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Etymotic Reaserch hf2 Review

Posted July 24, 2008 1:00 PM by Jovan Washington
Categories: Reviews 


“Etymotic Research, Inc. translates its expertise in hearing-related research and product development into parts highly regarded by musicians, hearing professionals, and consumers alike.”

Etymotic, which means “true to the ear,” is exactly what I have been searching for all my life. I got a chance to experience the hf2 earphones, specifically designed for the iPod/iPhone line and I must say, they are fantastic.

The design of the Etymotic hf2 is fairly standard for the normal noise-isolating headset, however, these go even further into the ear than many similar models.  They come with three types of ear fittings: two sizes of triple flange tips and one set of extra-long foam tips. Each set requires insertion pretty far into the ear to achieve a proper seal. And let me tell you, it works like a charm. Place these firmly in your ear and it is like you are in a padded room - No sound at all.

The mic that is attached features a single button for answering and ending calls. The button also doubles as music control; Press once to play or pause, double press to skip to the next song. Etymotic also includes a zippered case for storage and a handy tool for cleaning ear wax out of the earbuds.

Now once you have these in your ear and everything is silent, play a tune and your ear feels with the sounds of music. If you are into acoustic songs, like I am, then you will be amazed at how clearly you can hear each strum of the guitar. I managed to test these out on many genres of music and the sound is just as fantastic. The hf2s have a balanced sound, with strengths in overall clarity and definition. Bass isn’t a strong point, but I feel it is just right. Not too much bass and not to little. It’s an extremely clean and well-balanced bass, but it doesn’t quite have the deep, raw power that you may find on others.  If you thrive on bass, you may want to try Shure’s iPhone earphones. If you want terrific clarity they’re a good choice, with extremely punchy mids and a bright treble.

On the whole, sound quality is excellent at this price. You get what you par for, right? I would have never imagined purchasing earphones no more than $40, but the hf2s will set you back an astonishing $179 and worth every penny.

What I like about the hf2s: Etymotic’s sound isolation is amongst the greatest. The hf2 produces a clean sound, with tight highs, bold mids and a clear, smooth bass riding underneath. They are comfortable. A couple of useful accessories, such as a case, are included. Works with iPhone to place and answer calls.

What I don’t like about the hf2s: Not compatible with all MP3 players. They may be uncomfortable for those who dont like sticking things far into the ear. Get dirty quite easily. Expensive choice if youre not using an iPhone.

So should your next premium headset be the hf2 from Etymotic? Probably.

To read more about, not only the hf2s, but the rest of their line of products, I encourage you to visit Etymotic Research which has an extensive history in audiology inovations.



  1. You might also want to check out “Ultimate Ears” if you are looking for awesome quality but still want some bass. The Super.Fi 5 EB for example will make you feel like you have just inserted a subwoofer into your ears. They are large, expensive and will make you look like Uhura though.

    Another UE set I’ve got is the metro.fi 2. They still offer really great sound quality with a lot of bass but are much more affordable.

    This set is what I recommend to everyone who’s sick of crappy standard earphones but don’t want to pay 200 bucks.

    If you need full iPhone compatibility, they added Super.Fi 4 vi und Super.Fi 5 vi to their portfolio. Although I haven’t had a chance to test them yet, I bet they also offer great sound quality without loosing any bass-power like most “audiophiles earplugs”.

    who is STILL waiting for his iPhone 3G.

    Posted by salami on July 24, 2008 1:28 PM
  2. These are the holy grail for iphone owners - I love my current pair of etymotics but without the mic it leaves a little something to be desired.  This pair might make for the perfect birthday or christmas present.

    Posted by Joel on July 26, 2008 7:51 AM

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