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I have a great appreciation for the Shure E5c's. They're a canal-phone, thus
they provide an immense amount of isolation. They're very neutral sounding,
have good bass and most importantly block out external distractions. The
Etymotic ER4 are also excellent canal-phones but aren't quite as
comfortable. Best results with those are achieved with custom earmolds. I
have both and find the Etys to be more revealing but quite dry. This,
perhaps, is more desirable. The Etys also aren't as user friendly and for
hour after hour listening can irritate the ear canal whereas I've had no
such problems with the Shure 'phones. I prefer canal-phones due to their
isolation properties... They block out a large amount of atmospheric noise.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Karl Miller
> Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2005 9:20 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Small sound booth for transfers and
> restoration
>
> On Tue, 1 Feb 2005, George Brock-Nannestad wrote:
>
> > Not having a set of loudspeakers also
> > avoids any risk of injecting correlated acoustic signals via the
> > record surface and mechanical pickup.
>
> I agree. I turn off the monitors when I am playing back the
> disc, however, I have yet to find a pair of headphones that
> will give me adequate bass to address rumble and to get a
> good sense of EQ. I do rely on the headphones for most of the
> process of noise reduction.
>
> Which raises a question for me...anyone with recommendations
> for headphones?
>
> Karl
>