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Etymotic HF5 Earphones/Headset (Blue)
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- Super-high accuracy provides a near-perfect listening experience
- 3-flanged earpiece provides up to 35dB of isolation
- Frequency response: 20Hz to 16kHz
- Impedance: 16 Ohms (nominal)
- 4-Foot cable
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Color Name: Cobalt Blue
Amazon.ca Product Description
Etymotic's 5th Generation of high-fidelity in-ear earphones has finally arrived. The hf5 delivers a near-perfect music experience, even in high surrounding noise conditions. Like Etymotic's earlier generations of in-ear earphones, the hf5 is built on superior noise isolation, so you experience total sound immersion when listening to your music. The hf5 is compatible with all iPod models and music players that accept a 3.5 mm plug. Included in the package: In-ear earphones; assorted eartips for your comfort; filter changing tool with filters; carrying pouch.
From the Manufacturer
Etymotic Research HF5--High Clarity, Great Fit, and Maximum Noise IsolationMade by Etymotic Research, the people who created in-ear earphones, the HF5 delivers Etymotic's world-renowned sound quality in a pair of comfortable, convenient earphones. The HF5 provides a near-perfect music experience.
The HF5 works with all MP3 players and iPod models, as well as the iPhone and any other device that operates with a 3.5 mm stereo plug. The HF5 can be worn with the cables in front or in back of the head, and the cable slider can be adjusted by moving it up or down for a snug fit.
The HF5 comes in black, Ruby, and Cobalt to match your style
Amazing response accuracy means unmatched crystal-clear sound
Designing the HF5: Etymotic Research Focuses on Noise Isolation and Response AccuracyKeeping Things Quiet with 35+ dB Noise Isolation
The special 3-flanged earpieces that come with the HF5 provide 35 dB noise isolation or more (depending on the eartip used), making it one of the highest-rated products on the market for both active and passive noise-canceling headphones. With 35 dB of isolation, you won't need to turn the music up as loud to hear every nuance of your favorite artists, saving your hearing and preventing "ear fatigue". Once you obtain a proper seal in the ear, watch the world disappear, leaving you with your favorite music reproduced with remarkable clarity.
How Etymotic Research Measures Response Accuracy
The accuracy score is perhaps the single most important tool for earphone design. A perfect recording of a live performance played through earphones with 100% accuracy would produce the same sound at the eardrum as the live performance. A complicating factor is that the acoustic resonance and horn effects of the ear change a flat signal entering the open ear to an eardrum signal with the approximate frequency characteristic of the target curve. A perfect earphone will create that same frequency characteristic at the eardrum.
Hitting the "Target Curve"
Target curves on Etymotic Research graphs indicate 100% accuracy: The open ear diffuse-field response of the KEMAR® mannequin modified to compensate for the high frequency boost added to high-quality recordings. This modification (approximately 5 dB at 10 kHz) is necessary to avoid earphones sounding too bright on commercial recordings. Commercial recordings have a high-frequency boost that compensates for the high frequency roll-off in studio monitor loudspeakers and high-quality stereo loudspeakers and earphones.
Earphone response is measured on a KEMAR® manikin that has the same acoustic properties as the average head and ear. 25-band accuracy scores are calculated by summing the difference between the earphone response and the target response in each 1.3 -octave band from 50 Hz to 12.5 kHz.
In the 1970s, Consumers Union used an "Accuracy Score" to rate loudspeakers. Consumer Reports reported that it was possible to predict listeners' loudspeaker ratings within 8% from a calculation based on one-third-octave frequency response measurements converted to loudness in sones. The average error in loudness from a perfect system, subtracted from 100%, gives the accuracy score. Etymotic Research extended this 21-band calculation to a 25-band calculation and routinely uses the 25-band accuracy score in all earphone designs.
Other in-the-ear earphone manufacturers do not report accuracy scores, but Etymotic Research has tested all competitive products. The accuracy scores of Etymotic Research earphones are higher than those of most loudspeakers, and well above all competitive earphones, except electrostatic headphones that cost thousands of dollars.
What Critics Are Saying
"They're cool looking (with the right tips, they look like sci-fi laser pistols), have little to no cable movement noise and reproduce sound in a way that is both perfectly clear and highly enjoyable. Everything about these gives the impression of quality, from the brushed aluminum finish to the way that music suddenly sounds distinctly layered in a way that it didn't before, and that it doesn't on many similarly priced units. [...] The tighter seal that these offer to most people is conducive to better listening, and the isolation properties are superb. You can't hear anything else with these guys in. Every manufacturer should have something like this." --John Herman, Gizmodo.com
- Frequency response: 20 Hz -16 kHz
- Noise isolation: 35- 42 dB (depending on eartip used)
- Acoustic polarity: + electrical = + acoustic
- Transducer type: Balanced armature
- Sensitivity (1 kHz): 105 dB SPL for a 0.1 VRMS input
- Impedance: 16 Ohms (nominal)
- Maximum output: 120 dB SPL
- Cable: 4 ft
- Weight: less than 1 oz
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Top Customer Reviews
As for the sound - it's solid, well rounded, with very clear detail and resolution. The bass is there, detailed and clear (especially with a solid seal), and highs are nice and crisp, and best of all, the sound is not fatiguing. There is some microphonics going on with the cables, but a shirt clip provided alleviates that significantly.
Etymotic also provides a nice little carrying case with the headphones, as well as a pair of replacement filters.
All in all, I'm very happy with the purchase, and in this price range the HF5 is definitely a solid buy.
-FANTASTIC noise isolation with the triple flange, had Shures before and these are WAY better
-excellent clear response. Combined with the noise isolation I'm hearing all sorts of little detail I never heard before
-Not bass heavy. I've gotten so used to earbuds/headphones with bass boost it sometimes sounds wrong. This isn't really a con, but you should know.
-For the first week I'd thought I'd wasted my money, I actually bruised my ear canal putting them in. I thought my ear canal was too small. Later realized I had large each canals, and I needed the large tip so that it would properly seal (I guess before I was ramming the small tip too far in my ear.
Tips for wearing:
-You MUST get it in your each canal. Once you get used to it, it's easy, but it takes a while to find them consistently.
-Try the different tips.
-I usually put a tiny bit of moisture on the first flange (it's gross but I touch it to my inner lip). Not too much, or it'll just out (and feel really disgusting and itch).
-Put it in 90-180 degrees from the angle you want and "twist" it in to place as you're inserting.
Bought them because they were highly sought at. The tips aren't that great, probably going to buy some different ones but they're ok when you fiddle with them enough.
The sound is very detailed in the high and mids. I'm not a bass heavy person and I think these lack a little bass response from what the true mix should sound like. A little EQ should fix it, but the flat natural sound of these is more in the highs. Could be the tips though too not sealing as well as I think they should. Even when I do get it right, the bass should definitely be more present.
- Excellent sound quality
- Large tips fit perfectly (you need to try and find the good tips or you won't get the quality and isolation)
- The sound produce is very accurate and balanced. As a musician this is what I'm looking for.
- With accuracy however, if the quality of the track is s***, then you hear s***.
- I owned Bose 20i and the active noise isolation hurt my ears. I can't notice a difference in quality with the HF5s (for half the price!).
It took me a few days to get used to the earbuds (they hurt a bit at first). The "microphonics" (scratching sound when the wire rubs your shirt) is annoying and you have to use the clip and fiddle until the wires don't touch your shirt or collar.
I can't say that 150$ is worth it for what amounts to an earphone combined with an earplug.
Most recent customer reviews
So smooth, exactly what I was looking for, and sealed well in the ear canal. Some have complained about the bass, but I feel the reproduction is accurate, if not somewhat... Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Joel Eckert
Great clarity and sound reproduction. Easy fit, great isolation. All around great headphone.Published 3 months ago by Mike Meadows
there just as the legends have said there to most clear audio device iv ever heard.Published 5 months ago by elton york
I am returning these for a few reasons:
1) The tips they come with are incredibly uncomfortable. Read more
Excellent noise isolation especially when travelling in a plane. Highs are smooth which is very important to me although they may be slightly too laid back in comparison to my... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Anastassios
The perfect fit you need for optimal performance is far too hard to achieve. In order to hear the sound as it's intended, these hurt my ears after a while, regardless of what... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michael Kennedy
Great noise isolation, comfortable after extended use but the sound is a little too sharp or "tinny" for some music genres. If you like a little base, try something else.Published 16 months ago by Greg Brennan