Back in control of my sonic surroundings


in Music

I received my replacement headphones from Etymotic today. After sixteen days using the standard iPod headphones, it is like stepping into a new world. The Etys don’t hurt your ears, even after several hours, they block outside noise almost completely, and they sound amazing. I can read in coffee shops again, regardless of how grating the background music and ongoing conversations. The new pair is black, and has a more durable connector than the original white ones, though the wires feel even thinner and more insubstantial.

When my lifestyle becomes less peripatetic, I will get some big ear-covering headphones that draw a lot more power. For now, I am happy with these tiny, light, sharp-sounding earbuds.

[Update: 17 January 2008] I replaced my second filter today. I also changed the white eartips. The old ones were getting pretty grungy and yellow. Ordering supplies from Etymotic involves very high shipping fees, so I bought them on eBay instead. I had to spend an awful week listening to iPod headphones; I am so glad to be back in the world of beautiful sound.

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Milan March 14, 2007 at 10:55 pm

Let me just stress one more time: music is much more enjoyable now that I have my nice headphones back. The Mars Volta is rockingly, thesis-writing-promptingly awesome again.

R.K. March 15, 2007 at 2:29 pm

I am glad you’re happy.

Being immersed in the right music seems to be awfully important for you…

Anonymous March 16, 2007 at 9:58 pm

These sound like quite the headphones

How much do they cost?

Milan March 16, 2007 at 10:12 pm

About $150 a set. Expensive, but worthwhile in my opinion.

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