for high-definition, in-ear earphones. ER4 earphones were the first high-fidelity, noise isolating in-ear earphones to use this technology in a consumer earphone, and are recognized as the world leader for response accuracy to which all other earphones are compared.

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In a Class by Itself

Etymotic invented noise-isolating, in-ear earphones. The ER4 MicroPro series earphones were the first earphones commercialized using balanced armature  technology and are recognized as the world leader in response accuracy, to which all other earphones are compared. After more than 20 years, these reference-quality earphones are still the choice of serious sound engineers, audiophiles and musicians.

Backed by decades of research and development for the ear

World leader in sound reproduction

  • Unsurpassed frequency response accuracy and sound quality — 92%+ response accuracy from 20 Hz – 16 kHz
  • The only earphones with balanced-armature, precision-matched, custom-tuned drivers
  • Highest output sensitivity in its class

Timeless style and fit

  • Professional quality and reliability
  • An assortment of noise-isolating eartip options to ensure proper seal and comfort
  • CUSTOM•FIT option available

Highest noise isolation

  • First earphones to completely seal the ear
  • 98% (35 dB - 42 dB) noise isolation —highest of any earphones or headsets on the market today
  • Reduction of outside noise reduces the risk of listening at unsafe levels

Best durability and warranty

  • 2-year replacement warranty
  • User-replaceable filters protect the balanced-armature drivers from ear wax

What’s In the Box?

  • Earphones
  • Detachable, 5 ft. cord with 3.5mm gold plated stereo plug
  • ¼” stereo phone adaptor
  • Assortment of eartips
  • Filter removal tool and replacement filters
  • Shirt clip
  • Zippered storage case
  • Performance certificate 

Instructions For Use

Proper Insertion

Important: Sound quality, full bass response and noise isolation all depend on a good eartip seal in the ear canal. See a video demonstration of how to get a proper fit in the Earphone Insertion Video

  • While pulling up and out on the back of the ear carefully insert the earphone.
  • Twist the earphone into the ear canal while inserting, until outside noise is blocked out.
     
  • 3-flange eartips: Moistening eases insertion.
  • Foam eartips: Roll down or compress foam eartip before inserting. Hold the eartip in place for about 5 seconds while the foam expands to create a tight seal in the ear canal.
Proper Insertion 1

Removal

Remove earphones slowly with a twisting motion to gradually break the seal. Do not pull on the cable to remove the earphones.

Attaching the Clip

Shirt clip attaches to the splitter cable.

Shirt Clip 1
Shirt Clip 2

Using the Slider

Slider is used to snug the cable under the chin to help secure the earphones.

Cord Slider 1
Cord Slider 2

Detaching Cables

Detach 1
  1. Grab the body of the earphone.
Detach 2
  1. Pull the cable connector away from the earphone body. Do not twist. Pull straight out to prevent damage to the key tab.
Note: Do not pull or twist from the cable connector. It's important to pull straight out.

Attaching Cables

Attach 3
Note: If the key tab is not aligned with the notch, snap will not engage.
Attach 1
  1. Align the key tab with the notch in the body of the earphone and cable connector.
Attach 2
  1. Press together until you feel it snap in.

Changing Filters

Etymotic earphones have special filters that smooth the frequency response and prevent earwax from entering the earphones. A filter is located at the end of the earphone and is visible when the eartip is removed. If a filter becomes clogged, it should be replaced. A dirty filter will reduce earphone output. The filter should be changed if loudness decreases or the sound quality declines.

Note:Filters are not reusable.

Removal

Note: Use the tool to remove the filter.

Filter Removal 1
  1. Remove eartip.
Filter Removal 2
  1. Insert tool into the filter.
Filter Removal 3
  1. Remove filter and discard.

Replacement

Note: Do not use the tool to replace the filter.

Filter Install 1
  1. Insert a new filter.
Filter Install 2
  1. Press gently against a hard surface to secure it in place.
Filter Install 3
  1. Re-attach eartip.

Cleaning and Replacing Eartips

Over time eartips may lose their elasticity. For best performance and retention, replace 3-flange eartips every 60-90 days. Replace foam and glider eartips frequently.

To clean 3-flange eartips:

  1. Remove the eartip from the earphone.
  2. Clean with water and mild soap.
  3. Dry the eartip before placing it back on the earphone.

Important

  • Do not expose the earphones to extreme temperatures.
  • Avoid dropping and strong impact.
  • Leave eartips on the earphones for shock protection.
  • Do not pull on the cord to remove the earphone from the audio device or the ear.
  • Clean or replace eartips prior to use by others.
  • For best performance and retention in the ear, replace 3-flange eartips every 60-90 days.
  • Replace foam eartips frequently.

Which ER•4 is Right for You?

Included with every pair of ER•4 earphones is an industry-exclusive channel-matching compliance graph, signed by the Etymotic engineer who precision matched and custom tuned the balanced-armature drivers.

ER4SR is Etymotic’s new reference standard hi-fidelity earphone, for those who demand nothing less than the highest fidelity. The next generation of our long revered flagship earphone, the ER4S, the ER4SR delivers increased accuracy with greater sound output, or sensitivity. Like its predecessor, the ER4SR channels are matched within an industry-leading 1dB across frequencies from 100Hz to 10 kHz. The new ER4SR incorporates significant cosmetic and functional improvements, from a sleek, anodized and laser-etched aluminum body to the reinforced, user-replaceable detachable cable. The ER4SR is a must have for discerning engineers, audiophiles, and consumers wanting the most accurate in-ear earphone available.

ER4XR is the earphone for music lovers and hi-fi enthusiasts who want uncompromising accuracy in the midrange and high frequencies, but appreciate a bit of extra presence in the lower end. Like the ER4SR, the ER4XR is built with precision machined, anodized and laser-etched aluminum bodies and features user-replaceable detachable cables. The ER4XR also incorporates the stringent channel-matching standard used in the ER4SR. The ER4XR is ideal for anyone looking for exceptional sound quality with just the right amount of low-end enhancement.

Accurate Earphone Reproduction

For earphones to have 100% accuracy, a recording of a live performance must produce exactly the same sound at the eardrum as the original performance. To achieve this, the acoustic properties of the ear must be factored in. The acoustic resonance and horn effects of the ear change a flat audio signal entering the open ear into sound with a (2700 Hz) high-frequency boost, which is the same response heard at the eardrum in a typical ear.

New ER4 Comparison Chart
New ER4 Comparison Chart

Technical Specs

Frequency Response 20 Hz - 16 kHz
Transducers High performance, balanced armature micro-drivers
Noise Isolation 35-42 dB
Impedance (@1kHz) 4XR (45 Ohms) 4SR (45 Ohms)
Sensitivity (@1 kHz) SPL at 0.1v 4XR (98 dB) 4SR (98 dB)
Maximum Output (SPL) 122 dB
Cable 5 ft Detachable
User Replaceable ACCU-Filters Yes
Warranty 2 Years
Custom-Fit Option Yes

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between the SR and XR Models?

The ER4SR is the most accurate in-ear earphone on the market delivering a flat response across all frequencies while the ER4XR has high accuracy, but with slightly enhanced bass.

2. What are the differences between the old ER4s and the new models?

The new ER4 models feature metal bodies with an anodized finish, detachable, replaceable cables, and increased sensitivity for a more dynamic sound.

3. Is there a difference in impedance, sensitivity, and frequency response between the ER4SR and the ER4XR models?

No, both models feature 45 ohm impedance, 98 dB sensitivity, and a frequency response from 20 Hz - 16 kHz.

4. Is the same balanced armature used for the new ER4 series as the current ER4?

No, The ER4SR and the ER4XR have drivers that are unique to their respective models. They are not the same drivers as in previous generations of the ER4.

5. Will the current ER4 Series (PT, S, and B) be discontinued?

The current models will remain in our inventory and available for sale until late 2017 or as supplies last.

6. Can the cable be removed? If so, how is this done?

Yes, the new ER4SR and ER4XR feature a removable, replaceable cable. The cables are simple to detach by pulling the cable at the cable connector point while holding the ER4 body and pulling the cable connector straight from the body without twisting. The cables snap back in to the bodies by aligning the tab on the cable with the slot at the end of the metal ER4 body.

7. Is there a cable converter like the current ER4P to the ER4S?

There is no converter as the electronics on the new ER4 series have been modified making the conversion unnecessary. There is no way to convert the XR response to that of the SR.

8. Is the cable the same for the ER4SR as the ER4XR?

Both models use the same cable

9. Is the cable connector MMCX? Can I use other manufacturer's cables with the new ER4 series?

The cable connector is a customized version of the MMCX. Since it is customized, it is unlikely that other manufacturer's cables will work with the new ER4 models.

10. Will replacement cables be made available?

Replacement cables are available in Accessories.

11. Can my current ER4 accessories be used with the new ER4 models?

Yes, the current ER4 eartips and the green ER38-50 filters will fit the new models.

12. What is included in the package with the new ER4 series?

  • Eartips: 2 pairs standard 3-flange (1 set installed on the earphones), 2 pairs large 3-flange, and 2 pairs large black foam eartips.
  • Filter removal tool and replacement filters
  • Shirt clip
  • ¼" stereo phone adaptor
  • Performance certificate
  • Deluxe zippered storage case.

13. What is the warranty on the new ER4 series?

Both models come with a full 2-year warranty.

14. Can I trade-in / upgrade my current ER4 for a new model?

Yes, there are options for trading in and/or upgrading to a new ER4 from the current models. Please refer to the Etymotic website for details.

15. How do I know which ER4 model is right for me?

Please visit the Etymotic website for information on the right product to fit your specific listening requirements.

16. I purchased custom molds for my previous generation ER4s. Will they work with the new earphones?

Yes, in most cases, custom earmolds made for the previous generation of the ER4 will work with the new models.

ER•4 Upgrade Options

Available July 1, 2016

Etymotic has a special ER4 upgrade option for customers that currently own Etymotic's original ER4 microPro Series Earphones (ER4B, ER4PT, ER4S).

  • All purchases are new stock. No products have been opened, pre-owned or reconditioned.
  • This program is limited only to the ER•4 microPro Earphones (ER4B, ER4PT or ER4S). No exceptions.
  • Once we receive your ER4 earphones, we will send you an email with a discount code to use at checkout on www.etymotic.com. Add an ER4SR or ER4XR to your shopping cart and then apply the code to the cart to have the discount applied to your purchase.
  • The discount code is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance.
  • To upgrade your existing ER4B, ER4S or ER4PT complete the ER4 Upgrade Option Return Form.

Upgrade Option 1
In-Warranty.

  • If you purchased an ER4B, ER4PT or ER4S from an authorized Etymotic reseller within the 2-year warranty period, you can purchase the NEW ER•4SR or ER4XR earphones for $225, plus shipping charges.*
  • Original ER4 product must be returned.
  • Proof of purchase is required.
  • Valid for in-warranty product only. If it’s determined that your original ER4 earphone is not covered under warranty, you can purchase a new ER4SR or ER4XR earphone as outlined in Option 2.

Upgrade Option 2
Out-of-Warranty.

  • If you own an ER4B, ER4PT or ER4S, you can purchase the NEW ER4XR or ER4SR earphones for $275, plus shipping charges.*
  • Original ER4 product must be returned.
  • Proof of purchase not required.
  • Customer-damaged or modified products that are not covered under Etymotic's warranty policy are eligible for this upgrade option.

ER4 Upgrade Option Return Form

*Shipping charges

Shipping charges and tax apply (where applicable).

Shipping is calculated by UPS based on shipping from Etymotic Research (Zip Code 60007) to the delivery address on the order. All available shipping options for your order are presented in the cart. Actual delivery times are at the discretion of UPS. Tracking information from UPS will be emailed to the email address listed on the order when the order is shipped. You are responsible for Customs Fees which are not included in the shipping charges. Etymotic Research does not have control over these charges and cannot estimate what they may be.

Accurate Earphone Reproduction

For earphones to have 100% accuracy, a recording of a live performance must produce exactly the same sound at the eardrum as the original performance. To achieve this, the acoustic properties of the ear must be factored in. The acoustic resonance and horn effects of the ear change a flat audio signal entering the open ear into sound with a (2700 Hz) high-frequency boost, which is the same response heard at the eardrum in a typical ear.

New ER4 Comparison Chart
New ER4 Comparison Chart

Instructions For Use

Proper Insertion

Important: Sound quality, full bass response and noise isolation all depend on a good eartip seal in the ear canal. See a video demonstration of how to get a proper fit in the Earphone Insertion Video

  • While pulling up and out on the back of the ear carefully insert the earphone.
  • Twist the earphone into the ear canal while inserting, until outside noise is blocked out.
     
  • 3-flange eartips: Moistening eases insertion.
  • Foam eartips: Roll down or compress foam eartip before inserting. Hold the eartip in place for about 5 seconds while the foam expands to create a tight seal in the ear canal.
Proper Insertion 1

Removal

Remove earphones slowly with a twisting motion to gradually break the seal. Do not pull on the cable to remove the earphones.

Attaching the Clip

Shirt clip attaches to the splitter cable.

Shirt Clip 1
Shirt Clip 2

Using the Slider

Slider is used to snug the cable under the chin to help secure the earphones.

Cord Slider 1
Cord Slider 2

Detaching Cables

Detach 1
  1. Grab the body of the earphone.
Detach 2
  1. Pull the cable connector away from the earphone body. Do not twist. Pull straight out to prevent damage to the key tab.
Note: Do not pull or twist from the cable connector. It's important to pull straight out.

Attaching Cables

Attach 3
Note: If the key tab is not aligned with the notch, snap will not engage.
Attach 1
  1. Align the key tab with the notch in the body of the earphone and cable connector.
Attach 2
  1. Press together until you feel it snap in.

Changing Filters

Etymotic earphones have special filters that smooth the frequency response and prevent earwax from entering the earphones. A filter is located at the end of the earphone and is visible when the eartip is removed. If a filter becomes clogged, it should be replaced. A dirty filter will reduce earphone output. The filter should be changed if loudness decreases or the sound quality declines.

Note:Filters are not reusable.

Removal

Note: Use the tool to remove the filter.

Filter Removal 1
  1. Remove eartip.
Filter Removal 2
  1. Insert tool into the filter.
Filter Removal 3
  1. Remove filter and discard.

Replacement

Note: Do not use the tool to replace the filter.

Filter Install 1
  1. Insert a new filter.
Filter Install 2
  1. Press gently against a hard surface to secure it in place.
Filter Install 3
  1. Re-attach eartip.

Cleaning and Replacing Eartips

Over time eartips may lose their elasticity. For best performance and retention, replace 3-flange eartips every 60-90 days. Replace foam and glider eartips frequently.

To clean 3-flange eartips:

  1. Remove the eartip from the earphone.
  2. Clean with water and mild soap.
  3. Dry the eartip before placing it back on the earphone.

Important

  • Do not expose the earphones to extreme temperatures.
  • Avoid dropping and strong impact.
  • Leave eartips on the earphones for shock protection.
  • Do not pull on the cord to remove the earphone from the audio device or the ear.
  • Clean or replace eartips prior to use by others.
  • For best performance and retention in the ear, replace 3-flange eartips every 60-90 days.
  • Replace foam eartips frequently.

In The Press

ETYMOTIC ER4SR REVIEW
Flat as hell, in a good way.
SoundGuys
soundguys.com
January 27, 2017

THE ER4XR BY ETYMOTIC
$301-400, Balanced Armature, IEM & Earphones
HeadFonics
headfonics.com
January 4, 2017

Mini Gear Guide: High-Performance In-Ear Monitors From Etymotic
Electronic Musician
emusician.com
December 21, 2016

Etymotic ER4SR & ER4XR- Audio Excellence
The Gadget Guy - Gadget News
thegadgetguycolumn.com
August 22, 2016

Earphone Insertion Video

Accessories

The following accessories are compatible with this product:

ER4-06 ER4SR / ER4XR Replacement Cable

ER4-06 ER4SR / ER4XR Replacement Cable

5 ft. detachable cable.

$49.00
ER38-14A Small Beige Foam Eartips

ER38-14A Small Beige Foam Eartips

Package of 8 Eartips

$14.70
ER38-14F Standard Black Foam Eartips

ER38-14F Standard Black Foam Eartips

Package of 10 Eartips

$14.70
ER38-14C Large Yellow Foam Eartips

ER38-14C Large Yellow Foam Eartips

Package of 6 Eartips

$14.70
ER38-15SM Standard Frost 3-Flange Eartips

ER38-15SM Standard Frost 3-Flange Eartips

Package of 10 Eartips

$14.70
ER38-18CL-4SX Large Clear 3-Flange Eartips

ER38-18CL-4SX Large Clear 3-Flange Eartips

Package of 10 Eartips

$14.70
ER38-45 Filter Removal Tool

ER38-45 Filter Removal Tool

1 filter removal tool for ER•4, hf & mc Series, Music•PRO, HD•15, GSP•1, GSP•15, EB•15, EB15•LE, etyBLU2, etyBLU, ety8 and Home Hearing Test.

$1.58
ER38-46 Filter Removal Tool with 4 Green Filters

ER38-46 Filter Removal Tool with 4 Green Filters

4 filters and 1 removal tool for ER•4, hf Series and original Music•PRO, HD•15, GSP•1, GSP•15, EB•15 and EB15•LE earplugs

$12.08
ER38-50 Green Filters

ER38-50 Green Filters

6 filters for ER•4, hf Series and original Music•PRO, HD•15, GSP•1, GSP•15, EB•15 and EB15•LE

$15.75
ER38-55-4SX Shirt Clip for ER4SR/XR

ER38-55-4SX Shirt Clip for ER4SR/XR

Shirt clip for ER4SR/XR earphones

$5.25
ER38-65 Zipper Pouch

ER38-65 Zipper Pouch

For earphones and headsets
Dimensions: 4" x 2.5"

$4.20
ER38-65-4SX Deluxe Zippered Pouch for ER4SR/XR Earphones

ER38-65-4SX Deluxe Zippered Pouch for ER4SR/XR Earphones

Features Three interior pockets; two interior zippered pockets. For ER4SR and ER4XR Earphones.

$16.54
ER38-65D Deluxe Zippered Pouch

ER38-65D Deluxe Zippered Pouch

Features 4 interior pockets and a convenient exterior pocket
Dimensions: 3.5" x 5.25" x 1.25"

$15.70
ER38-85 1/8" to 1/4" Stereo Adapter

ER38-85 1/8" to 1/4" Stereo Adapter

For using 1/4" stereo plug earphones with 1/8" stereo systems
$3.15
ER38-88 Smartwrap Cord Winder

ER38-88 Smartwrap Cord Winder

Protects wires when earphone/headset is not in use

$5.25

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