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Sound isolation for trips, either noise or tuning others out...

  1. Saoshyant
    I'm looking for some IEMs for keeping out the noise on long trips, either via plane or car.  I'd prefer to keep it at 125 or under.  Musically I listen to alt/rock, and this will also be used to watching videos.  So far, Etymotic HF5 looks nice and quite capable, but of course any suggestions would be helpful!
  2. Saoshyant
    Anyone have any thoughts on what might work best?
  3. GN-0015
    Go for the Etys, the kings of isolation.
  4. Saoshyant
    Anyone with experience with the two, is there a strong difference in quality between Ety's MC5 and HF5, or is it relatively minor?
  5. GN-0015
    TBH, I have never heard of any of them. But I have the higher end ER4P, which is my current lover. Some people said HF5 isn't that far behind ER4 except for the most extreme level of details. If you want isolation, Etymotic is the way to go, but if I were in your shoes, I'd go for the HF5 if I got the money.
  6. Saoshyant
    Just got my Ety HF5 in, at first I wasn't terribly impressed with the amount of isolation, then I looked at the user manual and saw how they suggested to insert them.  Apparently I hadn't gotten as good of a seal as I could initially, and I must admit I'm quite happy with the isolation now!  There was also a very noticeable increase in bass once the seal was tight.  I'm quite impressed for only costing me 75 on a warehouse deal where the only issue was not a perfect box.  I ended up buying a turbine pearl with the money I saved from the warehouse too, costing around 155 for the two.
  7. Seekky
    I prefer hf5 or r50 for long term listening. SE215 for easy listening.
  8. GN-0015
    Good to hear that. Are you enjoying the sound of the HF5? Just be careful when using them outside for your safety.
  9. Saoshyant
    I havent had a real chance to do anything more than just a test listen so far,  but I shall remedy that.  I must admit feeling pressure this deep in the ear will take a little getting used to.  Thank you for the recommendation btw

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