Etymotic's 5th generation of high-fidelity in-ear earphones has finally arrived. The HF5 delivers a...

Etymotic Research HF5 Portable In-Ear Earphones

Average User Rating:
3.65385/5,
  • 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 3.5mm plug. This package includes the HF5 in-ear earphones, assorted eartips for your comfort, a filter changing tool with filters, and a protective carrying pouch.

Recent User Reviews

  1. Vatnos
    1.5/5,
    "Shoving ice cubes in your ears would be warmer"
    Pros - Detailed, good mids and highs, good cord.
    Cons - Uncomfortable pads, nonexistant bass, questionable pad inserts
    Let's get something out of the way first. There's some debate over whether these are accurate or "reference grade". It seems to me that a lot of people that bought these have done some massive amounts of mental kung-fu to convince themselves that must be what's going on here. From 600 Hz on up, they are very accurate, detailed, snappy, but bordering on sibilant at times. Below 600 Hz though, there is a crater in the frequency curve where the bass would've been in normal headphones. This is most certainly not accurate, and I feel that 'subdued' is not a strong enough term to convey what you're hearing. It's almost nonexistant. The only saving grace is that the pathetic excuse for bass that these have is at least extended nicely to the sub bass, and you can try to save it with an amplifier, but it will never sound as natural as it would if the headphones could do it on their own.
     
    These are cold headphones. Put an antarctic new spin on all your music. That's not all, because the 3-flange inserts simply won't fit a lot of ear types. The alternatives they include are all bad. I ended up using Klipsch S4 pads to wear these.
  2. Gamergtx260
    3.5/5,
    "A very nice "neutral" IEMs "
    Pros - Accuracy, nice mids and highs, Isolation, Accessories
    Cons - Fit, Microphonics, Build quality
    Hello All, 
     
    This is my second review on Headfi so bear with me on the details :wink:
     
    I have been owning these "amazing" IEMs for about an year now. My main source of music is on my iphone 5s with flac files ( through VOX music app).
     
    Let me get right to the point.
     
    Pros:
    Accuracy: Highly accurate with nice mids and highs, has a really nice sound signature, not too bassy but just right. ( If you feel the bass isn't enough, you may have to somehow find the right fit for you and of course if you reading on this IEMs you are not a bass-head )
    Isolation : Really good with the triple flanged buds
    Accessories: a lot of included ear buds but I think the triple flanged worked well for me.
    And of course the sound :)
     
    Cons:
    Fit - Man o man it hurts like hell doesn't it. But my ears were getting better after a couple of weeks
    Microphonics - Very bad but can be avoided using the included clip
    Build quality - Sub par, not really happy for the price I paid
     
    Sound Quality:
    Lows: Has a very tight low end. For many the bass could not be enough but I find it "just right" with the triple flanged buds.
    Mids: Very nice mids (I keep HD 600s as my baseline)+
    Highs: really good highs too (Not bright, fatiguing, just right)
    Sound stage/Resolution : I find the soundstage a bit narrow maybe even narrower than HD600s. The sound also seem to be a bit conjested with complex/fast music.
     
    Conclusion:
    Most people find difficulty with the triple flanged buds and when using the other or custom made buds the sound could be different. My personal opinion is this IEM sounds great "only" with the triple flanged buds. I used the other included tips and found them to be bass light, but its perfect with the triple flanged tips. 
    Despite the cons this IEMs has more pros which make them a worthy purchase.
     
    I wrote this review in a very fast manner, please leave comments or questions if you have any. Much appreciated.
     
    Thank you :)
  3. Chiek
    3.5/5,
    "A cyclist's best companion."
    Pros - design for snug fit in ear canal, excellent audio qualities, superb isolation
    Cons - No remote control
    Love them. First and foremost, the audio is excellent for acoustic music. Secondly, the isolation is superb. Who needs noise canceling when you have these?. 3rdly, the are perfect for me when I am cycling with my helmut on. Training on bicycle has never been more fun since I found you.

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