Review (September 2005)
By Kevin Nakano
There is no doubt that the iPod has created a whole new category of value-added electronics and accessories from a variety of manufacturers. Etymotic Research has entered this market with their latest ER-6i earphones designed to complement the iPod and other portable audio devices. As with many of the in-ear designs, the 6i offers superb noise reduction while providing impressive audio quality compared to many of the less expensive headphone solutions. The lightweight design and comfortable fit are attractive features. The white color of the ER-6i matches the décor of the iPod exterior. The 3.5mm stereo plug and 5 foot cable offers plenty of length for portable audio devices. Our only concern was the thin cable appears to be fragile and was more prone to tangling than some of the other designs we have reviewed. A clip on the cord is designed to attach to the user's shirt to help prevent the cord from being pulled while in use. Also included is a soft case with a Velcro flap, foam ear sleeves and multi-tapered silicon plug and an earwax remover. The silicon plugs are designed to fit a wide range of users by having varying diameter sizes the deeper they are inserted into the ear. Personally, I prefer the sonic quality when using the foam sleeves since they contour the ear canal better, which results in noticeably better bass response. However, the silicon plugs are more comfortable for extended periods of time.
- Kevin Nakano
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