We've now purchased 2 pairs of the etymotic ER-6i's (one black, one white for their respective iPods) and are very pleased with the earphones. I am not an audiophile to the point of debating db and loss with anyone, but can tell a good sound from a bad one - and these are great.
The Man's larger ears manage the isolators as well as my smaller ones. The only issue (no surprise!) is the need to keep on top of cleaning, since these are inserted deep into the ear, and otherwise will get quite waxy.
The small pouch keeps the earphones safe, although I now have to find a new way to carry them in my purse - at this price I can't toss them into a corner any longer!
I consider these a good investment, and they have increased our delight with all of the new music with which we are stuffing our pods.
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