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Etymotic ER-4S / ER-4P

Etymotic ER-4S / ER-4P
alaScore 86

850 reviews

Jun, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 850 reviews of Etymotic ER-4S / ER-4P. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Opinions about the bass quality and noise isolation are on the whole positive. The usability and comfort are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the price.

sound, comfort, usability, noise isolation, bass quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Etymotic ER-4S / ER-4P is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Etymotic ER-4S / ER-4P


alaTest has collected and analyzed 143 user reviews of Etymotic ER-4S / ER-4P from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on People really like the price and design. The usability and comfort also get good feedback. Reviews are divided on the portability.

sound, comfort, usability, design, price

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2021

Consumer review ( review summary for Etymotic ER-4S / ER-4P


alaTest has collected and analyzed 549 user reviews of Etymotic ER-4S / ER-4P from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on People really like the usability and portability. The noise isolation and comfort are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the soundstage and size, and there are some mixed opinions about the design.

sound, comfort, noise isolation, portability, usability

price, durability, size, soundstage

87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2021

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

Etymotic ER4 SR


The Etymotic ER4 SR headphones provide an accurate, unrivaled critical listening experience.

Exceptional audio performance with supreme clarity and accuracy. Several secure eartip options. Nice array of accessories, including headphone jack adapter, replacement filters, and carrying case. Detachable cable.

Not for those seeking bass-forward sound signature. No replacement cable included.

Musicians, composers, and sound engineers can feel confident in the accuracy of the ER4 SR as a reference tool. Music lovers in search of flat response-style earphones to get a truer sense of the engineer's intentions will also enjoy the exceptional...

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Etymotic ER-4PT MicroPro review


First, a bit of clarification. In case you didn't realize it, Etymotic has four versions of its ER-4 MicroPro series earphones, each of which retail for $299. According to the company, here's how the differences break down:

The Etymotic MicroPro ER-4PTs are accurate, well-balanced in-ear headphones. Their treble clarity and precision let you hear details in the recording, and they exhibit a richer and more satisfying balance in bass and midrange than the Etymotic HF5s....

The thick plastic around the ER-4PTs' plug may restrict access to some smartphones or audio devices housed in cases. If you like a lot of bass, the ER-4PTs will come up a little short. Complete sonic isolation and some cord-related vibrations can also...

While the Etymotic ER-4PTs have less low-end oomph than some competing earphones in this price class, they deliver excellent sound with very accurate tonal balance.

Mar, 2011

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

Etymotic ER-4PT


The ER-4PT, the latest in Etymotic's ER series, is perhaps the most accurate flat response pair or earphones you can buy, and it's worth every penny.

High-quality flat-response earphones with accurate bass. Secure fit. Low-profile, lightweight design. Superb ear-to-ear stereo image accuracy. Comes with carrying case and plenty of accessories.

Not for deep bass lovers.

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Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Bill Machrone (

Etymotic ER4

Aug, 2005

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Matthew D. Sarrel (

Etymotic ER-4P, ER-4S


It would be easy to stick Etymotic Research's ER-4S ($299 direct) in your ears, press play, and wonder what makes these earphones so special. Chances are that if you can't tell, you haven't obtained the proper ear canal seal (which can be tricky)or you...

Superb, flat response. Earpieces are almost perfectly sonically matched. Multiple ear tips, sturdy carrying case included

Can be difficult to achieve a perfect seal properly. Not for bass lovers

The ER-4S is an industry standard for consumer-level flat-response earphones, offering a pure, unaffected listening experience.

Apr, 2004

Expert review by : Dave Rees (

Etymotic Research ER•4PT MicroPro Earphones w/CUSTOM•FIT Eartips Review


Several years ago, I reviewed Etymotic Research hf5 High-Fidelity earphones. Although being a writer at The Gadgeteer enables me to try/review many earphones per year, I continue to enjoy and regularly use the hf5′s to this day. Their size and...

Excellent sound experience ; Great size and form-factor ; Quality construction and materials ; Little cable noise ; CUSTOM•FIT Eartips are perfectly fitted and extremely comfortable ; 2 year warranty


In some peoples opinion, the ER•4′s with CUSTOM•FIT eartips may not look as cool as a set of monitors, but they are extremely comfortable and sound great. The ER•4PT cost $299 (can be found for less on the usual online stores) and the CUSTOM•FIT...

May, 2011

Staff Recommended

Expert review by : Jammer (

Etymotic ER-4S Headphones


Stupendous sonic presentation, definitive clearness

The sound quality is good. These are good in sound isolation

After a long run, they can prove to be uneasy for the ears. The spare filters included are used quite often, means they are easily accumulating dirt. They are not appropriate for mobility

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Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Jerry Del Colliano (

Etymotic Research ER-4 In-ear Headphones Reviewed


These in-ear headphones are a dream come true: they provide audiophile quality studio monitors that fit in your ear and are designed not to cause hearing damage. They are lightweight and portable. They are also custom fitted to your ears which takes...

Have you ever been sitting in your airplane seat during pre-boarding trying to ignore the pure hell that you have suffered through to get through security in preparation for your flight, to see that family dragging in their screaming, freaking-out...

I have broken four pairs of my ER-4s by twisting them out of my ears. I would pay three times the price if they made a pair from Titanium - not plastic ; You really need to get ear molds which cost more and take time but are worth every penny and then...

I have tried to replace my Etymotic Research ER-4's with Ultimate Ears UE10s, which cost well over $1,000. When all is said and done, the UE-10s went on eBay while by Etymotics remain in my briefcase. I love the studio-quality sound and especially the...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Ken Kessler (

Etymotic ER4-P MicroPro In-ear Headphones Reviewed


Etymotic Research's earphones just may be the first audio product I've reviewed that the user into his or her body. Sounds yucky, I know, but, hey, we're always banging on about intimacy, so here's your chance. Unlike the 'earbuds' familiarised......

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Devin (

Etymotic ER-4p MicroPro Review


Etymotic Research was founded in 1983 and manufactures high-fidelity products that measure, improve and protect hearing. The name 'Etymotic' (pronounced

When all the aspects are considered I would say that the Etymotic ER* 4 is one of the best performers in its price range. It offers good performance in the mids and lower ranges, while its ability in the higher frequencies is its strongest point; here...

Apr, 2007

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