Not surprised, the Ety's are a great product used by many music professionals for stage monitoring onstage.
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Indeed. In this case I was using my Sony MiniDisc player (yes, I still have one. Love it!), and ran through a pile of classical, jazz and rock, all recorded from vinyl to MD.
I do believe that you're right about the ER4 not being all that hot with portables. Even the 4P, which I also have, came to life in the different situation.
I use the Etymotic 4-PT with my iPhobne to listen to music, having moved up the Ety ladder from the 6i's to the HF5's to the 4PT. The latter are utterly transparent and smooth, just a little light in the bass, but the bass is tight and tuneful. I don't know why anyone would say the 4P's are not good with portables. With iPhone or iPod they are exceptional.
One man's opinion.