Originally Posted by cel4145
I don't know about that. I'll take my Sony MDR-V6s over my Etymotic ER-4P earbuds any day, even though the ER-4Ps cost 3 times as much. The ER-4Ps may be a little more accurate through most of the frequency range, but they just don't have the bass. I think that's what some of the college students have figured out.
Amazing how experience with exactly one set of earphones, of the 100's on the market, makes someone an expert on the whole
marketplace. Well of course "all earphones sound the same", right? Do you really believe all that?
I would like to humbly suggest that you don't judge all earphones by your experiences with just one pair, no matter how many people talk favorably about them.
Not only do earphones like speakers sound consderably different from each other, they also have strong measurable differences that are in the range that are not only clearly audible, but so strong that it is easy to understand how some people prefer different earphones even though their taste in timbre and tone may be similar with loudspeakers.
IOW earphones that you like, I might hate and its not all about differences in preferences. A given set of earphones works differently in different people's ears. The *room* (ear canal and eardrum) that the earphone works with changes its acoustic frequency response, just like happens with loudspeakers in different listening rooms.
Earphones are technically very similar to hearing aids. A good practitioner of the art of fitting hearing aids has a large toolbox of adjustments, both acoustical and electrical at his disposal. This is not only due to the fact that different people have different hearing losses, but also because different people's ears make hearing aids work differently. Same thing applies to earphones. Same thing applies to headphones but probably to a lesser degree. Same thing applies to speakers and rooms.