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Curse you, eBay
I need to stop indulging in retail therapy. eBay makes it entirely too easy. I should also curse the name of pir for making me aware of the existence of Etymotic ER4P earphones. I'd basically decided that their cheaper baby brothers, the ER6 would suit me nicely when I found ER-4Ps on eBay for 150 quid. From Oxford. I was, unsureprisingly, sold.

As distraction goes, immersing myself in nerdy review sites is quite a good thing, and I really can't wait to hear how my MP3 player sounds with these. However, this kind of therapy has a limited use. I now own most of the shiny tech I could ever want.

Still, no doubt in a month's time, I'll find something new to lust after.
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sue_b From: sue_b Date: August 22nd, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have a look at the new sony ericson phone p910i - I wanna!
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: August 22nd, 2004 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh yeah, I'm sure I'd happily have one of those.

Another my lust in that area is generally restrained by the fact that my T68i does everything I could ever want from a phone.
mobbsy From: mobbsy Date: August 22nd, 2004 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
The great thing about tech lust is it can usually be delayed by deciding something far niftier will be out in just a few months. Namely, I'm not really lusting after the p910 because the Nokia Communicator 9500, which does both GPRS and Wi-Fi, should be out soon.
From: pir Date: August 22nd, 2004 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmm. ER4Ps.

They're really expensive but they last me longer (and sound better) than 10 of the cheap $20 heaphones do and after that length of time I spent the $50 to get the cable replaced and have them tested so now they should go for several more years (particularly because they've improved the design of the cable in the meantime so it should last longer). Economy, really !

I now have two sets of them, since a friend of mine sold me his (they didn't get on with his ears) for $100, just needed that cable replaced too so I got an effectively brand new ocndition pair for $150.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: August 23rd, 2004 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Hope I'll get on with mine. The idea of sticking things down my ear doesn't freak me out, but it'd be a bummer if they turned out to be too uncomfortable to wear.

I noticed a few reviews complaining about the cable, so I was glad to see they'd changed it for something better.

My portable music system (An Archos Jukebox FM with a higher capacity battery and GOGB hard disk( should now totally rock. Given that it's the single thing I can think of that improves my quality of life the most, I regard this as a very good thing.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: August 23rd, 2004 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and how worthwhile is the P->S cable? I can see occasionally plugging the 4Ps into the computer.

Also tempted by getting custom ear moulds done, but neither of these for a while, I think.

See I knew I could come up with more things to lust over.
From: pir Date: August 23rd, 2004 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Never tried the P->S cable, never felt any need to get it. I plug them into my computer (used to very often, until I got the iPod) and it sounds fine. The custom ear molds are not tempting for me, I've tried custom ear plugs before and didn't like them. I prefer the standard rubber flanges.
davywavy From: davywavy Date: August 23rd, 2004 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm rather taken with the BOSE noise-cancelling headphones (about £160+ on Ebay), but sadly I don't pay myself anough to be able to afford them.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: August 23rd, 2004 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Kill a close relative.
davywavy From: davywavy Date: August 23rd, 2004 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, but having to decide which one! So many options, all equally atrractive!
crazyscot From: crazyscot Date: August 23rd, 2004 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're very nice, not sure they're worth the full price tag (I paid full retail, $315 after tax, on a visit to the US) but they do rock as general use headphones, not just in noisy environments. Probably the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn.
davywavy From: davywavy Date: August 23rd, 2004 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's why I'm looking for cheaper ones on EBAY rather than having to cough up the full whack. I like the looks and idea, but that much for earphones? I'm not convinced.
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